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School Blog Year 3

School Blog

Year 3

The blog for Hazel, Hornbeam & Holly
Miss Ferguson, Mrs Marlow and Mrs Johnson


By Hornbeam , in Year 3 - Friday, 21 June 2024

With not long left before our sport's day, we have begun practising our athletics skills. 

In last week's lesson we learnt the technique of sprinting! You have to take big strides and your hands have to go 'pocket to mouth'

This week we learnt how to relay. The key to being successful in a relay is how you communicate with your team. 

We found it tricky to sprint, hand over a quoit, let our partner know to start running and to stop running to let them take over! 

Practise makes perfect though so we shall persevere and be ready to wow you on sport's day in a few weeks! 

Greta and The Giants

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Tuesday, 18 June 2024

During science day we listened to the story 'Greta and The Giants.' The inspiring picture book retells the story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Greta Thunberg – the Swedish teenager who has led a global movement to raise awareness about the world’s climate crisis.

Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…

The children in Hazel class recreated a scene from the book and used collage materials and different media to make one of the trees in the forest.

Decimals as one tenth of a number

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Thursday, 13 June 2024

In our maths lessons, year 3 have been looking at decimals as one tenth of a number. We worked in pairs with cuisenaire rods to find the whole part which was made of 10 tenths. We all had different sized rods from each other. After comparing two of the rods we cailrified that both are tenths but that the red tenth was smaller than the green tenth. We found out that the larger the tenth, the larger the whole.

Year 3 Girls Football Festival

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Sunday, 2 June 2024

On the last day of half term Miss Ferguson accompanied a selection of year 3 girls to a football festival organised by Stevenage FC. Six schools took part in a round robin festival which gave the girls the opportunity to have fun and play football. Each school played each other in games lasting 12 minutes long meaning each school played an hours worth of football. 

All girls who participated received a medal and during the football games certificates were handed out to the girls which demonstrated one of SFC's four values. These values are:

Be Connected – For great teamwork and working well with others.

Be Inspiring – For setting a great example to others.

Be Fair – For being considerate and thinking of others.

Be Ambitious – For working hard and never giving up on your goals.

The girls were amazing, and due to illness, were just a squad of 6 girls who worked tirelessly without substitutes. Well done year 3 girls!

SFC Stadium Tour

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Here are year 3!

On our stadium tour during the author day visit, we even got to sit in the dugout!

Stevenage FC Author Day

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Tuesday, 12 March 2024

On Friday, some lucky year 3 and 4 children were chosen to attend a World Book Day author event organsied by the Premier League and hosted by Stevenage Football Club. The children met Michaela Morgan who is well known author, who has had many books published. Her most famous books for children are Night Flight, The Walter Tull Scrapbook and Respect. She delivered an informative talk to the children and even signed their own copy of The Walter Tull Scrapbook which had been donated by The Premier League.  The children took part in some World Book Day activites and even went on a Stadium tour! An amazing day was had and it was also a great opportunity for our children to have the experience of meeting a 'real life author.'

How To Be A Lion

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Friday, 8 March 2024

For World Book Day the children in Hazel class read the book How To Be A Lion by Ed Vere.

The book taught the children the importance of being true to yourself, mindfulness, and standing by your friends. In the book they met Leonard, a lion, and his best friend Marianne, a duck.

Leonard and Marianne have a happy life together--talking, playing, writing poems, and making wishes, But one day, a pack of bullies questions whether it's right for a lion and a duck to be friends. Leonard soon learns there are many ways to be a lion, and many ways to be a friend, and that sometimes finding just the right words can change the world.

During the day the children created fact files about lions, made a zig-zag books to retell the story in their own words and even followed a tutorial on how to draw Leonard.

World Book Day - Free Books

By Kim Ferguson, in Year 3 - Friday, 8 March 2024

On World Book Day, Luke from Stevenage FootbalI Club donated some free books to some year 3 children in Hazel class to distribute across the school. The free books were donated for us as part of their relationship through the Premier League Primary Stars programme!

A total of 120 books were donate for classes in years 2-6 - A big Thank you to Luke and his team.

The Smeds and The Smoos

By Hornbeam Class, in Year 3 - Thursday, 7 March 2024

Hornbeam class have had a brilliant day celebrating World Book Day 2024 today.

We began the day by learning all about two families; The Smeds and The Smoos. The main characters are aliens. The Smeds are red and The Smoos are blue. Miss Brown was dressed as a Smed and Mrs Johnson was dressed as a Smoo.

After being read the story and watching it digitally, we wrote book reviews highlighting our favourite parts- safe to say it recieved 5 star reviews. 

The story ends with the families setting aside their differences and realising that no matter what your differences are, you can get along! The red Smed Janet and the blue Smoo Bill had a purple alien called a Smoo-Smed.

This lead to a colour mixing activity where we made our own spinners using two colours to make a secondary colour when spun. 

We created some awesome aliens and planets for them to live on. Before ending our day by making colouring mixing sensory bottles. We used half a jar of water, added a few drops of food colouring, mixed baby oil and a different food colouring in a seperate cup and poured the oil mixture into the water in the jar. We loved watching the colours mix as well as watching the jars settle to show the two seperate colours again!

Our song to sing by the light of the silvery squoon, 

And you can sing, too, if you make up a tune:

"Play with the Smeds and play with the Smoos.

Play with whichever friends you choose. 

Then close your eyse and while you snooze, 

Dream of the Smeds and dream of the Smoos!"


Our visit to the museum

By Hornbeam , in Year 3 - Friday, 2 February 2024

Hornbeam class spent a fun and informative hour at the museum this week. We were shown some pictures of the plans for Stevenage becoming the first new town and a historian told us lots of facts and allowed us to ask questions.

We then spent some time exploring the galleries, we loved how interactive they were. 

Finally, we were lucky enough to see some fossils, sketch these and attempt to identify them in their directory. 

We are looking forward to learning more about the wonderful place we live.