Monthly Archives: May, 2019

Happy Half Term

Although it was only a short half of the term, we have certainly packed in lots of learning!

We had a very successful (and hot) walk to the church on Tuesday to celebrate Mass at Sacred Heart Church.  Thank you to all the helpers who were able to walk with the children to the church and those who were able to attend and celebrate Mass with us.

We have enjoyed learning about Boudicca in our history lessons. We learnt who she was, why she was represented in different ways, and had a go at addressing the Celts as Boudicca to give an inspirational speech. We have also looked at the Roman army that she faced and some of the tactics that the Roman Army used when fighting.

SUMDOG challenge: There is a challenge on Sumdog which runs until Monday 3rd June. Can you collect the most coins?  There is a leader board for the top 15 children in the year group.  Can you break into the top 10??

Have a brilliant and restful half term break.  Let’s hope the sun shines for some of it.

Team Three


Mental Health Awareness Week


We hope that you have all had a good week so far. As part of Mental Health awareness week, the children took part in an assembly which taught them all about the importance of expressing their feelings and listening to others who wish to share their worries or concerns. The children then took part in a Q&A session and were very mature in their responses, having a clear understanding that it is important to see an adult should they seek additional help. On Friday 17th May 2019, Year Three also took part in a Shakespeare drama workshop with a children’s theatre company. They had a fantastic time taking part in games and freeze-frame activities. Please see the photos below…

In Maths, the children have been working on addition and subtraction. They have shown true commitment when solving a series of Dragon problems by using an expanded column method. We were impressed by the children’s use of multiple representations (bar model, part-part whole model, pictures and number lines) to demonstrate their understanding of each number sentence at a deeper level. Well done Year Three! As the week progressed, the children then had an opportunity to work in groups through a series of carousel activities about equivalent fractions and fractions of an amount. This revision session enabled the children to engage in various tasks (dominoes, flash cards, equivalence bars, fraction walls) that involved the addition and subtraction of fractions. Please see the photos below…

In English, the children have been learning about newspaper articles and have been learning about the purpose, audience and layout of particular newspaper reports. During the week, the children were given the opportunity to explore a range of news articles, to identify which features had been used in order to provide more information to the reader. Particular features we have been learning about (that add detail to an article) include headlines, subheadings, by-lines, captions, introductions, conclusions and contact details. The children particularly enjoyed working in table groups to see which features they could find. Please see the photos below…

Next week, we are looking forward to celebrating our Easter service at Sacred Heart church on Tuesday 21st May 2019. If you would like to join our walk to the church, we would be very grateful! Please contact the school office.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Miss Honeywell, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Sumba

A Dragon? In School? Could it be?

On Tuesday the children arrived back from there bank holiday weekend to find that while they had be gone we had had a break in in one of the Year 3 classrooms!!

The children were set the task to find out exactly what had happened and so explored the scene, making notes and asking questions.

On Friday, we were lucky enough to speak to some of the key witnesses about the events and started to think about how these events unfolded.  We got to speak to Mr Cunningham, Mr Chapman, Mrs Walls – A Dragon Scientist, and Mrs Phillips – a local neighbour.  The children will be collating all the information and writing a newspaper report on the Dragon spotted in Waterlooville.  We will be taking our reports to Waterlooville Library later in the term to share.  We will be asking for parent volunteers to help us walk to the church.

In other news, this week in Maths the children have been solving Dragon related problems involving addition and subtraction.  We have been very impressed with the way that they have been working this week and so hope this continues into the following week.

The Spelling homework for this week will be focusing on spelling words from the Y3/4 list.  Don’t forget to also practise your times tables and have a go on Sumdog!

Team Year 3

Busy bees!


We hope you have all had a pleasant week so far.

This week, the children have been publishing and editing their Slave Diary entries. We were amazed by the children’s use of dialogue, 5W detail (who, what, where, when, why), possessive apostrophes and fronted adverbials. Well done, Year Three! Next week in English, we look forward to staring our new unit of learning on writing a Dragon Newspaper article. The children are going to find a surprise in their classroom and are going to be our school news reporters as they find out more about the events from key witnesses…

In Maths, Year Three have been learning how to tell the time. We have been working on the following: telling time to the nearest hour, half an hour, quarter past/to, nearest 5 minutes and 1 minute. The children have demonstrated a tremendous amount of commitment and critical thinking this week, particularly when they were given a set of interval problems to solve e.g. If I start to watch a film at 2.45pm and the film lasts 1 hour 15 minutes, what time will I leave the cinema? Have a go this weekend at creating some of your own time problems for a friend to solve. Can you think of a problem where you have to work backwards and subtract the amount of time away? For example, If I left the supermarket at 3.45pm and had spent 35 minutes doing my shopping, what time must I have arrived at the supermarket? 

We hope to see lots of children attending the Y3/4 Silent Disco and having a fun time with their friends after school, tomorrow. We also look forward to taking part in a drama session about Global Warming on Friday 17th May 2019, as well as attending our Y3/4 Mass at Sacred Heart Church and taking part in school photo day (both on Tuesday 21st May 2019).

We hope you all have a brilliant weekend,

Miss Honeywell, Mrs Stewart and Mrs Sumba