Year 3 - Elder & Juniper Classes

Term 5

Phew!  What a busy term we’ve had in Year 3!  We worked so hard on all our learning across the curriculum that it is hard to pick a couple of highlights, so instead here are some of the awesome things we did this term:

Maths – we explored the world of fractions

History – we learned all about the Ancient Greeks, including what their soldiers wore, who they worshipped and how their civilisation has impacted on our lives

Music – we composed a relaxing piece of music after listening to Ancient Greek compositions

Art – we studied Greek pottery designs and used these to design our own teddy togas (which we still have to finish)

Science – we continued to find out about plants and the role of pollination and seed dispersal

We also invited parents in for a book look and took them on a nature hunt, practised our athletic skills ready for sports day and worked hard to improve our rapid recall of multiplication and division facts using our times table wristbands.

No wonder we are all ready for a week’s rest!

Term 4

Term 4 has been the best one so far this year for Year 3 as we have been so busy, what with Aspirations Week and World Book Day!

Aspirations Week

Wow, what a week this was! We were lucky enough to have 5 different visitors come into Year 3 to explain to us all about their jobs and help us to think about what we might want to become when we are older, and what we might need to do to get there! Our visitors included a hairdresser and an architect and we are feeling very inspired!

We also spent lots of time exploring new ways to spend our leisure time, from practicing Tai Chi, to drawing cartoon creations and even baking! We also thought about how Year 3 can help to improve our wider community and we have been learning about saving energy and recycling.

The highlight of the week though was definitely our trip to Kidzania in London, where we all had the chance to try out lots of different jobs throughout the day.


We have loved our Science topic of Plants this term! In fact, we loved it so much that we’re going to carry on learning about it after Easter! We have been exploring the functions of the different parts of plants and carrying out practical investigations to see what they need to grow successfully. Next term we’ll be looking at seeds and how they are dispersed by the plant.


We have continued to learn about the Stone Age this term, and thought about what life would have been like for the first people in Britain. We even painted our own cave paintings!


This term has been all about mountains, and we have had some fantastic creations made as part of children’s home learning projects, take a look! We have been learning about how mountains are created, and exploring where in the world they are found and why.


We finished off the term with a week of art lessons exploring the work of William Morris. We then spent time creating our own pieces of art inspired by him, which we made prints using ink and coloured paper, which looked absolutely fantastic!

A thank you

Lastly, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Mr Stretton as he leaves us to complete his teaching qualification. Juniper Class have loved having you, and we all wish you lots of good luck for the rest of your course!

Term 3

Gosh!  What an exciting and fun-packed term we have had with lots of fun things to do….and we managed to fit it all into just under 6 weeks too!

Shore Academy

Juniper Class were lucky enough to be invited to take part in Shore Academy, which was 4 morning sessions exploring the beach and Old Town in Hastings.  We had lots of fun finding, building and collecting things on the beach, finding out about the pier, climbing up the East Hill and learning about how to look after the beach and town.  It was brilliant and we were really sad that it had to come to an end.



In DT we worked with Mr Davies to explore, investigate and build strong structures using different materials.  WE came up with lots of interesting and imaginative designs and strategies to make them stand up.  We finished our learning by designing and building a Stone Age hut using some of the skills we had learnt.

We also learnt all about rocks and soils in Science, refined our balancing skills in Gymnastics, discovered what it’s like at a Jewish wedding and began exploring the Stone Age.  What a busy term!

Term 2

Term 2 Review

Gosh!  What a busy term we’ve had in Year 3!  As well as working hard on our learning in Maths, English, Science, Geography, PE, Music, PSHEe and RE we have had two special weeks during the term which allowed us to learn in different ways to usual and use a variety of learning skills to succeed.

Storytelling Week

Back in November we celebrated Hastings Storytelling Week by spending the week creating a story based on Quentin Blake’s Rockanaurus, which he created especially for the festival.  The children chose how they wanted to create and present their stories and we ended up with chapter books, picture books, puppet shows, animations and drama.  The children all worked incredibly hard and had a lot of fun using their imaginations.

Christmas Fayre

As our year group project for the Christmas Fayre we decided to design and make Christmas cards to sell.  We began with an empty shoebox and throughout the course of the week we spent every afternoon working in small groups to plan, design and create festive scenes using a range of different materials and mediums.  Once they were finished we took photographs of each one and then the classrooms were transformed into Santa’s workshop with everyone busy folding, cutting and gluing to make the finished packs of cards.  We were incredibly proud of the children’s hard work and the finished cards looked fantastic.  In fact, we completely sold out!

Welcome back to Year 3 for Term 2; we have a very exciting term ahead!

Hastings Storytelling Week begins on Monday 7th November and our focus for the week will be the illustration of the Rockanaurus, designed especially for Hastings by Sir Quentin Blake. We will be learning how to tell stories in many different ways. We are continuing with our class text The Magic Finger; we will be writing poems about learning to fly, and creating instructions through writing recipes.

In maths we will continue to focus on addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers, and applying our maths knowledge in a variety of ways.

In other subjects we will be looking at Animals including Humans in science, and the features of the UK in Geography.

The school Christmas Fayre is on Friday 2nd of December and we will be making something exciting to sell to raise money for the school.

We thank you for your continued support.

Miss Stroud and Mr Pearson

Term 1

Termly Review

We have had a fantastic start to the year, with all of the children thoroughly enjoying a great school trip to Fairlight Hall for the Field to Fork day! We hope all of the beans they planted and brought home are continuing to grow big and strong!

The children have been outside learning a range of invasion games in their weekly PE lessons, including football, netball, basketball and hockey and they are beginning to develop a wide range of skills which they are able to put into practice week on week.

We have also been able to get outside in the fresh air during Art lessons, creating huge chalk monsters on the playground in the style of Lester MacGoogan, the artist we have been studying all term. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Lester himself in the last week of term, where he gave children and parents a demonstration of how he creates his art, even creating some pieces especially for each class!

We have spent a lot of time this term encouraging the children to have pride in their work and focus on their presentation in everything they do, which is already beginning to show in their learning. We are looking forward to continuing this into Term 2 and beyond.

From Field to fork @ Fairlight Hall

Year 3 were invited to go to Fairlight hall to learn how our food comes from the field to our fork.

The children were able to handle horses, sheep and chickens, meet a beekeeper and see how fleece from a sheep is spun into wool. They each planted a seed to bring home to grow. I wonder what they will grow into?

Mr. Lindsay was very proud to be told by lots of people attending the event that Sandown pupils showed exemplary behaviour during the day.


Our work this term is focused on Roald Dahl's book, The Magic Finger. To introduce the author we celebrated Roald Dahl Day on September 14th and honoured what would have been Roald's 99th birthday (September 13th). We all came dressed as a Roald Dahl character and immersed ourselves in the life and work of Roald Dahl.

Here are some photos of Lester Magoogan in Year 3 for 'Nice and Naughty' Monsters Masterclass with parents on 21st October 2015.