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Term 6

Key Information for Term 6

3NC will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday. The children must wear shorts for the days we have indoor PE, they can wear their joggers over the top of their shorts if they want to. Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday - this is a set of maths questions. Children must read at least 3 times a week and this is to be written in their reading records, using the questions stuck in at the front. Reading records should be in school every day.

LoE: Are plants alive? 

This term, 3NC will be learning about plants and flowers. We will be finding out what they need to survive, how they get their food and looking at different ways plants pollinate. We will be creating our own experiments and research projects to find out the answers - including growing cress in many different settings. Alongside this, will be immersing ourselves in the world of our Power of Reading text: Edward Tulane. We will be following the journey of the beloved bunny and incorporating the learning into our art work where we will be creating our own clay bunnies!

Global Goal: Good Health and Wellbeing

We have been learning about a new global goal - number 3! We looked at the importance of mindfulness and ways to help keep our minds and bodies calm and relaxed. We took part in many different mindfulness activities to calm ourselves down and give us time to let go of any tensions. We completed a yoga session, it was so much fun and we felt so relaxed afterwards.

We were incredibly lucky as we had some special visitors to help us with our healthy eating learning! This team came into Year 3 to teach us about healthy living, what it is, how to do it and why it is important. The key word we learnt was BALANCE.


This term, our art skill was looking at how to create 3D art from a 2D picture. We have also been learning about Edward Tulane who is a toy rabbit, he dresses in silk suits and leather shoes. He isn't like any other toy rabbit. We made a model of Edward Tulane from clay. We all worked really hard to try and make our models like Edward Tulane and even added in some details like his whiskers, his bow tie and buttons. We painted our clay rabbits and used our amazing concentrating skills and made sure we got the colours spot on to Edward Tulane. He is a white china rabbit, who wears silk blue suits and brown leather shoes. We worked incredibly hard to make them as detailed and neat as possible and we felt very proud of what we achieved.

Term 5 

Key Information for Term 5

3NC will have outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Wednesday. Bristol Rugby will be teaching indoor PE this term. Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday - this is a set of maths questions. Children must read at least 3 times a week and this is to written in their reading records. Reading records should be in school every day. 

LoE: What makes a hero?
This term, 3NC will be immersing themselves in the world of heroes and the Power of Reading text 'Krindlekrax.' We shall be learning all about a young boy called Ruskin and how he became the hero of Lizard Street. We will take part in drama activities including freeze-frames, hot-seating and role play and we shall also be retelling parts of the story orally and using story telling actions. Throughout this we will be thinking about the question "what makes a hero?" We will look at whether a hero needs to be strong, tough or need superpowers. Finally, we shall be thinking about who is a hero in our own lives and write a kenning poem to showcase this. Alongside this enquiry, we will be looking at a Global Goal: Life on Land. We shall be looking at how actions of people, cutting down trees and littering is affecting our planet and what we can do to slow the process down. 



RE Trip: St Stephen's Church 

In the church, we spoke about baptism and what it was. There were only a few of us who had been baptised. Did you know Jesus was baptised and this is where it started from? Anybody, no matter what age can be baptised. Holy water is poured onto the head of the person being baptised. We were so lucky because we got to see Lisa show us how this was done, she used a baby to show us. It was so interesting!!

RE Trip: Hindu Temple 

Wow! We were so lucky to be able to visit a local Hindu Temple and find out about the religion of Hinduism. When we got there, we were greeted by the priest who told us about the religion and that the temple was actually a converted church! Next, we went upstairs to see all the different artefacts and gods and goddesses. After this, he answered our many questions and told us Hindu stores. He also explained the naming ceremony to us - like a baptism but the priest actually helps to chose the baby's name!

Science Week!

Our science enquiry got off to an exciting start with a close-up look at a real skeleton and heart. We even got to see how muscles work! Wow! Next, we explored the human skeleton and worked collaboratively to construct a model with moving joints. We also showed our individual understanding by drawing and labelling diagrams of the inside of the human body. After that, we investigated muscles and discovered that, by contracting and relaxing, they work in pairs to move the bones. Finally, we researched the different food groups and looked closely at the 'Eatwell guide'. Then, we designed our own balanced plates of food to show the proportion of each food group we should eat in order to stay healthy.


We are really lucky this term to have Bristol Rugby and Kingswood Gymnastics to come in to teach us gymnastics. We have learnt so many new things and it is really good fun. We have been learning to forward roll, cartwheel, swing on a bar and even use a spring board with a vault. It is great exercise for us and we always come out feeling like we have worked really hard. In three weeks, we have made so much progress and some of us couldn't forward roll but now we are beginning to work on our backwards roll! We can't wait for the rest of the sessions this term. 

Art Day: Printing

This term, we have been learning how to use different items to print. We started by experimenting with the different ways we could print. We used cotton wool, our fingers and polystyrene. Polystyrene was our favourite because we hadn't used it for printing before and it created amazing pictures and patterns. Once we worked out the best ways to print we created our own version of Krindlekrax. 

WOW day!

On our first day back we started this terms book Krindlekrax. We are completely hooked, we can't wait to find out what happens in the story. The main character is called Ruskin Splinter, he desperately wants to be a hero but nobody believes in him because he doesn't look like a hero. 

To immerse ourselves into the book, we made our own crocodiles (this is on the front cover of the book). We worked so hard and read the instructions so we knew exactly how to make the crocodiles. 

Term 4

Key Information for Term 4

3NC will have outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Wednesday.

Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday - this is a set of maths questions and reading comprehension. Children must read at least 3 times a week and this is to written in their reading records. Reading records should be in school every day. 

LoE: Are all rocks the same?
This term, we will be travelling back million years ago to the Stone Age! We will be learning about how people of the stone age lived, how they kept themselves alive, how they lived and how they told stories to each other. We will also be learning about rocks and soils. We will be finding out about the different types of rocks there and what makes them different, how soil is created and why it is important and what fossils are, how they are formed and why they are important. Our challenge this term will be to create our own igneous rock that we can eat! As well as this, we will be learning about fractions and using a picture book "The Stone Age Boy" to inspire our writing. 

RE: What celebrations do religious people have and why are they important?

This term, 3NC are learning about religious celebrations in Christianity and Hinduism. We began with looking at Christianity and with the upcoming events we focused on Easter. We learnt why Easter is important to Christians, how people celebrate this special time and why people think it is important to remember it. We had a go at reenacting the part where Pilate decides to have Jesus killed. We freeze-framed this scene and then we thought about how the different people in the story would be feeling and what would be going through their minds. 

Interview with Mary

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Making rock candy

We were so lucky, we got to make our own rock candy. It looked just like Igneous rock! It was really simple to make so we were able to do it in our classroom. Miss Coates got all the equipment and ingredients we would need. We put butter all around the tray so it wouldn't stick. We put the golden syrup and sugar into the pan and put it on the hob to heat it. It slowly began to change colour. When it had turned into a golden brown liquid we added a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda. We were amazed how this made the liquid expand. Finally, we put it into the tray and allowed it to cool. Once it was cool we all tried a piece. It was really yummy but super sweet!!


Would you like to know how to make rock candy?


You will need:

• 200g caster sugar

• 4 tablespoons of golden syrup

• 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda

• Butter to grease your baking tin



1. Wash your hands thoroughly

2. Grease your baking tin with plenty of butter

3. Put your sugar and golden syrup together in your saucepan and mix them together without any heat to begin with

4. Then melt them slowly over a low heat on the hob

5. Let it bubble gently until it begins to change colour to a rusty golden brown (it will take roughly 4 minutes of simmering to get to this point)

6. Take it off the heat a quickly whisk in your bicarbonate of soda with your wooden spoon. Watch the caramel foam up like lava from an erupting volcano!

7. Carefully pour the mixture into your greased tin and leave it to cool like igneous rock (this may take an hour or two!)

8. Turn your “rock” onto your wooden chopping board and break it into chunks with your rolling pin

9. Put small portions of rock into sandwich bags to serve to your visitors Mmmmm – a delicious rocky treat!


This week, we looked at writing good emails and comparing emails to handwritten letters. We noticed on letters, people always put the address in the top right hand corner, it's so much easier now with emails not having to do all of that! We also thought about how long it would take for a letter to send, Miss Coates showed us how quickly emails send to the recipient (the person you are sending it to). We thought it was good that you could inform the recipient of what the email was about by using the subject box. Our favourite part was using pictures/emojis at the end of the email to sign our name!

Art: Photography

In art, we learnt about photography and we looked at "How to show movement through photography." When Miss Coates told us, we instantly thought well that's strange because photos don't move! We discussed how some animated films are photos that are put together to create a film.We were asked us to think about what sort of things we could use to take photos with.  We were then introduced to iMovie, we knew this would help us to show movement through photography. Using the iPads, we took lots of photos using the burst button and uploaded them onto iMovie. This took a lot of patience and so many different steps, but being the tech whizzes we are, we aced it! We had lots of fun and there was so much laughing going on in the classroom.

Take 1

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Take 2

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Take 3

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World Book Day

Wow! What amazing costumes we all wore! Everyone made such an effort and looked absolutely incredible. We were super excited for what the day had in store for us. At the moment, we are reading The Stone Age Boy. We have really enjoyed reading this book, although the ending is a little sad - be prepared! As part of World Book Day, we looked one of our favourite stories, 'The smartest giant in town.' We decided to create our own poems about how we would like to help others. 

Science: How 'strong' are rocks? 

Being the super scientists that we are, we created an experiment to test the 'strength' of different rocks. First, we came up with different ways we thought we could carry this out: throwing the rock, dropping the rock, standing on it etc but we settled on scratching the rock with 3 different objects: finger nail. paperclip and a coin. We had 5 different rocks: garnet-gneiss, marble, chalk, porphyry and granite. We scratched each rock with the different objects to see what happened - would it make a mark? Would it break? We finally found that chalk was the weakest out of the lot because it was the one that crumbled. 

Wow Day - Stone Age, rocks and fractions! 

WOW - what a day we had! We started the morning investigating what a fraction is and how they are created. We used water, cups, objects and foam pieces to create and find many different fractions. After this, we moved onto science and began learning about rocks - we wandered the school grounds look for as many different rocks we could find in and out of the school and what they are used for. Can you believe that chalk is a rock!? We were so shocked! Later on, we traveled back in time to the Stone Age era, we learnt that they told stories through cave paintings, where they would use berries and animal blood for the paint, we learnt that they created their own tools from wood and stones, most importantly, the flint axe and we also found out that they were the inventors of the wheel! Once we had learnt a little more about the era, we took part in three different art and D&T activities: chalk cave drawings, creating paper flint axes and creating a Skara Brae picture. 

Term 3 

Key Information for Term 3

3NC will have indoor PE on a Monday and outdoor PE on a Thursday.

Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday. Children must read at least 3 times a week and this is to written in their reading records.

LoE: Are magnets magic?
This term, we shall be immersing ourselves into two enquiries! The first enquiry will require us to be scientists and answer the question "are magnets magic?" In order to do this, we shall be learning about different magnets, how they work and planning and carrying our various experiments and investigations to solve the magnet mystery. Alongside this, to help us with out writing, we shall be reading 'The Spiderwick Chronicles'. We will be using this book to help us with using complex sentences, apostrophes and tenses. As well as this, we shall be writing our own instructions on how to trap a boggart, writing diary entries from different points of view and also creating our very own field book of mythical creatures. 


To end our well-being week we were lucky enough to have a yoga lesson with Miss Perrett. She taught us how to connect with our bodies. We learned how to control our breathing and she even taught us some special yoga moves. We had great fun! Thank you Miss Perrett. 

Safety Internet Day

Wow what a day we have had! Today we have been learning how to keep safe online and how to be a good person online. We took part in many different activities on how to be a good person online, to show respect and leave a good carbon footprint. We created a good deed bracelet, solved a problem scenario and created an online friendship thermometer. 

Net nasties!

Not all the information you find on the internet is reliable because anybody can write anything they want to online. You should always compare the information with other websites, books or experts to check it is accurate. We created unreliable information net nasties to remind us not to trust what we find online without checking.


This term, we have been looking at the Hindu religion. Did you know that  Hindu's have 1 God with 1 million different characteristics?! We looked at the different items they used during worship. There are 8 different items that must be present, the only thing that changes are the different Gods depending on what you are praying for. So for example if you are about to take a test at school you would pray to Ganesha. 


Wow! We are super proud of ourselves this term. We have learned to multiply one-digit numbers by two-digit numbers. We have worked so hard and Miss Coates is absolutely amazed by all of our work.


We used the iPads to search safely for different information such as recipes. We learned that we needed to cross-reference, this means to look at more than one website to ensure that the information we had found was correct and reliable. We used a website called 'Swiggle' to be certain that our searches were safe and appropriate. 

Art Day: Collage

This term, we have been learning how to collage, finding out different ways and mediums we could use to create art pieces. We started by taking inspiration from Matisse and his famous art piece "Snail". It took us a while to work out what the animal was but once we knew we began looking at how he might of created it and how he used different sized shapes of tissue paper to create the animal. Once we worked out what collage was, we used Matisse's Snail to create our animals testing out different materials and working out which ones we prefer to collage with. We tried paper, card and tissue paper. Tissue paper was our favourite because it was the easiest to cut and shape. Once we had learnt the skill we started to prove it! We read a poem about London and use our new skill to represent the poem though collage. 

Term 2


“This term was all really fun but my favourite part was science.” - Cole 

“Watching Magic Mike and getting to join in with his show was fun.” - Cassie 

“When we got to read ‘Leon and the Place Between’was the best bit.” - Elliot

”My favourite bit was the Art because we got to do painting with lots of colours.” - Shania


LoE: What is the place in between?
This term, we shall be immersing ourselves into a Power of Reading text called "Leon and the Place in Between." We shall be following the magical journey of Leon and writing and creating our very own place in between. As well as this we will be role playing, hot seating and freeze framing many characters and scences from the book. We will be learning how to use noun phrases, commas in a list and inverted commas - that's the fancy word for speech marks! 

RE Week

This week we have been looking at Christianity. We started our week with a WOW day together as a year group. We went into the hall and Miss Coates read us 'The Christmas Story'. We all had to listen very carefully because after this we were going to do a quiz. We worked in groups of 5 and answered 10 different questions all from the story, it was so much fun!


After this, we sang 'We Three Kings', this song was quite tricky as some of the words were different to the words we would use today, but we really tried and our teachers were so impressed with our beautiful singing voices. Miss Coates then set us a challenge and we were split into two groups. We had to sing the songs at different times like a choir. What a great start to our RE week!

Class assembly 


This week, we had our class assembly. We performed in front of our friends and our parents/carers. We had so much performing a section from ‘Leon and the Place Between’, creating a puppet show and reading all of our lovely work. Miss Coates was so proud of us! 

Science week

This week we have been looking at light and shadows. As a warm-up task, we went into the hall. We shut the curtains, turned off the lights and Miss Coates gave us blindfolds. We didn't know what was going on, only that it was very dark! We then did a mini obstacle course with our learning partner with our blindfolds on! This was super tricky and we felt a little nervous, luckily our learning partners were there to make sure we stayed safe. We had to walk along a bench and also pick a hoop up and put it over our heads. It was so difficult to do when we couldn't see anything. Miss Coates kept reminding us to see how this task had a connection to light and what we think it could be.  


We then came back to class and spoke about what relevance this task had to do with light. We all put our thoughts and ideas together and realised without light we cannot see anything! This was such a shock to us as we hadn't ever thought about this before! As well as this, we looked at mirrors and how reflection works. Did you know light travels in a straight line and can't bend? But using our mirrors, we worked out we could make light turn a corner. 

How does the distance of a light source affect the size of a shadow?

As an end to our light and shadows enquiry, we carried out our own investigation about shadows. Our investigation question was "How does the distance of a light source affect the size of a shadow?" We worked in groups of 5, using a torch, a cube and a ruler. We used different height measurements: 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm and 25cm, and using the ruler we held the torch these distances away from the cube. We then drew around the shadow of the cube and noticed the further away the light, the smaller the shadow. This was great to see afterwards when we had 5 different shadow shapes on our pieces of paper.

Computing and E-Safety: Book Creator and Online Community 
Wow! What a fun day we had! We began the day learning about what the internet is and we were shocked to find out that the internet is not the page we see on our screen but lots and lots of wires that make the webpage work. We thought about the people who were the closest to us, like our mums, dads, grandparents etc and then we thought about the people who weren't as close to us and maybe we only spoke to through the phone, Skype or online. After this, we began to create our very own e-book. We read the rest of Leon and the Place Between, which we love, and began to story map it into 8 sections. Using our maps, we retold the story using Book Creator. We used different fonts, colours, pictures and sounds to create our own books! 

Book 1

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Book 2

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Book 3

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Art Day - Painting 

We had a fantastic day learning all about how to make a variety of colours using them to paint with. It was amazing how many colours we could make by just using the 3 primary colours. We started with the primary colours: red, yellow and blue and tried to make as many different colours as we could using them. We discovered that black and white are not colours but shades and we learned how they could make existing colours lighter or darker. Once we had the knowledge, we applied this into our own art piece that was inspired by a man named Wassily Kadinsky. 

WOW Day: Magic Mike 

What a magical day we had! We were incredibly lucky to have a magician come into school and teach us how to be just as magical as him! In the morning, we watched Magic Mike perform a magic show. We were able to part in the magic show which was fantastic. Later in the day we were taught how to perform some of the tricks and were given time to practice with our friends! In the afternoon , we learnt how to make hats out of just 2 balloons - this was the part we loved the most!  

Term 1

Term 1 Newsletter
LoE: What are mummies and how are they made?
Hello and welcome to the juniors! This term, Year 3 will be learning about the Mighty Egyptians! During this enquiry, we shall be looking at where Egypt is in the world, how to read an atlas and plot on cities, creating Egyptian art and learning about the mummification process and even having a go at our own mummifying! We shall be incorporating this topic into our writing by creating our own instructions for mummifying people. 

60's Day: The school's 50th birthday!

What an amazing day we had! We came in with some fantastic costumes and created some wonderful tie dye clothing! The 60's was full of bright colours! We got to watch The Jungle Book, then we watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon. In the afternoon we played 60's playground games and we played Twister!

Challenge: To write a set of instructions on how to mummify 

We have loved learning about mummifying so much! We put all of our enquiry learning and our writing learning of adverbs and compound sentences together to write super instructions to help you mummify your Pharaoh! The Egyptians had strong beliefs about the Afterlife. Did you know their heart was weighed against a feather? If the heart was heavier than the feather they were sent to the Underworld! 



"I really enjoyed drawing the Gods and the weighing of the heart ceremony because I liked how the Gods all looked different." - Olimpia


"The timeline of Egypt was interesting because we learnt about what happened years ago!" - Sam

Computing: Google Classroom

We became a google classroom and put our safe password knowledge to the test! We created new passwords for our Google accounts and even learned how to create a capital letter on the keyboard! Once we were logged in and ready to go, we found our classroom and began completing tasks that has been left for us. We used the Internet to research the steps on how to mummify a body and boxed them up - it was fun!

Map skills: Where in the world is Egypt? 

We have been learning all about what an atlas is and how it can help us if we wanted to find something or if we were lost. We applied these new skills into our own enquiry and began plotting key places onto our own map of Egyot. Can you believe it would take us 5 hours on an aeroplane to get there!? We also found out that it is on the continent of Africa. 

WOW Day: Ancient Egypt

Wow, what a day we have had immersing ourselves into the era of Ancient Egypt. We came into school dressed up as pharaohs, mummies and queens and we looked FABULOUS. To begin with, all of Year 3 went into the hall to take part in a inter-house competition. We had to listen to statements and decided if they were true or false. The winning house was Cossham who won 5 house points each! Did you know that the Egyptians invented toothpaste?! We couldn't believe it either! After this, we watched Disney's 'The Prince of Egypt' and finally we practiced our sketching skills ready for our artwork later in the week. We learnt how we can sketch in three different ways: hatching, cross-hatching and stippling and we learnt how we  can have different shades and tones by holding and pressing down differently with our pencil. 

Online Safety: Powerful Passwords

We have been learning about how to keep safe online and, in particular, how to create super strong and safe passwords. We learnt how important they are to keep them safe and a secret and how we should make them as difficult as possible to guess. We had a go at practicing creating a really strong password using different characters, numbers and capital letters. Take a look below, but don't panic, these aren't our real passwords! 

Wonderful Writers: 'The Day the Crayons Quit' 

Once again, Miss Coates was incredibly proud of us all. This week, we have been reading 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and we think it is a brilliant book - you must read it! Using this book, we have been showing off our skills in using capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks. To prove that we are writing whizzes, we made up our own letter to Duncan (the character in the book) from Peach Crayon. 

Mighty Mathematicians: Bar Model

Wow! What an amazing start to the year! This week we have been revising our number bonds knowledge of 10, 20, 50 and 100 and Miss Coates was so impressed at what geniuses we are! We began looking at the number bonds but with a different strategy to help us: the bar model. To prove our understanding of it, we wrote our very own 'Steps to Success' on how to work out calculations using the bar model.  

Bar Model

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Purple Learning and Values

This week, we have been learning about what purple learning is and how we can become super purple learners! We learnt how some things can help our learning and how others can stop our learning; we call these movers and blockers. We also watched a really funny song, sang by the Muppets, about how we can keep pushing ourselves and not be afraid to make mistakes. As well as these, we learnt about the values: Trust, Friendship, Perseverance, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility. We took part in lots of different activities such as: making motivational posters, writing about out best friends and creating a poem and prayer.