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Bartley C of E Junior School

Year 3 Work and events


On this page, we will be sharing and celebrating all the hard work that the children are putting into their learning.  Please share this with your child and talk about what they like about each other's work and what they themselves enjoyed working on in school that week.



Trip to Hengistbury Head 2022

This week beginning 2nd May Year 3 have enjoyed a lovely and educational trip to Hengistbury Head.  Building on our learning in History, and in our Geography lessons on the coast, we got the chance to enjoy the stunning natural surroundings, whilst surveying the human and physical features of the landscape.  We learnt about the historical importance of the area and the changes it's undergone since  as far back as the Stone Age, as well as seeing first hand, the evidence of erosion in action . There was even time for a bit of fun on the beach!  A grand day out and an enjoyable experience for all!  

Trip to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens 2022

On a beautiful sunny Friday in March, Year 3 took the brief coach ride to the wonderful Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.  There we enjoyed perfect weather as we took part in several fascinating learning activities lead by the excellent Hillier’s staff.   We went pond dipping and identified our catches using key charts.  Whilst discovering the pond fauna, we learned interesting facts about their lifecycles and feeding habits. We enjoyed an active fact hunt game wherein we learned about the various fates that can befall an innocent clump of frogspawn!  Before lunch, we created beautiful hanging mobile works of art using various natural items we found laying in the leaf litter.

It was lovely to sit on the grass and enjoy our packed lunches in the sunshine.  Afterwards, we took to a forested area of the grounds and listened calmly to the multitude of birds singing all around us, before going on a hunt for minibeasts!  Lastly, we went on the trails around the site, crossing the wobbly bridge and weaving through the bamboo jungle as we went.  On our journeys, we investigated, discussed and appreciated the great variety of flora and fauna that make the gardens their home.   A wonderful and fascinating day out was had by all!


Some really excellent costumes this year and a fun time had by all!  We had a brilliant day learning about roman numerals, creating mosaics and learning about the Romans with local archaeologist, Gemma from Trench 1 Archaeology.  She really brought the Romans to life and enthralled the children talking about archaeology whilst letting them handle and make guesses about real Roman Artefacts. 
Later they got to do some archaeology of their own, unearthing ancient artefacts from the 'mobile dig sites' she brought with her. What a treat!

Creating Christmas Cards!

Year 3 have been hard at work to bring home some festive cheer home this year!  We have researched sewn Christmas products looking at what makes them 'fit for purpose' and identified some key themes.   We've then learned how to do various different stitch types and had a practise run using binka material.  We've created our designs for a sewn Christmas card product and finally we have produced the finished products.  Happy Christmas everyone!

Year 3 Trip to Lyndhurst Baptist Church

Year Three visited Lyndhurst Baptist Church recently and were delighted to experience a wonderful walk-through experience of the Nativity, through which they learned the true meaning of Christmas. 

Firstly they learned about Mary and Joseph’s tiring and dangerous journey to Bethlehem and the hardships they faced, gaining an appreciation of Jesus, Mary and Joseph’s humble family background.  They learned about the wise men who visited from afar and were entranced as they experienced the appearance of the angel to the shepherds, and the heralding the messiah.  Later they reached Bethlehem only to discover there was no room at any of the inns!  However one kindly innkeeper revealed that he had seen a couple matching Mary and Joseph’s description, and that, seeing their plight, he had invited them to stay in his manger.  At last the children reached the nativity scene in the manger, where they finally met the stars of the story, but were very quiet and took care to wake the sleeping baby Jesus! 

Thank you to Reverend Burnish and all the parishioners for giving us such a captivating, uplifting and magical experience this Christmas!

Year 3 Trip to Minstead Study Centre

Year 3 recently took the short bus ride to Minstead Study Centre to enhance our current history and foundation topic work.  At the study centre, we enjoyed a fantastic array of activities and learned about the natural environment.  In particular, we learned how Bronze and Iron Age settlers would have used animals and the land to live. 

Children got to meet and feed the lovely resident sheep -  Baariana Grande, Britney Shears and Lady Baabaa.  Whilst doing so, they learned how Bronze/Iron Age people would have begun to settle, farming crops and domesticating animals, and how they would have made use the many different parts of the animals for different purposes. 

We then enjoyed a walk through the beautiful and rich environment of the Study Centre, learning about the various plants.  In particular, children learned about, the coppicing of willow and its use to make charcoal and woven fences.  Later children would have the chance to coppice some of their own willow and make their own fence using this age old weaving technique. 

Children then had a chance to get a bit muddy whilst enjoying the mizmaze, daub clay on to the sidewalls of a full size authentic Iron Age roundhouse and dye wool as Iron Age farmers would have, using natural dyes.

Finally, after our busy day outdoors, we all enjoyed an atmospheric and amusing reading from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, sitting around a fire inside the roundhouse! A wonderful and fascinating day out for everyone!

Year 3 Great Buildings Hook Day

Year 3 launched our learning topic of Great Building by having an exciting 'hook day' where we learnt about and tried constructing some of our own great buildings.   There were 3 main activities:  Building Skyscrapers, -trying to build the tallest free standing structures out of newspaper and masking tape,  drawing great buildings from around the UK and building bridges out of paper straws to support a cup of marbles.  During the building activities, we had great fun and learned all about teamwork and how structures can be made strong using tubes and triangles.  In our sketching activities we learnt techniques of accurate observation to make a line drawing.

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Roman Day 2020

What a fantastic day we've had in Year 3!  The children dressed up in some wonderful Roman style clothes and took part in a variety of different Roman themed activities.   

They learned about Mosaics and got the chance to make one of their own. They also learned how to use Roman numerals and were given the option of a Roman themed lunch.  Our local archaeologist Gemma Ingason came in to talk to the classes and teach them all about archaeology with a focus on Roman artefacts.  The children got the chance to handle some actual Roman Artefacts and guess what they were before learning more about their actual purpose.  The children went out in to the quad to uncover more artefacts buried in sand and tried to date them based on guides provided. Two lucky children from each class were even chosen to be dressed in the proper Roman citizen's style for Roman ladies and gentlemen as they and the classes learnt many fascinating facts about everyday life of Romans.  They even learned how they might have been buried when they died, and what might be buried with them to be discovered by archaeologists hundreds of years later! 



We recently invited a fantastic local artist - Alan Langford to help kick off our Legends Literacy and Art topics with a bang -  or is that a roar?!  He showed the children how he paints one of the classic themes of legends - knights and dragons!  The children were spellbound as he brought the fantastic image to life.  As the painting took shape, it really came to life.  Alan discussed his techniques.  Meanwhile, the children were encouraged to note down some powerful descriptive noun phrases to describe the dragon.  These would later serve as ideas for writing their own Legends!   Immediately following Alan's inspirational demonstration, the children enjoyed having a go at drawing and painting their own dragons. 



Design & technology

This Christmas we have been learning how to thread a needle and how to use a running stitch, later making stitched Christmas card designs! 


Design & technology

This Christmas we have been learning how to thread a needle and how to use a running stitch, later making stitched Christmas card designs! 


Last Year we looked at using computer programming to control the way lights work, and wood, card and other materials to create farmyard buildings (see photos below)

This Autumn Term (2019) we have created funky sandals using coloured card and other materials such as newspaper.  We used coloured pencils , masking tape and scissors to design, make and decorate them, learning cutting and joining skills as well as trial and error.  This was a really fun hands on activity, with an emphasis on iterative design (if at fist you don't succeed or you want to incorporate design features from around the classroom - try again!!)

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Year 3 have used a basic wooden frame base to create farm buildings to link with our Buildings topic.  We developed our measuring, sawing, constructing and team work skills!