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Scholastic book fair

5th, 6th, 7th and 8th February from 3:30


Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February


Valentines Disco

Thursday 15th February (5.15-6.45)



Friday 16th February (all day)

Spring 1 Newsletter

The Spring 1 newsletter was emailed out on Friday 19th January 2018. In the newsletter is information all about what we are doing in Year 3 this half term. If you need any more information then please feel free to speak to any of the Year 3 team at the beginning or the end of the day. 

'Moby Dick'

Was written by Herman Melville and published in 1851. It is an iconic North American novel.

Did you know it was voted 17th out of the 100 best novels of all time by the Guardian?

Below is a link to a cartoon version of the story. Watch it to have a quick overview of the story which we are enjoying this half term.

Times tables game

As we're now moving onto multiplication and division it's very important we start making sure we know our times tables. In Year 3, we need to know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables. This game will help you to learn them and test yourselves. Go fishing!

18.01.18 Homework

This week our homework has a spelling focus. We have been looking at adding the suffix 'ly' to an adjective to turn it into and adverb. We have also included our word of the week treasure. Some of us even used it in our English work this week when we wrote a setting description of the Spouter Inn from our new book 'Moby Dick'. Keep a look out next week for our published work.



Our word of the week is 'treasure'


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Let's not forget all our mathematics work!

In maths, we are always progressing onto the next stage, but it is still important to go back and consolidate the learning we have done so far. At the beginning of year 3, we worked so hard on our place value skills. This needs to be constantly recapped until we are solid in our understanding. I found a useful website that has some place value activities on it. The link is below. Give it a try!


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Merry Christmas one and all 22/12/17

We hope you enjoy your Christmas treats grown ups. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from 3RR.

More music from our brass superstars 22.12.17

Boys, keep up the good work. We are very proud of you both.

Christmas Jumper Day 15.12.17

We all looked very festive in our Christmas jumpers and brought lots of Christmas cheer to school.

Marvellous Magnets (12/12/17)

This morning we have had a science morning all about 'Forces and Magnets'. We were learning about magnetic poles and even made our own magnetic compass! Pictures below...

Visiting author - Conrad Burdekin (08.12.17)

We had such a fantastic day on Friday when Conrad came to visit. We started the day with an assembly to meet Conrad and learn some of his poetry. We then wowed him with our knowledge about Vikings.


In our class workshop, he introduced us to a Viking character called Erik. Erik was a very grumpy Viking and was very, very grumpy and bossy with his fellow Vikings. The children listened to the first part of the story and then came up with statements Erik would say when the other Vikings didn't want to do tasks for him. They then used their acting skills and went head to head with their retorts to see which was most gruesome. Randall's Raiders won by half a point against Thomas' Traitors.


The story then continued with yet more parts acted out until the conclusion which the children created themselves. Who knew a stale French stick could defeat an incredibly grumpy Erik the Viking!


Remember you can order books using the attached order form and you can find out more about Conrad on his website.


Below are some photographs from the day.

More medal activity (08.12.17)

Well done you sporting superstar! 

Anti-bullying reminder 08.12.17

There is a letter going out today as a reminder about bullying and how to talk to your child about it. There is a copy attached below.


Viking work 07.12.17

We have had a fantastic day today learning lots of new information about the Vikings right up to their final recognised raid on England in 1066. The children have been so busy and their heads were bursting with knowledge by the end of the day. We also shared our Viking homework with each other and enjoyed looking at fact files, longships, shields and playing top trumps. Here are some pictures of all of the children's hard work (and they couldn't have done it without your support, so thank you to all of the grown ups for your help!).


Viking days (Thursday 7th and Friday 8th December 2017)

We are getting very excited about the next couple of Viking themed days. We will be learning lots about the Vikings tomorrow from how they lived to the end of the Viking era in 1066. On Friday, Conrad Burkin will be visiting to carry out writing and drama workshops with the children. He has some very funny poetry books which he will be sharing with the children too. He does sell his books and if you are interested in getting one there is a letter attached below with all of the information. The letter will be sent out tomorrow (7/12/17) as well.


Nativity update

We had our dress rehearsal today which was performed in front of the whole school. It went really well. I'm so proud of the children. You're in for a treat on Monday evening!

Nativity arrangements

Please see a copy of the letter sent out today 04/12/17. There is lots of information about the nativity and hopefully should answer most questions you have. If you need any more information then please get in touch.

Science Friction (01/12/17)

The children have been learning about forces in science. Today they planned a fair test experiment to see which surfaces allowed a toy car to travel the furthest. They thoroughly enjoyed it and could discuss the results very well. There are some photographs below of the experiment taking place. 

Celebrations (wb 27/11/17)

We love to celebrate in 3RR and look at all of these amazing individuals who have brought in medals and trophies for skills from dancing to football and rugby. Go team!!

Runners (28/11/17)

A huge well done to all of our cross county runners. Great work in chilly and muddy conditions (just right for a cross country!). I'm very proud of you all.

(Photos by the very talented Mr Smithson)


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Spellings WB 27/11/17

ou making the short vowel sound 'u'











Practise these by using them in sentences.

E.g. If I don't do my homework, I will be in trouble.

Autumn 2 Newsletter

The newsletter went out today. View a copy by clicking on the link.

Thank you, The Year 3 Team


Christmas hamper appeal

Thank you so much to all of our parents and carers who have so kindly sent in items for the Christmas hamper. We have had enough donations to make up 3 hampers! The hampers will be given to families who are in need over the festive season. I'm so proud of the children and their dedication to being such kind and caring citizens.



Spellings of the week (wb 20/11/17)

This week we have been working on words which contain a 'y' making a short vowel sound 'i' e.g. gym

The words we have been looking at are:








You can practise spelling these by using them in sentences this week.

E.g. I went on a mystery tour of the haunted house.

Times tables practise

Keep working on your times tables. Use this game to help you increase your speed.

Homework hero

We have had some amazing homework projects so far. Well done to everyone for all of your hard work. I'll get some pictures on of all the pieces soon but in the meantime check out this amazing poster.


Marvellous biscuits

Last week we were lucky enough for one of our children to bring in some homemade biscuits decorated as Viking shields! They were yummy and a very clever idea. Well done!

A Viking in the making!

The class have been set a longer term homework project this term based around choosing 5-6 tasks from a list of 10 Viking activities. The children are doing really well and are beginning to bring in their masterpieces. On Friday, we were greeted by huge Viking shield which was made with his Dad. Great work!

Music Maestro 

On Friday, the class requested our one and only trumpet expert to play us some notes on his trumpet. He only started lessons recently but is already mastering the skill brilliantly. Well done!


Friction Investigation

The children are learning about Forces and Magnets this half term and this week have carried out a fair test investigation into the force, friction. The challenge was to move jelly cubes from one bowl to another as quickly as possible using only 2 skewers. They made sure the test was fair by using the same amount of jelly, the same bowls placed at the same distance, the same skewers, lifting the jelly in the same way, all children standing up and all starting at the same time. They then repeated the investigation using oil covered jelly cubes and seeing the impact of this on the time it took to move the cubes. They had a great time and the science skills used were excellent. They demonstrated a secure understanding of the fair test and the science behind it.


Please welcome....Mrs Thomas smiley

Sadly we said our goodbyes to Mrs Clay at the end of the half term. She was loved by all of the children and we will miss her terribly but we wish her all the best in the next exciting chapter of her life. 

However, we have exciting times ahead with Mrs Thomas joining Southdale Junior School as the new TA for our class. She can't wait to meet all of the children and will be a huge asset to our class and the school. She is an incredibly happy, positive and friendly person who I know will fit in just right. Here she is in the picture below so you can all look out for her on Monday morning.

Hi everyone, 

Hope you've been having a lovely half term. I'm looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mrs Randall smiley


It's time to get going with our times tables. In Year 3 we need to know our 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables inside out and back to front. So you need to be practising them on a regular basis. If you'd like to learn the others too then please do! Below is a link to a game to play to help you get good at spotting which numbers are part of the times tables e.g. knowing that 16 is part of the 4 times table and is 4 x 4. 

Enjoy playing (it's tablet friendly too no)

Gymnastic superstars

The first half term we have been working on our gymnastic skills in indoor PE. Steve has been helping us to ensure we are using our bodies to the best of our abilities. Look at some of the fantastic shapes and balances we have been using. 


Are you ready to be a Viking?

Play this game and make decisions about your raid. Will you be a successful Viking or not?

Maths investigation time

Using their place value skills, the children we challenged to a maths investigation which they thoroughly enjoyed. When you need to work lots of tricky maths out, you need a big space. So, tables it is!

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Fossil making

In science we have been learning about how fossils are made and the different types. We made our own cast and mold fossils and are looking forward to checking out the results when our 'pebble fossils' have dried out.


We are gymnasts

We have been very lucky over the last few weeks to have been working with our sports coach Steve. He has been helping us improve our gymnastics skills and we are thoroughly enjoying it. Here are some photos of today's positions.

Rock investigators

We are learning about rocks in science and have been studying how they are formed, the different types and most recently their properties. Below are a few photos from our investigations last Friday. 

New reading books

The new reading book library is now up and running and the children are enjoying choosing their own books and getting busy reading. This is a fantastic resource which is providing the children with the opportunity to become avid, independent readers. You can support your child at home by reading a page of their book with them and really concentrating on asking them lots of questions about the text. You can discuss prediction, interpretation of vocabulary, asking questions about what is happening in the text and why and summarising the section read. Most children can then carry on reading independently. Once they have read their book, they can return it to school and complete a quiz about the book. If they score over half marks on the quiz they gain those points (up to the full points for full marks). As we know, 'points mean prizes' so ensure your child has read carefully and make sure they know what the book is about.

Some photos below of the children when they had chosen their first book.

Place value game

Practise your knowledge of place value using Hundreds, Tens and Ones using the link below.

Editing our writing

Today (29.09.17) we have been learning how to edit and improve our writing. We use SURPRISES which helps us to carefully check and improve our work. 

SURPRISES stands for - 

Say the writing in our head

Under breath (mumble the writing)

Read the writing aloud

Punctuation check

Read and improve the openers

Improve word choice/spellings

Say the writing in our heads again - has it improved?

Expand sentences (expanded noun phrases, using conjunctions, adverbial phrases)

Share the work with a partner - what do they think?

This process really helped to guide us in checking and improving our writing. We want to keep getting better and better.

Wet Play (29.09.17)

Do you ever wonder what we get up to when it is wet play? Well, we play together and get creative!

Maths (28.09.17) - Estimating numbers on a number line

We took our maths work outside today. We have been learning to estimate the position of numbers up to 1000 on a number line. We made a human number line and then had different starting and ending points e.g. 0-100 and 0-1000. The children then either had to position themselves on a given number or chose a number themselves and then move to where they thought the number would be. We then went back to class and worked in this in our maths books.

Don't forget


We have our European Cafe afternoon this Thursday (28/09/17) from 2.30pm to 4.00pm. You are warmly invited to come and see all of the art every year group has been doing in school over the last couple of weeks. The Year 3 art will be shown in the corridor near Miss Parry's classroom. You are also welcome to come and have a look around the Year 3 outside classrooms (3RR and 3ZR) from 3.30pm to 4.00pm as we hope you will find this a good opportunity to see the environment your children are learning in every day. 

Great website for home

I found out about this really useful website today and wanted to share it with you. It is called Oxford Owls and has lots of resources for you to use at home. It has activities and tips around reading and has 250 free ebooks to read! The best thing of all, it's FREE. 

Click on the link below to go to the site.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Friday 22nd September 2017

We had an absolutely fantastic visit to the Sculpture Park. We were so lucky with the weather and had a gloriously sunny morning for our visit. The highlight was the first view of a Henry Moore sculpture. The children gasped as they spotted it through the window of the bus. They enjoyed seeing a range of sculptures from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Tony Cragg and are becoming very accomplished at sketching. They behaved brilliantly and made Southdale very proud. Thank you children smiley

We were also very lucky to have five parents helpers on the trip with us. We could not have gone ahead without your support and the Year 3 team and the children are very grateful to you for giving up a morning of your time to accompany us on the trip. Thank you ladies. 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Don't forget it is our school trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park tomorrow (Friday 22nd September 2017). If it is wet overnight you may want to wear your wellies or trainers as we will be walking on grass and it will be soggy! Bring your school shoes in a bag to put on later. We'll be adding lots of photographs from the day so keep looking for updates.

Maths 21/09/17

Place value

Today we were investigating the place value of numbers. We used different ways to represent numbers and worked really well as teams. 

Sports Day 19/09/17

What a fantastic day we had. Unfortunately due to the heavy rain overnight the field was too wet for it to be safe for the children to compete on so we had to rearrange the activities for the school playground. This didn't stop us having a wonderful time with ALL children competing in ALL activities. They were shattered by lunch time! Here are some photographs of our mini athletes. Well done everyone for taking part with such great team spirit. 


The children have been sent home with their new homework folders today. Please find below a link to a copy of their homework. Thank you smiley


BFG Dream Catchers

As part of Roald Dahl day we made dream catchers inspired by his book, 'The BFG'. We had to show huge perseverance and resilience when making them as they were very fiddly with lots of little knots to tie but we succeeded and are very proud of the finished products. There are some photos of some examples below.

Roald Dahl Day 2017

We have had a fantastic day today celebrating the stories of the well-loved author, Roald Dahl. We read a chapter from George's Marvellous Medicine and then wrote a list of all of the ingredients George used in his recipe as well as discussing the language used in recipes and writing the instructions about how to make the 'Marvellous Medicine'.

We also read most of the newly released 'Billy and the Minpins' which has been recently illustrated by Quentin Blake. We draw images of the tree where the Minpins live including details from our imaginations fired up from listening to the text.

In the afternoon, we talked about another great book, the BFG. We made our own dream catchers all by ourselves, cutting, decorating, threading and tying knots. As well as this we watched the live Webcast run by Puffin books and followed a step by step drawing lesson by Quentin Blake himself! We finished the day with a 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' obstacle course. Phew! What a fun packed day.

Enjoy having a look at the wonderful costumes the children came to school in. Thank you for donating £1 which will be donated to charity.

Trip into Ossett Town Centre

On Tuesday we went on a walk to Ossett town centre to look for sculptures, statues and carvings to link with our 'European Artist' topic. The children behaved brilliantly and set a super Southdale example. We spotted carvings in lots of buildings and some interesting statues. Here is a picture of 3RR next to one of them.

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Class news letter

The class newsletter was given out last week. Hopefully it will give you some information about what to expect now you have joined Southdale and what is to come over the next half term. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to speak to me (Mrs Randall) after school or alternatively you are welcome to call the school office to make an appointment. A copy of the news letter is available through the link below.


We have spent time as a class coming up with rules which we think will help our class work well over the next year. What do you think?
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PA of the Day

Look how lucky I've been today having two Personal Assistants to help me in class. You did a splendid job boys, thank you! smiley