welcome to Year 3 Classes, 3CJ & 3DS

Our current topic is: 'Step into a book!'

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spring term

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Cranleigh Primary School has been chosen as a Champion School for the awards
We had a wonderful visitor from Cranleigh Library on Tuesday 28th January. She came to talk to the children about the Surrey Libraries Children's Book Award 2020. Cranleigh Primary School has been chosen as a Champion School for the awards and she came to tell our children about their involvement and of course about the books.
The books that have made it to the final are:
Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway
Picklewitch and Jack by Claire Barker
Night of the Living Ted by Barry Hutchison
The Boy Who Lived with Dragons by Andy Shepherd
Baker Street Academy: Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse by Sam Hearn

To introduce our topic on animals, we read the book ‘The Ugly Five’ by Julia Donaldson. The children recognised the rhyming pattern, guessed the rhyming word that would be on the next page describing a group and joined in with the repetition. They could all also see the message that: not everyone is pretty on the outside, but we are to our family and can still be on the inside. 

 We then used these animal and others to put them onto a Venn diagram of Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivores.


This term we have been looking at different jobs people can do and how this can lead to stereotyping. Watching some interviews with people that do different jobs, we have learnt a bit more about what and why they do these jobs and realised ‘we really can’t judge a book by its cover.’ You can watch some more here https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/pshe-ks1-ks2-what-is-my-job/zrdkt39 .

 We have also linked these jobs to our story ‘Hotel Flamingo’ as we decided what jobs our characters could do in the hotel. We have also discussed why we need jobs and how every job that is done need to be valued.


To go along side our DT we have been learning about measuring. We have looked at the different units we can measure in – mm, cm, m and km - and thought about what the best units to use are when measuring different items. We also had a lot of fun measuring anything we could find in the classroom.


We have also looked at adding and subtracting different measurements, which has called upon previous work we did last term. We have shown different methods we can use to solve these questions including numberlines and the column method.


As part of the Surrey Library Children’s Book Award Initiative we have been supplied with several book titles to work with and review. In year 3 this half term we are studying ‘Hotel Flamingo’ by Alex Milway, which is set in a run-down hotel inherited by a young girl called Anna and worked in by a number of interesting animals. The children are loving this book as much as we are and have written some great descriptions of their new animal character that is to begin working at the Hotel. We have been focusing on different descriptive writing features like the 5 senses and are encouraging the children to ‘Show not Tell’. Some of our finished writing will be added once finished.


To begin our new topic ‘Step into a Book’ we read a story called ’Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’ by Kevin Henkes. We used this in English to look at how the character changed through the book and how she felt and reacted to different events that happened. We then used the idea of having a purse in which to keep special things to inspire our own designs.


We have investigated the different styles of purses available, thinking about their size, shape, weight, fastening, colour and material before writing a design criteria for our creations. After this we practiced a range of stitching techniques, investigated some materials and looked at creating paper patterns. From this we are producing our own designs that we will then make. Look back for pictures of our finished creations.

autumn term - 'can you dig it!'
English – Escape to Pompeii

We have explored the story of Escape to Pompeii and used the book to create a freeze frame to put us into the point of view of the story. This helped us to really develop our vocabulary and make our writing better.  

eco day

We had a great time learning about waste, recycling, improving school grounds, biodiversity, healthy eating, water and marine life. We have explored these through all areas of the curriculum and children had a smile on their faces after working hard. In Year 3, we went round both year 3 and 4 teachers throughout the day and made soup, explored outdoors and even sorted recycling and the way we got to school. It was great fun!

trip to butser farm

Our trip to Butser Farm was a great day out where we explored the skills of spinning. Stone wall craft and archaeology.  We had a fantastic that left us feeling educated about how life in early history has really changed over time

Archaeological Dig and Stone Age Experience

To end the first half term of our ‘Can you Dig it’ topic we spit our afternoon into imagining we were archaeologist carefully digging up things and cataloguing them. Many were just stones which we were able to group with our science knowledge about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks but a few found some fossils or maybe even a stone age tool!

During the other half of the afternoon we were transported back to Stone Age times with a special visitor who took us through the different periods of the stone age explaining how the people and their lives changed. The children also had a chance to handle some real flint tools, learn how they would have created fire and seen a bow and arrow in action!

Cranleigh Library Visit

The children loved our visit down to Cranleigh Library – after having a discussion about how the library is organised the children were able to explore the different things they have there (as well as books!) and practiced taking a book out so they will know how to do it if they become members. It was lovely to hear that so many of them already are and all the children would have loved longer to look at the range of books they had but we needed to get back for lunch!

Cranleigh Baptist Church Visit

After getting all dressed up to walk down to Cranleigh Baptist Church the weather became a bit severe, so they kindly came to us instead. We were still able to experience all the fun activities they had planned just in our school hall.


We looked at what Christian Worship looked like and joined in with some singing, learning a bible story, how the bible got translated into English and about prayer. We also had an activity booklet to consolidate all the learning.


In RE Year 3 have been looking at ‘How we can live together in one world?’, particularly that many religions and belief systems teach that it is important to share and give to those who are in need. We have been celebrating this fact in church with our Harvest Worship and giving thanks to God for the variety of harvests he gives us and making a collects of items to distribute to the local community.

Wow! What an amazing Harvest Worship Year 3 put on in church. Every one of them remembered when it was their turn, spoke clearly and got their message to the audience. The teachers are all very proud

start reader

In our classes each week we select a child to be star reader. It is their job to promote reading and encourage others to read different things. Our first ‘Star Reader’ explained to the class how she loves reading because it makes her laugh and it teaches her new things. She has even inspired me to read a Charles Dickens Novel as I have seen a lot that have been adapted for TV but not read his actual words


We have been looking at different ways to represent numbers making sure we understand the place value. We have then used number lines to aid our addition.


As part of our learning, we have been exploring soil formations and the ways these are built up. Our children can be seen enjoying exploring Topsoils, Bedrocks and Humus in a practical and very tasty way! 

stunning start

Our 'Can you dig it?' topic has begun with some fantastic History and Art work.  After lots of discussion about the Stone Age culture of cave painting and what inspired these works of art, the children were able to explore outdoors to collect their own resources to make their own paint and find things to paint with!  The care and attention that has been taken in choosing the tools and media to create these pieces have been incredible.  The children also experienced their own cave and applied charcoal to the 'ceiling of the cave' and together created a collection of images. Please feel free to come and see our shared area where some of this work is on display.