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Reception Open Days Sessions Thursday 11th October 2018 9:30-10:30am and Thursday 22nd November 2018 9:30am-10:30am.

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


Time and Tide - July 2018


Year 3 had the fantastic opportunity to travel to the Time and Tide museum. They were able to participate in a group of activities such as hunting, shelter building, footprint exploring and learning how to survive the Stone Age. A great day was had by all!



Stone Age Day - July 2018


Year Three were learning outdoors all day today for their Stone Age day.


They all looked fantastic in their Stone Age outfits and they used all of their super learning powers such as co-operation, perseverance and creativity to build Stone Age shelters. They went out hunting and recorded the hunts using cave art. They made and decorated beakers and explored life in the Bronze Age.


Everyone had great fun!







Light and Shadow - July 2018


To make the most of the beautiful, sunny weather the children went outside to explore their shadows. They used chalk to draw round their shadows at different points throughout the day and discussed how/why it changed position.


A lot of fantastic learning!




Sports Day - June 2018


What a fantastic day! All the children had the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities such as Vortex Howler, hurdles, accuracy throwing and a water challenge.


They all showed great enthusiasm and determination throughout all of these activities before finishing with relay and individual races.


I was extremely proud to see the brilliant attitudes of the children who congratulated everyone no matter where they finished in their race.


Well done to everyone involved who helped to make this day a huge success.







Science Week - June 2018


In Science Week Year Three had great fun as scientists trying to make marvellous medicines for George.


We used acids and alkalis like vinegar and lemon juice and bicarb to explore chemical reactions. We explored solids and liquids using cornflour and we made exploding volcanoes! We love science!





Benacre Visit - May 2018


On Wednesday 23rd May, year 3 went to Benacre Woods to participate in a range of activities. Dog handling, hunt and hounds, bug hunting and birds of prey were just a few of the things that the children could do. Opportunities to explore the beach, learn about game keeping and uncover the secrets behind granulated sugar were also given.


A fantastic trip that allowed the children to blossom outdoors and uncover aspects of nature they had previously never seen.





3S Fitbit Challenge - May 2018


The North Suffolk Sport & Health Partnership have created a programme to both see how active children are and to give incentives for children to challenge themselves. This week the children of 3S have been extremely lucky to be loaned Fitbits to wear for the week. The children have been determined to beat their steps from the previous day and we have now collated data for amount of steps per day. We will now use this data across other areas of the curriculum such as plotting graphs in Maths and exploring how the heart works in Science.


Overall, a fantastic week that the children have thoroughly enjoyed.


Archaeologist Visit - April 2018


On Monday 23rd April, Archaeologist Jim Beckerleg visited Year 3 to tell us about stone-age tools. We examined real flint tools used to cut and scrape vegetable and animal matter at least 5000 years ago.


We used the flints to experiment cutting up vegetables, investigating how the tools would have been used and comparing this to our modern life and tools.



Church Visit 3S - March 2018


On Tuesday 27th March, 3S had the privilege, along with other years, to go down to St Michael’s Church to explore the meaning of Easter. They participated in a range of activities which helped them to understand different aspects. All children had the opportunity to take part in each activity.


  • One activity involved washing the hand of another child in the class. This was to show that everyone needs to respect each other and not one person is better than anyone else.
  • Another activity involved trying to mould big balls of clay. The children initially explained that the clay was ‘rock-solid, hard and difficult’ to mould. However, once they had been working with it for a while, it became softer and easier to shape. This symbolised life and how if you break down all those negative feelings into smaller pieces it becomes more manageable.
  • The final activity involved the last supper where children were able to drink the wine (not real of course) and eat the bread that portrayed the blood and body of Jesus.


The children had a great time and a big thank you must go to Rich Henderson and all of those who made the visit enjoyable and successful.







Benacre Visit - March 2018


The Year 3 children had a fantastic day at Benacre woods. They had the opportunity to explore and investigate the great outdoors through a range of activities. Each child had designed their very own ‘bog baby’ and were challenged to build a home for it. They were also challenged to create a piece of Andy Goldsworthy artwork. This required the children to use the natural materials around them in order to replicate the artist’s style.


Finally, possibly most excitingly, the children were invited to create dens for their groups. They needed to think about its structure and whether it was big enough to fit everybody in.


Overall the children had a wonderful day and clearly got a lot from the activities they participated in.







3S Maths Weeks - March 2018


Day 1

The children in 3S received an exciting letter this week. It was from Mrs K. Kingston who sent a special request for the children to help design the first ever zoo in Beccles. The children discussed what was needed to create a successful zoo. They quickly decided that they first needed to decide which animals would be vital to ensure high ticket sales. They did this by asking both 3S and 4L for their favourite animals. From this data, they produced a bar chart so they could easily see which animals were the most popular. They have now began working on their zoo designs and will continue with this on day 2.




Day 2

The children carried on designing their zoos. They worked out where each enclosure would be positioned along with essentials such as toilets, restaurants and gift shops. They then discussed the importance of working out the perimeter of each enclosure and some children also worked out the area.




Day 3

With time running out, the children needed a productive day on their zoos. Luckily, Mrs Kingston had some free time to give 3S a phone call. She was placed on loud speaker so they were able to ask her about the prices of different animals. Once the phone call was finished, 3S were able to price up the cost of their zoos.


Later that day, the children then designed an activity timetable so guests of the zoo could enjoy themselves. A wide variety of activities were available on the Zoo timetable such as penguin parades, seal shows and feeding times.




Day 4

With the week coming to an end the children needed to produce welcome boxes for their guests. They designed a net and worked on producing their cube. The cube needed to be big enough to contain the biscuits that would be given to the guests on arrival.





3S have worked incredibly hard this work to design their zoos. They have had to use a huge range of skills to create their zoo such as perimeter, area, statistics, measure and calculating time.


I am extremely proud of them all and I’m sure you are too!







3L Maths Weeks - March 2018


In Maths Week 3L measured and drew out the floor plans for a new Outdoor Explorer’s shop. We had to calculate the area and perimeter of each section of the shop. We then gathered data about the stock needed in the shop and drew graphs to show how much stock to order.


We then worked out the opening times of the shop and made 3D boxes for the ‘sleeping bag’ cakes which we served at the grand shop opening! We used coins to work out the prices of the items in the shop and how much change to give.




World Book Day - March 2018


We celebrated World Book Day on Friday 9th March and were so impressed with all the amazing costumes from both the children and the staff!


The children had a lovely day and took part in some book themed activities!





Year 3 and 4 Hobbit Challenge - March 2018


The children engaged fantastically with their scientific, Hobbit based challenge. Imagine the surprise on Bilbo’s face when he realised his magical ring had been stolen and the only suspects were his supposed friends! However, I don’t suspect the thief had any idea hat Year 3/4 were experts on chromatography and could decipher who’s pen had be used to write the note they left behind.


After much testing, the pupils were able to identify the culprit! 


I’m sure Bilbo will be forever thankful.



Explorers - February 2018


This week Year 3 were explorers following in the footsteps of Captain Scott.


We set off to the South Pole in teams of 5 and experienced the freezing conditions and terrible blizzards. We got into our sleeping bags and wrote the last entry in our diaries. We thought about how it would feel when we got to the South Pole and realised we had got there 2nd!


We put lots of emotion into our journal entries and learnt a lot about how it would feel to be an explorer.



Mountains - February 2018


In Year  this term, we have been looking at different parts of our amazing world. In particular, over the last two weeks the focus has been on mountains.


After looking at different mountains in an atlas, we looked at the types of mountains.


We then had a lot of fun creating our own model mountains!









Year 3 Christmas Performance


Well done to all the Year 3 children for the amazing effort they put into the Christmas performances. They all did a brilliant job and we had lovely feedback from the parents that were able to come and watch.







Egyptian Day - November 2017


After our visit to Norwich Castle for our topic on Egyptians we held an Egyptian Day at school. All children (and staff) were invited to dress up as an Egyptian for the day.


Thank you to all that took part!





Year 3 Visit Norwich Castle - 22nd November 2017


On Wednesday 22nd November, year 3 visited Norwich Castle Museum as part of their Ancient Egyptian topic.


The children had a fantastic opportunity to step into the shoes of ancient Egyptians and archaeologists, examining real artifacts and learning about the Egyptian way of life. As historians, they considered whether sites of archaeological significance should be investigated and artefacts removed, or left as the original inhabitants intended.


A great day was had by all!




Year 3 Trip to Benacre


On the 23rd May 2017, the Year 3 children went to Benacre Estate for an exciting day. They had the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that they had never experienced before.


The day was split into two parts, either side of lunch, where children had the chance to explore the Benacre Barn site and then along the coast. Activities included searching for bones inside owl pellets, bug-hunting in the wilderness and observing a tree surgeon managing the environment.


Additionally, there were birds of prey and opportunities to meet the hounds. The children had a fantastic day and were all excited to share what they knew when they arrived back at school.