Year 3: The Penguins: Blog items

Completed Stain glass windows., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Nov 2018 @ 8:03pm

Would we be able to sign up to the war?, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Nov 2018 @ 8:01pm

Today we found out all about what we would have to do to be a new army recruit.

We had to see if we met the criteria of height - 160cm and chest size - 82cm.

We had great fun practising our measure skills before using subtraction to work out the differences in length. 


Firework Poster WINNER, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Nov 2018 @ 8:49pm

We recieved some very exciting news on Friday in assembly.

Mrs Brown had a envelope containing tickets for Worden Park Bonfire this Monday, they had been dropped off by Lancashire Fire and Rescue service.

The posters we had entered into the competition had been judged against those from all other local schools and we are pleased to announce that Bronwen was a successful winner.  We are very proud of her, she produced an amazing entry.




The week ahead - 5th November , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Nov 2018 @ 8:44pm

This week we will be devoting our lessons to the theme of WW1.


What were the criteria for joining up?  Developing our measuring skills.

What animals were involved in the war? What roles did they play?  We will read the story 'Flo and the Somme' as well as continuing our class book the Farm Boy. 

In the afternoon we will continue to research animals and begin our painting of pebbles.= aswell as sartin to think about our class assembly which will be on Thursday.


Our focus will be on Nurses and the injured soldiers.  We will read the story Peace Lily and think about the role of nurses, inparticular Edith Cavell, the types of injuries sustained and how they might be treated.  We will try out skills in bandaging each other and making a stretcher. 


Wednesday is Hug a Bear day.  The children have been told they can bring in a small bear to school.  We will explore how bears are linked to World War 1 and will develop our sewing skills by making a felt bear.

We will also be watching a theatre Production in the hall 'Your Country needs you'. 


We will start the day with our class assembly. Our World War 1 learning will continue by focusing on the air attacks and different types of aircraft. We will work in groups to design and make our own planes ready to test out with other classes on Friday.  we will be swimming as normal.


Non Uniform Day - Come dressed as a doctor, nurse, soldier, evacuee etc. or in red and black.

Remembrance, Mr Turner assembly. we will focus our leanring on the end of the war, the Treaty of versailles and write Peace poems. 

We will test out our planes.  We will also be going to the park area at the end of School Lane to display our painted pebbles. 

It's going to be a busy week. 


WW1 - how did it all begin?, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 2nd Nov 2018 @ 3:00pm

Today we started our WW1 focused week a bit early. We found out about the countries involved and developed our geography skills looking at flags and maps to locate the countries.

This afternoon we made some WW1 stain glass windows.



Parents in class - Jigsaw, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st Oct 2018 @ 7:38am

Thanks you to all the Parents who joined us for our Jigsaw lesson yesterday, The children loved having you in class. 


Firework Poster Competition, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st Oct 2018 @ 7:34am

Thanks you to everyone who entered the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Firework and Bonfire Safety competition. 

They have been submitted to Leyland.  Fingers crossed we have a winning entry amoung us.

I was very impressed with the entries.  


The next 2 weeks ahead, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 29th Oct 2018 @ 9:27pm

In the lead up to Remembrance next Friday we will be focusing on WW1 and having a themed 2 weeks.  This work will also form part of our Class Assembly which will be on Thursday 8th November at 9am. 

Maths - This week we will focusing on our times tables.

Jigsaw - Families (Parents in class)

English - Stories - Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo, Peace Lily, Flo and the Somme, Where the poppies now grow. Learning the poem 'In Flanders' Fields'.

Grammar - Present perfect forms of verbs.

P.E. Swimming, Dance - Last Post.

WW1 areas we will explore - Animals, Nurses, first aid, pocket bears, Homefront - jobs of the women and children.

Stainglass window art.  Painting a commemorative pebble. 


Parents in class - Tuesday, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 29th Oct 2018 @ 9:12pm

Tomorrrow afternoon parents are invitied into class to share in our Jigsaw Lesson.  

This half term our Unit of work is all about Celebrating Difference.

This week's lesson will focus on Families. 

Hope to see you tomorrow, 2-3pm. 

Buddhism Day, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th Oct 2018 @ 2:48pm

On Friday we spent the day learning all about Buddhism. Watching Jakata tales and thinking about the messages they were giving.  Drawing pictures of a Buddha.  Researching and making posters about the ferstival of Wesak. Discussing what we think different Buddhist saying might mean and how they might relate to our own lives.  Making a wesak lantern.


Enterprise, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 8:07pm

Thursdays are busy days in year 3 but we still managed to make 100 marshmallow kebabs. 

Thank you to everyone who bought one, sorry if we ran out and you didn't get one.  We had bought out all the local supermarkets supply of the marshmallows.

We made just over £80. The children will now have to discuss and decide what they would like to spend the money on.

thanks again.  

PSHE Jigsaw - Carrot cars, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 8:01pm

This week we developed our team work skills by joining ideas and making a carrot car to race across the hall.  We also had to deal with disappointment if our team's car fell apart. 

Cheese tasting, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 7:57pm

Each week we have been looking at a different food group.  This week we focused on dairy - cheese.  We found out all about how cheese is made and then tasted different types of cheese recording their strengths, colour, texture and whether or not we liked them.  I was really impressed with their 'I'll give it a try attitude'. 

Not many pictures as we were too busy eating!

Christmas card designs, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 7:55pm

Projects, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 7:53pm

I have been so impressed with all the projects, you have obviously put a great deal of thought and time into them.  Well done. 

Maths - measuring, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 18th Oct 2018 @ 7:47pm

We took advantage of the nice weather and practiced our measuring skills outside. 

Harvest 2018, by Mrs Brown

Date: 14th Oct 2018 @ 11:56am

Thank you to everybody who joined us for the Harvest Service and also for the generous donations.  All the food items have now been shared out between local residents, resdidential homes and the food bank.

The Week ahead - 1st October, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2018 @ 8:43pm

This week.

English - focus on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  We will be doing lots of oral rehearsing of the story, adding detail to our sentences and starting sentences using subordinate clauses. We will be rewriting the story in paragraphs.

Maths - this week we will be focusing on Shape.

On Thursday there will be no swimming as it is Harvest in Church.  We will be preparing for this in class this week, learning our lines and making props.

On Friday afternoon we will have a cricket session .

Projects are due in on Wednesday.




Eggs, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2018 @ 8:20pm

This week our topic focus has been Eggs. 

We observed the differences inside and outside of a variety of eggs.  We were surprised to find some Blue eggs. 

The eggs came from a farm in Bamber Bridge.

We had a go at making boiled eggs and scrambled eggs.  

Eggs are good for us because they give us protein and are a good source of Vitamin D. 

Maths, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2018 @ 8:16pm

Working on the place value of 3 digit numbers. Working together to solve puzzles. 

Types of food., by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2018 @ 8:16pm

We have continued our topic work by creating healthy meals and sorting food into the different food groups.  Some were more tricky than others. 

Maasai Warriors, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2018 @ 8:12pm

Wow, today was amazing.

We were very privileged to welcome the Osiligi Maasai Warriors into school this morning.  They shared with us songs and dances from their culture.  It is hard to put into words the emotions their performance created.  Truly spectacular.


Trip to Lancashire infantry museum and the Museum of Lancashire, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Sep 2018 @ 8:06pm

We had a fantastic day today learning all about WW1. 

The children were fantastic, they signed up to the army, took part in drill and learnt about life in the trenches and what would happen if you were injured.


The week ahead - 17th September , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 9th Sep 2018 @ 10:57pm

We have another busy week this week.

English/Grammar - Folk tales, with a focus on speech marks and how they are used.

Maths - adding and subtracting ones, tens and hundreds to/from 3 digit numbers. Times tables.

Jigsaw - Our Dream School - what would it be like?

P.E. Throwing and catching balls of different sizes.

Topic - Healthy Eating - Eatwell Plate and designing a healthy meal. 

Music with Mrs Bolton - Harvest songs.


We have some special visitors coming all the way from Southern Kenya on Wednesday.  The Osiligi Maasai Warriors will be coming to school to perform an exciting tribal dance and the world-famous Maasai Jumping. 






A Fantastic First Week, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 9th Sep 2018 @ 10:47pm

Welcome to our first blog of Year 3. 

The Penguins have been amazing and are beginning to settle into life in KS2.  We have had an action packed first week. From virtual reality WW1 trenches to naming, drawing and tasting fruit and veg. We also got to try out some Jujitsu moves. 

Here are a few photos of the week.

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