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Week ending 16th April


Welcome back!  We have had a great first week back in Year 3 and the sun has shone for us all week!


In maths we continued our topic on length & perimeter.  This week we looking at converting between metres, centimetres and millimetres.  Next week we will look at adding and subtracting lengths, and then move on to learning about perimeter.


In English this week we started our new genre.  Over the next few weeks we are looking at mystery stories, and will finish by writing our own mystery stories!  The children seem to be really enjoying the genre so far, and our new class novel 'Anisha Accidental Detective' also seems to be a big hit!


In science we continued our learning about plants, and looked at pollination and seed formation.


In PSHE this half term we are looking at relationships, and we begun this week by considering the jobs that people do, and whether their are specifically "male" and "female" jobs.  We discussed the concept of stereotypes and looked at stereotypes within jobs.


In PE we started our topic on tennis by doing some throwing and catching and some basic racket skills. 


In history we begun our topic on our local area.  We are be looking at the history of Cronton, which will lead into our geography topic learning about land use in Cronton.  Today we looked at the history of employment and trade in Cronton, and learned how Smithy Lane got its name!


We also started our new art topic this week.  This half term we are doing an artist study about Jessica Arrowsmith-Stanley.  We begun this week by learning about the artist and her work.


In RE we started our new topic on rules by considering which different rules we have to follow and why we have rules.  We discussed school rules and rules at home, as well as other rules that we have to follow in our lives.  We talked about Covid-19 and the new rules that we all have to follow.


In computing we continued our topic on rainforests by creating our own rainforest creatures on book creator and creating a soundtrack for our creatures using Garageband.


Congratulations to our star badge, ninja readers, and times table rockstar award winners this week!



Week ending 26.03.21


Well first of all I'd like to say how proud I am of all the children for making it to the end of such a challenging term.  The children have worked very hard both in school and at home and we are all looking forward to (hopefully!) a more *normal* Summer Term with everyone in school together.


In maths this week we begun our topic on length and perimeter.  So far we have looked at measuring length in metres, centimetres and millimetres.  We have considered which unit of measurement would be the best to measure different objects with.


In English this week we finished reading The Twits and finished writing our play scripts based on the book!  The children worked very hard on their play scripts and have produced some excellent pieces of writing.  After Easter we will be looking at mystery stories and reading Anisha Accidental Detective.


In geography this week the children enjoyed some field work!  We drew a sketch map of our school and grounds and shaded it to show the highest and lowest parts.  We then discussed which parts would be the windiest, and where would make the best view point.





On Thursday this week we had our Bunny Run!  The children had lots of fun and looked fantastic too.







Congratulations to our Star Badge, times table rockstars and ninja reading belt certificate winners this week!



This week we also had Christian Value awards to give out.  Our Christian Value for this half term was forgiveness and earlier in the week the children voted for who they felt had shown forgiveness throughout the half term.  The two children below received the most votes.  Congratulations!


Finally, I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter!  I hope that you all enjoy a well-deserved rest, and I look forward to welcoming you all back to school on Monday 12th April.

Week ending 19.03.21


We have had another great week of learning in Year 3.


In maths we have continued our topic on statistics and have been looking at how data can be represented with tally charts, pictograms, bar charts and tables.


In English we have continued reading The Twits and continued writing our own play scripts based on the book.


In science this week we carried out an experiment to find out how water is transported within plants.  We placed a stick of celery in a jug of water and added some coloured food dye.  We will return to the celery in next week's lesson to observe what has happened!


In RE this week we continued with our topic on Easter and learned about Easter Sunday.  We worked in groups to analyse different Bible extracts and find evidence to prove that Easter was either a time of sadness or a time of joy.  We also looked for evidence to prove that Easter symbolises either the beginning or the end.  The children really enjoyed this activity and I was impressed with some of the thoughtful answers that they provided in our whole class discussion.







This week we also continued with our 'Three Little Birds' unit in Music and had a go at composing and then performing our own music.  We continued looking at photo frames in DT and living healthily in PSHE.  We also enjoyed dodgeball with Miss Morris in PE and continued with our rainforests topic in Computing.  In Geography we learned about earthquakes and made a double page spread to show our learning.


On Wednesday this week we also celebrated St Patrick's Day and our green team wore their green clothes and accessories to school.


This Friday was also red nose day, so the children all showed their support for Comic Relief by wearing their red noses, clothes and accessories.



In our Friday Star Badge we also celebrated our achievements this week.  Congratulations to the two children below who received Star Badges this week, and to all the children who received Ninja Reading certificates for all their fantastic reading at home.


Week ending 12.03.21


It has been lovely to welcome all the children back to school this week.  I know that they had missed seeing their friends throughout lockdown and we had certainly missed them in school too.  On Monday afternoon we did some arts and crafts activities and had a play on our school field to ease ourselves back into school routines!


In maths this week we have been looking at statistics and have focused on tally charts and pictograms.  The children have grasped the concept really well and I am proud of how hard they have worked and settled back into our 5 part maths lessons.


In English we have continued looking at play scripts.  On Monday we worked in groups to rehearse and then perform a short play script, thinking about how to follow the stage directions as well as read the lines!  The children really enjoyed this activity and we certainly have some actors and actresses in the making!




In RE this week we learned about the events of Holy Week and discussed the feelings of joy and sadness within the Easter story.  We wrote a diary entry in role as a disciple on one of the days from Holy Week.  Then we did a hot seating activity in role as the disciples, and other children asked questions about the events of Holy Week.  We then focused on Good Friday, and whether it was a time of joy or sadness.



In geography we carried on with our Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes topic.  This week we learned about the Ring of Fire.  We then talked about the impact that volcanic eruptions can have, and looked at Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii as an example.


We also enjoyed our DT, PSHE, music and computing lessons this week!  In DT we looked at how to strengthen structures and in PSHE we continued looking at how to live healthily.  We continued with our Three Little Birds unit in music and had a go at improvisation using the glockenspiels!  In computing we started learning about rainforests and used 360 degree videos to understand what it is like in a rainforest.  We made our own digital learning journals to record our learning for this unit.


Overall we have had a fantastic first week back in Year 3.  The children have settled back in well and seem to be enjoying being back in school.  We are all looking forward to (hopefully!) having the rest of the year together without any more closures!

Week ending 05.03.21


We have had another busy week in Year 3 this week!  The children in school and at home have continued with their high standards of work across all subjects.  I am so excited to have all our children back in class together on Monday and can't wait to see you all.


In Maths this week we continued with our topic on money and looked at adding and subtracting money as well as calculating change.


In English we continued our topic Dialogues and Plays and this week began looking at play scripts.  We identified the features of a play script and how the dialogue differs in comparison to dialogue in a story.  We looked at plays from The Twits and some children even had a go at acting out the play at home!


In science, we looked at the functions of the different parts of a flowering plant.  In DT children looked at different strengthening techniques using paper and in PSHE children continued their topic on keeping healthy.  We had our second music lesson this week and children added musical instruments to their performance.  Some children used instruments that they had at home whereas others created their own instruments out of household objects.  In geography this week we learned about volcanoes and how they are created.  Some children even carried out a science experiment to create their own volcanoes at home!



Of course, the highlight of this week was World Book Day on Thursday!  The children all looked fantastic dressed as their favourite book characters.  Here are just a few of our children in their wonderful outfits:





This year we linked our World Book Day with our International Studies, and each class looked at stories from a different country.  In Year 3 we looked at Native American tales.  We learned who the Native Americans are, and a bit about their history and culture.  Then we looked at 5 short Native American stories.  The children chose their favourite Native American story and retold the story using a storyboard.


Week ending 26.02.21


What a first week back it has been!  There has been lots of learning going on in Year 3 this week from the children in school and at home.


In maths we have started our topic on money.  We looked at counting money in pounds and pence and then moved on to converting between pounds and pence.


We started our new English topic this week on Dialogues and Plays.  We have begun reading The Twits (which seems to be going down very well!!) and focusing on the dialogue in the story.  On Thursday we did our Independent Write and wrote a fact file about Roald Dahl's life.


In science we begun our new topic on Plants, and in geography we started our topic on Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes by learning about how mountains are formed.  In RE this half term we are looking at sadness and joy in the Easter story, and we began this week by revising the events of Palm Sunday.  We also started our new DT topic on photo frames, and our PSHE topic on keeping healthy.  We also had our first home learning music lesson this week, and it was a joy to watch some of the children's performances on Seesaw.


On Tuesday we also had our Parent Consultations and I had the pleasure of speaking to all parents and sharing their children's wonderful achievements with them.



Lockdown Spring 2021


Despite being in lockdown, the children in Year 3 have worked very hard over the past 6 weeks.

In English, we began by looking at stories with familiar settings.  We read three stories by Anthony Browne and then we planned, drafted and edited our own stories with familiar settings.





Then we looked at calligrams and shape poems.  First of all we looked and and created our own calligrams.  Then we learned about poetic devices such as alliteration, onomatopoeia and similes, and then we created our own shape poems, focusing on both the words and the shape of the poem.  I was so impressed with the children's creativity when creating the shapes for their poems!





In History this half term we learned all about the Romans.  The children really enjoyed this topic and carried out lots of fantastic research into different aspects of life in Roman Britain.



Our Science topic for this half term was Rocks & Soils.  During this topic the children learned about the three main types of rock and how they are formed, as well as learning about soil and fossils.



During RE topic this half term we thought about how Jesus changes lives.  We looked at Bible stories about people who's lives had been changed by Jesus, as well as thinking about other people in history who's lives were changed by Jesus.  We looked at the charity Christian Aid, and thought about how Jesus changes lives today.  Finally we thought about changes in our own lives and how these changes make us feel.



Children also kept fit and active whilst at home by completing daily PE challenges!




4th December


Congratulations to all our celebration winners today!  I was so proud this morning as we FINALLY beat Year 4 in the Accelerated Reading competition.  The child holding the trophy was our top word count reader this week, but all the children have been working really hard and doing lots of reading to try and beat Year 4.  Well done Year 3!

4th December


In music today we created and then performed our own compositions using the note C.  We learned all about different note values and used minims and crotchets in our compositions.

3rd December


Today we had a very special visitor in school, all the way from the North Pole!

3rd December


In RE today we discussed the Shepherds' journey to visit baby Jesus at Christmas time.  We did a hot seating activity to ask the shepherds some questions about their journey.

30th November


The blue team celebrated St Andrew's Day today by coming to school in their own blue clothes.

30th November


Today in science we investigated whether everything can make a shadow.  We then discussed whether each object was opaque, translucent and transparent, and why certain objects did not make a shadow!  Can your children remember what we learned?

27th November


Congratulations to our star badge, times table rockstars, and reading certificate winners this week!

27th November


Earlier this week we had our school council vote.  There were lots of great candidates and the vote was very close, but congratulations go to these two children who received the most votes and will be representing Year 3 in the school council this year!

27th November


This afternoon we began learning about Scotland in geography.  We learned where the Scotland is located within the UK and described the location using cardinal directions.  We also found out lots of information including Scotland's capital city, the Scottish flag, and how to travel from Cronton to Scotland and how long it would take!

27th November


Today we had another music lesson and we had lots of fun improvising different rhythms and melodies.

23rd November


Our current RE topic is 'Called by God'.  We have learned about prophets in the Bible, and thought about people today who have been called by God.  Today Reverend Bob joined us (via Zoom of course!) to talk to the children about his calling.  The children prepared questions to ask Reverend Bob to find out all about his experiences.  Thank you to Reverend Bob for joining us and bringing our learning to life!

20th November


It might only be November, but we were feeling very festive in Year 3 today!  The children looked fantastic in all their Christmas clothes and accessories.  "Merry Christmas" from Year 3!


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20th November


Year 3 enjoyed their music lesson again this afternoon.  After learning to identify the pulse last week, this week the children played the glockenspiel to our piece of music for this unit 'Let Your Spirit Fly'.  Today we used notes C, F and G.

20th November


In geography this week we continued our topic 'the UK as part of Europe'.  We identified the UK on a map of Europe and used cardinal directions to describe where it is in relation to other countries and seas.  Then we used google maps to find out how long it would take us to travel from Cronton to some other European countries, and what the best mode of transport would be.

20th November


Congratulations to all our certificate winners this week!  These children have been awarded star badges, reading certificates and times table rockstars certificates.  Well done!

17th November


This week we are celebrating Anti-Bullying week in school.  Today we all came in with crazy hairstyles, to show how unique and different we all are!  The children all looked fantastic.

13th November


Congratulations to our Star Badge, ninja reading belt, and times table rockstar award winners this week!

13th November


Today we started our new music topic.  We listened to the song 'Let Your Spirit Fly' and discussed whether we liked it or not and why.  We also discussed what style of music it was, and which musical instruments we could hear in the song.  Then we had some fun moving our bodies to the pulse in different ways!

9th November


In science today we continued our topic on light.  We discussed how light is reflected from surfaces to enable us to see things, and investigated whether some materials reflect light better than others.

6th November


Congratulations to our Star Badge winners, times table rockstars and reading certificate winners today!

6th November


This afternoon saw our Recovery Curriculum in action, as we learned all about Australia in geography.  Year 3 showed off their map skills and were able to find Australia in an atlas.  Ask your children what we learned about Australia today!

6th November


Our DT topic for Autumn 1 was glove puppets.  We began by looking at and discussing different types of puppets.  Then we learned how to do a running stitch and an overstitch, and we designed our own glove puppets.  After weeks of hard work, today we finally completed our puppets!  The children have worked very hard on their puppets and I'm so pleased with the final results!  We spent a time today evaluating our puppets, and then putting on puppet shows for each other!

5th November


Accelerated Reading time is our favourite time of the day in Year 3!  15 minutes of peace and quiet where we can enjoy our reading books.

4th November


Year 3 enjoyed their PE lesson with Miss Morris this afternoon!

16th October


Well done to all our celebration winners this week!

9th October


Well done to all our winners in today's celebration worship!

6th October


Today in science we learned all about air resistance!  The children were tasked with designing a parachute that would fall to the ground as slowly as possible.  Can your children remember what we found out?  Which parachute design was the best and why?

5th October


In English, we have been reading 'Stone Age Boy'.  I think it's safe to say that the children are thoroughly enjoying the book!  Just look at all those engrossed readers!

2nd October


Congratulations to all our winners in today's celebration worship!

29th September


In science today we learnt about friction!  We investigated how much friction is created by different surfaces.  Can your children remember what we learnt?

28th September


In history today we learned about the Bronze Age.  The children used artefacts, books and iPads to research different aspects of life in the Bronze Age.  Then they created some fabulous double page spreads to show everything that they learned!

25th September - European Day of Languages


Today we celebrated European Day of Languages!  We learned all about Germany, and even learned to speak some German.  The children all looked fantastic dressed in either the colours of the German flag, or in traditional German clothes!

21st September


Today Year 3 enjoyed being archaeologists!  We have been learning about the Stone Age in history, and today Year 3 had the opportunity to examine some Stone Age artefacts.  We discussed what the artefacts might have been used for, and what they can tell us about life in the Stone Age.

15th September


In science we learned about the effects of gravity.  We also learned the difference between mass and weight.  The children then measured the mass and weight of different classroom objects, and discovered and interesting link between the mass and weight!

3rd September


Welcome to Year 3!  This week we have created our own personal shields, thinking about the things that are important to us.  We have displayed our personal shields in the classroom to create a colourful and welcoming display, and so that they are always there to remind us of the things that are important to us.


We also thought about our Christian Value for this half term; Service.  We thought about all the people who have served us throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, and created colourful posters to thank them for their service.