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Year 3


YEAR 3  2020-2021




From the end of November, Year 3 are really pleased to welcome Miss Ryan to the team!  Miss Ryan will be volunteering in the morning and helping us with reading, writing and maths.

Class 8's end of year topic quiz winner

Year 3 end of year PROUD certificates

Sports Day Fun!


We tried our best, had lots of fun and had a blast!


Ancient Egyptians

Are you ready to step back in time?

Do you want to find out about why the Egyptians were so awful?

Are you intrigued to find out more?

Well look no further, come and see what we find out on our hop back in History!   

Shakespeare Week - The Tempest

We had brilliant fun this week!  On Day 1 we tea stained some paper so that it looked very old, listened to Tchaikovsky's The Tempest - Fantasy Overture, took part in drama and wrote a poem!  On Day 2, we performed more drama and explored Prospero's Island using Shakespeare's language.  On Day 3, we made our own map of Prospero's island and on Day 4 we wrote a message in a bottle.  We used our imagination, drama work and Shakespeare's language to help us.


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Class 7’s group poem- Whipping up a Tempest


I can see menacing waves where the fish are fleeing

Threatening lightening sent from a god

Speedily strikes raging towards the sea


Sickness spreading from the disgusting smell

I can smell the gritty salt water, spreading around the great ocean

Beneath the ship, I can sense the innocent fish swimming for their lives!


On the rocky ship, I can hear the wind howling, waves crashing and thunder striking down

The sound of petrified, screaming sailors swishing around my ears

Whilst arguments erupted about who was going to be tossed overboard


I am dizzy when the waves crash down as it spins me around

I am petrified…will I survive!

I am nauseous…when will these waves stop?

Suspecting the worst, shall I jump, it’s now or never…  

Wow Day Fun!

We have started our new Literacy text, a story called 'The Time Slip Scarab' take a look at us taking part in drama, reenacting the scenes. Can you spot the huge pyramids, the eye-catching procession and the powerful Anubis? 

We had so much fun!

One of our fantastic displays

Hockley Hustle - Nature Relay

Making a Bee Hotel

Year 3 had a brilliant time scavenging materials to make our bee hotel and then building it together.  Hopefully, bees will soon be enticed to this lovely place where they can live safely and pollinate the surrounding plants - which there are many!

Welcome Back Everyone

Summer 1

It’s a Wonderful Life!

We can't wait to start our new topic about plants, seeds, humans and animals. We will find out about what is so wonderful about life! We may be doing some planting, researching and investigating, but one thing is for sure you are going to have a fantastic time during our summer 1 topic.

So let's get cracking "it's a new dawn it's a new day it's a new life and I'm feeling good!"  


This morning Mrs Tee (Head of Y3&4) in our PROUD ACHIEVEMENT ASSEMBLY acknowledged one child from Year 3 as this term's ALWAYS child. Congratulations to Phoebe! You truly deserve this recognition! Thank you for being a STAR of OBS!


This morning we had our end of term (postponed from Easter) PROUD Achievement Assembly for Y3! It was fantastic to see so many children been acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements and the number of PROUD POINTS they have collect since September.

Any pupil receiving their:

BRONZE Certificate and Badge has achieved 100+ PROUD POINTS 

SILVER Certificate and Badge had achieved 200+ PROUD POINTS 

GOLD Certificate and Badge had achieved 300+ PROUD POINTS 

The pupils behaviour  through the duration of the assembly was impeccable, allowing each pupil to have their moment to shine!

It's a Wonderful Life Potion 

We have been learning a instructional text called 'It's a wonderful life potion' the children have been brilliant at learning the text. Why not ask them what the potion does and the ingredients that go into the potion. See some pictures below of us making the potion and following the method part of our text. 


To start our topic, we have been learning about Charles Darwin and what it's like to be a naturalist and scientist.  We walked around our school grounds as naturalists and observed what we saw, listened to the sounds of nature, considered what our environment would be like without plants and sketched some samples that we collected.


Monday - Outdoor PE - PE uniform required

Tuesday - Indoor PE - PE uniform required


Diary check day is…Tuesday

We will be checking all diaries each Tuesday.

This means we will be counting your reads from the previous Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Snuggle up with a book.


We hope that children in Year 3 will do lots of reading at home so that they may complete their rainbow challenge.  Some children will be bringing home more than one book, depending on the colour and its length. Children can exchange their books any day of the week. 

Returned books will be stored for 3 days before being returned to the reading shelves.

Spring 2

We have missed you all so much!  We have a brand new topic to look forward to called WHAT MAKES BRITAIN GREAT.  As part of this we will be learning about the geography of the UK, famous landmarks and people and the eight points of the compass.  We will also get to do lots of art and celebrate our skills and talents in an end of term show (because we are part of what makes Britain great!).  Our brand new shared reading book is by Rolad Dahl (hooray!) and we have new maths topics too!  Watch this space :-)

Journalist Training


Calling all parents, carers and family members of year 3. We are embarking on a journey, which is…journalist training!

So, the children have learnt a newspaper article and wanted to perform it just for you.


Class 7 did an initial recording yesterday, which was pretty good. Early this morning, they looked at their performance as a class, picking out what was brilliant about it. They thought of ways they could improve it, please see the phenomenal difference in the second go. Take a look at their awesome super hero costumes too!


Class 8’s video will be coming hot of the press next week.    

Due to the file being too large, I will add the videos after I have received expert help on Monday. Sorry to leave you in suspense! 


What an absolute pleasure to see Year 3 engaged in reading newspapers first thing in the morning.  This is linked to our writing topic.  We are learning to be journalists!


Spring Term

Do you love science?

If you do you are in for a real treat this term!

We will be looking at inventors inventions, investigating magnets and looking at light.

Prepare to be amazed! 

Big School Bird Watch 


The children loved looking for birds in our school area! We spotted some magpies, doves, crows, sparrows robins and lots of pigeons. We hope you managed to see some at home too.  

Poster Time!

Push and Pull

Magnet Fun!

We enjoyed investigating and exploring the magnets, look at some of our amazed faces!

Our New Story Front Cover!

If you want a sneak peek of what is to come, have a look inside to see what is in store.


Huge congratulations to Sarah, who have been awarded by Mrs Tee (Assistant Head of School and Year 3 & 4 Leader) as the Year 3 ALWAYS CHILD of the term.



A huge well done to all of the following children who have achieved this term over 100 Proud Points, meaning they have been awarded their OBS Bronze Badge and Certificate for Year 3!

We know lots of the children were very close, and we are certain will achieve this award early in to the Spring Term.

We are very PROUD of you!


Merry Christmas from Year 3!

We had fun making a huge paperchain for a

whole school competition!


YEAR 3 - 2020-2021


We can't wait for you to make your mark in year 3!  Like the rest of the school, we have some amazing work planned on the theme of COLOUR.  After that, our topic will be The Stone Age to the Iron Age.

We really can't wait to have a new beginning with you all.

Year 3 have worked really hard writing their non-fiction information texts about Stonehenge this week.  Well done!  We are especially proud of the following selection.

Y3's anti-bullying posters. 

They look brilliant and we will display them to remind us of all that we learned in our anti-bullying week.


Design and Technology - Stone Age Dwellings

We have been learning to answer…

How did the dwellings change from the Stone Age to Iron Age?

We are now looking at as a learner…

As a designer I will create and evaluate a model of a dwelling from our prehistoric past.

Today we have been researching the following questions:

How will you make it stand?

What is the best way to attach objects?

Which material will represent what Stone Age materials?

After making our plan we got straight to work on our team dwellings!

The Finished Dwellings!

Spelling Shed


We are sorry that some of you have been having problems on Spelling Shed. We have investigated, tested with a few children's accounts and we now hope that everything is ok. To find the spellings that your children are learning, please see the pictures below. This will take you straight to the spellings list that your children are learning.


If you are still having problems please feel free to ask one of us.


Thank you the Year 3 team 

Winter Curling Olympics in Y3 at OBS!

Two sports teachers from Ellis Guilford visited Y3 this morning and we played curling in the hall.  Each class were organised into teams and we pretended to be a competing country in our own Olympics.  It was great fun!


A huge congratulations to the new Year 3

School Councillors


School Eco Councillors

Spanish Ambassadors

Class 7

Phoebe and Jaxon

Class 7



Class 7

Isabelle and Blake


Class 8

Max and Caitlyn


Class 8



Class 8

Evie and Jacob


Black History week linked to Music


This week we have been learning all about musicians from the past. We have looked specifically at the following stars...

Nina Simone

Aretha Franklin

John Legend

The Kenneh-Mason Family

We have...

listened to various pieces of music

reflected on the meaning of the lyrics

produced comic strips

searched and recorded facts about the artists

engaged in dance

But most importantly had lots of fun!


Comic strip to represent the meaning behind John Legends lyrics 'Wake Up Everybody'

Aretha Franklin

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Facts about me!

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Aretha Franklin Facts

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Please take a look at our Stone Age to Iron Age knowledge Organiser to find out what we will be learning.

Well done to Asaiah who was our Y3 Winner of the Reading Rainbow 'YELLOW' Certificate design! Mrs Whitehead, our literacy lead, was so excited when seeing Asaiah's design and knew the children across our school who really admire his creativity and artist skills!

Our WOW Day in Year 3!

We had a fantastic day and fortunately the weather was very kind to us!  In the morning, we were archaeologists and we unearthed a variety of bones which we sketched and described.  We also learnt about cave paintings from around the world.  In the afternoon, we pretended to live in the Stone Age and recreate our own cave drawings … under our desks!  We finished our day by combining a bit of physical activity alongside team work to find out even more about cave paintings.  Here are a few highlights!

Design and Technology


The children have been exploring how to make sliders and levers. All in preparation for designing their own...watch this space!


Colour Theme


The Day the Crayons Quit!

After designing their own crayon the children wrote Duncan a letter. The children recorded their letters, listen to a few that were chosen for the best voice and expression! 



Best Expression!

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Best Voice!

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We have had great fun sending a note from our crayon to Duncan to express to him how they were feeling. Absolutely brilliant! Well done to these two children for making it onto the recognition board.

A note to Duncan

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A note to Duncan

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We have a had a FANTASTIC start to the new school year and we have really enjoyed lots of different activities linked to books about Colour - The Day You Begin, The Dot and The Day The Crayons Quit.  Most of the work is displayed in class or in our brand new books but below is a selection of what we have done which is on display in our hall.


Monday - Outdoor PE - PE uniform required

Tuesday - Indoor PE - PE uniform required

Reading at home - Our new 'Rainbow Reading' reward scheme

Please watch this video to find out more about our new 'Reading Rainbow' reward scheme:



Diary check day is…Tuesday

We will be checking all diaries each Tuesday.

This means we will be counting your reads from the previous Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Snuggle up with a book.


We hope that children in Year 3 will do lots of reading at home so that they may complete their rainbow challenge.  Some children will be bringing home more than one book, depending on the colour and its length. Children can exchange their books any day of the week. 

Returned books will be stored for 3 days before being returned to the reading shelves.

OuMemorieto treasure from


We all had so much fun creating our magnetic fish games today. All the children were really engaged and loved the process of making, playing and evaluating!

We have really enjoyed our Shakespeare week. The play we have focussed on was 'The Merchant of Venice' here is a few photos from our brilliant day of drama!


Do you like experimenting? Are you keen to find out how things work? Do you like carrying out investigations?

If so, you'll love our next topic...


Coming soon to Year 3

The topic for this Half Term is going to be 'What Makes Britain Great'. We are going to be learning about the 4 different countries of the UK, their traditions and famous landmarks. We will shortly be sending home an exciting homework project in which all the children will be given a city from the UK to research. We will then collect all of them in and create a year group book about cities in Great Britain.

What an awesome parent workshop we had this week. We created some great volcanoes and then made them erupt. Here are some pictures.


We learnt about some of the features of a volcano and we made some FANTASTIC fortune teller volcanoes! We are very impressed by the detail that you have put into them! Well done everyone!


For our Extreme Earth Wow Starter we became reporters for the day, creating amazing news reports using the green screen. Here is one for you to view. You all did a fantastic job!


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What an awesome way to end the term, we created necklaces, finished our Stone Age dwellings and created some more awesome cave paintings! Here are some pictures of us all in our great Stone Age outfits.

We would like to welcome Miss Ryan who is a Year 4 Trent Student and is completing her final teaching practice at Old Basford. She will be working with some of the Year 3 children until mid December.


What a wonderful 50th Birthday Old Basford had yesterday. We all loved making kites and trying to fly them! Here are a few pictures.


What a Wonderful Wow day we have had. We discovered lots of artifacts on the Trim trail this morning which we brought inside to take a closer look! We think they might be from the Stone Age! Here are some pictures of us examining these interesting artifacts.

We are really excited to start the Autumn term and cannot wait for the exciting topic we are starting with. We are going to delve far into the past and head back to the Stone Age! Throughout the term we are going to be heading from the Stone towards the Iron age and exploring all the areas between!