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Year 3



We started the week with a Hoola Hooping session. They were all fantastic! Much better than me! They could hoola hoop for at least 30 seconds with one or more hoop. The greatest amount of hoops was 7! Some of the children had a go at completing the tricks, they had a go at running whilst hoola hooping and also climbing onto a raised platform and jumping off...all while hoola hooping!! A skill which was mastered very quickly. 

Later in the week they had the Volcano presentations to look forward to. Every one shared facts they had learnt about a specific volcano and shared these through power points, posters and models. All of the children did an amazing job and I was very proud of how much effort they had put into this. Thank you to everyone at home who helped with the organisation of this. A job well done! 

The volcanoes will be put on display in school so the hard work can be seen by all. 



Hoola Hooping




The first full week back has been a very busy one.  They started the week with an enrichment session with Bee Active. They completed a challenge where they had to see how many lunges, press ups and jumping the hurdles they could do. There were also different challenges for them to complete.   At the end of the session they played ‘Battle Cones’ where they had to work as a team to knock down the other teams cones. This made them communicate with each other and create tactics to be able to win the game. They were excellent at working together as team. Well done Year Three.


In Art this week, they have started to find out about the artist ‘Andy Goldsworthy’. They were very impressed with the sculptures he has produced using sticks, leaves, stone, mud, ice and snow. In their sketch books they have created a fact file front page using photographs, sketches and facts all about him.  Over the coming weeks they will be using natural materials to create their own sculpture in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.

It has been lovely to welcome Year Three back to school after the Christmas holidays. They have come back with an eagerness to find out and expand their knowledge even more.

In English, they have started to look at a new text called ‘The Stone Age Boy’ they have started to use comparative and superlative adjectives to describe a setting. After practising these they chose a setting from the book so far and wrote a description about it.  Maths this week has started looking at the 4 times tables, they have practised sequencing the multiples of 4 through chanting and completing their Times Tables Rock stars daily. They have also been investigating the relationship between multiplication and division.

As part of our ‘Angry Earth’ topic they have been exploring what it would be like to live around the base of a volcano. They have discovered there are some very interesting plants and animals that have adapted. One of the most interesting plants was the Silversword which is found in the desert zone in Hawaii. It has adapted and has narrow pointed silver, hairy leaves. There was also lots of different animals. The Hoary Bat is also from Hawaii and feasts on moths and insects. They are small and brown to camouflage with the rocks.

Year Three have finished the autumn term off with a very festive week and what a fantastic week it has been!

They have been making Christingles and have discussed the meaning of them and what they represent.  They have also had some very special visitors into school this week, two reindeer called Vixen and Tinks who behaved very well whilst the children asked questions about them. They have found out many facts about them such as why their legs make a clicking noise when they walk and why their antlers are furry. 

Thank you for all of your support this term it is always very much appreciated.  

Have a lovely holiday.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.  See you in January. 

Christmas Jumper Day 2021.

To sew or not to sew....

Year Three have been practising their skills this week by sewing onto a piece of binca.  They have been improving their running stitch skills and some have practised their cross stitch.  At the start of the week they all commented that they didn’t like sewing as it was boring but their minds have been well and truly changed. So much so they have all asked when we can do it again as it has been the best week ever!!

Sew... if you need any buttons sewing onto clothes then your child will do this for you. They were very excited to see how far they had come with this in just a week. I can’t wait to see who will make it to the sewing bee!

Week 2 - Christmas traditions around the world.

Year Three did some fantastic homework for RE, finding out about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. They were so creative! Some of the children have shared their information this week and the rest of the class will share their findings next week.

Did you know that in Poland people put their slippers out for Santa and not their stockings!

In Australia Santa comes on the surf board but in Kenya he comes on a camel! They have all learnt so much.

They should be very proud of themselves this week as they have used all of the strategies and skills learnt over the past term to complete their assessments. They have shown how much determination and perseverance they have by ensuring they answer every question to the best of their ability. I am very proud of them!

The week finished with an excellent morning at Market Drayton Festival Centre watching ‘Dick Whittingham’. They were all fantastic ambassadors for our school and behaved very well. Everyone had a fantastic time and enjoyed watching a great show with some brilliant jokes! Well done Year Three.


As part of our Angry Earth topic year three have been finding out what it would have been like to live at the bottom of an active volcano. They discovered that all towns and cities at the base of the volcano have an 'Emergency Evacuation Plan' and this is dependent on the previous eruptions. They have written diary extracts from the view point of a farmer whose farm is at the bottom of the volcano and have produced an survival guide to help people understand what they need to do to stay safe.



In Science, they have been exploring which foods different animals eat. They paired up and researched what the animals ate, where their habitat was and whether they were an omnivore, a carnivore or a herbivore. Mrs Gleave gave some challenge questions and held a discussion about meat eaters and plant eaters. They could identify which animal was in which category and produced some amazing fact files about a variety of animals. One of the facts they learnt was that horses cannot breathe through their mouths!


In music, they have started to explore the glockenspiels. They played the noted E and D and played two pieces of music using these notes. They were excellent at keeping the beat and playing along with the tune. I was very impressed!

Another busy week in Year Three!

This week Year Three have been developing their understanding and have started to  spread the message of ‘One Kind Word’ in support of this year's Anti-bullying Week. In support of this they all came into school with odd socks.

On Monday, they took part in a BBC live lesson and listened to different scenarios. They watched a role play session and explained how they could help the boy who was being bullied. They designed their own odd socks which we will hang as bunting in our cloakroom to remind everyone that ‘One Kind Word’ helps lots of people.  They explained how they would spread kindness through the school, there were some excellent thought shared. Some examples of these were:

  • Helping others when they are hurt.
  • Asking people if they are ok.

They will send a ripple of kindness by sharing a smile and saying ’One kind word makes a difference’.


 In English, they have been continuing to use time adverbials when writing a diary entry or a letter. They have written also been exploring the characters in the boy and identifying why Tom and the boy are very different.


In Maths, they have been solving word problems linked to the addition and subtraction skills they have learnt. They have again been challenging themselves to beat their previous times tables challenge.  They are very competitive with themselves.


As part of the 'Angry Earth' topic they have been researching different facts about a range of volcanoes. They looked at Cotopaxi, Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna and Mount Fuji to name a few. After a discussion about where each continent was in relation to the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere they used an atlas to locate the different volcanoes in the world. 


For Children in Need all children came dressed in their own clothes and donated a pound to support the charity. They looked at why we raise money for them and what the money raised goes to support. They looked at a little boy’s story who is thankful for the opportunity to be able to do things he never would have been able to without the support of each and everyone.  They found out that Pudsey is the official mascot of the BBC Children in Need. Pudsey appeared in 1985 and was created by Joanna Ball, he took his name from her home town -  Pudsey, Yorkshire. Blush is also a Children in Need bear and she gained her name by being signed by George Bush and Tony Blair. She took a part of each surname which formed her name now. 


Thank you to you all for supporting an amazing charity.



This week Year Three have continued to use the text ‘The Winter’s Child’ to explore the use of time adverbs which they have used to write a clear concise set of instructions and to create a diary entry from Tom. In Maths, they have been continuing to work on addition and subtraction while crossing 10 and 100. When asked how they completed the question there were some super explanations using language such as ‘I used the inverse...’ and ‘I started by....’.


They have been exploring how nutrients are important in a balanced diet. They have started to plan a menu using all of the sections of the Eatwell guide.

On Thursday they joined the whole school to remember all service personnel who fought in the war. They learnt about why we wear a poppy and why there are different coloured poppies.

They learnt about the last post and why is it played. Miss Toft performed it to the class on her trumpet.  Please click on the sound bar below to listen.  

Last Post

Friday 5th November.

Year Three have made a fantastic start to the second half of the Autumn Term.

In English, they have made predictions about our new text ‘The Winter’s Child’. They have described the setting using a or an in the correct places, prepositions and expanded noun phrases. Using these descriptions they wrote a poem and described what Nana might have seen through the window.  The favourite lesson in English was using inverted commas. They were asked to write a conversation between Tom and Nana using pasta and a white board pen. They were all very shocked when they were told to write on the tables. They have been given strict instructions ‘Not to try this at home!’

In Art, all children used one of our school values by showing how resilient they could be. They were given half of a Stone Age animal and using the skills learnt over the last half term they created texture and tone to create the mirror image of the animal. They all showed real determination and their sketches were excellent.

In French, they have started a new unit called ‘Les Animaux’. The pronunciation was excellent and everyone had a go at saying the animals. Un Mouton is the favourite at the moment. Next week they will learn more animals in French and they will be telling everyone what their favourite animal is.

Wow! The end of the first half term already!

Year Three should be commended on the hard work and dedication they have shown this half term. They have been absolute superstars and have attempted every challenge which has been given. Well done Year Three.

This week during Science, they turned into Palaeontologists and excavated fossils from a rock. The rock happened to be a chocolate chip cookie and the fossils were the chocolate chips! Their challenge was to excavate as many fossils (AKA chocolate chips) as they could without breaking them or eating them! The room was silent and the concentration was immense as they used their tools to excavate the fossils. The overall record was 25 fossils.

They have also had the opportunity to watch Steve Backshall deliver a live ‘Deadly 60’ lesson about fossils and evolution. They were amazing with their knowledge and could answer the questions before the challenge team. They investigated the different types of fossils and categorised them into three sections: A trace fossil, a body fossil and a coprolite. This was thoroughly enjoyed and they all wanted to know more about the ‘Deadly Dinosaurs’.


Thank you for all of your support during the first half term. Have a very restful week.

When I was born in the Stone Age by Michael Rosen and Year Three.

Earlier in the term, the children celebrated National Poetry Day. This year’s theme was ‘Choice’. Each year group read a range of poems and chose their favourite to learn and perform to other year groups. They were absolutely amazing and word perfect. Click on the play button below to hear the recital.  Fantastic Year three! Please listen to our performance - we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed learning and performing it.

Another week has flown by in Year Three!



They have been very excited this week to get their passwords for ‘The Spelling League’. The competition is on to see who can earn the most amounts of coins to upgrade their stadiums.  Who will get the most coins?




They have worked incredibly hard to complete some amazing writing assessments, this has enabled them to show off what they have learnt over this half term in their English lessons. There was some super writing. I am very proud of how hard they have worked.

In Maths, they have started to use the column addition method to solve addition sums. They have learnt about why it is so important for them to have the numbers in the correct columns and what happens if we don’t!

During Science, they have learnt how the fossilisation process happened. They sequenced the stages to create a zig zag book to show how and when it all happened. They want to know more about how they found the fossils and how the palaeontologists excavated them. Watch this space!!

Using their History skills, they were able to give their opinion about why Stonehenge was built and what is would have been used for. There were lots of thoughtful views shared. They were able to use the sources of evidence to provide them with their own thoughts and opinions which they shared with their friends in class.

#HelloYellow - National Mental Health Day

Friday was National Mental Health Day. Throughout the day Year three completed a series of activities related to their feelings and emotions. One of the first activities was to talk about the range of emotions they experience throughout the week, once they had done this it was easy to find them all in the word search.

One of the emotions they looked into further was resilience. They talked about how they could build resilience in school. Some of the examples were ‘Never giving up!’, ‘Believing in yourself’ and ‘Working hard!’  There was lots of other ways discussed but these are the three that are going to displayed in our classroom.

They discovered that all emotions were not always good ones and there were also difficult emotions, they discussed how they currently deal with them and how they would deal with them going forward. Dancing and Music seemed to be popular ways to deal with anger, frustration and being upset.

Finally, they took part in a Super Hero competition. They had to design a Super Hero with very special super powers to support other people. The entries were fantastic and the winner will be revealed very soon!

During Science this week Year three have continued to investigate all about ‘Rocks and Soils. Their task this week was to discover different rocks and their purposes. Through research they chose the rock they were going to investigate and have started to produce a fact file all about it and its uses.

Skara Brae has been the area of interest during History this week. There were lots of questions asked about how the site was preserved after thousands of years but the main topic of interest was the beds and how comfortable they would have been. After discovering that the beds were made from heather covered from animal skins they all decided that they would stick with their comfy beds at home.

Friday was ‘National Multiplication Day’ and to celebrate they had an afternoon thinking about all things times tables. They have designed their own times table game which they have taken home to play with the rest of family.

In maths Year Three are working very hard on their times tables. They have daily practise where they are all aspiring to be rock stars! They should be very proud of themselves as they have all made super progress from where they started. Alongside this they have an extra challenge on a Friday where they complete the ‘Magic 96’. This is their favourite time of the week as they can see how much they have improved since the previous week.

On Thursday, they had a brilliant day! In the morning they visited St John the Baptist Church in Ashley where they completed a challenge to discover some objects and artefacts. They listened to Father David explaining what happened at a Christening and why they had two fonts in the church.

In the afternoon they were very lucky to experience a visit from a real life Viking. He came into school to talk to them about what life was like during 793 AD -1066. One of the favourite parts of the session was finding out about the weapons they used in battle. They had a question and answer session and asked about how and where he lived and how they kept clean! It was safe to say that no one was very keen on not having a bath or cleaning their teeth!!

A fantastic start to Year Three


The start of the first Autumn half term has seen Year 3 starting to read a new book called 'Seal Surfer' by Michael Foreman.  They started by making predictions using the front cover and blurb about what they think the story might be about.   After discovering where the story was set they have been using a range of prepositions when describing the setting.  Using information books and BBC clips they have completed research about how seals behave, what they look like and the habitat they live in which has led to writing an information text using paragraphs.

An excellent start Year Three, keep up the hard work!

Welcome to Year 3


Key information for parents:

  • Year 3 children come into school at 8.40am and enter school through their cloakroom door near staff car park.
  • Year 3 leave school at 3.05 pm through the same door.
  • PE takes place on Wednesdays and children should come to school in their PE kit on this day.
  • Reading books are changed on Wednesdays.



Miss Carter and Mrs Lakin look forward to seeing you in Year 3.

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