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Year 3

Welcome to Year Three

Class Teacher: Mrs Duckmanton


This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.

While school is closed, your class teacher will add regular challenges to keep you thinking. There is also a separate page with school closure information and lots of great learning tasks. Please click on the link below.

Further challenges

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Spring Term Topic Map and Newsletter

Year 3 Have Got Talent!

The children felt a bit sad that 'Cobden's Got Talent' could not go ahead this year, so we did our own version in class. We settled down with some snacks to watch our friends as they performed their acts. We had a lot of fun. Mrs D. and Mrs Smith couldn't pick a winner, as all the acts were so awesome, so everyone got a prize....

World Book Day

To celebrate World Book Day all the children were given a potato to decorate as their favourite book character. The children have worked so hard and have been really creative - thank you for all support!

Be in it to win it!

We want Cobden children to be confident readers and to develop a love of books. To encourage regular reading, we are offering a raffle ticket every time your child reads at home. At the end of this half term the ticket drawn from the raffle will win a £50 cinema voucher for a lovely family trip to the movies!



In geography we have been learning about the River Nile. The shaduf is a device that has been used since ancient times to lift water from the river to irrigate the land. In D.T. we have investigated fulcrums and had a go at making model shadufs.

Gaudi Chimneys

In art we have been looking at architecture, so we found out about the famous Spanish artist, Gaudi, who designed lots of beautiful buildings, particularly in Barcelona. We looked at his mosaics and tried to design our own versions of the ornate chimneys he created.

It's been an exciting first few weeks back at school following the Christmas break. We have started our new class novel "The Hodgeheg" by Dick King Smith. In maths we have been revising times tables to help our work with formal methods of multiplication and division (expanded multiplication and "bus stop" division) PE this half term is developing the children's cognitive skills. The children are very enthusiastic about our topic, "Ancient Egypt" and have been learning about the past as well as geographical features of the River Nile.

Christmas Party 19/12/19

Christmas Dinner 18/12/19

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Week beginning 16/12/19

Year 3 children have now finished their D.T. project. They have made their own photo frames. This involved lots of skills e.g. drawing a scale plan, calculating the perimeter, measuring the length of wood using a ruler accurately, sawing the wood carefully, joining the wood together and creating a stable structure for the frame to stand freely. The children have shown some great resilience in the making process and as a result have created some brilliant photo frames. They have also helped evaluate others as well as their own designs to think about what they could improve in the future. Look at some pictures below to see how well they have done!

Week beginning 9/12/19

We have been getting really Christmassy this week. The children have started making Christmas cards and calendars. In English, we created interesting Christmas acrostic poems, too. Our main focus was D.T. We have continued investigating free-standing structures as well as finding different ways to strengthen and join paper and card. We have now designed our own photo frames and know which materials and tools we need to make them next week. In Maths, we looked at perimeters to help us measure our photo frames.

Week beginning 25/11/19

The Year 3 children have been very busy this week. In English, we have started to look more closely at one of our class authors Jill Murphy and found out lots of facts about her. The children read a biography about her and found out what the features of biographies are. We have thought of our own interview questions and even interviewed a friend in our class ready for next week's writing of our own biographies. In Maths, we focused on column addition and subtraction and practised the skills we have learnt. The children still struggle with simple number bonds and number facts when adding and subtracting. We played some fun games to practise those too. In our Science topic we have started investigating shadows and how they behave. The children enjoyed testing different  materials and objects to find out whether they are opaque, transparent or translucent. 

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Week beginning 18/11/19

The children were very excited to go on a little trip on Tuesday morning. We visited the Leeds Grand Theatre to find out lots of information. We enjoyed sitting in the audience and looking at the Grand design and the chandelier lights. We also had a peak behind the scene where musicians and dancers get changed and practise for their shows. The highlight of this trip was our Science workshop linked to Light & Sound. We created soundscapes using instruments to create different moods from lights shown. After that, we got to make our own shadow puppets and in groups, perform a shadow puppet show. We had lots of fun. 


Week beginning 11th November

This week we have been working on our social skills in PE trying to create shapes with our bodies in a group. We also worked in pairs to move objects from one hoop to another using our feet!

In maths we chalked number lines on the playground to jump along in tens and hundreds. Some of us did some complex partitioning.

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Week beginning 4th November

This week we had a visit from OFSTED!

In active maths we made a human abacus and did relay races to read and write 3 digit numbers.

We made more Barbara Hepworth sculptures - photos to follow when they're all sprayed with metallic paint!

We have been thinking about why we wear poppies and Remembrance Day. Everyone made a 3D poppy and we stuck them together to make a beautiful wreath.

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Week beginning 21/10/19

This week we had a really exciting science assembly complete with exploding balloons and liquid nitrogen! 

Some children went the extra mile with their homework. Not only did they design a Stone Age weapon or tool, but they also made them!

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Week beginning 14/10/19

This week we have been sculpting Barbara Hepworth style sculptures from clay. We've looked at our class artist's work, and agreed that her abstract sculptures used lots of curved shapes and often included some sort of empty space. Here's our work...

Our trip to the Yorkshire Dales

To enhance our learning in science and geography, we visited the Yorkshire Dales. First we went to Coldstones Cut. We climbed to the top of a huge hill to look at a working stone quarry. It was fun watching all the big machines at work. We also looked at the Coldstones Cut installation - the largest and highest sculpture in Britain. We loved the bicycle which had been made from dumper truck wheels for the "Tour de Yorkshire"

Brimham Rocks

Our next stop was at Brimham Rocks, where we explored the amazing rock formations which were formed millions of years ago by a river. Over the years, erosion from ice and wind has accentuated the strange shapes of the rocks. One of our favourite formations was called "The Idol" - a huge rock balanced on a tiny base. While we were looking around the site we thought about our Stone Age topic and looked for things the pre-historic hunter-gatherers would eat. Some of us even tried some bilberries!

Crawling through the "Smartie Tube" formation

Week beginning 23/9/19

It's Christmas already! Only joking. We've entered a competition to design a Christmas card for Rachel Reeves, MP. The winning design will be printed and sent out to thousands of people, so keep your fingers crossed for a Cobden winner!

Ten children from the class represented the school at a cross country running event at Farnley Academy. Everyone showed great spirit and perseverance and thoroughly enjoyed the event.

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Week beginning 16/9/19

We read, "How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth" which was lots of fun. We've been looking at instructions and next week plan to write our own instructive text. In maths we were looking at fractions. It would be great if your child could help in the kitchen at home to give them lots of opportunities to talk about fractions, for example, cut the sandwich into quarters, cut the cake into eighths etc.

The highlight of our week was our "Colour Run" on Friday. We had an absolute blast! Thank you for all your hard work in getting sponsors. We're saving for a sound system for the hall so you can hear your children clearly during assemblies and performances...

Week beginning 9.9.19

This week our class were visited by Dave from the 'D:side' team. We learned all about the dangers of smoking and used an "inside out costume" to see how smoking damages the lungs. The children were also amazed at the cost of smoking and enjoyed working out how much money they could save if they never start to smoke!

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Week beginning 3.9.19

Good to see so many happy, smiling faces returning to school this week. I very much enjoyed looking at your child's "Summer book" to find out all about their holiday adventures.

This week we have been settling into new class routines. The weather has been good so we got outside for PE. The children made an exciting discovery - in the bed where they had planted lettuce seeds, a huge marrow had grown!

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