Year 3 RE learning – Special Places

This half term, we will be ofcusing on Special Places in our RE learning. For many people, some places in the world are special. For others the whole world is special. We all feel a need to look after what is special to us. Sometimes it is easy to explain why things are special. At other times it might be difficult to put into words why something is special.

Christians believe that the diversity of the world and its people is God’s gift. Jesus in his life and gospel, challenges people to appreciate diversity and to create with it a harmony that reflects the unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is reflected in the work of CAFOD.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“God created the world to show forth and communicate his glory: that his creatures should share in his truth, goodness and beauty – this is the glory for which God created them.” (CCC319)

“The Church is the people that God gathers in the whole world.” (CCC752)

Word of God

“See, the body is one, even if formed by many members, but not all of them with the same function. The same with us; being many, we are one body in Christ, depending on one another. Let each one of us, therefore, serve according to our different gifts. Do you have prophecy? Let the deacon fulfil his office; let the teacher teach, the one who encourages, convince. You must, likewise, give with an open hand, preside with dedication, and be cheerful in your works of charity. Let love be sincere. Hate what is evil and hold to whatever is good. Regarding brotherly love, have love for one another. Regarding respect, judge others as more worthy. Regarding your duties, do not be lazy.

Be fervent in the Spirit and serve God.” (Romans 12:4-11)

Prayer and Reflection

Creator God,
in your hands you hold the depths of the earth 
and the heights of the mountains,
for all creation belongs to you.
Grant us grace to cherish your world 
and wisdom to nurture its resources.
Save us from the desire to control what is not ours 
and the impulse to possess what is not ours
and the impulse to possess what is there to share. 

(Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD)

News from Year 3

What a busy first week back after the half term break! We have enjoyed continuing our learning about Ulf the finger eater in English. We are planning to rewrite chapter 4 of the book to detail how we would have out smarted the pesky troll.

In Computing, we continued with our learning about being presenters. We filmed a series of short clips, in pairs, of ourselves performing a skill or trick. We were mindful to capture a range of different shots from a number of angles. Next week, we will editing these clips to create a short video and exploring voice overs.

We also started out new PE learning this week, Outdoor and Adventurous (OAA). OAA involves problem solving and working as a team. We had to arrange ourselves in height order without talking to each other. We found this tricky as team work is all about communication!

We rounded off the week by starting our learning about plants in Science. We started by discussing what we already knew about plants and then examined a real flowering plant. We then labelled different parts of a plant and described each of their functions. After that, we created a leaflet to help us remember these functions. Have a look at your leaflets below:

Have a great weekend and enjoy the long overdue sunshine,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

News from Year 3

And hello half term! What a half term it has been. We are so glad to have welcomed you back properly after so many weeks of remote learning 🙂

This week, we have been focusing on the story of Ulf, the finger eating troll. We have been using lots of role play to help learn the story. We loved reading how the troll gets tricked by a local village girl, Gudrun. The children are now looking forward to rewriting one of the chapters of the book after half term, describing how they would out-smart Ulf.

In PE, we have been focusing on triple jumping. We started off by looking at a series of basic jumps and then used games and activities to help bring these jumps together. We then used three of these jumps to perform a triple jump. It wasn’t as easy as it looked!

In RE, we have been enjoying our new topic, Choices. We have used the learning from our Holy Communion classes to help us learn about the sacrament, reconciliation. This has linked well to our learning about the story of the Prodigal Son.

Have a fun and restful half term,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

News from Year 3

What a week it’s been Year 3! This week we planned, performed and recorded our own class assembly. We really enjoyed sharing what we had learnt recently with the rest of the school and parents/carers at home. Thank you so much for tuning in to watch our assembly this morning 🙂

We also said goodbye to Olivia, who is leaving our class to attend a school closer to her home. We made Olivia a video of well wishes to congratulate her on joining a new school. We wish Olivia the very best of luck for the future.

Have a peaceful and happy weekend,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

Year 3 Class Assembly

This Friday, we will be sharing our class assembly. 

We can’t welcome you into school at this time for our assembly, but we would love you to join us online to watch our assembly via YouTube Premiere at 9:00 am on Friday, 21st May 2021. 

Our assembly will be removed from YouTube shortly after the premiere.

News from Year 3 – St Joseph Day!

To celebrate the Year of the Word of St Joseph, we dedicated a Friday to learn all about his life. We started the day with an excellent assembly by Mrs Hayes and then used meditation to think about the times when we have been kind and caring, and have listened to God just like Joseph.

We then looked at Joseph’s life in more detail, to understand why he is known for being the patron Saint of workers and families. We then ordered and drew the different events in his life using a story board.

We also created our own prayers for St Joseph, asking him to care for our families as he did for his own family, Mary and Jesus. To round off our learning of St Joseph, we created hand pint lilies. These flowers symbolise purity and that Joseph was chosen from among other men by the blossoming of his staff like a lily.

Have a restful weekend,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

Year 3 RE learning – Choices

Networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together.  When a child’s power to reach out, trust and make friends is diminished, they may suffer the effects for a lifetime.  Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged. If human beings are to live together in relationships, there is always need for reconciliation.


Christians believe that, in Jesus Christ, the world has been reconciled to God.  Through and in Christ, every human being is offered the power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, to receive and to offer reconciliation.

Word of God

St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, wrote:

“But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ.  For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law.” Ephesians 2:14-15

Catechism of the Catholic Church

“It is called the Sacrament of Reconciliation, because it imparts to the sinner the love of God who reconciles: ‘Be reconciled to God’.  He who lives by God’s merciful love is ready to respond to the Lord’s call: ‘Go; first be reconciled to your brother’…

Indeed the Sacrament of Reconciliation with God brings about a true ‘spiritual resurrection’, restoration of the dignity and blessings of the life of the children of God, of which the most precious is friendship with God.”  CCC1424, 1468

Prayer and Reflection

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your ordinances before me.
I cling to your decrees,
O Lord; let me not be put to shame.
I run the way of your commandments,
for you enlarge my understanding.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes,
and I will observe it to the end.
Give me understanding that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
(Psalm 119: 30-34)

News from Year 3

What a busy week it has been in Year 3. We enjoyed taking part in the Nationwide Daily Mile this week. At the start of our PE lesson, we all completed eight laps of the field, which is equivalent to a mile. Here are some pictures of us in the action!

We have also enjoyed starting our new Computing unit, We are Presenters. This week, we analysed sports TV and understood what is needed to present an effective sports report. Next week, we will be using digital cameras to practice our filming skills in preparation for filming our own reports in the coming weeks. 

Please remember that homework is set on Fridays and due in on the following Wednesday. We do expect to see your homework folders each week. Please also ensure that you are prepared for your lessons and have everything you need including pencils, pens and rulers. 

Have a relaxing break over the Bank holiday weekend,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy  🙂

News from Year 3 – welcome to the Summer term!

Welcome back Year 3 to the Summer term. We hope that you had a relaxing Easter break. What a week it has been, it has been busier than ever!

This week, we started out Relationship and Health Education (RHE) learning. In this week’s sessions, we focused on the story of Jairus and his daughter, whom Jesus was able to bring new life to. We used this story explore how Jesus loves us and how we can show love to others. To read more about our RHE learning this term, have a look at the previous blog post.

We also started our new PE topic, Athletics this week. We enjoyed focusing on sprinting and taking part in different sprinting stations to improve our sprinting starts and agility. Here are some pictures of us in action:

In English, we started our new learning on newspaper reports. We have been examining a range of reports to find the difference between facts and opinions. We are looking forward to becoming journalists next week, writing a report based on the book ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’.

Please don’t forget to check our Google classrooms for this week’s homework, which is due on Wednesday 21st April. Have a restful and fun weekend,

Miss Battams and Ms McCarthy 🙂

Relationship and Health Education (RHE) learning – Year 3

Week 1

During the first week, children will hear and experience the Gospel story of Jesus healing Jairus’ daughter. The children will learn that they are created by God out of love and for love: they were designed for this purpose, which should inform how they live. Sessions will also contain teaching and time for spiritual development and emotional learning.

Building from the reflective sessions on the account of the raising of Jairus’ daughter, we will unpack the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation. Children will understand that through prayer, the Sacraments and our friendships and relationships with others, we can have a foretaste of heaven.

Week 2

As part of the second week, we will revisit Jesus’ parable of The Prodigal Son. This parable shows that God loves us, and nothing we can do will stop Him from loving us. Through the story of the two brothers, children will learn about different types of sin, and the importance of forgiveness in relationships.

Week 3

In the third week, we will help children to identify more complex relationships in their lives, including family, friends and other people; they will explore how to relate to people within these different relationships. Children will also discuss what it means to be a good friend, and learn some strategies to use when relationships become difficult.

We will also discuss the nature and consequences of discrimination and teasing, and learn how to recognise bullying and abuse in all its forms. This includes physical bullying and emotional online bullying.

Weeks 4 and 5

Integrating the NSPCC Share Aware programme, introducing the digital world as one that children need to take steps to stay safe in, just like the real world. We will focus on how quickly things can be shared around the world online, including photos, passwords and other personal information. Children will discuss how this can be damaging and dangerous, and will learn steps they can use to keep themselves safe.

We then follow on from the previous internet safety sessions, by moving into the real world and considering what physical contact is appropriate and inappropriate. Children will be introduced to the term ‘abuse’ and discuss different kinds of abuse, including sexual abuse, here referred to as ‘abuse of private parts’. Children will be asked to think of trusted adults that they can talk to about any issues they may face

We then move on to learning some key information and facts about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. The teaching is underpinned with the religious understanding that consuming these substances is harmful to our bodies, and therefore God’s creation.

We will also learn how First Aid, quick reactions and staying calm during an emergency can make the difference between life and death. Pupils will role play some ‘Pride of Britain’ style scenarios in which children save lives,

Week 6

At the heart of this this week’s learning is a short film about Lucy and her family. After the film, children will apply Lucy’s story to their developing understanding of the community aspect of the Trinity and be encouraged to think about what the Trinity means for them and their communities.

We will then briefly discuss marriage and likens the love of a family to the love between the Trinity and about the wider Church and its mission to reflect the Holy Trinity through love for others.

To conclude our RSE learning, we will explore how we can put love into action in the communities we live in. We look at how the Church has grown out of God’s love for us and how it can be an example and a means of loving and caring for others.