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Category Archives: Year 3

Fairytale Reading and Writing in Year 3 – Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne.

In Year 3, we have been enjoying reading Hansel and Gretel by Anthony Browne. We split the story into three parts; the beginning, the middle and the ending. We have discussed in small groups the features of a fairytale and how Browne’s version also includes these conventions.
Over this topic, we have developed our skills at using story mountains and maps to develop story sequencing. It is often tricky to remember the order of events in a fairytale, but we have used this approach in our planning to collate and order our ideas.
We have also retold sections of the story using drama. Children have had opportunities to play some of the key characters; Hansel, Gretel, Father, Stepmother (also the Witch) and Narrator. We firstly planned which pieces of language from the text we wanted to include and then performed in groups in front of the class. We enjoyed linking the parts of the story together
We have also been thinking about voicing our ideas through a debate. We have split into Team Hansel and Team Gretel to debate and decide which character can be regarded as the ultimate hero of the story. We evaluate arguments for and against each character using evidence from the text. Children then presented their debate and made their own decision.
As a result, children have planned and written retelling of this fabulous story including a beginning and middle. We hope to complete the ending of the story next week.

Story Club Y3/4

Every Wednesday lunchtime, we have Story Club for Year 3 and 4.  The children look forward to choosing and listening to a variety of different stories and poems.  At St Lawrence’s we are always working hard to increase our children’s access to high quality texts, improve vocabulary, challenge children to become more confident, keen and… Continue Reading

General Election 2019 in Year 3

Today we discussed the 2019 General Election in Year 3 and even had our own election! We discussed the topic of democracy and what it meant to have the right to vote. We looked at the three main policies and looked at child friendly versions of each manifesto. We watched reports from Newsround which showed… Continue Reading

Year 3 trip to the Hancock Museum

We had a wonderful day today at the Hancock Museum for both our humanities and science topics. For science we explored the precious gemstones section of the museum and also enjoyed a rocks and minerals workshop. For humanities we explored the early prehistoric section  of the museum and completed activities relating to Stone Age to… Continue Reading

Year 3 trip to Broxfield Farm

Year 3 had a wonderful time today at Broxfield farm in Northumberland. We started the day by feeding some cows and learning different facts, including different types and names of cows. We then ventured into the fields and saw learnt how a combine harvester cuts the ears of wheat ready to be processed. We had… Continue Reading

World Mental Health Day

Thousands of people are saying #HelloYellow to support children and young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. At St Lawrence’s, we wore ‘yellow’ as part of an awareness raising campaign with www.youngminds.org.uk. and raised money for this charity. In class, we watched a video, had lots of discussion and took part in some… Continue Reading

Choir and Orchestra Performance at St Joseph’s

Our KS2 choir and orchestra had a wonderful time this morning performing for the residents of St Joseph’s. The children have been working very hard since Easter, rehearsing during lunchtimes and after school to produce a tribute concert to ‘Stage and Screen.’ They performed songs from films and musicals such as ,The Greatest Showman, Annie,… Continue Reading