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“I have called you by your name; you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1

Year 3A



Year 3A took on a massive challenge during Lent when they had a day of silence to raise money for ARIBA. The children were only allowed to communicate by writing on whiteboards. Mrs Atherton had a lovely peaceful day!  Well done to Year 3A for taking part in the sponsored silence.

Meditation: The Beatitudes


In Meditation we listened to Matthew’s Gospel when Jesus taught the crowds about the Beatitudes. We all chose one Beatitude to work extra hard on during this Lent and then we placed a stone by the word which we had chosen, for example, ‘patience’.

DT: Sandwiches


In our DT topic this half term, we have tasted different types of bread, evaluated shop bought sandwiches and designed our own sandwich. This week, we got to make our own sandwiches and eat them. Some food combinations were more successful than others, for example, chicken, bacon and salad was a popular combination, but we decided that carrot and ketchup do not go well together. Our handiwork can be seen in the pictures.

3A Class Assembly


Year 3A performed their class assembly by retelling the tale of the ‘Grumpy Gecko’, which is a traditional story from Bali. The children had added in some of their own ideas from their Literacy lessons and the result was a very enjoyable story. The singing, dancing and acting were top quality. Well done Year 3A!

RE: Hot Seating


In RE we learnt about Jesus’ time in the desert when he went for forty days without food or water. Then we had to come up with questions that we would ask Jesus about the decisions he made whilst he was in the desert. We took it in turns to be Jesus in the hot seat and tried to answer the questions that we were asked. Some of our questions were:


‘Why did you decide not to turn the stones into bread?’


‘Were you tempted to turn the stones into bread?’


‘Why did you go into the desert?’


‘How did you feel when you were there?’

Trip to Kew Gardens


All of us in Year 3 travelled to London to experience the delights of Kew Gardens in connection with our Science and Geography topics. We took part in a workshop where we learnt about plants which can live in and adapt to different climate zones. We had a tour of the Princess of Wales Conservatory to see a lot of these plants in action and we felt the temperatures of their habitats. We also climbed a long way to the top of the ‘Treetop Walk’ to see what life is like for a tree at the top! The view was great! In the Palm House, we were able to see the plants which are used to produce many everyday foods and materials, such as mango, coffee and ebony. We returned to school feeling very tired and extremely brainy!

Romans Topic Homework


Mrs Atherton has continued to be impressed by the standard of homework of 3A’s Roman projects.

Roman Day


We had the most fantastic Roman Day where we all got the chance to experience what it would have been like to be a Roman citizen. We came to school dressed in costume and we stayed in character for the entire day. In the morning we made Roman honey cakes which tasted delicious. We then got to learn some Latin with Mr O’Malley and he let us all choose a new Roman name for ourselves. This was followed by a maths lesson on Roman numerals. In the afternoon, we became buyers and sellers at the Roman market. Each group was responsible for setting up their own stall and pricing up their goods (with Roman numerals). We finished our day by having a Roman banquet with many a visit to the vomitorium! We all had a really enjoyable day.

Winter Calligrams


We have looking at shape poems and this led to us creating some calligrams this week. The theme was winter and we were inspired by lots of winter pictures.

Trip to Verulamium


We had a fantastic day out at the Verulamium in St Albans where we got to handle real Roman artefacts! We could not believe that we were touching things that were 2000 years old! We also had a good look around the museum itself and completed a trail where we learnt a lot of information about life in Roman times. After lunch, we went to see the hypocaust floor which is a giant mosaic with heating systems. We were amazed at the size of the mosaics which we saw. It was a great trip and we will use our new knowledge in our work over the coming half term.

Roman Shields


We really enjoyed designing and making our Roman shields and we made sure our patterns were symmetrical. We tried out some battle formations, including the ‘tortoise’ where we all had to hold our shields above our heads, to the front and to the side to protect ourselves from the enemy.

Jewish Visitor


This week we have been learning about Judaism and we were very lucky to have a Jewish visitor. She taught us about the special time of Shabbat and what Jewish families do during this time. We even got to taste some challah bread and we all agreed it tasted delicious!

Romans Topic Homework


Mrs Atherton asked us to complete a project for our Romans topic. We were allowed to choose whether we wanted to write an information page or do something creative. We have completed some fantastic homework as you can see from the pictures below. 

Letters from Celtic Britain


We have really got into our Romans topic. We looked at what life was like in Britain during Celtic times. Then we pretended that we had travelled back in time and we had to write a letter home to explain what we could see all around us. Here are Jessica and Natalya’s letters.