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Mrs Marsh

Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 - 2018

Sycamore Flyers


In Science, we have been finding out about how different seeds are dispersed. We found out that some seeds are dispersed by the wind. We then investigated which size seed would float the longest. We tested 3 different sizes and used stopwatches to find out how long it took for each seed to hit the ground. We found out that the seed with the largest wings floated the longest because the air got under the wings.

A new species has been found!


In Literacy, we have been designing a new species. We have thought carefully about where the creature would live and what special powers it might have. Take a look at some of the creatures, which we have created:

Georgia O'Keeffe 


As part of our topic on plants, we have been finding out about the function of the different parts of a plant. We discovered that the job of the flower is to create seeds.

We then looked at the work of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. We created pictures of flowers using Georgia O'Keeffe's work as inspiration.   

The Stone Age


On Thursday, we had a Stone Age day. We looked at some artefacts which might have been used during the Stone Age:

We made Stone Age porridge using berries, oats, honey and milk:
In the woods, we constructed prehistoric huts from branches, twigs, grass and leaves:
We were shown how to create a spark using flint and we constructed fires:
On the fires, we cooked fish. It tasted delicious!
In the classroom, we created cave paintings using sand and chalks:
We also created models of a woolly mammoth. 

Red Nose Day


To raise money for Red Nose Day, Mrs Shaw completed a 'marathon' session of Fit Steps.

We joined in during the morning. Look at some of the moves which we created:



We have been reading the story Krindlekrax by Phillip Ridley. It is a story about a mysterious creature which lives beneath the dark bricks and cracked pavements of Lizard Street. We have recreated Lizard Street in the classroom:

We have created some 'Wanted' posters for Krindlekrax. Can you guess what type of creature Krindlekrax is?

St. Saviour's Church


On Thursday 14th February, Year 3 visited St. Saviour's Church.  In RE we have been learning about the signs and symbols of Christianity.  After walking there, we met Reverend Brooker and Reverend Peters.  We found the labels telling us the names of the different parts of the church.  Reverend Brooker told us about the symbols of the Holy Communion and why it is so important to Christians.  Reverend Peters explained to us how the colours of the church change during the Christian calendar. 

Mary Anning - Science Week


As part of our Science topic on rocks, soils and fossils we have been learning about the contribution Mary Anning's work has had towards palaeontology ( the study of fossils)


In Mary Anning’s lifetime palaeontology was still a very new field of ideas and theories.

Her major finds included the first Ichthyosaur skull, a complete Plesiosaur skeleton and a partial skeleton of a Pterosaur. 

The area where she collected her fossils is now known as the Jurassic Coast due to the large number of prehistoric sea creatures found in that area.

She also knew to search after a storm as this eroded the rocks. This made it easier to hunt for fossils as they became more exposed.

You can find out more about Mary Anning's life by visiting the following websites:




We have created our own impressions of the fossils which Mary Anning might have found:

Pop Art


As part of our ICT curriculum, we have been manipulating images. We looked at Pop Art and created similar images. Can you guess who the different people are? 

The Terrible Lambton Worm


This week in Literacy, we have started reading our new story 'The Lambton Worm.' 




The story is about Young Lambton who loved a spot of fishing but when he cast his line into the River Wear, he wasn’t expecting his catch to be a fat, slime-strung, squirming worm. And that was just the very beginning of his problems...

The story is a local legend, which is set in the village of Penshaw in Sunderland. To hear the story, you can visit the following websites:






Can you retell the story using the story map?


We created our own models of the Lambton Worm:



This week, we have enjoyed using our new maths resources to learn the 3 times table and to understand the relationship between multiplication and division. We used Numicon, Cuisenaire rods, peg boards and counters to make different arrays.  




We have been looking closely at Kandinsky's picture of concentric circles inside squares.

Color Study. Squares with Concentric Circles (1913)  by Wassily Kandinsky

We used our skills in ICT to experiment with changing backgrounds, colours of circles, textures of circles and outlines of circles. We used these skills to create a calendar for 2019. 

Autumn Treat.


Well done to all of the children in Year 3 who were chosen to take part in the Autumn treat because they displayed their MAGIC powers this term.



This term we have been using Scratch which  is a programming language to create simple games. When using Scratch, we have to  think creatively, work collaboratively and reason systematically.


We used Scratch to create different programs where one sprite moves backwards and forwards across the stage and bounces off the edge and the other sprite follows the mouse pointer. We had to be creative by changing the background and sprites used in the program.


Here are some of our games:


Marvellous Concoctions


We have created our own medicine for Grandma.



Everything went in to the medicine from Lexie's luscious lipstick to Fred's fantastic flea powder to Max's mighty mustard powder.

Afterwards, we wrote a set of instructions to explain how to make the medicine.


After creating our concoctions, we then used role-play to plan the reaction the medicine would have on Grandma.

Armistice Day

At the start of November, we have been learning about the importance of Armistice Day. Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11th November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of World War I. It happened at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.


In year 3, we found out how every person was given a ration book to ensure that food was shared fairly. To make the British weak, the Germans tried to cut off supplies of food and other goods. German submarines attacked many of the ships that brought food to Britain. Bacon, meat, eggs, sugar and butter were all rationed.

Each person was only allowed 1 egg each week so they often used powdered eggs when baking cakes. We followed some old recipes and made jam tarts, scones, gingerbread men and oat biscuits. But we used fresh eggs when we made our treats.

People were encouraged to provide their own food at home. The 'Dig for Victory' campaign was started  and called for every man and woman to keep an allotment. We recreated the posters from jigsaw pieces. Then we created our own propaganda posters based on Dr Carrot and Potato Pete. People were encouraged to grow potatoes as they are full of carbohydrate which gives energy and carrots were grown because they are high in vitamins. 

Insect Spotter's Guide


In Literacy, we are reading George's Marvellous Medicine.

In Chapter 1, Grandma says that George should eat different insects because she finds them 'tasty'. 

We used an ICT program to design our own insect, choosing different heads, abdomens, legs and wings. 


We then created the insect using different modelling materials.

After designing our bug, we wrote a description about it using expanded noun phrases.

Destination Judo


We have enjoyed a visit from Destination Judo this morning.  We know that to be good at Judo you need excellent balance, fast feet and fast hands.  We also know how to safely perform a judo throw.  What a great time we had!





In Science, we have been learning about how some animals  have skeletons (vertebrates) and some animals have no skeletons (invertebrates). We made careful observations of animal skeletons. Can you guess which animal each skeleton belongs to?

Before looking at the bones inside a human body, we made predictions about what our skeleton might look like. On gingerbread men, we used edible cake pens and drew what we thought our skeleton might look like. 
We then researched the names of some of the bones in our body and used straws to create a skeleton looking carefully at the different bones. 



In order to promote reading in our classroom we created some corner bookmarks. We had to listen to and follow a set of instructions to create animal and monster bookmarks. 

Fold a 20 cm piece of square paper in half, bottom corner to top corner.
Fold the bottom-left corner up to the top corner. Repeat with the right corner.
Turn over, then fold the bottom corner – top layer only – up to the top corner.
Unfold your last fold and fold back up, in the other direction, into the pocket.
Make monster facial features (such as eyes, a mouth, a nose, and/or teeth) from your scraps of card stock, and glue them to your bookmark.

Healthy Eating


As part of our Science topic, we have been looking at how food gives us energy, helps us to grow and stay healthy. We found out that proteins help us to grow, carbohydrates give us energy, fruit and vegetables provide us with vitamins to stay healthy and dairy products provide us with calcium to have healthy teeth and bones. We used our knowledge to create a healthy pizza and be able to follow instructions.


Where The Wild Things Are.

This week, we have been reading the story 'Where The Wild Things Are':

We identified the following messages in the book:

We used the book to develop our classroom rules so that we can feel happy and safe in our new classroom. Everybody signed the class charter with their hand print. 

We created some masks of the 'Wild Things' and designed our own Wild Thing so that we could write a description on it.


Our Class Council Members


Lexi and Sean were selected to be our Class Council members. They endeavour to attend all school council meetings and share key messages

Eco Rangers


Ava and Lucas have been selected to be our class Eco Rangers. They aim to make our classroom and school a 'greener' place to be. They will check that paper is placed in the recycling bins and will save electricity by switching off the lights when our classroom is not being used.

Reading Books


Reading books will be given to children at the end of the first week.  We have an expectation at Shotton Primary that children will read at home three times each week.  It would be wonderful if you could share your child's reading book with them throughout the week and comment/sign in their reading diary.  To develop independence, the children are expected to place their reading bags/books in the reading box so that we can change them regularly. 





Homework will generally be given to children on a Thursday and can be returned any time before Wednesday. Homework may include spellings, maths or English activities.  This year, the children have a special Homework book to bring home and look after carefully. On some occasions homework may be set on computers using the program Education City. All children have been given a password and user name to be able to access the program. If children are unable to access the work at home, they will be able to access the work during a lunch time.



Important Days of the Week


PE - Friday afternoon.  Children will require full PE kit: dark shorts/tracksuit bottoms, white PE top, trainers (hoodie/jumper for colder weather). 


Swimming - Tuesday afternoon.

Water bottles and snacks.


Please try and ensure that your child brings a water bottle into school. The water bottles can be refilled during the day. Your child may also wish to bring in a healthy snack which they can eat at break time.