St Mary Magdalen's

St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Year 3 Home Learning - Spring (1) 2021



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For Children's Mental Health Week:

Who am I?


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French - Grammar

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History - Greek Gods and Goddessess


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Using the dice create your own Greek Legend


For Children's Mental Health Week:

Express yourself! Please click the link to practise drawing your feelings.


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Science - Rocks - Complete CGP book pages 1- 3. ( Rocks , Fossils and Soils)



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History - Ancient Greeks

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Handwriting - complete the next page in  your CPG  book.(1 page)


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RE - Sharing with one another

Re-read yesterdays text again ( Stone Soup) 

TASK - To design  a posters asking for donations to the local foodbank


This week is CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK and this year, more than ever, it is important that we recognise the importance of looking after our mental health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’ as children may be struggling to express their emotions during this time. We will be posting different activities this week to bring out their creativity and confidence.

For today, please try the 38 minute ‘Mindful Movement’ activity              p/w: emotionsneedtobeexpressed

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RE- Sharing with one another

One day, a poor man was walking along when he came to a village.  As he approached it, the villagers thought, ‘Here is a beggar and we don’t have much ourselves’.  They started going towards their homes, hoping he would go away, and they would not have to share anything.

The man called out that he was hoping for somewhere to sleep and a meal.  The villagers told him to go away and that they had not got enough to eat themselves.  The man told them he had everything for a meal and that he was thinking of making stone soup for everyone.  He took a stone out of his pocket and an iron cooking pot out of his bag.

 He started to build a fire and fill the pot with water.  He put his stone into the boiling water. The villagers came out of their houses and watched as the man sniffed the contents of the pot and licked his lips. “That is good,” he said, “it just needs a pinch of salt and some parsley.”

“I can give you some,” a villager responded, and she returned with parsley, salt and a cabbage.

“Thank you,” remarked the man, “I once had stone soup with cabbage and some carrots

and it was really delicious.”  Then another villager said, “Well, as it happens, I do have a few carrots.”  He returned with some carrots and a turnip.  So, it went on until there were potatoes, onions and mushrooms.  Someone even had some loaves of bread.

When it was ready everyone sat down and enjoyed a really lovely soup. There was enough

for the entire village.  When the man left the next morning, one of the villagers, stopped him and said, “I would like to buy your magic stone. You have given us the greatest of gifts the secret of how to make soup from stones. We shall never forget.”  The man replied. “The stone is not the greatest gift, but sharing is.  It is only by sharing that we may make a feast.”

Task - Answer the following questions.

  • Q What do you think of the villagers?
  • Q Why were they afraid to let the man into their homes?
  • Q What started the sharing?
  • Q What lesson did the villagers learn?
  • Q What is the cost of sharing?

Q What are the joys of sharing?

French - Adjectives

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Science - Soil formation

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To create an instructional leaflet or poster explaining how to make a compost bin.

Music - What is notation?

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Ancient Greeks - The Olympics

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TASK- Choose an ancient Olympic event make the pose and get your parents to email in your pictures

. Music- What is harmony

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Science - Rocks

Look at the presentation and then complete the comprehension sheet.

Music - Pulse and rhythm

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 RE-The Christian’s life journey of prayer.

Christians believe that life is God’s gift and that everything in life reflects God’s love.  The presence of God the Creator, Jesus the Son of God and the Holy Spirit is in the everyday life of Christians.

Prayer is therefore an important part of Christian life.  This includes regular prayers, going to church every week to worship God and celebrating all the major events in life, including birth, marriage and death.  Many people pray when they wake in the morning and before they go to sleep at night and at other times during the day.  Christians thank God for their food by saying grace before and after meals.  We can pray for one another, for special occasions, if someone is ill or in difficulty, or at joyful times like the birth of a new baby, a wedding etc.

 When Christians come together for Mass or special services, there are ‘formal’ prayers which they say together such as the ‘Our Father’ or the ‘Glory to God’.  There are also set responses to prayers which people make together.  Through prayer Christians talk to God and they develop their relationship with God.  In quiet prayer the Holy Spirit speaks in a person’s heart and prompts them to follow the example of Jesus’ journey on earth in his love and care of others.  Prayer leads to good actions.

 SOME KEY QUESTIONS                                    

  • Q Why is prayer important in Christian life?
  • Q What prayers do you say at home and in school?
  • Q What are your favourite prayers and why?
  • Q What helps you to pray?
  • Q How can we help others with our prayers?
  • Q What does prayer lead you to do?


Using some children’s Catholic prayer books draw 2 columns, find out what prayers are prayed in the morning and at night and list them under the correct headings.. Begin to make links between what Christians pray and what they believe.

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RE-Jesus wants us to love one another.

Jesus would have gone to the synagogue, every week on the Sabbath (Shabbat).  He would have listened to readings from the Scriptures and sung psalms.  On three special occasions each year, it is possible he would have journeyed to the Temple in Jerusalem to celebrate the feasts that highlight the Jewish Year.

 As the people travelled along, they often sang to keep themselves cheerful and pass the time, but each day, at particular times, they sang their prayers in preparation for the feast they were going to celebrate.  These ‘song-prayers’ are called psalms and we still sing these Jewish prayers today.  Perhaps you can try to remember the next time you say or sing a psalm (at Mass, for instance) that these psalms are the very same prayers that Jesus himself used to pray.

There were particular psalms that people used on the way to feasts in Jerusalem, they were called foot psalms or pilgrimage psalms, as they were said as people went on foot to Jerusalem.

There were particular psalms for each stage of the journey, looking forward to the moment when they would catch sight of the beautiful Temple as they came over the hill.

One particular psalm expressed the great joy of the pilgrim standing inside the Temple in God’s presence:

 I rejoiced when I heard them say: “Let us go to God’s house”.

And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.’

Psalm 122



Read Psalm 122  and say what you think it means and how you could apply it in your life. Rewrite the psalm, to describe and give reasons for the actions and roles of Christians.

Music - How does ii make you feel.




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Literacy Planet -  Comprehension - Elephants never forget

Science - The Fantastic Fossils

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thursday 21st january

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Literacy Planet -  Comprehension - Disappearing Choppers  

Ancient Greeks - Democracy

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Wednesday 20th January

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Science - Grouping  of rocks

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  Literacy Planet -  Comprehension - The Artic Circle  


tuesday 19th january

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RE - The feasts of Our Lady.


Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has a special place in the Church’s seasons and feasts. In Advent, the Church celebrates her ‘Yes’ to God and her example of preparing for the coming of Jesus. On Good Friday the Church celebrates her love and faithfulness as she stood at the foot of the cross. For the Church, May is Mary’s month, and in October Catholics are encouraged to pray the Rosary. There are also special feasts through the year and many local traditions and celebrations throughout the world.


The Rosary is a special prayer used by Christians. It used to be called Our Lady’s Psalter because it is really a journey with Mary through the life of Jesus. It has twenty steps or decades. To pray a decade you say one ‘Our Father’, ten ‘Hail Marys’ and one ‘Glory Be’. The repetition of the prayers is a way of freeing yourself from busy thoughts and fixing your attention on Jesus just as Mary, his mother, often would have done. The twenty steps are made up of five joyful, five sorrowful and five glorious times in the lives of Jesus and Mary. In 2003 Pope John Paul II invited the Church to pray five Mysteries of Light:. These were events in the life of Jesus when his disciples began to understand who he was. The Baptism of Jesus: “You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” The Wedding-feast at Cana: “Do whatever he tells you.” The proclamation of the kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount: “Blessed are ...” The Transfiguration: “This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him.” The gift of the Eucharist at the last supper: “This is my Body. This is my Blood.”

During the Liturgical Year there are many feast days set aside to remember and celebrate the journey of Mary. Mary’s journey had joys and sorrows. Mary was with Jesus during his journey on earth from the beginning to the end. The Church remembers Mary especially in May and in October and encourages people to pray the Rosary during those months.

The Mysteries of the Rosary show the steps or stages in the life journey of Jesus and Mary. Some are joyful, some sad, some full of light and some glorious.

Our Lady is also honoured by special feast days, here are six of them:

  • Mary, the Holy Mother of God – 1st January

  • The Annunciation of the Lord – 25th March

  • The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 31st May

  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 15th August

  • The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Mary’s birthday) -8th September

  • The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary -8th December


Write a paragraph answering the following questions

What is a Rosary?

How is it  used to pray?

Literacy Planet - Comprehension - A Dog with a Job


monday 18th january

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RE - Ordinary Time.  

In Ordinary Time we are reminded that God is always there to help us live as Christians. During this time, through the Gospels, we are journeying with Jesus on his mission.   

After the Baptism of Jesus until Lent and then after Pentecost until Advent is called Ordinary Time in the Church’s year. The colour for Ordinary Time is green. The Sundays are given numbers Second, Tenth, Twenty-Second and so on. The last Sunday of the year is celebrated as the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

During this time, there are three cycles of readings for theSundays of the Church’s year, so we hear the journey of Jesus through three different Gospels.


  • In Year A the Gospel readings come from Matthew.

  • In Year B they come from Mark.

  • In Year C they come from Luke.


In many cultures, the heart is a symbol of love. This feast is celebrated on the Friday after the Second Sunday of Pentecost. The feast celebrates the faithful and everlasting love of Jesus for every person. The Church remembers Jesus’ words to his disciples, “ A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)


This feast is celebrated on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before the first Sunday of Advent. It is a celebration of the power of Jesus to set all people free from sin and death, free to live for ever. He did this by his life, his death on the cross and his resurrection. This reminds Christians that Jesus said his kingship was about service. At the last supper he washed the feet of his disciples and said, “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s’ feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:14-15)


Write an article for a newspaper or school magazine, having researched the special feast day of your school or parish church. Include when it occurs, who it is dedicated to and something about the person or feast.


FRiday 15th January 2021

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thursday 14th January 2021

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Science - Types of rocks

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wednesday 13th january

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Tuesday 12th January

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RE: The seasons of the Church’s year. 

Read yesterdays  lesson again.  Which one of the Church’s special seasons e.g. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter did you choose to write your paragraph about?


Research some symbols used at this time.  You can  present your research using pictures, drawings or a model using recycled materials.  Please send pictures of your work to the email address above. 

monday 11th january

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RE: The seasons of the Church’s year.

The first Sunday of the Liturgical Year is the first Sunday of Advent. The last Sunday of the Liturgical Year celebrates the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  The Church family journeys with Jesus through the major events of his life, death and Resurrection.

 Here is an outline of special seasons in the Liturgical Year.

Advent – Christmas

  • The Season of Advent is the four Sundays before the 25thDecember; the colour the Church uses is purple.

  • The Season of Christmas time: from the Nativity of the Lord, (Christmas Day) to the Baptism of the Lord. The colour the Church uses is white or gold.

 Major feasts during Christmas time:

  • The feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

  • The feast of Mary the Mother of God (1st January).

  • The feast of the Epiphany of the Lord (6th January).

  • The Baptism of the Lord. 

Lent – Easter

  • The Season of Lent: forty days from Ash Wednesday (fiveSundays). The colour the Church uses is purple.

  • Holy Week: begins with the Sixth Sunday of Lent: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (sometimes called Palm Sunday).

  • The Sacred Easter Triduum: begins with the evening celebration of Holy Thursday and includes Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

  • The Season of Easter time: begins with the Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday and for seven Sundays to Pentecost. The colour the Church uses is white or gold. On Pentecost Sunday the Church uses the colour red.


Q What times of Jesus’ life are being celebrated in these seasons?

Q Which of the seasons or feasts is your favourite and why?

Q What do think the colours tell us about these seasons?


Choose one of the Church’s special seasons e.g. Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter.  Write a paragraph giving reasons why and how Catholics celebrate this season of the Church’s year and the use of a particular colour. 

friday 8th january

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RE -  The Liturgical Year



The year of the Church family is marked by special events and seasons. It is called the Liturgical Year. It begins with the first Sunday of Advent and ends with the feast of Christ the King. The word liturgical means the Church family’s celebration and remembrance of the journey of Jesus when he lived on earth, his death and Resurrection. It is a calendar of Sundays, feast days and special seasons which are celebrated during one year. A feast day is a day set aside by the Church family to celebrate an event in the life of Jesus, Mary his mother or a saint.

 Liturgy is the actions and words of the prayer and worship the Church family offers to God.

 The Liturgical Year helps Christians to be close to the work of the Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, throughout the seasons of the year. It brings the Church family together as everyone shares in the celebrations. Following the celebrations Christians are sent out to love and serve God in the world.


 Q How is the Church’s year marked?

Q When does it begin and end? Why do you think it happens like this?

Q What do you notice about the colour used at different times?


 Design a Liturgical calendar that accurately represents the Church’s year using signs, symbols and colours to denote the different seasons and feasts.


thursday 7th january 2020

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Geography - Ancient Greece

Religion was important to the ancient Greeks because they believed that it would make their lives better while they were living. They also believed the gods would take care of them when they died.

The Ancient Greeks believed in many different gods and goddesses. 

The Greeks believed that these gods and goddesses controlled everything in their lives and the environment. There was a god for every aspect of their lives. It was important to please the gods; happy gods helped you, but unhappy gods punished you. People had special places in their homes where they could pray to the gods. There were also public shrines in all sorts of places where people could pray and leave presents.


The Greeks, to show the gods how important they were, built temples in every town for one god or goddess. The temples were not like modern places of worship, for ordinary people to pray in. They were homes for statues of gods, which were cared for by priests. Religious ceremonies and festivals went on outside the temple.


Priests were important people in the community. They were believed to have the power to talk to the gods and so were respected and trusted.

There were only two ways you could become a priest. Either your mother or father was a priest or you were made a priest by a dying priest.

A priest main job was to look after the temples and the visitors to the temples.

Greek Gods

The Ancient Greeks believed that all the gods came from Gaia (the Earth) and Uranos (the sky).They thought they were like adult humans - always falling in love, arguing, having children, playing music and partying. Like the Romans, the Greeks believed that different gods were responsible for different things.


Mount Olympus

The Greeks believed that twelve most important gods and goddesses lived at the top of Mount Olympus.  They were a family and, just like a human family, they argued as well as looking after each other.

Mount Olympus, in northern Greece, is the highest mountain in the country. It was believed to be the home of the gods, because it was often so cloudy and no-one could see its summit.

Who was the ruler of the Greek gods?

The ruler of the gods was Zeus. His symbol was the thunderbolt.

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 Who were the ancient Greek gods and heroes? - BBC Bitesize


Choose one of the Greek gods or goddesses to research.  Produce a presentation for the class. Your presentation can be a power point presentation, a poster  or a report.  

Wednesday 6th January

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RE -  A journey through a year.

Recall the celebrations during the Christmas holiday. What events marked this time? What customs does your family have for Christmas and the New Year?

Think about the whole year, the school terms and the events at school and in the family. Note Bank Holidays (holidays for all), family birthdays, family holidays, seasons and special days e.g. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Bonfire Night and how these are celebrated.

Think also about the difficult or sad events of the year, seasonal difficulties, the good byes to friends etc.


  • Q What are the highlights of your year?

  • Q Who is with you on the journey through the year?

  • Q What makes it good?

  • Q Are there any difficult times in the year?

  • Q What helps you?

  • Q If you were going on an actual journey, who would you like as a companion? How would you travel? What would you take with you? What would be your reasons for these choices?


Design a chart or a pathway of a calendar year, marking in your own high points and seasons with words and/or illustrations.



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