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Welcome to 3NC's class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! We are very excited about the year ahead and hope you enjoy looking at our wonderful work. Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Term 6

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Our terrific trip to the brilliant Botanic Garden

Term 5

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How can Brahman be everywhere and be everything?

To immerse us in our enquiry, we considered the many roles we play and what we mean to different people. We created special cubes that reflected six of these important roles. Inside our cubes, we posted personal qualities that never change and make us who we are. Next, we revisited our leaning about Hindu worship before investigating Hindu beliefs about god. We discovered that Hindus believe that there is one supreme spirit called Brahman who is omnipresent. Although Brahman has many forms, there are three main aspects of Brahman and these are expressed in the trimurti: Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the preserver; Shiva, the destroyer. As our challenge, we demonstrated our understanding of the nature of Brahman by creating colourful representations of our school values.
Colourful cubes

Edward in the secret garden

Using our outdoor space for inspiration, we visited the secret garden and created a senses board for Edward. Full of ideas, we went on to plan and write some superb setting descriptions using adverbial phrases, powerful word choices and figurative language.

Magnificent monsters!

We've been exploring figurative language as a tool for making our descriptions more vivid. After learning how to use alliteration and similes, we wrote and illustrated a creepy collection of magnificent monster poems. Read them if you dare!

What makes the journey more important than the destination?

Our enquiry: What makes the journey more important than the destination?

During our enquiry, 'What makes the journey more important than the destination?', we'll be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo. This enchanting and touching story follows a toy rabbit called Edward on his epic journey of self-discovery, from a vain and self-centred rabbit to someone quite different. As we track Edward's transformation, we'll be reflecting on our own amazing journeys in Year 3, as individuals and as members of a team. We'll also be expanding our narrative-writing toolkit in preparation for our challenge - to write an alternative miraculous journey for Edward.


Year 3 enjoyed a special day with their favourite soft toys and dolls, posing for portraits, telling their toys' life stories and having fun in the sun at a picnic. Our wonderful wow day launched our new enquiry, 'What makes the journey more important than the destination?', in which we will follow Edward Tulane, a toy rabbit, on his miraculous journey.

Term 4

Term 4 reflections


'I found it interesting trying all the different foods.' - Keiron

'Unit fractions of a number was the best part of Maths.' - Sam

'When we touched the deer heart in Science it was squishy.' - Emalene

'Science week was my favourite because it was fun and I learnt new things.' - George 

'Finding out which foods I liked and disliked was interesting.' - Emily-Rose

'I enjoyed learning about Gregory Cool and how to use complex sentences.' - Sophie


An Easter garden reminds Christians of the Easter story so we worked collaboratively to create our own version of the Easter garden. First we identified all the features it would need and then using all natural materials we began to create our own. We used grass, stones, sticks, soil and more. We added flowers to represent new life. 

Another sensational showcase

Inspired by Caroline Binch’s stunning watercolours, we used chalk pastels to recreate her seascape. By carefully blending the pastels, we were able to produce a vibrant colour palette and create the illusion of movement. We also used our descriptive writing skills to write vivid descriptions of the scene at dusk when Gregory reflects on his time in Tobago so far.


Miss Nie taught us how to play the Chinese national sport of jianzi. We had to keep the weighted shuttlecock from hitting the floor by using any part of our body except our hands. It was challenging but we had great fun!


We ate hot cross buns and considered the significance of the cross on top. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, we decided that the cross symbolised the crucifix and reminded Christians of Jesus' crucifixion

Vlog 1

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Vlog 2

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Vlog 3

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Gregory's emotional journey

In preparation to create vlogs as Gregory, we got into character by freeze-framing key events from his first few days in Tobago. Next, we practised using a thesaurus to find synonyms for some of the emotions experienced by Gregory.

Clever coding

We had a great day practising our coding skills, using two clever apps - Lightbot and Kodable. We wrote algorithms, debugged, repeated commands, created procedures and debugged some more! The programs became progressively more complex so we really had to put our heads together!

Netball and Skipping

How do we move and grow?

Our enquiry: How do we move and grow?

This week in year 3 it has been science week. We have been looking at our bodies and how we move and grow. We had an amazing WOW where we got to explore a real heart, some bones and even watch how muscles move! We have learnt all about our bones and what the function of the skeleton is. We created paper skeletons to help us see how the skeleton moves. We also looked at our muscles and the importance they have to our body. Without our muscles our bones wouldn’t be able to move. To help us understand how muscles work in pairs, we did some outdoor learning on activities that would only work when two people worked together. We even created moving cardboard hands! Eating healthy was also an important part and we created our own ‘eat well plates’ to show what foods we should eat to help us be healthy and grow. Our challenge was to create, in groups, a recipe for a body. We had to list all the ‘ingredients’ (parts) that we would need to create a human body. It was a fantastic week and we all had such fun learning about our bodies.

Moving paper skeletons

Moving cardboard hands

Where is home?

Our enquiry: Where is home?

This term, we will be reading the beautifully illustrated Gregory Cool, by Caroline Binch. It tells the story of a boy who travels to the Caribbean island of Tobago to stay with his grandparents. During our enquiry, we will consider the question 'Where is home?', as well as developing our geographical knowledge and practising our painting skills.


This week we were challenged to push ourselves to complete a variation of activites to test our skills. We looked at our core movement skills which included co-ordination, balance and agility. 


To launch our new enquiry, we sampled a selection of tasty Caribbean treats. Yum! At first, some of us were a little uncertain about trying the food on offer, but we're glad we did! We'll be learning more about Caribbean culture as we follow Gregory's adventure on the island of Tobago.

Term 3

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Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?

Our enquiry: Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?

This term, we will be entering the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptians and exploring life in Egypt over 3,000 years ago. During our enquiry, we will be developing our historical enquiry skills and researching many aspects of this extraordinary civilisation, including daily life, pharaohs, gods, pyramids and hieroglyphs. In order to answer our enquiry question, 'Why and how did ancient Egyptians make mummies?', we will focus on the mummification process and burial rituals before embarking on our challenge - to mummify an organic item! To help deepen our knowledge and understanding, we will be reading the action-packed Tutankhamun's Tomb, by Sue Reid. The story is set in 1922 when British archaeologist, Howard Carter, made an incredible discovery in the Valley of the Kings.

Skipping challenge

Net nasties!

Lots of information found on the Internet isn't as reliable as we think so we looked at ways In which we could be sure that the information we found was accurate. We did this by comparing the information we had with other websites, books or experts. We then created net nasties to remind us not to trust all information that we find online. 


Once experts on the mummification process, we were ready to undertake our enquiry challenge - to mummify an organic item. Each group was presented with a tomato and a mixture of salt and baking powder which would act as natron - the salt mixture that ancient Egyptians used to preserve dead bodies. We worked collaboratively to carefully remove the inside of the tomatoes and completely cover them in the salt mixture. Whilst we wait for all the water to be absorbed, we'll be exploring the journey to the afterlife and the weighing of the heart ceremony.

The Hindu Temple 
Before revisiting the question 'What is a place of worship?', Year 3 enjoyed a special trip to the Hindu Temple in St George. We received a very warm welcome from the priest who gave us an informative tour and answered our many questions about Hinduism. Now, we're ready to deepen our knowledge of Hindu worship and compare and contrast the key features of a mandir with those of a church.

How to mummify a pharaoh

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As part of our WOW to introduce our enquiry based on the Ancient Egyptians, we all dressed up as a range of people that would have been seen during this time. We had a range of Pharoahs and explorers and even Cleopatra! We were very lucky to have an Egyptologist visit us to teach us all about the Ancient Epyptians! She remained with us throughout the day and helped us learn about this exciting new enquiry.
Meet Doctor Worrall..
Quiz time!
Cubits, palms and digits
Hounds and Jackals
Ancient Egyptian burial 

Term 2

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What is the place between? 


Our enquiry: What is the place between?

This term, inspired by the visually stunning Leon and the Place Between, by Angela McAllister and Grahame Baker-Smith, we’ll be using words and pictures to create the mysterious ‘place between’. After looking closely at the book’s captivating combination of collage, painting, photography and gilding, we’ll learn a variety of new techniques to use in our own magical masterpieces. At the same time, we’ll be developing our descriptive writing skills before using these to write vivid descriptions of Leon’s extraordinary adventure.


After plenty of practice and preparation, we were ready for our challenge. We cut, painted, sprayed and glittered and we were delighted with our magnificent results! 

What is the true meaning of Christmas? 

After revisiting the story of the birth of Jesus, we explored the symbols of Christmas, shared our gifts to the world and reflected on what Christmas means to us. 

'My gift to the world would be to give everyone shelter.' - Eva


'My gift to the world would be that all people can have water.' - Maciej 


'My gift to the world is kindness so people are happy and kind.' - Chloe 


'My gift to the world is friendship so that no one is lonely.' - Evan 


'My gift to the world would be kindness so that the world would be kinder to animals and people.' - Emily-Rose


'My gift to the world would be respect so that people will be respected.' - Leyton 

Are magnets magic?

We experimented with magnets to decide whether we believed they were magic. After we completed our experiment we decided that magnets aren't magic but they work due to the fact that they all have a North Pole and a South Pole. We discovered that like poles repel and unlike poles attract. The magnets would attract anything that was made from iron, nickel and cobalt. Magnets can help with magic and illusions but do not work  because of Magic. 

The Jolly Pocket Postman


During our comprehension sessions this week we have been looking at the poem The Jolly Postman.

Our focus was inference and as a class created our own short poem that contains inference. See if

you can guess who we are writing about… 



Today 3NC delivered,

An eye patch for a yellow bear,

A saw for a construction worker,

A letter for a very kind fox,

A looking glass for a blonde girl,

A parcel for a vampire,

And a peach for a young boy. 

Anti-Bullying Week


This week we learnt about what bullying meant using the acronym STOP- Several Times On Purpose. We also learnt the difference between rude behavior, mean behavior and bullying.

There are different types of bullying- cyber, physical and verbal. 


We used the book 'It's OK to be different' by Todd Parr to help use learn about diversity and how difference should be celebrated rather than singled out and used as an opportunity to bully an individual.


As a year group, we presented our work during assembly on Friday.

Readers theatre


Today we learnt a section of our book 'Leon and the place between' and added actions and emphases to certain parts. Many of us thought of actions to words which added extra emphases to the performance of the section.

We are sure that you will be really impressed with our final result!

Readers theatre

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This week saw us begin our multiplication learning. We looked at Place Value (PV) counters and how they can help our learning. We then moved onto arranging them in different arrays and using them within the grid method.


Have a look below at what we did.

Hand shadow puppets

Before creating hand shadow puppet templates ready for our enquiry challenge, we had fun attempting dog, bird and spider-shaped shadows using only our hands. Some of us even managed to make our dogs bark!

Hand shadow puppet show

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Scissor skills

We've been busy practicing our cutting skills ready to make intricate paper templates. Accurate cutting certainly requires a great deal of concentration!

To launch our new enquiry, 'What is the place between?', Year 3 had a wonderful day with Magic Mike. We were treated to a marvellous magic show, a magic workshop and making balloon animals. We all thought Magic Mike was absolutely brilliant! Now, we're looking forward to immersing ourselves in our magical new class book, Leon and the Place Between. 

Term 1

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What is a place of worship? 

3NC enjoyed a special visit to St Stephen's church led by Lisa and Peter. We learnt all about baptism, one of the Christian rites of passage, and we role-played a baptism ceremony. Back at school, we explored the features of a church and designed our own Christian place of worship. 
Challenge: What is a place of worship?
Having visited St. Stephens Church we began to learn more about the main features of a Christian place of worship. We learnt about a pulpit, lectern, altar, candles and font. We then went on to discover the deeper meaning for each of these features. Following that, we worked in small groups to create these different features and added them to our class church.  

What makes a hero?

Our Enquiry: What makes a hero?

Our first exciting enquiry of the year will ask us to consider the qualities of a hero. After researching the lives of some real-life heroes and developing our poetry-writing skills, our challenge will be to identify our own personal hero and describe him or her with a kennings poem. We'll celebrate our heroes by setting up a special 'Hall of Fame' and inviting parents to visit. To support our enquiry and inspire some writing in-role, we'll be reading the weird and wonderful Krindlekrax, by Philip Ridley.

Krindlekrax Kenning Poem










Compound Sentences 

This week we have been learning how to develop our writing further by using compound sentences. We have learnt that you join two simple sentences together using a coordinating conjunction such as and, but, or, so.  We wrote a diary entry as Ruskin describing Corky's story. Have a look at some of our writing below.


Character Descriptions: Ruskin 

As part of our enquiry, we have been reading Krindlekrax and learning all about the main character Ruskin! We wanted to write amazing character descriptions to tell everyone else about him so we practised writing noun phrases and then we added these into our writing - have a look at some examples!

Wild Week

At St Stephen's, we all agree that learning can happen anywhere, not just inside the classroom! So, our first week back is 'Wild Week', a chance to take our learning outside.