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Bagshaw Museum Trip

Wednesday 23rd May


Break up for half term

Friday 25th May

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.

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

Homework W/B 16/04/18

As promised, here is the homework for this week. Have fun! 

World Book Day was a success!

After waiting a whole extra week for World Book Day, we finally got the chance to dress up as our favourite book characters! Take a look at our costumes!

We love Conrad!

Before the snow hit us, we were very excited to have Conrad Burdekin come into school to help us write poems based on our book of the week, 'The Dark'. We started off with a warm up competition, to see who could say a tongue twister the quickest! Then, we came up with some fantastic ideas about what the dark might feel like if we touched it. He was blown away when we used fantastic description such as 'toxic', 'poisonous' and 'sly'! When we return to school, we are going to publish our poems in our best handwriting. Take a look at some photos below. Thanks again Conrad!

Reading 'The Dark' in the dark

To kick off World Book Day, every class in the school is basing this next week around a very mysterious book, The Dark by Lemony Snicket. For our first Literacy lesson, we predicted what the story was going to be about and asked lots of questions, using our fantastic reading skills.   Then we listened to the story, but this time, all the lights were off and the curtains were drawn. The only light we had was the torch shining on the book, and this made us all feel slightly anxious, just like the boy in the story! We're going to use our emotions to create a piece of writing later on in the week.


Going above and beyond!

It was time for the adults to sit back and relax, as one of our star pupils presented their fantastic homework project to the rest of the class.! With confidence and pride, he told us about the Statue of Liberty, and it's fair to say, we ALL learnt something new with his very interesting facts! Well done!  

Do you know the functions of a plant?

To kick off our new science topic, plants, we started learning a song to help us remember the functions of a plant. The tune is the same tune as the cup song, which some of us recognised! As promised to the children, the link is below!


Southdale Sparkle in action!

One of our star pupils teamed up with her best friend from 3SP, and in their own time, they both wrote their own poems based on one of our Christian values, friendship. They were even brave enough to read their poems out in front of the whole school during our special mentions assembly! Well done girls!

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Super Story Writers!

This past week, we have been using our story mountains to create our own version of a really exciting chapter from Moby Dick. By writing one paragraph every day, we have built our stories up, and today we got the chance to piece all of our paragraphs together. We were all so proud of ourselves when we saw how much we have actually done! After reading them, we noticed how, despite using the same story as a stimulus, all of our stories were very different in the end, celebrating how unique we all are!

Safer Internet Day! (06.02.18)

Today, we have been discussing how to stay safe on the internet. We recapped all the do's and don'ts when playing online or using social media. After lots of discussion, we each created our own design of a screensaver for our school laptops. We made sure to include our key safety messages, as well as adding our own Southdale Sparkle touch! Then, we each made a pledge on our jigsaw pieces to do something positive online, and after putting these together, you can see how we can create a better internet! We are now as wise as our Southdale Owl!


Sing your hearts out!

Not only does singing put us in a fantastic, positive mood, it also helps us with our times tables. Inspired by 3SP, to help us to count in 3's and 4's, we have been learning some simple yet catchy songs, which we have been using in our lessons to help us solve problems. We even managed to get Mr Blake to join in with our jazz hands!


Here are the links:



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Future Actors/Actresses right here!

Continuing with our book for this half term, Moby Dick, we have been using our acting skills to take part in some drama! We were so excited by the events in Chapter 10, we couldn't resist acting it out in our teams. We are going to use our interpretation of the story to write our own version over next few days!

Change your words, change your mindset!

The whole school have been MIND BLOWN this week, as we have been learning all about what a growth mindset and a fixed mindset is. Did you know that when you learn something new, or when you take on a challenge, your brain actually grows!? Once we had worked in groups to discuss how we can ALL continue to be positive and push ourselves to the limit, we then wrote our thoughts on some post it notes and pinned them up on our funky display.

3ZR have got the Southdale Sparkle!

After having a huge discussion about what makes a good Southdale Sparkler, we narrowed our class rules down to three important rights and responsibilities: the right to learn, the right to be safe and the right to our own faiths and beliefs. Take a look at our new display to remind us how we can all sparkle every single day! I cannot wait to put some of our acrostic poems up around this display!

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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

W/C 22.01.18

Our word of the week is 'judgement'


This weeks spellings are;












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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.


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. Keep a look out next week for our published work.



Our word of the week is 'treasures'


This weeks spellings are;











Autumn 2 Newsletter

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

Thank you, The Year 3 Team

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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2018 here we come!

We had so much fun during the last week of term to get ourselves into the Christmas spirit. We made some Christmas cards, which some of us found tricky, but we did not give up! We also made some tree decorations which looked lovely on our class tree. On our last day, we had the chance to play with everyone in our class and share some of our favourite games. Take a look below! I am looking forward to beginning 2018 with a positive class who are ready to learn!

Viking Homework Projects

Over the last few months, you have all been extremely busy with your Viking homework projects! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you have put into creating some fantastic pieces of work! Some of them were so fantastic, they have been put on display near the front entrance of school!

Marvellous Magnets (15/12/17)

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...

Vicious Vikings!

On Friday, we were very lucky to have the fantastic author, Conrad Burdekin, visit us! Not only did he tell us some of his fantastic stories/poems, but he also delivered an inspiring ,creative drama/writing workshop all about the vicious Vikings! We all had the chance to become a horrible Viking, and created our own version of Conrad's Viking story. Come back soon Conrad!

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.

Spelling words (WB 27/11/17)

This week, we are focusing on the spelling rule words with a short 'u' sound spelt with 'ou'.

At home, you could practice writing out these words, and if you really want a challenge, you could use these words in your own sentences. For example, The young boy was in enough trouble for one day.! 
This is not a spelling test. We would just like to encourage you to practice this spelling rule as much as possible.  




young (our word of the week!)









Car Rolling Experiment

In science , we teamed up with 3SP to continue to investigate friction further! We used different materials to test how much friction would occur when a car was released down a ramp onto the materials. 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! 

Wibbly Wobbly Jelly Experiment

In science, we have been learning about forces, with a focus on friction. We had some fun testing how long it would take us to move jelly into another bowl, but we were only allowed to use chopsticks! To make this even more tricky, we then added cooking oil to our bowls, so it became very very VERY slippy! We discussed how this meant that there was hardly any friction! Take a look at us trying to move the jelly!

Times tables

In Year 3, we need to be able to recall our 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, and 10 times tables. If you can get any opportunity to practice these at home then that would be fantastic! 3ZR are incredible singers, so I thought they might enjoy this game below! You can practice with and without a voice chanting them, and you can experiment with different sounds! Don't forget once you have learnt these times tables, feel free to learn any of the others too!



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Fossil Rocks Anthem!

To consolidate our learning this half term, we had some fun learning the fossils rock anthem! Not only did this allow us to practice our beautiful singing voices, we also had the chance to learn the dance moves that go with the words! The children have been waiting to share this with you at home! Happy singing!

The link is here:


We are fabulous gymnasts!

Every Wednesday afternoon, we are lucky enough to have a PE specialist that comes into school to teach us some gymnastics! We are particularly focusing on different movements, shapes and balances!

Fantastic Fossils

This week in science, we started to look at how different types of fossils are formed. To really see how this happens, we watched a video clip and discussed our ideas. Then, we used some salt dough to create our own fossil moulds! At first the dough was a bit sticky but we solved the problem by kneading it into some flour. Once we were happy with our shape, we imprinted a toy dinosaur or a piece of lego into the dough and carefully took it back out. Have a look at some of our fossils below!

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Science is fun!!


Today in our science lesson, we continued to look at different types of rocks. We became investigators and worked in teams to group together rocks in many different ways! After this, we tested the permeability, durability and density of rocks such as: marble, slate, pumice and chalk. The children were shocked to discover that one rock actually floats! See if they can remember which one it is!  

Estimating numbers on a number line

Today in maths we went outside to create our own human number line. We worked as a team to place numbers on our number line, ranging from 0 to 1000. Back in the classroom, some of us became the teacher for some of the lesson, and taught the rest of the class some top tips to sensibly place numbers in an accurate position.

European Café Day

On Thursday 28th September, Year 3 had the opportunity to show off all the amazing hard work we have been doing over the past month. Our European artist was Henry Moore, and we have created fact files, sketches and clay sculptures based upon his work. 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!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park School Trip!

On Friday 22nd September, we visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield to experience some Henry Moore sculptures first hand! As we rode into the park on the coach, the children eagerly spotted some Moore sculptures and could not wait to get up close! Throughout the morning, we spent time sketching some of his sculptures, using the skills we had learnt in class, and we explored the nature in the forest! Every year 3 pupil thoroughly enjoyed the visit!

Clay sculpture making!

We have been making our own Henry Moore clay sculptures over the past week and we cannot wait to show you them on Thursday!


Roald Dahl Day!

We had a fantastic day on Wednesday 13th September celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday!

The children came dressed up as their favourite character from one of his classic books, and even the teachers dressed up too!