MasterChef – Year 3 edition

As I have been wowed by the amount of delicious food uploaded to the blog I thought it was only fair to share some of my cooking/ meals… a huge thanks to Mr Swallow for the idea.

It would be great to see even more food uploads from those who haven’t got involved yet… If any of you are struggling to upload, feel free to email me:

Try not to laugh at the eggs please 😢

Mr Mathieson

White Rose Maths

Hi Year 3,

White Rose Maths (the maths scheme we use at Birdwell) are producing weekly maths lessons for each year group.

The lessons are broken down into small steps, just like we do in class. There is a video PowerPoint with each lesson, explaining how to tackle the questions.

You can find the maths activities here:

Do not worry if you have not tried any of the White Rose Maths at home as you can still access the previous weeks’ work.

Let me know how you get on 😎

Mr Mathieson




Hi Year 3,

I have attached 2 weeks’ worth of spellings.

It is important that you know what the words mean too. Maybe you could practise them in your working-from-home book by using similar activities to the ones we do in our orange spelling books in class. You could even even get someone to test you on them next week or play some spelling hangman.

Mr Mathieson

Working from home

A huge thank you to everyone who has posted on the blog, I have really enjoyed reading through them all. It’s so strange being in school without you all, very quiet too!

As the blog is being updated with new content each week, it can be difficult to keep track of the different tasks set and the online activities you can try so I have created this sticky post (that means it will always stay at the top of the blog) to help us keep track of everything. When new content is added, I will add them to this post too.


Online activities

However, it is equally important to spend time with your family. Get outside (when you can), bake, draw, paint, help around the house and all the other things that are fun ways to spend your time doing! We don’t know how long this way of working will last but let’s make the most of it!

Take care of yourselves and keep me updated with what you get up to at home.

Mr Mathieson

Make your own potion – Home challenge

As George’s grandmother is a nasty piece of work, he decides to punish her by making a magic medicine to replace her old one.

George collects a variety of ingredients from around the family farm including deodorant and shampoo from the bathroom, floor polish from the laundry room, horseradish sauce and gin from the kitchen, animal medicines, engine oil and anti-freeze from the garage, and brown paint to mimic the colour of the original medicine.

George’s grandmother drinks the medicine and turns enormous. She grows that big that she ends up being out of the roof!

Your challenge is to get creative and make your own potion (do not go stealing your dad’s beers or your mum’s nail polish!)

You could present your work by using pictures or a labelled diagram of your potion. I would also like you to tell me what your potion would do if somebody drank it.

Have fun Year 3! Missing you.

Mr Mathieson

Chester Zoo – Virtual Tour

Hi Year 3,

Hope you are well and keeping busy whether that is school work, around the house or spending time with your family.

Today, 10am, Chester Zoo are hosting a live virtual tour of their Zoo!!!!!!!!!

Below are some details of how the event will be run throughout the day.

As you can’t come to the zoo right now, we’ll bring the zoo to you!

Join us LIVE on our Facebook page from 10am when we’ll be throwing open our ‘virtual gates.’

So, break up the boredom of being at home and, for the first time ever, enjoy a whole day of animal antics, live from your sofa! 🙌

We’ll be featuring many of your favourites…

10:00 👉 Red pandas 🐼
11:00 👉 Rothschild’s giraffes 🦒
12:00 👉 Asian elephants 🐘
13:00 👉 Butterflies 🦋
14:00 👉 Sun bears 🐻
14:30 👉 Sumatran tigers 🐅
14:45 👉 Humboldt penguins 🐧
16:00 👉 Aquarium* 🐠

Come and join the fun. The animals are waiting…

(*Running order may be subject to ever so slight changes… and there may be more surprises throughout the day!)

It certainly sounds like a fun, exciting day! You could even draw me a picture of your favourite animal throughout the day or write about it/ them.

Have fun Year 3!

Mr Mathieson

Joe Wicks PE

Hi Year 3,

It has been great to hear from some of you.

It is clear that you are enjoying Joe Wicks’ PE sessions first thing in a morning and what a brilliant way to start the day!

With schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it is more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised and more optimistic.

For those wanting to take part (and please do) you can join Joe Wicks on his YouTube channel at 9:00am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.

You don’t need any equipment, just a smile and a can-do-it attitude.

Enjoy, Year 3 and keep me posted.

Mr Mathieson

George’s Marvellous Medicine – Rik Mayall

Hey up Year 3!

I hope you are all behaving and helping out where you can.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to finish George’s Marvellous Medicine in class so I have added the following link below. It is the full story split into 5 parts, read out by Rik Mayall (make sure you are strapped into a seat as it is absolutely hilarious!)

Don’t forget, there are links to websites that school has subscribed to in your work-from-home book, along with your usernames and passwords.

Please keep in touch by posting and commenting on the blog. I can’t wait to see what you get up to!

Take care and talk to you all soon.

Mr Mathieson