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Welcome to Year 3 


Mrs Ord, Miss Bratton and Mr Henderson


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If you require any additional information regarding our curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or a member of the Leadership Team.

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.

We have all 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!

We are very lucky to have a local tennis coach working with us on our tennis skills. We are excited to take part in a local competition against other primary schools showing off our amazing tennis skills. Take a look at us practising some hand-eye coordination games. We played an egg and spoon race, throwing and batting to a target and even worked on team building skills.

Our Literacy topic, Mythical beasts and Dragons was so much fun! We were so lucky to visit Darlington Hippodrome and watch a performance of 'Mythical Beasts and Dragons' This inspired us and sparked our imaginations to create our own beasts and write all about them. We created character and setting descriptions and wrote story endings.

In RE, we have been learning about the Sikh faith. We have explored important symbols and practises that Sikhs have. We have also learned about the 10 Gurus and Gurdwara.

In DT, we designed and made a bag to hold small presents. We were given a design criteria to help us design our product. We looked at existing 'present holders' and explored different shapes and designs. We practised our sewing skills and were really proud of what we each created!

In music, we have been learning about notation, rhythm and have experimented playing different musical instruments. Here we are enjoying practising our skills on the ukulele and the drums.

Welcome to Ninja School! We have been learning about the features of non- chronological reports and applied this to our own writing. We looked at school brochures for our own school and other schools in the UK. We looked at sub-headings and talked about our target audience. We designed our own Ninja Schools and created a brochure to give information about our Ninja schools keeping our audience in mind. We were really excited and proud of our creations!

We have been practising our dribbling skills in hockey and have applied them to small game situations. Look at how hard we have worked on improving our amazing control.

In French, we have been learning how to read and say colours.

We have been learning French greetings. Here are some photos of us practising and some videos below

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We have been practising some greetings in French.

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We have been exploring place value in Maths and practising our times tables.

We have been practising our co-ordination skills in PE

We had a visit from Teesmouth field centre to do some science work with us. During the visit we explored rocks and compared and grouped together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. We also carried out an investigation that helped us recognise soils are made from rocks and organic matter. We worked scientifically by using a hand lens to help us identify and classify rocks according to whether they have grains or crystals, and whether they have fossils in them.

We took part in a Remembrance Zoom call with a former Army soldier. We listened to stories and poems from World War 1 and took part in a 2 minutes silence at 11 am to show our respect to soldiers past and present and their sacrifices. 

In Science, we asked questions about plants and set up our own investigations to begin to answer them. It was interesting to see that the seed we did not water grew but it died shortly after. It was also very exciting to see the seed we kept in darkness grew a lot taller than the others but it was white in colour. We had lots of discussions about what we thought was happening and why. We really enjoyed seeing water being transported around flowers.

We have been learning about volcanoes in Geography and decided it would be a fantastic idea to create our own volcano sculptures using junk modelling materials. We really enjoyed ourselves. It was great fun!