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Working Together for the Good of Each Other

Marie Curie

We had a great morning at the beach school, it was very windy but the rain held off. We created Roman beach art, made shelters, looked for beach creatures and also did our bit for the environment by litter picking too.

In our Roman's topic we have been looking at where the Romans built roads and how they made them. We then made Roman roads using sand, marbles and cubes for gravel and card stones on top.

In maths we have been designing Roman shields using perpendicular, parallel, horizontal and vertical lines and also angles. We then made shields using mosaics and tissue paper. Next we marched with our shields and made a formation shield together.

In science we have been looking at the human skeleton and its functions. We used purple mash to make a poster and then made skeletons in groups.

This half term we are learning about the Romans so this week have started looking at Roman Numerals. We have practised making them with lolly sticks in pairs.We are then going to move onto making Roman shields with perpendicular, parallel, horizontal, vertical lines and angles.

We had a great time on the bouncy castle and the inflatable assault course.

Topic Homework.

Headline News!

Earthquake devastates Curie Class 

In Geography we have been looking at earthquakes and the effect they have on people.We made the classroom look as though it had been hit by an earthquake and when we heard the siren to alert us ,we all had to take cover under the tables. 

In Geography we have been investigating what is under our feet and learning about the different layers of the Earth.We made 3D models to show all the different layers from the Earth's crust to the inner core. 


In Science we have been investigating forces.We have looked at different surfaces to test friction .We discovered that the rougher the surface the more force is needed to move it.


In English we have been looking at discussion text.

Has your child ever pestered you for a pet?

Please mum can we have a rabbit/dog/cat/woolly mammoth?

Woolly mammoth?

We had to decide whether the woolly mammoth would make a good pet. 

Here are some of the reasons why it would or would not make the ideal pet.

It would keep you warm in winter.

It would stop burglars coming to your house.

If we rode a woolly mammoth we could save the planet by not driving our cars!

On the other hand....

Woolly mammoths would not fit through your door.

Woolly mammoths would break everything in your house .

Woolly mammoths make an awful toilet mess!

We have been making 3D shapes with materials and finding their properties.

In History in Curie class we have been looking at  Stonehenge and have learned why it was constructed and when.With the help of parents the children made their own Stonehenge using biscuits and icing.


Newsletter Spring Term 1

Welcome to Year 3's class page! 


Take a look at our class photographs of our learning and school trips! 

Here we are in our Stone Age camp/role play area.  We made it together and here are some children hunting prey, making fire and cooking and eating Stone Age food.  Yum!
We have been working in groups to look at the features of discussion texts.  In our 'Big Write' we have written an argument for and against the wearing of school uniform.

English - using pasta to show where inverted commas should go in a sentence.

Poo to You!

In History, we have been comparing the Stone Age diet to our 21st century diet.  We have been examining Stone Age 'poo'.  The children had to find out what Stone Age people ate by sifting through the 'poo'.  A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon!

We have had a welcome addition to our class this term, as well as Mrs Stuchfield - say hello to Bubbles the goldfish!


In Autumn 2 we have particularly focused on the four operations and learned a new method for multiplication - the grid method. The children have worked very hard, focused and enjoyed learning new, challenging methods in their Maths lessons. Well done boys and girls! 

Posada Box

We have been sending home a Posada box to share with some of our families and looking at it in school too during our worship. We send home figures of Mary and Joseph, prayers, a candle, a purple advent cloth, the Christmas story and a notebook. The children have a look at whats inside with their families and choose what they do with it. This could be saying a prayer, ordering the story, lighting the candle and retelling the Christmas story. This gives our children and families the opportunity to prepare for Christmas together. 

Merry Christmas everybody and a Happy New Year

We had a lovely Christmas lunch! Thank you very much to our lunchtime team! We were all feeling the Christmas spirit in year 3! 

Healthy Afternoon Tea

As part of our DT/Science topics, we have been learning about how to be healthy, the impact it has on our bodies, nutrients and food groups and how to make a healthy balanced meal. We hosted a healthy afternoon tea for our families which was a fantastic, well attended afternoon! Thank you to everybody who came and to our parent helpers! 

Letters from Father Christmas!

There was lots of excitement in our class last week as we received letters from Father Christmas! 

Year 3 hosted a fitness class!

Our letters worked as lots of children joined us for our fitness class! We even had some volunteers from different classes to model their exercise moves! We could feel the effects that exercising had on our bodies as our pulses and heartbeats were beating quickly, our cheeks were rosy and we were out of breath! Thank you for joining us St Mary's!

Persuasive Letters

As our topic is 'Healthy Humans', we have been have been learning about different food groups, how to have a healthy balanced diet, different ways of exercising and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. In English, our topic is persuasive letters, so we decided to write a letter to each class to persuade them to be a little healthier by joining our whole school fitness class. We wanted to persuade as many children as we could to join us! We delivered our letters around school and a few of us read them out to the other children.



Showing our support for anti-bullying!

As it was anti-bullying week, we had circle time to discuss what bullying is and how we can choose kindness and positivity. We created a class poster and came up with 23 different ways to be kind, we wore blue, bought wristbands and donated the money to Bullying UK and lastly we gave out blue chance cards rather than white to support anti-bullying and see how many acts of kindness there were in our class that week.

School Council

Our school council team have loved taking on their new role! They keep their notebooks to hand incase any children have any new ideas in regards to our classrooms, the playground or clubs.

The children love to feel cosy with a book and use our listening area!

Yoga in our PE lessons!

Letters to Father Christmas!

It's that time of year again and we are all SO EXCITED for Christmas Eve already! As we are learning about persuasive letters, we have written to Father Christmas to persuade him to agree that we should be on the good list and have a chance of receiving some of the lovely gifts that we would like this year! 

Using our senses to guess different foods!

As we are learning about food in our Design Technology lessons, we used our senses to figure out what different foods were. This was a fun introduction to our 'Healthy Humans' topic, as you can tell by the children's facial expressions! We then linked the foods to the different food groups. 


In Science we have been learning about light and dark. We created shadow puppet theatres with our families which was a great success and lots  of fun! So many of our friends and family turned up to help us with our creations and the children loved making them and performing to each other. 

Halloween Disco 2017!

Which signs and symbols can we see in our local environment?

In Geography we have been learning about map skills, signs and symbols, so we decided to go for a walk around our local environment to see which signs and symbols we could find! We also looked for key places in our town such as The Mount, the beach, the golf course and The Boating Lake. We managed to squeeze a little play on the park into our trip! 

National Fitness Day 2017

For National Fitness Day this year, we enjoyed doing a wake and shake with the whole school to start the day, Zumba for children in our classroom, an obstacle course in the playground then cooled our bodies down with some yoga to end the day. 


We had a fantastic lesson finding different countries and cities on globes, in atlas', on Google Maps and our big world map! The children thoroughly enjoyed researching new places they hadn't heard of and trying to spot different countries on their list. 

Maths - Place Value

We started off our Maths topic with place value. So far, we have been practising reading and writing three digit numbers as well as making them using different resources. The children worked very hard and shown a good understanding of three digit numbers!