St Andrew's C of E (VA) Primary


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  • Friday 26 May 2023 Celtic trip
  • Thursday 18 May 2023 Sports Day The week started with the Year 3 athletics taking part in the fun packed Sports Day. First, all the children enjoyed a variety of competitions such as Tennis Tap ups, Raft, Football shoots or Speed stacking in their House groups.
  • Wednesday 17 May 2023 Inventing stories The children enjoyed telling their own stories based on Stone Age Boy. Using this story, we have made some changes to the main character or the adventures that happen to the character. It was fun using sticks, leaves and stones to help us tell the story.
  • Thursday 11 May 2023 News reporters Following the historical event last weekend, the children wrote their own newspaper reports about the coronation of King Charles III. This journey started with looking at and investigating the layout of the real newspaper articles. We then discuss the features and the language used. This helped us to plan and eventually write our own version. The young journalists certainly have shown the enthusiasm and professionalism in the reporting of the real event.
  • Friday 5 May 2023 Coronation The thumbnail has been assigned to the news item, and for convenience also added to the body here:
  • Tuesday 25 April 2023 Investigating healthy foods
  • Friday 21 April 2023 Fun Fractions First week of the summer term and year 3 have continued developing their knowledge and application of fractions. This week the children focused on using number lines to show and order fractions. They also had a chance to play some games.
  • Monday 20 March 2023 Building Bridges STEM This week we have worked as engineers to design and make a bridge. The aim was to build a chosen type of the bridge that would hold a weight.
  • Friday 17 March 2023 Paper Birds As part of the British Science Week, Year 3 took part in the Paper Birds Challenge. The task was to design and make a paper bird using only paper and scissors. After a read about different birds, the children had a go at making their own birds. There were some great techniques being used to make the birds look realistic. We even had a bird on the wheels! Well done to all Year 3 children for using their imagination and engineering skills.
  • Friday 17 March 2023 Fractions in action This week Year have started learning about fractions. The children can compare and order unit fractions. They have investigated which fractions are bigger or smaller. There has been a great discussion as the children were able to explain why they would prefer to get 1/7 of a pizza rather than 1/8.
  • Friday 10 March 2023 Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? This week in Science the children have been working scientifically using their observations to write a conclusion. Using accurate measurements, they made so called 'oobleck', using water and cornflour. After having some fun with the substance, they were making their conclusion based on the observations.
  • Friday 3 March 2023 World Book Day
  • Friday 3 March 2023 Historians in action On Friday, Year 3 historians set off on a local walk to find the monuments of the Radcliffe family. We did not find any in the graveyard but only in the church. We were then wondering 'Did the Radcliffe family deserve their monuments' The final verdict is yet to come...
  • Thursday 23 February 2023 Jemmy Button This week the children have started a new book journey with Jemmy Button. They have made predictions about the story and wondered who the main character might be. They have also analysed the character's feelings through the role play. Finally, the children have written the setting description using comparative forms.
  • Friday 10 February 2023 Home Learning Project Year 3 have been sharing the Home Learning Project on the Radcliffe family and some other significant families from Hitchin. The quality of work has been outstanding. Well done to everyone for the effort and creativity. We certainly have learnt from each other.
  • Friday 10 February 2023 A visit from the local MP As part of our PSHE learning journey, Year 3 invited the local MP, Bim Afolami to talk about democracy. Our Big question this term is 'What is it like to live in a democratic country' It has been a valuable experience to learn about democracy and what it is like to be a politician from Mr Afolami. The children came well prepared with a wide range of questions to ask - apart from the questions linked to democracy, the class also learnt about Mr Afolami's favourite football team and his favourite school subject.
  • Monday 6 February 2023 Working scientifically to investigate shadows Working as scientists, Year 3 children have investigated the relation between the distance of the light source from the object and the size of the shadow it forms.
  • Thursday 2 February 2023 RE Week Buddhism This has been a very interesting week as we learnt about Buddhism. The Big Question we tried to answer was 'If I was a Buddhist, how would I look after the nature'.
  • Friday 27 January 2023 Class Assembly On Friday Year 3 have presented the assembly about Egyptians to the whole school. Following a very busy term learning about the ancient civilisation, the children enjoyed the acting out and sharing their writing about the Egyptians. They have also sung and danced to 'Build that pyramid' song.
  • Friday 20 January 2023 Magnificent Midnight Fair The children are continuing to explore the Midnight Fair story. This week we focused on expanding our vocabulary which helped us to write a setting description, a poem and an advertising poster to invite our toy animals to the fair. Needless to say, all the animals read the posters and are keen to visit the Midnight Fair...
  • Friday 20 January 2023 Reflective surfaces Using torches, Year 3 have been investigating which surfaces reflect light. The children have noticed that the smooth and shiny surfaces, such as the mirrors, the zip tags, or the hi-vis jackets reflect light really well. Following this observation, the children created informative posters to encourage younger children to wear reflective clothing when out in the evening.
  • Friday 16 December 2022 Let it snow The snow has undoubtedly been the highlight of this week. Year 3 children have enjoyed building the snowman and playing in the snow.
  • Friday 9 December 2022 Investigating shell structures Year have been investigating a variety of shell structures. After evaluating cardboard packaging, the children had a go at making their first prototype using a selection of 2D shapes. We learnt about the nets that make 3D shapes and so the children made a selection of cuboids, cubes and even a triangular prism!
  • Friday 2 December 2022 Grouping and sharing We have started a new unit of work - multiplication and division. We can show equal groups and sharing in preparation to use mental operations.
  • Friday 2 December 2022 Learning about other religions This week Year 3 have had a visitor to talk about his Muslim beliefs. The children learnt how Muslim people show their obedience and respect through the daily act of prayer.
  • Thursday 24 November 2022 Fun Spellings Learning spellings in Year 3 is fun. Today we have been learning prefixes mis- and re- by writing on your partner's back.
  • Thursday 24 November 2022 STEM Family Learning Week What a fabulous experience it has been enjoyed both by the children and the parents! Year 3 loved having the parents in the class learning together about science. We explored three areas: Exploding volcanos, Magic Magnets and Magnetising Art. Through some fun activities, the children were able to learn more about chemical reactions and how magnets work.
  • Friday 11 November 2022 Knowing our trusted adults In Year 3 children know who their trusted adults are. We discussed the importance of knowing who we can speak to when we feel worried or upset. These trusted adults may be the adults at home or at school; they will listen to and help.
  • Friday 11 November 2022 Adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers This week we have been mastering addition and subtraction using a column method. We have used manipulatives to help us understand the exchange. We are now able to solve problems with adding or subtracting larger numbers.
  • Friday 4 November 2022 The Spider and the Fly Year 3 have been enjoying reading the poem 'The Spider and The Fly' as the characters. We have also been looking at the difficult vocabulary and investigating its meaning. This helped us to write diary entries from the point of view of the fly.
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