Shipton Bellinger Primary School

        Welcome to Year 3 - Bumblebee class


 Class Teacher  -  Mrs J Cheshire

Learning Support Assistants -  Mrs S Crofts and Mrs B Pope

School councilors - Elodie Bannister and Jacob Hancock


                                                                                                            Year 3 Topic overviews 2022-2023

 Autumn 1    

                                                                             Autumn 2

                                                                                                                                 Spring 1

                                                                                                                    Spring 2



                                                                  Key information

- PE days - Monday and Wednesday afternoon

We also made some important changes to the way that spelling works across the school. We introduced our 'Have a Go' books with our 5 personalised spellings. Check out our new Spellings Home Learning page to find out more information about how to improve your spellings at home.

Week 3 Spring 2 in Bumblebee class

What a fantastic week we have had in Year 3. We started off in our History lesson by presenting what we have learnt about different aspects of Julius Caesar's life to the rest of class. In PE, we have been absolutely thrilled to learn the ways of African dance. The children have been working in partners to make a routine using the "clock face" technique and then performing it to the class. 

Wednesday took us back to winter and unfortunately kept a few members of staff and children from making it to school. However, that did not stop those that made it to school from making the most of the late snowy weather. The children were able to spend the morning with the rest of the school as they went out to use the WHOLE field to make snowmen/women and snow angels! What a wonderful day. 

In English, Year 3 were successfully able to host their debate to the Emperor and senate on whether or not it would be a good idea to invade Britain. The pupils argued this tremendously and were incredibly professional with one another as they took it in turns to say their piece and use 'tricks of the trade' to persuade. In the end, we took a class vote and the decision to invade Britain and the benefits it would provide won the majority! 

Finally in science, our forces unit is well under way which meant getting the magnets out. We spent time discovering other magnetic materials and what the scientific words 'attract' and 'repel' meant and what it looks like using a magnet. 

Week 2 Spring 2 in Bumblebee class

What a lovely week we have had in Bumblebee class! We celebrated my birthday at the start of the week and they had arranged many surprises. My favourite was walking in on them all singing 'Happy Birthday' and giving me a great, big bumblebee style hug. 

In celebration of St. David's day, Mrs. Pope brought in a fresh bunch of daffodils in to the classroom which really made us all feel a sprinkle of spring to come. Each child who wanted to was able to take a flower home in honor of the Welsh tradition of giving it to someone that you care about. Mrs. Pope also graced us once again with her baking skills as she had stayed up late the night before to make us all a Welsh cake to try. You can see by the pictures just how much we enjoyed it! Needless to say we had to deal with a few more hyper children due to the extra dose of sugar. 

In science, we conducted an experiment to see how friction caused by a type of surface area can greatly impact the speed of a toy car moving down a ramp. 

Later in the week we celebrated World Book Day by starting off the morning by showing off our costumes in the book day parade. We joined in on the BBC teach live lesson which was all about how to decipher what your favourite genre is and how to become a better writer. In the afternoon, Miss. House set out on her reading challenge which meant we had to drop everything and read when she came around and rang the bell. 

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Week 1 Spring 2 in Bumblebee class

To kick start our new history topic of 'Romans on the rampage', we were lucky enough to have Openbox theatre company pay us a visit. Discovering all about a day in the life of a soldier, we were even able to form our own regiment and salute 'Hail Claudius!'. Now, as their class teacher, I questioned whether or not we would be able to walk in coordination around the room in silence but I was pleasantly surprised... Bumblebee class did so well and listened so intently to our visitors with huge smiles on their faces throughout. We had a wonderful time and can not wait for another Drama workshop to take place. 

In PE, we began learning about our next sport which is tennis. We tested our hand-eye coordination with a tennis ball and then we went straight to how to hold a tennis racket to see if we could safely pass our tennis balls to a partner. 

Week 6 Spring in Bumblebee class

Wow, how is it that we are halfway through the academic year already?! 

We ended the week with a bang as we went outside to erupt our mini Mount Vesuvius' which was successful all round, the children absolutely loved it and were screeching as the "lava" bubbled to the top. In writing, we worked on our diary entries from the perspective of someone who survived the horrific event of Pompeii's destruction. In PE, we finished off our skipping unit as we each performed our partner routines. 

I think my most proud moment this week was during outdoor PE, we were able to play our first round of competitive sports in hockey! They worked so well as a team and even shook each others hands at the end of each game. What fantastic sportsmanship year 3, I am so proud of you. 

To top off the last week of term, we hosted our very first 'Bumblebee bookworm brunch'. Children who had read and logged in their reading diaries at least 3x each week came in to find an invitation on their desks inviting them to the exciting event. The pupils were allowed to bring their lunch in to the classroom and eat with the year 3 team with some added sweet treats. They received a special certificate and a reading badge to wear proudly, we were even paid a special visit by Mrs. Holloway and Miss. House to congratulate the children. Well done buzzing readers!

Week 5 Spring in Bumblebee class

Week 4 Spring in Bumblebee class


Wow, what an eruption of activity in year 3 this week! Finishing off our angles unit, we went on an angle hunt around the playground using our angle makers. We even made our own board games to show how we can use words such as 'right angle turn, 90 degree turn or clockwise and anticlockwise' to move around the board. There was a bit of a rapping session as we learned the moves and lyrics to the angle rap, see pictures below as it was quite good fun and maybe ask your bumblebee to show it to you at home!

We got our hands on the clay and got very mucky as we got to making our very own Mount Vesuvius. It was an absolutely wonderful session as the bumblebees were completely engrossed throughout the entire afternoon, there was even a bit of 'Unchained melody' playing in the background to which the children didn't quite get the reference! 

Week 3 Spring in Bumblebee class

Every time I think we will have a quieter week, it ends up being the complete opposite! There were many wonderful learning activities taking place this week at Shipton. We embraced the cold and windy weather to complete our splat painting for our volcanoes, of course I did not make it out without a big, orange splodge on my dress...

We have been working on our rope skipping skills and even challenged ourselves to try group skipping. Our historical adventure stories are under way and we had a lovely session reading our stories to one another and giving helpful tips to edit. To help inspire the pupils to use our tier 3 vocabulary, Mr. Hudson hosted a game of 'Pompeii bingo' and then put our words in to context on the working wall.  In PE, our hockey skills have improved to much that we were able to host our first game which was so much fun to watch and cheer on.

Finally, to finish off the week, we were able to make it our way to the wild area and go on a bug hunt to find invertebrates. It is not often in year 3 we like to get dirty but we thoroughly enjoyed it as the sun was shining and we were able to find quite a few creepy crawlies! 

Week 2 Spring in Bumblebee class

Yet another busy week, full to the brim of lots of fantastic learning activities! In Maths, we experimented with mass and capacity using weights and jugs to compare with other objects around the room. We also had a little bit of drama in our English lessons as we tried to capture a snapshot moment of what it would have been like when Mount Vesuvius erupted. There was also a memory game to help improve our knowledge of important historical facts during the tragic event. A lot of fun has been had as the interventions have been up and running for Maths and Reading with some interactive games included which the children have loved. 

In other news, our very own 'buzzing readers' beehive will be arriving in our classroom as of next week so we will be on the lookout for some keen and enthusiastic bookworms. Start logging your reading in your diaries as much as you can! 

Week 1 Spring in Bumblebee class


We started our first week back from the Christmas holidays with an explosion of hard work as we began our new unit of 'Earth Shattering Events'. We read our new class text 'Escape from Pompeii' which the children were eager to learn more about what happened to the long lost city of Pompeii and the shocking events of Mount Vesuvius. We worked as text seekers to find clues hidden within a range of short stories that were written with a historical setting in mind. This is to help support the children for when they come to write their own adventure story later in the term. 

This went hand in hand with our new geography unit, volcanoes and earthquakes, where the children have started to learn about the structure of the Earth and how volcanoes came to be part of our varying and rich landscape. In art, we have already drawn our volcanoes ready to splat-paint our magma on the top for next week! We already can't wait to make our own clay volcanoes with an exploding top. 


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