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Welcome to our webpage for 2018/19.  Here you can find out about what we are learning and some of the activities we are enjoying in school.  If you would like to see our archived Class 3 page for 2017/18, please click HERE

Summer 2 2019: All for one and one for all!

11 July: Woodland Learning

Class 3 and Class 2 had a fantastic day of learning at Ledston Estate.  We became a "human" structure of a tree, working just like the sapwood, heartwood and bark of the tree would!  We had a go at the yoga tree pose and carried out a scavenger hunt in the woods.   Playing a different game of tig, the acorns had to "grow" (collect what they needed, e.g. water) making sure they were not "eaten" by the squirrels!   Finally, we worked brilliantly in teams to create fabulous dens.  Thank you to Ms Brannigan for leading all the activities and to Mrs Flanagan, Mrs Holloway, Mrs Robertshaw, Mrs Sanderson, Mrs Swann and Mrs Wood for accompanying us.

27 June: Fieldwork in Thorp Arch village

Before we undertook our fieldwork, we had thought about why settlers had come to this area.  We wanted to find out how Thorp Arch village had changed over time.  Using digital and OS maps, we recorded data in the field as well as sketching evidence of physical and human geographical changes.  Thank you to Ms Bailey, Ms Bradley and Mrs Richardson for accompanying us.

Here is the first crop of radishes from our vegetable garden.  They were delicious in our school lunch!

We are creating our own animations using Scratch.  Our challenge was to make a spaceship fly towards Earth and then add further animations.  Take a look at the first part of the animation below.

We used Ordnance Survey maps of the local area to investigate the reasons why settlements were built in that location.  Often the name of a place gives a clue.  We discovered that "thorp" is the Viking word for settlement which means that Thorp Arch was a Viking settlement.   We also discovered that most settlements are on or near a river, and often near some high ground.

 10 June: Pentecost Day

We created our own Pentecost art using collage or oil pastels.  We were inspired by the story in Acts 2 where the Holy Spirit comes to the disciples.  Take a look at our art work below.

7 June: Dr Hany El-Banna's visit

Today Dr Hany El Banna came to our school.  He told us that he created a charity called Islamic Relief, starting only with 20p from his 9 year old nephew.  Dr Hany travels around the world to help people who don’t have the same chances as we do.  Dr Hany was born in Egypt.  He wanted to be a footballer but something was wrong with his right leg so he became a doctor instead.  He received an OBE from the Queen for his humanitarian work.  Dr Hany told us “Have a dream; don’t live on the edge of life.”

It's an amazing summer of sport with the Cricket World Cup held here in England & Wales and the FIFA Women's World Cup held in France.  You can follow all the action here and here. 

This half term in geography, we will be investigating our local area and how it has changed over time.  We'll be using Ordnance Survey maps, digital mapping, aerial photos and local maps to answer questions about land use, physical and human features and environmental impact as well as getting out and about!  You can learn how to take a 4-figure grid reference below.

In Art and Design, our theme is sculpture and we'll be looking at Andy Goldsworthy's work.  You can create your own digital sculpture here or why not create your own land art at home or when you're out and about?  Take a look at some of Andy's creations in the clip below.

Summer 1 2019: In a galaxy far, far away...

We enjoyed an exciting "Science week" just before the half term holiday.  We learned lots about gravity from Stuart and then launched our own rockets into space.  Mr Sutcliffe inspired us all with his knowledge of space travel.  We made rocket mice and then investigated how far they would travel.  

With the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Holst's "The Planets", it was a great opportunity to compose our very own space music.  Holst didn't write a movement for Earth so the BBC's Earth Mission asked all budding Ten Pieces astronauts (us) to create our own piece of music about the Earth as though we were looking down at it from space!    

In Design and Technology, we designed, made and evaluated our own "moving aliens" using a pneumatic system of a balloon, syringe and tubing.  We could choose to make the alien's eyes bulge or its mouth open.  Take a look at us making our fantastic models below.

In science we have been answering the question: 'What surface would be the best one for an escape route for a car?'  We decided to use a comparative test - you can have a look at how engrossed we were in testing our different road surfaces in the pictures below!  

We planted seeds in our new vegetable planters and are looking forward to watching them grow.  Hopefully, we will have a fabulous crop of summer produce next half term.  Many thanks to Mrs Spence, Mrs Wood, Mrs Scott and Mrs Richardson for giving up their time to help us.

This half term we have been exploring the Christian concept of Kingdom of God in RE.  We looked carefully at a selection of artwork about Pentecost.  We moved around, writing questions, thinking about the Christian beliefs shown in the art, saying what we liked and disliked about the paintings.  We studied the people in the artwork, thinking about what they might be feeling.  We also thought about any symbols in the artwork and what they might mean.


Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why did he want to climb it.  He said, "Because it is there."

Well, space is there, and we're going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there."

These were the words of President Kennedy in 1962.  In less than seven years, on July 20 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had set foot on the moon.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of that extraordinary achievement.  Take a look at the trailer for a new film coming out this year, with never before seen footage of the Apollo 11 launch and moon landing.

This half term, we will be using books, poetry, film and music, all with a "space" theme, to inspire our writing.  Even Aardman Animations are doing the same!

In science, we are learning about magnetism and forces – vital in space travel.  You can find out more and watch clips here.

In history, we’ll be finding out about an ancient civilization – Ancient Sumer.  We’ll be trying to answer the question – were the Sumerians the greatest inventors of all time?  They were the first people to study the night sky, noting the position of the stars, planets and the phases of the moon.  Without them, perhaps there would have been no space exploration!  You can find out more about their amazing inventions and play games at the British Museum’s website here.

Try writing your name in cuneiform, the world's earliest writing here.

Spring 2 2019: Neighbours

We really enjoyed sharing all our learning with our families and the school at our Class Worship on 28 March.  Take a look at us performing the poem "My neighbour is an alien" by Maria Francis.

Our D&T project this half term has been bridges. We have looked at the forces that act on bridges, compression and tension.  Then we considered how bridges can be strengthened by the use of truss systems and arches, learning just how strong triangles can be.

We worked in pairs to design and build a bridge that would

  • span a gap of 30cm between two tables;
  • be self-supporting;
  • be strengthened and reinforced using techniques that we had previously investigated;
  • be constructed using only paper and tape.

Bridges were designed and the school’s sticky tape supply was seriously depleted.!  All the paper used was from recycling boxes throughout the school.  We tested how strong the bridges were with cans.  The strongest bridge held 8 cans (about 3 ½ kg)!  It was great fun making the bridges and we all persevered and collaborated really well!

Although no prehistoric cave paintings have been found in the UK (yet!), they are found throughout Europe.  We became ancient artists for the afternoon, painting with sticks and even our fingers.  It was more difficult than we thought but we all persevered.  Take a look at our fabulous cave art.  Can you work out any messages in them?

On Friday 15 March, in the afternoon, the whole school had a fantastic time sharing our favourite books with each other.   We even got to read in our pyjamas!   Take a look at our favourite stories and fabulous nightwear!

We have started this half term studying books which have "strange" neighbours in them.  "I'll take you to Mrs Cole" by Nigel Gray tells the story of a boy who is threatened with a visit to Mrs. Cole by his working mother whenever he doesn't get his jobs done in her absence.  He finally searches out the woman on his own and finds out what "awful" things really happen at her house. 


In Roald Dahl's final book, "Esio Trot", retired bachelor Mr. Hoppy is hopelessly in love with his neighbour Mrs. Silver, but she is only interested in her pet tortoise Alfie, until Mr. Hoppy hatches an audacious plan to win her love.

Did you know that the UK was once joined to France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark?  About 10, 000 years ago, Doggerland, as it was called by archeologists, would have provided a connection between Britain and Europe.  People would have traded and exchanged things, and might have spoken a common language. We'll be finding out more fascinating facts about British prehistory this term and will be trying to answer the question "What was 'new' about the Neolithic (New Stone Age)'?   You can find a timeline of this period of history here 

Visit the BBC Bitesize site here to find out more.  Watch the clip below about the New Stone Age (Neolithic) in Britain.

Spring 1 2019: Heroes and Villains

14 February: Visit to the Sikh Gurdwara

On 14 February, we visited the Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Bradford.  We were shown the Langar Hall and the Darbar Hall, where we heard the Guru Granth Sahib being read.  Narinder, our guide, played the sarod (an Indian traditional instrument) for us which we all thought was beautiful and peaceful.  We also had a go at tying turbans!  We learned a lot about the role of the Gurdwara in the Sikh community and that people of all faiths are welcome to the Gurdwara.  We all enjoyed our visit and learned a lot more about Sikhism.  Thank you to Mrs Abel, Mrs Brooks and Mrs Sanderson for accompanying us.

In PE, we have been creating our own games.  Working in pairs and in groups of three or four, we have had to work cooperatively and creatively, with a set choice of equipment.   We have had to devise our own rules and we worked together to make our games more fairer, safer and challenging.

We have been inspired by a hero of modern art: Henri Matisse.  We looked carefully at his cut-out figures and created our own dancing figure by 'painting with scissors'.  We took a risk by not drawing an outline; we just cut out the shapes.  We used complementary colours in our collages.  Can you spot cool colours: blue, green or purple?  Can you spot warm colours: red, orange or yellow?  Take a look at our fantastic collages below.

Happy New Year!   What a great way to start 2019 by entering CS Lewis' magical world of Narnia!  His book, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" has inspired writers such as Philip Pullman and JK Rowling.   

"I found myself thinking about the wardrobe route to Narnia when Harry is told he has to hurl himself at a barrier in King's Cross Station – it dissolves and he’s on platform 9 3/4, and there’s the train for Hogwarts."   JK Rowling.

It has also inspired many film makers.  Take a look at the most recent film version below.

In geography, we'll be finding out fascinating facts about mountains and about some of the people who've attempted to climb some of the world's most dangerous and awe-inspiring peaks, including George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.   Watch Steve Backshall swap wrestling snakes and crocodiles for training to climb a mountain in Switzerland called the Eiger - German for 'ogre'.  The Eiger's North Face is 1,800m high and features lots of smooth rock faces and ice waterfalls.

The ultimate challenge for any mountaineer is conquering Mt Everest.  But even crossing the slopes of Everest can be deadly...

Autumn 2 2018: Remember, Remember

In RE, we have been thinking about the stories and beliefs of different festivals as well as finding out how believers celebrate festivals in different ways.  To begin our thinking about the Jewish festival of Pesach (or Passover) we created a conscience alley for the Pharaoh of Egypt and Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt.  We gave reasons why the Pharoah should free the slaves or why he should keep them.  "Pharoah" had to weigh up the arguments and decide what to do.  We then gave "Moses" reasons why he should continue to follow God's will or why he should forget it and leave the people as slaves. 

In the end, Pharaoh decided he would free the Israelites.  Moses decided to keep following God's will.  Phew!

This half term, we have been building up our strength and stamina in PE.  We've been doing a variety of exercises for a minute at a time, aiming to improve our scores each week.   We've enjoyed circuit training and all of us have managed to improve how many repetitions we completed in a minute.  Take a look at us in action below.

Our new half term began by taking part in the BBC's Remembrance Live lesson, along with Classes 4 and 5, on Friday 9 November.   The lesson featured the author and poet Roger Stevens who helped us compose haiku poems to remember all those who gave their lives in The Great War.  We were able to join in with a collective moment of reflection ahead of the weekend's national commemorative events.

In history, we will be trying to answer the question: "The First World War only affected men: true or false."  You can find out more about what life was like in Britain 100 years ago at the BBC Schools website here.  We will also be reading Michael Morpurgo's fantastic book "The Butterfly Lion" which links to our learning about World War One.  Take a look at the author reading from his book below.

Below is an overview of our learning this half term.  Towards the end of this term we will be preparing for the Christmas Carol Concert, and it will be great to see you all there on either Monday 17th December or Tuesday 18th December.  As always, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to have a quick chat or arrange a time to meet.

Autumn 1 2018: Magical Mystery Tour

Here Be Dragons!

To tie in with our magical, mysterious curriculum theme, Class 3 have designed their own dragon and its habitat.  We've worked hard at creating different tones in our paintings.  We've also been inspired by Andy Shepherd's book "The boy who grew dragons" as well as Jackie Morris' book ""Tell me a dragon."  Take a look below at our fantastic landscapes and dragons.

We also performed the poem "The Dragon who ate our school" by Nick Toczek in October's Celebrating our Work assembly.  Take a look at our class performance below.

We were lucky to have a Street Dance coach this half term.  Together, we had great fun creating a whole class street dance!

In RE, we have been exploring the question "What do Christians learn from the creation story?"  We've also thought about the Christian concepts of Creation and Fall and where in Genesis 3, Adam and Eve are tempted, disobedient, pass the blame and even hide from God!  We hot-seated  Adam, Eve, the snake and God's spokesperson to ask questions about their choices and the consequences of their actions. 

Welcome to Class 3!  We have had a magical start to the year, diving into the wonderful world of Roald Dahl's books.  You can find out more about the life of Roald Dahl and his marvellous stories here.

Watch some CBBC presenters explain which Roald Dahl book is their favourite below.

As a part of our science learning, this half term we will look at light.  We will find out how light interacts with objects, forming shadows and reflections.  We will also be investigating transparent, translucent and opaque objects.  You can find out more and watch lots of fascinating clips here.

We expect you to read every day!  Please make sure an adult signs your reading record each time you read as every Thursday we check your reading record.  If you have read at least five times you earn a team point.

Ukulele lessons will take place on Wednesdays with Mr Fletcher.   We have a set of ukuleles which we share with Class 4 and they are sent home on alternate Wednesdays.   It is important that they are returned on Monday of the following week so that they can be used in the lesson. 

PE will be Dance (with a coach) on Tuesdays and Games on Fridays.  We will have PE lessons outside as often as possible so trainers, tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt can be brought into school as the weather gets colder.  PE kit needs to be in school all half term.  We will only send kit home if it needs a wash.  Book bags need to fit in our new lockers so LEH KS2 school bags are best for this.

In Key Stage 2 the children who like to have a school snack at playtime pay each day.  We encourage them to think about the coins they need and if they need any change how much they should receive.  Snacks now cost 30p per day.  The children can either bring 30p each day, or £1.50 at the beginning of the week in a purse or wallet.  They can keep any change in their classroom tray.