Category Archives: Year 3

World Book Day

Despite the snow we still managed to enjoy World Book Day. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and it was great to see such a range of characters.

This week in Maths we have started our ‘Statistics’ topic and so far have looked at pictograms and interpreting data. Next week we will continue with this topic and start to draw our own bar graphs. In Literacy we will be starting to look at Aesop’s Fables to link with our Greek topic.

Have a lovely weekend, stay safe in the snow and see you all on Monday 😊

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay

Stepping back in time…..

This week in Year 3 we travelled back to the Bronze Age to celebrate the end of our topic. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and had put in so much effort to make sure they really looked the part! We began by finding out our new names for the day, which took a bit of getting used to, as well as what our ‘job’ was – We had farmers, warriors and of course a leader of our tribe. We then decorated our Bronze Age beakers with detailed designs, using lines and shapes to create symmetrical patterns. As we moved towards the Iron Age we prepared some food for us to eat, making traditional oatcakes. We also made our own brooches and ended our day with a campfire, collecting firewood and then enjoying a cheeky marshmallow around the fire (not quite in keeping with the Iron Age theme but enjoyable nonetheless!). We then sampled our oatcakes which we all rather enjoyed and listened to a story to round off our day.

For all of the photos from the day please see our class page on the website.

Next half term our topic is ‘The Greeks’ – A fantastic topic which we cannot wait to get stuck into. Have a lovely half term, rest and relax and we’ll see you all in a weeks time 🙂

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay

Bronze Age to Iron Age Celebration Day

Just a reminder that it is our celebration day on Wednesday to end what has been a fantastic topic on the Bronze Age and Iron Age. It would be great to see the children dressed up on Wednesday to really immerse themselves in the day, especially as they’ll all be taking on the role of an Iron Age character when they arrive at school! Other exciting activities will include putting the finishing touches to our Bronze Age beakers, making oatcakes and brooches and lots of other exciting things! I’ll make sure to upload lots of photographs from the day 😊

Mrs Lemarie

The Bronze Age

This week we have really got stuck into our new topic, ‘The Bronze Age’ and spent time learning all about Stonehenge. We talked about its geographical location, physical appearance and why it might have been built, understanding that nobody really knows for definite why it was built but coming up with thoughtful ideas and suggestions. We then made our own models of Stonehenge using biscuits, working as a team with a limited number of biscuits to recreate the famous landmark as best we could; however I think the most exciting bit was getting to eat them afterwards! For pictures please see our class page on the website.

In Maths this week we have focused on multiplication and learning our times tables. Next week we are beginning to move onto more formal methods of multiplication, beginning by using a number line and then moving onto the grid method. In Literacy we are thinking all about grammar and have become experts this week in using subordinate clauses in our sentences.

New spellings will come home with the children today, there is also a copy of these, as well as the homework pack, on the website.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay

The end of our first term in Year 3!

The end of term seems to have come around so quickly and Christmas is almost here! The children have had an excellent first term in Year 3 having already made so much progress and have started becoming much more independent. We are very proud of what they have accomplished so far this term.

Just a little snapshot of what to expect in the New Year – our first topic will be following on from ‘The Stone Age’ and starting to move into the ‘Bronze Age’ and onto the ‘Iron Age’. This will give the children a really detailed understanding of this lengthy era in history. We will be looking at how people lived, making our own 3D versions of Stonehenge as well as Bronze Age beakers and considering what life would have been like as an Iron Age warrior.

Thank you so much for all of your very kind Christmas gifts. We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and a happy new year and look forward to seeing you back at school on January 4th.

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay 🎅🏻

How to wash a woolly mammoth

This week in Year 3 we have begun our Literacy unit on Instructions with the introduction of a new text – How to wash a woolly mammoth! As many of us have never had to wash a woolly mammoth before we were keen to read the instructions about how it is done! This will be our text for the next two weeks while we practice how to write our own version of the instructions using time conjunctions and imperative verbs. So far we have enjoyed following a set of instructions for making a paper snowflake and then evaluating them and ordering instructions correctly using numbered steps.

Today we painted our Stone Age jewellery and once it is dry we will construct our necklaces and bracelets. More photographs of our painting are now on the website 🙂

Next week we will continue to work on instructions in Literacy and Multiplication and Division in Maths. Spellings will be coming home tomorrow for the last time before Christmas.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay


Stone Age Jewellery

It has been a busy few weeks in Year 3 and we are really getting into our Stone Age topic. We have already learnt about the type of homes Stone Age people would have lived in and how these homes changed over the Stone Age period. We also found out about the Stone Age settlement ‘Skara Brae’ which was discovered in Scotland in 1850. We created our own news reports about the discovery and these are now on our website for you to have a look at.

Today we began to make our Stone Age jewellery out of clay, considering the shape and design of either a bracelet or necklace. When these are dry we will then paint them to make them look even more realistic! More pictures can be found in our gallery.

Next week is Creative Week! More details will follow but it is sure to be an exciting week for all of us!

New spellings will be coming home tomorrow. The children will be tested on these on Thursday next week as Friday is Deco Day.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Rock Detectives and Soil Sleuths

To end our both our Geography topic, ‘What makes the Earth angry?’ and our Science topic ‘Rocks and Soils’, Year 3 ventured out to the Boxmoor Trust to become ‘Rock Detectives and Soil Sleuths’. The children had a fantastic day and were thoroughly engaged in all of the activities, taking part enthusiastically and asking and answering relevant questions. All of us were very proud of their behaviour and the way that they represented the school. Photos of our trip are on our class page.

It was great to see all of you at Parents Evening and to have the chance to talk about how your children have settled in to life in Year 3 as well as their targets for the next half term. If you do have any further questions or queries then please do not hesitate to contact one of us to have a chat 🙂

Next term’s topic is ‘The Stone Age’. We have lots of exciting activities planned considering how first man survived, built their homes, the food they ate and much more. We will be examining some of the tools they would have used as well as creating our own cave paintings. It’s bound to be a very interesting topic!

New homework packs, as well as spellings will be coming home on the first day back, Monday 30th October. But for now enjoy the rest of your half term.

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay


Coming up this week…..

It was another great week in Year 3 last week and we are really starting to settle into the new routines. Coming up this week…..we are completing our last week on Number and Place Value in Maths reinforcing all we have learnt so far this term before moving onto addition next week. In Literacy we are preparing to write our ‘hot task’. This will be the result of the last few weeks work in Literacy which we have spent learning a story, creating our own story maps and actions to re-tell the story as well as focusing on writing descriptively about characters and setting before putting it all together this week for our first piece of story writing.

Last week in Geography we considered the impact a volcanic eruption would have on the surrounding area and focused particularly on Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. We also erupted our own volcanoes in class which was very exciting!! Please see the gallery on our class page for photos. This week we will be considering the impact of earthquakes, finding out how they are caused, measured, and the after effects they leave behind.

So all in all another busy week in Year 3 – let’s get started!

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Shay


Our second week in Year 3

The children are all beginning to settle in to their new routines in Year 3 and they’re doing a great job!

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Parent Meeting.  It was great to see you all and we hope you found it helpful.

We have continued our work on The Firework Maker’s Daughter in Literacy this week and have been learning our visual story map off by heart.  Today, we improved the text by adding adjectives to make noun phrases.

In maths, we have continued to consolidate our understanding of number and place value.  Next week, we will be having really practical lessons on how to represent maths using resources.  Hopefully, this will help to develop their independence in the subject and help the children if they get stuck! Finding new ways of approaching a question is a great way to develop a Growth Mindset.

Our volcanoes are made and ready to erupt next week so look out for photos in our gallery!

Well done to all the children (and supportive parents) as the children brought in their first piece of homework this week.  They did really well.  Spelling scores will be recorded in the back of the homework books and returned on Monday.  We had a talk this afternoon about how it will take a little while to find the right level for spelling and children can switch their spelling group if they need something easier or harder.  Today we gave them a choice of level to learn for next week.

We hope you all have a great weekend.

Miss Shay and Mrs Lemarie