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PD Day - Friday 23rd October 2020

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


BSL - October 2020


Class 3L have been learning some BSL (British Sign Language) every week. This week we learnt the signs for families. Here we are signing brother, sister, father and mother.


We also really enjoy learning signed songs.


Flags - October 2020


Class 3L have really enjoyed taking part in Miss Lane's flag challenges. Can you guess what this week's and last week's flags were?


Edgar Degas - October 2020


Year Three looked at Edgar Degas 'Dancing Girls' paintings and were inspired to create some collages showing movement. They moved their bodies in different ways before making their masterpieces! We were all very impressed with the results!







The Human Body - October 2020


Year three have had great fun learning all about the human body. We found out how muscles work and learnt the names of all of the bones in our skeleton. We asked lots of scientific questions about bones and muscles and we used the laptops to research the answers to our questions.


Ancient Egyptian Writing - September 2020


Year 3 had fun exploring Ancient Egyptian writing. They wrote their names in hieroglyphics and decoded some Egyptian writing. They made their own cartouches using real papyrus. 



Egypt - September 2020


Year three went on a flight to Egypt. They flew on a five hour flight to Cairo. They made their own passports and enjoyed an in flight movie!


It was great fun!



The Magic Box - September 2020


The Year three children have been reading The Magic Box. A poem by Kit Wright.


We loved the rich language and imagery in the poem and particularly loved the line about 'The swish of a silk sari on a Summer's day.' We swished a real sari to see what sounds it made!




The Day the Crayons Quit - March 2020


Year Three have had great fun reading 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and the other books in the series. We made some brilliant crayons to celebrate finishing the books!





World Book Day - March 2020


World book day 2020 was a huge success! The children looked brilliant in their fancy dress and all embraced the day brilliantly.


Year 3 and 4 were mixed into groups and took part in four different activities based around books. This day has provided us to inspire the children to develop a real love of reading.





Slovakia - March 2020


Rishie from Class 3L went to Slovakia in half term. It is where his family are from and he brought back lots to share with the class!


He bought a Slovakian flag for our class flag challenge and he shared Slovakian biscuits with us! Rishie showed us lots of books and items from Slovakia, such as money, packaging and postcards. He even offered to teach us to count to ten!


We are so grateful to Rishie and his family for sharing their wonderful language and country with us!


Creation Stories - January 2020


Year Three have been exploring Creation stories and talking about how we think the world began. We were confident enough to share all of our different ideas and we discussed the idea that everyone's ideas were respected and valued.


We have looked at the Christian Creation story as well as stories from other religions and cultures.


Look at our fantastic display!


Chance to Shine Cricket - January 2020


Year 3 have had a fantastic opportunity to take part in 'Chance to Shine' cricket sessions every Friday this half term.


We are really improving our cricket skills!





Year 3 Christmas Performance - December 2019



Egyptian Day - November 2019


The Year Three children had a fantastic Egyptian Day in school.


We all dressed up as Ancient Egyptians and took part in some amazing learning! We tasted Egyptian food, made a 'Shabti'  ( a servant to take to the afterlife to do all of our jobs for us!). We worked in groups to build a 'Shaduf' to get water out of the River Nile and we made a sarcophagus.


It was lots of fun and we learnt a lot too!





Journey - 3L - November 2019


Class 3L invited their parents and carers in to share some of the amazing learning they have been doing based on the book 'Journey' by Aaron Becker.


They shared artwork, poetry and literacy work as well as sharing the music they had created. They then read the three Aaron Becker books with their adults.


Thank you to the fantastic support  from all the adults that came along.





Children in Need Maths Share - November 2019


Thank you to all parents that were able to attend our Maths share. The children really enjoyed working with you all.





Norwich Castle - November 2019


The children had a fantastic day learning about Ancient Egypt at Norwich castle museum.


They took part in four workshops, exploring mummification, Egyptian jewellery, Life in Ancient Egypt, and they even got to touch 3000 year old artefacts!


The staff at the museum were impressed with the children's knowledge of Egyptians.





Procession for Ank Hor

Still image for this video

The Journey - October 2019


We read The Journey by Aaron Becker and thought about how the water moved along the canals through the city. We had great fun exploring how to make the boats move and we investigated forces.



Fitness Festival - September 2019


15 children for year 3 took part in a festival to celebrate National Fitness Day. The festival was held in Lowestoft with over 150 pupils attending from 15 different schools.


The children participated in loads of activities including dancing, animal fitness races, social bingo and dinosaur egg collecting.


The children had a fantastic time enjoying the importance of being fit and healthy.




Roald Dahl Day - September 2019


Year Three and Four celebrated  Roald Dahl day on his birthday, September 13th.


They had an exciting day learning all about his books and taking part in a variety of activities such as hiding the Enormous Crocodile in their paintings and creating their own dream jars from The BFG.


They looked at characters faces from The Twits listened to and read lots of Roald Dahl stories throughout the day.




French Cafe - July 2019


Year 3 have been using their French in a real life context by setting up a role play French cafe. They took turns in being the customers and the waiters, ordering foods and using their conversational skills. It was a great way to round off their first year of learning French.



Time and Tide Museum - July 2019


Year 3 went to the Time and Tide museum for a 'Surviving the Stone Age Day'. They had great fun building shelters, hunting a deer, exploring footprints as archaeologists and using flint tools to make stone age clothing. 


It was a fantastic day and the people at the museum were amazed at everything we'd learnt this term! A great end to the topic!





Stone Age Day - July 2019


Year 3 Celebrated their Stone Age Day this week where they had fun building shelters, creating the first clay pots from the Beaker culture and sewing a stone age puppet.


Big thank you to all the effort that was put into their costumes, everyone looked amazing!






'Henges' - June 2019


As part of our topic Stone Age to Iron Age, Year 3 build their own 'henges' last week. 






Benacre Visit - May 2019 


Here are the  photos from our visit to the Benacre Estate open day. The children took part in 10 activities based around the countryside from Bug hunting and coastal erosion to birds of prey and woodland management. We loved the dog handling and the hounds.





Trinity Park Trip - April 2019


Here are some photos from our Year 3 trip to Trinity Park.





Year 3 STEM WEEK - Recycling - March 2019


During STEM week, Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw (Mayor of Beccles) and Ash Lever (Councillor) visited Year 3 to talk about recycling. We sorted plastics and learned which could be recycled  and which could go to TerraCycle. Those plastics which can’t be recycled can be made into Eco bricks. It really got us thinking about our use of single use plastics.


We are starting to make our own Eco bricks.



Den Building - March 2019


The Year three children enjoyed and exciting Den building day at Albert Pye school. They worked together using bamboo, arches, and sheeting to create their own dens which they could then play inside.They used all of our Super Learning Powers including creativity, perseverance, independence, co operation, concentration, being adventurous, and being reflective.

World Book Day 7th March 2019


Year 3 had a great time celebrating World Book Day.

Christmas Play - December 2018

Walk Like an Egyptian!


Year Three children at Albert Pye School had a fantastic day learning about life as an Ancient Egyptian. The children and staff all dressed up and explored activities including; tasting Egyptian food, building a ‘Shaduf’ to get water out of the Nile river, making a ‘shabti’ servant to take with them to the afterlife, and using real papyrus! The children all had a great day and learnt a lot.

Year Three had fun for Pudsey on Children in Need day!


Year Three raised money for Children in Need and solved some tricky Pudsey maths challenges at the same time! They wore non uniform and met the real Pudsey bear! Then they worked on a series of maths challenges such as the Pudsey’s scarf challenge and the Sponsored jump challenge. Everyone had lots of fun!

Year Three Egyptian Day

Year Three had an exciting day at Norwich castle museum learning more about Ancient Egypt. They listened to a debate about whether archaeologists should leave the artefacts in the tombs or whether they should be allowed to take them out and study them. They took part in 4 exciting workshops including, mummification, farming, jewellery and collar making and examining real 5000 year old objects. It was a full and fun-packed day!


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.