Year 3 Class News

Canals and rivers – be safe!

Posted on Friday 08 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

There are lots of dangerous situations when near a river or canal. Luckily, Year 3 had an expert from the Canals and Rivers Trust to fill us in on how to be safe. 

We learnt:

  • We can’t stand on lily pads. We are too heavy and will fall in!
  • We can’t walk on ice – we’re too heavy and that will break too.
  • We can’t swim against the current in the river. It’s too strong and we can get lost. 
  • Say yes to life jackets. 
  • For emergencies at a canal or river the operator will send a fire engine. 


  • “Wear a life jacket when near water. Even if you’re a good swimmer!”Sasha
  • Tell the person in the water that you’re going to get someone to help them. 
  • Lie down on the floor when pulling someone out of the water. 
  • Call 999 in an emergency. 
  • Calm the person in trouble down by talking to them:

“Can you swim?” Evie. 

“Calm down, someone is coming to help you.” Edris.

“Use a life buoy!” Aadil.

Remember – always throw the buoy near the person so you don’t  hurt them.  


  • Sit on the side of a river or canal. Water levels rise and fall, boats go past and you could fall in. 
  • Swing on ropes from trees over a river. You could fall in. 
  • Throw things into water. This is dangerous and could kill wildlife. 
  • Go on a boat without a life jacket. 
  • Jump into the water to save someone. 
  • Use a life buoy like a hoop ring game. You could knock someone unconscious. 

Dogs Trust 

Posted on Thursday 07 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

Today, the Dogs Trust came into our classroom – we were very excited!

Dogs trust look after stray, abandoned or mistreated dogs. Dogs are mistreated when when they haven’t been looked after, maybe not fed or walked. When dogs are in these situations they feel sad, worried, lonely heartbroken and terrified. Dogs Trust help them to feel happy again. 

At Dogs Trust, a dog has its own kennel where they sleep. They have a walk every day and get to play with other dogs. They also look after them by feeding them. 

What do we feed a dog? 

Hope: “Dog food not burgers and chips!” 

We done Hope – you’re right! Burgers and chips can hurt a dog’s tummy. 

Dogs Trust also bathe them, give them clean water and pick up their poo. We talked about how important it is to pick up a dogs’ poo with a bag and not touch it as it can be full of dangerous germs that can hurt people. 

Dogs Trust can’t keep dogs forever. They help to re home dogs with a loving new family. 

Leah: “What happens if no one picks that dog?”

We learnt that most dogs get a home quickly and if they don’t then the Dogs Trust list carry on looking after them. 

Dogs use their teeth to communicate. They can bite when they’re scared or anxious so we need to be careful and treat them carefully. We can make them feel like that without even knowing we’re doing it. 

We met Lucy. Her elderly owner had died and Lucy was very sad and scared. Lucy was matched up with an elderly man who was looking for a dog. They now go on short walks together.  

We then discovered how to think dog smart. 

We wouldn’t stroke a dog:

  • When it’s going to the toilet. 
  • When it’s barking. 
  • If it’s guarding something. 
  • If they have a jacket on that say please don’t stroke me
  • If the owner says “No.”, No means no
  • If the dog is in bed. 
  • If we don’t know the dog and the owner isn’t around. 

How to stroke a dog safely:

  1. Ask the owner. The dog has to be with the owner to be stroked. 
  2. If the owner says no – no means no
  3. We then wait for the dog to sniff us. 
  4. Stroke at the side of the head. We don’t go over the top of the dog’s head. 

What if a dog comes running towards us? If we move it could excite the dog even more. We should cross our arms and tuck our fingers in. This makes us look boring to the dog. 

We must not panic if the dog jumps at us or knocks us over. There is probably an owner on their way to get the dog.  We would curl up as small as possible and tuck our faces into our tummies. 

Dogs can’t show is their feelings in their facial expressions. We still need to treat them with respect and adapt our actions to suit to how they are feeling. Dogs can shake, curl up, shy away, their tails tuck under their legs. 

When this happens, we should respect the dog, move away and give them space. 

Angry dogs growl and show their teeth. When this happens we need to drop whatever we are doing and move away. 

We then saw some situations and voted on our thumbs if we thought it was safe to stroke or not. 

Great learning, Year 3!

Road Safety

Posted on Wednesday 06 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

On Monday, Year 3 kicked off Safety week with a road safety day. See some pictures, below.

We learnt about how to be safe when out and about. We also got to use our Green Cross Code skills again.

Can your child remember the Green Cross Code?

For some road safety online games to play, click here.

Living and Learning

Posted on Wednesday 06 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

Today, Year 3 and 4 discussed what consent is.

Daisy: “It’s when someone gives you permission to do something.”

Harman: “It’s when you need to ask your parents to do something.”

Edris: “Consent is when I have permission to get a snack from the kitchen from my mum or dad. I have to ask them for permission first.”

Billy: “Consent is something you have.”

This opened up lots more questions such as

  1. Do we just automatically have consent straight away if we have asked for permission?
  2. Are our parents the only people who can give permission to us?
  3. Do we have the right to give permission or not give permission?

We talked about the fact that we need to always ask for consent when our actions affect someone else. For instance we need to ask for consent when:

  • Making physical contact with someone – even giving them a hug.
  • We want to play on our parents’ computer.
  • We want to take a photograph of someone.

We practised doing this by throwing a beanbag across the classroom and always asking for consent to do so from the receiver. We also saw how important it was to give someone time to think, make their mind up, give us their response and not pressure them to hurry up. We showed respect to those that said no by accepting that no means no and not ever ‘ask me again in 5 minutes time’.

Year 3 and 4 practised using their voice and not giving in to peer pressure and copying what their friends did – maybe they didn’t want to catch the beanbag. This applies in lots of situations – everyone (young and old) has the right to say no and be respected. We need to make sure we are actively asking and listening out to hear for permission to be given or not.

We talked about our right to change our minds. Just because we are used to receiving a hug from a friend or have always had our picture taken for class news posts, doesn’t mean we have to keep on giving consent. We can say no and not be questioned on this. It is our right. This includes with our class teachers and other adults. With this in mind, we discussed feeling nervous or guilty about saying no. We discussed that the more we got used to doing it – and taking that safe risk of just saying no – the easier it would become. We also shared that if we had any worries about this we could always talk to an adult or a teacher for some help.


Sun Safety

Posted on Wednesday 06 February 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Today, as part of our themed week, the children learnt about the risk factors associated with the sun. On top of this, we also thought about all the benefits that sunlight provides us with.

It is very important that we know how to look after our bodies at all times. We do this from the inside with a balanced diet and exercise, but also from the outside with protective clothing and following health and safety rules. One thing that lots of people enjoy is being outside in the sun. It is important to understand that the sun can be damaging to our bodies if we don’t take precautions and protect ourselves from its powerful rays. The sun can be very strong even on days when it doesn’t feel very hot or there is a strong breeze in the air. We should take precautions at all times. As well as having harmful effects on unprotected skin, the sun can also benefit our bodies and can have a positive impact on our mood and other bodily functions.

We asked the classes to work in pairs and answer these given questions

Is the sun bad/good for you?  

Why do we need the sun?

This work formed a good link to our current Science learning ‘investigating light.’

The sun is our biggest source of light.”

Did you know that it takes about 8 minutes for the sunlight to be seen on the earth after it has left the sun?Image result for why do we need the sun kids

“In very bright weather it is dangerous to look directly at the sun without protective glasses.”


After completing and discussing the children’s responses, we all enjoyed a ‘Sun Safety’ spot the difference activity. Can you find all twenty differences between the pictures?

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Leeds City cross country finalists

Posted on Wednesday 06 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

***UPDATE Edris has qualified for the West Yorkshire final next month. ***

Congratulations to our cross country finalists, Edris and Billy, who have competed today at Temple Newsam against children from schools across Leeds.

Well done for showing great determination throughout your races.

How to be safe near water 

Posted on Wednesday 06 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

Year 3 had a visit from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution today! We reflected on top tips on how to be safe near water:

Sasha“Always be between the yellow and red flags when swimming in the sea.”

Harman“Don’t go on a boat without wearing a life jacket.”

Sam“In an emergency at the beach call 999 and ask for the coastguard.

Hope“Always stay together.”

Can your child remember what slip slap slop slide and seek means?

Living and Learning: Staying Safe week day 3

Posted on Wednesday 06 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We welcome four visitors to school today who will be giving a variety of staying safe messages as part of our themed week.

Thank you to Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative who have been busy carrying out maintenance checks on lots of bikes and also delivering basic bike maintenance sessions to Year 5 and 6.  Their shop is local in Chapel Allerton.

Thank you to Barrie and Christine, local volunteers from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), who are delivering water safety sessions to children in Reception to Year 4 across the day.

Dave from dside is with us today and Friday to deliver e-safety sessions to children in Year 1 to Year 6.

Finally, this afternoon, the Moortown Fire Service visit us to deliver a fire safety talk to Year 5.

These are just some of the visitors supporting our Staying Safe themed week to enhance our staying safe learning.

Living and Learning: Safer Internet Day

Posted on Tuesday 05 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

It’s Safer Internet Day and this has been a focus of learning today as part of our Staying Safe themed week.  Below are some top tips for parents and carers to support your child to enjoy technology and the internet safely.

Our internet, our choice, so…

  1. Choose to have a conversation

    Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Listening to your child will give you the best possible idea of how you can support them. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at our suggested conversation starters for parents.

  2. Choose to take a balanced approach

    As parents it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Remember that your child will use technology and the internet differently given that they are growing up in a world immersed in all things digital. Try to look at both the positive and negative aspects of being online and empower your child with safe choices they can make instead of overwhelming them with restrictions.

  3. Choose to make use of the tools available to you 

    There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out our free Parents’ Guide to Technology and Internet Matters’ step-by-step parental controls guides for online services. 

  4. Choose to get help and support 

    It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things digital but remember – you are the life experts. You are always there to help your child but make sure you know how to get support too by visiting our Need Help? page. You can take steps to support your child online by using features such as privacy settings on social media and understanding how to make a report on a range of apps, games and services.

  5. Choose to be current and topical 

    This Safer Internet Day focuses on the very relevant topic of consent in the digital world. Use this as an opportunity to support your child with how they tackle digital consent within relationships and friendships as well as how online services use the data we provide. Use our quick activities as a family this Safer Internet Day to help you unpick this topic together.

Free bike check Wednesday 06 February

Posted on Tuesday 05 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor