Keep up the fantastic effort Year 3!
Today, we are going to explore how characters are created and write a character description.
- When authors create a new character they have to know everything about them. This means answering a lot of questions about what that character is like.
- Watch the video below to see how this is done.
Authors need to know everything about their characters so they know how they will act throughout the story.
They ask themselves questions like:
- What's the character's name?
- How does the character behave?
- What do they like to do?
- How old are they?
- What do they feel and what are they thinking?
Listen carefully to the conversation between Matilda and Miss Trunchbull and think about what each character is like.
Complete the table below. You need to think of two more adjectives (describing words) for each of the characters. You can download the activity sheet here.
Top tip: Think about what the characters say and do.
Use the word ‘because’.
For example: I know that Matilda is brave because she stands up to Miss Trunchbull.
Imagine you are writing a story set in a school, like in Matilda.
You’re going to create a character that would be in that story. It could be anyone - the head teacher, a teacher, a student, a coach, a caretaker.
Complete the ‘Character Profile’ activity sheet. You need to draw your character in the centre of the page and then fill in the surrounding boxes with information about them.
If you can’t print the activity sheet, you can draw your character and answer the questions on a piece of paper instead.
You can see a bigger version and download the activity sheet here
Read this character description of a school caretaker called Mr Simmons.
He is a kind and happy person who likes to help others. This is shown through his actions.
You can see a bigger version and download the activity sheet here.
You should write between five and ten sentences.
Try to include:
- What your character looks like.
- What their job or role is.
- What their personality is like.
- Their actions – what they do in the school.
Today we are going to learn how to recognise and compare different types of angles.
Watch the video below to remind yourself what an angle is.
Afterwards, why not have a look around for some different types of angles?
We measure angles in degrees. The degree symbol looks like this °. We show it next to a number like this 90°.
Types of angles
Angles can be between 0° and 360° (which is a full circle) and depending on the size of the angle, they are called different things:
A right angle looks like the corner of a square or the edge of a book.
It is a perfect 90°, which is often shown by a small square drawn in between the two lines.
An acute angle is an angles that is less than 90°. This makes them smaller than a right angle.
A good way to remember this angle is to think that because it is small, it is “a cute” angle.
An obtuse angle is an angle that is bigger than 90° degrees, but doesn’t reach a straight line at 180°.
When you compare two angles, you have to think to yourself, is it smaller or bigger than 90°?
Angle A is a right angle.
Look carefully at the other angles and compare them to the right angle. Which angles are smaller?
- B and D are acute angles because they’re clearly smaller than a right angle.
- That means angle C is an obtuse angle because it is larger than angle A.
Are any of the angles below obtuse?
- A and D are obtuse since they’re clearly larger than a right angle.
- B and C are acute angles then.
Practise comparing and recognising angles with this fun worksheet.
You can see a bigger version and download the activity here.
Complete chapter 1 - 4 of this interactive lesson to learn more about angles. Click below to begin.
Riddle: What has to be broken before you can use it?
Answer at the end of the day!
Today we shall have a go at making salt dough, which is similar to clay that we use in POTTERY but cheap and simple to make at home! You bake it in the oven and then you can decorate your salt dough creation with paints.
You will need:
1. Mix together the flour and salt
2. Add the water gradually and mix well
3. Put the salt dough onto the chopping board and knead into a ball
4. Mold the ball of salt dough into your idea
5. Bake your salt dough at 120° for 3.5 hours
6. Decorate your salt dough creation any way you want
7. Any extra salt dough left over can be wrapped in cling film and kept in the fridge for 5 days
Watch the video below for step by step guide:
- ornaments-things to hang on the wall or put on a shelf
- jewellery - beads, necklaces
- pencil pots
- characters from favourite books
- foot and hand prints
- candle holders
- miniature food
Have a look at the ideas below and get creating!
Well done for working so hard today, we hope you’ve had a good day!
It is time for a story about determination and not giving up, "Stuck" by Oliver Jeffers. Sit back and enjoy, you deserve it!
Answer to the riddle- An Egg.
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