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Sapphire Class

Welcome to Sapphire Class!

We are Mrs Woodhall, Deputy Head Teacher and Mrs Medhurst, SENDCo and we will be your child's Year 3 class teachers.

Summer 2

Please find attached Summer 2 Curriculum Overview for Year 3. 


This provides an overview of everything the children will learn this half term.  Regular entries will be made below to allow you to see some the children's work and learning as the term progresses. 


Week 3 and 4 

This week we used the Euros as a theme for art and we used water colours to produce our own football action picture.

Summer is the term for athletics and we have had a super time practising our running and throwing skills and developing our techniques.

Week 2

This week we have been learning about non unit fraction, we have had a Bushcraft experience day exploring our local area to help us with our geography work and we have started to learn how to make slideshows on Google slides. 



We explored our local area where Elemore Gold Club used to be. This has now been turned into a public country park with access to woodland areas. We walked 5 miles and over 12000 steps exploring the area and learning about bushcraft. We had the best time. There were lots of tired children on Wednesday night 😴😴😴😴😴


This week we have learnt how to turn on the chrome books and we have started to learn some of the features of Google slides. Using the mouse rather then tough screen took some getting used to but by the end of the lesson we could type, change the size and colour of the text and add a new slide. 

Week 1

This week Year 3 visited Penshaw Monument. This was linked to out History last term about Ancient Greece. We are also using the visit to support this terms learning in Art and Geography and Design Technology. 



We used one of the photographs taken of Penshaw Monument by one of Sapphire Class as a focus for our Art lesson this week. We used pastels to create our own representation of the photograph looking lots at the horizon and how this is where the sky appears the meet the group so when we draw their isn’t a gap between the sky and the ground. 

When we visited Penshaw Monument we all took iPads and took photographs of the monument itself and also of the surrounding area. We used these photographs to begin our Geography topic of looking at land use in the local area and maps. We looked at everything we could see in each direction (NESW) and then we started to draw our own sketch maps. 

Summer 1

Please find attached Summer 1 Curriculum Overview for Year 3. 


This provides an overview of everything the children will learn this half term.  Regular entries will be made below to allow you to see some the children's work and learning as the term progresses. 

Over the whole of Spring term the children have been learning about plants. Today we all made our own mini garden and planted 3 sunflower seeds. The children have taken these home and have been challenged with looking after these and helping them grow. I would love dojo pictures of huge sunflowers - I wonder if any grow bigger than the children!


Today we used Now Press Play to bring together all of our learning about plants. In this experience we were a child growing plants and then we were bees pollinating new plants. This consolidated all of our learning this term. We really enjoyed this experience and it make us realise how much we have learnt. 


This week we were learning about seed dispersal. We looked at different ways seeds could be dispersed. We looked closely at the sycamore seed and how this is dispersed. We planned and carried out an experiment - will a large or small sycamore seed reach the ground first. We got lots of varied results which lead us to learn about fair tests and the need to repeat experiments to ensure results are viable and true but we also had great fun carrying out our experiment. 


This term we have learn all about collage and we have made some amazing pieces of art inspired by famous collage artists. These pieces are inspired by Matisse and his painting with scissors work. 


This term we have been developing our cricket skills. We have practised and developed our throwing, fielding and batting skills. We have also worked on our teamwork  and how to support and encourage our fellow players.

Week 3 - week beginning 29th April

This week we have furthered our understanding of pollination. We used cheese puffs and bee finger puppets to practically learn our bees pollinate flowers to enable new flowers to grow. We found this lesson really fun and it really helped us understand the process of pollination. 

In art this week we looked at the work of Matisse and learnt about his ‘painting with scissors’ collage technique to further develop our understanding of collage. We made our own pieces of art by ‘painting with scissors.’

Week 2 - week beginning 22nd April

We are continuing our work on plants. This week we looked at the parts of a flower. We used real flowers. We dissected them to find and identify the male and female parts of the flower. 

Over the last couple of weeks we have been developing our knowledge and understanding of column addition and subtraction. Today we started looking at column subtraction where we needed to exchange a ten. First we used dienes so that we understood what we were doing what why and then we started to use pictorial methods to support our working. Mrs Medhurst was impressed with how quickly we started to pick up this really new and tricky mathematical concept. Mrs Medhurst was also impressed with our team work and how we supported each other in today’s learning. 

Week 1 - week beginning 15th April

Well we started the summer term with a bang! We went for a trampoline experience at Farringdon Academy. We bounced and jumped, tucked and stretched. Everyone joined in and we saw everyone’s confidence grown. 

We also started to learn about The Ancient Greeks using a physical timeline to begin to understand when in history this ancient civilisation was most prominent.

Our new computing topic is coding. This week we learnt to write an algorithm in code to make characters move and talk. We used timers and repeat features. We also started to learn how to debug an algorithm. 

Spring 2

Please find attached Spring 2 Curriculum Overview for Year 3. 

This provides an overview of everything the children will learn this half term.  Regular entries will be made below to allow you to see some the children's work and learning as the term progresses. 

Week beginning 18th March

Where have Year 3 gone? We are loving reading our reading text in English ‘Earth Shattering Events’. In this lesson we were reading about earthquakes and reading the text to unpick the key things to do in an earthquake. The key actions we identified in the text to do to stay safe were DROP , COVER, HOLD! We practise these actions so if there is ever an earthquake in Hetton Year 3 know just what to do although they can also tell you that the chances of an earthquake in Hetton is very slim because we do not live in a part of the world where the tectonic plates meet to cause earthquakes. 

Thursday 21st March

How is water transported through a plant? Is water transported from the root of plants up the stem to the leaves and the petals of a plant? That is the questions we are trying to answer in science. We have put some red food colouring in the water so the water turns red and then we have put our white flowers in the red water. 
Our predication : if water is transported from the roots of a plant to the leaves and the flower and petals then the flower will turn pink as the water is transported to the flower. 
Only time will tell if our prediction is correct. 

21st March

We used the skills we learnt in our electricity lesson in our DT lessons and we designed and made our own torches. And would you believe it - the day we made our torches we had 2 whole school powercuts for considerable lengths of time, Year 3 to the rescue with our torches!

w/b 18th March

This week we started to investigate electricity and how to make electrical circuits which included switches. We even made our own switches. 

Wednesday 20th March

This week we took our tennis skills outside and practised. We showed we were developing our racket control and our ability to direct the ball. We also showed we are beginning to consciously decide on the strength we use to hit our ball back to our partners. 

13th March

For the last 2 Wednesdays we have been lucky enough to have 14  Chinese students in school. They have been learning about education in England. This week they helped us learn about their culture and their food and they taught us some simple Chinese words. They loved being at our school and we loved having them. 

Tuesday 5th March 

In order to support our World Book Day celebrations, the children took part in an online "meet the author" session. The children met Helen Rutter, author of "Reggie Houser has the Power". She shared small parts of her new book with the children and spent a long time answering questions. We were lucky enough for Helen to answer one of our questions; we asked what it was that made her become an author. She went on to say that she was inspired by her son when he was 10 years old - he had never read a book about someone like him so she wanted to write a book that he could relate to. 

Monday 4th March

Today Nissan came to school for our final Lesson in a Box project session. They awarded prizes to some of the children for their effort and enthusiasm and their engagement in the project and everyone received a Nissan pen. Louis hopes to see many of us working for Nissan in the future. Our project has certainly made us curious about the job prospects that are available at Nissan for us.

Monday 4th March

Today we celebrated the start of World Book Day week. We came dressed as ourselves (readers) or in our PJs ready for a bedtime story or as our favourite book character. We shared lots of stories and had lots of fun and we will continue with our theme of reading as the week progresses. 

Friday 1st March

Today we read the story which explains the origins of The Daruma Doll. We created our own Daruma dolls and we only coloured one eye - we will colour the other eye when our challenge is achieved. We set ourselves some lovely goals and challenges. 

Thursday 29th February

Tennis, tennis, tennis.  Anyone for tennis - Year 3 are developing their skills with the help of a special tennis coach. 

Monday 26th February

Today the children were lucky enough to have a speaker from the Jewish faith come into school and discuss how families celebrate and mark   Jewish festivals.


As a class they were given lots of information about Rosh Hashanah, otherwise known as Jewish New Year. They learnt that this was observed for 2 days and Jews would pray to be added to the Book of Life. It is important to visit the synagogue during this time and spend a full day praying.


The children then learnt that 10 days later, Yom Kippur is observed during which Jews fast for 24 hours. During this time, Jews are not allowed to brush their teeth, shower or eat and must spend 2 days praying in a    synagogue. This time is important to Jews who wish to be given the chance to atone for their sins; this means to be given a chance to be   forgiven for any sins.


The children sat well throughout and showed interest and respect. Well done Year 3!

Spring 1

Please find attached Spring 1 Curriculum Overview for Year 3. 

This provides an overview of everything the children will learn this half term.  Regular entries will be made below to allow you to see some the children's work and learning as the term progresses. 

Friday 16th February

Today we were lucky enough to be invited to the Hetton Centre to see a string quartet. We were amazed at the music we listened to and at how skilled and talented the musicians were. They had us captivated! What a lovely way to end the half term. 

Thursday 15th February

Today we explored regular and irregular polygons. We explored regular polygons using cotton buds so we could ensure all the sides were the same length. We learnt that polygons are shapes enclosed by straight sides and If you ask us we can explain to you what a regular polygon is and also what an irregular polygon is. 

Wednesday 14th February

Today we concluded our learning on Ancient Egypt by emerging ourselves in a Now Press Play Ancient Egyptian experience. Mummification and Ancient  Egyptian life and believes were experienced by us all. It really felt like we had stepped back in time and we were really experiencing life over 3000 years ago in Ancient Egypt.

Monday 12th February

Today we looked closer at the work of Nissan and we looked at some of the cars Nissan build.we also thought about where car manufacturing might go in the future and designed our own cars of the future. Some of us would love to work at Nissan and really build these cars! Maybe some of Nissan’s future employees and designers will have been educated at Hetton Primary.

Wednesday 7th February

Today we all became employees of Nissan.  We worked in a production line to produce our own Nissan car and then we tested our products and quality assured them.  Some could be sold and some would need to be put into the reject carpark because their wheels feel off!  We worked in the rolls of production line workers, managers, quality assurance staff, team leaders and managers.

Friday 2nd February

This week we have been learning all about angles. We ended the week finding right angles in our classroom environment.

Thursday 1st February

This week we looked further at printing in art and we learnt about the process of mono printing - making a unique print which won’t be repeated in quite the same way again. We sketched our design then inked our ink base using printing ink and a roller. We then sketched our design in the ink with a blunt tool. We then put our paper on the ink and gently rolled the paper so the print was imprinted on the paper. Our results were amazing. We are really looking forward to extending this skill further. 

Thursday 1st February

What a super science lesson we had today! We used chocolate to explore the 3 different rock formations. We learned all about how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are made using chocolate! We will certainly remember this lesson and all the key facts we learnt by doing it for a long long time. 

Monday 29th January

Today we visited the Oriental Museum in Durham to bring our learning about The Ancient Egyptians to life and to allow us to learn first hand about this Ancient Civilisation. We have had the best day and we have learnt so much about their way of life, their beliefs, their rituals and the impact they have had on life today. 

Friday 25th January

Over the last 2 weeks we have been learning about mass and volume. Today we had our very own Junior Bake off competition where we had to read and follow our own recipe and measure all the ingredients accurately. We have had the best time applying our learning into real life contexts. We made biscuits, cakes, scones, rock cakes and brownies. We all tried all of the products we made and we voted for our favourite bake. This time the Star Bakers were the team who made the biscuits but everyone agreed that it was really hard to decide which was the nicest proving we were all amazing at measuring accurately, 

Monday 22nd January

Today we were lucky enough to start working with Nissan on their Lesson in a Box project. We were introduced to the topic by learning about Nissan, it’s origins and some of the Japanese Traditions which Nissan follow and believe. We are looking forward to working through the work linked to Lesson in a Box over the next 4 weeks.