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Spring newsletter

From all of the Year 3 team, we trust that you had a good Christmas and would like to wish you all a very happy new year!


It is good to see all of the children back and ready to work hard. We have attached our spring newsletter which gives you an insight of what to expect over the coming term. As ever, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to call in and see one of the team or contact us using the Dojo system. 

Kangaroo Class - extended homework project.
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Dear Parents and Pupils,

Our first homework project is now set!

The children have been asked to research their class animal – Kangaroo, and present their findings in their chosen format, for example; paper leaflet, poster, fact file, models, PowerPoint presentation or even a video blog! This should be handed in on Monday 8th October. These extended projects are meant to be a joint effort (if at all possible) between the child and an adult at home and are not competitions!

Kangaroo Class have a class assembly on 11th October and the children’s work will be shared then.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me.

Thanks and enjoy!

Mrs Key

Welcome to our year 3 page - we hope that you had all had a great summer!

Our class info letters are attached for you to read, but if you should have any further questions please do call in and see us. There is a 'meet the teacher' on Tuesday 11th September straight after school. This is an informal meeting and will last around 20 minutes. Of course, you can message us using Dojo too. 

We are trialing a new system with Dojo this term. The children can save their points up and spend them in the new Dojo shop! Dojos can be earned for a variety of reasons, including 'Outstanding Learning', 'Resillient Reading' and 'Awesome Attendance'. However, this term we will also remove Dojos from children if they display unwanted behaviours, such as 'Being Rude', 'Hurting Others' or 'Being Off Task'.

Kangaroo class info leaflet

2018 - 2019

Year three held a maths morning on 6th February where parents were invited along to join the children and experience a typical maths lesson. We all had a great time and the children certainly enjoyed having visitors in class!


The discussions after the lesson and feedback received was positive. Some parents asked for information regarding the updated language and strategies used. The following documents hopefully will give you this information.


If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Key. 

Spring term 2018 - Welcome Back!

New END OF DAY routine for children from Mrs Bunting’s Turtle class –

With effect from October 30th 2017, children from Turtle Class will collect their belongings and then go back into their classroom. They will then be released from their classroom door (which is on the infant side) at 3.15pm. This new arrangement allows children from both year 3 classes to exit safely and is easier for the adults to watch the children ensuring their safety.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Key or Mrs Bunting.

Thank you.

Key Skills Leaflet for Year 3.

Autumn 1 , Kangaroo Newsletter.

Welcome to the Year 3 class page!


Year 3 is taught by Mrs Key (Kangaroos) and Mrs Bunting (Turtles).

Please see our newsletters for useful information.


We are looking forward to a fantastic year!


Summer Newsletter

Dear All,

Year three are currently studying our British monarchy through the ages from William The Conqueror right through to Queen Elizabeth II.

For this term’s homework project, we would like the children to design and make their own crown. They can use any materials they like and can add touches to reflect their personality, if they wish.

The children will need to bring their crown into school for a royal occasion on 23rd March 2017.

We would like to see the children’s flair and ability – so please help but only when needed.

Thank you,

We look forward to seeing the children’s crown creations,

Miss Lomax and Mrs Key



Happy New Year, we hope you all enjoyed the Christmas holidays! Our Christmas carol concerts at St Bartholomew's now feel like a distant memory - but we hope you agree that the change of venue was worth it!


The children have made an excellent start to the new term already. New for this term is a topic about Riotous Royalty in which the children will be learning all about key monarchs from different eras within our British history.

In science we will be continuing with our forces and magnets topic. Later in the term we will start to look at plants and their life cycles. Hopefully we will be able to get out into the garden to plant our own seeds!

 Homework (maths, English and spellings) will continue to be sent out on a Friday. Please encourage your children to complete and take the responsibility for handing it in on time. This work complements the learning in class and allows you as parents to see how well the children are working. Reading records are also handed in on Fridays and children that have read four times each week will be rewarded. 


We look forward to a busy term full of lots of learning and of course, our annual trip to Lea Green!


Mrs Key, Miss Lomax and Mrs Fullaway. 


Last Thursday, Year 3 learnt about Hindu celebrations and Diwali. Some of the children stayed at school to learn about festivals and associated stories - why don't you ask the children about the story of Rama and Sita?


The rest of the children got on a bus and took a short journey to Derby. Once inside the Open Centre the children learnt all about Hindu Weddings. We had a great time dressing up and having Mendhi patterns painted on our hands. After this, we took a short walk to the Temple. When we got inside we took our shoes off and walked down the red carpet to sit on the floor and look at the beautiful images. These were wearing bright clothes to celebrate Diwali! We listened carefully and asked thoughtful questions. We particularly enjoyed our sweet treat at the end.


Once back at school we all joined together to discuss what we had learned. We then presented our learning to the rest of the school. Here are a few of the photographs! 

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We would like to introduce you to our new class pets - they are currently nameless...


They are Mexican Salamanders (aka Axolotls) and will live very happily in their tank, in our quiet classrooms.


If anybody has suggestions for names, please write them down and hand them to your class teacher before next Friday (30th)!



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Welcome to a new school year! We are all excited and ready to begin our learning journey in year 3 with Mrs Key, Miss Lomax and Mrs Fullaway. 


We have attached our welcome newsletter and a copy of the first topic homework task. 


Keep checking our page for updates on what is happening in year 3.


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Thank you to Jenny who came into year 3 this week with lots of special visitors!

The children learned all about the habitats, habits and food of different animals from around the world. Amongst the creatures were Axolotls, Blue Tongued Skinks, Chameleon Geckos and Vietnamese Mossy Frogs. The children were also taught about how to care for animals and handle them respectfully.


Here is our Summer term newsletter that will tell you all about what we are learning in Year Three. The children started their new topics fabulously by bringing in some excellent homework research projects which they had done over the Easter holidays!

Here are some of the Year Three homework projects - can you spot yours?



Summer Term Newsletter

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Topic homework for Easter holidays has been sent out today (24/03/16) along with English and Maths homework, which should be completed for Friday of the first week back (15th April). 
Please read the attached copy for more details of the topic homework task.

We hope you all have a happy Easter and stay safe! Don't forget, term starts again on Monday 11th April - we will see you all refreshed and ready to learn!


Miss Lomax and Mrs Key

Happy New Year to everybody!


Thank you to everybody that completed their holiday diary, we enjoyed hearing about what you had got up to over the Christmas holidays!


As everybody knows it is important to stay healthy and look after your body. Our first science topic this term reflects this as we are going to be learning all about how our body works, and why the different food groups are important. After half term we will learning more about plants.


Our topic up until Easter is a local history study (Danesmoor and Clay Cross). During this we will visit our local area, looking at sites that are significant to Clay Cross history, including a local church. If you have any photos, stories or other material that you think would be interesting for the children please see Miss Lomax or Mrs Key as they are very welcome!



We are going to have another big push to read this term as many children are still not reading enough at home.  We hope that every child in Year 3 will read at least four times a week.  This will make huge difference to their learning and understanding across the whole curriculum. 


Christmas Holiday Homework

We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

We are asking the children in year three to keep a diary for six days over the Christmas holidays. They can choose which six days to write about. We would ask the children to write using full sentences, including correct punctuation!

If the children would like, they can include photos or draw pictures to accompany their writing.

We have attached a prompt sheet to help them write in a diary style.

These diaries should be handed in on Thursday 7th January 2016.

As you all know, we managed to raise an amazing amount of money for Children in Need - thank you for all your donations!

In the process of fund-raising we all enjoyed a variety of different activities and some of us even dressed up as our favourite super hero. Well done to those who won the fancy dress competition - here is one of our winners! 

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Big thank you to all Year Three children (and parents) who completed the homework task of researching our class animals! We were amazed by the creativeness shown in the variety of presentations - we had video blogs, Power-point presentations, scrap books, posters, pictures, leaflets and even 3-D models! We were so impressed that we decided to show everybody in the whole school assembly.


We have attached below photos of some of the creations for you to enjoy.


Look out for the next homework project, which will be given to you a few weeks before the Christmas holidays.

Mrs Key and Miss Lomax.

Class Animal Homework!

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Term 1 - homework project

Welcome to Year 3!

Miss Lomax and Mrs Key welcome you to year 3.


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