Year 3 Class News

Living and Learning

Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

Our Living and Learning statement this week is: I know what a drug is. Today, we were lucky enough to have a visit from d:side to learn lots about smoking and the drug that is found inside cigarettes. We learnt lots about smoking, how it affects our bodies and the law concerning smoking.

First we found out about public places, like school, train stations and coffee shops. We learnt that smoking isn’t allowed in these places as smoke can drift over and therefore we can breathe it in without even realising. We learnt this can be called passive smoking – where you breathe it in accidentally. It can also be called second-hand smoking.

We talked about all the things adults can do to prevent second-hand smoking. Some suggestions, from Year Three, included: Adults  can smoke outside and we can go outside for fresh air with permission from our parents.

We then learnt what a cigarette is and what is inside a cigarette.

The class learnt that the drug inside a cigarette is called nicotine. Can they tell you what other harmful substances can be found inside a cigarette?

We also learnt about e-cigarettes, what they are and that they still contain the dangerous drug Nicotine.

How can smoking affect the body? We learnt that smoke follows the same journey as fresh air does when we breathe in; it goes into the lungs. Can your child give you any of the following affects that smoking can have on the body?

  • It rots the teeth; teeth can go yellow or drop out.
  • You can develop a cough.
  • The tips of your fingers can be stained yellow.
  • Tar can turn the colour of lungs – a healthy pink  – to a grey/black. This makes it difficult to breathe.
  • Blood can become thicker which makes the heart’s job of pumping the blood harder and even damage the heart.

Well done for being such brilliant listeners, Year Three!


Posted on Thursday 24 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

On Monday morning, we had another brilliant session of gymnastics. We worked on our balance and coordination skills. See some pictures, below:



I wanted to say a big well done to Year Three for being so focused on their learning during this week’s Gymnastics. Great job, Year Three!


Staying Safe themed week 04 February

Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our next whole school themed week, based around Staying Safe, will be taking place from Monday 04 February 2019.  The key message is how to be safe in a range of situations – at home, at school, online and in the environment.

A variety of events and visitors are planned to help us deliver this key aspect of education including road and scooter safety (Leeds City Council); water safety (Canal and River Trust and RNLI); bike maintenance (Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative); staying safe around dogs (Dogs Trust) and e-safety (One Day Creative and d:side). Some of the events require parental permission and these letters have been sent out separately. There are also some opportunities for parents and carers, from all year groups, to get involved in the week. Please contact the office to reserve places.

*THIS WEEK* Thursday 24 January 2:30pm – 3:15pm d:side drug education information session

A representative from d:side, a health education provider, will be running an information session about drug education.

 Monday 04 February 2:30-3.15pm One Day Creative, creative education provider, e-safety workshop

Wednesday 06 February Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative Dr Bike event

Bring your bike for a free bike safety check, from 8:30am – no need to book.

Thursday 07 February 2:30-3.15pm First aid workshop

A representative from Leeds Beckett University, will be running a first aid workshop for parents and carers.

The themed week is a good opportunity to continue to think about healthy, active ways to travel to school.  Children are encouraged to travel to school in a sustainable way, keeping safe along the way.

Finally, can you help? Does your job involve an aspect of safety?  If you are able to support our Staying Safe themed week by coming into school, please contact Mrs Taylor via the school office.

We will keep you up to date about events during the week through Twitter and the class news pages on our website.

Thank you for your support to keep Moortown a happy, healthy and safe school.


After-school club availability

Posted on Tuesday 22 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

There’s still time to sign up to our Spring term after-school clubs starting next week.

Please contact the office if you would like to book a place on any of the following clubs which currently have spaces available.


Love of reading club

Do you enjoy stories?  Join Mrs Charlesworth and delve into books, get into the characters and listen to stories. Share your own favourite stories too.  This club finishes at 4.15pm. 

There are no sessions on Monday 28 January 2019 or Monday 11 February 2019.

Y1, Y2, Y3 £12

Come and learn the skills and techniques of netball in this fun club.  Organised by Mrs Taylor and Miss Rushbrooke.  This club finishes at 4.15pm.  There are no sessions on Monday 11 February 2019 or Monday 04 March 2019.

Y3, Y4,

Y5, Y6




Join Miss Marsden to learn fun dance routines to perform at a dance festival in April 2019.   This club finishes at 4.15pm and continues until Tuesday 23 April 2019.  There is no session on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Y1, Y2,



Come and learn the skills and techniques of basketball in this fun club.  Organised by City of Leeds Basketball Club.  This club finishes at 4.15pm. There is no session on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

Y3, Y4, Y5,Y6 £7



A fun way to keep fit while learning new skills.  Organised by Leeds Gymnastics Club. This club finishes at 4.15pm.

Y1, Y2,

Y3, Y4, Y5




Join Miss Marsden and try a range of mindfulness techniques, both creative and physical.  This club finishes at 4.15pm. 

Y1, Y2, Y3 £8


What is a drug?

Posted on Monday 21 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

In Living and Learning, as taken from our long term plan, we will be focusing on drug education for the next two weeks.

Our first statement for this learning is, I know what a drug is.

Our definition of a drug refers to a substance people take to change the way they feel, think or behave.  The word ‘drug’ includes:

  • All legal drugs, including tobacco, alcohol, solvents and volatile substances, misused medicines and legal highs
  • All illegal drugs
  • Prescribed and over-the-counter medicines

On Thursday and Friday of this week, we welcome d:side, a health education provider, to school to deliver drug education workshops to each class as part of this learning.

Parents and carers are invited to come to an information session, led by d:side, on Thursday 24 January from 2:45-3:15pm.  Please inform the office if you would like to attend.

Themed menu

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 18 January.  Please contact the office, by Friday 11 January, if your child would like a school meal on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).

Conjunction Investigators

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

This Term, Year Three are becoming experts at using conjunctions throughout their writing. We have kicked our learning off this year by discussing what a coordinating conjunction is and why we use them. For an interactive video on conjunctions click here.

We discussed that we can use conjunctions to extend a sentence, join two clauses together to make a sentence and to fix or improve a squashed sentence.

We decided to investigate:

  1. How important conjunctions are – do real life writers of books use them a lot, a bit or not at all?
  2. Do both fiction and non-fiction writers use conjunctions?

We investigated by looking through the books sat in our book corner.

We found conjunctions are used regularly in both fiction and non-fiction. Therefore we discovered that to be a successful writer and make our writing interesting, we needed to master conjunctions. We focused on the conjunctions: and, so, but and or.  Can your child remember any more conjunctions?


Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

First session each Monday, Year Three now have gymnastics.

The class are working on: balance, moving in various form and forward rolls.  All of these skills improve their flexibility, coordination and fitness.

Can they be the teacher and show you these skills at home?

Great gymnastics, Year Three!

Hopes and Wishes for 2019

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Miss Clifford

Yesterday afternoon, Year Three their hopes and wishes for 2018. We then discussed their hopes and wishes for 2019. The children had lots of lovely ideas.

We talked about reasonable, achievable goals for this year. We also talked about unreasonable wishes for 2019. Can your children remember what these words mean and give you an example of an unreasonable wish for for 2019? Is a wish for magical powers reasonable or unreasonable?

Your child took home their 2018 New Year resolutions. Can they reflect on them and discuss how they are going to achieve their goals for 2019?




Living and Learning

Posted on Monday 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning sessions are held weekly, in class, to promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).  This half term we have two main themes, from our long-term plan.
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE) 
  •  Keeping safe and managing risk
Our Staying Safe themed week (w/c 04 February 2019), including Safer Internet Day,  will be part of this learning.  More information will follow about this.
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular interruptions.  Children will consider what is a valid interruption, for example an emergency and what alternatives are there to interrupting?  Children across school are encouraged to use our brain, buddy, boss system to try to avoid interruptions.  This means they would first think themselves.  Then, they could try asking a friend and the final option would be to ask the adult.  This encourages the children to become independent and take responsibility.

Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, for this half term, to support this learning.

  • I don’t interrupt (with my mouth or my hand).
  • I can make things better.
  • I know what a drug is.
  • I know how to seek help.
  • I make safe choices, including online.
  • I can assess my own risks.