St Pius X Catholic Primary School

'Restore all things in Christ'

01229 828406

Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 4AA

Welcome to Year 3

Spring 2 2022

Spring 1 2022

Autumn 2 2021

We have had a very exciting half-term in school, from fantastic school trips, to finally welcoming our families back into school to watch our assemblies and Christmas performances. We have been learning all about the Tudors and went to Ordsall Hall, in Salford, where we stepped into the life of a Tudor for the day and helped to prepare for a wedding feast. The whole day was very intriguing and we learnt so much about the lives of rich and poor Tudors. This half-term, we also started 'Well-being in the Woods', where we spent an afternoon exploring the woods. We look forward to going and adventuring again next half-term! After a very busy term, we are all ready for a well-deserved Christmas break!

Autumn 1 2021

Welcome to Year 3! We have had a fantastic first half-term together and have settled so well into Key Stage 2. We have celebrated Roald Dahl Day, National Poetry Day and our Art through the ages day, where every class researched an artist and explored their work; we learnt all about Georges Seurat and Pointillism. We have written our own fables with a moral and have worked really hard to change them into playscripts.

Summer 2 2021

We have made it to the end of our first year in the juniors - and what a year it has been! We finished our year off with lots of exciting days, such as our Sport's Day, STEM day, our school trip to Water Park in Coniston and a fun-filled and educational visit from Mr Egypt, who took us on a journey from the beginning to the very end of the Egyptians. On our STEM day, our challenge was to get all of the characters across the river, following specific rules. First of all, we had to decide what resources to use to make the boat, as it had to be able to hold 30 coins and be able to float. We did a fantastic job at this!We really enjoyed all of these opportunities that we had to take part in. Now, we are ready for a lovely summer and look forward to returning as Year 4s! 

Summer 1 2021

What a fantastic half-term we have had together! 

Spring 2 2021

After the half-term break, we had just 2 weeks left of remote learning before we could come back to school. We were so excited to get back into the classroom. To make our first day back extra special, we repeated our World Book Day (based on 'The Day the Crayons Quit' and 'The Day the Crayons Came Home' and all came into school dressed in our brightest colours. We had an amazing day and Mr McGoldrick even surprised us all to the ICE CREAM VAN! 

We have been writing our own informal letters in English, imagining that we were the poor tan crayon from the story 'The Day the Crayons Came Home'. 

In design and technology, we have been designing, making and evaluating our own prehistoric shelters, similar to what they lived in during this period. We had to investigate different materials to ensure that our shelter would be suitable for someone (in the prehistoric period) to live in.

Spring 1 2021

We have spent this half-term doing our learning remotely. We have been lucky enough to stay in touch with the rest of the class due to our daily Zoom sessions for each of our lessons. It has been a challenge for everyone, but we did an amazing job at getting our work done and also being able to show our grown ups what kind of things we get up to in a school day. 

As well as Zoom lessons, we also took part in alternative 'screen-free' days; Well-being Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays. We had good fun participating in whole school challenges and uploading pictures and videos to our Home Learning & Keeping in Touch Facebook page. 

Autumn 2 2020

We have had an eventful half-term in Year 3. Unfortunately, our bubble closed for 1 week and we had to move to remote learning. The children rose to the occasion spectacularly and we were so impressed with the commitment from both the children and their families. Well done, Year 3!

We did a fantastic job of writing our own versions of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We were SO impressed with our work and we can't wait to continue improving our writing! We also continued to learn about the Tudors and have had a go at using our new sketching skills to complete Tudor portraits (we found out that these portraits sometimes looked NOTHING like the person).

Unfortunately, our build-up to Christmas was very different this year, but we still managed to have lots of fun in our classroom. We enjoyed our Christmas party and lunch, Christmas Jumper Day and performing our song for the Nativity.

Autumn 1 2020

Welcome back to school! The children have settled back into school (and into the juniors) extremely well. Although we are trying to keep things as normal as possible, Year 3 are adapting so well to the changes in school (such as assemblies in our classroom and via Zoom, with Mr McGoldrick and the other classes in the school).

In P.E., we have been learning all about pathways and patterns in gymnastics. We have also had some good weather, so we were able to take part in a cross country around our school field - it was very tiring, but lots of fun!

In topic, we have been learning all about the Tudors. We particularly enjoy learning about Henry VIII and his 6 wives, who were: 'DIVORCED - BEHEADED - DIED - DIVORCED - BEHEADED - SURVIVED. We enjoy singing along to this song, too!

We have also enjoyed our themed days, such as 'Hello Yellow Day' and 'Roald Dahl Day'.

Summer 2 2020

This term, we continued to do our learning at home. We have had lots of time to spend with our families, which has been very fun! We were lucky enough to be able to come into school on the last day of term to see all of our friends and teachers (from a distance, of course). It was so lovely to see everybody and we can't wait to get back to school in September now!

Summer 1 2020

This half-term has been very different for everyone, due to COVID-19. Instead of learning in school, we have kept ourselves and others safe, by staying at home! We have all kept in touch by completing Mr McGoldrick's daily challenges online, doing some learning at home and being able to spend lots of time with our families.

Spring 2 2020

We have been very busy this half-term, as we kicked it off by becoming first aid trained, thanks to Little Lifers, who taught us everything we needed to know to help others! We had a very practical morning, where we were able to learn how to look after someone if they needed help. We know that DRAB stands for 'Danger - Response - Airways - Breathing' and this is what we must follow to protect ourselves and others. 

We have used our knowledge of key traditional tales, to learn how to write our own play scripts. We then used this to create a play script for us to follow in our class assembly. Our class assembly fell on World Book Day, so we created our own version of Little Red Riding Hood, who met lots of different traditional tale characters along her way. We had lots of fun performing this!

Spring 1 2020

We have all returned back to school eager to learn, after a lovely Christmas break! This term we have started our new topic, Stone Age to Iron Age. We had a fantastic visitor, who is a local historian, to introduce this topic to us. It was very exciting because he brought lots of artefacts in for us to have a look at and hold. They were very old. 

We had a visitor from the United Utilities, who came to talk to us about how we can help to save the water. We found out how much water we potentially use in a day and we were amazed! We all made our individual promises about how we can save water in our daily lives. 

In P.E. this term, we have started to learn a dance for the U.Dance Festival that will take place at the Forum. We are working together to create a dance about light and shadows, which links in with our science work that we have been doing this half-term! 

We became our 'Times Tables Rockstars' on number day! We dressed up as our characters, or wore numbers and completed number challenges. We were challenged to use the Lego to solve problems, or complete challenges on a number of different challenge cards.

Autumn 2 2019

It has been a very exciting term, as we started to prepare for all things Christmas! We have been very busy preparing for our Christmas shows. In the Key Stage 2 Christmas nativity, we were the noisy sheep - BAAAA! For the Christmas Fair, we created our own pom pom bauble Christmas decorations, which we found out took a long time!

In P.E. this half-term, we attended sessions at Hoops, where we learnt lots of new tennis skills! It was lots of fun and we enjoyed becoming tennis players!

We have been working very hard this term, so we are all ready for a well deserved Christmas break!

Autumn 1 2019

We have settled into Year 3 and the juniors really well this term. 

We are learning all about the First World War and how it started. We ordered ourselves, in date order, to create the timeline of the First World War. We have also made our own propaganda posters and made them look really old, like they were from 1914. 

In science, we have been learning all about healthy diets. In design and technology, we have enjoyed planning our own healthy sandwiches, which we are going to make ourselves next half-term!

We took part in the sponsored run/walk around our school field. We collected sponsors to raise funds for a new school minibus. We were really lucky, as it was a lovely day! 

Summer 2019

We have had a really exciting last half term in Year 3.

For our school trip we went to Coniston Water Park and had a great time. We went canoeing on the lake and some of us also jumped in- including some staff. We also had a go at tree climbing using ropes. We look forward going again in year 5 for the residential trip.

In science we have been learning about plants. As part of our topic we went to a farm near Kendal to see further how plants grow and what plants grow well around here. We also got to try some fruit and vegetables grown on the farm, sow our own seeds and learn how the the food we eat reaches our plates. We also enjoyed a walk around a farm trail and went to see where the cows are milked. 

In P.E. we have worked on our orienteering skills. We have been using maps of the school grounds to make our way around an orienteering course. 

We look forward to going into year 4 and all the exciting lessons planned for us. 

Spring 2019

Year 3 have been very busy. We took part in the U.Dance performance at the Forum. We performed a dance about World War 1 and the Christmas Day Truce. We had lots of fun doing this. Also in P.E. we have been learning basketball. We have improved our team building skills as well as our ball skills. 

In Topic we have been recently learning about Ancient Egypt. We have built pyramids from cocktail sticks- we really enjoyed this. We have also been  finding  lots of interesting facts about Ancient Egypt. 

In R.E. we have recently been learning about Mary. We went to a special service for the Crowning of Mary with year 3 classes from other local schools. We also led a prayer session for our class assembly based on the Crowning of Mary. 

We have been learning about fossils in science and even made our own. This was messy and good fun!

Quotes from the children:

"Basketball is ace because you get to shoot a ball in a high net."

"I enjoyed singing to the whole school as part of our class assembly."

" In topic I have learnt lots of things about pharaohs about pyramids."

Autumn 2 2018

In our topic work we have learning about World War One, focusing on Remembrance Day and The Christmas Day Truce. We have also been learning about Belgium as this was a country significant in World War 1. In Technology we made poppy crosses and carried them down to the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday. We designed and made our own war medals from clay which we then decorated. Some of us also made poppy pompoms.

In P.E. we have been attending Hoops for tennis coaching. We really enjoyed these sessions and our tennis skills have greatly improved.

“ I enjoyed tennis. I can now hit the ball over the net”. Chantelle

“I enjoyed learning about the people in World War 1 who played football on Christmas Day” Lewis

Autumn 1 2018

We have all settled into the juniors really well and now feel very grown up. We have been learning a lot of new things this half term.

In P.E. Mr Thompson has been teaching us new hockey skills. Fortunately the weather has been kind to us and we have been able to go outside. We have even managed to play a few small team games.

In our topic work we have learning about World War One, focusing on the use of animals in the war. Our reading area is themed around World War One and we have enjoyed having some quiet reading time in there.

In Art we have been learning the skill of marbling.  We really enjoyed this because it is messy.

“I have enjoyed year 3 so far and I have liked everything.” Max

“ I enjoyed using the marbling inks because the pictures look nice and cool.” Jessica

“ I have enjoyed making up my own silly sentences in poetry.” Jackson