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St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Growing together on a journey with Jesus


Year 3

Festive Fun at St Anthony's - 2021

Elf Day - School Christmas Dinner

Year 3 Christmas Play 2021

Children of the World

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Some photos taken during our dress rehearsal!

St Anthony's Christmas Carol Service 2021

Eco Warrior Wonder Day


As part of our 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' themed Wonder Day, the children made little animal toys by decorating old egg trays. The children were very creative with their ideas and worked hard to bring them to life! 

Performance Poems

In English we have recently performed our Bonfire Night Poems. We were all very inspired by the fireworks recently. The children really enjoyed thinking of rhyming patterns to include in their poems. We spent lots of time learning about what makes a good performance of a poem, looking at Michael Rosen in particular. When we were rehearsing and also performing, we tried to keep these in mind. Our class were great at thinking of actions to accompany their poems!

Leider Song Workshop 


Last week we had the wonderful experience of a workshop with three professional musicians during a Leider workshop. Leider coming from the German word for songs, this particular genre is inspired by Franz Schubert, and is quite similar to classical and operatic music. We were ale to hear lots of lovely music, try our hand at conducting and also then write our own lyrics to one of Shuberts most famous pieces! What an amazing afternoon! 

D-Side Workshops - Safer Together

We have had lots of special visitors last week, including some from Catholic Care with two main focuses - Safer Together and Safer Online. 

We learnt about levels of danger within arguments and how to spot an urgent situation that needs to be resolved immediately. To represent these situations, we created freeze-frame positions of what we thought would be an urgent situation. In line with anti-bullying week, we also learnt about who we can go to if we feel scared or unsafe. 



Anderson Shelters

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During our DT project this half term, we have been constructing our own Anderson Shelters. The children have focused on choosing appropriate materials and designing a functionable layout based on research of real life Anderson Shelters. We finished our project by testing the sturdiness of our shelters with water bombs! Lots of fun with a mixture of results!

World War Two - Wonder Day

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We had a wonderful day together on Friday for our World War Two Wonder Day. Everyone looked fantastic in their outfits, it really helped to bring our activities to life!

We spent the day as evacuees, making our gas mask boxes and identity cards - we took these everywhere, just as they did during the war.
We worked together to complete a scavenger hunt around the playground, finding hidden clues that helped us to answer questions about the Second World War.
The children helped to make a corn beef hash, similar to meals typical during the war due to food that was rationed. Mixed reviews during the taste test...

In the afternoon, we enjoyed designing our own propaganda posters!
We were also treated to looking at Austin's Great-Grandfather Doyle's medals and photos in his uniform. Truly amazing! Austin's Grandma also sent us in an account of her own experience of being evacuated. This, undoubtedly, helped us to realise that the war was not that long ago... Thank you Austin for bringing them in to share, what a great treasure to have and real link to history!

Several 'air-raid sirens' were also sounded throughout the day and we practiced hiding in our Morrison Shelters (under our desks) with children having important jobs like turning out the lights and shutting the windows and blinds. The children remembered so much from our lessons and descriptions about life during the Blitz, they knew exactly what to do.

Thank you to everyone who helped make our day so special, it was a fantastic way to end our World War Two topic this half term!

Marvellous Maths

Our Year 3 class undertook wonder afternoons to ensure they have a strong retention of knowledge of age related expectations for shape within Year 3. They experienced a Number Fun day, putting their knowledge of shape into many fun contexts, including singing. In class, Year 3 explored 2-D and 3-D shapes, increasing their fluency of knowledge in this area of the mathematics curriculum. Ask Year 3 all about it! Our video below shows highlights from the week across school. I hope you enjoy it!

Computing - Garage Band

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We have completed our Computing topic for this half term. We have been learning all about music production through an application called Garage Band. The children have been able to create drumbeats from scratch, layer multiple instruments over the top and duplicate elements in order to create a song within a given structure. Our computing lessons are always enjoyable and our class have learnt some really great skills!

RE Curriculum: The Christian Family (Our visit to St Anthony's Church)

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Year 3 made a visit to St Anthony's Church on Monday. Fr Whitwell reminded us of the key purpose and parts of a Baptism and explained what each symbol represents, including the Baptismal Font and the Easter Candle. We each discussed the importance of the promises made at our own Baptisms. Some children had the joy of role playing a baptism, with roles including parents and godparents. We then got to smell the blessed oil, infused with balsam, that is used to anoint the head of whoever is receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. Fr Whitwell was very impressed with the children's knowledge of the topic of The Christian Family and he welcomed us to visit Church each Sunday to share the Holy Mass with our Parish Family. God bless Year 3.

We had a lovely trip! Thank you, Fr Whitwell!

Science Presentations: Light!

This is "Sun Safety News Report" by Miss Staunton Sykes on Vimeo.

In Science we have been learning all about light. The children learnt how sunlight can be dangerous and harmful to our skin and our eyes. We learnt about different ways to protect ourselves such as sunhats, sun cream and sunglasses - we created a news report to show our research! Stay safe out there!

Year 3 have used lots of inventive ideas to retain key knowledge from their Science topic of Light. Ask your child all about it! Well done Year 3.

PSHE Curriculum: Road Safety

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This week Year 3 participated in a road safety workshop; the theme of the session surrounded the importance of seat belts and included a workshop using the Danger Family.

The children were asked questions about how seat belts work and why they are so important. The children then discussed real life scenarios, judging whether seat belts should always be used or not and by whom. We learnt that seat belts were only legally introduced in 1968, but only compulsory to wear in 1983!

We really enjoyed using the crash test dummies to test our theories!

The children were amazing demonstrating their knowledge of keeping safe. Please ask them all about this to see if they have retained all the key information. Well done Year 3!

PE Days


Year 3 will have PE on both Monday and Wednesday. 


Children are to come to school in their PE kits and trainers. 

PE will go ahead in all weather! 



Welcome to Year 3! 



I hope that you all have had a brilliant holiday with lots of fun and rest, and I hope you are excited about the wonderful year we are going to share together. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to learn and grow. I have planned a wide range of creative and challenging activities for us to do that will allow you to showcase your ability and reach your highest potential. yes


During our time in Year 3, we will enjoy exploring lots of wonderful topics. Investigating India, Feel the Force, Rock Detectives, and, of course, our local Yorkshire – it is going to be an amazing adventure! We will dive straight into our Maths, advancing our knowledge of place value and numbers, as well as learning new addition and subtraction methods. We will be practicing our times tables every day, too! Our English lessons will focus on improving our writing skills through our use of language and understanding who we are writing for and why. Grammar and spellings are so important in Year 3! Together we will broaden our imagination through reading lots of books. We will be carrying out many science investigations and will practise a wide range of art and design skills. In RE we will learn about what it means to be a good Christian and a part of the Christian Family. We will learn about important people from the Bible, focusing on Mary our Mother and Jesus the Teacher.


Throughout the year we will be using Google Classroom to complete our homework, but it is also a place to share what other wonderful and interesting things you have been getting up to at home! We are going to have lots of rewards and prizes for the children in Year 3 that are being kind, patient and trying their best – what should our whole class prize be? 


As we all get ready for our first day together in Year 3, please remember to:

  • Come into school every day excited and ready to learn
  • Remember that everyday is a new challenge, and we are all here to help each other succeed
  • Read every night and make sure an adult signs your planner
  • Spellings and times tables practise is essential
  • Always be positive! 


I know that you are all such hard workers and will try your best in everything that we do together in Year 3. I am looking forward to helping you all reach for the stars and achieve your targets in this big step up to Key Stage 2. I look forward to seeing you all very soon!


Miss Staunton Sykes

Chamber Choir Concert July 2021

Our incredible Chamber Choir performed a repertoire of their incredible singing for us to end their learning over the year. We hope you love hearing the children singing. They have the voice of angels. We are so blessed.
Well done Chamber Choir. Thank you to Lucy Haigh, our Choral Director who teaches the children so well each week too.
We hope you enjoy our beautiful end of year performance.

2020/21 Finale

Indian style printing

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Year 3 have been working really hard to create printing blocks, taking inspiration from Indian printing. Today they have used the blocks to print repetitive patterns.

Year 3/4 Chamber Choir

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The Chamber Choir were invited to sing for the Headteacher Mass in St. Anne's Cathedral last week. It was an absolute honour and the children were a credit to themselves, their parents and the whole school.

Year 3 Chamber Choir at The Leeds Cathedral

Our Year 3 Chamber Choir visited The Leeds Cathedral to sing a repertoire of songs for The Annual Headteacher's Mass with The Bishop of Leeds. The children sung a large repertoire of secular songs including:


  • On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's cry (C Coffin 1676-1749)
  • Gloria
  • As I went down to the river to pray (Trad Arr; Alex Kyle)
  • The Sanctus (Missa Mundi, John Duggan)
  • The Agnes Dei (Missa Mundi, John Duggan)
  • Brother James' Air (James Bain, Arr, Gordon Jacob)
  • Alleluia, Sing to Jesus (W. Chatterton Dix 1837-1898)


The standard was extraordinary, praised by The Bishop of Leeds and many Head Teachers in our Diocese, with one noted below:

"It was noticeable that not only did the children sing some quite complex repertoire in parts, in tune and with confidence, but they were also clearly paying close attention to their MD, which shows a very professional attitude! Outstanding St Anthony's!"


I am so proud of you all Year 3!

What do plants need to grow?

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The Year 3 children have been discovering the simple pleasures of planting a seed and watching it grow as they learn about what plants require to be healthy.

PSHE - Discussing ways that we pay for things.

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This half term in PSHE, Year 3's topic is 'Careers, financial capability and economic wellbeing'. Today, we were exploring and discussing various ways that we can pay for items. The children worked in pairs to match up payment methods to their definitions.

Art - Exploring Sculptures

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Today, we brought an art gallery experience to life in the Year 3 classroom. The children observed, discussed and answered questions about various sculptures by the Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti.

Geography - Map Reading

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Using an 8 point compass, Year 3 have worked excellently hard reading maps and identifying geographical human features in our local area of Beeston

RE - The Celebration of New Life

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Year 3 have been discussing the events of Easter Sunday and how the resurrection of Jesus links to other forms of new life at this time of Year. Using a 'Hot Seating' activity, the children have taken on roles of those who first discovered Jesus had risen and considered their thoughts and feelings. Through group work, the Year 3 children have read and performed a poem about 'New Life' through beautiful expression and actions. This is part of the children's ongoing learning in RE through the scheme, The Way, The Truth and The Life. Our Year 3 class are growing in faith, on their journey with Jesus. Well done Year 3.

The Year 3 PE Curriculum - Cricket

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Year 3 have been practicing their throwing and catching by learning to develop their bowling and fielding skills through cricket. They have twice weekly PE sessions delivered by our PE expert, Mr Hanson. Each session progressively builds skill and knowledge in a carefully sequenced curriculum. This is supplemented by nightly optional extended after school provision by both Primary Sports Partnership and Ace Club. Well done Year 3.

Science Week

Our Whole School Science Week was amazing and a super way to start our Summer Term. Year 3 were so excited to be the first class to resume educational visits. Their first hand learning of habitats at Skelton Grange, launched their focus for the week. All learning was focussed around prior topics, and topics missed due to lockdowns. The first hand experiences, visits, experiments and content were all carefully planned and crafted to ensure Science knowledge is secure. What an amazing week we had. I am so proud of you Year 3. Miss Leonard and the Year 3 team.

Science Week: Year 3 Science Catch Up Week

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Year 3 have had a fantastic Science Week learning about animals and their habitats! This was a carefully crafted week, planned to deliver and retain previously taught or missed content due to lockdowns. This included a visit to Skelton Grange Environment Centre, pond dipping and observations of plants and animals. In school, Year 3 were lucky to be treated to first hand visits linked to this same focus by Mad Science, Sublime Science, Artforms (sound visit) as well as many activities provided in school. What a fun week we had! Ask us all about our Science knowledge!

Our Year 3 Music Curriculum - The development of skill of playing the ukulele

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Year 3 are learning to play a variety of simple tunes on the ukulele by learning basic chords. They have also been developing their knowledge of rhythm by experimenting with body percussion. Our lessons take place weekly through Artform and they are taught by Mr Tongue. We build our knowledge and are progressing through our curriculum content superbly. We hope to perform for you all very soon!

The Year 3 Computing Curriculum - Garage Band

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This half term, Year 3 are using the Garage Band app to develop their computing skills through making music! The children have selected and compiled a sequence of sound in pairs to create their own composition. We are very lucky to have a computing expert teaching us each week from Junior Jam alongside our teachers in school. Our Computing curriculum builds progressively and is carefully sequenced to allow us to be computing experts!

Year 3 Easter Competition

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Well done to all the children in Year 3 who entered the Easter Competition. We are very proud of you all as you created some wonderful Easter bonnets, gardens and decorated eggs! Watch the video to see the wonderful entries!

Easter at St Anthony's

Holy Week - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

During Holy Week in 2021, we have been reflecting on the key events of this most important week. Each of our classes have re-enacted important events, shared liturgical dances, songs and prayers. This truly reflective video shows Holy Week at St Anthony's at its most holy. We hope you can share our learning, prayer and humble praise in your homes with us this year. God bless you all this Holy Week. 

World Book Day - The Rainbow Fish - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Hello Year 3,

Happy World Book Day. The theme of our World Book Day this year is "share a story". All our staff in school have made two very special stories for you to share together with your families. We are watching them both today at school, but you might want to share this with your families too.

Keep sharing your love for reading as this is one of the most important gifts we can give our children.

God bless and enjoy,

Miss Leonard


I wish to thank Mr and Mrs Easton for their kind assistance making this reading compilation in partnership with us. 

World Book Day - Franklin's Flying Bookshop - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Captain Tom Moore wonder Day

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The year 3 children designed and played a life size board game built around calculations involving the number 100 to honour Captain Tom Moore's grand old age. The year 3 heroes were also treated to their own medals of honour Captain Tom Moore style.

Anglo-Saxon Villages

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Year 3 have been building Anglo-Saxon villages at home and in school and they have done an absolutely fantastic job! Take a look and enjoy!

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School - Carol Service 2020

Please join us for our 2020 carol service.

Year 3 message from Santa

Chamber Choir - Do you hear what I hear?

Chamber Choir - Once in Royal David's City

Pneumatic Monsters - Design and Construct

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The year 3 children have been working really hard on their DT project this half term. They have designed and built a moving monster which is controlled by a device conducting air pressure.

Pneumatic Monsters - The Final Product

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Some elves have arrived in the Year 3 classroom!

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This half term, year 3 have been given the exciting opportunity to begin learning the ukulele. They have made a superb and enthusiastic start to their lessons, and I think it's safe to say there are certainly some young musicians budding in the year 3 classroom

The Annunciation

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"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. You will have a son, and you will name him Jesus."

The year 3 children did a superb job of re-telling the story of the Annunciation. They demonstrated Mary's thoughts and feelings incredibly well.
Our Year 3 class came alive today as we undertook a World War 2 Wonder Day led by One Day Education in partnership with St Anthony's. Miss Doherty and the Year 3 evacuees re-enacted scenes from World War 2, recalling all their incredible knowledge from the topic. I am so proud of our Year 3 class. Superb History learning!

Testing the strength of our Anderson Shelters!

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The Year 3 children each simulated an air raid by dropping a water bomb on their Anderson Shelters to test its strength.

Anderson Shelters

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In DT, year 3 have been creating some WW2 Anderson shelter models. They have chosen their materials to provide strength to withstand an air-raid (water bomb test...).

Demonstrating thanksgiving for God's wonderful world in our RE work (with a visit from Bowland Farm).

Our Year 3 class were lucky to experience a visit from Bowland Farm. We reflected upon the wonders of God's world and said thanks to God for the wonderful world in which we live. We really enjoyed experiences this wonder as a class! What an exciting morning we had!

DT - Anderson Shelters

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As part of the design stage for their World War 2 Anderson shelter models, year 3 have been considering where would be an appropriate place to put a working light. The children experimented with making a circuit in today's lesson.

Drama for World War 2 descriptive writing

Our Year 3 class have been so eager to learn knowledge to bring alive their understanding of events in World War 2. They are using drama to captivate and freeze frame moments in History as time travellers! They can't wait until their World War 2 Wonder Day later this half term! Great History learning Year 3. Well done. 

Our Year 3 class have embraced their start to Year 3, and are loving their place value work in Mathematics. They are using their manipulatives to represent digits accurately working up to 1,000. We are so proud of how our children are gaining fluency in number in this first number block. Well done Year 3.

Year 3 Word Book Day Fabulous Costumes!

Our Music Curriculum in Year 3: Playing an ostinato.

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Year 3 have been listening to Gustav Holst's musical representation of 'The Planets'. We have been looking at the musical term 'ostinato' - a short pattern of notes that are repeated constantly throughout a piece of music. The children have used percussion instruments to replicate the ostinato in 'Mars'. They have been perfoming and listening to the highest standard. Well done Year 3!

'The Smartest Giant in Town' Workshop

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For book week Year 3 were involved in a drama workshop based on the Julia Donaldson book 'The Smartest Giant in Town'. The children had a fantastic time taking on roles of giants, humans and animals! They had the opportunity to design the lay out of their own town and play characters from this in various situations.

Year 3 Music curriculum: Learning to play the cornet

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For Spring 2, Summer 1 and Summer 2; Year 3 will be having a 1 hr session per week on playing the cornet. Here are some photos from their very first session. The children were learning how to hold the instrument and make a sound out of it correctly (it's harder than it looks!). They all did an excellent job and even managed to play the song 'A sailor went to Sea' in their first lesson! Well done Year 3!

Year 3 English Writing

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This photo story shows the steps the year 3 children have made building up their knowledge for writing; the children are working in groups sorting formal and informal language in preparation for writing letters. These pictures also show the year 3 children reading various shape poems in preparation to write their own based on Ted Hughes' book 'The Iron Man'.

Year 3 Geography Work

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Over the Autumn and Spring terms, year 3 have been looking at the topics 'Weather' and 'The Local Area'. Take a look at these great examples of learning that include: comparing hot and cold climates, locating hot and cold climates, directions, human/physical features and map reading.

Year 3 Addition - Using concrete and pictorial representations

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Year 3 Sketch Books

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Examples of work exploring line, tone and texture. The children have created their own patterns, drawn real life objects and completed observational drawings using these techniques.

Year 3 History Work

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Examples of work from the topics 'Anglo Saxons' and 'The Stone Age'.

Year 3 RE Work

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Examples of work from the following topics: The Christian Family, Baptism, Mary our mother, Reconciliation, Called to Change and Jesus the Teacher.

Year 3 recent examples of work from our topic 'Statistics'.

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Science Week

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During this exciting week Year 3 have been involved in a number of workshops including, the study of light, amazing chemistry experiments and excavating dinosaur bones with a palaeontologist! The children hove conducted their own experiments and made predictions and recorded their results. We have looked at the bones of the human skeleton and how they interconnect. We have also been lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs. Mehmood who delivered a fantastic, insightful lesson on the human eye. Myself and the children in Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed this theme week and are feeling inspired for the rest of our science topics this school year!

Year 3 DT Work

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Examples of work where children have brainstormed ideas for a light up sign, along with the sign design and final product. Also featured, examples of Stone Age necklace designs.

Our Design and Technology Curriculum: Stone Age Necklaces

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As part of their DT unit of work (linking to their ongoing History unit on The Stone Age), Year 3 have designed and created their own Stone Age style necklaces. These have been made out of clay with the use of tools to carve shapes and create texture. The children and I were very proud of their work so we invited Mr. Whittle, Miss. Taylor and Mr. Daly to visit our Stone Age museum, which featured the children's excellent work on display.

Our Art Curriculum: Experimenting with clay!

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Year 3 have been making 3D shapes and experimenting with texture using clay. These skills will be put further into practice when creating a Stone Age style necklace.

Rock Detectives: Science

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During Science, Year 3 have been looking at different types of rocks and comparing their properties. Our children have been amazed by the different rocks they have found. They are observing closely, comparing and investigating, as well as recording their findings in increasingly varied ways. What a super start to our Science topic for Spring term. Well done Year 3.

Year 3 class assembly Christmas 2019

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Our Year 3 class shared their learning in our final class assembly in December. They performed a superb performance to the whole school, speaking audibly, acting with clarity and confidence and shared their learning across the curriculum with the whole school community. I am so proud of you all. Well done Year 3.

Harlow Carr Gardens Trip

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Road Safety Day

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In Year 3 this week we learnt some very important things about keeping safe on the roads; a couple of these things were that all children under 135cm tall must be in a booster seat in a car at all times and that all passengers must have a seat belt on no matter how long or short the journey.

The Year 3 children thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and responded to the talks very responsibly.

Identifying features of leaves

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