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Year 3

January 2019

  • 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.

    For more pictures click here

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