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Welcome to Year 3 


Mrs Ord, Miss Bratton and Mr Henderson


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We have lots of fun in year 3!

Take a scroll below to see what we've been up to so far, in the 22/23 academic year.

In Art, we have been learning about different sketching techniques like hatching, cross-hatching, feathering, scrumbling and stippling.

Today, we explored a program called Scratch to find out more about coding. We created the instructions to make our sprite (character) draw when directed. We sequenced the blocks of code using our toolkit. Dylan and Reuben had to fix a bug in their code and showed great resilience to rectify the issue.

Reuben stated, "It was tricky but we did not give up! We liked the masterpiece we created using our code."

Dylan said, "We had a problem however we managed to fix it together."

We have been writing informal letters as a piece of school equipment that has been mistreated by the class. The children enjoyed this very much! We worked on apostrophes for contractions, informal tone and paragraphs

In ICT, we have started coding, using The children really enjoyed this and got a certificate at the end for participating in an hour of code.

As part of our Y3 Local History study, we were trying to answer the question: Who helped Hartlepool grow? As part of our enquiry, we invited some local Historians in to share some sources of information. We used these sources to find out more about Ralph Ward Jackson and Sir William Grey and how they helped shape Hartlepool. We enjoyed using our inference skills to form our own predictions of the past using lots of historical artefacts from Victorians times. As a special surprise, we even studied some exhibits from the natural world such as fossils and preserved creatures.

We created Ralph Ward Jackson biographies, in the form of a fact file. Look at our amazing writing!

As part of our DT project we carried out a functionality test to explore which materials and joins are most suitable to help us create a Christmas present holder. We decided stitching was the most appropriate type of join and designed our holders to ensure they were fit for purpose for our intended user. Take a look at us in action!

Look at our fabulous displays!

Look at our plant experiments!


Interestingly we noticed that the 2 seeds we are watering with 20ml of water are both sprouting!

We also looked at water transport in flowers, using flower dye.



Anti-Bullying week 2022

On Monday November 14th we wore odd socks to celebrate our differences.

We took part in a BBC live assembly exploring what bullying is.

We have acted out scenarios that we have created and discussed the role of a witness, as well as the positive and negative impact a witness. We have lots of activities planned this week.

Today we took part in a two minute silence to show respect to the selfless actions of our service men and women who have fought bravely for us. We joined a live assembly with other schools around the UK and heard different stories from people affected by war (hosted by the Royal British Legion).


Francesca: I feel proud of people who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and I feel very grateful.


Noah: I feel happy that people get the help they need from the charity like me.


Freya: It is important we give up two minutes of our day to appreciate the sacrifices made by people and remember them.

We used an atlas to compare the features of two different countries. We each individually made notes on our own comparisons then fed this information back to the class and came up with a class list of the comparisons and information we had.

We are learning to sew for our upcoming DT project. We have been practising threading a needle, tying a knot and running stitch

We are exploring conditions for plant growth. We used question stem cards to ask questions: 

Can seeds grow without soil?

Will a seed grow without sunlight?

If a seed has too much/too little water, what will happen?


We set up investigations to answer our questions.

As part of our Geography topic, we looked at the question - 'Why do people live and work near volcanoes?' We discussed the pros and cons of living and working near a volcano and turned our findings into a fact file on Purple Mash. We included lots of interesting facts and images.

We created volcano sculptures, linking to our geography topic. When we had finished we evaluated our own and each other's.

Canoe Round - Ostinato and Drone

We love singing!  In Music lesson we have been learning 'Hall of Fame' by The Script and Will.I.Am.  The song helped us think about what we would like to be famous for.  How about you?  What do you want to be famous for?

The Script - Hall Of Fame Lyric Video

We are enjoying using the atlases to complete our passports. Our passports have maps of Europe and we have to locate specific countries, identify their capital city and colour the flag.

We will be learning about the Sikh faith in RE this half term. We explored some objects linked to the religion and used our inference skills to suggest what and when they might be used. We really enjoyed this and found it very interesting. The children had lots of questions that we will being to explore.

Today we enjoyed learning about pitch using a percussion instrument called Waka Tubes. Take a look at us in action!

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We learned about Sikh beliefs and the main teachings of the 10 Gurus.

Here are some more photo's from our evasive games unit.

We have been exploring different types of seeds and generated our own questions about what we want to learn more about. This has helped us begin to think about what investigations we could set up to help us answer our questions.

We have earned head teachers awards from Mrs Darby for our hard work and amazing progress in such a short time in Year 3

In P.S.H.E we have been discussing cooperation and what this looks like in everyday life. We worked on our teamwork skills to solve puzzles in silence and evaluated what we found difficult and how we could improve. 

We have been exploring different ways to represent numbers and used pictorial representations to add and subtract 1,10 and 100.

We have been playing evasive games in P.E

During our science lesson we went exploring for plants. We found lots and some were in unexpected places. We had lots of questions and will be investigating some of these to answer our questions. 

We have been exploring number bonds using part-whole models and using equipment to help us share our understanding.

In maths we have been exploring place value using the dienes.

We have enjoyed choosing and reading books from the school library.

We have lots of fun in year 3!

Take a scroll below to see what we've been up to so far, in the 21/22 academic year.

Some of our children attended a sports even at Seaton cricket club today.

We had an amazing trip to John Whitehead Park and then went to see Dinosaur World at Billingham Forum. We even got to stroke one of the dinosaurs!

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Some of our children went to a tri-golf event and had lots of fun!

Today we were lucky to sit and talk with our school governor Mr Vale. He used to be an engineer before he retired and told us some interesting facts about being an engineer. His favourite part was the drawing! He almost didn't make it as an engineer due to a tragic accident but he didn't let that get in the way of his dreams! He spoke to us about resilience and told us that no matter what, we can be whatever we put our minds to. He was very inspiring and now lots of us want to be future engineers. Thank you Mr Vale!

We have been sending and receiving emails this term and replying to each other. We decided to send emails as the rainbow snake, telling his story informally. We added picture attachments. Here are some examples:

Mental Health Week


Mental health week was such a busy week; we had sports day (which was amazing) and we started our 'Mission to Mars' project. We found time to reflect, luckily! In Literacy, we explored poetry and the power of friendship. We created this class poem to celebrate friendship:

Having you as a friend keeps my mind healthy,

When you’re nervous come and tell me,

If you’re ever feeling blue,

Give a hug to whoever loves you,

A smile to others can go a long way,

And that smile could change someone’s unhappy day,

I will always lend you my ear,

So don’t forget that I am always here,

I will work hard so our friendship never ends,

Our minds would be so unhealthy without good friends!


We created some acrostic poems and some limericks for giggles. We finished the week by removing our shoes and laying on the grass, watching the world go by and looking for shapes in the clouds. We can't wait to do it again!

We had a fabulous sports day and enjoyed having our families in school to watch this year. Brooke was unable to participate this year due to a broken wrist but she did a great job as photographer and videographer!

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In DT, we have been exploring strengthening structures using different techniques: laminating, ribbed and corrugation. We explored existing products that use these techniques.

We have been exploring light and shadows using different materials in science this week. We sorted the materials into transparent, translucent and opaque.

We have been practising throwing and catching skills in our games unit of PE, using a rugby ball.

As part of our jubilee celebrations, we enjoyed an afternoon tea in class. In computing, to help us prepare for our party, we used the laptops to research what items we would need, the quantity and costings.

We challenged ourselves to complete a variety of sporting activities within a 70 second time frame in honour of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. We were resilient and tried our best to beat our scores each time.

As part of our Jubilee celebrations, we enjoyed playing games on the yard and singing God Save the Queen and other songs with our school choir.

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Today, we set out on an adventure to learn about the different types of crossings there are to help us cross the road safely. We learnt some top tips and now feel much safer around the roads!

We were lucky enough to be visited by a table tennis coach to try out a taster of this fun sport. We practised some skills and enjoyed playing some games as well.

We have been practising our evasive skills and throwing and catching in relation to tag rugby. Take a look at us in action!

In Maths we have been completing a unit on angles. We went hunting for right angles around school.

In ICT we have been using excel spreadsheets to solve the riddle and find Harry. Some of us were so good that we extended to using formulae in a spreadsheet to work out times table facts for us.

Today, we practised life-saving skills that could help in an emergency situation such as the recovery position, serious bleeding and D.R.S.A.B.C. Take a look at us role playing different scenarios. 

We have been learning the steel pan drums with our music coach.

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Well done to the Easter raffle winners in Mrs Ord's class!

We have been exploring the school to find examples of 3D shapes in real life. Look how many we found!

In RE, we have been learning about the importance of Palm Sunday to Christians and the things they do in preparation for Easter Sunday. We made palm crosses out of paper following a tutorial. We found it tricky but we persevered!

As part of our intercultural understanding strand in French and our non-fiction unit in literacy, we created fact files about France. We are very proud of our work and think they look absolutely fabulous!                         

Body Percussion

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We have been learning about different sounds we can make with our bodies. Please check out this video of us in action! Could you try complete this challenge?

Singing always brightens our day!

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We have started playing tuned percussion instruments with our music coach. We thoroughly enjoyed playing the steel pan drums.

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In ICT we have been learning how to code. We all completed one hour of code on the website and got a certificate!

In Design technology, we designed a soup following a brief. We then peeled and chopped vegetables using the bridge and claw techniques. Once our vegetables were prepared, we made a tasty soup and enjoyed it with a slice of bread and butter.

Red Nose Day 2022

Well done to Tommy and Maymuna who received a golden sticker from Mrs Darby for their fantastic story writing!

We took part in a tennis tournament and came 3rd! As you can see, we are very proud.

In PE, we have been exploring leaps and balances. 

We enjoyed creating Stone Age art, using pencil and charcoal. We propped our sketch books up against our chairs so that it was like drawing on the cave walls. We had so much fun!

In Design & Technology, we have begun exploring existing products that provide a nutritious meal. We tasted three different types of soup and completed a taste evaluation.

We have celebrated World Book Day 2022 in class and have enjoyed sharing our favourite fiction and non-fiction books. We decided to dress up as some of our favourite characters. How many do you recognise?

We have been using timelines in History, this half term. In this lesson we  looked at the Stone Age through to the Iron Age and answered questions using the timeline to support us.

We have been learning about the signs and symbols of Christianity in this term's RE. We designed symbols to represent ourselves.

Safer Internet Day

We created posters reminding children and adults to stay safe online. We discussed the topic from safer internet day 'respect and relationships online'. The messages the children found were important were: being kind to show respect and to only have relationships with people you know.

In PSHE, we have been looking at setting goals for ourselves. We looked at different types of learners and discussed SMART targets. We tried really hard to set specific goals that were achievable. 

The focus of British Science Week this year is growth. We have been exploring the human body and nutrition and finding out how this helps us grow and be healthy.

All medicines are drugs but not all drugs are medicines!

This has been a key message in this unit of PSHE. We have explored the meaning of the word drugs and some of the effects of legal drugs. 

This week in P.E, we put our new tennis skills to the test in some small game situations. Take a look at us having a rally!

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We have been combining ICT with Music and using a program within Purple Mash to compose our own music- these are some of our compositions.

In our Y3 Local History study, we are trying to answer the question: Who helped Hartlepool grow? As part of our investigation, we invited some local Historians in to share some sources of information. We used these sources to find out more about Ralph Ward Jackson and Sir William Grey. Take a look at us in action!