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Nightingale Academy

Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 3

Year Group News 2023 - 2024

Green Class begun their Christmas hoops today. We don't want to reveal the theme but as you can see there was a lot of painting of toilet rolls and even a glitter station. Each child will make their own decoration for the hoop and we think ours will look beautiful hanging in the hall!

Today, Green Class recorded their Christmas C.D song - Feliz Navidad! They all looked the part in their headphones and sang beautifully to the backing track. We were one take wonders and everyone is in for a treat when they hear their beautiful singing and of course Spanish! It may only be November but Feliz Navidad everyone! It is never too early to get excited for Christmas.

Green class began the week by becoming geologists! This morning, they investigated the properties of a number of c=rocks, considering whether they were soft, hard, strong, weak, smooth, rough, permeable and impermeable. We had lots of fun and enjoyed breaking chalk!

Continuing Friendship week, Green class made friendship flowers for each other. We had a lovely conversation, discussing the qualities that a good friend has, such as kind, respectful, trustworthy, funny, cheerful, fun, energetic. The children were then given a name of someone in the class at random to make a friendship flower for. They put the name of the child in the middle of the flower and the qualities that this friend has in the petals. At the end of the session, they exchanged flowers and as you can see, there were a lot of smiley faces.

As part of Black History Month, Year 3 studied Hamza Yassin, wildlife photographer, television presenter, documentary maker and Strictly champion. We discovered that Hamza came to the U.K when he was eight from Sudan. Not only did he have to adjust to a new country, culture and language but he also had to find ways to cope with his undiagnosed dyslexia. Hamza's resilience and determination led him to becoming one of the BBC's most successful wildlife photographers. The children created character profiles of him and even made their own birds of prey (Hamza's most favourite animal) to film in their own documentaries. The children have decided that Hamza is an inspiration and some, now want to follow in his footsteps.

Today, Year 3 went to Wildwood to learn all about predators. They took part in two workshops, one where they discovered biological features of predators, such as the fact that predators have their eyes at the front of their face and prey at the side of their face. The children also had the opportunity to be a bat and a moth and test out the way bats hear their prey. As well as this, the children were also Crime Scene Investigators and had to solve a series of clues to find out who exactly killed Mr Bunny? They used scientific methods and analysis to discover that it was the Polecat. It was an excellent day and the children were actively engaged in their learning throughout the day!

Year 3 have been hot seating today. The children thought of questions to ask characters from the book that they are reading, "Akimbo and the Elephants" by Alexander McCall Smith. Three children played the part of Akimbo, Akimbo's Father and an Elephant Poacher. Their questions were excellent and the answers even better. The children kept in role really well, even when the "Poacher" shocked us with their answers, hence the shocked faces in one of the photos!

Today, we began to learn the lyrics to the song, Home is where the heart is. We also practiced playing some of the notes from the song on the glockenspiels. The tempo was tricky to keep up with! 

Year 3 have been comparing three-digit numbers using the greater than, less than and equals sign. They rolled a dice to create two 3-digit numbers and then used their number knowledge to decide which mathematical symbol would complete their number sentence. 


Green Class have been using pencil line to sketch predator's faces. The children have focused on scale, proportion and the markings of the predator's face. We are sure that you will agree that they did an excellent job!

Year 3 have been learning about the different types of skeletons that predators may or may not have. Today, they learnt that there are three types of skeleton - endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydrostatic skeleton. We decided that we are very glad that we do not have hydrostatic skeletons because it would make it very difficult to keep upright!

Year 3 logged onto First News for the first time today and had an excellent time catching up with news from across the world. They read a variety of articles, including ones on celebrities, gaming, sport, animals and even an article on the discovery of a new species of dinosaur in Morocco. 

As part of their Predators topic, Year 3 have begun studying the art of Henri Rousseau. Today, they started to re-created one of his paintings, using bold outlines and a focus on perspective and as you can see they have got off to a great start.

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