Year 3


Mrs Rebecca Harbord Class Teacher Year 3
Mrs Yvonne O’Connor Teaching Assistant Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

In year 3, we work hard to support the children as they make the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. We gradually build their resilience to cope with longer lesson times and help them to develop their social, emotional and teamwork skills.

Thursday 5th March
What a wonderful day we’ve had.  The children looked amazing in their costumes and took great pleasure in sharing their favourite books with their friends.  We turned our classroom door into a book cover for our school competition, visited a story telling session read by a mystery guest and later on in the day we visited year 1 and shared stories with them.  

‘I liked everyone being dressed up as a character.  Sometimes you don’t know what book they are from so you get to find out about a new book.’ – Maisey
‘I enjoyed listening to a story I’ve never heard before.’ – Jasper
‘I liked being able to dress up and bring our favourite book in.’ – Amelia

Wednesday 4th March
In computing today, we started learning about algorithms and worked with a partner to create an algorithm for making a jam sandwich.  We quickly realised that our steps needed to be debugged because they were not precise enough for our robot (AKA Mrs Harbord).  Apparently you can’t spread the butter until the lid has been taken off!! In our next lesson we will learn how to use an app called PureFlow to create an electronic algorithm.


Tuesday 3rd March
Today we began to learn about poetic devices, in particular the use of similes.  We watched a clip about penguins and shared ideas in a group to create lines for a poem.   We then used these ideas to create out own Free Verse penguin poems.



Thursday 27th February
The children enjoyed a Spanish morning led by a number of native Spanish students and their teacher.  The children had a great morning practising Spanish phrases, songs and stories.



Tuesday 25th February

When we returned to school, we were introduced to our surprise visitors, Storm and Saaba, for our Marvellous Middle.  The children had lots of questions and found out how huskies are trained, the equipment they use to race and how they are suited to cold climates.   The huskies clearly had a great day at school too!








We were even treated to a demonstration around the school playground.




Tuesday 14th January

Today we met Jenny and Mike Spencer who shared with us their many exciting expeditions.  
We enjoyed learning about how to avoid polar bears in Svalbard and how to make an emergency shelter with just a spade and a rucksack! We had great fun playing hide and seek with the avalanche transmitter and finding out how ‘skins’ make it easier to ski up-hill. 

Monday 13th January

Year 3 & 4 got kitted themselves out in their cold weather gear and walked 1.8 miles around the school grounds, a 100th of the distance which Shackleton had planned to walk across the Antarctic continent!  We even had our very own honorary huskies on the team.


Friday 10th January

Happy New Year and welcome back!
It has been lovely to see the children, return to school this week, refreshed and enthusiastic about our new topic.

The children arrived in the classroom to find a block of ice with some mysterious items hidden inside, along with some camping equipment!  They then turned detecive and began predicting why the items were there, who could possibly have left them and what clues this gave them to revealing our topic.
‘There’s a compass in the ice.  I think it might be about an explorer’ – Amelia S
The children watched keenly over the next few days as the ice revealed its secrets.

The children researched facts about Antarctica and some of the explorers, who have visited the continent, and created their own factfiles.
Later on in the week the children began thinking about the attributes that contribute towards being a good team member and then put these skills to good use as they took part in some team games.

Tuesday 3rd December
This afternoon the children became scientists in order to identify the different parts of a flower and their role in pollination and fertilisation.


Thursday 28th November
This morning the children had fun working with a family member practising different spelling strategies.  Some were messier than others!


What a busy couple of weeks we’ve had since the half-term holiday!

During the first week back the children had the opportunity to take part in Judo and tennis taster sessions which they really enjoyed. The children displayed some impressive Judo moves and had great fun trying to get their partner down onto the mat!

The children then went on to practise their tennis skills Aldershot tennis club.

Last week was Anti-Bullying week and the children spent time discussing the meaning of bullying, Several Times On Purpose (STOP), and how change can start with us and what this means.
Tuesday then saw the children wearing odd socks to school to celebrate individuality and what makes us all unique!

We then went on to study poetry, based around the theme of bullying, and used drama to act out the role of the bystander.   We then wrote our own piece of poetry and presented this to the class and Year 1.


23rd October 2019

What a great day out!  The children enjoyed our trip to Butser Ancient Farm and showed great interest and engagement with their learning.  The day started with visiting an Anglo-Saxon house and sitting around the fire to hear all about how the house was built.  We then shared what we had learned so far at school about Anglo-Saxon life which impressed the staff.

We then took part in a number of activities such as wattling, spinning wool, pottery making and an archaeological dig.






The staff were extremely impressed with the children’s behaviour and even commented on how respectful they were.

October 9th 2019

The children have enjoyed writing a diary entry as an Anglo Saxon villager and are showing great teamwork as they prepare for their harvest festival production. The children have also enjoyed learning about the preciousness of water to religious beliefs.


September 25th 2019

The children have enjoyed researching Anglo Saxon village life and are getting creative when drawing their Anglo-Saxon illuminated letters with oil pastels. The children were excited when their cast their vote for democracy day!


September 11th 2019

The children in year 3 came back to their brand new topic “Manuscript Detectives” and enjoyed using clues to search the school grounds for an ancient torn manuscript. They have settled in really well and are about to research Anglo-Saxon village life.


Their Learning 2018 – 2019

Wednesday 10th July 2019

The children really enjoyed performing their music concert on Monday and writing their aquarium poems this week. All the children are looking forward to Aspirations Day tomorrow.


Thursday 4th July 2019

We had a great time at the aquarium. We took a vote and our favourites were the rays and the sharks. All the children are looking forward to the summer fair tomorrow.

Friday 21st June 2019

We have enjoyed making our shark habitats this week and we look forward to visiting the aquarium next week. The children are very excited about Sports Day!


In maths, we continue to build upon their understanding and extend their learning at every opportunity. In our English lessons, we explore a wide range of writing styles – supported by interesting texts and practise developing our speaking and listening skills. During our science lessons, we explore rocks and soils, magnetism, light, plants and animals. The children start to develop their skills in Spanish language and also begin to enjoy weekly music lessons with the opportunity of playing a variety of instruments. For our Treasures of the Deep topic, the children enjoyed a stunning start by finding diving artefacts around the school and meeting some real life divers. They have gone on to find fabulous facts about Jacques Cousteau and are learning about sharks. In PE, the children continue to develop their sporting skills and begin to participate in team events against local schools.

For our marvellous middle, we are looking forward to visiting Southsea Sea-Life centre to meet and learn more about the creatures of the  deep!

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