Year 3

Summer Term 2019


Class Messages

23/04/19 The PFC Football Training After School Club for KS2 starts today at 3:15pm. Children must bring in their own sports clothes and sensible footwear to participate. Children will not be able to use their school PE kits for this club. Please let us know if you do not wish to take your place, as we have lots of children on the waiting list. Thank you.

Just a reminder that children must have trainers or PE pumps for their PE lesson on a Monday morning and Thursday afternoon. PE kits are supplied by the school, but you may wish to bring in a pair of tracksuit bottoms or long sleeved t-shirt for colder weather.


Important Information

PE: Outdoor PE lessons take place on a Monday morning with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor. Our indoor PE lessons take place on a Thursday afternoon with Miss Parr. Please ensure your child has a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school. PE kits including a pair of shorts and a t-shirt are supplied by the school. However, in colder weather, you may wish to supply a pair of jogging bottoms.

Homework: Homework is sent home on Fridays. All homework books are expected to be returned to school by the following Wednesday at the very latest. We also encourage children to have their reading book signed each night and change their reading book at least once a week.

Reading Books: Reading books must be signed and dated by a parent before they are changed by ourselves. Children should aim to read for 5 minutes a night. If your child’s reading book needs to be changed, we ask them to place it into a red basket as they enter the classroom each morning.

School Diaries: We ask that children bring in their school diary and reading book every day. Children are given the opportunity to read and use their diaries during the school day.

Water Bottles: Water bottles are supplied by the school. They are filled up each morning by our water bottle monitors and are washed and sterilised on a Friday afternoon.

Bug Club, Education City & Times Tables Rockstars: You can find the login details for these websites in the back of your child’s school diary. If you are having any trouble with passwords or logging on, please let us know and we’ll look into it for you.

This half term in Year 3:


This term we will be linking our writing to our topic work.



Maths: Abacus Scheme of Work

We will continue to work on multiplication, division, addition and subtraction using word problems.

We will be following the Abacus scheme of work.

Times Tables

Children are encouraged to practice their times tables – especially their 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 10’s, before moving onto 6’s, 7’s and 8’s. You could help your child by encouraging them to rapidly recall these facts regularly.

Your child also has a login for Times Tables Rockstars at the back of their reading diary.

PE: Indoor and Outdoor: Yoga, Circuit Training and outdoor games (Thursday)

Outdoor: We will be working with our specialist Manchester City coach, Connor, learning the skills for a number of invasion games and learning to be a good team player.

Please can you ensure that your child has a pair of trainers or PE pumps in school especially for Monday’s lesson.

Topic: The Stone Age 

We will begin our topic lessons by discussing what we already know about  and what we would like to learn during this term.

Our learning will include:

  • When was the Stone Age?
  • Why is the Stone Age split into three parts and what are they called?
  • Why was it called the Stone Age?
  • How is life different now?
  • Why were cave paintings important and what did they teach us?
  • What jobs did people have?
  • What would it have been like to be a child during this time?


Science: Rocks and Soils

In Science, we are learning about rocks and soils. We will be exploring different rocks and identifying there uses through their properties. We will look at how different rocks are formed, where they come from and also how fossils are made.

We will look at how soil is made and identify the different types of soils in different environments.

Geography: Geography will be taught through our Stone Age topic work.

We will be be exploring a Neolithic village called Skara Brae and seeing what we can discover about the past.

We will use our Geography skills to locate where different rocks can be found and will discover how and where volcanoes are formed.

Art & DT: Our Art and DT lessons will be focussed around this term’s topic lessons. This term we will be:

  • Cave Painting sketch – charcoal and ink
  • Stone Henge picture using pastels
  • 3D cave creation

We will upload some of the art work to our class page. 

RE: Rules for living

We will be exploring some key questions through discussion.

  • What are rules?
  • Why do we have rules?
  • Who makes the rules?
  • Is there a difference between rules and laws?
  • What would happen if there were no rules?


Music: Recorders

In Music this term we will be continuing to learn how to play the recorder with our music teacher, Mrs Compston.


We will also be following our school music syllabus, Charanga.

 PSHCE: My Happy Mind

This term all children will be provided with their own personal My Happy Mind booklet. Children will participate in a range of activities both within the booklet and online. (Logins to follow.)

The “meet your brain” module is all about how your brain works and how you can help it to be at its very best.

Computing: Microsoft Powerpoint

On Tuesday afternoons, we will be working with Miss Powell to develop our ICT skills. We will learn how to use a variety of software both on laptops and iPads.

We will also continue to work on Scratch to develop our Simple Animation skills.

Proof Reading & Editing

During our English and Topic lessons, we will be using ICT to proof read and edit our work. We will be using Microsoft Word to do this. We will continue to look at changing fonts, colours of texts and using suitable font sizes. We will learn how to save our work effectively so it’s easy to locate and print out.

Children must ensure they have their school diaries everyday as they contain your child’s logins for some of the software we use.

Picture Gallery

05/04/19: Thank you to everybody for sending in their entries for the Easter Egg/Bonnet Competition today. We cannot believe the amount of effort that has been put into them all – they sure are egg-cellent! We had Marsheggo, Easter chicks, Easter bunnies, a HUGE Creme Egg, The Greatest Shellman, Breggsit, Aliens, unicorns and so much more!

Take a look at Year 3’s entries below:

03/04/19: Over the last few days we have been collecting lots of plastic items in preparation for an activity in school. Thank you to everybody who has helped us!

Last Thursday, we took part in a Blue Planet Live Lesson. The lesson taught us about plastic pollution and how it is affecting our oceans and the planet in general. Afterwards, we designed an Amnesty Poster to encourage people to drop off their plastic to Year 3 and designed a sea creature that we wished to create using only plastic. Once we collected plenty of plastic including milk bottles, juice bottles, yoghurt pots, soup pots, chocolate trays, glue sticks, marker pens etc. we were ready to tackle our activity.

This afternoon, we created our very own models using lots of plastic and cellotape.

Here are a selection of photographs to browse through.

01/04/19: This afternoon, we went out into the playground wearing special hi-viz jackets carrying litter pickers and bin bags. We were able to choose our own partners/small groups and had so much fun! We recycled lots of the items including papers and non-reusable water bottles. The playground looked so clean afterwards! Take a look at our photographs below:

07/03/19 – World Book Day: We are so proud of the children in Year 3 today. Everybody made a fantastic effort to make their book characters come to life! We had lots of students from Hogwarts (including Miss Pointon!), Where’s Wally?, Alice In Wonderland, Gangsta Granny, Verucca Salt, The Queen’s Guard, Mary Poppins, Superman and even a real life Crayola Green Crayon (Miss Parr)!

We had lots of activities to complete in class including creating our very own “The Day The Year 3 Crayons Quit”, discussing our characters, sharing stories, colouring competitions and a live link lesson to save some authors by being detectives. Here are some photographs of the day:

01/03/19: Today, as part of our Maths lesson, we all headed down to the main playground. We had to complete a “Human Bar Chart” and a Venn Diagram. Our “Human Bar Chart” topic was birthdays and the Venn Diagrams included brothers and sisters. We answered lots of questions whilst taking part in the activities.

26/02/19: This half term we will be focussing on our Science Topic “What Plants Need”. We have shared our prior knowledge and recorded questions that we would like to research.

Our learning this half term will include:

– Identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

– Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them

– Investigating the way in which water is transported within plants

– Exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

15/02/19: We decided to go out for our PE lesson this morning and what a perfect morning it was! We had a range of activities to choose from which included football with Mrs Holt’s son, skipping with Miss Pointon and Miss Kemp or individual activities such as hoola-hooping, balancing and skipping with Miss Parr. We had lots of fun moving around the activities. A big THANK YOU to Mrs Holt’s son, Alfie, for guiding the children through a warm up and refereeing the game. Here are a few pictures…

(More to follow soon)

14/02/19: This afternoon Miss Pointon took 6 children to Charlestown Community Primary School in Blackley to take part in an Art afternoon. Mrs Fox chose 3 children from Year 3 and 3 children from Year 4 to join in with the activities. The children had a wide range of resources to choose from and lots of inspiration around the room. The children had lots of fun creating their individual pieces of art. The children also received a challenge throughout the afternoon. They were a pleasure to take on the trip and the staff from the school commented on how well-mannered and polite the children were. We will send the children home with their pieces once they are dry and dropped off at our school. Take a look through our photos below.

13/02/19: This week we are taking part in lots of French activities.

Today we created our masterpieces after looking at some examples of a French artist’s work. We used a selection of resources including photographs of ourselves, neon paints, cray pas, paint brushes, cotton buds, glue spreaders and straws. We also listened to some French background music as we worked.

On Friday, we will be dressing up as famous French people, an Artist or in the colours of the french flag. We will also be having a French school dinner.

Here we are creating our very own pieces of Art inspired by the French artist Seaty.

“Seaty is an artist born in 1983 in the South of France. He was part of the Toulouse graffiti scene in the early 2000’s where he started writing tags on walls when he was still a child.

Starting 2008, he decided to give a new direction to his graffiti works and started to paint on canvas, developping his technique, without ever taking drawing or painting classes. His work evolved but the codes of urban culture are still there. Seaty wants to share with the viewers his vision of urban art, his emotions and experiences.

Today, after a 15-year artistic career, having built his street art practice, Seaty continues to represent the movement with passion and creativity.”

We will upload our finished pieces later on in the week.

08/02/19: Today we had the opportunity to play a variety of maths games including “Highest Wins!”, “Beetle”, Three In A Row and Rocket Race. We had lots of fun working with different partners and exploring all of the games on offer.

07/02/19: Here we are taking part in our PE lessons with Miss Parr. We have loved taking part in our Circuit Training sessions on a Thursday afternoon during this half term. Each week we have added new challenging stations.

05/02/19: We have had a lovely morning celebrating Chinese New Year. We looked at the story of The Zodiac Signs and retold it in our own words. Once we had finished, we had the opportunity to make Chinese fortune tellers and Chinese dragons whilst listening to some Chinese music. We will also have some Chinese New Year maths problems to solve tomorrow morning. The children have all enjoyed making some Chinese New Year crafts to take home with them.  Gung hay fat choy!

01/02/19: Here we are painting our wonderful Canopic Jars. We used lots of bright colours and metallic paints before finishing off with a coating of PVA glue. You will be able to see all of our pieces of art at Parents Evening. We will allow the children to take these home at the end of our Topic lessons (around Easter time).

25/01/19: This afternoon, we created our very own Canopic Jars. We used clay, rolling pins and a variety of tools to create and design them. We had lots of fun!

Canopic Jars were used during Ancient Egypt times to store the organs of dead people who were being mummified.

Did you know that a hook was used to remove the brain?

The four jars were:
  • Imsety had a human head and carried and protected the liver.
  • Qebehsenuf had a falcon’s head and carried and protected the intestines.
  • Hapy had the head of a baboon and carried and protected the lungs.
  • Duamatef had the head of a jackal and carried and protected the stomach.

We will spend next Friday afternoon painting our jars using gold, silver and bronze paint and an assortment of brightly coloured paints. We will upload more photos once they are completed next week.

Week Beginning 21/01/19: Our Egyptian projects are absolutely WONDERFUL! We are so proud of all the children who have completed their homework this week. We cannot believe the amount of work that has been put into them. They have all been displayed outside the Year 3 Classroom and we will be showing the whole school during Friday’s celebration assembly. A big THANK YOU to all of our parents are carers for your support with our projects. Take a look at everybody’s work below:

21/01/19: Our Egyptian Portrait display is now complete. We had lots of fun creating them. Can you guess who’s who?

We are looking forward to adding all of the wonderful Egyptian projects that the children have been working on to our “working” display. The work we have received so far is AMAZING!

18/01/19: This afternoon, the other half of the class took part in the Ancient Egyptian Portrait activity. We looked at some examples of other children’s work both online and on our class display board. We spoke about the types of clothing and jewellery that Ancient Egyptians wore. We used our photographs, cray pas, mosaic pieces in various colours and PVA glue to complete our pieces of art. We had a very crafty afternoon!

11/01/19: This afternoon, half of the class took part in an Egyptian Portrait activity. Miss Pointon took individual photographs of everybody in the class. We then looked at some examples of other children’s work online. We spoke about the types of clothing and jewellery that Ancient Egyptians wore. We used our photographs, cray pas, mosaic pieces in various colours and PVA glue to complete our pieces of art. We had so much fun!

The other children will take part in this activity next Friday. We will upload a photograph of the display once it is complete.

10/01/19: This morning, during Maths, Blue Group worked with Miss Kemp to create 2D shapes using lolly sticks. They talked about the number of sides each shape had. We have been working very hard to name our 2D shapes and will continue to work on this throughout the school year. You could help your child by practicing this at home too.

21/12/18: Today, we had a very special visitor – Santa Claus! He came during our party games to check that we all had been good throughout the year. We really enjoyed playing Pin the Nose on the Rudolph and Pass the Parcel. We also had party time in the hall with Year 4 and party food at lunch time.

19/12/18: This afternoon we all made a Christingle so we were prepared for our Christingle Service. We discussed what each part represents. We all had an orange, a candle, a piece of foil, 4 cocktail sticks, marshmallows and midget gems. Can you remember what each part represents?

18/12/18: Our Year 3 & Year 4 Babuska Production – Thank you to everybody who came to support us! Here are just a few snapshots from the play. Miss Pointon was able to film some of the scenes and we will be able to play these in class. All of our hard work has paid off and our teachers think we are FANTASTIC! We look forward to next year’s production.

05/12/18: This morning, we went to Warwick Road Playing Fields to plant some trees. We learnt how to use a shovel and the correct way to plant a tree. We worked in pairs to plant as many trees as we possibly could! Despite the bad weather, we all worked really hard to complete the task in hand. Well done, Year 3!

09/11/18: We spent today remembering those who died and fought in World War 1, World War 2 and other wars around the world. We also remembered those who are special to us and may no longer be with us. This morning, we sang a song during the school Remembrance Service. When we returned to class, we took it in turns to fill out Our Class Remembrance Book. During the afternoon, we spent time making our own poppies, poppy wreaths, medals and poems. We had lots of colouring pages to choose from too!

02/11/18: Today, we took part in a Shadow Experiment. We worked in partners or small groups, to draw around each other using chalk. We made sure we had plenty of space on the playground and that that our shadow could be seen on the floor. We found out that our shadows change position throughout the day depending on where the sun is positioned.

27/09/18: East Lancs. Railway

20/09/18: This afternoon, as part of our Science lesson, we created our very own shadow puppets. We had a range of cats, dogs, dinosaurs, crabs, parrots, turtles and spiders! We look forward to going into the hall to conduct our very first Science experiment! Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

12/09/18: Today we had a visitor who came in to discuss the importance and the benefits of recycling. We worked in groups to sort out where our rubbish should go. We discussed what went into grey bins, blue bins, brown bins and green bins. Quiz your children to see if they can remember where the items should go 🙂

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Parr, Miss Pointon and Miss Kemp