01/02/2019 at 19:55


In Maths this week, we have been learning about money. We have looked at the coins in circulation and have been working out how to make various amounts using these coins. Next week we will practise adding and subtracting amounts as if we are shopping, and then getting change. We have also been using the Mastery method to learn the 8x table and its related facts. The children have learned to express 8 and its multiples in a variety of ways and in a variety of contexts.


In science, the children have been learning about gravity and its effects. We have also carried out an experiment into how to overcome its pull. We hypothesised that a person with a parachute would fall slower than a person without one. Due to the fact that Mr Beevers is not good with heights and Miss Burland was not willing to sacrifice herself in the name of science, we decided to make paper parachutes and use plastic figures instead. The children had great fun finding out the results and no teachers or children were hurt.

Special mentions this week go to Zuhra, Sumayyah, Erin and Veerpal. Well done this week.

Have a great weekend,

Mr Beevers and Miss Burland

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Fiction and Friction.

22/01/2019 at 18:14


It has been another packed week in Year 3. In English, the children have written, checked and edited their alternative endings of the play script, The Golden Goose. We have had plenty of superb examples that have included brilliant plots and great character development. Not all the endings have followed the original happy one and we have seen some real tragedies. However, what has come through are the great imaginations and the way the conversations are so real life.

In Science, the children have been continuing their work on forces and have been investigating how friction affects moving objects. The children were given a ramp, various materials to cover the ramp and a car. With only a brief reminder on how to carry out a fair test and a basic summary of what to do, the children had to design and carry out their own experiment. All the groups involved managed to gather some result for the subsequent conclusion discussion, however this discussion also included “Why don’t we always get the results we expect”. In the end, the children learned as much about experimental error as they did about friction.

Speaking of friction, the bouldering group at The Depot made good use of it when climbing up the walls this week. Below are a selection of photos and videos of the children in action.



Finally, the children have started to share their Two Minute Talk learning log work. All the talks so far have been fantastic, with interesting topics and confident presentations. It is great to see the support and enthusiasm for each others interests and hopefully the sharing of knowledge be of benefit all round.

Special mentions this week go to Billy, L.J., Holly and Bilal. Well done.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Burland.

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Energy. Exercise and forces.

18/01/2019 at 19:43


The first full week of the term has seen the children settle back into their routines well. All the children seem to be enjoying their PE options. The gymnasts have been practising their positions and have tried some rolls, which they then arranged into a short routine. The boulderers  all look confident at climbing and are developing their skills at planning their routes up the problems on the wall. The dance group have also included drama in their activities and will continue next week to work towards their final performance.

Science this half term focuses on forces and magnets. The classes have talked about pushing and pulling and have identified where these forces might be used. Together, we came up with several examples such as pushing a swing, kicking a football, competing at tug of war, playing snooker and turning on a light switch. 3B then made paper windmills to find out the type of force needed to turn it. The children had great fun investigating the best way to make them turn and discovered that walking and running around the classroom with them worked better than blowing!

Next week, in English, the children will be writing their own ending to the Golden Goose play script. We are expecting some very creative solutions to the problem of how to return the stolen statue to the tomb without being caught by the pharaoh’s guards.

Special mentions this week go to Amreece, Jameela, Milo and Nell. Well done for  a great week

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Burland

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Happy New Year

11/01/2019 at 18:08


The new year has started well in Year 3. The children have come back to school after their break, keen and ready to learn. 3M have also welcomed Miss Burland to their class and have enjoyed showing her how hard they can work.

The topic this half term is Ancient Egypt. In History, we will look at how the civilisation grew, how ordinary Egyptians lived (and died), the pharaohs they served and the gods they worshiped. To help the children’s learning, we will hold an Egyptian day and visit the Leeds City Museum for a workshop. More details of these events will follow.

Our English focus of play scripts is also linked to the Egyptian topic. This week we have started reading and performing The Golden Goose. It is a story based around the families of two workers who are helping with the construction of the pharaoh’s tomb. This story helps to bring to life the people of the age plus involves mystery and suspense. Pictured below are some photos of 3M practicing their lines.

Over the next few weeks, the children will be acting out more excerpts from it. They will then use their imagination to write their own alternative ending.

Maths for the next couple of weeks will be revising the written methods that the children learned last half term. We will then move on to working with money and using mental skills to add and subtract amounts.

Below is  a Jack Hartman video that the children have been using to learn their 8 times table.

We also use his videos as the children love to dance along as they are learning.

Special mentions this week go to Noah, Isaac, Imogen and Alfie. Well done for a great first week back.

Have a great weekend.
Mr Beevers and Miss Burland.

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Final week

21/12/2018 at 18:59


The final week of term has been, as always, very busy. The production of Oliver has taken a lot of time up but  the results have been worth the effort. We are so proud of all our children for the dedication they have shown towards learning either their lines or the songs. During the Christmas party on Thursday, the classes asked to have the Oliver songs on and the singing was electrifying.

3B have been looking at poetry this week.  The children selected either a tongue twister, a longer poem or a short story/poem to practise and recite. They then also wrote their own seasonal tongue twister.

Unfortunately this morning, Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite were in a “meeting” and so were unable to attend the surprise pantomime that all the whole school enjoyed. (Mr Harris’s blog has more details and pictures.) Reports from the actors were that they loved being in the show, with the audience’s reactions the highlight of the morning. It is always great to see the children having fun, especially having worked so hard.

Finally, it has been a very sad day for all in Year 3, staff especially, as today was Miss Micklethwaite’s final day at the school. Miss Micklethwaite has been a superb person to work with. She has so much energy and zest and always puts the children at the forefront of everything she does. We will miss her tremendously but wish her all the best in her future life, what ever she does and where ever she goes.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Year 3 team.

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Oh, what a performance.

14/12/2018 at 20:22


It has been a busy week in Year 3, mostly with end of term assessments. Whilst these may not be the most exciting activities, it does give us valuable information regarding the next steps in the children’s learning. We must say that we have been very impressed with both the effort and the application of all the children during the maths, reading, spelling and grammar tests completed over the last few days and can see how hard they have worked since September.

The rest of the week has been partially filled with the light and dark science topic work and English in the form of acrostic poems.

Finally, the year group (the the whole of KS2) have been practicing their end of year production, Oliver. Year 3 are well represented on stage and all the children are looking forwards to the performances next week, whether they are acting or singing. The dress rehearsal was this morning (Friday) in front of KS1 and was very well received with both adults and children loving the songs (Mrs Loveridge, you were spotted swaying to Oom Pah Pah).

Your child should have brought home a letter giving details about next week’s Christmas party. This will be on Thursday afternoon and they have been asked to provide a small amount of food. If you are unsure about any of the details then please see any of the Year 3 team either before or after school.

Special mentions this week go to Yaseen, Rosie, Haris and Lucas. Well done for your efforts.

Have a great weekend.

Mr Beevers and Miss Micklethwaite




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