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Year 3 - Seal class

W/C Monday 8th July

The Native Americans enjoyed sharing stories so this week the children have been working hard drafting, editing and improving their own myths this week. They finished the week by reading these to each other.

We had all had an exciting morning on Tuesday when we visited our new classes. From September we will be mixed class of year 3/4, we will be in: Penguin, Dolphin or Seal Class from September.

Today we had a delicious opportunity to do some food tasting. It is also open after school today. Parents can pop in at 3pm with your children to taste the foods on offer!


In RWI spelling lessons this week we have been learning about the spelling pattern: - ture.  We will have a test on: Monday 15th July 2019.


W/C Monday 1st July  

This week the children have completed their wonderful weaving. Photos to follow soon! In English lessons they have been studying two myths, The Spider Woman and The Boy Who Caught the Sun.  The children went onto plan their own myths.

In maths we have been doing some investigations and collecting data. We then put the data into graphs and wrote about what the data showed us.

Please keep practising your year 3/ 4 words.


Dreamcatchers 1
Dreamcatchers 2
Dreamcatchers 3
Dreamcatchers 4
Dreamcatchers 5
Dreamcatchers 6
Dreamcatchers 7
Dreamcatchers 8
Dreamcatchers 9

Home Learning - set Friday 28th June.

Home Learning - set Friday 28th June. 1 The children will bring this sheet home today.

W/C Monday 24th June 2019


Topic Work:

We have finished our wonderful Dreamcatchers. Please look at the gallery below to see our creations. 



This week we have been predicting what will happen next to Omri and Little Bull in the story, 'The Indian in the Cupboard.' We have been learning about characters' feelings in our Teaching of Reading book: 'Fantastic Mr Fox'.



We are working hard on learning our times tables. We need to keep practising our 3x, 4x and 8x tables. Well done to everyone who has been persevering with these! We have been using Mathletics as much as possible this week and lots of children are improving their scores. Congratulations to all of the children who have won certificates. 


we have been learning about electricity and making circuits in our science lessons this week. We used lightbulbs and buzzers to make our circuits more interesting! 


Sports Day (next week)

Next week will be Sports Day afternoon for LKS2 on Tuesday 3rd July.  We hope to see you there!

Please ensure that all children bring in a named sun hat, a named water bottle, their PE kits with appropriate footwear (plimsoles/ trainers and a spare pair of socks) into school on Tuesday. Also, it might be a good idea to bring some sun-cream  (named) for Sports Day if it is hot!





Road Trip USA! Our Topic Showcase will be on Friday 19th July, 2:30pm.

Road Trip USA! Our Topic Showcase will be on Friday 19th July, 2:30pm.  1 Our Topic Showcase will be on Friday 19th July.

Homework this week... Set: Friday 21st June 2019.

1) We are sending home a maths sheet: 'Multiplying a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number' today for the children to work through. 

2) Children still need to practise their times tables, especially 3x, 4x and 8x, so that they are more confident at recalling these multiplication facts. 

3) Please use Mathletics as much as you can - it is set so that the children need work through questions on time before working on other areas of maths.


Spelling Homework.

This week the children have been learning about the spelling rule/pattern: Adding the suffix –ous.

Please learn to spell the following words for the Speed Spell test on Monday.

  1. Famous
  2. Enormous
  3. Fabulous
  4. Nervous
  5. Generous

Next week is Mathletics Week! 

W/C Monday 17th June 2019.


This week we have been working hard on our topic 'Road Trip USA!'


We have been studying Native American artwork and we have been practising how to add texture and tone to our sketches by using different shading techniques and adding further line detail. 



We have been learning more about the Iroquois people.We have been learning about the longhouses that they lived in. 



In science lessons we are learning about electricity and circuits this week. 



We have been solving word problems in maths lessons this week. We have been thinking about our learning and about what we needed to do to solve the problems. We are going to be doing more work on multiplication later in the week.


In our English lessons we have been planning and writing our diary entries in role as Omri, from our class story, 'The Indian in the cupboard.'

W/C 10th June 2019


This week was the first week of our new topic, ‘Road Trip USA!’


We started with a memorable experience visiting and naming the different states of America. We started locating the states on a map and thinking about where each one is.



We were learning about the native people of America, the Iroquois. We looked at pictures of the longhouses that they lived in and started to draw pictures of these from our observations.



We started doing further research into the Native Americans and we recorded this in our topic books using headings and sub-headings.



We have been learning to add and subtract using efficient methods, the formal column methods for both.

Vision Week...

 Tuesday 4th June - Friday 7th June 2019 was Vision Week in our school.

Year 3 and Year 4 were learning about the part of our vision that includes 'making a difference for everyone.' 

To celebrate our learning we created a Year 3 display of work linked to our School Vision: 'Make a difference for good; with each other; for everyone; in our community.'


Some of our learning activities included:

Thinking about what the term 'everyone' means.


-  Thinking about how our school vision links to the Bible and Jesus's teaching. 


- Learning about the Baha'i Religion from Debbie, a special guest visitor.

- Thinking about the values that are important to use and asked friends which values they saw in us that we demonstrate.

- The children enjoyed learning about the different temples, virtues and beliefs.

- There were many similarities and links to the Christian religion and to our school vision to 'make a difference for everyone.'

- We did lots of colourful drawings to celebrate differences - we are all different but live in the same world. 


- Designing artwork based on our school vision - ideas from the children's designs will be used to create the canvases in the school entrance.


- Designing artwork based on our school values - ideas from the children's designs will be used to create the canvases in the school entrance. 


- Painting pebbles linked to our school vision and values.

Vision Week #makeadifference for everyone.

Vision Week #makeadifference for everyone. 1

This term's topic is 'Road Trip USA'.


We will be learning all about the USA, the different states and the Indian Tribes.


Our class book is 'The Indian in the Cupboard' and we will be finding out about the native American Iroquois tribe.

W/C Monday 29th May


What an exciting week we've had! 


Our Tooth experiment is still in our classroom and we have been looking carefully at consequences of drinking sugary drinks.


This week we have been exploring the digestive system in animals. We looked carefully at some real organs and learn about the job of each of the main parts of the digestive system. 


We have drawn the human digestive system onto t-shirts and thought about the role and function of the digestive system when we eat and drink things. 


Our English work this week has been based on the amazing story of the Demon Dentist by David Walliams.

We wrote a letter to PC Plank to persuade him to go and arrest Miss Root. Miss Root's behaviour had to be stopped and we felt strongly that PC Plank needed to do something about the situation!


In our maths lessons we have been learning about telling the time. We have been telling the time to the nearest minute.and converting time from analogue to digital.


We have thought about our daily routines and when we do things using am and pm.   


We have been learning about Friendship in worship and thinking about how we can be the best friends that we can be.

W/C Monday 1st April 2019


What a wonderful week we have had!


Talent Show.

Well done to Seal Class and to Dolphin Class who won the Talent Show last week!

All of the classes performed brilliantly. Every single pupil in Seal, Penguin, Dolphin and Whale classes were a credit to themselves, their class and to their teachers. We all enjoyed watching you share your singing and dancing skills. 


Easter Experience.

The children took part in an RE lesson in the church on Wednesday where they learnt all about the Easter story through a range of activities in the church to give them a real 'Easter Experience'. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers at St. Andrew's Church who ran this event and taught the children so much. 


Easter Egg Hunt. 

Today, Friday, the children have been on an Easter Egg Hunt and have won various goodies after finding ten hidden eggs around the school building.  We hope that they enjoy their treats. 


Playlist Topic Showcase Afternoon. 

Thank you to all of the families who came along and supported our Playlist Topic Showcase afternoon. 

The children all sang their talent show song entries and shared their Playlist Topic books that were filled with all their learning from this term. Some of their learning has included:

- Music-inspired artwork that they created after studying work by Kandinksy and Klee. 

- Science work on 'Sound' and the science behind how we hear things. 

- Leaflets about their favourite singers and pop stars.

- English work on 'The Bear and the Piano' as well as many more lessons...


We would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter Holiday. 

From the Year 3/4 Pod smiley





W/C Monday 25th March 2019

On Monday Year 3 & 4 started thinking about their favourite popstars or pop groups. Then they did some further research in their IT lessons and made notes so that they could spend the rest of the week planning and drafting their own information leaflets on their favourite musicians.

Then, on Tuesday afternoon Year 3 went over to Dorchester for their swimming lessons. We are all impressed at how they are trying their best, showing perseverance and improving each week.


On Wednesday afternoon we all had a wonderful time throughout the school. We all mixed classes to decorate crosses for an RE project being run by local churches. The children were kind and caring to one another and helped each other and shared resources. It was a lovely afternoon filled with creativity and friendship between the classes.


This week Year 3 Seal Class have been making special Mothering Sunday Cards. 


Finally, on Friday the Year 3 & 4 Pod are looking forward to the eagerly anticipated Talent Show that is taking place at 10am! The children have been creating their own class songs with their own individual lyrics to perform to the lucky Orca Class! The children have all worked hard on this and we’ll have to wait and see which class will become the lucky winners of this competition.


After school the children will be having a fantastic disco kindly arranged by our school’s PTA. We are all very grateful to the volunteers who put so much time and effort into providing wonderful opportunities for the children in our school.

Enjoy your weekend!


Next Week:

  • Wednesday afternoon - ‘The Easter Experience’ at St Andrew’s Church - Please ensure your child brings a named water bottle to take with them.
  • Friday 2pm – Topic Showcase - a chance for you to come in and see what your child has been learning about this half term.

Our topic is: Playlist.

Our topic is: Playlist. 1
Our topic is: Playlist. 2
Our topic is: Playlist. 3



The children will be learning about different styles of music, creating music-inspired art (after studying the abstract work by Klee and Kandinsky).


In science they will be learning about sound - how it is made and how people hear.


The children will also study the story, ‘The Bear and the Piano’ and they will learn more about narrative from this text. 


In English and topic lessons the children will go onto studying song song lyrics as well as practising their year 3/4 spellings and grammar skills.


The next topic showcase will be on Friday 5th April from 2pm.


National Expectations for Year 3 in English



The National Curriculum outlines the spelling rules that children will learn inYear 3 and Year 4:

  • Use further prefixes and suffixes and understand how to add them (such as dis– and –sure)
  • Spell further homophones (such as except/accept)
  • Spell words that are often misspelt
  • Use the possessive apostrophe accurately (plurals)
  • Use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary




PE: Children will need their PE kits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for outdoor PE. 

Reading: We encourage children to read a wide variety of fiction genres, as well as non-fiction. Your support at home can make a crucial difference to your child's reading progress, which in turn often has a significant effect on the quality of their writing. Encourage your child to answer questions about the text, try to predict what happens next, write a book review.......

Spelling: We will be continuing the 'Read Write Inc Spelling' programme so please check your Read Write Inc log book and practice the spellings!


Time tables: The government expectation is that nearly all children will be fluent in all times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of their next school year (Year 4). Regular class work on the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11 times tables this year would ideally be supplemented by quizzing and activities at home. Links to some suggestions are below. Topmarks has links to a wide variety of computer-based education resources and games.




Time links for this week:


Bitesize time game (3 different levels)


Mathsframe (includes word problems, lots of levels)


Bang on time (nearest 5 minutes) 


Class clock


Whole hours (easy)


Youtube learn about time



Optional Home Learning