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October Blog


In English, we have been creating story maps to help us with our writing. As you will know from our class assembly, our book focus this term is Roald Dahl’s, George’s Marvellous Medicine. We have been looking at each chapter in detail, drawing a story map to explain it, and then using this to rewrite each chapter.

Here are some examples of our story maps...




In art, we have been designing canopic jars which we will be making next month. Canopic jars date back to the Ancient Egyptian period and were used to store organs such as the heart, lungs, liver and stomach during the mummification process. Come back next month to see photos of our finished products!


We are still enjoying our weekly swimming lessons at Sunderland Aquatic Centre and are becoming increasingly more confident in the water. Our impeccable behaviour commuting to and from the swimming baths hasn’t gone unnoticed by members of the public either. Mrs Cort received a phone call from a fellow commuter on the Metro saying how impressed she was!

Bible Comes Alive

At the beginning of the month, we visited the Methodist Church in South Hylton for Bible Comes Alive. Here we experienced the bible in an interactive and fun manner, where actors brought the Old Testament to life, starting from the creation story, right through until the birth of Jesus.

Class Assembly

Mr Donaldson and Miss Maughan would like to thank all parents, carers and other family members for your support during our class assembly on George’s Marvellous Medicine. We hope you enjoyed our retell of this Roald Dahl story as much as we loved reading it!



Hello everyone! Welcome to Year 3’s blog space! Here you will find a catalogue of photos, experiences and opinions relating to topics, school events and much more! This will be updated on a monthly basis so please keep checking back to find out what we have been up to.

September 2017.

Finding our feet in Year 3

On 5th September 2017, we all started Year 3 with poise and confidence. Some of us were feeling a little nervous and others very excited, but we can now say how thrilled we are to be in our new classes with Mr Donaldson, Miss Maughan and Mrs Jackson. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!   

Our New Topics

This term, we are learning about ‘Ancient Egypt’. We have already found out many interesting facts about this period of time that took place 5000 years ago.

Did you know...?  The Ancient Egyptians had a totally different alphabet to us called hieroglyphics! They drew pictures instead of writing their ABCs. For example, the letter ‘L’ is a lion! Here are some examples of when we wrote our name using hieroglyphics.




Every Thursday, we have been swimming at the Aquatic Centre and we have been loving it! Not only are we all feeling more confident in the water (some of us don’t even have to wear discs on our arms anymore), but Mr Donaldson said we are super stars when it comes to getting on the metro and walking to and from places!  We also love our PE lessons with Nick from SAFC, where we get to play a variety of fun games; not just football!



Roald Dahl

On 11th September we had a special visitor come into our class called Beatrice. She had four large sparkly boxes, each one containing clues as to which Roald Dahl story we were going to be looking at. We discovered Matilda, George’s Marvellous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With our teachers we have started to look read George’s Marvellous Medicine and can’t wait to make some medicines of our own!

Violin lessons with Ms Mason.

Every Tuesday morning, Ms Mason teaches us how to play the violin. We are having so much fun learning about this new instrument and are already playing songs with the bow (which is made out of horse hair)! Hopefully, we will get to perform for everyone at some point this year. Already, Ms Mason said we sound like a beautiful orchestra, but you can be the judge of that! Here are Amelia and Connar showing off their skills.