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Welcome to Year 3 from Mrs Thursby!

Hello everyone! My name is Mrs Thursby and I warmly welcome you to the  Year 3 class. Everyone in Year 3 works hard to make sure that the transition to KS2 is successful. We no longer have an afternoon break but you will be so busy that you won't even notice! Mrs Sinclair and Mrs Emmingham will be helping us with our learning and it promises to be an exciting year. We have lots of super topics that are going to inspire us and excite us as we learn. Our first topic is called Vicious Vikings and we will be discovering how these fierce warriors invaded Europe.

Please feel free to come and see our classroom. You are very welcome any time. We have some fantastic photographs of our class pretending to be vicious vikings.The faces they are pulling are very realistic!  Come and enjoy them with us! 




This term we are discovering what life was like in The Stone Age. This topic will not only cover the Stone Age but also the Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will focus most on the Stone Age and how it was split into three main periods. One of the highlights of this topic will be learning about how people in the Stone Age painted on cave walls. We will explore how we can re create some of these paintings and we will learn how to make paints Stone Age style! In Science we will link this historical era with knowledge of rocks and soils. It promises to be a wonderful topic with lots of fantastic learning experiences!


Year 3 began thinking about their new topic with this short video. It was brilliant in helping them to raise key questions and they enjoyed discussing the knowledge they already had. Find it on You tube. It's called A day in the life of a ten year old Ancient Britain and it's from The Hands On History series.



This term Mrs Thursby will be recommending several different books that might inspire you. There will be a variety of recommendations including fiction, non-fiction and books that have been short listed for awards. Some of these books will have an extract that you can read yourself. Hopefully you might think it's a book worth reading for yourself. Please let Mrs Thursby know if you decide to read any of these books. She would love to hear what you think of them!

Find out what Mrs Thursby is currently reading.....

Find out what Mrs Thursby recommends...

What about Non-fiction?

Year 3's New Book Corner!

This term Mrs Thursby asked Year 3 what ideas they had for transforming their book area. They enjoyed discussing their own ideas and shared them with each other. It was decided that they wanted it to be really cosy and comfortable so that they could really relax with books in a lovely inviting space. Top of their list was twinkly lights, brick wallpaper, blankets and having the books arranged into authors. They helped Mrs Thursby sort all of the books and after a lot of hard work their book area is now complete. Please come and have a look for yourself. The children have absolutely loved getting to know the area and it is now a really interactive space where they can respond to books and recommend books to others. They also have a wonderful area to curl up and immerse themselves in the stories they read. Mrs Thursby is very proud of them and it is very exciting to see them talking about books. Watch this space to see how it develops through the rest of their time left in Year 3.  

Year 3 entering their new book corner!

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Year 3 are focusing on a book called The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein.

Imagine you were born before the invention of drawing, more than thirty thousand years ago. You would live with your whole family in a cave and see woolly mammoths walk by. You might even see images of animals hidden in the shapes of clouds and rocks. You would want to share these pictures with your family but wouldn't know how.

Who would have made the world's first drawing? Would it have been you?  

In the First Drawing, Caldecott Medla winner Mordicai Gerstein imagines the discovery of drawing... and inspires the young dreamers and artists of today.

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Year 3 were inspired by the pictures in the book and enjoyed developing skills in drawing cave animals. They had to be resilient during this lesson as drawing Stone Age animals is not easy! They made Mrs Thursby very proud! Have a look at their wonderful first attempts and watch this space for how this art project develops over the week.

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Watch a video of the book!


Inspired by the book The First Drawing, we read some non-fiction texts about cave painting. We were fascinated to discover that Stone Age people used the materials around their environment. We explored our own woodland area in the school grounds and gathered natural materials to make our own Stone Age paint. The children thoroughly enjoyed their surroundings and mixed their own paint with such enthusiasm. Once the paint was made we used crumpled brown paper and used the sticks we had found to paint woolly mammoths and other Stone Age animals. We realised what it would have been like to paint on a bumpy wall with sticks and found it really tricky. The children were so resilient and kept going to produce some fantastic Stone Age murals. Year 3 certainly made some amazing memories during this project! 

Using our outdoor area!


It was wonderful to see so many children inspired by their favourite book characters. Have a look and see who you recognise!

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To celebrate World Book Day Year 3 brought in a book they liked to share. They placed them all on the floor to create a large blanket of books. After talking about them, they had the opportunity to choose books that interested them. Some children chose books with front covers that caught their attention. Some children chose the book because of the title and some chose the book because it was an author they didn't know. What a great way to get talking and buzzing about books! Year 3 are always reading for pleasure!


Year 3 are currently learning about homophones in their spelling work. They love the song from BBC Super Movers. Follow this link to have a go and practise yourself!


We had a fantastic time during our transition mornings. The new Year 3 were very excited to find out about the title of our new topic and we were able to make a start by designing our own Viking shields and helmets. We made great impression on Mrs Thursby and we are all looking forward to the new term. Come and look at our brilliant work on display on our topic board in the Year 3 classroom. You are all very welcome!



A knowledge organiser really helps to give you an understanding of the factual information you will need to understand a new topic, including vocabulary. Here is an example of one that might help you when you are learning at home. We will be using them in the classroom too. 


Every term we will have books that will be our special class readers. They will be the foundation from which we will build some of our key reading skills around and they will give your child the opportunity to hear an adult read to them. This will happen regularly every week and will definitely be looked forward to and enjoyed. This helps to foster a love of reading among the class and it is also a great opportunity for me to model good reading. It is also a special time for us to share high quality literature and encourage book talk. 

Our first book for this term are George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. This book will get us excited for Roald Dahl Day, which we will be celebrating on 13th September. It is a wonderful book that will have everyone hooked and we will be participating in some fun activities inspired by the plot. Watch out for some mess and our own medicine creations!

Our other class reader links with our Viking theme and is How To Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. This will help to inspire our historical learning whilst also getting to know a brilliant plot that has everything a story could ask for!

If you have any of these books please bring them in and get reading!!!


"Jackanory" George's Marvellous Medicine

A fantastic performance by Rik Mayall on Jackanory telling the story of George's Marvellous Medicine. I know this has already been uploaded to youtube, but this is the complete version not separated into smaller bits.

'How to Train Your Dragon' Trailer HD

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A Fabulous Celebration of Roald Dahl!

Year 3 looked amazing as they arrived in school on September 13th. Thank you to all the parents for supporting us on this special book day. The children made such an effort with their dressing up. We certainly had a few Matildas, including Mrs Thursby and it was lovely to see so many children getting enthusiastic about book characters. Take a look at our photos. I hope you agree that Year 3 looked fabulous!


As part of Roald Dahl Day Year 3 really enjoyed working together to make their own concoction. Inspired by the book, they put together a brilliant recipe which then motivated them to write their own version. The class room had a wide range of smells permeating through the air. The smell of toothpaste was definitely the strongest! 


In class we have been working on how to be more effective when reading out loud. Using the 6Ps we highlighted words that need more power and passion and we worked hard to change the pitch of our voice. We worked in pairs and small groups to come up with a super performance of the poem from George's Marvellous Medicine. The results were excellent and everyone enjoyed listening to all the performances. It was a privilege to hear Year 3 reading this poem. A huge thank you for your enthusiasm Year 3. You are all star performers!

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Year 3 and 4 travelled to Perlethorpe to learn more about life as a Viking. It was full of hands on learning and it certainly helped them understand key events in Viking history. They loved dressing up, making jewellery and creating Viking homes in the woodland. What a beautiful setting! It was so good to see the children enjoying the wonderful scenery. Outdoor learning at its best! 

Visiting Trainee Teachers

It was fantastic to see Year 3 enjoying listening to a range of stories especially chosen by a group of students from Bishop Grosseteste University. The children listened and joined in with actions as well as taking part in creative tasks linked to the stories they read. What a wonderful afternoon they had to kick start this valuable project. They can't wait for their visit to the university on 18th October. It promises to be an exciting experience that they will look back on and remember. Year 3 would like to say a huge thank you to all the students who visited us.  


Year 3 had an amazing day with the trainee teachers from Bishop Grosseteste University on the 18th October. It was an opportunity to really embrace their love of books and reading for pleasure. Each child was assigned to a group of students and they spent the day collecting ideas and writing their own stories. They really enjoyed all the creative activities that linked to their stories and being part of the outstanding story areas that the students had created for them. This was definitely an experience they will remember! 

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Mrs Thursby asked Year 3 for help when she noticed a mysterious box had arrived outside the Year 3 classroom. She had no idea how it had got there and she needed the children to help her work out what it might be. The children were very excited to predict what was inside the mystery package and really looked carefully at the size and shape as well as the clues on the box. Some children thought it was a Viking treasure or weapon and some thought it might be a living creature because of the air holes. Their ability to back up their predictions was amazing and it was wonderful to see their reactions when they finally opened the box. 

Imagine their surprise when they realised that inside was a very large egg! Was it a chicken egg or a dragon egg? The discussion was brilliant and they decided that they would have to become experts on dragon eggs if they were going to look after it. Some children were worried that the egg would be stolen over night so Mrs Thursby had to promise them that she would look after it! Watch our web page for all the work from this wonderful object! Here's hoping Year 3 can do a good job learning how to look after a dragon egg!