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  • Year 3 Art Sculptures

    Published 12/07/19, by David Foster


    Art in Year 3


    This summer, Year 3 has been studying structures. From images of The Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, we looked at positive and negative space.  Using precise measurements and cutting skills, we created these superb abstract sculptures.

    “We had to fold each strip of paper to make each section of the sculpture” Ava

    “The whole thing took ages because you had to cut out and put the sculpture together really accurately” Mia

    “Max helped me stick the first piece” Tiam

    “You can see right through the sculpture and fit your hand right inside” Shea

    “Making perfect squares was tricky because you had to fold a flap so the each part would stick together” Mollie

    There was some magic teamwork and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the art experience.  I am sure the sculptures will all take pride of place at home.

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  • Chester Zoo Year 3

    Published 12/07/19, by David Foster

    A Trip Out with Year 3

    Chester Zoo

    On Thursday 4th July, Year 3 took a day off school and visited Chester Zoo.  This tied in nicely with some of the creatures we have encountered through our core book – Jumanji and our Geography topic about Biomes.

    “The Indian Elephants were having a bath because the weather was so hot.  They took water through their trunk and squirted it over their backs” Max

    “The bat cave was dark and it stunk.  Fruit bats were hanging above out heads while short tailed bats flew right past us.” Brooke

    “When we visited the lions, the male lion was right in front of us, asleep in the shade of a tree.” Erin

    “The rhino had been eating lots of food because there was poo all over the place.  It was massive” Charlie

    “There were really small animals too.  The leaf cutter ants carried food to their formicary in long lines” Annie

    “The python was huge.  Their mouth parts come apart so they can swallow large prey.  In the wild, they only eat once or twice a year” Maisy

    “Did you know giraffes can grow to over 5 metres tall.  Their markings are different depending on where in Africa they live” Ava

    “The orangutan was feeling very lazy.  One woke up, scratched its bum, sniffed it and went back to sleep again” Harley

    “I had the world’s biggest ice cream.  It was as big as my head.  And I ate it all” Jasmine

    On the way back, some of us slept while some chatted about what a great day they’d had. Thank you to all the parents who came along to help.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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  • Magnets

    Published 08/05/19, by David Foster

    Science in Year 3


    Forces and Magnets

    Over the next few weeks we will be learning about magnets. To begin with, the children thought about contact forces such as pushes and pulls and worked with a friend to produce a list of everyday objects we push and pull. 

    With no prompts, the children were given several sets of magnets, of all shapes and sizes, and simply asked to see what they could discover.  Their findings would have put Albert Einstein to shame. 

    Olivia: The magnets say N and S.  N and N don’t go together.  S and S don’t go together.  N and S go together.

    Max: The sides of N and N stuck together.

    Olly: Even when you don’t touch the magnet it still moves.

    Jasmine: The magnets are blue and red.  Blue and blue don’t stick together.  Red and red don’t go together.  Blue and red stick together.

    Mollie: Some metal pieces connected with the magnet but some did not.

    Jay: Bronze does not stick to a magnet.

    Tinaye: Two magnets can stick together when they get close.  You can feel them pulling towards each other.

    Grace: The big magnets pushed away and pulled apart from each other.

    Maisy: I made the small magnets fly off the table and stuck to the big magnet.

    Charlie: I attached my magnet to the table leg, sharpener and my pen.

    Ava: The magnets spun around without even touching each other. There’s no contact.

    In the next few weeks, we will be answering questions, based on their findings, and making predictions and explanations like the amazing scientists we are.

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  • Year 3 Maths - Volume

    Published 07/02/19, by David Foster

    Maths in Year 3

    Maths No Problem

    Volume and Capacity

    Over the last few weeks we have been learning about volume and capacity. Volume is the amount of space that an object occupies, or that is enclosed within a container. 

    Today, while we flooded the classroom, we put our learning into practise. 

    “Today was fun because we got to pour water into measuring cylinders and measure the capacity of different household objects like cups and bowls.” Annie

    “I enjoyed estimating the capacity of each container.  I know what a litre looks like.” Mia

    “There are lots of ways to measure. I have learned that you can measure volume in millilitres and litres, length in centimetres, metres and kilometres and mass in grams and kilograms.” Ava and Olivia

    “I know litres and millilitres and I can add two volumes up to get a total amount.” Olly

    “I have learned that 1000ml = 1l, 1000g = 1kg and 1000m = 1km.” Jasmine

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  • Year 3 Computing

    Published 22/01/19, by David Foster

    Computing in Year 3


    This half term we have been typing on the iPad.  We are using Purple Mash which will provide us with all the ICT skills we need.

    We have learned where the home row, bottom row and top row of keys are, on a keyboard, and are using different fingers to tap on different keys.

    We also know the names of each of our fingers and are developing our ability to touch type. It won’t be long before we are skilled typists.

    Brooke summarised, “It was fun and easy typing with our index fingers but a bit harder to type with our other fingers.”

    Maisy identified, “I kept practising in the lesson and by the end I got used to it and could even look at the screen when I typed letters.”

    Scarlett explained, “I slowly realised I was getting confident using all my fingers.”

    Max thought, “Some people know how to type with all their fingers.  I found this tricky but I still practised and I’m going to have a go at home too.”

    Year 3 will be developing their Spreadsheet and Graphing skills next half term.




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  • Pepparkakor Biscuits Year 3

    Published 22/01/19, by David Foster

    Design Technology in Year 3

    Pepparkakor Biscuits

    Pepparkakor is a Swedish ginger cookie, sort of like ginger biscuits, but generally spiced a bit heavier. They are extremely thin with a smooth finish.

    Pepparkakor is usually eaten around St. Lucia's Day on December 13, a celebration of St. Lucia, the martyr who brought food and aid to Christians hiding in catacombs, lighting her way with a wreath of candles on her head. We studied this saint during our RE lessons and thought it tied in nicely with the Christmas theme.

    If you would like to make Pepparkakor, here are the ingredients and recipe.


    To decorate

    • writing icing
    • cake decorations


    1.      Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into a large bowl. Mix thoroughly.  Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

    2.      Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mixture until it clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfilm and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

    3.      Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper (or dust lightly with flour).

    4.      Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a 2cm gap between them.

    5.      Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.





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  • Science in Year 3

    Published 22/01/19, by David Foster

    Science in Year 3


    Light and Shadow

    This half term we are investigating light and seeing.  We already know that light from a source (such as lamps, the sun, torch, candle…) reflects off an object into our eyes.  Our brain tells us what we are looking at.

    Today we played around with shadows.

    Harley explained, “When you shine a torch on a solid object it makes a shadow on the white paper.”

    Emilia noticed, “When I shone my torch through a transparent object I could see a light shadow of the water. The torch shone right through the bottle.”

    Erin commented, “When we moved the torch from side to side the shadow moved places and changed direction.”

    Jasmine said, “When you move the torch up the shadow gets smaller and when you move it down it gets bigger.”

    Olivia thought, “If the torch is held at a different angle, the shadow gets longer and shorter.”

    Olly concluded, “The shadow is always the same shape as the object.”

    All the children agreed that this was a lot of fun and every single scientific conclusion was made by their own observations and reasoning.

    Year 3 will be also studying shadows made by the sun throughout the day.

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  • Young Enterprise - Year 5

    Published 18/12/18, by David Foster

    The Manchester United Enterprise Academy Final!

    After being chosen as winners to represent Wardley CE Primary School with a clothing brand for pets, Devils Animal Clothing, they were through to the final at Co-op Academy Swinton.

    On arrival, we were shown the theatre, where they were going to perform.  The children were not daunted; they loved the challenge of presenting in front of a large audience.

    After watching three local schools present, it was Wardley’s turn.  All five children were superb ambassadors of Wardley CE Primary School.  The dragons commented on how well the presentation went, and they posed difficult questions.  The opening question put the children at ease - In your market research, why didn’t you ask dogs what they thought?  They became progressively harder and they were able to talk clearly and confidently about the marketing and branding of their company.

    Lord Sugar had better watch out - these children could be the entrepreneurs of the future.

    The wait for the decision to be announced was nail biting with Mr Harrison,  Co-op Academy Swinton’s headteacher, awarding the prize to Mossfield Primary School.  For getting to the final, each member of the team was rewarded with a tour of Manchester United Football Club.

    A big well done to all involved.



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  • Maths Year 3 Multiplication and Division

    Published 21/11/18, by David Foster

    Maths in Year 3

    Maths No Problem

    Multiplication and Division

    Over the last few weeks, we have been solving problems using our multiplication and division skills. To help us understand more clearly, we have used counters and a variety of written methods to solve some very tricky calculations.  We used many different strategies such as number lines, bar models and, of course, our ever-growing knowledge of 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

    Brooke said, “I am confident at counting in 3s forwards and back.”

    Harley identified, “I can fill in number lines that go up and down in 3s and 4s.”

    Maisy explained, “I like counting in 3s, 4s and 8s at the beginning of lessons because it helps me with questions in my workbook.”

    Scarlett said, “I am practising my times tables at home so I can improve my test score.”

    Hannah said, “I make up my own focus tasks at home and see how many methods I can come up with.”

    Year 3 has also created some great journaling and tackled daily challenges which are all displayed on our maths working wall and in their books.

    Next, Year 3 will be multiplying and dividing with two digit numbers and solving 2 step problems.

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  • PSHE Friendship

    Published 21/11/18, by David Foster
      PSHE in Year 3 Friendship Over the next few weeks, Mawuli will be coming into class and teaching us all about friendship.  Today, we were introduced to the idea of friendship and discussed what made a good friend.  Later, w
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  • Year 3 Geography

    Published 07/11/18, by David Foster

    Geography in Year 3

    Where in the world are we?

    We have kicked off this half term by using an atlas (a book of maps) to look at some features of the world.  We have studied the equator, the tropics, the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and discovered that the world is divided into hemispheres.

    We were let loose with an atlas and, with a partner, located these features by using a map of the world.

    Erin recognised, “There is a line around the middle of the earth and it is called the equator.”

    Mollie discovered, “The climate around the tropics is very warm because it gets lots of sun. However there is also lots of rain so it is wet.”

    Olly learned, “A book of maps is called an atlas.  It also has country’s flags and information about different places and weather in the world.”

    Naomi identified, “The Arctic and Antarctic Circles are deserts that are very cold because they don’t get as much sun so it is very snowy and icy.”

    Year 3 will also be learning about the continents and oceans of the world as well as identifying the different climates and landscapes we find in different places.

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  • Rocks and Soils Year 3

    Published 21/09/18, by David Foster

    Science in Year 3


    Rocks and Soils

    This half term we have been investigation the properties of rocks.  We have already compared the colour and texture of different rocks as well as learning their names and properties. We recently examined rocks to test for hardness.  We used a scratch test to do this.

    Scarlett commented, “Some rocks are hard and some rocks are soft.”

    Brooke explained, “We know some rocks are soft because they make a powder when they are scratched.”

    Jay noticed, “If a rock is dusty it means it is really soft.  Chalk is so soft.”

    Naomi concluded, “The rocks that were the hardest left no scratch at all.”

    Olivia said, “The heaviest rocks were also the hardest.  The light rocks were softer.”

    Year 3 are also creating fantastic investigations to test the permeability of rocks as well as learning about the terms ‘metamorphic’, ‘sedimentary’ and ‘igneous’.

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