Year 3: The Meerkats: Blog items

Fraction Pizzas, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 7:50pm

Today we explored finding a quarter of numbers to fill our pizza with toppings.  

3D shapes, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 7:44pm

We have been exploring our new resources by making and describing 3D shapes. 

Shadows - what makes a good shadow?, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jan 2020 @ 10:21pm

Today we explored shadows. We were trying to discover which material would make the best shadow.  We know our bodies are good at making shadows - we watched the clip from Britain’s Got Talent of the group of people who used their bodies to make shadows to tell an emotional story. 

We tried different materials to make shadows using our puppet theatre, observing which made the best shadow.  We explored how much light would travel through different materials.  We used the data loggers to see how much light came through different materials.  This helped us discover if the material was transparent, translucent or opaque. 

We concluded that the best shadows were made by opaque materials as they didn’t let light pass through them. 

Cricket session 1, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jan 2020 @ 10:14pm

Our first cricket session, we braved the cold and went outside to practise our hitting skills.  Can you remember all the tips Mark gave you?

Spelling Phonics, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jan 2020 @ 10:12pm

As well as learning the year 3/4 spelling words we are refreshing our memory of phonics.  We have been on a word hunt around the classroom to find and sort words which have the a phoneme.  This can be spelt ea, ay, a_e, ai, ey, aigh, eigh. Keep a look out for them when reading. 

Reading Rocket, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jan 2020 @ 10:38am

Our Reading Rocket is now complete.

Well done to Year 3 and Mrs Atkinson and everyone who brought in egg boxes.


Welcome Back - Happy New Year, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jan 2020 @ 10:33am

Happy New Year to you all, I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas.  The children were excitied to tell me all about what Santa brought them and I'm looking forward to reading their Holiday Passports over the weekend.  If yours is still at home please bring it in as soon as possible. 

Thank you again for all my lovely gifts.  I bought myself a jewellery box with the voucher, thank you.

This term has lots of activities planned. 

Our main theme is going to be History based 'The Stone Age to the Iron Age'.

We will also be looking at Light and Dark in Science, Dreams and Goals in Jigsaw, Islam and the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in R.E. Swimming continues on a Thursday, we will be doing life saving skills, the children will need to bring starting next week a T.shirt and Shorts to go over their normal swimming gear.  I will send more detailed information once I've spoken to Jane at swimming this week. 

Projects can be connected to any of our topics or can be about your child's own interests.  Projects are due to be in Wednesday 22nd January - Parents evenings are Mon 27th and Wednesday 29th. 

We have 18 children attending an athletics event next Tuesday afternoon - letters will go out this week.

We have also got our school trip on Tuesday 21st January, we have booked to go to the Harris Museum in Preston for a workshop all about the Stone Age.  Letters and details will be sent out later this week. 

The children have returned to school ready to learn and have been shining brightly with their focus and concentration.  I'll keep you posted on all our amazing work.

Mrs Catterall. 

A huge THANK YOU, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 5:22pm

From myself and on behalf of Mrs Atkinson and Mr Hartnett we would all like to thank you for the lovely gifts we have received this week.  We are truly thankful, it has been a pleasure to teach your amazing children this term, they bring us so much joy, enthusiasm and amazing personalities we are blessed to be able to help them care, grow and shine.

There are lots of things planned for another exciting term in 2020.  We look forward to seeing you all then and hearing about your holidays. 


Enjoy lots of family time, fun and laughter.

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Mrs Catterall x 

Making Meerkats, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 5:11pm

This week we had our first go at sewing.  Hanging Meerkat decorations were the aim of the activity. The Meerkats were marvellous. They got on threading their own needles, helping each other out, it was a lovely time.  We will be doing some more sewing next term without pre punched holes, we have some keen seamstresses amoungst us, I can’t wait to see their creations. 

Christmas party., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 5:06pm

I few pictures of the party, I was busy dancing away most of the time, πŸ˜‚

Breakfast with Santa, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 5:01pm

We enjoyed breakfast with Santa this week.  Here are a few photos that weren’t too blurry. 

Calendars, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 20th Dec 2019 @ 4:58pm

The Meerkats have made some fantastic calendars.  A scenic picture created using a range of patterns and colours. 

Last week of term, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Dec 2019 @ 10:10pm

Christmas is nearly here. πŸŽ„ We have lots of activities planned this week to get us all into the Christmas spirit.

Making calendars, Christmas cards, Meerkat Christmas decorations, sewing Christmas Meerkats, Christmas maths activities and lots more. 

The panto trip is on a Tuesday, it is at an ice rink so please ensure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves etc.

We have been amazing Meerkats this term and have earned a class compliment.  The children are still deciding what to do so more details to follow. 

Swimming is on as normal this week. 

Carol service on a Friday afternoon.

Christmas Dinner, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 15th Dec 2019 @ 10:01pm

Magnet poster homework, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 10th Dec 2019 @ 6:58pm

Wow! You are amazing Meerkats.  I’m sat at home marking your homework and I have the biggest smile on my face. Your posters are brilliant.  You have learnt so many facts, found out some new ones and presented them in eye catching and interesting ways.  I had to share a few.  Well done. 

Balancing clowns, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 9th Dec 2019 @ 8:17pm

How can you make the clown balance on a string?

Friction ramps, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 9th Dec 2019 @ 8:16pm

What is Friction? How do different surfaces affect the travel of a car down a ramp?  We collected data and found an average for each surface.  

Magnet Games, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 9th Dec 2019 @ 8:07pm

Last week we had an amazing time, designing and making magnetic games.  We had a dartboard, fishing games and maze games, all with a Christmas theme.  We took them down to the Pandas on Friday and played our games together.  We had a great time. 

Modroc food, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 9th Dec 2019 @ 7:58pm

We started making these a while ago, today we completed them.  Here are some photos of the amazing Meerkats and their work.  

Magnets, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Dec 2019 @ 7:19pm

This week has been all about Science so far. We have been exploring magnets.  How to they work? How strong are they? What materials are magnetic? What are magnets used for? 

We have looked at examples of magnetic games this afternoon and started to plan and design our own Christmas themed magnetic games. 


Reading rocket, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 28th Nov 2019 @ 6:33pm

Work has started on our egg box reading rocket, we will post another photo when it has been completed.

Watch this space. 

Space rocket day, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 28th Nov 2019 @ 6:19pm

Wow! We had an amazing day on Tuesday thanks to Steve from Starchaser.  The children thoroughly enjoyed making their rockets and watching them fly high into the sky. If you were in Longton I wouldn’t be surprised if you could hear their ohhhs and ahhhs!

We went outside to look at the Nova 2 rocket.  It has cost £500,000 and 10 years to develop.  We are looking forward to seeing it blast off into space at the end of a May 2020.  

We made some spaghetti bolognese from expedition freeze dried food similar to that which astronauts eat. 

Thanks to all the parents who came along to watch, we hope you enjoyed it as much as the children. 

Rockets launches , by Mr Pearson

Date: 26th Nov 2019 @ 8:14pm

Film of the end of school rocket launches 

The week ahead 11th November, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 6:38pm

It is a really busy week in the Meerkat tribe this week.  

On Friday it is our class assembly so we are busy writing, preparing and practising so we can WOW you. 

We have been busy making some sculptures.  I’ve not posted any pictures for two reasons;

1. My hands have been too gooey to be able to pick up the iPad! and

2. We want to keep it a surprise till Friday. 

During the week our maths work will focus on the 3 and 4 times tables, number sequences and using Venn and Carroll diagrams. 

Our English work will be writing a story about an astronaut searching for a planet - our own innovation of Bob and the vanishing moon. 


County Hall Visit, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 10th Nov 2019 @ 3:09pm

On Wednesday members of our school parliament visited County Hall. They listened to a presentation about how  Lancashire County Council works delivered by Josh Mynott. The presentation took place in the council chamber. The children were joined by County Councillor Graham Gooch who is also a governor of our school and by County Councillor Jayne Rear who is the lead member for Young People.  The children learnt a lot about Lancashire and the work of the council during their visit. 

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