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Stone Age Jewellery

October 20th, 2021 by

We studied pictures of Stone Age jewellery and used our knowledge of the Stone Age to identify what materials would have been used to make them. Stone Age people made use of natural materials. No part of the animals they caught for food would have been wasted. Apart from furs providing warm bedding and clothing, the bones, teeth, antlers and horns made great ornaments! The beads were threaded on leather thongs, and shells and stones would have been used, too.

We modelled our clay beads on photographs and drawings of the jewellery that has been discovered over the years. We drew our necklace design first, before gathering clay and making a start on molding and shaping the clay into the correct shape of bones and shells. Before the clay had a chance to set, we used our carving tools to make indentations that would be fitting of bones and shells.

Here are some of our finished Stone Age necklaces and bracelets. We think they look rather nice!


Making Stone Age Stewed Fruit

October 20th, 2021 by

After looking at the difference between farmers and hunter gathers in the Stone Age, we moved on to discussing the different types of food they had available and what their diet was like. We then decided to make a Stone Age meal of our own and we chose to make stone age stewed fruit. Back in the stone age, berries and fruit would have been easily accessible and research shows that prehistoric people would have been able to gather honey. We decided to use these ingredients when making our stone age meal.  Here’s how we did it:

We carefully chopped apples and placed them into a pan.

 

Next, we added berries and honey to the pan and took it in turns to stir the mixture.

 

Then, we added the mixture to the hob and let it simmer for 20 minutes while we wrote up our instructions.

Once the 20 minutes was up, we took the mixture off the hob and let it cool.

Finally, once the mixture had cooled down we were able to sit back and enjoy our creation.

 

Here are our thoughts:

”Brilliant” – Isabella

”It’s really nice” – Jacob

”Sweet” – Naevia

”Disgusting” – John

”Lovely” – Ivy

”It’s indescribable!” – James

”Revolting” – Rory

”Delicious” – Oscar


Creating a cave wall

October 15th, 2021 by

In our creative lessons, we have been working towards creating our very own cave wall with cave art. We took time this week to collect tools that Stone Age people would have used from our school grounds, such as sticks, berries and flowers. We then combined the materials we found to create our very own paint, we used the paint to create our cave art on top of our cave backgrounds which we made look rugged using lentils and grains.

 

 

We tested them in our sketch books by rubbing. We identified which materials made the best marks and which would have been most useful in the Stone Age. Our favorite Stone Age colouring tools were the berries – they made a very bright mark! We labelled them carefully so that we can remember what materials created those marks.

 

Next, it was time to create paint using materials they would have had in the Stone Age such as berries and herbs. We mixed them with water and flour. The paint took lots of mixing! We then painted stripes in our sketchbook, while trying to think of a way to make some of our paints darker. We tried using mud to make our paint darker.

 

Finally, it was time to make our cave wall. We stuck lentils and grains onto a piece of cardboard.

 


Creating Stone Age Cave Art

October 13th, 2021 by

While learning about the Stone Age, we have been looking closely at cave art. We noticed that cave art often has animals or people moving and doing tasks. We practised using pastels and graphite first and create a joint hand print display.

 

We decided that we wanted to create cave art of our own, so we sketched our designs. Using pastels, we blended our lines to create form, tone and shape.

 


Space Week

October 11th, 2021 by

As part of World Space Week, year 3 looked closely at the famous space artist Peter Thorpe. We looked at the work he has produced and analysed it – we noticed that he used bright colours and often had unusual backgrounds. We later found the terminology for this was abstract and he always had an object in the foreground. We then got started creating our own abstract backgrounds.

 

Once our backgrounds were created, it was time to add paint. We carefully followed the faint lines we had made with our pain and let it dry. While our paint was drying, we moved onto our rocket. This is the item that is going to be in the foreground so we wanted it to stand out, we decided to colour it using water colours.

 

Once our work was dry, we glued the rocket onto the abstract background to create the overall picture. We are very impressed with our work.

 


Place Value

September 24th, 2021 by

We loved creating our own 3-digit numbers using a place value chart. We worked in pairs and took it in turns to to create numbers using our counters while our partner had to work out the answer. There were some very tricky ones!

 


Welcome to Year 3

September 10th, 2021 by

Welcome to the Year 3 blog of 2021/2022. On here we will be sharing all of the fun activities we have been getting up to throughout our journey in Year 3. Be sure to keep an eye on this blog for any updates. We are all working very hard and want to show off our wonderful work to you! We hope you enjoy.

St Luke's C.E. Primary School - Year 3


Year 3A – Creating Bruschetta

June 14th, 2021 by

We have been learning all about Europe as part of our creative topic. This week we have been looking at food and where different types of food come from. We also enjoyed finding out about different countries traditional foods. We chose to create our own version of an italian classic, bruschetta.

 

When creating our bruschetta, we had to carefully chop tomatoes and mix them with a small amount of salt, pepper and oil. We discussed why this might have been a popular italian dish and the children were able to write out their own instructions, explaining how to make it. Some of us loved it and wanted to eat it all day long… but others were not so keen.

 

”mmmm can I have some more?” – Harry

”I don’t like it” – Jack

”I think it’s yummy” – Kurt

 


Year 3: Design & Technology

June 14th, 2021 by

Today, we have been working on Design & Technology skills in Creative. We have been investigating food originating from European countries and have been learning about the diet of the region and seasonality of foods from across Europe. We even talked about food mileage. We made bruschetta and discussed the flavours and how the ingredients were grown and made.
Our key skills involved a range of techniques such as peeling, chopping, slicing, grating, mixing, spreading, kneading and baking, today.


Y3B: 3D Shapes

June 8th, 2021 by

Today, Year 3B have been recapping our understanding of 3D shapes after half term by building models. Using marshmallows and straws, we built a variety of shapes, using key terminology (vertex, vertices, edge, face). We have made cubes, cuboids, triangular-based pyramids, square-based pyramids and a variety of prisms. We had great fun and learnt lots!


Year 3A – Designing and creating

May 26th, 2021 by

Year 3A have been very busy this week, designing and creating their very own plant pots. We have enjoyed using different painting techniques to create our designs – we experimented by using the end of our paintbrush to create polka dots.

 


Year 3A – French PE

May 19th, 2021 by

In our french lesson today we got active! We learnt the french terms for run, jump, hop, skip and run on the spot. We then headed outside and chose a group teacher. The teacher in every group would test the others taking part in our PE lesson to see if they could complete the right activity.  Our hearts certainly started racing!

 


Year 3A – Equivalent fraction fanatics

May 12th, 2021 by

Today, Year 3A investigated equivalent fractions. We experimented by using paper plates and cutting them into equal parts. Once we had found as many equivalent fractions using our plates, we began matching up the broken fractions to complete the fraction wall. When the fraction wall was complete, we then identified fractions which were equivalent all the way up to twelfths!

 

”We used a paper plate and cut it in half to make two halves, then we got another plate and cut it into quarters. We then got one more paper plate and cut it into eighths. Once the paper plates were all cut, we used them to find equivalent fractions. I learnt that one half is equivalent to two quarters which is also equivalent to 4 eighths! We had so much fun”. – Amy

 


Year 3A – Fantastic French

May 11th, 2021 by

Year 3A have been working very hard on their new french topic ‘Our School’. The children have been learning how to pronounce different rooms and objects that you would find in school, in french. They particularly loved this weeks task where they had to match up the photographs of the rooms to the french name. Great job team!

 


Year 3A – Plant Investigation

May 5th, 2021 by

In year 3A we have continued to investigate our beans, to see how they are growing in their current environments. This week we found that some of the beans had began to grow shoots however, the beans that are stored in arctic conditions have not changed.

 


Y3B: Secret Fractions

May 4th, 2021 by

This morning, we have been working on our ability to find fractions of numbers by completing a super secret mission. This is because we were writing our answers on the desks in whiteboard pen! We found 1/2 and 1/4 of several numbers, and practiced writing our answers as fractions. Let’s hope nobody tells Mr Woods!

 


Year 3A – Countries in Europe

April 29th, 2021 by

We have loved using our map reading skills to locate countries in Europe, for our classroom display.

 


Year 3A – Plant Investigation

April 28th, 2021 by

As part of our Science topic, we have been discussing what makes plants grow. We are carrying out experiments in groups to investigate the things plants need to grow well. The questions we have asked are:

What happens if a plant has no water?

Can a plants grow in the dark?

If a plant has no heat, will it still grow?

 

We planted our beans this week and are going to keep a close eye on them. We are observing our beans regularly, to see if they grow.


Year 3A – Computing programmes

April 22nd, 2021 by

Year 3 are focusing on Europe this half term. In our computing lesson today, we focused on an artist and replicated some of his work using the application ‘Paint’ on our laptops. We learnt about an artist named Antonio Gaudí, whos work is still visited today in the popular European city, Barcelona.

 

We used inspiration from his work, to create similar mosaic like pictures on our laptop. We used different brush sizes, added shapes and learnt how to use the fill feature. We are very proud of our designs!

 


Y3B: Road Safety

April 22nd, 2021 by

This week, Year 3 have had a wonderful opportunity to learn all about pedestrianism and road safety. We were visited by the experts and we had a great time learning about how to keep ourselves safe when out and about.


Year 3A – Pedestrian training

April 22nd, 2021 by

Today, Year 3A took part in the first session of their pedestrian training course. They learnt lots of important skills in regards to crossing the rode and even practised these skills independently using the Green Cross Code.

 

‘We learnt the Green Cross Code’ – Emilly

‘we learnt how to cross a road properly’ – Finley

‘ We learnt to look right before left’ – Jack

We learnt that we have to look right first because that is where the cars come from first. ‘ – Josie

‘The Green Cross Code was stop, look, listen and think’ – Lucas

 

       


Year 3A – Growing in our Garden

April 20th, 2021 by

To kick start our new topic, Plants, we began transforming our outdoor garden. We discussed what elements a plant needed in order to grow before deciding that the garden outside of our classroom was the perfect place! We split up into two teams in order to plant our cornflowers. We took each stage very carefully noting why the bucket had a hole in the bottom, why we used compost and  why the plant needed to be watered after it had been planted.

We are all very excited to look after our class plants this half term and are looking for other interesting plants that we could grown in our garden. Please pass any suggestions on to team Year 3A!

 


Year 3A – Giving All

March 31st, 2021 by

As part of our giving all topic, we have been focusing on the Lenten period and how we should act during the run up to Easter. We have taken time to reflect on Jesus’ actions during this time and looked at ways in which we could make Jesus proud by acting as he did.

This week we have spent time discussing what a generous heart is and individuals who we believe have generous hearts. We related this idea back to the story of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.

We role played and freeze framed aspects of this event.  At various points we explain the actions of the people within it and the children shared what they thought people might have said.


Y3B: Salaries and Careers

March 30th, 2021 by

This afternoon, we were inspired by our RE lesson on people who help us to look at careers and salaries. This was because we were speaking about workload, working hours and other commitments.

We looked up a huge array of careers and the salaries, compared to the average UK salary of £36,000 and discussed our future aspirations.

“I want to be a zookeeper because I like animals.” – Harriet

“I want to be a higher education maths teacher when I’m older because I like maths and they get more than £40k and I can still spend some time at home.” – Patrick

“I want to be a doctor because my mam is a doctor and she helps lots of people.” – Hannah

“I want to be an architect because I really like rearranging things and I’m good at art.” – Seamus

“I want to be in the army so I can help people.” – Oscar

“My brother will get around £40k because he wants to be a vet.” – Texas

“I want to be an ice cream man because I like to make people smile.” – Oscar T

“I want to be in the Royal Air Force flying planes. It isn’t as well-used as people on the ground.” – Joseph

“I want to be in a band and also a part-time artist because I will get to go home and paint my feelings and I will also get to meet new people. I will need two jobs because I need enough money.” Oskar

“I want to have two jobs; I will help the environment and I’m a big fan of Greta Thunberg. I will also be an undercover police man as they earn more than the average UK salary.” – Reuben.

Click the image below to check out the information which we looked up.


Y3B: Fun Run

March 30th, 2021 by

This year, we are encouraging our school community to take on a challenge over the
Lenten period. We are challenging our school community to walk / run as much as possible
and to try get sponsored for this. This would raise funds for ‘CAFOD world gifts’ which our
Year 6 Mini-Vinnies decided would be a lovely way of helping others in a variety of ways.
Each class will have the opportunity to decide how they want to use the funds and how they
want to help others around the world.

In Year 3B, we made a wonderful effort in tackling the challenge. We took our turn in running around the field, and we’re happy to donate the sponsorship money and penny donations which we have collected. We managed to run 1.25 miles around the track – Great work, team!


March 24th, 2021 by

As we near the end of our creative topic, the Groovy Greeks. We have been looking at one of the most important figures in Greek history, his name was Alexander the Great. Using our safe searching skills, we have researched his life and found out key pieces of information. He changed the culture of Greece and was a very important man because he conquered several countries.

Great work everyone!


Year 3A – British Science Week

March 10th, 2021 by

The 8th of March marked the beginning of British Science Week and here in Year 3A we couldn’t wait to start experimenting and learning new scientific vocabulary.

Investigating Density

On Wednesday we looked at density and what it is. We then took part in an experiment, to check the density of liquids. If the liquid settled to the bottom of our container, than we knew this meant it was a dense liquid but if the liquid was at the top of our container, we knew this meant it was the least dense liquid.

 

Coca-Cola experiment

As a class we decided that this experiment needed to take place outside, because of the potential mess it could make if it exploded. We took all of our equipment outside and stood well back, while the brave Miss Cummings carefully placed mints inside of the coca-cola bottle. We watched as the chemical reaction took place.

 

Our Egg Drop

After reading the book ‘Egg Drop’ by Mini Grey, we were inspired to try it ourselves. We wanted to see if we could create suitable packaging for an egg, so that it would not crack if we were to drop it. It took hours of planning, from choosing the correct material to sticking and placing them all together.

 

We took our designs outside and let them drop from a height, unfortunately out of 25 eggs only 21 survived!

 

Cress egg heads

In order to minimise waste, year 3A decided to put their left over eggs to good use. Combining our love of plants and desire to grow things, we have created cress egg heads. We carefully cut off the tops of our surviving eggs and emptied their contents. Once dry, we filled them with damp cotton wool and added cress seeds. It is our duty to look after our cress egg heads, so that their hair grows. Our aim is for the hair on our cress egg heads, to be long enough so that we can use it in an egg and cress sandwich. Keep reading our blog for cress egg head updates…

 


Y3B: World Book Day

March 10th, 2021 by

For World Book Day, in Year 3B we looked at Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges. We used this book to focus in on fruit and where we can use this across our curriculum. We spoke about healthy eating and the impact eating fruit can have on your body in PSHE.

‘Healthy eating is important because it makes us feel healthy and good’ – Katy

‘We should try and eat our 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables to make us feel healthy’ – Charlie

‘If we eat unhealthy and badly, we can become overweight which can have some bad effects on our health.’ – Arlo

In Numeracy, we had a special visitor in, he was called Mr Scott, he was a fruit market stall owner in London who came in to work on money with us. We worked with money working on adding and subtracting money and which change to give the customers.

‘A market stall holder in London came in and asked us how to work with change and how to handle money. It was really fun.’ – Joseph

‘We used money in real life by seeing the price of fruit and how much it would cost to buy a few things.’ – Oscar T

‘We added with a market stall holder, so he was able to tell us how much change he needed to give to his customers.’ – Grace D

Then, in Art we brought a piece of fruit to life, just like it was in Kitchen Disco. We used lots of different resources to bring our fruit alive.

‘We made fruits become alive by decorating them with googly eyes and pipe cleaners.’ – Chloe

‘We have had so much fun today.’ – Maia


Year 3A – World Book Day 2021

March 9th, 2021 by

Year 3 had a great day taking part in World Book Day celebrating our favourite book characters and authors. We spent our day focusing on J K Rowlings book series, Harry Potter. We began by splitting up into houses.

 

We started our day by making wands. We first designed our wands, choosing the wood type and core type dependant on what powers we wanted our wand to have.

We really enjoyed coming up with our own spells! Our favourite spell was our class spell, ‘EERHT RAEY’ and our spell had the power to turn anyone it was cast upon, into a member of Year 3A!

 

 

Potion Creating

Next, we began looking at potions. We followed a recipe to create the invisibility potion, making sure that we measured out all of the ingredients carefully. Some of the ingredients we used were very unusual and smelly,  for example troll bogies and dragons blood.

 

In houses we then made our very own potion concoction using measurement. We wrote down the amounts of each ingredients we intended to use and then wrote down the instructions of how to make our magic potion. Each of the potions created had different magical powers.

 

Golden snitch making

A golden snitch is a very important part of a Quidditch game! We made our very own golden snitches by adding and designing wings to a golden ball.

We have had a wonderful day in our Hogwarts classroom today. Well done everyone!

 


YEAR 3A – WELCOME BACK

March 8th, 2021 by

In Year 3a, we began our first day back together by discussing what we are most excited about but also, some of the things we will miss about working from home.

 

We decided to celebrate our first day back together by creating inspiring artwork. We looked at an artist called ‘Henri Matisse’ who is known for using bright colours and original ideas. Using both paint and our cutting techniques we created fabulous artwork that we are going to use to decorate our garden, to remind us of happy times and cheer us up when we look out of our window or go into our outside garden.

 

We made fruit kebabs and used this as a time to discuss what is special about us. Everytime we put a piece of fruit on our kebab stick, we told our partner how we are special or what we like about ourselves.

 

 


Year 3A – Friction Fanatics

March 2nd, 2021 by

As part of our magnets and forces topic, we completed a friction investigation. We began by learning what friction is and decided to test the forces power. We decided to test the different amount of friction that is created by road surfaces.

 

”It was amazing” – Josie

”We learnt that the car did not move very well because the friction was stronger than the pushing force” – Jack

”The car moved easily on wood because it was smooth” – Freddie-Ray

 

 


Y3B: Fantastique Français

March 2nd, 2021 by

Today, we have continued our work on family members in French. We have used our understanding of the family labels to create our own family trees and write in full sentences.

Voici mon frere. C’est Michael.

Voice ma soeur. C’est Anna.


Year 3A – Throwing and Catching

February 25th, 2021 by

Today, we made most of the beautiful weather now that spring is coming, to complete our PE lesson outside. We focused on our throwing and catching skills, specifically chest passes. Placing our feet in the correct position and aiming for our partners hands, helped our passes to become more precise. We gradually increased the distance between our partner to make the passing trickier. To end our lesson, we put our throwing into practise by aiming for the goal! Fabulous energy everyone.

 


Year 3A – The Gifts

February 22nd, 2021 by

Today, we have been listening to the word of God and learning about the process of sharing during Holy Communion. We learnt about the preparation of the gifts which occurs during the liturgy of the Eucharist. hen, we answered questions together such as What is Holy Communion? Why is Holy Communion important to the Catholic church? We discussed the Holy Communion practices and customs before taking a considering what the different elements of the gift represent.

”The bread represents Jesus’ body” – Josie

”The wine represents Jesus’ blood” – Anna

Our final task was to act out the offering of the gifts of bread and wine using freeze frames. The children then described within their groups, what was happening at every stage and who was involved.

 


Y3B: “For the Birds”

February 22nd, 2021 by

Today, in Literacy we used drama to show how characters show their feelings and thoughts. We watched a video clip and acted out specific scenes in the mini-movie.

Joseph – ‘We acted out the the clip “For the Birds” and acted out how the birds felt during this clip using facial expressions, vocabulary and how we speak.’

Grace M – ‘I enjoyed acting out the clip and it was fun.’

Finch – ‘We acted out how the birds felt differently. This is important so we can see how people feel in real life.’


Year 3A – Pancake Pricing

February 12th, 2021 by

Today, Year 3A have taken a trip to ‘Cummings Cafe’. As we are not going to be in school for Shrove Tuesday, we have been talking about the importance of this special day and what it prepares us for. We decided to create pancakes, however Miss Cumming’s price list was very expensive. We were able to choose as many toppings as we wished, but only if we could work out the price of our pancake using her price list. We had to use our knowledge of our new numeracy topic money, to choose the coins we would use to pay for our pancake.

 

 


Year 3A – Indestructible Greek Tower

February 12th, 2021 by

 

While building this Greek tower we used; glue sticks, three wooden trays, metal pots, cups, books and plates. We used them all to make a six tier tower, it was very similar to the Greek Colosseum which is an ancient Greek structure, which has survived many years. Our tower was similar because we used posts and lintels, the Greeks loved making temples so every God had a temple. We took inspiration from them to make our own. We tested how the first tier held up by adding books for weight, we continued to do this as we built our tower. We tested to see if our tower lasted overnight… and IT SURVIVED!

 

Written by Josie

 


Year 3A – Glorious Greek Food

February 5th, 2021 by

In our creative lesson this week, we took a look at the types of food that the Greeks would have been able to grow in their Empire. We looked at the Greek diet and discussed the seasonality and what foods were grown in Ancient Greece, referring back to physical geography. We used our knowledge of a healthy diet to distinguish which food groups these foods were in before deciding whether they were healthy or not. We tried traditional Greek food such as pitta bread, hummus, feta cheese, cucumber, olives, sun dried tomatoes and more.

We prepared our very own Greek salad and used our safe culinary skills when cutting our ingredients. To accompany our salad we followed a recipe and create the traditional greek dip ‘tzatziki’ which is made up of a combination of cucumber, garlic, greek yoghurt and mint.

 

”EWWW that olive is disgusting” – Josie

” The sun dried tomato was actually ok” – Jack

” The Greeks had a healthy diet” – Kurt

 


Year 3A – Children’s Mental Health Week

February 4th, 2021 by

This week we have celebrated Children’s Mental Health Week. This year’s mental health focus is ‘Express Yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

 

As part of the celebration, we took part in ‘The Superhero Project’, which allowed us to explore our own strengths and super powers. We started our ‘Superhero Project’ by choosing our very own superhero pose…

 

We then designed and made superheroes who had the same qualities and were fantastic, just like us. The project offers the opportunity for children to build on their confidence, resilience and determination as we all put on their capes and face the future.

 

 

We planned our Superheros and and even made sidekicks. The colours and materials we used represent us and our likes and ambitions. We added speech and thought bubbles which included our superhero powers and positive attributes about ourselves because WE ARE ALL SUPERHEROS!

 

 

We enjoyed decorating our desks to show our individuality and expressing ourselves through drawing and design.

 


Year 3A – Expression through dance

February 4th, 2021 by

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we have been doing a range of activities today to promote mental, emotional and physical health in school. This year’s mental health focus is ‘Express Yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good.

 

In Year 3A we decided to use our PE dance session to create our own dances, that expressed our personalities and creativity. We choose the song ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams because it is an upbeat song with a steady which made us all want to move our feet. We discussed the lyrics and the meaning behind the song. The lyrics remind us to remain happy and that nothing can bring us down!

 

 


Y3B: Children’s Mental Health Week

February 3rd, 2021 by

Today, we have celebrated ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’. As our society begins to return to normal, many children and young people are having difficulties with social and emotional areas of life.

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, we have been doing a range of activities today to promote mental, emotional and physical health in school. This year’s mental health focus is ‘Express Yourself’. Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. As part of our celebration, we have also invited the children to ‘Dress to Express’. Pupils wore their favourite colour/pattern/TV character, and even choose a range of colours to express how they’re feeling.

In addition, we celebrated ourselves and what makes us special and unique, through the song ‘This is Me’, from the movie The Greatest Showman. We chose this song because lots of us really enjoy the film. We talked about the meaning behind this song and then decorated the lyrics with annotations to explain what each part of the song meant. We will be taking these song lyrics home to remind us of how strong we are.

Another activity we completed was a ‘Positivity Jar’. We each decorated a jar template and chose positive statements to describe ourselves, including ‘I am a good listener’ and ‘I share with others’. After this, we took some reflective time to write positive statements about things we admire in our classmates, and gave them out. At the end of the lesson, every child had a positivity jar full of statements chosen by themselves and written by classmates and teachers.

Lastly, we took part in ‘The Superhero Project’, exploring our own strengths and positive attributes. We then designed and made superheroes who had the same qualities and were fantastic, just like us. The project offers the opportunity for children to build on their confidence, resilience and determination as we all put on their capes and face the future.

 


Year 3A – Numeracy

February 3rd, 2021 by

Throughout our  multiplication and division unit we have been using various different methods. Some of our favourite have been using base ten, column method and partitioning. We have enjoyed working out the answer to the same question, using all three methods to ensuring our working is correct.


Year 3A – Creating Shadows

February 2nd, 2021 by

In Year 3A we have been busy learning about shadows. We learnt that shadows are an area of darkness where the light has been blocked, often by an opaque object because they do not let the light through. As part of our investigation, we used a light source and tried to create our own shadows by using our hands as an opaque object. We configured our hands so that they formed shadows. Children in the audience then had to guess what animal or sign we had created by viewing the shadow. We were also able to see how shadows can change and move if the opaque object also moves.

”This is so much fun” – Poppy

”It was great” – Josie

 


Y3B: Concrete Numeracy methods

February 2nd, 2021 by

Today we used lots of different methods when multiplying a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. We used the method that we liked the most.

‘I used base 10 blocks because it helps me understand the method.’ Oscar

‘I did partition because it is easier as you know what numbers you need to multiply.’ Seamus

‘I liked doing the column method the most because it helped me see that I need to times the numbers together.’ Hannah.


Year 3A – Listening and Sharing

February 1st, 2021 by

Today, we have been thinking about how important it is to listen and to share, particularly when talking about the message of the Lord. We first listened to the story of ‘Stone Soup’ and reflected upon its meaning. We then thought about speaking and listening skills and how these can make a difference to our lives; What do we miss when we don’t listen? What happens when people don’t listen to you? How do you feel when you know you are listened to?

Finally, we worked in pairs to tell one another a story about something that happened during the weekend or a break time etc. We then asked our partners to retell the story back to us, paying attention to detail and accuracy. This helped us to be aware of the importance of active listening, which is a goal we hope to take forwards with us. We gave ourselves marks out of 10 and then thought about how we could improve our score, and made strategies to help us improve our listening skills.


Y3: Gathering in RE

February 1st, 2021 by

Today, we have been looking at the important elements of Mass. We discussed the key aspects of each service and reflected on their meaning. Why does the Catholic Christian community (family) come together on a Sunday? Describe some of the ways the community prepares for the Mass? What happens during the gathering? What do you think the words Paul used to greet the early Christian community mean?

Our final task was to role-play the liturgical elements of the gathering: procession, Sign of the Cross and welcome.

Standards:

  • Describe, with increasing detail and accuracy religious symbols and the steps involved in religious actions and worship, including the celebration of the Sacraments
  • Use a range of religious vocabulary


Y3B: Groovy Greek Menu

February 1st, 2021 by

Today, we have investigated Greek food and diets. We have tried pitta breads, tomatoes, cucumbers, gherkins, olives, sardines, hummus, salad and more. We have recapped on what the Greek diet included and discussed whether this was healthy or not and why, thinking back to our work on food groups and healthy, balanced diets. We also talked about seasonality and what foods were grown in Ancient Greece, referring back to physical geography.

Here are our thoughts:

The yellow tomato was nice because it had a new flavor that I’ve never tried before. – Grace

I found out that sardines are actually okay – Joseph

The pickle wasn’t nice because it was a bit sour – Hannah

I like the sardines because it tastes like normal tuna. – Oscar

The Greeks ate gherkins and pickles. I don’t really like them. – Patrick

I tried the olives and I didn’t like them, but the Greek probably did. – Reuben

The Greeks lived in the middle of the oceans so there was lots of fish. There weren’t many land animals because it was so mountainous. – Chloe

The Greeks grew olives and figs. – Mrs Coates

The Greeks didn’t eat much meat because they believed it wasn’t right to not sacrifice it the gods – Finch

I tried the salad. It was okay but I’m not a big fan. – Seamus

The food the Greeks ate was healthy because there was no meat. This is a protein – Hannah and Joseph

The Greeks had a healthy diet because when I look at my plate, it has tomatoes, olives, salad, sardines and more. The Greeks didn’t eat a lot of meat and they had honey cakes instead of sugar. – Patrick


Y3B: Listening & Sharing

February 1st, 2021 by

Today, we have been thinking about how important it is to listen and to share, particularly when talking about the message of the Lord. We first listened to the story of ‘Stone Soup’ and reflected upon its meaning. We then thought about speaking and listening skills and how these can make a difference to our lives; What do we miss when we don’t listen? What happens when people don’t listen to you? How do you feel when you know you are listened to?

Finally, we worked in pairs to tell one another a story about something that happened during the weekend or a break time etc. We then asked our partners to retell the story back to us, paying attention to detail and accuracy. This helped us to be aware of the importance of active listening, which is a goal we hope to take forwards with us.

Standards:

  • Ask and respond to questions about their own and others’ experiences and feelings about each of the areas of study, in relation to questions of meaning and purpose
  • Express a point of view

“The villagers in the story learnt the importance of kindness” – Reuben

“Sharing and listening is important because if you don’t listen, you won’t understand, and if you don’t share, you won’t get anything back either.” – Joseph

 


Year 3A – Mirror Madness

January 26th, 2021 by

In Year 3A we have been learning all about reflection and what materials reflect light. We decided to investigate further by looking closely at how mirrors reflect light and carried out some tests. We know that reflective materials appear shiny and flat, which is how we know mirrors reflect light.

The first investigation we carried out, was mirror messaging. We used mirrors to write down secret codes or answers to a question, we then held our mirrors to the right side of our message and copied out the message again (It was our message but reversed). Another member of the class then had to decode this message using their own mirror. We talked about how the mirror made the message easier to read.

Next, we tried to follow a wobbly path with only a mirror, providing us with a reflecting, above our head for guidance. This was pretty tricky as our eyes were not allowed to leave the mirror and look down towards the floor.

We really enjoyed using our mirrors in class today – take a look for yourself!

 

 


Year 3A – Map skills

January 22nd, 2021 by

In Year 3A we enjoy using atlas’ to help us find information. As we embark on our new creative topic of the Greeks, we have focused on locating countries within Europe.

 

”I can see France” – Josie

”There’s Turkey, I’m going there soon” – Jack

”There’s us, the United Kingdom” – Kurt

 


Y3B: Groovy Greeks

January 19th, 2021 by

Today, as part of our learning in our Groovy Greeks topic, we have made Olympic wreaths. These were used as part of the winners’ celebrations, when athletes were praised for their victories on the final day of the events.


Y3: Bollywood Dancing

January 18th, 2021 by

Today, we have been exercising by doing Bollywood dance workouts!

This was lots of fun and was a great way to keep fit. This is because Bollywood dancing is very high energy and upbeat, with movement that boosts oxygen supply to key muscles, providing great exercise and improving muscular resistance over time.

CHECK OUR GOOGLE CLASSROOM FOR A VIDEO OF OUR DANCES.


Y3B: What is light?

January 12th, 2021 by

We started our lesson by investigating what we could sense without light. We put our hands in disgusting bags. We had to guess what was inside the disgusting, yucky bags without using light. We put our ideas down with pictures or words so then we knew the answers. We had to find out if we were right or not when we introduced light. We did well but it was a teensy bit hard.

Next, we needed to stick pictures of things which were light sources and not light sources on our sheets. A light source is a source of energy which makes its own light, such as the sun, a television, cameras and light bulbs.

Lastly, we needed to write down the answers on a ‘fill in the gap’ worksheet. We had to draw a diagram, explain the absence of light and other examples. We also had to list light sources.

Written by the children of Y3B.


Y3B: Great, Gruesome, Groovy Greeks

January 11th, 2021 by

Today, we have learnt about Greek pottery.

We can see lots of pictures on them, like people, battles, gods, myths and legends.

We learnt about the Olympic games and how the Greeks invented them.

Greek pottery looked very detailed but the colours were a bit plain.

We designed our own pottery with shapes, colour, patterns and pictures of the Olympic games.

It was great because it was really fun and interesting and we learned lots.

– Written by the great, gruesome and groovy children of Year 3B


Y3B: Sequencing events from a story

January 7th, 2021 by

Using our new text, The Pebble in my Pocket, today we have been identifying key information and sequencing the main events from the story. We also completed book reviews containing our views and opinions on the text.


Y3B: LE CHIEN TRÈS GOURMAND

January 6th, 2021 by

Today, we have consolidated our learning on foods and the very greedy dog. To do this, we have made picnic baskets and labelled foods to go inside. This was lots of fun and has helped us to recap our French vocabulary on foods.

Here is some of our key vocabulary; feel free to test us.

-une pomme
-deux poires
-trois prunes
-quatre fraises
-cinq oranges
-du gâteau
-un cornet de glace
-un cornichon
-un morceau de fromage
-du saucisson
-une sucette
-de la tarte aux cerises
-une saucisse
-une brioche
-de la pastèque


Y3B: Journeys

January 6th, 2021 by

Today, we have started our new RE topic of ‘Journeys’ and have completed our ‘Explore’ task.

We have been thinking of this year as a journey that we are travelling along, including the high and low points we have had collectively and individually.

Our task was as follows: Design a calendar year as a pathway you could walk down, starting in January and ending in December. Can you draw in the seasons? What about your birthday? What about events in the church or special times for your family? Add as much detail as you can, marking in your own high points with words and/or illustrations.


Y3B: Visualising using a text

January 6th, 2021 by

Today, using our new class read “The Pebble in my Pocket”, we have been learning to pull relevant information from a text to help us understand the mental picture the author is trying to give us.

We used the text to draw, decorate and add detail to sketches of volcanoes, pulling out key phrases from the text to help us.


Y3B: Le chien très gourmand

January 6th, 2021 by

Today we have been working on appreciating stories, songs, poems and rhymes in French in the context of food. We have been looking at the story of the Very Greedy Dog (Le chien très gourmand) and have been listening carefully to vocabulary. We have learnt lots of key phrases and enjoyed the story of the greedy dog very much. It also gave us a chance to recap our number knowledge and also learn about time.

We recapped our understanding, learnt our key vocabulary, tried to memorise the phrases, and then summarised by scanning through the story in French to review how much of each food was eaten by le chien très gourmand.


Y3B: Les Vêtements

January 6th, 2021 by

Designing your own wardrobe and decorating items to wear is always good fun. Today, we have been using our knowledge of French clothing ‘Les Vêtements’ to help us create dolls with changeable outfits.

We have revised our learning on clothing from before the Christmas holiday, and labelled all of our clothing for the dolls. This was lots of fun and a really useful way to consolidate our learning.


Y3B: RELIGIOUS, SEXUAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

December 16th, 2020 by

This afternoon, we have been talking about differences and similarities. We have discussed that human beings are all different and that this makes us special and unique. How are you different? How are you similar? Why is it good to be unique? How are you special? How are you important? 

We are also lucky enough to have two pairs of twins in our class, which provided some great opportunities for discussion.

“I am special because I have a birthmark on my forehead.”

“I am special because I try my best in all my work and I love animals.”

“I am special because I go to this school.”

“Me and Joseph both have blue eyes so we are the same.”

“Me and Tom are different because we have different colour eyes and hair.”

“Me and William are different because he normally plays football and I usually throw the ball.”

“It’s good to be different because if we were the exact same it would be confusing.”

“Me and my twin do different things because we don’t have to do the same thing.”

“Me and my twin don’t eat the same things because that makes us happy.”

“I don’t want to be the same as my twin!”

 

To finish off our session, we made some beautiful candle prayers while we listened to reflective music, thanking God for our very special gifts.


Y3B: RELIGIOUS, SEXUAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

December 16th, 2020 by

Today, we have been learning more about our bodies, the correct names for body parts, how to stay safe and about the physical differences between boys and girls.

The learning objectives we have covered include:

~ The difference between good and bad secrets

~ My body is changing as I grow

~ Some of the changes that occur in my body throughout life

~ The similarities and differences between girls and boys and the correct names of the main external parts of the male and female body as well as their functions

~ The scientific characteristics of living things, including the need to reproduce.

 

My body, My choice

This session has explored the choices children can make about looking after their bodies. The lesson looked at making safer and healthy choices about their bodies, including sleep and exercise, diet, cleanliness and substances.

We have also spoken about how the children have choices concerning their own bodies and that it is up to them to decide what they feel comfortable with. To do this, we spoke about personal space and how we have different levels of comfort with different people. We each completed body outlines to ‘colour zone’ body parts that we share with other people (such as our hands), body parts which we only share with family or close friends (such as touching our faces) and body parts that are just for us (such as genitals).

The message of choice and consent runs through these sessions and the children have been encouraged to get help from trusted adults when necessary.

The difference between good and bad secrets

We have learned about the difference between good and bad secrets, explaining this by talking about how they make us feel; good secrets like surprise parties make people happy, but bad secrets include anything which makes us or those around us feel bad. This could include somebody touching us in a way we aren’t comfortable with, or keeping secrets about people feeling sad or being hurt.

 

My body is changing as I grow; Some of the changes that occur in my body throughout life; Similarities and differences between girls and boys; The correct names of the main external parts of the male and female body as well as their functions.

We have also been looking at how our bodies change as we get older. We began the session by labelling the changes seen as people grow from babies to adults.

This opened our discussion to help us speak specifically about body parts and learn their correct names. Today, we have used the terms breasts, genitals, penis and vagina and we understand that these are private body parts and are nothing to be embarrassed about. We have also discussed that learning the correct terms for these body parts helps us to be really clear if we ever need to speak about our bodies with a trusted adult.


Y3B: RELIGIOUS, SEXUAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION

December 15th, 2020 by

Today, we have been looking at mental health and emotional wellbeing. Some of the objectives we have been studying include ways to maintain good mental health, (exercise, diet sleep, company) and describing the wider range of emotions and feelings. We have been looking in particular at how to maintain good mental health at Christmas time, which can sometimes be overwhelming, for lots of reasons. The Christmas holidays can be a busy time and are often filled with lots of different thoughts, feelings and emotions. It is important that we look after our mental health during times like this.

We have identified times when things might become difficult for us a Christmas, as well as discussing how we can deal with these problems. We also came up with a collection of different activities we could try to help us feel better at this time of year.

 

Here are some of the areas we have been thinking about:

~ Physical activities: things to get you moving.

~ Emotional activities: things to connect you with others.

~ Social activities: things to help you enjoy the company of others.

~ Play activities: things to let your imagination run free.

~ Concentrating activities: things you can spend time quietly focusing on.

~ Relaxation activities: things to help you be still, calm and to reflect.

~ Rest activities: things to help you simply chill out.

 


Y3B: Religious, Sexual and Health Education

December 15th, 2020 by

During our sessions today, we have also been looking at how to stay safe in the sun.

We talked about the importance of being safe and healthy in hot weather and what happens to our bodies if we do not take precautions.

To communicate what we have learnt, we completed a risk identification task, designed sun safety posters and also planned what we would take to the beach on a hot day in order to protect ourselves.


Y3B: Religious, Sexual and Health Education

December 15th, 2020 by

Today, we have been working on our RSE objectives, in Year 3.

First, we focused on how to make a clear and efficient call to emergency services if necessary. To do this, we talked about the jobs of each emergency service, how to contact them and the importance of recognising whether events are emergencies or not. We have also learnt about how important it is to know our address and contact details, though hopefully we never need to use this information.

We have filled in contact information sheets, practiced reading our emergency service scripts and have challenged ourselves to memorise our addresses and phone numbers.


Year 3A – Christmas Mosaics

December 14th, 2020 by

This afternoon, we took inspiration from the Romans and they’re mosaic creations but added a Christmas theme. We began by planning out our Christmas designs on paper before reaching for the clay. We discovered that clay is a very difficult material to work with as it is sticky but can break apart very easily.

Firstly, we molded and manipulated the clay until it was a suitable size. Some of us chose a simple square, whilst others chose to create a circle out of clay. We used tools to cut the clay.  Next, we ensured the clay had a flat surface by rolling it out. Being sure to lift the clay off the table ever 2 rolls to make sure that it did not stick! Then, we started to add our sparkle. We used similar sized beads, gems and stones to create wonderful Christmas pictures. It was a very sticky task but we loved it!

 

”Wow! This is so sticky” – Rory

”Look it’s Rudolph’s nose” – Elliott

”I made Mrs Clause” – Amy

 


Y3B: This little light of mine

December 14th, 2020 by

Today, we have been thinking about the gifts that God has given us.

We have considered the importance of Jesus’ coming at this special time of year and have discussed how He is the light of our world.

To celebrate this, we have listened to the hymn ‘This little light of mine’ and have come up with ideas on how we can be thankful for Jesus’ sacrifice and how we can make the most of our gifts, letting them shine out and grace the world.


Y3B: Christingles

December 14th, 2020 by

Today, we have been making our Christingles – Christingles are festive celebrations taking place in Christian communities every year. They get their name from the objects lit during the ceremony – oranges decorated with red tape, sweets and a candle. Christingle is a joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope.

Now, more than ever, we must shine the light for those living in the darkest situations. Together, we can rekindle the hope for children and young people across the country.

We have built the Christingles and we understand the importance of each element.


Y3B: The Nativity and the visit of the shepherds

December 14th, 2020 by

Today, in RE, we have been reading Luke 2: 1-7: The birth of Jesus and Luke 2: 8-20: the shepherds. We have also looked at works of art which depict the Nativity.

We have discussed that it was the shepherds (amongst the poorest and least important in society) who were chosen to be the first people to visit Jesus and have been looking at how they showed their love to Jesus.

Here are some of our key questions:

~How do you think Mary and Joseph felt as visitors to Bethlehem, realising they had no place to stay?

~How do you think the shepherds would have felt knowing that God loved them so much he chose them to be first to know about the Son whom God sent into the world to tell everyone about God’s love for us?

~Discuss and explain the range of emotions they would have experienced. Why do you think God chose the shepherds to be the first to visit Jesus?

It was a lovely lesson where we talked about how the shepherds and kings may have felt at the birth of Jesus.

“The shepherds promised to look after Jesus like they look after their sheep.” – Charlie

“I would have taken Jesus the gift of a diamond because its rare and precious like him.” – Joseph

“The wise men brought Jesus gifts and that’s why we give gifts today.” – Katie.


Year 3A – Christingle Creations

December 10th, 2020 by

We had a lovely afternoon, creating our very own Christingles. This Advent, we have been lucky enough to create this symbolic object in class. We discussed the different features that make up a Christingle and what they represent.  Next, we took time to pray for other countries around the world by making up our own, unique prayers. This activity defiantly lightened up our day! Please test us on the different elements that make up a Christingle.

 


Y3B: Coding is Fun

December 7th, 2020 by

Today, the children have worked on their computing skills and now understand more about binary code and coding when using computers. As part of our lesson, they have ‘cracked the code’, written secret messages using binary and have even made message bracelets to communicate with each other.


Year 3A – Eruption madness

December 4th, 2020 by

We had a fantastic end to the week! We spent a great deal of time and effort creating our volcano structures using paper mache, and finally it was time to sit back and watch the eruption. They looked just like we would expect Mount Vesuvius would have looked when it erupted in 79 AD…

 


Y3B: Roman Roads

December 3rd, 2020 by

This week, we have been looking at Roman roads and the legacy they left behind. Using UK atlases, we have been looking some of the main thoroughfares and have labelled them. We also talked about the Roman names of different towns and what they are called today.

 


Year 3A – Telling the time, without a clock

December 2nd, 2020 by

As we learn more about the Romans, we have started to recall how different our life is now compared to their lives all of those years ago. We started to wonder how the Romans could tell the time, without modern inventions such as watches and clocks. We found that they used an invention called a sundial, which archeologists believe was invented around 1500 BC. It is an instrument that works on the concept of the sun changing its location in the sky throughout the day. Year 3A decided to put this information to the test by investigating if we could use our bodies as a sundial and measure the change in our shadow. If our shadow was to move, we could see which direction the sun was moving in and make an estimate of the time because we know when the sun is in the center of the sky it is midday.

 


Y3B: Advent Promises

November 30th, 2020 by

This week, we have been writing promises that we would like to keep during Advent. We have had reflective moments of quiet hope, thinking about the Good News and Jesus’ birth and life.

We have also begun to take part in the Red Cross Kindness Campaign for Advent, where children are encouraged to learn about and practise kindness during December through the story of The Snowman and The Snowdog. This has helped us build emotional literacy, empathy and resilience.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

James 1:17


Year 3A – Re-creating Mount Vesuvius

November 26th, 2020 by

Today, we began re-creating our own Mount Vesuvius. We identified the materials that we would need to use and collected them on our table. From our trial run with playdough, we learnt that we needed our base to have sides incase the explosion overflows! We followed instructions carefully, by working as a team. Our first step was securing a bottle, where the chemical reaction takes place, onto the base – we decided to use sellotape to do this.

Next, we created a volcano like cone shape using cardboard.

Then… it was time for PAPER MACHE.

We created the paste our self, using one cup flour and 2 cups water. We enjoyed mixing it together until we reached the correct consistency. It was then time to saturate our newspaper strips with the paste. The most important thing we learnt, was that you must get rid of any excess paste before placing it onto the cardboard. We repeated this process, smoothing as we went, until our cardboard structure was completely covered.

We can’t wait to paint our creations and make our real volcano’s erupt!


Y3B: Roman Artefacts

November 24th, 2020 by

This week, we have been continuing our work on the Romans by supplementing our learning with an artefacts collection. We looked through the treasures inside and discussed their materials, where they had been found and what we thought they might have been used for. Some of the artefacts included a hairpin, some pottery fragments, a soldier’s helmet and even a copy of Britain’s oldest birthday party invitation, from 100AD. We have recorded this work in our books, but particularly loved getting to grips with history in this way.



Year 3A – Explosion in the classroom

November 18th, 2020 by

We have had an explosive afternoon in Year 3A! We spent time researching where in the world volcanos occur and found that a volcano in Italy, called Mount Vesuvius, erupted on the 24th of August 79AD ruining a Roman town called Pompeii. The town was then considered to be uninhabitable for thousands of years however the Roman streets, mosaics, paintings and stone structures were all preserved in the volcanic ash. Archeologists were amazed to discover this, we took a look at some of the wonderful findings. We then took it upon ourselves to re-create Mount Vesuvius using playdough and apply our knowledge about eruptions to make our volcanos erupt. We observed the chemical reaction and were amazed!

 

‘Wow this is so cool’ – Josie

‘That’s lava’ – Dylan

‘Our lava is red because we added red food colouring’ – Anna


Y3A & Y3B – Roman invasion at Sacred Heart

November 18th, 2020 by

Today, we put all of our hand made armour to good use and re-created a Roman battle. We know that the Roman army was the greatest army of all time due to their strength, so we used this knowledge to help us while getting into character. During our topic so far, we have learnt that Romans often built their settlements on hills, which were protected by hillforts so that they gave themselves a defensive advantage by being able to see any enemies before they attacked. We copied this scenario during our dramatic Roman invasion.

 

Fantastic work Year 3, you have successfully conquered Sacred Heart!


Y3B: Baptism and Godparents

November 17th, 2020 by

Today, in small groups we discussed the responsibilities of being a godparent, as part of our learning about baptism. We talked about what kind of jobs Godparents have, what role the play in Baptism and how they influence of Godchild’s life. We even talked about our own Godparents and how they are special.

“Godparents help us to follow God’s ways and show respect to others.” – Grace

“Godparents are people who care for you. They are sometimes your Mam or Dad’s friends.” – Katie

“Godparents go to the church when you get baptised and they help you grow and believe in Jesus.” – Finch

“They help us to be good people.” – Joseph

“Godparents are a bit like back-up parents.” – Reuben


Year 3A – Mosaic Madness

November 12th, 2020 by

Whilst learning about the Romans during our new creative topic, we found that they used to decorate their houses with mosaics. They would decorate walls, floors and ceilings with these special designs made up of closely set, usually variously coloured, small pieces of material. Often, the mosaics were pictures such as portraits or photographs of animals. If you were able to have lots of mosaics in your house, that meant that you were a rich Roman. We began by planning the design of our mosaic by deciding what we were going to draw and what colours we were going to use. We then reached for the paint. We practiced the technique of printing individual small squares using a dice, as this tool created perfectly sized squares.

At the end of the lesson, we created a class mosaic. This time we tested a different printing tool, a sponge. This allowed us to compared the two printing techniques and decide which tool we preferred and would use, if we were ever to do it again.

 

 

 

 

 


Year 3A – Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2020 by

On Remembrance Day in Year 3A, we celebrated those who risked their lives for us by gathering together and sharing poems we made. During our class liturgy we placed important photographs of family members who are or have previously served our country onto our focal point. We then shared our poems and ended with a prayer. We discussed how important it is to celebrate those who fought for us and thank them for their service.


Y3A & Y3B: INTERVIEWING WITNESSES

November 11th, 2020 by

Today, as part of our work in building towards a newspaper report, Year 3 have been taking part in hot-seating activities. We invited our witnesses of the mysterious events on Tuesday in to our classrooms to join us, so that we could ask a range of open questions and gather information for our reports by getting detailed answers to our questions.

Before beginning the witness interviews, we discussed how to take effective short notes. We know we need this because the witnesses provided a lot of information quickly, so writing in full sentences would not have worked. Learning to write notes is also a key skill for later life.

We then focused on which questions to ask, revisiting our work on open questions from earlier in the week.

When Mrs May and Mr Jeffries visited our classrooms, we had a lot of fun interviewing them and have gathered a wealth of information to use in our writing.

“At the end of the lesson, some of us dressed up in costumes as Mrs May and Mr Jeffries. We all laughed at the because it was funny. We had decided to work out the mysetery and we laughed and had a blast. The frogs were in trouble and were dropping lilypads all over. There’s no words in the book though so we have to make them up when we write.”
Written by Karley and Seamus.

But one thing has been driving us hopping mad… our witnesses looked an awful lot like our teachers…


Y3B: Addition, crossing 100

November 10th, 2020 by

Today, we have slowed down our learning in order to really dig in to the process of addition when crossing the hundreds barrier. This is something we have been struggling with, so we took the time today to use and represent Base 10 equipment, as well as using hundreds, tens and unit frames to classify our numbers.

Taking the lesson back to basics will help us to progress next lesson, as we are now secure in using this method to add, and will be able to use this understanding as we move into using columnar methods.


Y3B: Preparing newspaper reports

November 10th, 2020 by

Today. we have been acting as journalists and preparing interview questions for key witnesses in the story of Tuesday by David Wiesner .

First we created a timeline of events from the story and added key information such as times. We then learnt all about open questions and how best to get lots of detail when we interview our key witnesses,

We spent the lesson thinking up high quality open questions which would help us write fully detailed and descriptive answers when it comes to being journalists and writing our newspaper reports.


Year 3A – Rocks and their properties

November 9th, 2020 by

Our Science topic this term is Rocks. Today, we gathered together several different rocks and evaluated their properties. We began by choosing the rock and feeling it to discover whether we thought it was hard or soft. We were then able to test the rocks durability by trying to mold it using our fingers or hitting it against a hard object to see whether the rock broke apart or stayed whole. Lastly, we tested the rocks density. We did this by submerging it in water, if it floated it meant that the rock had a low density and if the rock sunk it means that it had a high density. We really enjoyed testing the different rocks and learning new rock names such as granite and limestone.

 


Y3B: La tête, les épaules, les genoux, les pieds.

November 5th, 2020 by

This week in French, we have been recapping our knowledge of body parts. We have completed a range of activities and have had a lot of fun. One of our favourite challenges was to try and complete the song ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ in French. This was very challenging, but a lot of fun!


Y3B: God’s Rules

November 5th, 2020 by

We have been learning about the different rules Christians try to live by in God’s Church and how these affect their lives. Today, we discussed the rules and guidance involved in different areas of our lives and why we have these rules. We then shared experiences of groups and clubs we belong to.

What promises do you make?
What are the rules you keep?
Is there a ceremony of enrolment or initiation?
Do you have to renew promises?
What are rules?
Why are rules important?
What would happen without rules?
What type of rules do we have?
Do we have different rules in different places? Why?
What is common and what is unique?

 

Here are some of the rules we collected.


Year 3A – Atlas Adventure

November 4th, 2020 by

As we begin our new creative topics, the Romans. We decided to first look at where the Romans originated from and how they invaded several countries over time. We picked key dates in time to discover how the Romans extended their Empire. We used an atlas to help discover where individual countries were, before marking this on our own map. One of the most important things we learnt this lesson, was why the Romans wanted to invade Britain. We loved using an Atlas and discovering new and exciting facts about countries. Here are just a few things we learnt this lesson:

”The English Channel is between us and France. They must have build ships before invading England!” – Rory

”Germany is next to France” – Charlie

”They invaded to get revenge because we helped their enemies in battle” – Finley

”They didn’t invade Scotland” – Poppy

”They wanted our goods, like iron from the iron age” – Isla

 

 


Y3B: Creative Learning

November 4th, 2020 by

In Creative, we have learnt about the Stone Age. As part of our lessons, we have been looking at cave art from the period.

We used laptops and worked in pairs to research famous sites of cave art. We made posters about some of the following places:

~Lascaux Cave in France            ~Chauvet Cave in France          ~Magura Cave in Bulgaria            ~Laas Geel in Africa            ~Cave of Beasts in Africa            ~Whitsunday Island in Australia            ~Cave of Altamira in Spain            ~Bhimbetka in India

Here are some of the amazing facts we found out during our research.

“The Magura Cave in Bulgaria is a wonder.” – Oliver

“Some of the Bhimbetka rocks have prehistoric cave paintings. The earliest ones show early evidence of dancing and hunting.” – Harriet

“Lascaux Cave in France is one of the world’s most important rock art sites.” – Katie.


Y3B: Mighty Muscles

November 4th, 2020 by

To end our Animals Including Humans topic in science, we decided to investigate our muscle strength. We choose to test the strength of the muscle several body parts; our finger, one arms, one leg and our ‘gluteus maximus’.

To begin with, we predicted which muscle we thought would be strongest.

“I think my leg will be the strongest because it’s the biggest body part.”

We also discussed what it meant to have a fair test. The object we choose to move was a classroom table, we ensured this was a fair test by clearing the table so that it had no extra weight and we used stickers as start markers.

The largest distance we managed to move the tables as as follows:

Izzy’s gluteus maximus -52cm        Seamus’ gluteus maximus – 47cm

Charlie’s stomach – 35cm

Lastly, we discussed why we thought we had these results. We had a range of ideas. Some of us thought that the gluteus maximus had the largest result as it was the only muscle we used both of – for everything else, we used a single arm or a single leg. We also thought perhaps the strength of our legs helped the gluteus result.

What an exciting lesson we had!


Y3B: Christian Families

November 1st, 2020 by

We have been learning about God’s family and what it means to be part of Christian families, in RE.

Together, we discussed the joys and sorrows of being a family at home and talked to try and come up with some solutions to solve difficult family problems.

Here are some of our ideas and thoughts:

What makes your family special? – “Having my family there with me.”

What do people do for you at home that makes you feel special? – “My Mum and Dad are kind to me and look after me lots.”

What is sometimes difficult about being part of a family? – “Sharing things and being part of a group.”


Year 3A – How strong are we?

October 22nd, 2020 by

To end our Animals Including Humans topic in science, we decided to investigate our muscle strength. We choose three body parts; our finger, our arms and our legs and choose to test those muscles. To begin, we predicted which muscle we thought would be strongest. The object we choose to move was a classroom table, we ensured this was a fair test by clearing the table so that it had no extra weight and used a counter as a start marker. We kept our measurement the same. Our results differed – but some of us managed to use our muscles and move the table further than 1 meter! Well done Year 3, great work.

 


Y3B – RE

October 22nd, 2020 by

Today, in RE, we have been reading St Paul’s letter to the Colossians. St. Paul was writing to the people who were part of the Church in Colossae, encouraging them and advising them. We spoke about how his advice shows us how to be good Christians and people of God.

Our task was to act out aspects of the behaviours recommended by St. Paul.

We acted out looking after our friends, saying sorry, thanking God, fillling our hearts with Christ and much more.


Y3A & Y3B – Stone Age Stewed Fruit

October 21st, 2020 by

Today we made stewed fruit by putting blackberries, blueberries, apples, honey and seeds together and mixing it on a low heat. Once it was warm and ready, we put it into cups and then we tried it. Some people didn’t like it but some people loved it! We did this because our topic is the Stone Age and the Stone Age people would have had this kind of food, thousands of years ago. – Written By –  Emilly, Naomi and Isla

 

Here are some of our thoughts:

Y3A:

”Delicious and sour” – Harry          ”Yummy, I like it” – Elliott

”This is the best thing I have ever tasted” – Scarlett          ”Disgraceful” – Rory          ”YAK!” – Mina

 

Y3B:

“We mixed berries, honey, apple and seeds together. It was very tasty and it was just like the Stone Age.” – Grace

“I thought it was nice because it reminded me of my ancestors, but it didn’t taste nice.”

“Cooking was fun and it was tasty” – Reuben

“I loved it because it was delicious and you got to make it with honey” – Katie


Y3B – Vocabulary Games

October 15th, 2020 by

Today we played a game of staircase and it was fun.

We had to choose a theme and build a staircase with vocabulary.

Today’s themes were fruit, vegetables, football and dogs.

We enjoyed it lots.

Written by Liberty and Fraser.


Y3B – Multiplication Practice

October 15th, 2020 by

Today, we have been recapped our multiplication skills. We have been working on recalling our times tables facts for a range of tables we need to know in Year 3 – 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 8x, 10x.

First we recapped our knowledge and then completed a range of challenges to test ourselves.

What a brain workout it was!


Year 3A – An introduction to the Rotten Romans

October 14th, 2020 by

This morning we had Richard come tour class because we are about to start a new topic, which is the Romans. We learnt how to walk like the romans, we even held the armour and weapons. It was very funny, he put armour and a helmet on Miss Mennell. We got to hold lots of roman things including a spear and a huge shield. Then, we came back from break and we got to write in ink using a bamboo pen. We had a fantastic time!

Written by Daniel and Elliott.

 



Year 3B – Our History Afternoon

October 14th, 2020 by

This afternoon, we were visited by ‘That History Bloke’. He came to introduce our new creative topic, The Romans. He showed us several artifacts that the romans would have used, such as spears, shields, swords and much more. He even showed us the Latin alphabet, which we used to write our name.

‘’I enjoyed the game at the end because it was hard. It is called rota.’’ – Joseph.

‘’I like how we got to hold or wear everything like the spear.’’ – Harriet.

 


Year 3A – Passionate about Programming

October 8th, 2020 by

In our Computing lesson today, we found out what an algorithm is. We then used characters from the game Angry Birds to develop sequential algorithms to move the characters from one side of a maze to the other. We achieved this by stacking blocks together in a linear sequence. We had so much fun and even managed to complete the hardest level as a class! Fantastic work Year 3.

 



Year 3A – Stone Age Relics

October 7th, 2020 by

Today, we dived into an artefact box that we have been lucky enough to get our hands on from the Discovery Museum. Inside lay lots of interesting tools and pieces that would have been similar to those used thousands of years ago in the Stone Age. We took a closer look at the bone needle and animals horn, the children recognised that these tools would have been used to draw cave art. Another item we explored was the clay pot, which was very heavy, we guessed that this would have been used to eat food out of. We really enjoyed handling the artefacts and took care when doing so.

 


Year 3A – Experimenting with Art

September 30th, 2020 by

Today in our sketch books we have been learning how to shade and show contrast using different techniques such as shading, smudging and dotting. We also used tools that we thought cavemen would have had such as leaves, sticks and added colour with crayons. It was very fun!

 

Written by Josie and Finley

 


Y3B – Savage Stone Age

September 30th, 2020 by

Today, we have been looking at the Stone Age and changes through the Bronze and Iron Ages.

We have begun this unit by looking at a timeline which runs from 500,000 BC to 43 AD – That’s a lot of history!

We have learnt about the terms BC and AD and what they mean, as well as ordering our own timelines using these dates. We have also been lucky enough to get an artefact box from the Discovery Museum which contains really exciting relics for us to take a look at, including a bone needle, a clay pot and sharp stone knives. We have even been able to handle these artefacts, which we really enjoyed.

 

“It was really cool to hold a caveman’s tools!” – Karley

“If I could, I’d take them home and keep them safe in glass cages.” – Liberty

“I really enjoyed the lesson because history is my favourite subject.”

“I liked the stone tools because they were really old, dangerous and hard.” – Patrick

“The lesson was hard but if you just keep on trying you’ll get through it and it will get easier.” – Arlo


Year 3A – Healthy Eating Week

September 29th, 2020 by

This week is National Healthy Eating Week, so here in Year 3A we have been discussing what foods make up our diet. We know all of the different nutrients that we need to nourish our bodies with thanks to our science topic this term, and can identify them. So this week during snack time, we decided to take a closer look at what we are eating and how healthy our snacks are. We then discussed what makes a healthy and balanced diet. We identified that fruit and vegetables are a great snack and that we should all be drinking water throughout the day. Exercising is also an important part of staying healthy. Our class discussion made us all very hungry!

 


Y3B – Athletics

September 29th, 2020 by

In PE, we did star jumps, squat jumps and more. Before the star jumps, we did relays. Whilst we did this, we did some circuits to stretch our legs. Then we ran around the field. At the end of the lesson we did a cool down. In the cool down we stretched our arms and legs. It was fun. We put our arms over our heads and leant forwards to stretch.

Written by Grace and Chloe


Year 3A – Horrible Histories

September 23rd, 2020 by

To begin our Year 3 Creative topic, we dived back in time and created a timeline which dated 500,000 BC! We enjoyed putting together our timelines and had to use our knowledge of numbers to help. We learnt that BC means ‘Before Christ’ and AD means ‘Anno Domini’ (the year of the Lord).

 


Y3B Parle français!

September 23rd, 2020 by

This week, we have been building our introductory French vocabulary. We practiced pronouncing and defining the vocabulary below.

Bonjour!
Madame Coates
Mademoiselle Knox
Monsieur Woods
Arretez et ecoutez
Tres bon!
Bonsoir!
Bonne nuit!
Je m’appelle _____________
Au revoir!
Comment t’appelles tu?
Comment ça va?
Ça va bien, merci.

Click on the links below to watch us speaking French!

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Year 3A – Putting a STOP to online meanness

September 22nd, 2020 by

Today we have been discussing how we stay safe online and how some web users are not always kind. We talked about how we would combat this, if it was to ever happen to us. We then worked in groups to act out these displays and show how we would put a STOP to online meanness.

”You must tell your parents or a trusted adult” – Anna.

”You can report or block the other user” – Josie.

 


Y3B – Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives

September 22nd, 2020 by

Today we have been learning about nouns, verbs and adjectives. We sorted paper with writing and pictures to show what the word means. It was a bit tricky to cut out the pictures. A verb is a doing word like ‘dancing’. A noun is a place, thing or name like ‘Newcastle’.

Written by Izzy and Seamus.


Y3B – Spelling with sign language

September 16th, 2020 by

Today, we did spellings with sign language. We use sign language so deaf people can understand what we are saying. We had actions in front of us to help and we had to practice the spelling words with signs. When we had to make a ‘c’, we made the action with our hands. Our favourite letter to make was ‘e’.

Written by Grace and Maia.


Y3A – Roald Dahl Day

September 14th, 2020 by

To celebrate Roald Dahl day on the 13th of September, we have been investigating some of the techniques he wrote about in his stories. We tried to write secret messages to our partners using a special recipe that Matilda used, this involved us making an exciting concoction which included lemon juice – we all thought it smelt delicious! We enjoyed Roald Dahl day so much so, that we decided to focus our guided reading sessions around another one of his books – George’s Marvellous Medicine. We have spent this week practicing our reading and getting to know the characters in the story.

 

 


Y3B – Roald Dahl Day

September 14th, 2020 by

As it was recently Roald Dahl Day, we have been focusing on his famous works in our classroom. We are most excited to be beginning our Year 3 ‘Book-et List’ with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have decided to choose this as our class reader and are delighted to have the chance to read it as much as we can. Last week, we completed activities based around persuading the oompa-loompas to release Veruca Salt. This week, we have been centring our Guided Reading sessions around the book, and practicing our reading skills to dive in a little deeper.


Y3B – Flying High

September 14th, 2020 by

In Year 3B, we have had a wonderful first few weeks. We have particularly been focusing on mental health and how to look on the bright side and have a positive outlook in life. Look at our wonderful butterflies for our class display – we are flying high!
“I can achieve.”
“I will keep trying.”
“My best is always good enough.”

Year 3A – Together we create a radiant rainbow

September 11th, 2020 by

In our first few weeks back, we have been focusing on mental health and thinking on the bright side of life. We learnt so much about each other during our first week, that we wanted to share it and display it in our classroom. Our rainbow represents all of the things we can do and how we make a community together.

 


Y3A – Fantastic Week

September 9th, 2020 by

What a fantastic, full week Year 3A have had! The children came back raring to go in KS2. This week we have focused our time on reconnecting with one and other. Our ‘me too’ web highlighted how much we all have in common and all of the different interests we share. Myself and Miss Cummings have enjoyed learning all about you.

 

 


Y3A – Welcome back!

September 4th, 2020 by

We have had a fantastic start to Year 3! All of the boys and girls have jumped straight into action and we have been very busy, both inside and outside of our classroom. Our week has been spent catching up and re-connecting after a long time apart. This week we have focused on being positive and sharing our thoughts and feelings on lockdown and coming back to school. We are all so happy to be back together and can’t wait for the rest of Year 3.

 

 

 

 


Year 3’s Virtual Sports Day!

July 13th, 2020 by

Wow, Year 3! What an amazing effort today. You all did an amazing job! We had lots of Egg and Spoon races, hula-hoop competitions, planks, burpees and even an obstacle course with an inflatable! We even had some children receive medals and trophies! I can see you have all had a lot of fun, well done and thank you for taking part!

 


European Cooking and RE task

July 10th, 2020 by

Year 3 were set the task of cooking a European dish of their choice. The children had lots of fun making some of their favourite European dishes at home from scratch with their families. They even used their recently learnt numeracy skills by measuring ingredients out carefully in the correct measure. Lots of delicious food was made such as scones, pizza, lasagne, Portokalopita (Greek syrupy orange cake) and omelette. Save the say, all of this food made Miss Walker very hungry! The children were also set a RE task which involved them showing acts of the Holy Spirit. Lots of the children demonstrated kindness and love by helping a sibling, doing activities that others enjoy (which they may not necessarily like doing themselves) and looking after pets. Well done Year 3!

 

 


Week 12

July 2nd, 2020 by

Year 3 have continued their Harry Potter lessons in Literacy this week and have focused on writing a recount. The children wrote their plan and then used this to write a recount in paragraphs. They all did a fantastic job, Miss Walker was again very impressed. The children have also been researching European animals. Some children created a fact file either on paper, on PowerPoint or on a Word Document while others recorded theirs David Attenborough style! They were all fantastic and I loved reading them/listening to them. In RE, the children focused on the story of Paul. They were asked to write a character profile before he became a follower of Jesus and after he became one. The children understood that Paul’s beliefs changed and that he turned out to love spreading the word of God. Well done, Year 3.

 


Another successful week!

June 19th, 2020 by

Year 3 have had a fantastic week this week. Their main task was to write a range of poetry from nonsense poetry to poetry using onomatopoeia. We have also had lots of children getting plenty of exercise, taking part in Science experiments and doing some exciting gardening!

 

 

 


A Black Lives Matter poem written by a Year 3 child

June 18th, 2020 by

Black Lives Matter Poem

Last week my mummy asked me if racism still exists,

I said no it doesn’t then she explained the risks.

So have a think about how it’s so unfair,

For people of colour it must be a nightmare.

I thought racism ended with Martin Luther King,

But it turns out he never was going to win.

Some people treat black people as less

So that’s why we need to peacefully protest.

Black lives matter is the message to keep in mind,

Be tolerant, be educated and don’t forget be kind

For all the people of colour I promise it’s true

Sacred Heart Byermoor stands with you.


Fantastic week for Year 3

June 12th, 2020 by

Year 3 continue to work very hard working from home and have produced lots of fantastic pieces of work. This week, the children were asked to re-write a diary entry about a trip to the farm which originally included lots of mistakes. The children’s task was to improve the spelling, grammar and add in extra SPaG in order to make the diary sound a lot more inviting and interesting to read. The children included lots of examples of previous learnt material from this week and other weeks such as fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, using ‘their, there and they’re’ correctly, exciting verbs and possessive apostrophes. In creative, the children are learning all about our continent, Europe. This week’s task involved the children researching the similarities and differences between temperatures and populations among various European countries. The work the children produced was very clear and informative.

We have also had some fantastic art work and have even had Trevor, the local peacock in one of our gardens!

Keep up the great work Year 3, you can do this!


Well done, Year 3!

May 11th, 2020 by

It has been a pleasure to speak to all of Year 3’s parents and children on the phone recently and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all of their hard work and dedication over previous weeks in completing tasks on Google Classroom. It has been fantastic to see so many great pieces of work that Year 3 have been completing such as designing sunglasses to keep you safe in the sun, extensive pieces of writing, 1960s research, CAFOD research, Europe projects and we even recorded some 1960s dance styles which were all fantastic! A big well done and thank you to all families – you are all amazing!

 


VE Day celebrations at home – 8/5/2020

May 8th, 2020 by

On Friday 8th May 2020, was the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Although we weren’t able to celebrate in our normal way, Year 3 got involved with the celebrations by decorating their homes! I loved seeing the VE Day bunting and posters that were made to celebrate this very special day. A Year 3 child was also very lucky to speak to her Grandma, who was 8 on VE day 75 years ago, who explained about what life was like during WW2. She shared her knowledge of gas masks, rationing, blackout curtains and the wardens – how interesting! We remember how very lucky and thankful we are, 75 years on, for all of those who risked their lives and those who died in battle in the fight to make our country and our lives better. To all war veterans, we salute you.


Thank you Key Workers!

April 20th, 2020 by

Year 3 have been busy creating fantastic posters to say thank you to our wonderful Key Workers in our local area. We have had children send their thank you posters to hospital staff at the QE and RVI hospitals as well as GP surgeries, bin men and care homes. I am very proud of Year 3’s thoughtfulness and kindness – well done!


What a fun week for Year 3!

March 20th, 2020 by

Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed their week in school this week. I am immensely proud of how positive they have all been during recent weeks. On Monday, the children used the 1960s patterns they have previously drawn to get involved with printing by engraving polystyrene tiles, rolling a thin layer of paint over them and printing them into their sketch books. We then rolled another colour on top to create a layering effect. The children then gathered around to have a look at all of their wonderful 1960s inspired patterns!  On Thursday, in relation to recent events, Year 3 were involved in a special lesson all about germs. Miss Scott talked all about how our bodies have immune systems that are fantastic at fighting against germs. We discussed how our bodies need to be exposed to some germs to help build up our immune system so it keeps on working properly however not all germs are always good for us. We learnt all about how children have really strong immune systems whereas some older people may not have as strong immune systems therefore it is really important to not spread germs, especially onto them. We learnt how we can protect ourselves and others from germs by regularly washing our hands, catching our sneezes in tissues and not touching our face and eyes often. We then did a fun experiment with glitter, which represented germs, and demonstrated that germs can spread on us whenever we touch something new, whether that be another person, a thing or even ourselves. We then demonstrated that it isn’t enough just wiping our hands on a bit of tissue as this did not remove the glitter. The best way to remove it was to wash our hands with soap and water. Year 3 were shown the NHS guidelines on how to wash hands effectively and learnt to sing the happy birthday song twice in our hands whilst doing so so we know we are washing our hands for 20 seconds. This technique managed to remove all of the glitter! We also learnt that if soap and water or not available that hand sanitizers are perfect for removing germs on the go. The children then created posters to show other children around the school how to stay safe.

On Friday, the children enjoyed preparing some mother’s day cards and gifts that they are going to share on Sunday. During lunch time, the children loved dancing at our lunch party in the hall! For a special treat at the end of the day, we even watched a little of a well known classic, Tom and Jerry!

Well done Year 3 for your amazing positivity and resilience this week!

 


Forensic Science Workshop

March 13th, 2020 by

Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their Forensic Science workshop as they worked in teams to find out who committed the crime! The children learnt all about what evidence might be left behind at the scene of a crime such as finger prints and foot prints. They put evidence together to try and figure out the culprit! The children successfully figured out the criminal using their investigation and detective work! I think we may have some future forensic scientists!


Valentine’s Disco

February 27th, 2020 by

Year 3 were so excited to be going to the Valentine’s Disco!

 


Science experiment

February 27th, 2020 by

This week, Year 3 learnt all about what soil is made up of and how its formed. The children learnt all about how worms  help to increase the amount of air and water that gets into the soil. We learnt that they break down organic matter, like leaves and grass into things that plants can use. When they eat, they leave behind castings that are a very valuable type of fertilizer. We then created our very own compost bin complete with worms! The children used the bottom of a plastic bottle, compost, water, vegetable scraps, stones, water and worms to create their compost bin with their table. As worms like the dark, we covered the bottle with cardboard and put a breathable fabric over the top of the compost bin. We will check to see how our compost bins are doing every couple of days. The children loved getting their hands dirty!


Fantastic character descriptions

February 26th, 2020 by

On Monday’s snow day, the children were set the task of getting out and building a snowman. The children were then asked to write a character description to describe their snowman using expanded noun phrases, possessive apostrophes and prepositions as well as writing using cursive handwriting. What a fantastic effort the children made! Here are just some examples! Well done, Year 3.

 


We love times tables!

February 26th, 2020 by

Year 3 have loved our multiplication and division topic. We have really mastered a lot of our times tables, particularly through the help of times table songs! Today, we completed a fun activity pack involving times table word searches. Well done, Year 3. Keep up the great work!

 

 


The Little Princess Trust

February 26th, 2020 by

Two Year 3 children have made Miss Walker and the rest of the school very proud by cutting off a lot of their hair to donate to the Little Princess Trust which makes wigs for young people who are suffering from cancer. This is such a wonderful and generous achievement for both of the girls. Well done, we are so amazed!

 

 


Fabulous homework

February 25th, 2020 by

As Sacred Heart was closed on Monday due to snow day, the children were set the task of making a snowman and writing a character description including expanded noun phrases, possessive apostrophes and prepositions to name a few. They all did an amazing job – well done, Year 3!


Year 3 Papier Mache Volcanoes

December 2nd, 2019 by

Year 3 had a fantastic time making their papier mache volcanoes this week. Thank you to all parents for helping to provide children with newspaper, a plastic bottle and some cardboard to help make this very fun (but messy!) model. The children loved getting their hands dirty and enjoyed sculpting their very own Mount Vesuvius. We are excited to paint them and eventually explode our volcanoes! Great work, Year 3.


French afternoon

November 19th, 2019 by

Year 3 have had a great French afternoon where we applied what we have been learning about recently. The children wrote short conversations in French including phrases such as ‘hello’, ‘my name is…’, ‘how old are you?’ and ‘what is your name?’.

The children loved practising French phrases with their partner and are really developing their pronunciation. Très bien!


The Grinch

November 15th, 2019 by

Year 3 had a great time at the Vue Cinema watching the Grinch. We learnt a lot from the film such as understanding that everybody is different and we should always look out for those who may feel lonely. It was a perfect way to get into the festive spirit and the children absolutely loved the experience! We had lots of fun travelling on the top deck of the bus too!

Bikers Against Bullies

November 13th, 2019 by

Year 3 had a fantastic afternoon with the Bikers Against Bullying. The children first listened to an assembly all about bullying and then had the joy of looking at the bikers’ bikes on the yard. They were very excited to sit on the bikes – even the teachers had a go!


Mount Vesuvius

November 4th, 2019 by

Today, as part of our Creative topic on Horrible Histories, we moved on from the Stone Age and fast forwarded 10,000 years to The Romans. We focussed on the natural disaster that hit a famous Roman City in 79AD, Pompeii. The bustling city was wiped out by a devastating volcano eruption. The children looked at where Mount Vesuvius is based, how it erupted and how volcanoes are formed. We then created our very own volcanoes using play dough and made them erupt using a chemical reaction between vinegar and  bicarbonate of soda. We also used red food colouring to make it look like lava! The children had a fantastic time and were fascinated when their volcanoes erupted. The children could explain that the pressure build up caused the eruption. Excellent work, Year 3!

 

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Amazing Art Day

October 30th, 2019 by

Year 3 focussed on the pop artist Andy Warhol for our amazing art day. We looked at Warhol’s famous work along with his impressive printing techniques, repeated patterns and use of bold, contrasting colours. Year 3 used his work to create their own repeated patterns using nature in the style of Andy Warhol. We also used different media to colour in our images such as oil pastels, chalk, pencils and pens. We also replicated Warhol’s famous Queen image by colouring in the picture using bright colours. Some of us used collage to decorate the background to really make it stand out. To top it off, the children explored printing by printing their own hand prints onto layered coloured pieces of card. What a fun day we have had!

 


Spooky disco

October 30th, 2019 by

Year 3 looked absolutely fantastic in their costumes ready for the Spooky Disco!

 


Science experiment

October 15th, 2019 by

Today, Year 3 were learning about our muscles and how they work. We learnt that we have voluntary muscles, that we can control, but we also have involuntary muscles that we don’t have any control over such as our heart. We discussed the different muscles that we have and used this to predict which muscles we would use when running. Using a diagram, the children circled what muscles they thought they would use to help them run. We then went outside and jogged around the playground, focussing on the muscles we were using. Once we stopped running, we felt our muscle in our chest, the heart, beat fast and felt it slowing itself down the more we rested. We then discussed the muscles we used to run such as our hamstrings, calves, quadriceps, abdominals and even our glutes! Some children were surprised when they discovered some muscles, that they did not expect, helped us to run. Great work, Year 3.


World Mental Health Day

October 11th, 2019 by

Year 3 were reflecting on World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10th October. Today, the children watched a video which explained how sometimes we can feel a little overwhelmed, stressed and worried. We talked about how things like school, friendships and responsibilities can affect our mood, emotions and how we think. The children thought about times when they have felt deflated or upset and discussed ways in which we can help our mental health such as talking to someone and doing things we enjoy. We then talked about how sometimes we can be our biggest critic as we often tell ourselves that we’re not very good at something. The children wrote down on a heart what they believed weren’t very good about themselves such as ‘I’m not very good at maths’ and ‘I could be more helpful’. We then swapped our hearts with somebody else and they had to write down three things that was good about that person. The children then gave back the hearts to their owner and gave what we sometimes need, a friendly hug. This was a fantastic way of the children realising that we should always try to be kind to others as they may appear fine on the outside but may be suffering on the inside. We also learnt the importance of being kind to ourselves and realising mental health is just as important as physical health. Well done, Year 3.


Stone Age jewellery

September 23rd, 2019 by

Today, Year 3 explored what jewellery looked like during the Stone Age and what natural resources were used back in those days. We compared Stone Age jewellery to what is worn nowadays – we were amazed! We then used our sketch books to design our very own Stone Age jewellery as well as labelling the resources that would have been used such as animal teeth, rocks and shells. We will then use our designs to create our bracelets or necklaces in the coming weeks using clay – we can’t wait!

 


Year 3 emotion talk

September 19th, 2019 by

Nicola, from Northumbria Police, visited the Year 3 class on Thursday afternoon to talk all about emotions. The children worked in groups to study a range of different photographs of children with a wide range of emotions and expressions. They then guessed how that child was feeling and thought of reasons why they might feel that way. Next, we then discussed how sometimes you can see emotions on the outside based on a child’s or an adult’s behaviour or by their facial expressions. We then talked about how we can feel emotions on the inside without always showing it. The children thought of scenarios of what might upset us and other people and thought of reasons why they might not want to show their true emotions. Year 3 learnt that it is always wise to be careful what we say to others as sometimes this may upset someone without you even knowing. We also learnt of how to help children and adults we know who may be feeling angry, stressed or upset. We also learnt safe ways of dealing with certain scenarios such as a stranger being angry in the shopping centre. The children understood it is best to alert our parents or somebody we trust such as a person who works in the store. We finished the session by passing a smile around the room. Well done, Year 3.