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Year 3

Stone Age Living Musuem Invite to parents and carers



Welcome to Year 3!


Newton Class is being taught by Mr Abbott and Ford Class is being taught by Miss Cartwright.


The teachers are supported in Year 3 by a terrific team - Mrs Mitchell (Newton), Miss Froggett (Ford) and Mrs Ollerhead (Ford).


We are all really excited to welcome all of the students into Year 3 for an exciting journey ahead, with lots of new challenges and new opportunities enabling them to be curious and explore new and exciting projects.



Mr McBride has given the Year 3s a challenge to design and make their own magnetic board game to be used for lunch times. During the project, the children will be using an iterative progress for designing and making their board games following a specific design criteria developed using research and evaluating current board games. Throughout this process, the children will be writing a DT manual to explain the designing and making process and publishing a rules and instructions leaflet to accompany their board games. To allow their board games to be successful, they will be learning about forces and investigating magnets; exploring different types of magnets and magnetic materials. They will showcase their board games at a gaming convention which will allow parents and pupils to experience the pleasure of playing their amazing and unique board games. This will be held on Thursday 19th December 2019 from 2pm—4pm.


Home Learning

Children to create a blog reviewing any board game. This could be a vlog, an unboxing of the board game and a play through. Please if you have any questions about the homework, come and speak to your child’s class teacher.

Due in: Friday 13th December 2019


The children will continue to get weekly spellings and timetable practice. Spellings will be put into your child’s diary every Friday to be tested on the following Thursday. Times tables will also be tested on Thursday.


We also ask that you please read with your child at least 3 times a week and sign your child’s home school diary.



This half term our PE sessions will be held on a Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, it will be led by the class teacher and we will be looking at invasion games, focusing on hockey. On Friday, the children will be doing Dance with Mr Bridle. We recommend children keep their PE kit in school all week in case of any last minute changes. As it is winter time, please can children bring in warm sports wear as we will be going outside.


Listen 2 Me

Year 3 are very fortunate this year to be taught Music by Hampshire Music service. Music will be every Friday taught by Mrs Gooding. We will continuing to learn African Percussion. At the end of the Autumn term a concert will be organised for parents and families to attend. The concert will be held in the school hall on Friday 20th December and the performance will start at 9.45am.


Forest School

Forest School sessions will be continuing this half term with our Forest School specialist Mrs Fisher and Mrs Arnold. Our Forest School session will be on every Friday morning. As Forest School will be taught in the morning, children are allowed to arrive at school in forest school kit but must get changed back into school uniform after their lesson.


Other information

Just a reminder the reading challenge is underway, your children has been given a reading challenge sheet to complete. If children complete the challenge at the end of the academic year they will receive a certificate and be entered into a prize draw. So lets get reading!


Also, we will be putting log in details in your child’s school diary for Oxford Reading Buddy and Times Table Rock Stars. This is an online resource your child is using at school to support reading and times tables. Your child can use their log in details at home so they can continue practicing.


Lastly, Parents and Guardians, please if you have any concerns or questions your first port of call is your child’s class teacher. If the class teacher is unable to help then you must speak to the Year Lead. After that, this could be passed to a member of SLT and then the Deputy Head or Head Teacher.


Dates for the diary

15th November - Christmas card design order deadline

15th November - Children in Need Day

18th November  2019 - INSET DAY 3

19th November 2019 - Parents Evening (3.30-7.00)

21st November 2019 - Parents Evening (3.30-5.30)

4th December 2019 - Christmas Fayre

Details coming soon.....

9th December - Start of secret wrapping

12th December - Carols by candle light

13th December 2019 - Christmas lunch / Jumper day

19th December 2019 - Gaming Extravaganza! Year 3 Project Outcome - Gaming convention.

20th December 2019 - Ford and Newton Music Concert at 9.45am

14th February 2020 - INSET DAY 4

1st June 2020 - INSET DAY 5

The Age of Bronze

Author Visit


Today, Year 3 enjoyed a visit from an author, Paul Nolan, who delivered a history and writing workshop.

The history workshop gave the children the opportunity to work together and make 'foam'henge. They worked as a team to build foamhenge using the techniques that the Neolithic people would have used.


During the writing workshop, the children performed a section of the story, 'The Age of Bronze' and then were able to plan and write their own Stone Age stories.


All children really enjoyed the visit and it has allowed them to have a better understanding of how Neolithic people lived and the types of equipment that would have been used in the Stone Age.


Stonehenge Trip


Year 3 visited Stonehenge for their school trip this year, linked to our Stone Age project. It was a very successful day and the children were extremely engaged and enthusiastic throughout the day.

The children took part in a Neolithic life workshop where they looked at how Stonehenge was built, different artefacts that were found, how they made rope, fences and houses and also got to make flour by crushing wheat with a large stone.

The children were fascinated when walking around the stones because of how large they were. All children enjoyed the whole day and the weather even held off which was great!

Every child did Endeavour proud and this trip will remain a highlight of Year 3.


Stone Age Jewellery


This week Year 3 have designed and made their own Stone Age necklaces using clay. They have really enjoyed making the necklaces for our project. We cannot wait to show them off at our living museum!



Stone Age Living Museum


Last week, Ford and Newton were very busy preparing for their Stone Age Living Museum. The Living Museum was on Thursday and was a great success. Parents and Carers gave the children fantastic feedback.

The Year 3 team are immensely proud of how well the children demonstrated to their families how much they had learnt.

We are all very much looking forward to starting our next project.