Friday 18th October 2019
What a week! Thank you for all your support this week. It has meant a lot. It's been really lovely to see so many familiar faces again at parent's evening this week and also to meet new ones. Today we have had a Victorian afternoon where the children experienced some of what it would have been like to be a child at school in Victorian times - when St. John's School was first built. Each child was given a Victorian name which in some cases, caused much hilarity - especially during afternoon registration. Victorian handwriting practise in their 'copy books' didn't go down too well with most of the children. They were very good at showing respect when another adult entered the room. They all stood up behind their chairs brilliantly! Wishing you all a lovely half term with your families.
Friday 11th October 2019
This week in Maths we have been continuing our addition and subtraction unit. Today we have been looking at subtracting tens from a 3 digit number. In English we have been writing our own folk tale and today, have been learning how to use speech marks (inverted commas) to punctuate direct speech. In History we have been learning about when our school was built and comparing life for school children then with life for us at school now-a-days. We learnt that it would be unlikely that Mrs Oatridge would be a teacher in Victorian times as she is married and most Victorian school teachers were unmarried. That's why we call teachers Miss. We also compared what lessons were like with today's lessons. The forms of discipline shocked us! We were particularly shocked at the reasons why a child may receive the cane! Congratulations to our Stars of the Week this week - Fraser and Poppy. Well done. We would welcome cake donations this Tuesday 15th October for a cake sale after school in the hall. Have a lovely weekend.
Year 3 History Fact Finding School life when our school was first built
Friday 27th September 2019
This week in Maths we have started a new unit - addition and subtraction. We have been adding and subtracting with multiples of 100 and with 3-digit and 1-digit numbers. In English we have begun to look at Folk Tales, in particular, The Tin Forest. In History we have been looking at old maps of Lytham and making comparisons and connections as well as asking historically valid questions. We used the maps as evidence to make judgments and decisions about how Lytham as a town has developed over hundreds of years. Congratulations to our stars of the week - Ellie-Rose and Theo. Remember, this Sunday 29th September is our Harvest service at St. Cuthbert's Church. The service begins at 10am and we ask that children who are participating arrive at 9:40am. We look forward to seeing you.
Year 3 History comparing old maps of Lytham
Friday 20th September 2019
This week we have been comparing and ordering numbers in Maths and finishing our biographies off in English. In SPaG we have been looking at where to place the comma when using subordinate clauses in sentences. We have busy rehearsing for our Harvest Service at St. Cuthbert's Church on Sunday 29th September which should be a lovely morning. Children to arrive at church at 9:40 am wearing full school uniform. Congratulations to our stars of the week this week who are Orla and Darcey.
Year 3 Using commas to punctuate subordinate clauses
Our Disco in the Dark!
To begin our new Science Topic- Light and Shadows, we had a disco in the dark. We had lots of fun exploring the concepts of light sources and reflectors.
Year 3 Disco in the Dark
Friday 13th September 2019
Another busy week here in Year 3! In Maths the children have been working out problems involving numbers to 1, 000 on a number line and in English they have been researching Shelly Woods as part of their biography work. They have also been looking at the features of a biography such as headings, sub-headings, paragraphs and using conjunctions to form complex sentences. In Science we held a disco! What a fun way to investigate reflective materials. We have also been finding out more about where we live/go to school and have been using OS maps and Google Earth. What a busy week! Congratulations to our Stars of the Week - Zach and Olivia. Have a lovely weekend.
Yr3 There’s no place like home Map work
Welcome to our new Year 3 class and parents!
Friday 6th September 2019
Hello, Welcome back to school and to Year 3! We have had an excellent first week - the class really is delightful. The children have really impressed us with their positive attitude towards their work. We have started our place value Maths unit and looking at biographies in English. Yesterday we talked about how positive words make us feel good and how we all have the ability to 'fill someone's bucket' with a compliment or kind gesture. The children wrote positive comments about each other which we read out. Each child then chose a button (every button is different just like us) and we have made a class button heart picture on canvas. Your children have brought home their spellings today. Please help your child to learn them ready for the following Friday. Please feel free to Dojo us should you have any queries about anything. Have a lovely weekend. Mrs Oatridge and Mrs Taylor
Our Collaborative Art Work, based on The Lake District
We had lots of fun painting!
Lake District Collaborative Art
Ribchester Roman Museum
Year 3 had a brilliant time! They got to wear Roman armour with a helmet and hold a shield and sword. They were all SO heavy. It was a very interesting visit. The children behaved beautifully as always and were a credit to school and their parents.
Year 3 Trip to Ribchester Roman Musuem
Friday 5th July
Yesterday we went out into the garden to look closely at all the different varieties of plants, their different parts and functions.
Year 3 Identifying parts of a plant and learning about their functions.
Nature Rangers 27th June 2019
What a brilliant session we had today. A big thank you to Ted who showed us how to do a quick charcoal burn to create our own charcoal. We then used it to write on the fence (it will wash off) and to draw on to our Nature Rangers banner. We spotted quite a few black caterpillars crawling around near the garden today. We think they will turn into moths.
In the garden we helped water the plants and we noticed how well our onions and french beans are growing. Our potato bed has been a huge success and today we were all able to use a fork or trowel to dig up some fresh potatoes and take one or two home. It was so exciting. Tim showed us the seed potato from which the plant had grown. We learnt that we can't eat that or re-plant it. Helen and Mrs Oatridge helped us to create some natural art on the banner. We mixed mud and painted it on, used wood to print, used the charcoal we had created to draw and used Hapazome (a Japanese art form where you place a leaf or flower under the fabric and tap on top with a pebble) to add a bit of colour. Many of us added a muddy hand print too. We'll continue the banner next session and use some berries. Some of the children described Nature Rangers as the, "best day of my life!" We love being Nature Rangers!
Nature Rangers 27th June 2019
Year 3 PE lesson
Inspired by Sports Day, we went out onto the field today and in groups, we planned out our own obstacle races. We worked as a team, negotiating and listening to each others' ideas. We had lots of fun.
Year 3 PE creating own obstacle races
Park View 4U Longest Day Run Friday 21st June 2019
In our PE lesson today, Year 3 ran as many laps of our school field as we could in support of Park View 4U. Park View 4U is 15 years old this year and are hoping to raise £150 000 to help toward the maintenance and upkeep of this wonderful facility. Representatives from the park came down and in 25 minutes we collectively ran a total of 368 laps of the field. AMAZING! This equates to over two marathons! We had so much fun. Thank you to Park View and to Shelley Woods for coming down to see us.
Park View 4U Longest Day Run Year 3
Year 3 Sports Day Thursday 20th June 2019
The sun shone through and a brilliant day was had by all. The children were absolutely wonderful and we were so proud of the way that they tried their best but also encouraged and supported each other. Thank you all you support too.
Year 3 Sports Day
Week ending Friday 24th May
We all went outside to the orchard today to watch the owl be carved into a tree stump. It was amazing to see it take form. A big thank you to Mrs Joyner who arranged for this lovely addition to our garden and orchard area and to Rolande Chainsaw Carver for creating it. Scrumpy the owl will happily watch over our garden.
Y3 Owl carving
Week ending Friday 17th May 2019
This week we have been studying how people in the Iron Age lived as part of our work on life in Britain before the Romans came. We looked in more detail at Celtic Roundhouses - how they were constructed and from which materials and at what daily life would have been like for Britons in this period.
We each chose a job role from a choice of 12 from the time. We had to find the other people in our class with the same job title. Around the classroom were 12 job descriptions and we spent 10 minutes getting to know our job role in more detail. Then the whole class went outside and sat around a pretend central fire - just as people did in their roundhouses.
Just then a time traveller appeared! The time traveller wanted to know which period in history she had landed in and she asked us lots of questions. Each group told her all about their job role. Some of us even acted out our job to show her. It was lots of fun!
Year 3 Iron Age Jobs
We then produced a poster outlining our job/craft. We worked in our pairs or small groups and each took on a different aspect of the poster.
- title (name of job or craft),
- illustration(s) with labels,
- a paragraph of writing about the job,
- A list of reasons why this job is important to the tribe.
Year 3 Iron Age job/craft posters
Week ending 10th May 2019
This afternoon we went outside for the last 15 minutes of the day and enjoyed some class 'together time'. We had a drink and a biscuit and listened to some of our friends tell us some interesting news. We work so hard and feel it's important to have time like this together when we can.
Year 3 Together Time
We have spent time looking at examples of Roman mosaics and then creating our own. We thought carefully about the pictures or patterns that we wanted to recreate. We are very proud of our mosaics and they are displayed outside our classroom for the whole school to see.
Year 3 Roman Mosaics
Year 3 Science Magnetism
Exploring and investigating magnets
We have had lots of fun finding out all about magnets. We have learnt that not all metals are magnetic and that magnets are different shapes, sizes and strengths. Some of us discovered that magnets have a magnetic field around them and do not actually have to make contact with another magnetic object in order to exert a force. We have been using key vocabulary such as the north pole, south pole, attract, repel, magnetic and force. We learnt how the Earth has a magnetic field around it and we were challenged to think what might happen if there was no magnetism in the world. We had lots of fun!
Year 3 Visit from our French friend Estelle.
Week ending Friday 3rd May 2019
A visit from Estelle
What a busy and lovely week we have had in Year 3! On Thursday we had a visit from Estelle. Estelle is the Granddaughter of Dr Hayes, one of our school governors. Estelle visited last year and we were delighted that she was able to visit our school again. The children were able to ask Estelle many different questions in French and hear Estelle's response in both French and English. They were particularly interested in how school life in Paris differs to school life in Lytham. Estelle doesn't have to wear a school uniform! Estelle also brought us in some magazines which showed pictures of the recent fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and she spoke about how they could see the smoke rising. Thank you very much Estelle for visiting. We wish you a safe journey home and can't wait for you to visit us again.
Week ending Friday 26th April 2019
It's been lovely to welcome the children back and to hear all about how they have spent their time in the holidays. We've had a busy first week of the summer term. In Maths, we have been comparing, converting and adding lengths. Many of the children have found this a bit tricky so we are going to repeat some of this work again at the start of next week, for further practise and reinforcement. In English we have been studying the features of a diary entry and have been planning and writing our own based upon a day in the school holidays. Ask us what features you will find in diary writing - we can tell you!
We are very much looking forward to getting underway with our topic on the Romans. The curriculum over view for this term and the homework project sheet will both be sent home early next week.
Well done to our Stars of the Week, Bea and Anna.
Tomorrow is Ground Force Day (Saturday 27th April 12-2pm) in the school garden. Please come along for some or for all of the session if you can make it. Bring the children too. There are always jobs to be done and there are usually treats to be had to keep your strength up! Have a lovely weekend.
Week commencing 25th March
Visit from Reverend Adam
On Wednesday, Reverend Adam came into class to talk to us about Holy Week. It was so interesting to hear what he had to say and he was very impressed with our knowledge, comments and questions. Thank you Reverend Adam for giving up your time to come and see us.
Year 3 Reverend Adam visit for Holy Week
Iron Man Art
This week our fabulous Iron Man inspired art work went up on display for all to admire. We used a range of different media to produce these effective pictures. Some of use tried to produce a 3D image. We are looking forward to our Mums and Dads seeing them next week at Parents' Evening.
Year 3 Iron Man Art
Year 3 Iron Man Art
Friday 22nd March
Our Iron Man experiment
What does Iron Man eat for breakfast?
Today we started thinking about what we know about non-contact forces and what we would like to find out. We carried out an investigation to answer the question ‘Which cereal has the most iron in it and therefore the better one for us?’ We looked at the packaging of some cereals, particularly the nutrition table. This helped us with our predictions.
When it came to carrying out the experiment we had planned, not everything went to plan, but we had great fun! We then discussed and evaluated what we could improve/change if we were to repeat the experiment.
Year 3 Science The Iron Man experiment
On Thursday some of the children cme to school wearing funny or odd socks to raise awareness for Down's Syndrome. We love wearing funny socks to school!
Bog Eyed Jog Wednesday 20th March
Today we jogged 4 laps of the playground dressed in our pyjamas to raise funds for the PTFA! Afterwards we enjoyed toast and a drink in the hall. Thank you for all your support in collecting sponsorship money. It is very much appreciated. A big thank you to the PTFA for organising this fun event.
British Science Week
Today, as part of British Science week, we had a science day focusing on the theme ‘Journeys’.
We looked at and discussed what some insects, birds and an aeroplane have in common – WINGS!
We discussed the design of an eagle’s wing compared to an aeroplane’s wing. We noticed that an eagle’s wings are long and wide and help the bird to glide.
We then had a go at making our own hoop gliders. We tested how far our gliders would fly and compared the distance with a friend's glider. We then changed one variable and tested how far our gliders could then fly. It was so much fun!
Year 3 Science Day
World Book Day
We had so much fun dressing up for World Book Day and celebrating our love of books. We took part in some brilliant activities. Look and see!
Year 3 World Book Day
Design Technology- Levers and Linkages
Focused Practical Tasks
We have been practising how to make things move using different mechanisms. We had to measure using centimetres and then cut pieces of card. We used split pins to join strips of card together. We had to follow instructions carefully to make our moving pictures. It was quite tricky!
Year 3 Mechanisms
Yesterday and today we have been learning all about Stonehenge. We thought about how the people of the Neolithic period could have transported the stones and then we watched a video all about it. We used Google Earth to look closely at Stonehenge. We have used atlases and online maps to locate where Stonehenge is located and the name of the nearest river. We also locate West Wales and the Preseli Hills where the Bluestones used at Stonehenge are said to have come from.
Have a lovely half term!
Year 3 How was Stonehenge constructed?
Romeo and Juliet Workshop with Jo and our Shakespeare ambassadors
Today we thoroughly enjoyed taking part in a Romeo and Juliet workshop. We learnt a little about the story -
SPOILER ALERT! It's a tragedy and doesn't have a happy ending for Romeo or Juliet!
We enjoyed acting out part of the script in different ways and using different techniques such as freeze framing. A huge thank you to Charlotte, Aston and Chloe our Shakespeare learning ambassadors who led the session so well and to the mummies, daddies and grandparents who came along and took part so well too.
Your child should have brought home a leaflet about the show at The Grand Theatre Blackpool but more information can also be found on The Grand's website.
Year 3 Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet workshop with Jo
Yoga with Little Yoggies
On Thursday we were lucky enough to have Chelsea from Little Yoggies come into school to teach us some Yoga. We learnt about the origins and Yoga and as well as some of the movements. We learnt about the importance of listening, being quiet and relaxing our bodies and minds. Thank you Chelsea, we had lots of fun! Look at how well we can stretch and balance!
Year 3 Yoga
Dan Worsley's Writing Workshop
Dan Worsley's Writing Workshop Year 3
Friday 1st February 2019
Today has been so much fun! We have been moving to the BBC Super Movers and been on an addition number hunt. Some of us also completed a greater than and less than maze. The highlight of the day was Teachers v Kids multiplication and division. Anna was the quiz master and Oscar the score keeper. Well done to the children who beat the teachers 7-5. Well done children! Better luck next time teachers!
Year 3 Number Day
On Wednesday we had a Samba session with Gary Fox. It was so much fun!
WW1 Remembrance Silhouette Stained Glass Windows
As part of our work on Remembrance and WW1 the children have printed images onto OHP films and used tissue paper and PVA glue to create a colourful stained glass window effect. We are really pleased with how they are looking so far. We are letting them dry over the weekend and will post photographs of the finished pictures next week.
Y3 WW1 Remembrance Silhouettes
Children in Need.
We all had a fantastic day in school welcoming the rickshaw and Pudsey Bear. Thank you for all of your effort and contributions for the cake stall.
Y3 Children In Need
Our Shakespeare Workshop
Year 3 have been using OS maps to investigate the local area.
Year 3 Blue Moose Dance Workshop
Blue Moose Dance Year 3
Year 3 Quidditch Practice
Quidditch Year 3
Year 3 have been retelling the story of Sarah and Abraham. The children rehearsed, directed and filmed their own group.
Year 3 RE
Year 3 have been writing some Harvest prayers this week. They are now proudly on display in church ready for this year's Harvest Service.
Y3 Harvest Prayers
Year three visited the Harris Museum in Preston this week. The children behaved beautifully and were a credit to our school. We enjoyed finding out about bronze sculptures and then making our own sculptures from clay. We also spent some time in the discovery room completing a 'time explorers challenge trail'. We loved visiting the museum shop to spend our money and all children showed excellent Maths skills! We had such a lovely day and hope you enjoy looking at our photographs.
Trip to the Harris Museum
Look at our fantastic display of persuasive posters to advertise Chitty Chitty BANG BANG!
Chitty Chitty BANG BANG display!
We had a fantastic week in Year 3 during MADD (music, art, drama and dance) week. All our activities were linked to the musical 'Chitty, Chitty BANG BANG'. We acted out the story with Mrs Cleasby, sang the songs, performed dances from the show and created t-shirts with sweets designs. We were also visited by the Lytham Arts Society who helped us design and create fabric bunting. What a great week!
MAD week in Year 3
Today, Year 3 were visited by Alan and Stuart from Urban Organics who helped us to design and create a living willow-cross! It was so much fun and we are very proud of it. We are going to take very good care of it as it is very special to us and we love that we can see it every time we look out of our classroom windows. Thank you so much Alan and Stuart and to the parents who joined in and helped us!
Year 3 had a fantastic morning enjoying the 'Thy Kingdom Come' prayer activities. We prayed for our families, our school and the whole world!
Year 3 prayer activities
We have started reading a new class novel this week: Mr Stink! We are enjoying how funny the characters and the story are. Year 3 LOVE David Walliams' books!
Mr Stink by David Walliams
Year 3 have been making and labelling skeletons in groups!
Year 3 Skeletons!
Faith Week – Year 3 Purim
In Year 3 we found out lots of interesting information about the Jewish celebration of ‘Purim’. We read all about the ‘Story of Esther’ and created a storyboard. We also made our own Hamantaschen biscuits. We found out about all the different traditions involved with Purim and at the end of the week, we presented our work to Year 5.