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Turtles (Year 3)

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Welcome to Turtles!


Miss Strachan teaches Turtles class, with help from Mrs Smith, Miss Jeans, Mrs Chorlton and Mr Watson. On Monday afternoons, Mrs Main-Miller and Mrs Laggan take over and teach PE and ICT.


Our PE days have changed to the Summer Term and are now Monday and Wednesday. Mrs Main-Miller will continue to teach PE on Mondays but Mr Lane (from Henry Cort) and Miss Strachan will be  team teaching PE on Wednesdays. You will still need your PE kit for both of these days (which includes your house PE t-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls or trainers).


It’s wonderful to see so many Home Reading diaries coming into school every day in Turtles' Class. Remember – your house will get a house point if everyone brings their diary in and they will get 2 house points if everyone has read.


Don’t forget to keep practising your spellings at home ready for your test on Friday morning.

Each week, you impress me with how many of you are getting 9 or 10 out of 10!

Home Learning Update


Turtles' Class have continued to amaze and impress. Each week, nearly all of the children have brought back their home learning books for both English and Maths. I am so proud of how dedicated all of the children are and I am very thankful for all of the support that the children and I are receiving from all of the parents, grandparents and older brothers and sisters. It's fantastic to see so many great behaviours for learning in Year 3!


English: Using adjectives to persuade - choose an object and generate a list of amazing adjectives that would persuade/convince someone to buy it!

Maths: Identifying acute, obtuse and right angles. Checking them with an angle checker and organising them into a table.

Spellings: This week all of the children have got the same spelling words! We are learning about shapes in Maths so they have got the challenge of learning different 2D and 3D shape names.




Transition to Year 4


Every Wednesday morning, we have been moving into Piranhas Class. We have been learning with Mr Vickery and taking part in lots of fun activities so that we are ready to be in Year 4 in September. This week we did some amazing dinosaur silhouette paintings. Have a look at some the photos below...

We have been working hard to become Piranhas!

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The Queen's 90th Birthday


As part of our school's celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, Year 3 took some time to find out what the Queen really does. We wanted to find out what her job is and what important things she is in charge of. We did lots of research and worked really hard to create some super fact sheets which we shared with the rest of the school in worship.


Here are a couple of our brilliant fact sheets to help you learn about the Queen's role too:


The Queen’s Role


  • Did you know the Queen is the only person who can declare if a war has begun or ended?
  • Every day red boxes are delivered on the Queen’s desk. The boxes are full of documents and reports which she has to sign.
  • The Queen is the head of the State so she goes on official state visits to different countries around the world.
  • Queen Elizabeth has been the head of the Church of England since Henry the Eighth created it. She gets to decide who becomes a bishop. A bishop is a leader of part of the Church of England.



The Queen’s roles

Head of the Armed Forces

Queen Elizabeth the II is the head of the armed forces. Did you know the Queen is the only person that can declare when the country is at war and when the war is over?

Government duties

Every day the Queen gets documents and reports. They get delivered in red boxes. The people who send them to the Queen are the government ministers and people from the commonwealth. The commonwealth has 53 different countries in it and the Queen is responsible for all of them.


Head of the Church of England

The Queen is head of the Church of England like all of the other British monarchs since Henry the VIII in the 1530s. The Queen gives jobs to the archbishops and bishops of the Church.

Head of the state

As head of the state the Queen goes on official state visits abroad. She also invites other world leaders to come to the UK.   

Summer Term 1 Investigation Time


One of our Investigation Time tasks is to write a story about having an adventure in the rainforest. We have to include a beginning, middle and an end and we need to write about what we can see and hear along the way.


Here is a super example of an independent story written in Investigation Time:


Frankie is a friendly and playful boy who would like to explore the rainforest so… One day Frankie was with his mum and sister at the supermarket and his mum said that he needed to get some food from the freezer. When he got the food from the freezer… it ate him and he got teleported to the rainforest. In the rainforest it was raining heavily.


“My wish came true!” he shouted loudly ”Let’s go and explore”


Later that day he took some GREAT photos with his shiny new camera.


”These photos look wonderful” he said happily “Let’s explore some more!” So he strolled slowly until he found a lake to wash in.


“If I didn’t find this lake I would have smelled like a smelly binturong forever… PEE-YEEW!”

But at that moment Frankie heard a noise from the riverbank…


“It sounds to me like a huge, evil jaguar that is going to eat me for its tea. I better get out of here quickly!”


He ran as fast as his feet could take him. Just as the jaguar was going to gobble him up, he realised he was in a daydream at the supermarket.


Another one of our tasks is to find out how we can save the rainforest from home. We need to do lots of research to find different ways to help and then write a script to teach people in England about how to be rainforest superheroes.


Have a look at the amazing script that some of Year 3 have written:



M.S: (Waving Hi) Hi Mia and Ava. Today we are talking about the rainforest.

A: Did you know you have to teach others of the importance of the rainforest? You need to save the rainforest because it’s a home to all animals.

M.G: (Gasping shockingly) Cool! I didn’t know that!

M.S: You can’t use that much paper because otherwise you’re killing trees!

A: (Nodding her head no) You shouldn’t use that much food and make sure you pick up your litter.

M.G: You have to make people recycle because it is killing the animals and the trees. If the animals eat the litter they will die and we don’t want that to happen.

M.S: (Shouting quietly) I know a fact! Donate money to the animals that are dying because the animals need the money so that you can help find animals a new habitat.  

M.G: You could create a skit, write a story or decorate your classroom to raise money and send it to different charities!

M.S: We hope that you know more about the rainforest and hope that you will donate money.

M.G: Bye!  M.S: Bye!  A: Bye!

 (Waving bye)




The Amazon River and its creatures...

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Summer 1 Maths Learning


Miss Jennings and Mr Tonge have been teaching us about measures and length (in cm and m). We found out about the lengths of different rainforest animals and used our excellent measuring skills to draw them to scale on the playground using coloured chalk. Each group was responsible for a different type of animal:

Birds' wingspans, size of spiders, length of mammals' bodies, length of crocodiles, snakes body lengths and height of monkeys


Check out the photos of our amazing measuring skills!

Magical Measuring!

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Summer 1 Learning Topic Hook


Last week, we started our new learning topic about the Rainforest. Each pair of children had to choose a tropical rainforest animal and find out about its foot/claw/paw print. They had to make a template for their animals’ foot out of paper and then use it to create their own printing sponge in the correct shape.


Have a look at some of the masterpieces that we created. Can you tell what any of the animals are from looking at their footprint?

Rainforest Animal Prints!

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We also wrote some informative captions about each of our animals – have a little read of some of them below: 


Marvellous Macaws

Macaws are a type of bird. Did you know that they live in South, America, and Mexico and in the Amazon rainforest? When they are in the trees, they eat seeds, nuts, fruit and vegetables. They are the most skilled and intelligent birds in the world. Macaws sleep at night which means they don’t hunt at night. Unfortunately, they can’t camouflage so they might get eaten but they are beautiful to look at.



Pleasant Poison Arrow Frog

A Poison Arrow Frog is a type of reptile that lives in the Rainforest. A reptile is a scaly, cold- blooded creature. Did you know that they eat insects and spiders? Some people also believe that these Frogs get there toxins from spiders. They live in the South American Rainforest and they cannot camouflage. Sadly, they have predators which are snakes because they are the only creatures who cannot get affected by the poison.




Great Green Iguana

A Green Iguana is a reptile which means it lays eggs. During the day time, Green Iguana eat fruit and vegetables. Did you know Green Iguanas lives in South and North America? There habitat is in the top of a tree. Green Iguanas are not poisonous but they use there tail for protection against predators.        


Visit from Dave Hayden from Portsmouth Reptile and Amphibian Society


On Thursday 28th April, Year 3 and 4 had an amazing day when Dave Hayden came in to show us some spectacular reptiles and amphibians. He brought all of the creatures from his house as he keeps them all as pets – can you believe that?!


We met lots of amazing animals including: Giant African Land Snails, Madgascan Hissing Cockroaches, a Praying Mantis, Yellow-Bellied Turtles, Rankin’s Dragons, a Brazilian Black Tarantula, a Giant African Bullfrog and FOUR different snakes (a milk snake, pine snake, boa constrictor and an albino Burmese python)!!


 Watch our slideshow to see some awesome photos of what we saw… and even touched!

Visit from Portsmouth Reptile and Amphibian Society

After meeting all of the lovely animals, we wrote some postcards to people at home to tell them what we had learned and what we had seen. Keep an eye out for these postcards coming home next week!

Summer Term 1 Learning


In the first week back, we have been doing lots of Science learning in Year 3. We received a letter from Southampton Airport that asked us to help them with a problem that they have been having with their very slippery runway.


We had to design our own Science investigation to find the best material to make a new runway out of. We used the TASC wheel to plan out different ideas and tested them in class using different materials, ramps and vehicles. Take a look at the photos of our learning below and keep an eye out for some of our letters of reply that we will be writing this week!

Testing Our Ideas

Spring Term 2 Maths Learning


In Maths, we have been learning about pictograms. This week we worked in groups to collect data, record it in a tally and create our own pictograms. We even created a key for our pictogram to show that 1 pictures represented 2 people.

Perfect Pictograms

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Spring Term 2 Learning


This half term we have been learning about a new topic – Gateways to the World.

We have been learning about how airports work and about travelling around the world, with a particular focus on China.


On the first day of our topic our classrooms were transformed in St Columba Airport. We had to go through security and board an aeroplane that flew us to Shanghai (in China). When we arrived, we had to complete 5 activities: making a dragon mask, researching and finding 5 facts about China, learning to write our name in Chinese characters, using chopsticks to pick up different things and tasting lots of lovely Chinese foods.



Take a look at some of the photos from our amazing hook day!

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Spring Term 2 Investigation Time


One of the Star Tasks in Investigation Time is to write a blog post about our trip to China for Miss Stafford using time connectives and conjunctions. Here are some super examples of independent writing from Year 3:


Blog Post 1:

Hi Miss Stafford,

On Tuesday 23rd February we went to school to have an adventure to China but before we went on the plane, we went through security to get scanned. Miss Strachan and Miss Jeans were the security officers. Before we flew we had to get our boarding pass then we watched a video about how to keep safe on an airplane. When we were there we did some activities. We made dragon masks because they are popular in China. Then we did food tasting. My favourite was the prawn toast and my least favourite was the seaweed crisps. After that we used chopsticks to pick up all sorts of stuff but the hardest was picking up the beads because it kept flicking away. Next we found out how to write our name in Chinese but it was easy. Finally we found out five facts about China and my favourite was that China is smaller than the USA. I had a really fabulous day!


Lots of love from,



Blog Post 2:

Dear Miss Stafford,

On Tuesday 23rd February we went on an adventure to China! When we went to school it was strange because it was an airport. First we had to go throo security so we had to take our shoos and bags off and walk throo a body scanner. Then I got my boarding pass and I boarded the plane. My seat number was 2F.We woched a safety demonstraiten on the way. Then WE ARRIVED! There were activities. The chopstick task was hard but I  eventually got there like picking up pens, rubers, beeds and ping pong balls. I didn’t like food testing and it was discussting. Never taste Chinese food! Dragon asks was fun and the best bit was the materials because it was a weird feeling on my fingers. I can write my name in Chinese and we had to find 5 facts about China. I had the best day ever.


Lots of love from,





Our 4 child-initiated learning tasks are:

  1. Find out how to write ‘I love you’ in Chinese characters.
  2. Write an acrostic poem about a dragon.
  3. Build an aeroplane out of Lego and label it with the different parts.
  4. Make a paper aeroplane and measure how far it can fly.


Making Paper Planes to fly to China!

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Acrostic Poems

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Spring Term 1 Investigation Time


One of our Investigation Time tasks is to draw our own picture of a volcano.
We have used chalks, charcoal and oil pastels to create our pictures. Here are some of the ones that have been finished so far. Can you spot yours?


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We are continuing our fantastic learning about natural disasters in Investigation Time.


Here is a great example of a video that includes props made in class and a script written by the children. 


Tsunami Script


O: What a lovely day. (Calmly)

K: Yes it is a lovely day. (Calmly)

O: WAIT A MINUTE IS THIS WHAT I THINK THIS IS??? (Looking suspiciously)

K: Yes it is what you’re thinking.

O: OH NO! IT’S A TSUNAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


O: IT’S COMING THIS WAY AHHHHHHHH!!!! (Screaming Loudly)


Keep a look out for more brilliant films coming your way in the near future!




Tsunami Disaster Film

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Spring Term 1 Learning


Our learning topic was called ‘Active Planet’ and we learned about different natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes.


Our Star Task has been to create papier mache volcanoes using cardboard, plastic bottles and newspaper. Here are the finished products but keep an eye out for videos because we made our volcanoes ERUPT before half term!

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Yr 3 Parents Evening Letter

Southampton Airport Trip