Year 3 Class News

Brilliant Bowlers

Posted on Monday 29 April 2019 by Miss Clifford

Today Year 3 learnt how to be brilliant bowlers. We learnt about the different typea of balls: slow ball, fast ball and spin ball. We practised these terms by running slowly, quickly or spinning. 

We then got into groups of six, each with a bowler. We started bowling underarm and scored points based on how far and how accurately we could throw the beanbag. 

Lots of points were scored so the challenge was increased. We progressed to using one hand to throw and another to aim with one foot facing forward.

Great bowling skills Year 3!

Pupil voice: School Council investing their library budget

Posted on Wednesday 24 April 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our school councillors have recently had the exciting task of ordering some new books for our school library using their library budget.  Each of the school councillors encouraged their classmates to suggest new books that they would like to see in our library and we had some fabulous suggestions.  Our final selection included books suggested by every class.
New titles include:
  • The Usborne Book of Fariytales and You Choose in Space by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart (suggested by Reception)
  • Meg & Mog Collection by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski and Geronimo by David Walliams (Y1)
  • Lego Star Wars Movie Collection (Y2)
  • Dr Who Collection and Six Animal Adventures by Michael Morpurgo (Y3)
  • Tracey Beaker Trilogy by Jacqueline Wilson and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney (Y4)
  • The Parent Agency by David Baddiel and The Bolds Series by Julian Clary (Y5)
  • Tin Tin by Herge and Secret Nightingale Series by Lucy Strange (Y6)
…plus: Jolly Good Food Recipe Collection by Enid Blyton, Gardening for Beginners, RSPB Guide to Wildlife in Your Garden,  A Kid’s Guide to Feelings….and many more.
Look out for them appearing in the library very soon.

Living and Learning

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2019 by Miss Clifford

This week’s Living and Learning statement is – I use good table manners.

On Monday Year Three discussed what makes good table manners.

Amrit stated, “You shouldn’t use electronics at the table because  if you’re holding something else you may not be holding your knife and fork properly.”

Lewis reported, “You should always use your knife and fork properly unless it is finger food like a sandwich.”

Christina replied: “Never burp at the table because it is very rude. If you really need to burp then say excuse me and cover your mouth.”

“You could also say pardon me.” Added Ashton.

Sam explained, “If you want to get something that’s on the table you should ask for it to be passed to you rather than reaching across the table.”


Reading and Writing 

Posted on Tuesday 16 April 2019 by Miss Clifford

Following on from our recent production, Year Three are looking at Jack and the Beanstalk in Reading and Writing for the next few days.

We have started by retelling the story and summarising it.

“A summary is when you tell someone else what happened in the story but only the main parts as you leave out the bits that aren’t that important.” Billy explained.

We summarised the story by using story maps.

Great work Year 3!

Living and Learning: Healthy Minds

Posted on Sunday 14 April 2019 by Mrs Taylor

This half term, our Living and learning theme is Healthy minds. Each week, we have a Living and Learning statement and we start off the summer term with another manners-related statement.
  • 15 April I use good table manners. Think about good table manners at home – not pointing our cutlery at someone or speaking with food in our mouths, for example.
  • 22 April I recognise emotions in myself and others.  Recognising emotions is an important first step in helping us manage our emotions. For example, it’s ok to feel angry, as long as we try to manage it in a way that doesn’t negatively affect other people. It’s great to feel proud as long as it doesn’t lead to showing off. Being aware of different emotions – both positive and negative – is an important basis for good mental health. 
  • 29 April I recognise mental health is important. Increasingly, we hear about the importance of mental health. Talk at home about different ways to help mental health. This might include restricting screen time, getting enough sleep, and taking time – even just five minutes – as a family to relax and recuperate after a busy day.
  • 07 May I can describe and use ways to calm down. We all get worked up from time to time – how do different people calm down? We’ll explore different strategies to calm down, and encourage our children to adopt one or two of these.  These may be some of the mindfulness techniques children have been taught or counting to ten, going for a walk, getting a glass of water – discuss what works for you and your child?
  • 13 May I recognise the importance of money.  In the final week of the half term, we have the second themed week of the year: a money-related week. This Living and Learning statement helps to introduce the week.
  • 20 May I make choices about my money. Linked to the Money Matters themed week, we’ll explore different choices: to spend or to save, for example.

The topic of mental health can be introduced to children through this text.

We’ll end the half term with a Money Matters themed week with a focus on money management.  Children will learn about their choices with money – saving, spending and the wider world of work.
Moneysense provides further resources to support your child to develop good money habits.
A savings account is a good way for children to recognise the importance and value of money.   In association with Leeds Credit Union, we offer the chance for children to open a Schools Savings Club account.  Over 10% of pupils hold an account and we have regular half termly paying in sessions.  If you’d like your child to open an account or you would like more information, please contact the office.

Well done to all!

Posted on Friday 29 March 2019 by Mrs Freeman

A huge well done to all the children for their recent production ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum.’

We have had many compliments regarding the performance.

The children’s production last night was fantastic, I laughed so hard. I cannot believe how they knew all those songs by heart, just goes to show they are like sponges at that age!

This was possibly the best show I have seen at Moortown.

We loved the jokes.

All the cast looked like their were having such a great time!

Songs were fantastic.

Many thanks for helping us out with the costumes and well done to the staff for sorting all the props.



Big Pedal

Posted on Thursday 28 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all families who have taken part in the Big Pedal this week by making an active journey to school – the weather has certainly helped.

In some pupil interviews this week, one of the unsafe places around school that was quoted by a child was, ‘outside the school gates if there are lots of cars stopping’. Travelling actively not only supports our physical and mental health but keeps cars away from outside school making our pupils and families safer on their journey to school.

It’s the final day of the Big Pedal tomorrow so let’s hope we can keep our participation rate as high.  After day 3, we are 83rd out of 500 schools taking part in the small primary school category.

How to get active locally

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

With the holidays coming up, here is a reminder of some local physical activities that you and your child might like to get involved with.

The comprehensive physical activity guide was produced to signpost parents and carers to help children achieve the governments recommended daily 30 minutes of physical activity outside of school.


Leeds Gymnastics Easter camps

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Leeds Gymnastics, who run one of our after-school clubs, are holding gym camps during the upcoming holidays. Contact them direct to book places.

School meals – parent/carer feedback and pupil voice

Posted on Wednesday 27 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

The School Council have recently discussed an idea we received from a parent about our school meals.  Currently, where there is a meal served with a side, such as curry and rice, the curry would be served on top of the rice.  The suggestion was made to have the curry served alongside the rice giving the children the choice to mix the two parts of their main meal if they wish.

The School Council held a vote to decide this democratically.  The result of the vote, nine votes to one, was to change to have the part of the meal served separately.  This has been fed back to the Catering Leeds kitchen team and will start immediately.

Thank you for your comments of how we can improve or make changes to our current meals.