Welcome to Year 3

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Welcome to the Year Three class page!    Well, we have reached our final half term for this year and are already working really hard. Take a look below at some of the great things that we are doing:

Here is an outline of our curriculum for 2017-18:  Year Three Curriculum Plan 2017-18

SUMMER 2018:

  • P.E. lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon, with Mrs Annis. Please make sure that you have a P.E. kit in school, including P.E. shoes / trainers.  All of these should be clearly labelled.
  • Over the first three weeks of this half term we read the book “The Magic Bojabi Tree” by Dianne Hofmeyr and created some brilliant descriptive writing based on the book – take a look at some of our writing below.
  • Over the last few weeks we have worked really hard on the whole school project: TAKE ONE PICTURE. We have created some amazing artwork around the picture, which you will find by scrolling down this page.
  • Also, take a look at our R.E. page to see details of our class assemblies, classroom worship and R.E. topics that  we have completed so far throughout the year. On Thursday 28th June we created our own Liturgy of the Eucharist, which you can see on the R.E. page.


As part of the TAKE ONE PICTURE project, Year Three have been tasked with creating their own version of a floor tile from the picture. This is due in school on Wednesday 4th July and I look forward to seeing what you have come up with!!

Please keep practising your key words from the blue and purple word lists as we will be having weekly tests on these.  Also keep practising number bonds, times tables, doubles/halves and any other mental arithmetic adding and subtracting amounts:

Key word lists for spelling are attached below. A copy of these are included in your homework book and your reading record.

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Year 3 and 4 Word List

Here are links to the Education City and J2E websites (click on the logo), which can be accessed from home.  



This half term, the whole school have been using the picture, Penelope with the Suitors by Pintoricchio, to create a variety of cross curricular work.

In Year Three we began by looking at three parts of the picture and tried to imagine what we thought was hidden. Take a look at some of our ideas here:

We then focussed on the tiles, covering the floor of the room and discussed how we could re-create these ourselves. We have used sculpture (clay and wire frame), computer coding and textiles. Scroll down to see how we have got on.


We decided to re-create our tiles from clay and began by making a prototype in playdough and then drawing out our design.

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We learnt how to wedge clay, to remove air bubbles, and roll clay using wooded batons, so that it did not get too thin. We then used our designs to put our pattern onto the tile.

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We also looked at wire frame sculptures, based on the artist Alexander Calder and used film and tissue paper to create a mobile-type tile.


We learnt how to write algorithms (sets of instructions) to create square and rectangular shapes in J2E Logo. After this we used the programme to create a pattern, which we then printed and coloured in the style of Piet Mondrian. We used oil pastels for our colouring.

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LITERACY Summer 2018

We enjoyed reading the book “The Magic Bojabi Tree” and had a go at writing our own version of the opening. Take a look below:

Long ago, in a hot African savannah, trees were turned to dust. Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Monkey and Tortoise shuffled across the dry, dusty floor. They couldn’t even find a crumb to eat. But just at that moment, in the misty distance they saw a beautiful tree with emerald, green leaves and beautiful peachy fruit with a fragrant smell. The weary animals pulled up just enough energy to run to the beautiful, emerald tree but as the animals got closer they could see a gigantic python! The python was wound around the tree pushing it up so high that not even Giraffe could reach it! How the sad, starving animals wished they could have a little bit to eat. (Ronan)

Over the dry plain, the ravenous animals spotted a magnificent tree packed with ripe, red fruit, which was as big as watermelons. What a magnificent tree it was. The fruit smelt of scrumptious strawberries and made the animal’s mouths drool and water. The fruit was squishy like oranges and juicy as melons. The leaves were emerald green and the fruit was ripe and red. But guarding the tree was a patterned snake. The snake held the branches up so high that even giraffe could not reach the fruit. They were still hungry. (Julia)

SCIENCE Summer 2018

This half term we have been learning about the needs of plants (click on this link for the song!) and the functions of different parts of plants.  We have been investigating how stems transport water and were fascinated to watch our white flowers turn blue!!  We also learnt how plants are pollinated – take a look at our role play here:

Look at the brightly coloured and fragrant flowers:

Bees love to drink nectar from the flowers.  Pollen from the flower rubs off on the bee.

The bee goes to a different flower and the pollen rubs onto the second flower.

Now the flower is pollinated.

LITERACY Spring 2018

During the Spring term, Year Three have been reading the book: The Wizard, the Ugly and the Book of Shame.  This tells the story of the very responsible wizard Leitmeritz and his sad, blue assistant, Chancery.  What things will happen, now that Chancery has broken the wizard’s precious spell book?  

Take a look below at some of our writing about the book:


The steps were uneven and mossy.  The journey would be hazardous and risky.  The narrow path would crumble under your feet as you trudged on and on and on.  Only the bravest of travellers would climb up the narrow, snaking path but it was all evened out because the legend said if you reach the top a wizard would grant your most desired wish.

The steps were steep and slippy, curving up to a mystical castle where a wizard lived.  The journey was risky and tiring and only someone who was brave and heroic would go up there.  However, if you survive the dangerous journey and get to the top the wizard would grant your greatest wish.


His spectacles were balanced on his long, pointy, carrot nose. The wizard had a long beard like thin string. His eyes were poking out. He had a bushy, tangly white beard. He had a beard like icicles. He had a carrot nose as pointy as a knife.


Chancery was a massive man with one eye bigger than the other. Chancery was a fat, blue man with a monstrous face.  It was like the mirror had won a battle, saying “You are ugly.”  He hung his head in shame because he was unsightly to look at. Chancery staggered clumsily all over the place. When he looked in the mirror all he saw was a hideous troll. He felt so miserable and downhearted because nobody talked to him.

When Leitmeritz wrote to Year Three asking them to make him a new hat, the children rose to the challenge.  Take a look to see how they have got on with making a prototype:

They have all created a design for the wizard’s hat and have spent the last few days making them.  Take a look at some of the brilliant finished products here:

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STONEAGE Homework projects

Take a look below at some of the great Stone Age to Iron Age homework that you completed in the Autumn term:

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Some children made models of Stonehenge.  Antonin decided to make his out of biscuits and we all enjoyed trying some – YUM!!  Thank you, Antonin.

Avani and Phoebe made books:

Take a look at some of the other brilliant things that we made:

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In the week of 1st November we wrote poems about a Bonfire party. We then chose our best line to create a class poem.  Take a look and read some of the lines here:

People standing in amazement looking at the orange flames dancing together.

Sparks were crackling in the pitch black sky.

Booming fireworks like a showering rainbow.

Flickering flames and sparks shimmering.

Fireworks zooming in the air.

Blazing bonfire lights up the sky.

Fireworks dazzling then flickering down.

Fireworks banging loudly until they disappear.

We have also written our own versions of Psalm 148 (take a look on our RE page for this)


In the week beginning 6th November we looked at instruction writing.  We made our own poppies and wrote about how to make them.  Take a look here to see how to do it:

How to make a Poppy By Sebastian

If you want to remember the people that died in the war, this is how to make a poppy.

What you need:

Two or three pieces of red tissue paper, one piece of black tissue paper and a green pipe cleaner.

What to do:

  1. Put two or three pieces of red tissue paper and lay it down on the table. Make sure a black piece is on top.
  2. Start folding the paper carefully so it looks like a strip.
  3. Pinch the middle of the paper and wrap the pipe cleaner around the middle.
  4. Spread the paper so it looks like petals.
  5. Put it on to remember people who have died.

How to make a Tissue Paper Poppy By Anne

It you are going to a Remembrance Mass, then why don’t you make a poppy?

What you need:

Two or three pieces of red tissue paper, a green pipe cleaner and one piece of black tissue paper.

What to do:

  1. Lay three pieces of paper, two or three red and one black, on the table.
  2. Fold like a fan but in reverse order.
  3. Pinch the middle of the paper then wrap a pipe cleaner around it.
  4. Start peeling the petals carefully so that it doesn’t rip.
  5. Now you are finished you can use it for a service.

We held a prayer service to remember people or pets who have died.

On Friday 10th November we attended the Pershore Schools Armistice service in the Abbey.  Following this we created a word bank to describe remembrance poppies and have used this to write poems.  Take a look at these poems by  Julia and Kieron:


Crimson poppies swaying elegantly in the war fields,

Red as fire, dancing beautifully in the yellow corns fields,

Ruby red poppies swishing in a grassy field.

By Kieron



Ruby red poppies rocking side to side among a buttercup field,

Crimson poppies swaying like a graceful ballerina in the grassy field,

Blood red poppies dancing elegantly in the corn field,

A sad eye crying tears of sadness for people who have died in the war.

By Julia


This half term Year Three have been studying Magnets and Forces in science. They have worked collaboratively to plan and carry out a number of investigations, including testing the strength of magnets and how well objects travel on different surfaces.

In literacy we used a poem about magnets attracting as a model for our own.  We worked in pairs to create similes about the way they stick together and used a thesaurus to find synonyms for the verb “pull”.  Take a look at some of the poems that we created here:

Magnets stick together
like blu-tac on your wall
like boots in the sticky mud
like a toffee on your teeth
like gooey slime in a pot
and when you t-e-a-r them apart
they battle
and pull
and slap together again.
by Kaleb
Magnets stick together
like cement stuck to a brick
like a welly stuck in wet, squidgy mud
like ice stuck together
and when you y-a-n-k them apart
they snap
and bang together again.
by Daniel
Magnets stick together
like a toffee on your teeth
like a staple on a wall
like cement on a hard brick
like glue stuck to your finger
and when you y-a-n-k them apart
they war
and strain
and bash together again.
by Scarlett
Magnets stick together
like a staple in a wall
like a slimy slug on a wall
like playdough in the carpet
like green slime in a pot
and when you h-e-a-v-e them apart
they battle
and yank
and bash together again.
by Lily















The children were also given a homework project to demonstrate their learning about magnets.  Take a look at some of the fantastic things they have created:

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BEELINE Storytelling Festival

On Tuesday 17th October 2017, Year Three and Four visited Worcester University’s Storytelling Festival, where we were entertained by Amy Douglas.  We all loved listening to her tales and lots of us particularly enjoyed the story about the wide-mouthed frog!  Take a look at some pictures from the trip here:

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Building Learning Power

The children in Year Three have all been given a Building Learning Power target.  Building Learning Power is split into the 6 “Rs”, which are:

Resilience (managing distractions, being focussed on learning, persevering);

Responsibility (talking or writing about what we have done well and what we need to do to improve);

Reflectiveness (planning what we are going to do and the best way to do it, remembering things we have learnt and applying these in our learning);

Resourcefulness (making links between things we have already learned, trying out new ways of doing things, using resources or equipment to help our learning);

Reciprocity (sharing ideas with others, listening to others, understanding feelings of others)

Readiness (organising ourselves so we are ready to learn, managing and controlling feelings)

Take a look at our Building Learning Power targets below:


In Art we have been practising using pencils to develop texture and tone.  Take a look at some of the portraits we have produced, using soft pencils:



We also looked at the work of the artist: Amedeo Modigliani and discovered that his portraits often have a long, stretched neck.  We used pastels to copy his style.  Take a look at some of our brilliant work here:

GROWTH Mindsets

This week we read the story of Gerald the Giraffe in the book: Giraffes Can’t Dance.  

In the story, poor Gerald is not a very good dancer and gets laughed at by the other jungle animals when he has a go at the jungle dance.  After reading this part we shared our ideas about how Gerald felt.


Then we found out that, when Gerald was encouraged by a cricket, he could actually dance really well.  He just needed to find the music that he loved.

We also talked about things that we can’t do YET in Year Three, just like Gerald couldn’t dance.  Over the next few weeks we will be thinking about how we can achieve some of the things that we can’t do yet.  Keep an eye out for how we are getting along.

Also, take a look at our R.E. page by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page to find out about our new topic for this half term.

If you would like to find out about what we are learning in RE or French click on the links below.  You can also look at some of the great things that Year Three got up to last year by clicking on these.




Take a look at our learning in R.E. (2017/18) bread and wine window

The Stone Age to the Iron Age (Autumn 2017):   Stone Henge


Autumn second half term 2016: The RomansROMANS


Spring Term 2017: Volcanoes and Earthquakes volcano200


Summer Term 2017: The Vikings (Year Three) 


Summer Term 2017: Around the World (Year Three) 


Year Three French  




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