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Welcome to Class 3!

Autumn Term 2018
Our first challenge of the year with our new learning partners was to take 30 art straws and 30cms of tape and build the tallest tower we could. We gained points for height, the tower being able to stand up by itself and for not using extra materials. It was fun and we learned lots about teamwork and building structures!

Our Class 3 pupil team!

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Summer Term 2018

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Class 3 were lucky this week to have the experience of making a professional recording of the folk song that we have helped to write and have worked hard on practising for Lakeland Arts. Sam and Grace explained the process of how song recordings are made and we got to experience the specialist equipment used, as well as hearing our own performance for the first time! We can't wait to hear the final edit and are looking forward to performing for the opening of the new Steamboat Museum in Bowness very soon!

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What a fantastic Outdoor Education day we had canoeing on Lake Windermere! We worked as a team to paddle and steer our boats as well as completing several fun challenges! We had fun in and out of the water and had chance to play a few games as well as cooling off from the heat of the day with a dip in the Lake! Many thanks to Mr Tomes who organised and led the sessions for us - it was a fantastic day!!

Crossing the River!

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We were so excited this week to be visited by Nicola and 5 of her feathered friends from the Owl Sanctuary. Nicola shared loads of interesting information and the stories of Bulan, Star, Toddy, Cuddles and baby Eagle Owl Clyde who we got to see and even hold! It was a brilliant experience to get to see these amazing creatures up close!

Investigating the life of plants!

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In Science this week we have begun an investigation into how plants grow. We each received and re-potted a bean plant and have used our knowledge of the 7 life process to design an experiment based around the removal of one of these. We created a question (such as "Can plants grow if they have no heat?"), made predictions for our tests and will now take close observations of any changes in the plant over the next 3 weeks. We can't wait to see if our predictions are corrects!

We are Sailing!

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We have been very lucky over the past 3 weeks to have the opportunity to join Mr Shirra and his team to do some fantastic sailing on Windermere! Each group had varying amounts of sunshine and wind, but we all had an amazing time and learnt some very valuable skills.

Folk Song Project

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We were lucky this week to be visited by Folk musicians Sam and Grace, and Natasha from Lakeland Arts to join in with a project for the opening of the new Steamboat Museum. The children have learned a melody to a traditional folk song from this area and we will work together to create lyrics and a recording in the coming weeks. It is a very exciting local project to be involved in!

Carnival of the Animals

This week we were treated to a musical extravaganza by the Cumbria Music Service! We joined Class 1 to listen to musicians playing extracts from 'Carnival of the animals' by Saint-Saens. We took part in a quiz where we had to listen closely to the live music and guess which animal we thought the piece represented. We also had songs to sing and lots of instruments to try out as well as hearing the wind instruments played so beautifully. We especially liked the low sounds of the bassoon!!

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We took our learning and our storytelling tent outside this week for a group performance of a new story 'Blue Sky, White Wing'. We worked hard with our teams to make sure everyone had a role and to use our voices in different ways to show our understanding of the story. Some groups also used actions to make the story come alive for those listening. At the end of the performance we shared another creation tale all together.

Tales Told in Tents

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We began our English lessons for the new term with a new book - "Tales Told in Tents" by Sally Pomme Clayton, a selection of traditional stories from Central Asia. We have created our own storytelling tent to listen to, share, re-tell and perform a selection of stories over the next few weeks.

Spring Term 2018


This Week in Science we continued our learning to do with forces and investigated the effect of friction upon a moving object. In this lively, hands-on lesson, we had to test different materials on the ramp to see which created the most friction and made it more difficult for the toy car to start moving. We followed the Scientific Method, making predictions, testing and evaluating our results. 

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Whilst revising how to write a list, including using commas to separate items, Class 3 got creative and explored a variety of list poems that ranged from serious to very silly! We started off by composing and sharing ideas using similies, alliteration and rhyme and put them all together to create this fantastic poem based upon an original by Gervase Phinn. We then chose our favourite poem and wrote our own versions and performed them to the class!

Class 3 List Poem!

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Happy New Year!

After a lovely holiday break full of lots of treats, we decided to 'give back' to our local wildlife. To round off our work on 'Living Things and their Habitats' we spent some time investigating common garden birds. We decided to help them out during the winter weather and made some natural bird feeder using pine cones. We hung them on trees outside our class window and hope we will be able to spot any visitors that pop by for a snack!

Feed the Birds!

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Autumn Term 2017

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Amidst all the fun of preparing for Christmas, with our school disco, performances and rehearsals for the Christingle Service, Class 3 were delighted by a surprise visit from Father Christmas! We loved receiving our special gifts - our very own Santa hats and notebooks! We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Ho Ho Ho!

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Week 13

D.T. Week! We have been putting our Design and Technology skills to the test this week by designing, making and evaluating a variety of Christmas craft projects. We skilfully sewed and decorated Christmas baubles, designed and created our own Christmas cards, one of which was an effective pop-out tree! We also unleashed our creative choice by designing and building our favourite Christmas character as a 3-D figurine. There were lots of challenges along the way and we reflected upon what we had to change to make things work and also what we might do differently next time. All in all we were very pleased with our results!

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Week 12

Class 3 have been thinking about the winter weather and choosing different ways of expressing our responses to the change in seasons! With Mrs Galpin we have created textured tree pictures and as part of our English lessons we have each written a 'Winter Haiku'. We worked hard to include the correct number of syllables in our poems and also tried to include similies to create a wintery feeling for the reader.

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Winter Haikus

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Week 11

Class 3's challenge for today was to design and build a web for Charlotte the spider using the craft materials they were provided with. The children had to ensure the web was strong enough to support itself and the letters that would spell out an exciting adjective to describe Wilbur the pig. They worked in pairs and had to discuss their ideas, how their design would work and how to make adjustments as they went along. They used their knowledge of spiders and how they spin webs to support their design ideas. It was a tricky but exciting challenge - we can't wait to see the results!!

Charlotte's Web Engineering Challenge!

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Week 9: Charlotte's Web

Class 3 are really getting into their novel for this term - 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B. White. The children have been thinking about the different characters and the important events in the story so far. We enjoyed role playing one important scene which led us on to a great piece of writing. Well done Class 3!

Retelling a scene from Charlotte's Web

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Week 8: Robert Delauney Paintings

In Art lessons, Class 3 have been studying Robert Delauney and have produced their own paintings inspired by his work. They enjoyed the challenge of balancing geometric shapes and contrasting hot and cold colours to create their pieces for this effective display!

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Week 6: Fun with Fossils!

Class 3 absolutely loved learning about the life and work of Mary Anning and we looked in depth at how fossils are formed. We had so much fun making our own fossils by making impressions of natural materials into plasticine and turning them into plaster casts. We were so excited by the results!

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Week 5: Sedimentary Rocks Demonstration

This week in Science Class 3 have been demonstrating how Sedimentary Rocks are formed over millions of years! Using slices of different breads to represent the different layers of sediment that builds up, the children buried 'artefacts' between the layers and used large books to weigh down upon them just as the sea does upon the layers that eventually become rock. We were excited to see the impression of our artefacts in the bread as it helped us to understand how fossils are formed. This demonstration was lots of fun!

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Week 4: Rock Detectives!

Class 3 are learning all about Rocks this half term and have enjoyed observing, handling, comparing and testing different rock samples in our science lessons. We have learned that there are 3 types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic and have been discovering how each type is formed.

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Week 3: 3D Paper Pillar Challenge!

As part of their maths investigation work, the Class 3 children this week had to test which 3D shape would hold the most weight. They were challenged to fold an A4 piece of paper into either a cylinder, cuboid or triangular prism. They then had to predict which would support the most number of reading books and test out their theories. It was an exciting challenge and the record was 21 books - can you guess which shape was the strongest?!

Paper Pillar Challenge!

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Week 2: Marble Maze Challenge

To test our new-found teamwork and problem solving skills, Class 3 children worked in pairs to design and build their own Marble Maze using paper plates and craft materials. Each maze had to have a beginning, an obstacle and an end and the children could design their own system for scoring points. Once the mazes were built we tested each others and gave feedback on each of the designs.

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Week 1

Class 3 have begun this year's learning journey by thinking carefully about what learning is, why we come to school to learn and the kinds of things that help us all to learn. We have been getting to know our new team and have been thinking about what makes a "Great Classmate". We have agreed to help each other as best we can as we continue with our learning this year!

Our Learning Environment

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Summer Term 2017

Class 3 Adventure Walk.

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Visit to Heaves Farm.

Spring Term 2017

During the Spring Term Class 3 will be focusing on the properties of Shape during our Maths lessons. We will continue to do our daily CLIC lessons after lunch. In English we will be writing adventure stories as well as entering the 'Young Writers' poetry competition for 2017. In Science we are looking at Electricity and will be planning and completing a number of experiments based around the theme. PE will continue on a Monday morning with Calvin and now will take place also on Friday afternoons with Mike for our Lacrosse lessons! Lacrosse will be outdoors whatever the weather. Forest School will take place after our Lacrosse lessons. We are also looking forward to our RE lessons with Miss Johnston every Thursday afternoon. Stay tuned for photos.

Using our place value charts to multiply amounts of money by 10, 100 and 1000!

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Class 3 - Components of a circuit PE/Science lesson.

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Experimenting with our Switches.


In their latest Science lesson, Class 3 used their knowledge of conductors and insulators to create switches. We went on to test each switch in a circuit. Each child created a switch which could open and close a circuit. Well done Class 3.

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Gymnastics with Calvin.

"We used the I-Pads to video our vaults. We watched the videos back to help us improve." Year 4 Child.

Triangle Artwork.

"We used what we learnt in maths to create our paintings. We had to include at least two of each type of triangle."  - Year 4 Child.

Class 3 loving lacrosse... in all weathers!

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Autumn Term 2016

During the first half term Class 3 will be focusing on the topic of Extreme Earth. We will be looking at all kinds of amazing wonders involving our natural world. We will begin by locating and learning about volcanoes around the globe and how they have effected people through time. PE this half term will be on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoon. We will be working hard with Calvin on Mondays and focusing on different types of movement with Mr. Chambers during Wednesday afternoons. During computing we will be designing, programming and debugging our own video games. We are linking our games to our Extreme earth topic.

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Our Healthy Living Plates.

2015 - 2016

Summer Term 2016

During the Summer term, Class 3 will be studying William Wordsworth. Learning all about why he is so famous and why he is so important our local area. We will be carrying on our Lacrosse lessons with Mike Orme and taking part in different summer sports in our PE lessons with Calvin. Stay tuned for the latest news.

Class 3 Walk 2016 - Wansfell.


On Tuesday 12th July Class 3 went on our annual walk. This year we tackled Wansfell. We had a wonderful day and the children showed amazing energy and enthusiasm throughout. Below are the photos we managed to capture through the day.

On Thursday 7th July, Class 3 and 4 ventured to Miller Ground to take part in a Swim Safe course focusing on safety in open water. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and discovered the key safety aspects of swimming in open water. 

Footprint - Bushcraft 2016

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Spring Term 2016

Science week 2016

During Science week Class 3 have been focusing on this terms topic of sound. We have discovered how bats use echolocation to hunt down prey and experienced this by playing 'bats and moths'.  We have also looked at how sound travels and investigated how string phones work as well as which is the best material to have on the end of the string. We have planned to finish the week by making a string phone over 80 metres long! This could be a potential record breaker!
Talk for Writing: the Story of Dragonory!
At the beginning of Spring term we started our talk for writing work based on the Story of Dragonory! The children have immersed themselves in the text. We discussed the key elements of the story and discussed which features happen at the beginning, middle or end. One of the ways we immersed ourselves in the text is through drama and acting. Photos of this can be seen below. We cant wait to use our own ideas to create our very own stories.

Autumn Term 2015

Welcome to Class 3. This term our topic is The Stone Age through to The Iron Age. The beginning of the term has already involved the children becoming archaeologists for the afternoon and creating their very own Stone Age paintings. Future activities include shelter building and creating our own mode of communication! (Exciting times ahead)

Lacrosse 2015 - 2016

During the second half of Autumn term, Class 3 and 4 have been taking part in Lacrosse lessons with former England player and coach Mike Orme. The children have developed their basic skills and are now putting these skills into practice in some very competitive small sided Lacrosse games. Mike's after school Lacrosse club has also proved very popular, with a maximum of 24 KS2 pupils taking part each week.

The Big Draw 2015.

On Thursday 15th October. Class 3 spent the day at Brockhole, taking part in 'The Big Draw' Art festival. We had a fantastic day and produced some wonderful art work. During the morning the children had to pick a scene from specific locations around Brockhole for their imaginary story. The children collected tools from around the grounds to help them along the way. We then used these tools to create a background for their story setting. After some much needed lunch and a whirlwind stop at the play park the children got back to business and created their imaginary characters. We hope you enjoy the photos below.

Afternoon Archaeology.



During the Autumn term the children will be taking part in Football and Gymnastic lessons.

It is clear to see the children's love of PE and being part of a team.


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