Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 at St. Michael's

On this page you can find photo highlights of the first term in school. This page will be updated regularly with relevant information, links to useful websites and photos of class activities.

November 2020 Highlights

P.E. Virtual Multi-Skills Tournament

Year 3 did extremely well in the Bishop's Stortford Multi-Skills Tournament. After five challenging events, which included striding, skipping, agility running, throwing and catching and holding a stork position, we added up our points to see who had accumulated the most over the five events and to see who won the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. Well done to all Year 3 for working hard and trying their best at all the challenges.

French Numbers

As part of our outside learning, we played French games to help us practise our French numbers. We had to get ourselves in the correct order, from smallest to largest without talking to each other and by only communicating by gesturing. We also had to find and run to various French numbers that were dotted around the playground based on whether they were multiples of fives or even/odd numbers.


We marked Remembrance Day this year by reflecting on what Remembrance means to people all over the country and the how and why Remembrance is marked. The pupils had a mature and sensible discussion about the impact of wars on people and their lives. We reflected on what remembrance means to us.

Year 3 wrote War poetry. We felt about what it was like to be a soldier in the trenches and what experiences we would have to face.

Doughnut Challenge

As a Marble In The Jar treat, the class had the challenge of eating a raspberry jam sugar-coated doughnut without licking our lips! Most of us were able to do so!

Punctuating Speech

In English we have been learning how to punctuate direct speech. Outside we were given words and punctuation marks and we needed to make sure we were standing in the correct position to make a super sentence with the speech marks, comma and full stops in the correct places.

Christmas Art

With Christmas soon approaching, we designed our own Christmas cards and drew a Father Christmas.

Catapult Making

As our second Marble In The Jar treat, we were given the challenge of making a catapult and then launching a marshmallow the furthest distance. We made out catapults out of six lollysticks, five elastic bands and a plastic spoon. We each took it in turns to launch our catapults and launch our marshmallows the furthest possible distance.

Risky - Subtracting

We played Risky again - this time though we used our mental subtraction knowledge. Starting from 100, we had to get our total to 0 and had to repeatedly subtract the cards that we drew from the deck of cards.

Holy Trinity

In R.E., we have been learning about the Holy Trinity. We were given cards to sort out into the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

PSHE - Opinions and Debating

In PSHE, we looked at how we can all have our own individual opinions on topics such as "Should the government ban selling fizzy drinks to children?" and "Should we have more PE lessons in school?". The pupils had to vote whether they agreed, disagreed or neither agreed or disagreed. We learnt the importance of giving reasons to back up our opinions and how it is important to respect and value everyone else's opinion.

P.E. - Catching and Throwing

As part of our practice for the Bishop's Stortford Virtual Multi-Skills tournament we had to throw a ball at the wall and catch it as many times as we could in thirty seconds. We needed to think carefully about our accuracy and keeping focus. It was harder than it looked.

Zero The Hero

In Maths we have been learning about mental subtraction and played a game called Zero The Hero where we had to subtract the hundreds, tens and ones of a three-digit number so that eventually all the digits became zero.

R.E. - Baptism

In R.E. we learnt about the symbolism of water in Christianity and learnt about the similarities and differences of infant and adult baptism. We sorted out cards into whether they were features of infant or adult baptisms and then ranked them in the order we felt was the most significant.

October 2020 Highlights

PSHE - Compromise Drama

In PSHE, we learnt about how we can solve conflict and arguments by compromising. We were each given scenarios to act out and show how we would come to a sensible and fair compromise.

P.E. - Virtual Multi Skills Training

Year 3 will enter into the Virtual Bishop's Stortford Multi Skills Tournament and have five skills to practise and perfect including a standing stork pose, skipping striding and an agility run.

Homemade Stone Age
Stewed Fruit Recipe

Sharing Home Learning

Year 3 have been bringing in a range of their own home learning and thinking creatively how to do their Learning Reviews. We have had lots of quizzes about what we have been learning. Additional learning has included making authentic Stone Age Stewed Fruit (using honeycomb instead of sugar), making a presentation about Endangered Animals and sharing home stories.


As part of our work on mental fluency and addition strategies, we played a game called Risky using playing cards. We had to make a total of 100 but had to be careful of drawing a King or Ace from the deck of cards as that made us go 'bust'. We had to think carefully about whether to continue drawing cards as well as making sure we were keeping a running total of our number.

Drawing and Shading

In Art, we learned about shading and how to apply different pressures to make different tones with our pencils. We explored using cross-hatching to create shadows.

Numeros francais

In French, we have learnt how to count up to ten in French. We also tried some simple French maths calculations and played a matching game where we had to match up the correct digit with the French word.

Maths Mental Fluency

In Maths, we have been learning strategies to help us mentally add together two numbers. We used our knowledge of number bonds to ten, place value and using compensation to help us add. We played a game on the interactive white board and then used splodge grids to quickly add numbers together.

Running, Weaving and Dodging

In P.E. we have been developing our running, weaving and dodging skills. We have been playing many tag and dodging games. This game was Beat The Defender as the pupils had to make it from one end of the playground to the other without being tagged.


We have been working on our accuracy skills for whole-class games of Dodgeball.

Art - Murals that come to life

In Art, we painted the characters and settings that we had been describing in English. We are then going to imagine that our paintings come to life and we are transported to the setting and get to meet the character in our story writing.

Addition and Subtraction Pyramids

In Maths, we solved Addition and Subtraction pyramids. At the end, we all solved this tricky pyramid. We generated four two-digit numbers using dice and then used our knowledge of number bonds and partitioning to mentally work out the total additions to complete the pyramid.

Stonehenge Models

In History, we learnt about the origins of Stonehenge and made our own Stonehenge models.

Tangram Team Challenge

In Year 3, as part of PSHE, we took on the 'Tangram Team Challenge' where we had 10 minutes to make as many different pictures using tangram pieces. We had to collaborate, co-operate and listen to each other’s ideas and had to make as many different pictures as possible within a time limit. Between us we created different images such as hamburgers, cats, dragons, headphones and houses using all of the seven shapes.


We were lucky enough to have a yoga session provided by Mrs Thompson. We acted out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears using ten different yoga positions.


We worked hard to learn the signing for our Harvest songs and learnt how to sign the songs 'Here I Am To Worship' and 'This Day'. This was an alternative to signing due to the current circumstances.

Taste Test

As we had earnt enough Marbles In The Jar, we were rewarded with a Taste Test. We tasted two of each item and had to see whether we could tell the which one was the branded food and which one was the Aldi supermarket equivalent. Wearing blindfolds, we tasted and tried to tell the difference between 'Mars' bars and 'Titan' bars, Coca Cola and Aldi Cola, Pringles and Stackers, Milkybar Buttons and Dairyfine Buttons, and Jammie Dodgers and Jammie Wheels.

September 2020 Highlights

Year 3 have returned to school raring to go and ready for the challenges and fun of being in the juniors for the first time. The first fortnight at school has been full of creative and reflective activities as the pupils have been getting used to the 'new normal' and reflecting on returning to school full time after lockdown and their summer holidays.

Pepper Germs Activity

We conducted an experiment using pepper, soap and water to show us the importance of washing our hands regularly.

Nature Music

We went on a forage for natural items in the Woodland Walk and turned them into a range of musical instruments and performed them to each other.

Lockdown Time Capsule

We discussed what we would remember from our experiences of lockdown and made a time capsule which we buried in the Woodland Walk. We put in memories such as rainbows, learning new skills such as bike riding and the ukulele, having Zoom meeting with friends and clapping for the NHS staff and carers. We wonder who may find our capsule in years to come?

Emotion Balloon Tennis

We drew emotions on balloons and then played tennis with them outside, spreading a range of positive emotions to each other including happiness, love and joy.

3D Rainbows

We looked at how rainbows have become a symbol of hope and that we can only have a rainbow if there is rain. We made 3D models of rainbows.

We have played lots of games in Maths to help us with our learning of place value and have been undertaking Maths reasoning challenges.

Row of Coins

Year 3 were given a range of clues to put five different coins in a particular order.

Place Value Tiddlywinks

We played Tiddlywinks on a place value target chart and had to regroup the tiddlywinks if we had more than 10 in one of the rings.

The Banker's Game

We rolled dices and were given Base 10 to make the biggest number possible in five minutes. We had to ask 'the banker' to exchange our Base 10 if we had 10 of the same item.

Hot Shot

We played "Hot Shot" to help us practise adding or taking away 1, 10 or 100 from a number. Once we worked out the answer to some clues, we could cover that number with one of our counters. The player with the most counters at the end of the game won!


In Maths, we played Wonky to help us with learning about ordering numbers and place value. We took turns to roll dices to generate 3-digit numbers. We had to think carefully about where could put the digits in a place value chart as we had to create either the biggest or smallest numbers possible.

< or > ?

We played < or >? We generated 3-digit numbers using number cards and then had to work out whether to use the Greater Than sign (>) or the Less Than sign (<).

Round It

We Played Round It to help us learn how to round up numbers to 10. We had to put numbers that we generated onto a 'number slope' to see which is the nearest 10 and which number to round to.

We are making the most of the sunny and warm weather and are spending lots of time outside. We complete the Daily Mile each day and have been enjoying learning and developing our running and dodging skills in P.E.

Adjective Hunt

To help us become super Year 3 writers, we went outside to find as many different adjectives we could find to describe our beautiful surroundings and God's creation.

God's natural wonderful world

In R.E. we looked for natural items in the Woodland Walk that brought us joy and shows us how God created a wonderful world.

History Timelines

In History, we looked at chronological timelines and learnt what BC and AD mean. We made a human timeline outside, putting ourselves in chronological order.

Philosophy 4 Children

We have had our first Philosophy 4 Children session in Year 3. The pupils had to think about and answer some 'sticky questions' and gave some sensitive and thought-provoking responses to questions such as "If you dig up buried treasure, is it yours?", "If you could make one new law, what would it be?" and "Would an elephant make a good pet?" All the pupils were keen to participate and share their thoughts and ideas and listened carefully and responsibly to everyone's contributions.

R.E. - Hot Seating

In R.E., as part of our work on the Creation Story, we thought about what we would say to God if we had been able to talk to him before he created the world. Several children took the "hot seat" and the other pupils took turns in asking the questions they would ask God. The pupils took to this task incredibly well and asked thought-provoking questions and responded with some great answers. The pupils suggested asking God to make more fruits and vegetables so that we didn't need to eat meat and that he could make more land to have more species of animals.


In Year 3 we have started to learn French. We have begun learning French greetings such as "Bonjour", "Je suis anglais", "Au revoir" and "Comment ça va?"

We have been working with our learning partners to have short conversations in French and have been learning French by listening to French songs.

Prefix Pairs

In English, we have been learning about how to make new words or change a word's meaning by adding prefixes. We have learnt about un-, dis- and mis-. We played Prefix Pairs where we had to turn over cards to make new words.

Learning the Glockenspiel

For our first series of music lessons in Year 3, we are learning to play the glockenspiel and have been learning to read musical notations on the stave. We had fun playing the song "Easy E" and copying the rhythms we were given.

Year 3 playing "Strictly D"

We have now learnt two notes on the musical stave and the notes on the glockenspiel. We have learnt that music can be in different time signatures and have been counting in bars of four beats.

The Daily Mile

Everyday in Year 3, we undertake the Daily Mile and run about six laps of our new Daily Mile track. It helps to keep us fit and healthy.

Dragon Art

We used DrawWithRob to help us draw a dragon. We will soon be drawing and painting our own mythical creature. In English, we will be writing our own adventure stories about what happens when our painting comes to life.


To help us with our drawing skills, we played a game of Pictionary where we had to draw different objects to our learning partner, who had to guess what we were drawing.

God's Instructions

To show the importance of the instructions that God gave to us, we were challenged to make a 3D model of a pair of lungs without any instructions. We soon realised the importance of having instructions. We chose a pair of lungs as we have recently been thinking about God's wonderful world and realised the importance of preserving trees which give us oxygen.

History - Stone Age Houses

In History, we have been learning about the different kinds of homes that people from the Stone Age lived in. We learnt that in the Old Stone Age (the Paleolithic era), they lived in caves and in the New Stone Age (the Neolithic era), they had advanced to building houses from stone. We drew diagrams and labeled them with the materials Stone Age people used to build their homes.


The school value this half-term is Wisdom and the pupils had a discussion about what wisdom means and what they can do to help it grow in the classroom, the school and in the community.