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Spring 1 in Hawthorn Class


This term Year 3 topic has focused on ‘All Around the World’. We have enjoyed researching mountains as part of Geography and English in order to write non-chronological reports. Children loved finding out interesting facts using both books and online resources. In Computing we have used Kiddle, the child-friendly version of Google in order to research countries and other information. Children have a great awareness of e-safety and how to use search engines sensibly in order to benefit their learning.


For Science we have been investigating rocks, fossils and soil. This has been an interesting topic, understanding what is beneath our feet! It also linked well to our research about mountains, understanding how mountains are formed and the different types of rock they can be made from. Why not ask us about sedimentary, metaporphic and igneous rocks so we can explain some of our learning!


As part of Art and DT children chose cities from around the world to research in order to design and create an inchie. An inchie is a small piece of fabric that you use specific skills for, such as cutting, sticking and sewing. Children are in the process of creating a wooden picture frame in order to present their finished work. Keep an eye on the photos to see how we got on!


We also had Perform come in and take us around the world in just thirty minutes! It was a great session where the children put their acting skills to great use whilst also learning a few facts about different countries.


Next half term we will be starting the term with book and writing week which links well to our All Around the World topic. We will be learning about rivers in the UK and globally. Spring is on its way too! This means that Science will focus on plants so I’m sure we may have a few things growing in the classroom…watch this space! We will also revisit our Victorian topic from the Autumn term when the Treehouse Theatre will be visiting in order to create a ‘Play in a Day’. This certainly is a busy but exciting term which we are looking forward to.

Season's Greetings!


Here we are in the penultimate week of term, super excited on the build-up to Christmas. But there is no sign of us winding down any time soon here at GBPS! This week has been jam-packed..! We completed our end pieces for Topic where we wrote an educational statement, we showcased our wonderful musical skills at our Ukelele concert and we then did some Polyblock printing as part of our William Morris Art/DT topic. You will see our wonderful designs on the front of your Christmas cards :-) We have also concluded our Measurement topic in Maths by making some Victorian potions to help cure Jim from the workhouse. We've had lots of fun!


Next week continues to bring lots of excitement for us all, including: Christmas dinner, Christmas jumper day, Panto, Golden Time, RE day, French day, Golden Time and then of course a half day on Friday! We are exhausted just at the thought of it! The children continue to astound us with their brilliant attitudes to all they do. Ms Rogers couldn't believe the standard of the polyprints we completed - she thought they had come straight from a shop!


From all of the Year Three team,

We wish you a very Merry Christmas.  

Victorian Day

The beginning of Autumn 2 welcomes... Victorian Day!


Victorian Day was both amazing and terrifying all at the same time! We did a range of activities including: playground drills (as terrifying as they sound!), History recital, transcription, handwriting on slates and Geography (using maps to plot the British Empire).  In the afternoon we took it in turns to each read a line of 'Goldilocks' then created a mini DT project in the form of a 'thaumatrope'. The teachers were stricter than ever and even did hand inspections. Boys and girls were treated very differently with boys doing technical drawing and girls doing sewing. The children were treated with very little respect and were even spotted at times wearing the Dunce hat!


The children were able to reflect on how fortunate they are now to be in such a respectful school and how awful it would have been to live as a Victorian school child. 

The end of Autumn 1


Well it's hard to believe that we have only been a Year 3 family for one half term! This half term has absolutely whizzed by and we continue to be wowed by the children's passion and enthusiasm. We have really got stuck into our Victorians topic this half term and looked at how awful (!) it would have been to be a Victorian - whether they attended work or school! We are looking forward to acting out a Victorian classroom when we have our Victorian Day next half term.


This week we have been looking at time in Maths, following on from calendars last week. We are now all secure in o'clock, quarter/half past; it's just those tricky 'to' times and converting between analogue and digital times which we need to continue to work on. We have been busy writing up our diary entries this week in English, where we empathised with a boy or girl from Victorian times who had to suffer the conditions of a Victorian workhouse. They certainly didn't get Fish & chip Friday; daily sloppy gruel was on the cards for them!


Highlights of our half-term have been: World Peace Day, Friendship Week, First Aid Day and our visit to St Mary's for our Harvest Festival. But we still have: the Halloween Disco, our House Point Reward and Dress down day to look forward to.

Have a wonderful half term break and thank you all for your continued support - your children continue to be a real asset to you and the school.

An update


WOW! Well who would have thought we would already be getting to the halfway point of this half term. Your children have settled into Year Three wonderfully and it feels like they have been a part of Key Stage Two for much longer than a matter of weeks.


We have been busy getting stuck into our 'Victorians' topic - researching artefacts, becoming Historians and placing events on a timeline. One of our favourite inventions of theirs was ice cream - who knew?! So when you're tucking into your next ice cream sundae - think of them!


One of our highlights of the week is always our Listen2Me sessions on a Thursday with Miss Vaughan - she is fantastic and we learn so much. We've started reading music to help us learn the ukulele and she is so impressed with how far we have progressed in such a short space of time.


After visiting the church this morning for Harvest we will be working on our Christmas cards this afternoon (we like to be organised!) - did we really just mention Christmas in September?!


Thank you for reading and for your continued support.

Welcome to Year Three - 2019-20!


WOW! We are so super impressed by how well the children have already settled into life as a Key Stage Two pupil at GBPS. They have blown us away with their work ethics, growth mindset approaches and maturity and we have had great fun getting to know them all already! We have launched our Victorians topic and the children have created some beautifully colourful Topic front covers. We also enjoyed creating 'Curiosity Collages' this week where we explored the great outdoors and thought about what made us wonder and what made us curious. What a great welcome back to school that was exploring our fabulous grounds.


We will be getting stuck into English and Maths next week in our first full week. Our PE days are Monday and Wednesday (except for this week when it's Monday and Thursday!). We do occasionally have swaps so the best advice is to bring PE kits in on a Monday then take them home to be washed on a Friday. 


Your children are already a wonderful credit to you all, what a fantastic start they have made.


~Mrs Holdsworth (Hawthorn), Mrs Barnhouse/Mrs Rendall (Hazel), Mrs Shillito, Mrs Bhawan & Mrs Clarke.

The end is near! :-'(


We cannot believe we only have one more full week to go! But we will be sure your children go out with a bang as we have so much to squeeze into next week, including: Open Evening, water fight Golden Time and Binfield's Got Talent. We wanted to share with you the amazing pictures we have from Stone Age day. We had such a good day out in the woods making dens and building our settlements. The stew which we prepped ourselves (with a little help from Mr Wood!) tasted absolutely delicious and we were all up for seconds! Yum! We cooked it authentically using an iron pot on a real fire in the woods - as you can hopefully see from the pictures.


Thank you so much for all of your support this year - we have been very lucky to have your wonderful children in Year Three and know they will go on to achieve wonderful things in Year Four and beyond.

Leo's home ark day sale

Ark day


As many of you know we recently celebrated Ark Day in school and raised lots of money for such a worthy cause wearing our blue/yellow and taking part in the drinks and ice cream sales. One of our amazing pupils, Leo, went above and beyond to produce a sweets stall at home to raise extra money for the charity. This was completely his own initiative and as you can see he even tailored the poster he made in class to use at home! Him and his sister held a very successful sweet sale at home and raised lots of money. We are incredibly proud of Leo's selfless act and he received a luggage label for showing our wonderful values in our most recent Celebration Assembly. Well done Leo and thank you!

Our final half-term :-(


Well we have come to that time of the year where we are now in our last half term as Year Threes :-( The year has whizzed past, but don't worry, we still have plenty to pack into the last five and a bit weeks! Most notably, our Night at the Museum residential. We waved Hazel class off today then Hawthorn will have their turn on Monday. We then have a Sports Day run through Wednesday morning, a Peter Pan performance Wednesday afternoon, Ark Day on Thursday then Sports Day (fingers crossed for some sunshine!) on Friday - phew! We will be exhausted by the end of the term..!


Watch this space for some photos of both residentials which we will be uploading shortly :-) 



Art Week!


Once again staff have been blown away by the quality of Art work which has been produced this week. The determination and perseverance which has been shown by all pupils is truly remarkable and our children have made us so very proud once again!

We are looking forward to showcasing all of our Artwork from the week at tonight's Art Exhibition - it would be fantastic if you could join us. We must take this opportunity to thank you for all the hard work you have also put in: whether it be providing resources; or helping your children with their spectacular Home Learning pieces. Thank you, we really appreciate it.

Summer term is here!


Well as we write we are entering week THREE of Summer 1 - a super short half term which promises to be just as jam-packed as usual! We launched our topic this half-term in true GBPS style with fragments of Iron (which we can only assume belonged to the one and only Iron Man) being found scattered all over the playground..! Our English has since been focused on this with a build-up to newspaper reports on the Iron Man Mystery being written next week. Year Threes have had first-hand experience at journalism: writing headlines, taking notes and listening to eye-witness accounts.


Maths has revolved around column addition so far where we have been consolidating our knowledge on this formal method. Our teachers have been so impressed with how much we have remembered about this from last half-term. This week we will be looking at shape - focusing mainly on perimeter and right angles.


Last week we enjoyed a fantastic 'Love of Day' which centred upon 'Wonders of the World' of which we realised there are so many! We really enjoyed sharing our work with our partner year group Year One. As well as cooking next week, we have Art Week to look forward to which will conclude with our much anticipated Art Festival. We will also be re-organising our River Study which was sadly cancelled last half term due to the weather. Fingers crossed that this half-term delivers on weather and lives up to its name!

Happy Easter from the Year Three team..!


WOW! What a jam packed half-term it's been! Our Peace Child performance featured very heavily this half term and we were so proud of the children for their efforts in this. As Miss Rogers said, if they are that brilliant now, just imagine their performances by the end of Key Stage Two in the Year 5/6 production!


We also really progressed with our PE skills with the help of Mr Filbe who came in to help us for rugby - both class teachers were incredibly grateful for his generous support with that. We battled through all elements (and even had some sunshine on one week!) and the children now have an excellent understanding of the skills required for tag rugby.


Another highlight of this half term has to be our Listen2Me concert where the children once again performed beautifully (their second performance in one week!). It never ceases to amaze us just how much they can learn from one instrument in a relatively short period of time. Thank you again for your support in attending these events - it means so much to us and the children that you attend and support them and show value and appreciation in all they do.


Have a wonderful Easter - we know next half term will be just as busy as this one for our 'Iron Man' topic.

Spring 2!


It seems hard to believe that we are almost at the end of the second week of Spring 2. I know we say this about every one of them, but this half term really is jam packed! Alongside all of our usual learning, we are busy preparing for our Spring performance, as well as learning how to play the Ukelele and a bit of rugby on the side! Hawthorn are also doing Forest Schools two afternoons a week too. We're exhausted just at the thought of it! We are really fortunate to have Mr Filbe in to teach us rugby and he comes every Wednesday morning - just a reminder that we do need full PE kit and proper footwear to do this as we are outside (rain permitting!). Thank you.

We also have a number of other events going on this half term, including World Book Day which we are celebrating today (brilliant effort on the costumes guys!) and Red Nose Day which will be next Friday. Our topic whilst still 'All around the world' has changed focus from mountains to rivers and we are really enjoying learning more about these. In Art we have begun some water lily sketches which are proving tricky, but with our Growth Mindset approach, we know we can achieve anything!

Before we know it, it'll be Easter. It really is 'blink and you miss it' at the moment!

Spring 1 Newsletter

As we near the end of Spring 1...


WOW! What a jam-packed half term we have had since the new year. We have launched the Lower School Easter production 'Peace Child' and children have begun learning their lines, as well as practising the songs and dances for the show. Our topic 'All around the world' reached a peak last week when we wrote a postcard to Miss Rogers from either Mount Everest/Scafell Pike (quite a difference) telling her about the changes we have witnessed such as: erosion, human traffic and climate change. Mrs Holdsworth and Mrs King were so impressed by all of the knowledge we showed during this task.


We are doing really well with our Ukelele and look forward to showcasing you our skills with these next half term. Both classes were also fortunate enough to earn a golden trail treat this half term, where we enjoyed ice-creams and a film. Bliss! We were fortunate enough to enjoy two topic days last week in the form of 'Safer Internet Day 2019' and 'Love of Tolerance' day. We really enjoyed both and are now looking forward to putting both our e-safety and tolerance skills into practise.


Next half-term we have external rugby training on Wednesday mornings (in school) and Forest Schools Wednesday or Friday afternoons. We'll be exhausted by Easter (and that's just the adults!)... Have a wonderful, well-deserved half term break.

~The Year 3 Team 



It feels very strange to be writing 'Spring term' as the weather lingers in minus temperatures and sleet was falling from the sky this morning! But it won't be long until we see the first signs of Spring appearing...We hope you had a wonderful Christmas break (a distant memory by now I'm sure) and have started 2019 in the right way.


We have launched our new topic 'All Around the World' by looking at a map of the world and signposting any links we may have to other countries. We have learnt how incredibly multi-cultural and diverse we all are with stories linking us to various parts of the world. We have also begun to learn about mountains, which has been a fascinating learning journey for us all so far.


We have been incredibly proud of the children and how well they have come back in, raring to go for this brand new year of opportunities. Their levels of enthusiasm have certainly not wavered, even after two weeks away from us. Please continue to support your child by ensuring that their Home School Books are signed at least five times a week and are brought into school every day. Thank you.


Watch this space for our next update...Thanks for reading.



Today we were treated to a concert from Hampshire Music Services. The two ladies who attended were absolutely fantastic and had enviable singing voices! They left us really excited and passionate about music and singing. One of their main aims was to convince us that classical music isn't boring and they certainly succeeded in that! We did a range of warm-ups and musical orchestras and even at one point imitated cats as we sung!

As you can see from the pictures below we had an awful (!) time for Victorian Day! The children enjoyed 'paying' for their education and lining up separately as boys and girls outside the classroom. They didn't enjoy how strict us teachers were or how little help we gave them during their activities, which included: rote learning of times tables, writing on slate boards with chalks (left hands behind backs of course!), mapping out the British Empire and, definitely their favourite part of the day, making Thaumatropes. We hope it really did give them a real insight into what life would have been like in the life of a Victorian child.

Autumn 2


We made the decision this year to extend our 'Victorians' topic into Autumn 2 and we are so glad we did! The children are absolutely loving it - as are we! We are also looking forward to giving the topic a Christmassy vibe towards the end of the term. Victorian Day will be taking place next week and we can't wait to get into role and be the strictest of Victorian teachers!


The children have settled back into class wonderfully after half term - as we knew they would. We have lots to look forward to this half-term, including: making Punch & Judy puppets, learning how to play 'handball', performing a Gym sequence to our partner classes and completing William Morris style Artwork.


We are also continuing to develop our Growth Mindset work and, in particular, our focus on wellbeing. The children are always the first to inform us if they are 'wilting wallflowers' or 'flourishing flowers' and we're pleased to report we have a lot more of the latter!


Thanks for reading and for your continued support as always.

With our very best wishes,

Mrs Holdsworth & Mrs King 

Treehouse Theatre


We were fortunate enough this half term to have a visit from the wonderful Ben from Treehouse Theatre who gave us a somewhat graphic insight into life as a Victorian child! Year 3 pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning their lines and dressing up in role. Having learnt their lines in groups, pupils were then all put together as a year group to showcase their performance at the end of the day. Mrs H and Mrs King were enthralled from start to finish!

On Monday, Year 3 had their First Aid sessions. We learned all about why First Aid is important and what to do in an emergency. We had a go at putting each other in the recovery position, wrapping bandages and saw how CPR should be done on Annie the dummy! In class, we have started making some First Aid posters to show the things we have learned.

Totally tennis!


On Wednesday last week we were fortunate enough to be visited from Phil at Totally Tennis. He taught us a range of super fun games, including basketball tennis and tennis keepy uppies! We really enjoyed our morning with him and we each received a certificate for how hard we had worked. We also received an invite to a free event on Saturday which lots of us attended. Thank you Phil for rejuvenating our love for tennis - we can't wait until the summer now when we consolidate what we have learnt!

Freeze frames in Literacy and Maths multiplication game fun!

Having fun whilst learning!


Mrs Holdsworth & Mrs King continue to be astounded by the work ethic of our wonderful Year Threes. Our 'Victorian' topic is going from strength to strength and last week we found out about some quirky artefacts from the Victorian era. We are really enjoying becoming historians and digging deeper for clues. In English we have been continuing to write descriptive scenes on 'Journey' (a beautifully mesmerising picture book). We have been working hard on improving our vocabulary choices to ensure they are the most ambitious they can possibly be (just like us!). Having ensured our number/place value knowledge was secure we have since moved onto each of the four operations. We are beginning to see the relationship between numbers and operations and have learnt some super tricky maths vocabulary, such as inverses and multiples.


Take a look at our photos to see some of what we have been up to! Thanks for visiting our page!

We have had a fantastic start back to life as a Year Three at Great Binfields Primary. Last week we launched our brand new topic ‘The Victorians’ by watching some re-enactments of diary entries written by people living in the Victorian era. We then completed KWL grids on what we know (a lot it would seem – our teachers are impressed!), what we would like to find out (we asked some great questions here such as ‘What was Victorian education like?’ and ‘How did they get their food?’) and what we have learned (we left this section blank and ready to fill out at the end of our topic). Our teachers have been so impressed by our wonderful work ethic and willingness to learn. We have also showed great perseverance and determination with our ‘quizzes’ and continue to do so! We are looking forward to getting our teeth stuck into some number bond work later on this week. We look forward to seeing you at the Expectations Evening tomorrow night too.

Many thanks,

The Year 3 Team

(Mrs Holdsworth & Mrs King – Hawthorn & Hazel Class Teachers, Mrs Folan & Mrs Sheers – Hawthorn LSAs, Mrs Bhawan & Mrs Teasdale – Hazel LSAs)

Welcome to Year 3 Hawthorn Class