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information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Key Information:

3GL have outdoor PE on a Thursday and indoor PE on a Tuesday.

3GL's entrance and exit point is the main gate next to the car park.

Please wait on the playground area outside of the Year 3 classrooms.

Times table of the week: 2s, 3s , 4s and 5s


Times Table Class Champion!

Article 29: You have the right to education which tries to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible. 


Well done to our times table champion Lucas! We won the class party and we are extremely proud of you!

Term 6

This term, we are continuing looking at Global Goal 15: Life on Land. Through this, we are looking to answer the enquiry question: Humans or Bees: Which is the most influential animal on Earth?

We will also be continuing to use our text The Bee Movie to support our fabulous writing.

Term 6's Shining Star!

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Year 3 Sports Day! 

Today we had our Sports Day and it was so much fun! We competed in lots of races such as; the obstacle course, the vortex, the long jump, speed bounce, distance running and the sprint. We even had a delicious ice lolly once all the fun and hard work was over!  

PE - Article 24: Good health and well-being.

In PE this term, we are  very lucky to have a cricket coach in to teach us how to play cricket. We learnt what equipment we use in cricket, what the different positions are and began to practise our swing. We are really enjoying it! 

RE - Article 13: Freedom of thought, belief and religion.

In RE this term, we are looking at the question 'Why do people pray?'.  This week, we looked at how body language is important throughout different religions to show respect and care for their Gods. In order to show this, we looked at pictures to see if we could recognise how the person was feeling. We used this to show our own feelings using our body language. 

Science - Article 28 - Every child has the right to an education.

This week, we have been looking at the process of pollination. First, we became bees and used cheesy crisps to replace pollen, to show how it can get stuck to the bee and move from plant to plant. From this, we watched some videos that explained the process of pollination before creating our own videos to help others understand what pollination is and why it is important. 

3GL's pollination raps!

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Pollination Rap 2

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Term 5

Enquiry Overview: Which is the most influential animal on Earth? Global Goal 15: Life on Land 

This term we are exploring the Global Goal: Life on Land. In this enquiry we will be exploring the importance of bees for the future of humanity and our planet. In addition, the Bee Movie will be our Writing focus alongside other non-fiction books such as `The Life of Bees`. We cannot wait to start our topic and find out which animal is the most influential on Earth. 

Term 5's Shining Star!

Term 5's Shining Star!

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Complex Sentences: Article 29 - We have the right to the best quality education.


This week we have been learning all about complex sentences and how to use them in our writing. We wrote diary entries as Ken from the Bee Movie. He is not very happy very Barry the Bee! Please watch some of our amazing diary entries! 

Diary entry 2

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Diary entry 1

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RE - Article 13: Freedom of thought, belief and religion.

In week 5 we have been theologists.  We explored the question 'What does the crucifixion of Jesus mean to Christians and we re-enacted scenes of the story.  When then explored the question 'Why is Diwali  important to Hindus?'  We re-enacted the story of Rama and Sita  and discussed the important messages in the story that good overcomes evil and that light triumphs over darkness.  We created our own monsters with evil characteristics just like Ravana.  After that we compared the similarities and differences between the christian festival of Easter and the Hindu festival of Diwali.  

No Pens Day! - Article 13: Every child has the right to have an opinion and share their thoughts freely.

In Week 4, we had a fantastic No Pens Day! We kick started the day by refreshing our understanding of oracy and the four strands.  We then played word association games that made us all giggle!  When being a writer, we created a story map of our new text 'The Bee Movie' and rehearsed retelling. When being a mathematician, we focused on fractions.  We used concrete resources to split a whole in to equal parts. We had a wonderful afternoon being scientists and dissects plants to identify the different parts of a plant and their functions. 

Singing Assembly - Article 31: Every child has the right to rest, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

We really enjoyed our singing assembly this week with Nigel! It was a lot of fun and here is some of our beautiful singing! 

Year 3's beautiful singing!

Healthy me - Article 24: Every child has the right to the best possible health. 

This week in JIGSAW we have been learning how long a child should exercise a day and what different types of exercise there are. We choose different exercises and set ourselves goals over a course of time. We then saw if we could achieve these goals or even exceed them!

Whole School Oracy Day - Article 13: Have the rights to share your opinion.

In Week 1, we participated in a whole school Oracy Day. Firstly, we recapped our steps to success for good listening and discussions. Then, we discussed what oracy is, why it is important and how it helps us in our lives. We also looked into the four strands of oracy including the social and emotional, linguistic, physical and cognitive strands. With this understanding of the strands, we acted out some different scenarios and compared them against the strands. We had fun using our oracy skills during discussions and tracked how active we were in conversations by using a tracking circle!

Oracy Day - Role Play video

3GL T4 Shining Star

Term 4

For the remainder of Term 4, the whole school are focussing all of their learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. This wonderful picture book will take us on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth. From land and sky, to people and time, the notes explore what makes the world and how we live it. We will be using the book to re-establish our class and whole school community, focussing on important messages such as kindness and to inspire our writing, reading and to create some beautiful artwork too.

Outdoor Learning: 

In Week 5, we have been completing some outdoor activities! We found items such as twigs, leaves and stones to create pictures with our partners. We really enjoyed being outdoors and being creative! 

Red Nose Day - It's time to be funny for money!

 To celebrate Red Nose Day, we did something funny for money. We came into school wearing something funny like our clothes on backwards or wearing underwear over our trousers. In the afternoon, we told jokes to our class mates. We really enjoyed this and heard lots of funny jokes.

Noah's Red Nose Day Joke!

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Being an artist - Article 13 Children have the right to share freely with others what they learn, think and feel, by talking, drawing, writing.


This term, our art focus is painting and the different ways in which we can do this. This week, we started by discussing what paint is and what we already know about it. When we looked at the definition and saw that paint was a 'coloured substance' we experimented to see if we could make our own paint using a range of different things. We used mud, grass, coffee and even paprika to create our own paints. Have a look at the pictures below to see how fantastic they were! Keep checking back for more updates on all the fun we are having with paint this term.

Purple Learning: Article 28 Access to Education

This week, we have been recapping Purple Learning and all of things that make us Purple Learners. We have really enjoyed using our oracy skills as well as revising our previous learning.


The first two weeks of Term 4 were our final two weeks of online learning. During the first week, we developed our understanding of commas in a list when 'Being an Author'. Whilst 'Being a Mathematician', we persevered with our learning of the four operations. We also have secured a deeper understanding of sequencing and summarising whilst 'Being a Reader'. We have been fantastic athletes by completing bootcamp and yoga sessions in addition to being superb scientists where we found out about the 4 different stages of the water cycle. Throughout our second week, we celebrated World Book Day and explored alternative versions of Fairytales. We have created superb comic strips, wanted posters, book marks and have even engaged in a class debate in which we built on our oracy skills!  We are so proud of the work that 3GL have produced and cannot wait to see them back in the classroom. Take a look below at our wonderful work...

Term 3

Lockdown 2021

This term, we have become superb and resilient technologists by completing our school work online. Since being told to stay at home and stay safe, 3GL have continued to explore and apply new learning and challenge themselves in everything that they do. Whilst ‘Being an Author’, we have developed a wonderful understanding of inverted commas and contractions. In ‘Being a Mathematician’, we have learnt how to multiply and divide two digit numbers. We have also consolidated our understanding of sequencing and learnt about summarising whilst ‘Being a Reader’. We have enjoyed activities based on Safer Internet Day and Mental Health Week as well as weekly virtual meets where we can see our friends and play fun games including bingo and scavenger hunts. Here is a just a small sample of what 3GL have been getting up to over Term 3. Keep up the fantastic work Year 3, you are amazing!

Term 2 

Enquiry Overview: What is the difference between survival and healthiness? - Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-Being


This term, Year 3 are going to delving into Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-Being with a focus on how we can live a healthy and happy life. Alongside this, we will be basing our writing around the Roald Dahl novel `George's Marvellous Medicine`. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!

Enquiry Overview:

3GL Shining Star T2

Christmas Maths Morning!  - Article 29: Right to an education

Year 3 have had a fantastic Christmas themed maths morning! We have applied all our knowledge from this term in order to solve Christmas themed problems. We learnt about consecutive numbers and found patterns within this. We are now rather excited for Christmas day. Only 9 sleeps to go!

Science - Article 28 Every child has the right to an education.

This week, in science, we have been learning all about skeletons and how our bones give us protection, support and movement. In order to understand why our bones are so important, first we needed to be able to name the most important ones. Some of the bones we have are: rib cage, radius, humerus, fibula, tibia. We were able to find and locate all of these bones, and more, across our body. Have a look at the pictures below to see us identifying different bones. We looked at how bones protect our organs such as how the skull is there to protect our brains.

Our body is also shaped by the way our bones are supported within our skeleton. We looked at different animals, such as a fish and a frog, to show how we can identify animals and humans just by looking at their skeleton.

RE - Article 14 Children can choose their own thoughts, opinions and religion.

In RE this term, we have been looking at the Creation Story and why it is important to Christians. We have learned the story and the order in which it says the world was created. As well as this, we have discussed why this is important for Christians and why we should be protecting and looking after the planet. 

From this, we looked at how Christians look to God to guide them through life and make their choices around what they believe God would have wanted. In our most recent lesson, some of us were asked to make our way through a maze without being able to see. We realised that this was really hard and it became much easier when we had a partner to help guide us through it. The same way Christians believe that God guides them

Alliteration! Right 29: Access to Education 

In Week 4, we have learnt what alliteration is and how Roald Dahl uses it to create effect. We uses Roald Dahl's writing technique of alliteration to create our own marvellous medicine ingredients list. This will come in rather handy when we write our set of instructions next week!  

An example of our fantastic alliteration!

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No Pens MondayArticle 27 Standard of life

Today, we had a fantastic day of learning where no pens were used all day! We couldn't believe how much we learnt through using our voices and listening carefully. As part of our enquiry we were engineers for the day and we practised the skills involved in cooking a meal. As food technologists, we evaluated the 3 recipes from each of the Year 3 classrooms and of course, we felt that 3GL's meal was the best!  

Sporting Chance- Article 31 the right to play and relax

This term Year 3 are enjoying learning the skills required to play netball.  So far we have learnt different passes such as the 'chest pass' and the 'bounce pass'.  We have learnt how to move the ball from one end of the court to the next without moving our feet.  This involved using our team work and collaboration skills. We then played against teams trying to block the opposing team for scoring across the line.

George's Marvellous Medicine WOW!

To hook us into this Roald Dahl classic, we created our own marvellous medicines! We included ingredients such as shampoo, fairy liquid, rice pudding and lemon juice! We decided who we would like our medicine to be used on and what effect the concoction would have! We had lots of fun and can;t wait to start exploring this fantastic story. 

Enquiry Overview: Transition Enquiry

To help us transition from the Infants to the Juniors we will be completing a transition enquiry. We will explore what it means to  be a `Historian`, `Scientist`, an `Artist` etc. and the skills involved when learning about these subjects. Alongside this, we will focus on easing the transition, getting to know the children and the expectations of St. Stephen's Juniors. During this transition, we will be using the book `Leon and the Place Between` by Angela McAllister in our writing lessons. It is a fantastic book; full of wonder and excitement! Read on below for the blurb:


"When Leon goes to the magic show, he is the only one who believes. His brothers and sisters are in for a big surprise however: this is no ordinary show and Abdul Kazam is no ordinary magician. Leon is taken on a journey right into the Place Between, where magic becomes really real."

3GL Shining Star Term 1

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Being a street dancer! Article 24 - You have the right to be healthy. 


Throughout this term, we have been working hard to develop our street dancing skills. We watched a video of a street dancing group and worked together to create the perfect street dance for 3GL. Over the last couple of lessons, we've been practising to ensure that our dancing is in sync and we are able to move in tine with each other and the music. This has really helped our collaborative learning skills as well as our dancing ones. See the video below of our amazing performance!


3GL Street Dance Performance!

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Being a geographer (Article 13 - You have the right to find things out)

In Week 7, we have been really busy learning how to be geographers. We spoke about all the different skills we would need, such as reading a compass and observing the world around us, and we had a chance to test each one.


To show off our new and improving skills as geographers, we were asked to measure and record the weather in Bristol. In order to do this, we made rain gauges and put them outside to see the level of rain that that fallen over the course of a week. We also put a thermometer in there, so we could test the temperature to give us a better indication of the climate here. 

Being a mathematician! - Article 28: You have a right to an education. 


This week we have been VERY excited about learning our 5 times tables. We are particularly enjoying completing our times tables test every afternoon. We are always trying to get a better result than the day before and we are doing absolutely fantastic! 

Being a scientist...  (Article 13 You have the right to find out things).

In Week 5, we experimented what would happen when a toy car went down a ramp of different materials. We had foam, a sack, the table, wood and sugar paper and the playground as different ramps, to see which one would create the most friction. Before we began, we predicted which material we thought was going to get the car to move the furthest distance. Unfortunately, none of our predictions were quite right, but it was a good place to start. 
We could see which material created the most friction by calculating which surface the car traveled the slowest on. The faster the car traveled, the less friction that was involved. We measured the speed the toy car traveled using a stopwatch and filled out a table. The material that created the most friction was the sack and the material that created the least friction was the table. 

Forest School! - Article 29: Education must develop every child's personality, talents and abilities to the full.


In Week 4, we had a fantastic time at Forest School! We particularly enjoyed creating our hedgehogs and owls using the natural resources in our secret garden! 

Being a scientist...  Article 13: You have the right to find out things


In week 4, 3GL learned what is takes to be a scientist. Looking at all the different skills we need to call ourselves this, we completed a variety of different experiments and tests to see if we were able to be scientists. 

We observed changes over time by looking and describing the changes to whipped cream over the course of the afternoon. After that, we tested different styles of paper airplanes to see which ones would travel the furthest and then took them onto the playground to race them. 

We also grouped and classified the class in a variety of ways, the most popular being which food we liked best. Miss Lithauer was hungry just looking at all of the different food choices. In order to see if we could trust sources and use a range of secondary sources to find the evidence we needed, we looked at a fact about butterflies - they taste with their feet!! - and we backed it up with different sources. 

WOW! Article 24: The right to an education. 

In Week 3, we had lots of fun on our WOW day. We were introduced to the book we will be focusing on in our writing lessons. First of all, to immerse ourselves, we watched a range of circus acts such as jugglers, tightrope walkers and acrobats! We then considered what we think may happen in the book and why, using the evidence we had gained from the first few pages. Next, we explored the four main characters' thoughts and feelings by using freeze frames.  Finally we learnt and performed a page of the Leon and the Place Between! We really enjoyed performing using both our voices and actions to make it even more exciting!