Class 3

Welcome to Class 3 with

Ms. Giltinan, Ms. Rodrigues and Ms. Mackay.

Important information 

Dear parents,


I  hope you are all well. I often write and tell the children how much I miss them but how I miss all of you and the generous smiles you bring to Class 3's door. 

I'm writing to let you know that a letter has been sent to you with details of how to sign up to Showbie - our new and wonderful upgraded system of setting work and sharing. Some of you have already registered and will just need to take a few more steps to sign up to our new virtual classroom. I'm so excited about it as it will allow me to reach out and have more reciprocal contact with the children. I have attached the letter below in which everything is clearly explained by Mr McNicholas. Once you have all signed up, daily work will be posted on Showbie rather than on this page. Exciting times!


As always, wishing you big laughs and small worries.


Ms Giltinan


Listen to the introduction and chapter 1. Read along by clicking on the link to the full book. 

Listen to Chapters 2 and 3. Read along by clicking on the link to the full book below. 

Chapters 4 and 5 

Chapters 6 and 7. Don't forget to read along by clicking on the book above and finding the chapter.

Chapters 8 and 9

Chapters 10 and 11

Friday 1st May 2020

The first of May is celebrated in many different ways around the world. In some parts of Britain and Europe people celebrate 'May Day' to mark the arrival of spring. Tradition in parts of England is to dance around a maypole.  May Day is also known as International Workers Day  - a day to honour all workers for their dedication and achievements. In France, it is called la Fête du Muguet  and it is the tradition to give lily of the valley (a small white flower) to friends and family as a symbol of springtime and to wish them happiness.

We know that May is the month of Mary our mother and what nicer way to start the month than to say a Hail Mary together. As it it International Workers Day, let us join our hands together and think of all of those who are working so hard for us. Let us ask Mary to keep them safe.












Today I would like you to try:


Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

Following on from yesterday:  Compare and order Fractions



Today you will be looking at fronted adverbials. You’re so good at these. Don’t forget that comma!



Here’s another fantastic music lesson with Miss Roberts – you’ll be beatboxing using rhythmic patterns. Don’t forget to invite your favourite teddy.


Now that you have warmed up your voices - why not see along to a couple of our favourite French songs - you could even teach them to your family!




Thats it for today!

Don't forget - on Monday all of your work will be posted through Showbie.

Happy Friday my lovelies,


Ms Giltinan


Thursday 30th April 2020

Hello to you my lovelies and goodbye to April! For me, April is such a fascinating month. We cross the bridge from March to April with trees spreading their naked branches to the sky after a long winter sleep. I imagine them having a good long loud yawn (oh yes! yawning feels good!) and their buds slowly growing unnoticed, until one day we look up and  suddenly see a sea of silk-soft leaves. And it happens every year!

I read in the news yesterday that a  group of scientists has created plants that glow in the dark, the glowing is called bio-luminescence ( Did we have that word in our book?) and is found in lots of different insects, sea creatures and even mushrooms. Luckily you will be learning more about plants today in science...

Today I would like you to try:


Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

Following on from yesterday: Comparing fractions with the same denominator


Continuing on from yesterday  - identifying the features of a text.


Let’s look at the parts and function of a plant. What can you remember from Ms Hulbert’s lessons?

If you are interested reading more about the bio-luminescent plants...http.s://


Get moving

I know some of you attempted to draw dragons yesterday and have shared them on Showbie. Utterly fabulous! Please share your amazing work. Keeping with the dragon theme, go on a wonderful dragon yoga adventure. (below)


or if you haven’t done a workout with Joe Wicks yet – it’s not too late!


...and finally, after receiving a photo from my friend of her shoes completely chewed to pieces by her new puppy, I remembered this tongue twister: Try and say it quickly -  it's definitely harder than it looks!

If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose?


As always, stay wonderful

and surprise someone today with some kind words.

Ms Giltinan




Wednesday 29th April 2020

Good morning Wednesday! Good morning my favourite children! As I sat listening to the pitter patter of the rain on my window yesterday, I thought about two quite different things. One - how wonderfully clever the inventor of umbrellas was (have you ever invented something useful?) and two - how happy the farmers must be to finally have rain to water their crops. It got me thinking about which crops require the most water to grow and where these food items come from. Did you know that rice mainly grows in waterlogged fields in Asia? What a good place to start our geography investigation about where our food comes from...


Today I would like you to try:


Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

Following on from yesterday: looking at what you have learnt about fractions


Continuing on from yesterday Reading comprehension - word meaning 



Find out where food comes from by watching this video 

Activity: Find ten food items in your fridge / cupboard. Where have they come from? The answer is not, ‘from the supermarket!!’ We are looking for where in the world. Remember some food items are made from a variety of ingredients so you will have to consider them separately.

Draw a table (look at this example) and record where each item/ingredient has come from. Can you make a prediction first? How often are you correct?


I hope you are enjoying reading ‘The boy who grew Dragons.’ Here are some fun art activities to experiment with.

Draw a dragon


Manga style



I was having one of those days yesterday. You know – THOSE days. The ones where everything you do seems to go wrong and even simple things feel impossible. Those days when it feels like the more you try – the worse things get and the ‘I can’t’ monster takes over…Mindfulness is a wonderful way to get through this. See below

As always, my favourite children,

 Take care, 

Ms Giltinan

Tuesday 28th April 2020

Good morning Class 3. How long it has been since we saw rain. Can you notice how different nature smells and sounds? We can be sure the roots of plants and trees are wriggling in delight. Humans nor plants can survive without water. In fac,t a large percentage of the human body is made up of water. I'm quite surprised we don't make swishing noises as we move! Can you find out how much?

I was introduced to the Greek god Anillion, the god of animals yesterday - thank you for sending that to me. Crazy Greek applause and a sticker to you.


Today I would like you to try:


Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

Following on from yesterday:  unit and non unit-fractions


Today you are going to tray the first lesson of Reading Comprehension - fact retrieval with Mr Phillips. Its similar to your maths lesson, you get to see a real teacher. Enjoy!

Remember - listen to the instructions carefully. Sometimes the website is confusing.

Get moving with some Minecraft Yoga

Miss you all lovely ones.

Ms Giltinan

Monday 27th April 2020

Greetings my beautiful ones! Isn’t it incredible how loud nature can be? Yet another early alarm call from the chattering birds. I have always imagined them to be singing sweet lyrical songs but perhaps they are just talking about where to find the juiciest worms or what they’ve been watching on NESTflix!! At least I was inspired to go for a run, It was difficult not having the encouragement of Class 3 but I didn’t cut any corners. As I was puffing and panting, I thought about Pheidippides and the Battle of Marathon…


Today I'd like you to try:


Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

Following on from last week - identifying and describing non-unit fractions



Identifying adverbs - you were using incredibly interesting adverbs in your writing last term, I'm sure you'll find this extremely simple!



Read about the historical Battle of Marathon (below) and write a letter from Sparta to General Miltiades.

Yesterday should have been the London Marathon where many people run 26 miles to raise money for charity. Why do you think it is called a Marathon? Answer after reading the text.


After all that, stretch your arms up tall, roar like a lion, smile like a monkey and shake it all out.


Don't forget to offer some help today. 


Take care sweet ones,


Ms Giltinan


Friday 24th April 2020

 Good morning my lovely Friday people! I'm finding it hard to keep track of the days - how about you? I need a new clock with the days of the week on it!

Thank you so much to the children who have been able to share their amazing Greek work, you are so creative and original.Among my favourites are the god of Nature who would help use look after the planet and Magnos the god of Magnets! Brilliant! It's so wonderful to know you are out there learning and gaining knowledge through play - I see there's a wonderful Greek myths board game being played in one of the pictures I received. That's given me an idea, you could make Top Trump cards based on the Greek gods/goddesses...just an idea.

Keep sharing your work. It's one of my greatest pleasures. More crazy Greek applause and stickers to you all.


Today I'd like you to try:


Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

Following on from yesterday - describe unit and non-unit fractions.



If you danced with Oti Mabuse yesterday – you are in for a treat today. She’s reading a poem by Allan Ahlberg 


Sing sing sing _ I know you all miss Mrs Griffin, so here's a wonderful music lesson about 'pulse'.


Have a wonderful weekend,


Ms Giltinan

Hello hello! in case you tried to do plants in Science earlier and the link didn't work -it's fixed! Enjoy your lesson (thanks for spotting that Mr Quin).

Thursday 23rd April 2020

Hello again my favourite children! Can you believe it's Thursday? This morning I was woken up very early by two little birds having a big argument over a cherry on the tree in my garden. With a stem in each beak they were pulling and pushing until one finally fell off the branch. Well, that's when wings come in very handy! I took advantage of my early start to go on a cycle through the glorious carpets of blossoms in the park. I hope you've had a good start to your day...and remember - it's not good to fight over cherries up a tree unless you've got wings. Wings! Oh that's made me think about the Greek Myth of Icarus...


Today I'd like you to try:



Remember to have: 

  • a pencil
  • paper

 Continuing from yesterday, describe unit fractions (CLICK) 


 Identifying verbs. (CLICK)


Science: This is a fantastic lesson about plants. CLICK) What can you remember? Actually, that reminds me – I must contact Mr Roche to make sure our classroom plants are happy!


 If you’d like to dance. Why not try with Oti Mabuse from Strictly Come Dancing. I had so much fun trying! (see below)


and maybe you'd like to try this ...Leave a lovely message

On pieces of paper or post-it notes, write some happy or  encouraging messages and hide them around your house for family to find; inside coat pockets, or cupboards, next to the toothbrushes, next to the door - anywhere they will be found by the right person!

Messages might be: ‘You can do this!’, ‘Today will be fantastic’, ‘You are a star.’ Try it  - you will make someone really happy.


My message to you today is...


Be kind

Be helpful 

and have a good day.


Ms Giltinan



Wednesday 22nd April 2020

Good morning my beautiful ones! I hope you had a wonderful sleep and that your dreams took you on some great adventure. Dreams are a great way to travel and do extraordinary things with people we know who don’t even look like themselves! Last night I had special flying powers and my cat Misty was a Minotaur! I’ve been reading way too many Greek Myths!


Today I’d like you to try:


Identifying pronouns



Following on from yesterday’s lesson -recognise parts that are equal and parts that are unequal.



Read this Greek gods and goddesses fact file (attached below)

  • Who would be the most useful Greek god to have around now? Why?
  • Imagine you are a new Greek god/ goddess. What would you be the god/goddess of?
  • Have you got a symbol?
  • What can you do? Have you got a special power?
  • Make a small fact file of yourself and draw a picture of you – the new Greek Gods/Goddess

 Don't forget to share your wonderful work if you would like.


And after all that work – relax with some mindful meditation  Be the Pond ( below) I love this!


As always, try your hardest, be your best.


Happy thoughts are flying from my home to yours. Bye bye.


Tuesday 21st April 2020

Good morning everyone…I hope you are all feeling fit and energetic! I’ve heard that many of you have been doing some form of physical exercise. Well, be it Joe Wicks, yoga or even skipping, it sounds like we’ll be ready to do two miles a day when we get back. What’s that? Twenty laps of the playgrounds? Maybe not!!

Thank you to the children who have shared some of their wonderful Greek Projects. What a fabulous model labyrinth with Theseus fighting the Minotaur and a modern day Medusa Minecraft model all of the research you did - incredible! Stickers and some crazy Greek applause for you when we're back. Keep them coming! You can share via SHOWBIE or to


Today I’d like you to try the following:

Maths: Describing the part whole relationship – click on the link below.

Literacy: Identifying nouns.


Read the exciting story of Theseus and the Minotaur (attached below)and draw a picture inspired by it.

Tip: It's easier to read if you download the document - Ask an adult first.

Oh! just one more thing to do today ...

  1. just as you are about to leave a room, stop at the door, turn your eyes onto super-scan mode and if you spot anything that belongs to you that shouldn't be lying on the floor or simply, where it shouldn't be - pick it up and take it to it's home! Believe me - it will make your parents incredibly happy and you more organised. Win Win!

Keep well and shine bright. Until tomorrow. Bye!

Monday 20th April


It's all about the Greeks in History this term. I hope you managed to do some research over Easter. We are going to look some Greek Myths and of course the Gods and Godesses.

Literacy: Today I'd like you to do a reading comprehension about the Myth of Apollo and the Chimera.


Maths: White Rose Maths - Summer term Lesson 1. Fractions. Look at the lesson first. Don't worry if you can't print out the work sheet, you can draw the models on paper. Fractions are all about sharing equal amounts - I'm sure you are experts at that. You can check your answers afterwards. If you get anything wrong, try to work out why.


For more about Greek Gods and Godesses/Myths:


Dear Class 3 and your very wonderful parents and carers.

You've worked so hard to get this far. I won't be posting work daily but have left a few things for you to work on over the Easter. Also, there are a couple of  Roald Dahl books to read. The Magic Finger and The Giraffe, the Pelly and me - two of my favourites. I hope you enjoy them too. 

Much love to you all,

Ms Giltinan.

Project/ research

Next term in history we will be looking at Ancient Greece. The Ancient Greeks were fascinating. You are going to really enjoy learning about them. Over Easter I would like you to do some research into Ancient Greece. Read some of their amazing myths, learn about their gods and make something to share with the class. This can be a PowerPoint, model, book, painting or drawing. Indeed, anything that you find interesting about this civilisation. Be creative!

White Rose are providing some brilliantly structured and resourced home learning. 
They have a set of resources for each week/day, including 'Video Lessons', an activity and a mark scheme. They are really good quality.

Friday 3rd April 2020

Good morning everyone!

I woke up very early this morning and went on a walk. The city was still.  I thought about you all on your fantastical dream adventures snuggled up in bed.


Today I'd like you to fit in some exercise. Choose whatever it is you like best and can do easily at home.


Maths - I am including a revision paper. You don't need to do it all at once. Take a few days to complete it if you wish. 

RE - It's Palm Sunday this Sunday. 

Palm Sunday marks the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey, just a few days before he was betrayed by his friend Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles, put on trial and sentenced to death by crucifixion. The day is called ‘Palm Sunday’ because the people of Jerusalem threw palm leaves to the floor as a greeting when he arrived.

I'd like you to retell the story. I have also included a sheet to help you.


...and of course - you can continue listening to Varjak Paw (I hope you are enjoying it!)


Happy Friday my lovelies.

You are doing so very well and I am proud of each one of you.

Miss you lots,


Ms Giltinan




Well, guess who has chosen our next class novel?! She begged (more like miaowed) until I said yes!


Varjak Paw by SF Said

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial* art for cats.

Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and strangest of all, the mysterious Vanishings.


*Definition - Martial art sports or skills, mainly of East Asian origin, such as kung fu, judo, karate, and kendō.

Chapter 1,2,3,4

You know what to do...find a comfy spot, sit back, relax and press play.

Chapters 5,6,7.

Chapters 8,9

Chapters 10,11,12. Varjak is still looking for a dog but having never seen one before he thinks that cars must be dogs and tries to talk to them ...

Chapters 13,14,15

Chapters 16,17,18

Chapters 19,20,21

Chapters 22,23,24

Chapters 25,26,27

Chapters 28,29,30

Chapters 31,32

Chapter 33,34,35               THE END               thank you for listening...

Thursday 2nd April 2020

Good morning to you all my lovelies! it looks like YOU are the sunshine today, so let those smiles radiate out and bring some happiness to those around you. Yesterday I spoke about trees and how they are renewing themselves, it made me think of the trees we planted in Autumn. The next time I go to school, I'll take some photos and share them with you. I know they are been well cared for by Mr Roche as are the plants in Class 3. I wonder if Mr Roche misses climbing on the roof and rescuing footballs? Perhaps he kicks them up there just for fun!! 


Today, keeping with the idea of plants and regrowth, I'd like you to revise some of the work you have done in science. Take a look at this and write a Factfile (yes! I love factfiles!) You can use the subheadings in the video as your subheadings. Can you draw a flower and label it? Can you teach someone at home what you know?

Here is a short clip about why trees shed their leaves in winter.


Maths - as before - go back on MyMaths if you haven't scored 100%. I was very impressed to see someone had tried 13 times (yes! 13 times!) to get full marks. Well done - you know who you are.


Today, why don't you have a go at some of these games. Challenge yourself. The division facts will help you with our tricky times tables challenge. I wonder has anyone done it in less than 3 minutes?


As always, do what you can and do it well.

Class 3, you are my sunshine,

Until tomorrow, keep well and help to fold the laundry ;)


Ms Giltinan x


Wednesday 1st April 2020

Good morning my loves. It's the 1st of April and what a gorgeous Spring morning it is. I love April. Trees are blossoming and the days are longer. Keep an eye on a tree over the next few weeks and watch it transform. I always found it strange that trees have no clothes in the winter when it is cold and wear these magnificent, lush robes of green during the summer months which very generously give us shade...What's your favourite thing about Spring and why?


Today I'd like you as always to start your day with some exercise. I'm getting ready for Joe Wicks at 9.30 (My legs were in agony last week!)


Maths - MyMaths - remember - if you do not get 100% - do it again! There's no limit to how many times you can try. Practice makes perfect!


Literacy - In your packs you have the lovely poem Nature Trail written by Benjamin Zephaniah. Read it and answer the comprehension questions.


Art: If you are feeling creative (and I know we have some fantastic Class 3 artists) give this a go.


Keep safe and stay kind x


Dear Parents/ Carers and wonderful Children of Class 3,


I talked earlier to day about being grateful. Little did I know that I would be sent one of the most beautiful gifts I’ve ever received. I’ve watched it repeatedly. I’ve made my family and  Misty  watch it (repeatedly!). I am bursting with love. I feel so positive about the future knowing each one of you carry it in your hands. ❤️


Parents,  thank you and bless you all. You truly have the most precious children.


(PART 2) Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear - the last 3 chapters. What do you think happens next? Well, see if you're right...SIT BACK, RELAX AND PRESS PLAY.

Tuesday 31th March

Good morning my lovelies! I can feel the positive energy in the air. I can tell you are ready for action! I hope you are all managing to do some exercise - I tried to hula hoop for 10 minutes yesterday and today I started my day with some yoga. 

Today I thought you could do some practical maths as well as MyMaths.  I would like to you estimate the weight of various objects/ food / people in our house. Write down the estimate in grams or kilograms and then weigh each item. Perhaps you could challenge someone in your family! I got such a shock when I weighed Misty! no more dessert for her for a while!!


For Literacy, you could try a few of these activities.


Can you remember how to write an algorithm? 


My amazing Misty is not just a cute ball of fluff! She had the great idea that I should record myself reading and share it with you. So, Enjoy listening to Chapters 11,12 and 13 of Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear


Monday 30th March

Happy Monday morning to you all my lovely Class 3. I hope you had a good weekend. I started my day today by thinking of three things I am grateful for. You should try, it’s a wonderful way to remember the important moments that keep us going. They can be big or small or even silly things. Like me finding my glasses without having my glasses to help me find them! I was certainly grateful! I am also so grateful that I am a teacher and how lucky I am that you are my class…and while we are apart, I am fortunate that Misty is happy for me to read to her!


Today I have included:

  • Maths – basic arithmetic. There is no need to print it out. Just work them out on paper.  


  • A tricky times tables challenge! Yippee I hear you cry! Keep trying the same challenge and time yourself. Do it over and over to improve your time and accuracy. Can anybody complete it in less than 3 minutes? Game on!  


  • SPAG – as with the maths, write out the correct answer on paper. 


  • READ  to someone today – and if you can’t find someone to read to - read to yourself or a teddy!

Friday 25th March

 Hello my lovely children. I hope you are all well. I'm feeling very positive as I started my day with some exercise, make sure you are doing some each day too. To have a healthy, happy mind and body is very important during these times so remember - feed your mind with happy thoughts and good stories  and feed your bodies with oxygen and some exercise. Be  kind and compassionate to yourselves and others and don't forget - a smile and a compliment go a long way and can really lift someone's spirit.

I hope you enjoyed learning about the Indus Valley. 

Today I'd like you do do some more research on ancient civilisations. This time I'd like you to write another FACTFILE on the Chang Dynasty.

Keep up with your times tables and challenge yourself to know the inverse table.


Have a lovely weekend 

I've been missing you so much I've had to read Mr Gum to my cat Misty! She thought it was hilarious when Padlock disguised himself as the ship's cat!

Thursday 24th March

Good morning lovelies, I hope you are all keeping fit and well. Remember it is also important to do some exercise. Start your day with 100 star jumps if you can. I tried to get my cat Misty to join in with me but she just meowed and hid under the bed! Helping in the house is another way to keep you fit and parents happy! 


Today I’d like to you to revise some history.

  • Can you complete the paragraph below using the vocabulary in the box?  


  • Research the Indus Valley and then write a Fact File (like the one you did on Ancient Egypt). Remember your Heading; sub-headings; pictures and captions.  For research, go to to


  • Maths - continue with your revision packs and complete work online. Remember - if you do not get 100% first time. Go back and try again!


Wednesday 25th March

It's another sunny morning!

Today I’d like you to complete the first comprehension Harriet’s Hare.

You should also start working through the maths revision I gave you. There are also some more tasks on MyMaths if you feel like doing some more!


Also - Amazon Audible have many books free to listen to while schools are closed. Ask your parents before trying to access these.


Miss you lots  x

Good morning lovely Class 3!

Today you have a writing task (below). Finish the story and make sure you use interesting language and build up suspense and drama. You are great writers so I am expecting wonderful things...

Maths is online - MyMaths and as always Read Read Read!

Have a great day and stay safe.

Enjoy some yoga and relax!

Look at our erupting volcanoes!