Bringing Hamlet to life…..

This week in Year 3, we have been really getting our teeth stuck into the world of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The week started with our castle dress up.  The whole school looked amazing in their costumes!  Each class made a standard which are now hanging in our school hall.  They look wonderful and give the halls a real “castle feel”.


In class we have been focusing on the different characters in the story and their relationships with each other.  Below you can see children in Class 18 in role as Hamlet, Gertrude and Claudius and Class 7 children approaching the themes which arise in the play such as marriage and revenge!


Times Tables Homework

We have been working on our times tables in Year Three and are getting much better at recalling random multiplication facts and using these in calculations. So far we have been practising our 2,5 and 10 times tables and trying to answer questions as quickly as possible. Next week we will be beginning to learn our 4 and 8 times tables and we would like you all to practice these at home beforehand. If you are still a little unsure of the 2s, 5s and 10s, please keep practising these over the next couple of weeks. If you are a times table superstar and already know these off by heart, maybe you can challenge yourself to the 12, or even 15, times tables.

The Hit the Button website is a brilliant place to practice- click here! Hit the Button

Year Three Mathletics Homework

In Year a Three we are focussing on our rapid recall of addition, subtraction and multiplication facts.  We have asked all the children to regularly logon to Mathletics and, instead of completing the usual homwork lessons, to play the Live Mathletics games to improve the speed of their recall. All the children have loved competing against pupils in their class or from other countries in the world. 

Times Table Challenge

In Year Three we have been working hard to learn our times tables.  We have been chanting them, singing them and answering random quick fire questions.  Today some of us used a game called ‘Hit the Button’ to practice our skills and test our speed, and managed to use our first QR code to quickly access the website.  Our top score was 28/28.  Can you have a go at home and beat the score? Try your 2,5,10, 4 and 8 times tables.

Chocolate Rocks!

In Science, Year Three have been learning about the three different types of rock, metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary. To help us understand how these are formed we made examples of them using sweets, chocolate and biscuits. Have a look at our photos and ask your child if they can remember how each rock type is formed. 


Year Three have settled well into their new school routines and are enjoying the exciting topic of Dinosaurs.  We have been researching different types of herbivores and carnivores and have been finding out about rocks and fossils. In maths we have been focussing on place value and times tables. It would really help if you helped us to learn our 2,5,10,4 and 8 times tables at home.  We have been learning to chant out tables in order and to recall random facts by ourselves.  

Grendon 2017

Some of the children went to Grendon last week and had a great time avoiding falling in the swamp, learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, climb ropes and toast marshmallows.

We went orienteering, partook in a mini-Olympics, told stories around a fire-pit and made our own fires!


The 401 Challenge!

After our inspiring assembly with Ben Smith, who ran 401 marathons in 401 days, every class have been challenged to complete 401 of something by the end of the term.

Class 7 have chosen to complete 401 miles, walking or running. So far we have managed 54 miles in total and the class have been fantastic at motivating each other to help us succeed.

Class 8 have decided to complete 401 star jumps or hops each by the end of the term.  They have also set themselves an extra challenge to read 401 pages.  This can be anything that they have read at home or at school.

Class 18 have already been very busy and have completed 401 bounces of a basket ball.

We will keep you posted on how our challenges are going and when we reach our goal of 401!

The Tempest

This term we are learning all about The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  We have been taking part in lots of drama activities; thinking about the wild storm and the two main characters.  Here are some of the wonderful descriptive sentences that we have written:

Like a raging bull, the waves battered the sides of the ship.

The great and mighty Sir Prospero has a wooden, crafted staff that creates magical storms.

Beautiful Miranda has, what was once a glamorous dress, but after 12 years is ripped and dirty.