Y6 Residential - Monday 3rd February until Friday 7th February 2020
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Andover Church of England Primary School

Striving for Excellence in a happy,secure and Christian environment

Year 3

Welcome to Birch Class – Year 3

Birch class will be taught by Mrs Down, assisted by Mrs McSeveney and Mrs Hannah. We are also taught by Mr Burns and Miss Mitchell.  

Please browse our class page to view photos of our learning and to find out more about how you can help your child at home. Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays but please ensure you have a PE kit in school all week. Homework will be sent home on Thursdays and is due back again on Tuesdays.

During the first half of the spring term, our topic will be: Light and Dark. We will be learning about how light helps us and where it comes from, and how it can travel and reflect upon different surfaces.


Please join us for a shadow puppet morning on 10.02.2020.


You can see our curriculum map below:


Previous curriculum maps:

Have a look at our learning journey so far...

22.01.2020: Today Year 3 have been exploring mirrors and reflection in their science lessons. We tried to write words backwards and reflect the image so we could read messages. We also had to use a mirror to help us follow a piece of string on the floor. 






20.01.2020: The children created their own pac-man right angle finders and took them outside to see what they can find. 

06.01.20 - Welcome back to school for the spring term! This week we have been using torches to investigate which materials would make the best shadow puppets. The children really enjoyed this lesson and have started to plan their puppet shows which parents are invited to watch on 10.02.20. 






09.12.19 - The children have enjoyed seeing their artwork on display in the classroom. We used multi-media consisting of chalks, papers, cotton wool, paints, pastels and many other materials to create images of the polar bears and the northern lights. 

04.12.19 - The children have been working with James and Becky from the Ash Tree Stream Project which is a public and lottery funded art project run by Arts Council England, supported by Andover Trees United. We enjoyed exploring our school grounds and sharing some of our ideas in our sketchbooks. You can follow the Ash Tree Stream blog for further updates: 



18.11.19 - The children enjoyed a trip to the library to answer some of their research questions about Shackleton. 






 14.11.19 - We enjoyed a trip to Marwell zoo where we took part in a workshop called "Amazing Animals." Our favourite part of the trip was sketching the penguins. 





23.10.19 - Have a look at some of our fantastic writing! We have been learning about the story Pongo, which is about an orangutan living in the rainforest. We have written our own narratives using our own characters and settings. 



21.10.19 - The children have finished creating their poison dart frogs. We have been practising our sewing skills and are really pleased with the outcome of this project. 


14.10.19 - Thank you to all parents who came to our English morning. The children were able to show some of the many activities we use during our guided reading sessions. 

10.10.19 - Today we have been making diyas lamps or Diwali candle holders as part of our RE work on the Hindu celebration of Diwali. We used clay to sculpt the basic shape of our lamps before using tools to create patterns and designs on the surface. 


30.09.19 - Thank you to all parents who came to our maths morning. The children were VERY excited and didn't stop talking about the games all day. 





26.09.19 - Today the children enjoyed a fantastic trip to the Living Rainforest in Newbury. We saw many different animals including a sloth, boas and pythons, toucans and marmosets. We have learned lots about the rainforest climate and enjoyed finding out more about living in a sustainable way. Thank you to the parent volunteers who make these trips possible. 

24.09.19 - We have been using sewing kits and felts to create our own poison dart frog. We practised a running stitch first before cutting out a frog template for our design. We are hoping to finish our frogs next week! 





20.09.19 - The children have been on a trip to Harmony Woods where we joined in with a peace walk. We created our own milk bottle doves to hold as we journeyed around the woods before meeting the mayor. Some of the children from our school were even featured on the BBC News!




12.09.19 - On Thursday we had our Meet the Teacher evening. Thank you to all parents who were able to attend this meeting. You can find some of the handouts from the evening below: 




02.07.19 - On our move up day we created some crayons for our class display. We are looking forward to an exciting year together in Year 3! 

Helpful Websites:

Phonics resources and games:

Maths games including Y3 favourite "Hit the Button":

Bug Club for home reading:  

Maths homework and games:

Maths and english games:

Maths games:


If you would like to know more about how you can support your child’s learning please speak to me.