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Saturday 20th June was the summer solstice.  But what does this actually mean?


In the Northern Hemisphere, the June solstice (aka summer solstice) occurs when the Sun reaches its highest  in the sky.  This date marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring when Earth arrives at the point in its orbit where the North Pole is at its maximum tilt (about 23.5 degrees) toward the Sun, resulting in the longest day and shortest night of the calendar year. (By longest “day,” we mean the longest period of sunlight.)  This video may explain more.

What is a Solstice? | National Geographic

What is the definition of a solstice, and when do they happen?


Warm up

Please edit the following piece of dialogue by adding speech marks and other punctuation in the correct places and adding synonyms for 'said' that you collected last week. You may also add an adverbial phrase to describe how the character said something eg she said, shaking with fear. Remember a new line for each new speaker.

Sit on your bed and be a good boy Basil Mrs Lambert said. But I only want to play fetch said Basil.

Ok just one game.


We have covered all the spellings we need to this year and normally in class now, we would be revising old lists and generating personal lists.

I would like you to practise the following lists of spellings in whatever way you see fit.  These have been assigned on spelling shed too.

If you feel like there are too many, just select 10 that you feel you would be most likely to use in your writing.

We will do a live hive game on Thursday using these spellings.

Phonics Spellings

If you are in the phonics group, we would like you to work with a new sound this week 'ew'.  This actually makes two slightly different sounds and there are a lot of words with this spelling eg new, knew, few, stew, brew, screw, crew, threw. Please look at the teaching video and activities on the phonics page in school closure.  I have also made a list for you on Spelling Shed. On Thursday I will set up a live Hive game just for the phonics children with words from all the sounds we've covered so far.



Start with one of the new FlashBack4 pages saved underneath.

Then watch the following video.

Year 3 - Week 7 - Lesson 1 - Measure length

Year 3 - Week 7 - Lesson 1 - Measure length

Then have a go at the sheet which is either saved in your packs named 'measure length' or is saved underneath.

Something Easier

Everyone should be able to do this sheet today.  If you need more practice at measuring, get a grown up or older sibling to draw some lines that measure whole cm's and then use a ruler to measure the lengths.

Something Harder



History Stonehenge

You've learnt about the Stone Age and a little bit about the Bronze Age last week. Now where does the building of Stonehenge fit in on that timeline? You may need to refer back to the timeline you made last week.

On the Summer Solstice, people flock to Stonehenge to watch the sunrise, but why?

Please visit the BBC website on this link

watch the videos, read the information and then choose from the two activities.  Either make a factfile about Stonehenge or make a model of it.  You don't have to use their materials, you could be creative and do it your way. We've  set this as a homework task for many years and children have enjoyed making Stonehenge out of biscuits or spongecake (sorry parents).

You choose, with your parents permission of course.