Year 3 Class News

Cycling opportunities

Posted on Sunday 17 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Here are details of local cycling events due to be held in the Easter holiday.

Beginners Learn to Ride Sessions (FREE)
For non-riders aged 5 years and above
Tuesday 2nd April, Thursday 4th April and Tuesday 9th April – limited availability
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Times: 9:30am, 10:45am, 12:30pm  and 13:45pm (Tues 2nd only)

Improvers Cycling Session (FREE)
For ‘new’ riders aged 5 years and above
Thursday 4th April
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Time: 13:45pm

The Brownlee Centre will also be hosting a pop up school holiday ride.




School Savings Club paying in dates

Posted on Wednesday 13 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Please note a change of day for the remaining School Savings Club paying in dates.

If your child has a School Savings Club account, we hold paying in sessions on the penultimate week of every half term.

Thursday 18 October 2018 3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 13 December 2018 3.15-3.45pm

Thursday 07 February 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 20 March 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 15 May 2019 3.15-3.45pm

Wednesday 10 July 2019 3.15-3.45pm

If you are unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be paid in, to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

If you would like your child to open an account, please enquire at the office.  Pupils in Year 3 can still take advantage of the £10 incentive offer.


Posted on Tuesday 12 March 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Rehearsals for our upcoming production, are now in full swing! This week, we’ll send home costume suggestions for some of the characters. We’d be very grateful for any help in getting these together. Please let us know if you are unable to provide items and we will try to sort this.

Many thanks in advance.Image result for jack and the beanstalk

Living and Learning – body image guide for parents and carers

Posted on Sunday 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Our focus in Living and Learning, for the rest of this half term, is body image.

What is body image?

Body image describes our idea of how our body looks and how we think it is perceived by others. This can include our thoughts and feelings about our height, weight, shape, skin colour, and our appearance and attractiveness more broadly.

This parent and carer guide has been designed to give practical ideas to support your child in building their emotional resilience in this area.

Great competitors

Posted on Sunday 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Well done to pupils who have represented school recently in sporting competitions.

Congratulations to our Year 3 qualifier in the West Yorkshire cross country final.  She ran a fantastic race at the event at Temple Newsam.

In wet conditions last Friday, our Year 5/6 hockey team competed in the Leeds Quick Sticks competition.  Well done to all the children involved.

Thank you to parents and carers who supported these events by transporting the children.

Why is travelling actively to school important?

Posted on Sunday 10 March 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Sustrans have recently published this article about the importance of travelling actively to school.

With just two weeks to go, Sustrans Big Pedal, is one way we will be encouraging active journeys this term alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.

Sustrans Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school.  We would love everyone to be involved.  For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting.  

This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.

You might also be interested in a current bike promotion from our local Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative branch.



Posted on Friday 08 March 2019 by Miss Clifford

Today, we were lucky enough to have a visitor from the Leeds Playhouse.

We used alliteration to jazz up our names to introduce ourselves. We met: Kind Klara, Joyful James and Awesome Amrit to name a few!

We then played a game which involved plotting where we live in the mountain range. We shared something that we could see out of our windows and build a whole imaginary community.

Just like in our class novel, we met a firework maker, called Lalchand, who has lost his daughter Lila.

We did lots of role play as these characters. We shared what we thought our character would be thinking and feeling at key points of the story. This is something that you can do at home when reading to support your child. 

We came up with an action plan To help Lachand. All adventurers need a well-packed bag. Ours included:

  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • Bottle
  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Packed lunch
  • Bandages
  • Spare shoes
  • Some fireworks (Golden Sneezes)
  • Some water
  • A torch

We were ready to head off into the jungle on our adventure to find Lila.

We used our torches to find the entrance of the Fire-Fiend at Mount Mirapi.

We saw:

Black rocks crumbling – Billy

An alligator snapping at us – Lewis

Black ash on the ground of the cave – Evie

A yellow monkey rummaging around inside the cave – Ashton

We then made some notes to inspire our writing based on what we could see, hear, touch, taste and feel.




Then, Lila finally met the fire-fiend inside Mount Miripi.

She discovered that she needed to have three things to offer the fire-fiend. These things you cannot touch.  We thought these things could be: determination, courage, love, happiness or ambition.

Since this drama workshop, we have gone on to write Haiku poems and setting drescriptions. Have a look at some of our Cinquain poem work below.










































Cinquain poems have a specific syllable pattern. Can your child remember this and explain it to you?

Fe Fi Fo Fum! The Easter production has begun…

Posted on Tuesday 26 February 2019 by Miss Clifford

Big news in Years 3 and 4! We have officially kicked off rehearsals for the Easter production.

The production is called ‘Fe Fi Fo Fum’. So far we have held auditions and allocated the parts to pupils.  Fe Fi Fo Fum is an action packed panto which brings the story of Jack and the Beanstalk up to date with a hilarious script, colourful characters and irresistible songs. Jack has to overcome his terrible fear of heights – a bit of a problem when trying to climb a beanstalk!

How can you help?

It is vital that your child brings their script into school every day. We are rehearsing regularly and annotating onto our scripts.

Please encourage your child to practise their lines at home and know what they need to say and any actions they need as well.

We look forward to seeing you all at the Easter production. Thank you for your support at home on this.

Active travel update

Posted on Monday 25 February 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Here’s an update on our latest active travel initiatives for this half term.

Living Streets WOW Travel Tracker

Meltem from Living Streets visited school for an assembly today to launch a new challenge for our WOW active travel tracker.

Currently, children record how they get to school on the WOW daily online travel tracker and those who complete at least one active journey per week to school (bike, scoot, walk or park and stride) are rewarded with a themed monthly badge.

As this has been a big success, with increased active journeys and less journeys by car, from March, we will be challenging children to make at least three active journeys per week to earn their monthly badge.

There were some queries that were raised at the assembly.

Can your three active journeys be different?

Yes – active journeys include walking, biking, scooting and park and stride so as long as your journeys are any of these three in a week you would qualify for a badge.

What can be included as park and stride?

Ideally park and stride is where you park away from school and walk the final 5-10 minutes to school.  This ensures that areas close to school are free from traffic.  Marks and Spencer has many spaces available for families to park and walk the final part of the journey to school.

Sustrans Big Pedal 2019

Get set… the Big Pedal is back! We’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2019, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge, that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two (or three) wheels for their journey to school.  We would love everyone to be involved.  For the first time, walking (and park and stride) will be counted alongside cycling and scooting.  

This year’s Big Pedal will run for five days, from 25th March to 29th March.

On each day, schools compete to see who can get as many of their pupils, staff and parents cycling or scooting to school then our results will determine our final position in the national league table.

If you need the car to bring your child to school, perhaps you could park and stride the last part (our suggested park and stride site is Marks and Spencer car park).

The Big Pedal will run alongside our year round Living Streets WOW sustainable travel initiative where the children record how they travel to school on our daily travel tracker.

Why we’re taking part

It’s a great way to get more of our pupils travelling to school in an active way.  Also, schools will be entered into a daily prize draw for rewards including equipment and accessories if over 15% of our school community cycle, walk or scoot on that day of the challenge.

What do you need to do?

All you need to do is encourage your child(ren) to cycle, scoot, walk or park and stride to school every day during the event, and join them on their way.


Living and Learning: Being me

Posted on Saturday 23 February 2019 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 our main theme, from our long-term plan, is Being me and is all around building self-image and self-esteem  
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular covering our mouth when we cough, sneeze or yawn. To promote good hygiene we refer to the vampire technique. By coughing or sneezing into our elbow, germs are not spread into the air or on our hands which may contaminate other things. Don’t forget to ‘use your sleeve to cough and sneeze’.
Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, to support this learning.
  • I cover my mouth (when I yawn, cough, sneeze).  Get your child to demonstrate the ‘vampire’ method to family members at home.
  • I can say something good about myself.  It’s important that your child can confidently talk about themselves in a positive way.
  • I pay and receive compliments in a sensible way.  Try paying compliments each day to each other! Some children struggle to hear positive words about themselves, but this is important for self-esteem. Try paying (and listening) to praise and compliments.
  • I recognise my talents.  Talk to your child about talents, whether academic, physical, social or emotional. Some of us may have a natural talent, but most have talents that derive from lots of practice.
  • I know the difference between being proud and showing off.  We encourage compliments to be paid – but encourage your children to know the balance between being having self-esteem and showing off.