Fractions, Pancakes and Magnets

24/02/2017 at 16:08


What a first week back! It has been full of experiments, practical learning and performances in Year 3 this week.

In maths, children have begun 4 weeks of learning about fractions. This week, children have learnt that fractions represent equal parts of a shape or number and are written using a numerator on top and denominator on bottom. The children have found fractions of shapes, straws and begun to look at fractions of numbers.

Maths homework: Shading in fractions.

In literacy, children have rehearsed and performed the poem Peace and Pancakes written by Adrian Mitchell. The poem talks of different pancakes from all around the world and the children’s learning ended with the cooking of pancakes and chapatis!

In science, we have continued our work on forces by looking at the power of magnets. The children have investigated how strong different magnets are and tested whether different materials are magnetic or not. 3D used their magnets to make objects move by designing a racetrack for their ‘cars’ to travel around! A magnet was then placed under the racetrack and metal objects were then timed whizzing around the tracks.

Learning Log:

In our PSHE sessions, we have been looking at our mental health and wellbeing and celebrating our achievements. For your homework this week we would like you to think about your own skills, strengths and attributes. Think about what you can do and what you are good at – tell us about your talents!

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Time and Pyramids

13/02/2017 at 15:49


We are now halfway through the school year and Year 3 have had an extremely unusual week to finish it off!

Monday was a training and Tuesday saw the whole year group visit the Leeds City Museum. Wednesday morning was a chance to see how the children are progressing in reading, spelling and grammar. Year 3 staff have been particularly impressed with the progress of children’s spellings. Look out for some blog posts on prepositions, plurals and writing questions in the near future as these are areas that Year 3 shall be looking at in the new half term.

On Thursday morning, children were challenged to use their time knowledge practically. In small groups, children took it in turns to complete a course whilst the others timed how long it took and recorded the time. Once all children had completed the course, the next challenge was to see if the children could order the times and see who was the quickest. Being able to do this with multiple times is an expectation for the end of Year 3 and staff were pleased with how confident children were in timing, recording and comparing times.

On Friday, children completed their learning about the Ancient Egyptians by looking at pyramids and artefacts relating to Tutankhamun’s death. Fancy yourself a pyramid builder? Play this interactive game which is not as easy as it looks!!!

Year 3 hope you have a very restful half term.


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First aid in year 3

12/02/2017 at 10:52


First aid is an important life skill that everyone can learn.  Over the last two half terms, children in year 3 have had the opportunity to learn some basic first aid skills.

In small groups, children have learnt how to check a conscious casualty and make an emergency call if necessary, how to check for breathing in an unconscious casualty and place someone in the recovery position.

These are known as the Dr’s ABC –

D – Danger

Always check for danger first.  Make sure it is safe for you to approach the casualty.

R – Response

Check for a response by talking to the casualty.  Ask if they can hear you or can respond.

S – Shout

If you get no response from the casualty, shout loudly to attract help.

A – Airway

Open the airway by gently placing one hand on the forehead, 2 fingers under the chin and lifting the chin up

B – Breathing

Listen, look and feel for breathing for at least 10 seconds.  If a casualty is breathing normally you can place them into the recovery position.  (Ask your child about ‘Hello cheeky, need a lift’ – our easy way to remember the position)

C – Call

Call 999 or 112 for help, giving details of where you are and what has happened.


Children also learnt how to deal with a serious bleed and had great fun bandaging each other up.


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Year 3’s trip to Leeds City Museum

07/02/2017 at 16:25


All of Year 3 have spent the day at Leeds City Museum. We were very excited about travelling there on the 72 bus!


At the museum, we went to the Ancient Worlds gallery and found lots of interesting artefacts  – some of which are nearly 3000 years old! We also went to meet the resident mummy, Nesyamun, who has made his home in the museum!

We took part in a workshop all about the Ancient Egyptians. The children have made some beautiful amulets, created a VERY interesting Egyptian Gods and found out more about mummification.

A big THANK YOU to all the parent helpers who made it possible for the trip to go ahead!

Mrs Daniels and Mr Sharp.

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Time, Instructions and Parachutes

03/02/2017 at 16:06


The 5th week of 6 has ended and what a learning-filled week it has been!

In maths, children have continued to learn how to telling the time with some children now able to read the time on an analogue clock to the nearest minute. This is an end of Year 3 expectation and we are very pleased with how many children can do this now! Children have also begun looking at converting analogue and digital time and begun to look at Roman numerals. Interactive games such as Stop The Clock can be downloaded onto iPads. Alternatively, you can follow the links below to practice converting analogue to digital below.

O’clock and half past

Half past, quarter past and quarter to

Multiples of 5 minutes past and to

To the nearest minute

In history, children have learnt about the mummification process (in quite vivid detail too!) and the importance of canopic jars. I wonder how much of it the children can retell. Children also spent time creating a video to explain all about the process, a task that 3S shall complete next week. Our trip on Tuesday to Leeds City Museum will also incorporate this.

In literacy, children have planned and written instructions about the mummification process using fronted adverbial phrases, time connectives and imperative verbs. All the staff have been particularly impressed with the effort that children have taken with their presentation during this task.

In science, children learnt about the force of gravity. Building on their friction knowledge gained last week, children were challenged to create parachutes for toy people in an effort to slow their journey down to the ground. Have a look below for some of the results!


MATHS: Telling the time on clocks.

Challenge One  Challenge Two Challenge Three

LEARNING LOG: For your homework this week we would like you to write a set of instructions for something you do at home. It could be something you make, a recipe, how to play a game, build something out of lego, anything! Your instructions will need a title, a list of equipment and clear steps. You may include a diagram or photographs if you wish.

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Year 3’s week – W/B 9.1.17

16/01/2017 at 17:17


Dear parents and carers

We hope you all had a good weekend.

In literacy we have continued our topic on plays and playscripts. Last week the children did more work on how play scripts are written. They created a character profile for one of the main characters from The Golden Goose’ and gave justifications for their opinions. We also did work on writing stage directions and tried our hands at turning prose into a play script – interesting work!

In maths, we continued our work on multiplication and division. In sessions last week, the children did more work on the formal method, although some are still using an expanded version. They have been using their recall of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables to work out multiplication and division problems and have also applied these to scaled and integer word problems (they sound much trickier than they are!).

This week in our topic sessions on Ancient Egypt, the children have looked into the geography of Modern Egypt and the River Nile. The children then went to find out how essential the Nile was for the people 3000 years ago. They found the river and the banks around it were used for growing food, fishing, growing flax for linen, trading, making mud bricks for houses and so much more!

In science, we looked at forces and how the wind can be used as a force. The children then made their own windmills in preparation for an investigation next week.



Learning log – Due in Wednesday 18th January.

In our science sessions this half term, we will be looking at forces and magnets. For your homework this week we would like you to think about work you will have previously done on forces – what can you tell us about pushes and pulls? Look around your house and street – can you find objects move with a push or a pull force? What other forces do you know about already? You can draw, write or even take pictures to show your examples.


Maths –  Due in Wednesday 18th January

Multiplication – working out the calculations using formal methods.

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