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Year 3

Welcome to the Year 3 class page. I am so proud of how well you have come back to school ready to learn. We have done lots of fantastic work already this year and we have lots more fun things planned. Keep checking this page for updates on what has been going on in Year 3 this year. 

Remembrance Day

This year, Year 3 and 4 commemorated Remembrance Day together up in the Memorial Garden. Year 4 read the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon and Year 3 read the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrea. We also sang the song We Will Remember. 

We Will Remember

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Year 3 rock out for TTRS!

Harvest Hymn

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Year 3 leant the song Harvest Hymn to sing to celebrate Harvest.

Year 3 get spooky for Halloween

Different types of soil

Year 3 have been studying different types of soil in science. By putting the soil into water and waiting 24 hours we were then able to see the different layers in the soil. 


This week Year 3 have been practising their common exception words outside using chalks. 

What happens when you put a rock in water?

This week Year 3 have been investigating what happens when you put a rock in water. We found out that some rocks create bubbles because they have holes in-between the sediment - these are called permeable rocks. Other types of rocks didn't produce bubbles at all, which are called impermeable rocks. 

Cave Painting

Year 3 had great fun creating their own cave paintings this week. They had to make their paints, just like they would do in the Stone Age, using items found around school (mud, berries, leaves, grass). They then had a go at recreating their own cave paintings using their fingers, charcoal or paintbrushes they had made out of sticks.

The Rock Cycle with a difference...

This week in Science, Year 3 learnt about the rock cycle using chocolate. We explored the different ways rocks are formed using chocolate. First, we had to erode their rocks (chocolate) to get sediment. Then we used pressure to compact and cement the different layers together to create sedimentary rock. We then applied gradual heat to the sedimentary rock and let it cool to create metamorphic rock. Finally, we heated the metamorphic rock to create igneous rock.

Hunter-Gathering around school

This week Year 3 have been pretending to be hunter-gatherers at school. We learnt that in order for people to survive in the Stone Age, they had to identify what were threats and what could be used as assets just using what was around them. We went on a hunt around school to see what natural items could have helped us survive in the Stone Age. 

Athletics Tournament

Year 3 spent Friday afternoon practising their running, jumping and throwing skills at an in-school athletics tournament run by Sedgefield School’s Partnership. They had to run 50m and 200m (twice around the school track) and see how far they could jump and throw a howler. It was lovely to see the Finchale team spirit, with everyone cheering each other on. 

European Day of Languages - Russian

Year 3 had great fun celebrating European Day of Languages. We learnt how to say the Cyrillic alphabet and wrote our names in Russian. We can also now say simple phrases such as Hello, Goodbye, Thank you, Please, Yes and No. In the afternoon we listened and explored music by the Russian composer Shostakovich and we designed our own Russian Dolls.


The Stone Age is how long ago!! 

We had our first lesson about the Stone Age today where we found out how long ago the Stone Age period actually was. We used a roll of toilet roll to discover that if all of history (up to 0BC) was to fit on the first piece of paper, then you would have to unroll the entire toilet roll to reach the beginning of the Stone Age!! That's a very long time ago!