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Welcome to Year 3’s Home Learning Challenges!
Hello Year 3 and welcome to your new home learning challenges! Don’t forget to let me know how you are getting on so I can give out LOTS of dojos! I really enjoy hearing about what you have enjoyed and all the amazing ideas you have – send all your photos, videos and messages to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Woffenden x
Wednesday 15th July
Welcome to the Mountains!
We’re going up in the world this week! Click on the image below to take a look at a BBC Bitesize video explaining how mountains are formed before we get on with exploring them!
Mountains are amazing things – they are great landmarks and can be seen from miles around – even from space!
One of the most famous mountain ranges in the world is the Himalayas in Asia. This is home to the highest mountain on the planet – Mount Everest! This mountain is still one of the most difficult summits to conquer in the world and was first climbed by the famous mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary with Sherpa Tenzing on 29th May 1953.
Challenge 1: I want you to imagine what it must be like to try and climb such a famous mountain. Write a diary that you may have written at the end of a hard days climb. Have you reached the summit? Is it the night before you are aiming to get to the top? Does anything strange happen? Who did you meet – or maybe what did you meet?
Challenge 2: There are many famous mountains and mountain ranges around the world but which one would you like to visit? Somewhere local like Snowdon or Scafell Pike? Or somewhere abroad? K2? Mont Blanc? Kilimanjaro? Mount Fuji? Mount Teide?
Find out about a mountain in an area that you would like to visit and either write a leaflet to advertise it or draw a poster to show where you would go and why! Here are some classic posters to inspire you!
Challenge 3: Let’s get explosive!
We can’t look at mountains without looking at volcanoes! The most famous of which is Mount Vesuvius in Italy which erupted in AD 70, covering the city of Pompeii in clouds of ash and pumice preserving it forever.
Let’s have a go at making your own volcano. Below are 3 different ways that you can try or you can always do it your own way! Don’t forget to send me some pictures of how you got on!
Challenge 4: Fantastic filtering
If you are going on a long expedition up a mountain you need to carry everything with you that you will need! Sometimes it could take you weeks to get to the summit and back so you will need to use the world around you to help! One way would be to use the water flowing on the mountain but you couldn’t drink it straight away as you don’t know what is in it! We are going to try filtering water through sand, soil and rocks in this challenge to see if we can turn dirty water into clean (although it may still contain tiny bacteria so we aren’t going to drink it as explorers would use chemicals as well to purify the water!).
Click on the image below to give it a try!
Wednesday 8th July
Welcome to the River Danube!
This is the longest river in the European Union and travels through 10 countries from Germany all the way to Ukraine before it empties out into the Black Sea. Click below to read some fantastic facts about this beautiful river:
Challenge 1: Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace is in Vienna and is the most visited attraction there! It was the summer residence of the Habsberg royal family for over 300 years and has 1441 rooms! Can you recreate the palace in your own way? You could use Lego, Jenga blocks, custard creams, cake, anything you like!
Don’t forget to send me pictures of your creations!
Challenge 2: Water power!
The Danube has many dams along its length that help to control the flow of the river. It also has major hydro-electric power stations that generate electricity for many of the countries. This takes the energy of the flowing water and turns it into electricity – a bit like the old water wheels in mills. I would like you to try and make your own water wheels this week – have a look at the video below as one idea as to how you might try it!
Challenge 3: Lebkuchenhertzen
Wow – that’s a tricky word! These are traditional gingerbread heart shaped biscuits that are sold at German Markets – especially for Oktoberfest. I wonder if you could make your own? You will need some brown card or paper, some decorations and some colouring pens. Cut out a heart shape and write on the name of the person your ‘biscuit’ is for, then thread some string or ribbon through the top so it can hang. If you are feeling very ‘cheftastic’ – then maybe you could make your own gingerbread or biscuits and decorate them with icing?
Challenge 4: Traditional Crafts of Ukraine
Ukraine has some amazing traditional folk crafts that can be found throughout the country, from wood carvings to embroidery to decorative paintings on houses it is everywhere! I wonder if you could try this traditional craft and make your own traditional dried grass doll?
Wednesday 1st July
Howdy Year 3! Welcome to Mississippi!
Mississippi is in the Deep South of the United States of America.
Click on the image below to find out some interesting facts about the State:
Challenge 1: One of the most famous recipes from the area is Mississippi Mud Pie! Don’t worry it’s not actually made out of mud. Your challenge here is to either make a chocolate cake (there are recipes below for Mississippi Mud Pie and for a basic chocolate cake) or to get dirty and make a mud pie that you could leave out for creatures to make their home in – which will you choose?
Challenge 2: Mississippi is the catfish capital of the world! Lots of people enjoy eating catfish as well as earn their living in the catfish farming industries. Although it sounds like it is half fish and half cat – it’s not really! However, what animals would you put together to make a new breed of fish? I’d like you to design a new crazy fish combination that has been found in the remotest parts of the Mississippi river. What will you call it and what will it look like?
Challenge 3: As you have already read, the Mississippi was named after the Native American tribes that lived there. The Chippewa are one of the largest Native American tribes in the US.
Take a look at some of their artwork which takes inspiration from the animals they see on their lands or that they rely on for food and furs.
Your challenge is to try your own art task using some of these colours and designs. You could take inspiration from the animals and birds that you see on your daily walk – or even your favourite animals from around the world. Make sure you use bold colours and shapes to recreate the Chippewa style. I can’t wait to see what you create!
Challenge 4: Make your own powered paddle boat steamer!
The Mississippi paddle boat is a very famous sight, the boats carry people up and down the river and have done so since 1783! They use steam to turn the paddle at the back of the boat (although some early designs had 2 paddles on either side of the boat) however they became rarer as the marine propeller took over from steam in the 19th century. Nowadays, paddle steamers are used for historical cruises on the Mississippi – especially on the river around New Orleans. Check out these instructions for how to make your own using elastic band power! I have put two different ways here but there are lots more out there!