Pomphlett Primary School

Pomphlett Primary School

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Year 3

Plymstock Secondary School hosted the pupils from Year Three for a pottery class. The theme was the sea and the children made lots of different animals that are related to the ocean.

Using a paper template for cutting out.
Precision cutting is needed.
A shell made out of clay!
Using different textures to decorate.
Making little fish!
Carving the clay.
The finished article.
Waiting to go into the kiln.
Making different patterns.
Using roller guides for a certain thickness.
Making unique designs.
Rolling out different textures.
Sticking clay together.
making a unique design.
Carving out the template.

The children have been experimenting with art in the style of Brian Pollard, a renowned artist who resides in Plymouth. His paintings always feature local landmarks and in particular Smeaton’s Tower.

sketching out the landmarks.
Drawing the outlines.
Blocking in the primary colours.
Painting  Smeaton’s Tower.
Using bright colours.
Bright colours are the order of the day.

As part of Art Week, the pupils have been experimenting with light and shade in their drawings.

The children visited Kents Cavern for a look at the Stone Age caves and how humans used to live thousands of years ago.

Checking the strength of bark rope.
Checking the strength of bark rope.
Checking the strength of bark rope.
Checking the strength of bark rope.
Looking for gems!
On the Stone Age trail.
On the Stone Age trail.
Stone Age shelter.
Stone Age shelter.
Inside the cave.

The children have been learning about Stonehenge and how the stones were aligned and their potential uses in the Stone Age. The class then built their own scaled down models of Stonehenge.

Drawing the circle to ensure accuracy.
The first ‘stones’ are put in place.
three quarters built!
the inner and outer circle.
the initial build with blue stones...
adding the horseshoe...
Nearly there!
building the outer ring first.
An outer ring and bluestones in position.

The class have been learning about erosion, the property of different rocks and soils and how the sea can erode the land over time.

Testing how water can erode materials.
Checking the outcomes.
The class model their own clifftop erosion.
Firstly, the sea causes a cave to form...
With time, an arch is formed.
The sea finally erodes the cliff so it is a stack.
when the stack is eroded, a stump is left!

The class have been learning all about rocks and grouping them into their appropriate state, be that igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic!

As part of Sports Relief 2018, the pupils of Year Three have been skipping their way to fitness!

The children of Year Three have been building their own protection systems to protect an egg dropped from a great height! Here are a few photographs showing construction and then the dreaded drop!

The children of Year Three have been learning about plastic pollution in the oceans of the world. As a result, the children wanted to ensure Pomphlett Primary School was as clean and tidy as they would like the oceans to be!

The children have been using the apparatus as part of Term Four Physical Education. Balance, core strength and coordination are all needed when exploring the different stations.

As British Science Week #BSW18 continues, the pupils of Year Three have been experimenting with different variables to try and make slime. We had mixed results across the classroom and it was agreed that the activator needed to be added in small amounts to make activation of the slime happen consistently.

Making slime! #BSW18
Adding the foam to make the slime less tacky.
Mixing in the Borax activator. #BSW18

As part of British Science Week #BSW18, the children have been designing their own posters based upon plastic pollution in the sea and how it is impacting on our environment. They also had the opportunity to use the hot glue gun!

Adding the final touches. #BSW18
Using a glue gun can be tricky! #BSW18
Sticking plastic to paper. #BSW18

The children are reading and writing about Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man’. So as to remember an extract of the story better, the children have turned their hands to drama, acting out paragraphs of the story.

How tall is the Iron Man?
Before falling into the trap!
How quiet is the Iron Man?
Discussing how to act out the tricky parts.
The trap for the red fox.
Complete darkness!

The children of Year Three, along with other schools from our Multi-Academy Trust partnership, visited the National Marine Aquarium’s (@NMAPlymouth ) award-winning Learning Space. We were delivered many fantastic learning opportunities linked to this week’s #BSW18. The Aquarium delivered a fun, interactive learning experience through hands-on education. The photographs do not do the day justice!

Litter picking.  Pesky plastic! #BSW18
Stingray ahoy! #BSW18
“Where is the shark?” #BSW18
The class is mesmerised. #BSW18
Negative, neutral or positive buoyancy #BSW18
Positive buoyancy #BSW18
Negative buoyancy #BSW18
ROV control. #BSW18
The innards of a sperm whale! #BSW18
Deep in @NMAPlymouth. #BSW18
Discovering ocean-based facts. #BSW18
VR used for an underwater adventure #BSW18
VR #BSW18 @NMAPlymouth
The smelly innards of a sperm whale! #BSW18
The innards of a sperm whale! #BSW18
The innards of a sperm whale! #BSW18
Squid alert! #BSW18
Another quid alert! #BSW18
The class.

As part of British Science Week 2018 ( #BSW18 ), the pupils of Year Three are carrying out a range of different activities based on the theme of ‘accidental discoveries’. The activities cover a mixture of topics including: materials and their properties, circuits, and also plastic and its impact on animals and the environment. These studies promote investigative work and communication skills and include building, testing and refining a bridge that will support weight, designing a system that will protect an egg that is dropped from 2 metres in height and producing a poster all about plastic and its environmental impact. Not to mention programming beebots to follow a predetermined route using mathematics at the heart of this investigation.

Following the instructions is a basic STEM skill.
Following the instructions is also a team skill.
Discovering how to make the bulb light up. #BSW18
More electronics investigations. #BSW18
Trying different polarities. #BSW18
Working as a team to complete the task. #BSW18
Using piers to make the bridge more sturdy. #BSW18
Electrics diagnostics. #BSW18
Beebot programming. #BSW18
Using mathematics to program a beebot. #BSW18

As part of British Science Week 2018, Children have been making their own stop start motion movies using an iPad, a whiteboard and a pen. Hopefully, we will get to show off some of the finished articles here.

World Book Day 2018 went according to plan with the children really making an effort with their costumes. Tom from Beastquest seem to be a class form favourite.

The children have been using pounds and pence to help them with addition and subtraction. The children set up shops and with shopping lists in hand, went to solve money problems!

Checking the cost of items.
A very neat and orderly till!
working out the cost and change needed.
Handing over the correct change.

As part of the ongoing learning about the human body, the pupils of Year Three have been making their own skeletal legs out of Knex and using elastic bands to mimic the flexing and lengthening of muscles. Here are a few pictures of the finished articles.

In maths, the pupils have been learning about symmetry, using mirrors to ensure accuracy. They have come on leaps and bounds when recognising lines of symmetry!

The children have been discovering the make up and composition of the human skeletal system, drawing life-size skeletons and trying to get all the bone proportion to scale!

The children have been exploring the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamen, navigating their way through twisting tunnels, antechambers and finally finding the resting place of King Tut.

Navigating the mat maze!
Here lies King Tut!
Finally, after 3000 years!
Guardians defend the king’s burial chamber.

As part of a cross-curricular approach, the children are learning about ancient Egypt and also writing about the famous archaeologist, Howard Carter. Here we can see pictures of the class using drama to act out how Howard Carter found the tomb of King Tut!

Year Three have had a special visitor today, giving gifts to all across the school. See if you can spot your child!

Year Three have been getting into the Christmas spirit, wearing jumpers and with snowballs at the ready!

Ready for a festive Christmas.
Snowballs at the ready!
quickly, teacher isn’t looking!

as part of learning about multiplication, children have been experimenting with number arrays, also ensuring they group equally and organise neatly into rows and columns. As you can see, the children are getting very good at manipulating school equipment to understand better arrays.

Working out 2 times tables arrays.
six times three is...
A great array using cones.
Books are great for making arrays.
It is tricky to make arrays with PE bibs!
Books array of eighteen.
Getting better with the tricky bibs.
Cone arrays to aid multiplication understanding.
Using foam frisbees for arrays.
Arrays help reinforce multiplication.

With December finally upon us, Year Three thought it was high time to get into the festive spirit. I’m sure you’ll all agree, the whole class looks very jolly!

Deck the halls...
...with boughs of holly!

Whilst learning about column subtraction with Dienes blocks, the pupils of Year Three learnt the requisite vocabulary to go with the maths. The concept of ‘exchanging’ 10 ones for 1 ten or vice versa was essential for working out some of the trickier column addition.

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A good understanding of place value (the value of each digit in a number) is vital in Year Three. Pupils have been taught about units, tens, hundreds and thousands with number lines, bead bars and more. The pupils of Year Three are now learning the importance of place value and Deines blocks are used to help children visualise calculations. Place value is the value of each digit in a number. It means understanding that 582 is made up of 500, 80 and 2, rather than 5, 8 and 2. In Year 3, children also need to know what happens to a number when it is multiplied by 10 or 100. It is really important here that they are aware that the number moves to the left, rather than talking about 'adding zeros' (when children move onto dividing by 10 to find a decimal answer, they will not be able to use the strategy of adding or removing zeros) and this is one of the reasons we are spending some great learning time on place value and what it means.

Understanding place value is essential for pupils.
Using Dienes blocks really reinforces learning.
Drawing columns on the table makes learning fun!
...and memorable!
Manipulating the Dienes is essential for learning.
Children got column addition really fast.
Ordered columns makes addition easy.
The key word’ ‘exchanging’ was remembered by all.
Who realised learning maths could be so much fun?

In Year Three, pupils are becoming increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. The pupils have been physically manipulating dienes blocks as ones, tens and hundreds to better understand place value.

Using columns to order place value.
It is easier with a larger space!
Working as pairs to ‘exchange’  ten ones into.. ten!
We love place value!

Year Six dropped by to listen to the children in Year Three read! The reading session was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

As part of mathematics, pupils are learning to measure using the appropriate tools and units, progressing to using a wider range of measures, including comparing and using mixed units, for example, 1 kg and 200g, The class got out the scales and weights and investigated how much everyday classroom items weighed, learning how to compare and mix units to complete their weighing tasks.

Weighing pens can be tricky.
Getting the correct weights ensure accuracy.
Old-fashioned weights!
Scissors are a tricky item to weigh.
It’s hard to get the scales to balance!

The Year Three children have been sponsoring Children in Need. Here are a couple of colourful pictures!

As part of our ongoing science studies, the children in Year Three have noticed that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance. This is particularly true of a magnetic compass and its unique magnetic properties. Today, the children have been learning more about magnets having two poles (north and south) and as a result of this property, they are able to determine the four cardinal points of a compass. Once the children had learnt the theory, it was time to practice!

Does this point east?
Definitely north!
Checking their final answer.
A lovely, sunny November day.
Trying to get ahead of other children!
Do we think this is west?
Double checking this is north.
A sunny day outside.
Nearly there.
Definitely south!
double checking their compass.
learning as a team!
A resounding thumbs up!

As a class, we decided to try different types of Mexican food and have a go at breaking apart a piñata and rescuing the contents from the grass. Great fun was had by everybody!

A fine swing sent the piñata airborne!
A lovely British November day!
Another great hit!
Enjoying the sunshine and Mexican food.
A fine strike.
A resounding thumbs up to the chefs!
We still haven’t opened the tricky piñata!

As part of our Mexican topic, the children have been learning how and why some Mexicans celebrate The Day of the Dead. One of the traditions in Mexico, is to bake a special bread called ‘Pan de Puerto’. The children of Year Three made their own version of this special bread, with one lucky pupil finding a pound coin inside his finished loaf!

Sticky dough!
kneading the dough.
flour stops the dough sticking.
Fun preparation.
Finishing touches.
Preparing outside, like the Great British Bakeoff!
The finished product.

Carved Pumpkin Competition

The glorious pumpkins...
...and their creators!

The children have been sorting irregular and regular 2 dimension shapes by ordering them with the same number of sides.

Sorting shapes according to sides.
Deciding how to sort was a key problem...
...Solved in a variety of ways.
Some children opted for like with like.
Other groups used regular and irregular to sort.
Sometimes children had to reassess their ideas.
Various groupings worked here.
Irregular versus regular shapes.
Checking the number of sides helped accuracy.
Writing the number of sides on each shape.
Many different ways to group the same shapes.
Lots of different shapes to be sorted.
Mass shape sorting!
Overlapping shape properties works!
Thinking about cross-country and shapes!

The children of Year Three were given a Scrapyard Challenge today. They had to plan how to compare and group materials according to whether they are magnetic and then sort them into appropriate piles according to types of materials. The children were not allowed to touch any of the materials by hand and were armed with only one magnet, a straw, a set of tweezers and a blob of blu-tac. The children had ten minutes to solve the problem of how to move the objects from the tray and the children devised a storage system to place like with like items together. The children really enjoyed being to problem-solve by using whiteboard pens on the table (Their plans were far too grand to be constrained by a whiteboard!) and the results were fabulous.

Problem-solving is more fun on a table!
Testing the plan works.
Taking in turns was part of the planning process.
Trial and error helped refine the plan!
Starting from small ideas...
...Led to massive solutions to the problem.
Testing the straw will work!
From small acorns grew big ideas!

The children have been making Calavara “Day of the Dead” festival masks, allowing their creativity to run wild! Here are some different examples of masks made as homework!

God's Eyes originate from the Huichol Indians of Mexico's Sierra Madre. The Huichol bring flowers, arrows, feathers, prayer bowls, god's eye (tsikuri), and other symbolic gifts to deities in sacred caves in the hope of the return of favour and protection. The Huichol not only make wonderfully colorful God’s Eyes from yarn, they also make yarn paintings by gluing yarn to wooden boards in nature-inspired shapes. Year Three made their own version of God’s Eyes and found the process challenging and tricky, but rewarding!

The finished version.
A lot of cutting was involved.
So was knot tying.
An impressive eye.
A satisfied weaver!
A fab job!
Concentrating on weaving.
A great finished product.
A rather large God’s Eye!
A fabulously weaved eye.
Concentration is needed!
Having fun whilst learning.
Learning how to knot wool is tricky.
Enjoying weaving!


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The children have been learning invasion games, in particular, netball. This game includes, passing, situational awareness of team members, communication, stamina, teamwork, but most importantly, enjoyment of the game. Here is a short video of the children learning new ball skills and techniques.

One of the best ways to ‘remember’ a story is to act it out. The class put on their acting hats and told the story about Maria in their own special way. If you ask the children, I’m sure they will remember the actions!

Acting is very tricky...
Especially when everybody wants the leading role!
A director is needed...
Some directors are more laid back than others!
May need to rethink my director role!
Here we go!
Trying to find the perfect action.

The pupils are learning about forces in the context of pushing and pulling, and have been identifying different actions as pushes or pulls using the north and south polarity of magnets.

Tricky to handle large magnets that are ‘pulling’.
Opposites attract.
A magnetic meeting of opposites.
Trying to control magnets is tricky!
Poles apart!
Feeling the ‘pull’ of the magnets.

Year Three has been learning about fractions. In particular, the word ‘equal’ has been used a lot as nobody wants half a biscuit that isn’t actually a half, do they?

Trying to ensure the cut is ‘equal’.
Measure twice, cut once!
The initial halving.
Working the plasticine.
Very pleased with my equal thirds.
Ensuring all pieces are equal.
This plasticine has come straight out the fridge!
Enjoying a 'hands on' lesson about fractions.
Making a bit of a mess.
Working the fractions out.
We feel all pieces are equal!
Working together (Two brains are better than one).

Year Three is currently learning about ‘Forces and Magnets’. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate friction, by exploring the movement of a toy car over different surfaces.

The class used a variety of different surfaces.
Sandpaper was used during testing.
Synthetic materials caused friction problems!
Wood and wheels seemed to work fine.
The smooth table offered least resistance.
Measuring the constant (The same car).
Three different tests resulted in an average.
Measuring the distance (and drawing on the table!)

Welcome to Year Three!

Welcome to Year Three


Daily Routine


Children will line up in the infants playground at 9 o’clock in the morning and will enter the school via the car park into the main hall where they will hang up their bags and coats.


Your child should bring a reading book and reading diary home with them everyday. To develop comprehension skills, it would be useful if you could read with your child two or three times a week and question them about what they have read. Please sign the reading diary when you have worked with your child or, if the child is reading independently, they can write a capital ‘H’ denoting they have read at home.

Your child should bring a list of spellings home with them on a Monday. They are tested on these words the following Monday so please ensure they practice the words at home and have their spelling books in school every day. A good way of practising spellings is by using: look, say, cover, write, check- reading the word, saying the word, covering it and then having a go at writing it. The children also can use the pyramid way of spelling their words as well.

Homework is given to your child every other Friday and children are given nearly two weeks to complete this. It should be returned on a Wednesday. Homework is set in a menu format where there are a number of optional activities to complete. Homework that is expected to be completed by everyone is as follows: spellings, learning of tables, /key number facts and reading.

Times Tables
Please continue to encourage your child to learn their times tables. Knowing them really helps in many aspects of maths. They are tested on their times table knowledge regularly. This includes knowing the division facts that relate to the multiplication. Children should also be able to ‘wire it up’ and carry out division operations as well as multiplication.


MyMaths is an online homework for children in Year Three. Normally, three sets of homework is set on Friday and it is due in the following Friday. The maths is self-marking so the children can instantly see how well they have done and can re-take the homework for a better final result. If using an iPad, then download Puffin Academy from iTunes. This will then allow access via iPad without the use of a Flash Media Player. Children have their own login and passwords.




Children also have access to IXL, a online homework that is all about grammar and will really help the children develop their understanding of grammar. Children have their own login and passwords. We will be using this program in school this year for learning and children are able to use it at home as well.



P.E. is usually on Mondays and Fridays. However, please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school at all times as we often have specialist teachers that visit on different days which involves extra P.E.!

If you have any concerns about your child, please don't hesitate to get in touch with either Mr Spamer, Mrs Hurst or Mrs Whitley.


We hope your child really enjoy their time in Year Three!