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Pirate Poems

We had so much fun performing poems to a wonderful audience of parents and carers. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 

Below is one of the poems written by one of our Year 3 children. 


The Black Hole at sea

Everyday I scrubbed the deck, ‘cause if I didn’t he’d chop off my neck.

All this work makes me sick, I need to perform a vanishing trick.

Looking out to sea is a bad idea because when I do it he’ll chop off my ear.


As the storm began to brew, we gathered together like a huddling crew.

The thunder started to crash and roar as I started to moan and sit on the floor.

Everyone was excited to see the land, my feet couldn’t wait to touch the sand!

As the storm rumbled in my heart, the sun appeared with a sudden start.


We suddenly put the anchor down. None of the faces had a frown.

Luckily, we’re all happy here, everyone’s full of good cheer.


We’ve only just realised there’s no treasure here. Just from now we’ve all got a tear.

We’re all tired and need a rest but at least we’ve all tried our best.

Bagshaw Museum


Our class trip to Bagshaw Museum was an absolute hit! The children behaved remarkably and demonstrated the Southdale Sparkle from start to finish. The had the chance to become archaeologists for the day, digging up hidden artefacts and using them as clues to work out the profession of the person buried. The children then created a cartouche by drawing their name in hieroglyphics on actual Egyptian papyrus! We also had time to walk around the Kingdom of Osiris, hunting for clues and looking at the wonderful collection of artefacts, we especially enjoyed finding the Horus eye on the ancient sarcophagus. Finally, on our last part of the journey back in time, we had the opportunity to learn about the different stages of mummification and some of us even had to dissect a MUMMY! As you can see by the look on our faces a great day was had by everyone.


We also want to say a big thank you to all of the staff and the volunteers who came to help.

Head over to to see more photographs from our tomb discovery on Tuesday...

Don't Stop Until You're Proud!

In 3SP we can request a selfie of our work any time we have worked hard and done something we are incredibly proud of. All of our achievements can be found at the top of our web page in our 'Selfie Corner'.

W/C 22.01.18

Our word of the week is 'judgement'


This weeks spellings are;











Quiz Quiz Trade

In 3SP we are using very powerful Kagan cooperative learning structures to enhance our learning. In the popular structure 'Quiz Quiz Trade', the children are each given an information card which they must use to teach or review information with another child. When this teaching and learning step has taken place the children trade cards then simply raise their hand to pair up with another learning partner and so on. Techniques such as this, 'RallyRobin' and 'Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up' are used to promote cooperation and communication in the classroom, boost students' confidence and to keep them interested in classroom interaction. As you can see from the pictures below the children are fully engaged and loving it!

Remarkable Artists

This week we have been creating Andy Warhol inspired self portraits. I'm sure you will agree these are truly magnificent! We haven't all finished so if you cannot find your budding artist yet, please do keep checking the website as work will continue to be added until all of the work is complete.

25.01.18 Homework

This week our homework has a literacy focus which we are linking to our new 'Southdale Sparkle' motto. In year 3 we are extremely proud of how our children are striving everyday to be the best that they can be. Click the link below to find out all of the details.

25.01.18 Homework


We are now on Twitter. Follow us @SouthdaleY3

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.

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Collaborative Learning

Recently our class had the exciting opportunity to work with our year 6 children. Together they looked at different texts and worked together to develop their reading and comprehension skills. Our year 6's offered great support and encouragement and were fantastic role models. As you can see the children really enjoyed it. smiley

W/C 15.01.18


Our word of the week is 'treasures'


This weeks spellings are;











19.01.18 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 lesson this week when we wrote a setting description of the Spouter Inn from our new book Moby Dick. 

Dates for the Diary

06/12/17 - Nativity Dress Rehearsal to school

07/12/17 -  Viking Day

                - School Disco

08/12/17 – Author Conrad Burdekin writing and drama workshops

11/12/17 – Nativity production in school

14/12/17 – Christmas Roadshow

                - Nativity production in Church

15/12/17 - Christmas Jumper Day

22/12/17 - Break up for Christmas!

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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Marvellous Magnets (12/12/17)

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

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 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 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.

Autumn 2 Newsletter

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

Thank you, The Year 3 Team

Friction Test

In science , we teamed up with 3ZR to continue our work on friction. We used different materials to test how far a car would travel letting us know much friction each material created. I wonder if you could have a look at some different materials at home and predict whether they would create lots of friction or hardly any friction! 

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It is the start of our half term holiday and I hope you are having a fantastic time. You have all worked super hard in Year 3 already and you definitely deserve the break! If you do find you are missing school however, (which I know some of you will be) you can always continue your learning at home. Below I have included links to some online games that I know you will find fun. My maths favourites are, 'Hit the Button' and if you're feeling super confident and are looking for a challenge try 'Sum Sense'. You can also try your hand at becoming a viking, begin the quest and see if you will be successful.



Become a Viking today!

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We heart Maths

This weeks maths learning began with comparing objects. All of the children played the role of place value counters whilst the rest of the class decided if the comparison was greater than, lesser than or equal to. We had lots of fun and we were really good at it. To help us remember which way the greater than and lesser than symbol should face we just need to remember the greedy crocodile ALWAYS eats the biggest number. Below are the comparison crocodiles that we use to help us. Don't forget to take a look at the pictures of us during our maths role play!

Comparison Crocs

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Science - ROCKS!!

This term in science we are learning about rocks and soil. We began by learning the names of the 3 different types of rocks; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. The names are rather unusual and tricky for us to remember so Miss Parry got us to say them using silly voices, we really enjoyed it and it helped a lot too. To help us remember how the rocks are formed we decided to bring a little drama into the classroom. We all worked together acting out the different roles. It's hard to tell what is happening in the pictures but put our knowledge and memory to the test and see if we can tell you all about them. Below is a link to a video we watched last week, feel free to take a look and then you too can can be as knowledgeable as us!



European cafe is a hit!

On Thursday 28th September Southdale opened its doors welcoming you all to our European art cafe. Year 3 had the opportunity to show off all of their amazing hard work this half term. Our European artist was Henry Moore. We created fact files, developed our sketching skills and even turned our hand to clay sculptures. I'm sure you'll agree that Henry Moore himself would be impressed! Below are some pictures of our final finished pieces of work, alongside some of the fun lesson work we did! We hope you enjoyed the afternoon!

Maths play

Practice your maths skills at home and show your all of your friends and family your expert knowledge on hundreds tens and one in the place value game. Click the link below to begin.

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Maths is fun!

Last week we began looking at number lines and decided to take our learning outdoors to create a human number line. We have been learning to estimate where a number will be positioned on a blank number line. Our number lines had different starting and end points e.g. 0-100 or 0-1000 and the children had to position themselves where they thought the number would be. We then went back into class to continue the work in our books.

Great website for home

Mrs Randall from 3RR found really useful website and we 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.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

On Friday the 22nd September we had an amazing school trip to the sculpture park. Luckily we had the weather on our side and the sun was shinning brightly all morning. Our favourite part of the trip was discovering all of the Henry Moore sculptures. All of our faces lit up as we spotted them across the gardens. The children really enjoyed using what they had learnt in art and practising their sketching skills. A passer by even commented on how well behaved we were and at the level of concentration. Well done children! smiley

Sports Day!

On the 19th September all of the children took part in a very successful sports day and what a fantastic day we had! Unfortunately due to the rain overnight the field was too wet for it to be safe for the children to compete on so we had to arrange the activities for the school playground. This didn't stop us having a wonderful time. Well done to all of our athletes! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.