Linthwaite Ardron CE (VA) Junior and Infant School

Our vision: Through Christian values we support, help, inspire, nurture and encourage all individuals to SHINE and flourish

Church Ln, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5TA

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Welcome to Year 3

Our class teacher is Mrs Raimes and our teaching assistants are Miss Lalor and Miss Evans.  

We are all looking forward to learning about lots of new things this year. Please read our class newsletter and look at our long term plan to find more detail about what we will be covering as part of our cross-curricular approach. 

As always, if you have any questions or queries, then please feel free to contact me as I'm always happy to help.

Spirited Arts Competition - 28.6.24

For this year's Spirited Arts competition, we have chosen the theme 'How do we envisage God?' The children were asked to consider the following questions as part of their work, either from their own point of view and experiences, or by reflecting on what they have learned about and from religion/worldviews in their RE lessons. Where is God? Who is God to you? Where might you/people of faith feel closest to God? When might you/people of faith seek God? As part of their work, they could reference prayers, places of worship, sacred texts, nature, spirituality, community, specific religious and non-religious worldviews amongst many other things. 

The children's artwork was inspired by this term's R.E. unit 'What does it mean to be a Hindu living in Britain today?' We considered what Hindus' beliefs about Brahman and the trimurti, what these images suggest God is like and what aspect of Brahman they express. We discussed how God is envisaged as a creator, protector and destroyer so this could be represented in their artwork. They all came up with lots of fantastic ideas! Here are some photos of their wonderful artwork.

Tropical World 21.6.24

On Friday 21st June, our class went to Tropical World. We all had an amazing day and enjoyed learning lots of fantastic facts and interesting information as part of our 'Rainforests' workshop. In the afternoon, we then enjoyed exploring Tropical World itself, making links to our work in science on 'Animals Including Humans'. The children loved seeing all of the different species of animals and plants and loved learning lots of new facts. Here are some photos from the day.

Healthy and Safe Week

17.6.24 - 21.6.24

The whole school took part in our annual 'Healthy and Safe' Week to promote the importance of keeping healthy and safe. Our class took part in lots of interesting and engaging PSHE activities based around the following themes: 'Being Safe Around Animals', 'E-Safety', 'Food Safety', 'Physical Wellbeing' and 'Water Safety'. Here are some photos from the week.

Hand to Mouth Day - 19.6.24

On Wednesday 19th June, six children from our class went to Lindley Methodist Church to take part in this year's Hand to Mouth Day. They all had a wonderful time interacting with children from other schools in the Church School Partnership and taking part in the Trinity/Fairtrade journey. They participated in lots of fun activities to help them learn about the Holy Trinity and Fairtrade and sang songs that they enjoy singing during collective worship. Here are some photos from the day. 

Outdoor Learning Day (Summer Term) - 14.6.24

On Friday 14th June, our class had their third Outdoor Learning Day of the year. We had lots of fun learning and working outside!

First, we did some orienteering, answering a series of multiplication and division questions along the way. The children have become even more confident with how to set and orientate a simple map, keeping it set whilst on the move. They worked extremely well in their teams to find each of the 25 cards and to answer each question correctly.

Next, we did an Ancient Greek code breaking activity. The children were given the task of finding each of the 24 letters of the Greek alphabet which had been hidden around the playground; recording their name and how to pronounce it on their worksheet. Once they had found them all, they then had to look at the names of gods, goddesses and other characters from Greek myths which had been written using the letters of the Greek alphabet. They had to use the information they had gathered in order to help them pronounce each letter, sound out the words and then write the name of the ancient Greek characters in English. 

As well as this, we did some activities that linked to the work we have been doing in maths recently on 'Geometry - Properties of Shape'. First, the children were given the challenge of finding as many right angles as they could in the playground, using their angles finders to help them work out whether the angle was an acute angle (less than a right angle), a right angle or an obtuse angle (greater than a right angle). In addition to this, they then took part in the 'Right Angles in Turns' activity. They set out a series of 2D shapes in the playground in a grid pattern. They then had to complete a series of right angle turns, in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction, in order to work out which shape they should be facing at the end. The children really enjoyed these activities and now feel more secure in their knowledge about angles and using right angle turns.

In English this half term, we have been reading the book 'Lob' by Linda Newbery. This inspired the children to create their own green man, on which the story is based, using a variety of natural materials found in the Wildlife Area. They had great fun doing this and did an amazing job with this activity.

Here are some photos from our Outdoor Learning Day.

Year 3 and Year 4 Production of 'Hairspray' - 12.6.24

On Wednesday 12th June, all of the children in Year 3 and Year 4 took part in two performances of our production of 'Hairspray', which was inspired by the musical of the same name. They all did an amazing job and wowed the audience with their outstanding talents. They all shone brightly, whatever their role, and made us all so proud! They certainly raised the roof in the school hall with their wonderful acting, singing and dancing! Here are some photos from the show.

Year 3 TT Rockstars Competition - 21.5.24

On Tuesday 21st May, three children from our class participated in the Year 3 Colne Valley Schools TT Rockstars competition. All three did amazingly well and were extremely quick at recalling multiplications facts up to 12 x 12.  We are very proud of them all as they came second overall. We are especially proud of Ted who came first place! 

Year 3 and Year 4 Football Competition - 14.5.24

On Tuesday 14th May, eleven children took part in the Year 3 and Year 4 Colne Valley pyramid football competition. They all played extremely well and were excellent representatives for our school. They played in five matches in total and came joint fifth in their group. Well done to everyone who played!

Year 3 Mini Olympics - 7.5.24

On Tuesday 7th May, our class took part in the Year 3 Mini Olympics Competition alongside other schools in the Colne Valley pyramid. The children all had lots of fun and enjoyed participating in the different athletic activities. Overall, our class came third which is a fantastic achievement. Well done everyone!

Here are some photos from the day.

Science - Animals Including Humans

In science this half term, we have been learning about 'Animals Including Humans'. As part of this topic, the children learnt about what animals and humans need to stay healthy, showing an understanding of the food groups and the nutrients humans need for a healthy diet and why we need them. Here are some photos of the children sorting different foods into the food groups from the Eatwell Guide.

Outdoor Learning Day (Spring Term) - 21.3.24

On Thursday 21st March, our class had their second Outdoor Learning Day of the year. We had lots of fun learning and working outside!

First, we did an Ancient Egyptian code breaking activity. The children were given the task of finding all of the hieroglyph cards which had been hidden around the Wildlife Area; recording what their equivalents are in the English alphabet. Once they had found them all, they were then able to crack the names of the Egyptian gods and goddesses they had been given. Once they had finished, they were then given the additional challenge of writing their own message in hieroglyphics for their partner to solve.

As well as this, we did some activities that linked to the work we have been doing in maths recently on 'Number - Fractions' and 'Measurement - Length'. First, the children were asked to draw a 1m x 1m square in chalk on the playground, using a metre ruler to help them do this accurately. In their groups, they were then challenged to represent different fractions, including equivalent fractions. They worked well in their teams, deciding together how to split their square into equal parts so they could show each fraction accurately.

In the afternoon, we did some orienteering. The children have become more confident with how to set and orientate a simple map, keeping it set whilst on the move. They worked extremely well in their teams to find each of the 25 cards in order to complete the course as quickly as possible.

Here are some photos from our Outdoor Learning Day.

RE - Easter Artwork

In RE this half term, we have been considering the question 'Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?'. The children learnt that, for Christians, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are about joy, sadness/despair and hope. They were asked to explain what Christians believe about these three days and to discuss how Christians should live their lives in the light of these beliefs. The children were then asked to produce 'salvation' artwork in the form of a triptych, with the central frame showing hope, the left frame showing sadness and the right frame showing joy. Here are some photos of the children creating their 'salvation' artwork.

RE - Holy Week Group Artwork

In RE this half term, we have been considering the question 'Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?'. As part of their learning, the children were asked to consider how Christians show their beliefs about Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday in worship. The children were split into three groups. Each group had to create a display either to go in a window that can be seen from outside the church, or another form of presentation that can go on the church website, showing the importance of either Palm Sunday, Good Friday or Easter Sunday. The 'display' needed to include a suitable cross with an explanation about what this reminds Christians of: a synopsis from the Bible of what happened; a visual element showing what will happen in the church; how this is celebrated in school and some quotes from children about what the day might mean. Here are some photos of the children working in their groups to create their Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday posters.

DT - Ancient Egyptian Death Masks

This half term, the children have been designing and making their own Ancient Egyptian deaths masks in DT, as part of their history topic 'Ancient Egypt'. Here are some photos of their finished products.

World Book Day - 7.3.24

On Thursday 7th March, we had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day! World Book Day provides a fantastic opportunity to focus on reading for pleasure, supporting children's autonomy in book choice and embedding a habit of reading that brings a wide range of benefits.

Everyone looked amazing in their outfits, having been inspired by their favourite book characters. Throughout the day, we participated in lots of activities to celebrate and encourage the children's love of reading. To begin the day, we spent some time reading our class text for this half term 'Krindlekrax' by Philip Ridley which the whole class is really enjoying! They were then given the task of designing a book cover for their favourite story as part of a competition being run by the School Council. We were left feeling so inspired that we even had a go at writing our very own class story on Purple Mash! 

Here are some photos from the day. See if you can guess which character they've each come dressed as.

Bagshaw Museum - 1.3.24

On Friday 1st March, our class went to Bagshaw Museum as part of our 'Ancient Egypt' history topic. We all had an amazing day and enjoyed learning lots of fantastic facts and interesting information about the Ancient Egyptians.

During the morning, the children worked in small groups to investigate pieces of archaeological evidence that relate to the Ancient Egyptian period. The objects were linked to the everyday life and the technology of the Ancient Egyptians. Each team did a simple tabletop excavation looking at different households within a village setting and reported their findings to the rest of the class. They also had the opportunity to handle original Ancient Egyptian artefacts including a makeup pot, a canopic jar lid and shabtis.

All of the children thoroughly enjoyed investigating the Kingdom of Osiris gallery and had lots of fun looking at all of the Ancient Egyptian artefacts on display. As they walked round, they were given the task of completing the Kingdom of Osiris gallery, workbook, which focused on items in the gallery, and encouraged enquiry based learning.

They also had the lots of fun producing their own papyrus cartouche bookmark by spelling out their name in hieroglyphs as well as dressing up like an Egyptian and having their photos taken in the selfie booth.

In the afternoon, the children had lots of fun learning all about mummification! They acted out each stage of this process using a dummy and even had the chance to wrap up one of their classmates using bandages.

Here are some photos from the day.

PE - Hockey

In this unit, the children developed their understanding of the attacking and defending principles of invasion games. They had to think about how to use the skills, strategies and tactics they had learnt about to outwit the opposition, by maintaining possession and moving the ball towards goal to score. They also developed their understanding of the importance of fair play and honesty while self-managing games and learning and abiding by key rules, as well as evaluating their own and others’ performances. Here are some photos of the children putting their skills, strategies and tactics into action.

DT - Diya Lamps

In DT this term, the children made their own Diya lamps out of clay. They were inspired to make these after learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali and the Sikh festival of Bandhi Chhor Divas in RE as part of the unit 'What are the deeper meanings of festivals?' Here are some photos of their finished products.

Stone Age Woolly Mammoth Trousers Persuasive Adverts

After reading 'Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers' by Raymond Briggs, the children were inspired to write their own adverts for woolly mammoth trousers. They included lots of persuasive techniques, such as persuasive language, rhetorical questions and hyperbole. Here are our completed adverts.

Stone Age Cave Art

The children created their own artwork inspired by Stone Age cave paintings. Here are some photos of their amazing artwork.

Gymnastics

In gymnastics, the children have been developing their balancing, rolling and jumping skills, using these skills individually and in combination. They have developed their sequence work, collaborating with others to use matching and contrasting actions and shapes and develop linking sequences smoothly with actions that flow. They have also developed their confidence to perform, considering the quality and control of their actions.

Christmas Card Designs

The children have been busy creating their own Christmas cards! Here are some photos of their fantastic designs.

Children in Need - 17.11.23

On Friday 17th November, we came to school in non-uniform to raise money for Children in Need. As part of the day, we took part in the 'Pudsey Bearpees' challenge. The children also designed an outfit for Pudsey Bear for a whole school competition organised by the School Council. Here are some photos from the day.

'Maths is Fun' Week

13.11.23 - 17.11.23

The whole school took part in the 'Maths is Fun' Week to promote of learning in maths. Our class took part in lots of interesting and engaging maths activities, including: the Mathematics World Cup which combines mathematics, physical activity and mindfulness in a fun competition; Numberfit's Times Table Challenges to practise the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables and lots of problem solving and reasoning activities based on the theme '3 is a Magic Number!' Here are some photos from the week.

Road Safety Training - 9.11.23

On Thursday 9th November, the Kirklees Road Safety Team came into school to deliver road safety training for our class as part of Road Safety Week. The aim of this training was to reduce child pedestrian casualties and to improve their skills, knowledge, behaviour and hazard awareness. They learnt lots during the day and now know how to keep themselves safe. Here are some photos from the day.

Plant Art

Here are the children's completed pieces of artwork inspired by the artist, Georgia O'Keeffe.

Pilgrimage - 28.9.23

On Thursday 28th September, we went on our annual pilgrimage around the local area. This year's theme was 'Showing God that we are thankful for what he gave us by taking care of the world that he provided for us'. We had a wonderful time looking at our beautiful surroundings and reflecting on our thoughts about God and his creation. Here are some photos from this year's pilgrimage.

Geography - The UK

This half term, we have been learning all about the UK in geography. The children have been taking a look at the geography of the UK - from the physical features of mountains, rivers and seas to the man-made administrative regions and counties. Here are photos of them using atlases to locate areas of high ground in the UK.

Ian's Mobile Farm - 22.9.23

On Friday 22nd September, we had a fantastic time visiting Ian's Mobile Farm. Ian brought lots of animals for us to see which the children loved learning all about. He brought a tortoise, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks, a rooster, goats, sheep, alpacas and his sheepdog, Meg. Here are some photos from our visit.

Art - Plant Art

This half term, the children have been inspired by the artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe, who was well known for using water colours and colour mixing to paint the flowers she had so loved when she was younger. The children have been developing their technique in using brushes to experiment with light and dark shades of a colour. Here are some photos of them putting their skills into practise to paint different types of flowers.

Computing - Coding

This half term, we have been learning all about coding. The children have been learning how to use flowcharts in computer programming, how to use different
types of timers for different purposes and how to use the repeat command. They have then used what they have learned in order to design and create their own interactive scene. Here are some photos of them using 2Code on Purple Mash.

Mouse Bird Snake Wolf - Nature Sculptures

We had lots of fun making animal sculptures during our recent Outdoor Learning Day. We were inspired to create our own magnificent creations after reading our class text 'Mouse Bird Snake Wolf' by David Almond in which the children in the story try to fill in the empty gaps and spaces left by the Gods. Here are our creations.

Outdoor Learning Day (Autumn Term) - 15.9.23

On Friday 15th September, our class had their first Outdoor Learning Day of the year. We had lots of fun learning and working outside!

First, we did lots of activities linked to our RE unit for this half term, 'What do Christians learn from the creation story?' The children explored our school grounds, collecting as many 'wow factors' in nature they could find to stick on their own nature paint palette. In pairs, they were then asked to take a photo of something that has the ‘wow factor’ from both the natural and the human-made world. In the afternoon, we then set up our own obstacle course in the vicarage garden. The children were given the challenge of making their way through this whilst blindfolded, with someone else guiding them through it. This helped them to think about how Christians let their Creator be their guide through life; they do best when they listen to God. 

Next, we did some work on place-value, linked to the work we have been doing in maths this half term. The children were given the challenge of finding natural items in the playground to represent hundreds, tens and ones, in order to make their own 3-digit numbers. They did an excellent job with this, using things such as leaves, twigs and stones to represent their numbers.

In English this half term, we have been reading the book 'Mouse Bird Snake Wolf' by David Almond. This inspired the children to create their own creatures, as the children do in the story, using a variety of natural materials found in the Wildlife Area. They had great fun doing this and did an amazing job with this activity.

As well this, we did some orienteering. The children started learning how to set/orientate a simple map and keep it set whilst on the move. Although they found this quite tricky at first, they had great fun navigating the cones.

Here are some photos from our Outdoor Learning Day.