Year 3 Class News

Mission: Internet Safety

Posted on Tuesday 05 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

Today was esafety day. We learnt that esafety stands for electronic safety. We learnt lots of ways to stay safe online and when using electronics. There are lots of fun ways of using these electronics but we explored the need to be safe while we are online.

We started by becoming characters in the new online spy game John Bond.  We started by inventing, and introducing, our spy characters with our signature spy moves.

We talked about what usernames are and who would see our usernames online (strangers). Because of this we learnt that we need to be very careful about what personal information we use as part of our usernames. In particular we shouldn’t use our names, ages or addresses.  We then discussed how to make passwords super safe so people cannot crack them. Suggestions included: swapping letters for numbers  like e for 3 or o for 0.

Passwords are personal and we should never say them out loud. We discussed that we can share these with our parents or carers but not to other people to keep ourselves safe. We talked about our right to say no and that no means no. We talked about not needing to feel bad or uncomfortable in saying no as it is our right. We agreed that if we are worried about upsetting someone by saying no then we will always talk to another parent or adult at school about it.

We then met 008 and her spy case…

We were given a block button to press if something happened that we didn’t like while we were playing the game. We learnt that at home we can press it if we saw something we shouldn’t see of if we got a message from someone we didn’t know.

We were given a screen shot to press if we wanted to capture a photo of our screen. We learnt that we can use this if someone sent us a message to help us report them.

We were also given a giant phone with which we were able to call the makers of the game, and report if anything went wrong.

We received our first message… The evil Cyber Bully was back! A cyber bully is someone that sends bullys us online – Several Times On Purpose.

We discussed how we could use the items in our inventory to defeat him. We decided we would: screenshot, block and report. We had successfully completed level one and moved on to level two…
We then learnt about viruses and how computers catch them if we click accept and put our details in. We agreed never to fall for a fishy deal that are too good to be true and always think if someone on the other end of the computer is trying to trick us.

Like the true spys Year 3 are, they snuck up on the evil Dr Fishy and tried not to set off the alarm.

Along the way we received messages and had to to choose whether to open or block messages.

One player was tricked into downloading a rare super spy badge and therefore got a virus and was frozen! Fortunately, she had downloaded some antivirus software so her computer was safe.

We completed the game by answering some questions and cracking the code to complete the game.

Ask your child, what would they do in these different scenarios online:

  • A message pops up – “You could win £400! All you need to do is type your name in, below.”
  • Your cousin asks you for your Lexia password but promises not to tell anyone else…
  • You’re playing a game with some friends online and someone you don’t know sends you unkind messages that hurt you. You talk to your friend about it and they’ve got the same messages but it hasn’t upset them.

Great undercover work, super spys!

A visit from the police

Posted on Tuesday 05 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

Safety week has brought us many exciting visitors… including the police! Year Three were excited to hear from the police and ask all of their burning questions…

We learnt that police can help us in our communities; they keep us safe. We learnt that we can talk to PCSOs just like we can talk to parents or adults in school about any problems or safety concerns we have.

PCSOs keep our communities safe. The visitors shared that they have even rescued sheep and horses from the road!

The PCSOs talked about their radios; their way of communicating with one another.  We learn that their radios have an emergency button just in case they face any aggressive behavior towards them. They also have a high visibility jacket so they are safe when crossing the roads. We were then quizzed on our Green Cross Code. I was so impressed with Year 3 as every one of them could remember how to stay safe when out and about!

The police also keep safe by wearing a heavy jacket that protects their vital organs in difficult situations. We said that the heart and lungs are our vital organs as we need them to survive.

We talked about contacting the police. In an emergency we would call 999.

We were very impressed with the respect you have shown all of our visitors, Year 3. You asked lots of the sensible and thoughtful questions that we have all learnt something new from. Well done!


Living and Learning: Staying Safe information

Posted on Monday 04 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

A variety of safety related information will be sent home during this themed week.  Have a look through the information with your child to support and reinforce this learning at home.

Living and Learning: Staying Safe week begins

Posted on Monday 04 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our Staying Safe themed week started today with a launch assembly by Leeds City Council’s road safety team.  This included some key active travel and safety messages.

The trainers worked with a number of classes throughout the day.

  • Year 3 pedestrian training
  • Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 scooter training
  • Year 6 Speed Indication Device – checking vehicle speeds in the 20mph zone on Shadwell Lane

Another visitor, Richard from One Day Creative, has worked with three classes today to deliver e-safety themed drama workshops. Other classes will take part in this learning tomorrow.

Ask your child what they have learnt so far based on our four main objectives for the week:

  • Staying safe online
  • Staying safe at home
  • Staying safe at school
  • Staying safe in the environment

Thank you to those parents and carers who attended the e-safety session at the end of the day.  We hope you found it useful to learn more about your child’s e-safety learning.  To help with practical support with devices at home, O2 in partnership with NSPCC offer a free service over the phone, 0808 800 5002, or in one of their stores.

Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day so there will be lots of in class learning on this subject.  Have a look at our e-safety end of year expectations for your child’s year group.



Posted on Friday 01 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

On Tuesday, Year 3 and 4 made volcanos!

We started our day by learning about a crutial skill we would need to succeed at making volcanos: teamwork.

First of all, we talked about what bad teamwork looks and sounds like. Then we compared it with examples of good teamwork.

Edris and Evie“Bad teamwork is if you were writing a story, and not sharing resources or ideas . Good teamwork would be working together and sharing ideas taking turns.”

Sukhmani  & Madison “Bad teamwork is when you don’t work together but good teamwork is even when you’re not friends you can still work together.”

Harman and Ashton“If we were fighting over resources we wouldn’t be working as a team. Instead, we could share.”

We talked about different jobs where teamwork is really important: footballers, doctors, professional dancers, the Royal Air Force and firefighters.

We then worked in our teams to put the instructions, on how to make a volcano, back together.

Have a look at some of the pictures from our volcano making, below.


Have a look at the finished results:

Well done Year 3 and Year 4 – you’ve really impressed us with your teamwork and communication skills!


Living and Learning: Parent/carer workshops Staying Safe themed week

Posted on Wednesday 30 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to all the parents/carers who have signed up to the workshops on offer next week during our Staying Safe themed week.

There are a few places left if you would like to come along.

One Day Creative e-safety workshop
Monday 4 February 2:30 – 3:15pm
Parents and carers of children in Years 1-6 are invited to this e-safety workshop led by a representative from One Day Creative.  Find out more about how to keep your child safe online.
Parent/carer first aid session
Thursday 7 February  2:30 – 3:15pm
All parents and carers are invited to this first aid workshop led by Jane Cusworth from Leeds Beckett University.
Contact the office to reserve a place.

Living Streets new badge design competition

Posted on Sunday 27 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We are proud to work with Living Streets to support our aim for active and safe travel to and from school.

WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge and every day our pupils log their daily journeys to school on the WOW Travel Tracker. Those that make an active (walk, bike, scoot or park and stride) journey to school at least once a week for a month earn a WOW badge. There are 11 to collect across the year all of which have been designed by pupils in their annual badge design competition.

Living Streets are now asking for our pupil’s help to design a new badge. Details will be sent home shortly but take a look for some more information. Return your badge designs to your class teacher or the office.

Can you draw an elephant?

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

In Year Three, have some super-talented artists!

We started our art session today with an appreciation of other people’s art. We discussed the visual and tactile elements within art; specifically commenting on line, form, colour and pattern.

We then progressed to discussing the types of lines we use. We focused on how we could create a thick or thin line by using varying pressure with our pencil. We discussed the need to be able to correct our sketches and agreed to use light, faint lines when sketching elephants. Have a look at the results, below:


Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

In Maths, we have moved on to division of a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number.

So far, we had been using our times tables and partitioning knowledge to solve questions such as: 66 ÷ 3 = ? Or 44 ÷ 4 = ?

We have been using Base 10 and counters to support this learning; see pictures how we do this, below:

1. 46 ÷ 2 = 23:

2. 99 ÷ 3 = 33:

Today, we took a leap forward and looked at division where we need to reorganise our number (shown in 10s and 1s counters) in order to be able to divide and share into equal groups. For example: 48 ÷ 3 = ?.

First, we made 48:

Then, we exchanged one 10 for ten 1s. We discussed that these have the same value so we are still showing 48 in total:

We were then able to share 48 into three equal groups:


We counted up how many counters were in one group, and had our answer.

For a quick video on the formal, written calculation that we are working towards, please check out this link for more information. Any extra times tables practise (2s/5s/10s/23/4s/8s) you can do at home will support your child’s learning in class – especially division!

Great Maths, Year Three!



Show and Tell us about your secret talents!

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

On Wednesday, we had a fantastic Show and Tell session where members of the class shared their secret talent: a form of sign language. We discussed who and why people need to understand and communicate in sign language. Some members of our class made links and gave examples that linked to their own lives. Have a look at the code, below:

Some of the pupils even had a message for you, reading this class news post! See if you can interpret the message, below:

The first letter of the word:

The second letter of the word:

The third and fourth letter of the word:

And the fifth letter of the word:

Ask your child if you’ve cracked our message!