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comparing and grouping rocks based on their properties in Year 3

This half term our Science focus is on rocks. and this week Year 3 have been working on comparing and grouping together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.

Year 3 have been working scientifically by first making their own predictions about which rock from chalk, slate, sandstone, marble or granite would be the hardest. Everyone’s prediction ranked the rocks from softest to hardest. Then each group needed to work collaboratively to decide how to carry out a fair test  before having a go and then making observations.

Y3 Family Projects

Our topic is Tribal tales and is based around life in the Stone Age. For our family project, Year 3 have been asked to design and construct a settlement  . A settlement is a place where a community lives and would have usually been found close to a water source.

Year 3 have really enjoyed creating their projects and we hope our families did too! The attention to the smaller detail has been fantastic.

Have a look at our creations already in school and remember you still have time to make and bring in 🙂

Reading for Pleasure in Year 3

One of the favourite times of each week is when Year 3 have the opportunity to read for pleasure. This involves choosing just the right spot to curl up with a book of their choice. This can be fiction, non – fiction or poetry. Everything from chapter books, picture books, comics, and anything else.

As you can see Year 3  also enjoy a range of spaces from under a table, to sitting on the spinning chairs to lying on a blanket. I wonder where else Year 3 will find to enjoy reading? Maybe our new class reading cave?

Stone Age Boy in Year 3

Welcome back to Year 3! It has been a busy and productive start to the new term with lots of work around our new story Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.

This text is the focus for our writing over the next few weeks where Year 3 will be writing their own portal tale – a story where the main character starts in an ordinary setting and ends up somewhere else with a problem to solve before they can return.

Stone Age Boy also supports our topic learning which is based around the Stone Age. |Year 3 have participated in role play, hot seating and freeze frames to help understand the events of the story. See if you can guess the emotions portrayed by some of our freeze frames where everyone was working in role.

Year 3 Family learning project


Our next topic is called Tribal Tales and is based around life in the Stone Age. For this family project we would like to  design and construct a  settlement. A settlement is a place where a community lives.

Have a look at some of these web pages  to get more of an idea about life in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.

The Bronze Age is a time period when bronze replaced stone as the preferred material for making tools and weapons. This led to improvements in agriculture and brought with it changes in the way people live.

See the letter that came home for further information and possible ideas.


Year 3 visit St Martin in the Bullring Church

What a busy final week Year 3 have had to this term with a visit to St Martin in the Bullring church. After a walk to the train station,  a short train ride into the city centre and then another walk through the Bullring  we arrived! Christina the Famillies’ Missioner met us and showed us round the church.

Year 3 were astounded to hear the church was built in 1873 and is an example of gothic Victorian architecture, designed by Alfred Chatwin, from Birmingham, who also worked on the Houses of Parliament. But St Martin’s is much older than that. There has been a church on this site since  the year 1290!


Christina showed Year 3 the baptism font and told us more about how the ceremony is performed. Year 3 were able to share some of their RE learning with Christina. Although St Martin is a place or worship , it also holds a lot of history , from the original St Martin to events in the second world war.  There are many stained glass windows sharing stories from the Bible, from both the past and modern day . As we are fast approaching the Christian festival of Christmas, Year 3 were able to locate an Advent Crown, a Christmas tree with a bright star on the top and also a nearly life size Nativity scene where the manger lay empty, waiting for the baby Jesus.

Two members of Year 3 were invited to tie a purple ribbon onto the Advent tree and to also light a candle in the prayer chapel.

Who Was St Martin?
St Martin was a soldier. He was born in Hungary in 316 and never wanted to join the army but was obliged to by law. At the age of 18, he was posted to Amiens in France. One bitterly cold winter’s night he was riding through the city when he saw a half-naked beggar huddled against a wall. Martin was so moved by the sight that he cut his cloak with his sword and gave one half to the beggar.

That night he had a dream in which Christ appeared to him as the beggar and thanked Martin for clothing him. In response, the young soldier got baptised. Later he was to leave the army to become a soldier of Christ, eventually becoming Bishop of Tours in France. St Martin is remembered today for his service to the poor.

A huge thanks to Christina for her time and patience in giving Year 3 a tour and also answering many questions.



Pop up cards in Year 3

What a busy week it has been! From the start of the week with our annual Christmas service at Aston Parish Church, rehearsals in enrichment for our show next week, Christmas dinners, party hats and place mat making. Year 3 managed to also make their own pop up card to celebrate this time of the year.  A it thank you to Mrs Austin-Smith and Mrs Akhtar who started the pop up process.

MIss Groom was very impressed with the levels on concentration shown in making the cards and how well the children worked together to help each other achieve. Keep a look out next week when they will be coming home

Wellbeing week in Year 3

This week it has been Wellbeing Week at the Academy. Year 3 have been finding out more about how to stay safe when online. Year 3 have worked to find out more about the SMART rules for staying safe online.

S – Keep safe by being careful not to give out personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. Personal information includes your email address, phone number and password.

M – Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Only do so with your parents’ or carers’ permission and even then only when they can be present. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.

A- Accepting emails, IM messages, or opening files, pictures or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems – they may contain viruses or nasty messages!

R- Someone online might lie about who they are and information on the internet may not be true. Always check information with other websites, books or someone who knows. If you like chatting online it’s best to only chat to your real world friends and family

T- Tell your parent, carer or a trusted adult if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.

Have a look at our posters on display in our room or here.

Another focus Year 3 had this week has been on positive mental health. The week started by discussing what mental health is and the importance of positive mental health. Year 3 then explored different mindfulness techniques and evaluated which approach from square breathing, listening to sounds of nature or mindfulness colouring helped focus their minds.

Collage fun in Year 3

After designing their own hero, Year 3 have been busy in creating collages. Everyone has been working hard to recreate their designs using a range of media.

It has been great to see children working together to help each other solve problems and achieve the desired effect. Keep an eye out for the finished pieces

Y3’s Link class in Jakarta, Indonesia

Our link class is in a  school in Jakarta which is in Indonesia. We have already been sent videos and emails from our link class and this week we received a very battered parcel which had taken a few weeks to arrive.

Year 3 were most excited and couldn’t wait to see what was inside. To their surprise, our link class had produced posters telling us more about their school.  Year 3 worked collaboratively and helped each with reading and understanding.