Welcome back! 7.1.17

07/01/2017 at 07:43


Dear parents and carers

Welcome back to the Spring term! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break. As you will know, Mr Sharp has been off this week after having some minor surgery. He has had a tough start to the week but is on the mend and missing his class very much. In the meantime, Ms French has had a good week with 3S.

In literacy we have started a three week topic on plays and playscripts. This week we have looked at the play ‘The Golden Goose’ which is set in Ancient Egypt. The children have compared playscripts to story writing and thought about how playscripts are presented. They have also tried their hands at acting and directing in small groups.

In maths, we are continuing our work on multiplication and division. They have been using their recall of the 3, 4 and 8 times tables to work out multiplication and division problems and have also looked at arrays and inverse calculations. Many children have identified their target times table that they need to learn by heart and homework this week reflects this. Please could you help your children to learn these facts at home? We would greatly appreciate this.

In topic, we have moved on to History and Ancient Egypt. We have thought about what we already know about the subject and have talked about misconceptions the children may have – such as mummies being wrapped in toilet roll or that they can come alive and chase people! We have also thought about what we would like to know and have asked relevant questions.

In Science, we have also moved onto a new topic of forces and magnets. In Friday’s session, we reviewed work from Key Stage 1 and recalled ideas about pushes, pulls, friction and gravity.



Learning log – Due in Wednesday 18th January.

The children have been asked to look for examples of forces in action around their homes and streets.


Maths –  Due in Wednesday 11th January

Recall of times table facts (their own target X’s table)

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RE in Year 3 this term

14/12/2016 at 12:05


This term we have been thinking about the key question ‘What does it mean to be a Jew?’.

We learnt that there are some similarities between Judaism and other religions such as Christianity or Islam. We have been very busy learning about different aspects of the religion through dance, drama, art and we even had a tasting session!

Children have learnt about the importance of Moses and the Torah, the Passover festival and weekly Shabbat.

We were very lucky to go to a local synagogue and be able to show off our knowledge and learn even more!

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3S Visit to National Media Museum

11/12/2016 at 12:42


Year 3 had an extremely enjoyable time at the National Media Museum on Friday. The day consisted of a short minibus ride to Bradford, two workshops, a very quick lunch and time to look around the galleries at the museum.

Year 3 went to the Media Museum as part of our Science topic: Light and Shadow. Our first workshop allowed children to further their knowledge on how shadows are formed, how light travels and how some surfaces are more reflective than others. Children were also encouraged to shout out: “Light travels in straight lines.” Some children definitely enjoyed shouting! We also saw how the colour of shadows can be changed!

After the workshop, children had some time to look around the galleries. They particularly enjoyed having some time in The Magic Factory, a part of the museum where children can see how different shaped mirrors can affect reflections and form different shadows.

After lunch, the children had another workshop all about animation and how it has developed over the past 200 years. Children saw how thaumotropes, flick books and zoetropes were used to create different animations. Later on in the workshop, children were given the opportunity to make their own thaumotropes, doing so with real success.

A special thank you to those parents who joined us on this visit. Some trips would not be viable without parents who volunteer so we are very grateful for any parents who have the time to join us on our visits.

Children: What did you learn on your visit? What did you enjoy?

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Etz Chaim Synagogue Visit for 3S

07/12/2016 at 07:50


Yesterday morning, 3S were delighted to visit the Etz Chaim Synagogue in North Leeds. The behaviour of the children was fantastic throughout and this was commented on by the members of staff at the synagogue.

Children have been learning about what it means to be Jewish in Religious Education this term with particular focus on the importance of Moses, the Ten Commandments and food. School staff were particularly impressed with the knowledge that children showed when asked questions and they were a credit to the school.

The children saw lots of scrolls in the synagogue and were told that each scroll had been hand written and that it would have taken a year to do so! They also learnt about the candelabra and heard the opening verses from the Old Testament sung in Hebrew.


Thank you for your continuing support for our school visits – they really do enhance what is being taught in the classroom.

Children: What did you enjoy about the synagogue? What did you learn?

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Measurement, iguanas, light and dark!

02/12/2016 at 14:33


We have had another busy week in Year 3


In maths this week, we have spent some time working with addition and subtraction. The children were all secure with the expanded version of the formal column method and we have therefore moved onto contracted formal methods. The children all worked really hard on this and showed good understanding of exchanges. We have also begun a new unit on measurement. This week the children have revised measuring accurately in cm and have calculated the perimeters of 2D shapes.

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In literacy, we have looked at the poem ‘Walking with iguana’ by Brian Moses. The children began by researching iguanas and then looked at rhymes and syllables. They then went on to write their own verse of the poem, making sure each line had the correct number of syllables. The children also performed the poem as a class.


In science, we have continued our work on light and Dark. This week we have investigated statements about mirrors – they then had to describe how a mirror works,  how images and words look different in mirrors and they also made predictions about what an image or word might look like in a mirror. In today’s session the children have looked at shadows and have explored different ways of making shadows bigger, smaller, clear or blurry.


Maths – due in Wednesday 7th December

This week’s homework is to work out additions using formal column addition.


Learning Log . Due date – Wednesday 14th December

Our topic at the moment is Light and dark. For your homework this week, we would like you to look around your house or street – what things can you find that are light sources? Can you also find objects that reflect light? What are the objects made from? What are their properties?


Have a great weekend.

The Year 3 team






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3D’s visit to the Etz Chaim Synagogue

17/11/2016 at 14:58


On Thursday, we visited the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Moortown. The children in Year 3 have been learning all about the Jewish faith in their RE lessons with Mrs Du Preez and it was good for the children to get a fuller understanding of the faith with this visit. We were made to feel incredibly welcome and both Malcolm and Howard were impressed with the children’s knowledge. We found out more about the Jewish faith and customs and what happens inside a synagogue.

On the main wall of the synagogue was an elaborately decorated cabinet called the Ark which contains the Torah scrolls.  Joey and Huzaifah were chosen to wear a prayer shawl and open the doors of the Ark and, as you can see from the pictures below, we found that the scrolls are very beautiful indeed.

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