Class Teachers from September 2019 are: Mrs P Fisher/Mrs K. Ball (3Draco) and Miss T Xygaki (3Lyra)
Year Group Leader: Mrs P Fisher
Information about what the children will be learning:
Homework is set on Tuesdays and due in the following Monday. This will alternate between a Maths and Literacy task.
Spellings set on Mondays - to be learnt by the following Monday. Click here for this term's spellings: Spellings October-December 2019
Reading books should be taken home and returned to school daily and read as often as possible. Please sign Home School contact books at least three times weekly. Ask them questions about what they have read to help them prepare for their quiz. This will be done to check their understanding of the book.
PE Wednesdays (both classes). 3 Lyra - Tuesday; 3 Draco - Friday
During Science Week, Year 3 classes were visited by Mad Scientists for a science workshop. They put various chemicals together to make some wonderful slime!
Year 3 Aeroplane making with parents
During Science Week, on Wednesday 11 March, many parents, carers and relatives joined the Year 3 children for a morning of aeroplane making. Adults and children combined in teams to plan and make an aeroplane. The challenge was to design and create the plane that would fly the furthest - and look great too! We were very pleased to see over 30 family members join Draco and Lyra classes for this event and both adults and children enjoyed the morning.
First the teams had to plan their designs on paper to help them think through their ideas.
Having designed their aeroplanes, the teams had a limited amount of time to create their aircraft design from the materials available to the..
The finished aeroplanes
The teams were quiet happy to show off their completed aircraft, proud of what they had achieved together in such a short time.
Now the moment, of truth: would the planes fly? - and if so, how far? In the spring sunshine, the children launched their aeroplanes into the air to see whose went furthest.
Draco class enjoy their 'Marbles Treat'
As well as individual rewards (house points, golden awards, golden book, values awards...) we operate a reward system for whole classes called "Marbles in a Jar". If the whole class does something particularly good a member of staff will add a marble to that class's jar. Once the children in a class have achieved 15 marbles in their jar then they earn a reward and choose a fun activity to enjoy as a group. For 3 Draco, they achieved their reward in March and opted for a movie afternoon - complete with pop corn. The movie they chose was The Lego Movie.
3 Draco enjoy World Book Day
Visit to St Francis Church
To help them with their RE work on Understanding Christianity, Year 3 classes visited St Francis Church. There, the vicar and curate explained various parts of the church and talked about Christian worship. They asked the children questions and then the children asked their own questions about what they saw in the church and about what Christians believe. Their questions showed that they had remembered much from their lessons about baptism, Easter and Palm Sunday.
Learning about other cultures during International Week
During February's International Week, the children learned about some of the diverse backgrounds of their classmates. Each class learned about a different country in lessons and they learned from each other through the cultural artefacts that they brought in to show to the class and the food that they shared together.
Lyra class assembly - 5 February
3 Lyra chose the theme of Stone Age for their first class assembly in junior school. They told us about life in the Paleolithic era and a group of girls performed a Stone Age Dance that they had devised. The assembly ended with a rousing rendition of “We will rock you”, complete with Alfie’s amazing drum solo.
Draco assembly - 29 January
In the first class assembly of 2020, the children of 3 Draco gave a great performance and a wonderful demonstration of what they have been learning. They began by showing us how they can count to twenty in French together, with Phoenix and Riley demonstrating some greetings in French. They read out some writing inspired by The BFG and some weather poems that they had written. Henry, Charlie and Ava acted as fossil hunters to show us what they have learned about studying prehistoric creatures and Libby and Phoenix performed a street dance that they had devised. They sang beautifully a song that they had learned by heart and Lennon gave a wonderful recital of a piece he had learned on his cello – after only three lessons!
"It's a party" Year 3 Nativity Play
Year 3 children performed their first play at junior school on 9th December. They performed "It's a party" twice - once to the junior children and the Year 2 children from Someries Infant School, and once to their families. Both performances went well with the children speaking clearly, acting with enthusiasm and singing loudly. The audience enjoyed watching the country-dancing shepherds and the cool Bethlehem star amongst other things.
Year 3 Reading Morning
November 13th saw our hall packed with Year 3 children and many parents and carers who had come to join them for a reading morning. Together, they read excerpts from their favourite books before getting creative and designing new covers for their chosen books. The children really enjoyed reading together with the visiting adults.
In Year 3 Science classes, children tried to find out which surfaces allowed cars to travel the fastest. They experimented with different types of surface, such as wood and carpet, and with holding the surfaces at different angles.
We were joined by 60 new pupils in Year 3 in September. Most of these moved up to us from Someries Infant School, but a number of others joined us from other schools nearby. Our Year 3 children made a very positive start to their time at junior school. Their teachers were impressed by their positive attitudes.
Some of them sent notes to Mr Hunt to let him know how they got on in their first week:
I enjoyed the lessons. My teacher Miss Xygaki was nice because on the first day she gave us fun activities to do. I even met a new friend. Her name was Mansirat. I had a good time in the playground. Maora
Dear Mr Hunt, So far we are making a great effort and I hope in the future we will make more good things work, from Jack
My first week at junior school was great. We have written our names on our books and have received our reading diary. I enjoyed going to the library reading books and listening to the music on the playground. Phoenix
My first three days at the juniors!
When I met Mrs Fisher I learnt a lot of literacy and maths. Also on transition day I saw my brother playing football. After that it was lunch and we had chicken and rice, jelly and a cucumber. In the afternoon we did PE and reading. After that, I went home and told my mum what I did today. The next day I went to school I got five house points for being kind. And the next day I went to school I got my reading book. As well as that I got a new water bottle and a pen licence. That is the end of my story! Ava
In our new classrooms
Enjoying time with our friends
Enjoying our lunch
New Beginnings – Summer Activity Days
Six weeks can be a very long time between lessons and over the summer, children can lose some of the progress they have made – especially if they are not practising using their reading, writing and maths skills. So to help the new Year 3 children get ready for the school year, some of them came into Someries Juniors at the end of the holidays for a pilot scheme of our Summer Activity Days. The children worked with Miss Cresswell on some fun activities that got them using their core skills and they joined in with some outdoor activities with Mr Giokabari. The children all took part very enthusiastically and enjoyed themselves. We hope that it prepared them for the new school year and helped them feel confident in their new environment.
Highlights from Year 3 in 2018-19
Sports Week: Climbing Wall
During sports week Year 3 children all tried the climbing wall to see how high they could get. Some made it to the top!
You can see more sports week photos on our sports page.
Sports Week: Dance
Here are some photos or our dance workout with Lauren from Next Generation Youth Theatre :
3L – Combining Science and PE
In PE, 3 Lyra children completed an assault course in which they had to collect bones. Each team then had to arrange the bones correctly to make a skeleton. Next, they ran to collect the words (both scientific and every day names) and use these to label the skeleton correctly.
Year 3 Nativity Play
Year 3 delighted audiences with their enthusiastic and energetic performances of “Gold to Bethlehem” on 10 December. The children had cooperated very well with their teachers which meant that they made best use of their practice time. This could be seen in how well they sang their songs and how clearly and boldly they spoke their lines. The children performed to Year 4 and Year 2 in the morning and then to a packed audience of families in the evenings. The audiences seemed to love the production and the Year 3 children were clearly proud of how well they performed.
RE Week - Festivals
This term’s RE Week was an opportunity for all pupils to explore different beliefs and think about some of life’s big questions.
Year 3 thought about the deeper meanings of festivals and produced some good comparisons between Eid-ul-Fitr and Christmas. They created dances and paintings under the theme of ‘Joy’ and they particularly enjoyed making Christingles and creating their own mehndi patterns on hands.
Here are some highlights from Year 3 in 2017-18
Year 3 Music Concert
In July Year 3 put on a performance of their musical skills. They showed us just how far they had progressed by giving a superb performance. They were confident and entertained the parents/carers who came to watch them. The children demonstrated how hard they have worked in their singing and music lessons.
Year 3 Trip to St Albans
On 21 May, Year 3 headed off for a sunny day in St Albans. Oliver has written a recount:
Firstly, we came to school to get ready to go to St Albans Verulamium to find out about the Romans.
When we got to the coach, we went to the Abbey. Then a person called Alex told us about Roman armour and there was Latin name for them like lorica segmentata, gladius, galea and scutum.
As well they wore wool clothes to protect themselves.
After that we role played how Alban became a saint: Someone called Amphibalus was a Christian. The Romans hated Christianity. The girl was walking around the market telling people about Jesus. A slave went to the magistrate and told him about her, then the magistrate told the guards to look for her. Alban thought Christianity was important. He swapped clothes with her so Alban got executed by the executioner and his eyes popped out and his shrine was cold.
After that Year 3 had lunch outside the Abbey, after everyone went to the toilet. It was busy in there, we had to wait a long time
When we finished we went to the museum. After a long walk across the park, we got there. We watched a film and then we did work sheets, while we looked around after a good few minutes.
Finally, we did a workshop with Matt about Roman shopping. Here are some of the items: a toga, actors’ masks, a thick cloak, an olive oil torch and a milk bottle.
My favourite part about the trip was the Museum. We had fun. We came back and it was 3:20.
The children had a great time and we were very proud when Alex and Matt told Mrs Fisher how impressed they were with the children’s conduct and attitude.
3 Lyra's Class Assembly
3 Draco's Class Assembly
Year 3 had an interesting trip to St. Francis Church
Year 3 Nativity Christmas Play