Kingstone And Thruxton Primary School


Kingstone, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 9HJ


Welcome to the Year 3 Blog!

Welcome to Year 3!                                               

Please enjoy looking at the Year 3 class blog and  following their  journey over the year.

On our Year 3 blog you can find out about:   

  • The Year 3 team.
  • Information about our week.
  • The things we have been getting up to at school and home.
  • Wonderful Writing 

Our blog will be updated weekly to show what we have been up to.

Mrs Gemmell



News of the Week





WB 14.6.21

The children have worked so hard this week, in all areas of the curriculm, that they were rewarded with Good Choice Gordan and an extra playtime. This week Year 3 have explored the properties of 3D shapes in maths, used atlases and Google maps to locate holiday destinations and carried out experimants to see which materials are most reflective. They also had a very active week with athletic competitions in PE, learning new playground games and a woderful afternoon of football coaching on Wednesday.


WB 7.6.21

Year 3 have a had a very busy first week of term and have made the most of the weather by taking lots of their learning outdoors. In PE they learnt to play a new game called 'Kingy', which is fast paced and lots of fun. In art the children looked at a painting by the artist  Paul Cezanne named 'Poplar Trees'. The children tried to create a picture in the same style. They used pastels, paints and crayons to see which they preferred working with. In maths the children have been learning about clockwise and anti-clockwise turns as well as identifying parallel, horizontal and vertical lines. 

In year 3 children can earn raffle tickets for reading at home and at school. Here are our latest lucky readers, who all go to pick a book of their chioce!

WB 24.5.21

This week, Year 3 finished the half term of in style with a fantastic Ancient Greek WOW day!

WB 17.5.21

The children enjoyed their last week at Longtown Adventure club this week. They had with woodland games, a campfire and marshmallows. They have also really enjoyed learning to sing and sign the song, 'Please Just Say', We hop eyou enjoy it too!

WB 10.5.21

This week the children have impressed Mrs Gemmell with their writing -  both content and presentation. Four more children earned their handwriting pen licences this week, which was very exciting. In science the children learnt about the funtion of the skeleton and in history the children produced some very imformative fact sheets about 'The battle of Marathon.' The children also earned an extra playtime in recognition for their fantastic attutide to work.

WB 3.5.21

This week the children have been thinking about our school value -'co-operation' and loved playing 'keep it up!', a game that involved working as a team to keep a ballon up off the floor for as long as possible. The children who go to our 'outdoor adventure' club had to show co-operation as they learnt to guide a stand up paddle board arouond the water. In topic we learnt that the ancient Greeks were the first people to vote, we also had a turn at voting for our favourite piece of art work, in the Jumior art exhibiton.

WB 24.4.21

This week the children have enjoyed hearing the story 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. They impressed Mrs Gemmell with their original and creative ideas, as they  completed sentence stacking lessons. In maths the children have been continuing with work on fractions and can now compare and order fractions. In PE the class were playing rounders and there are a number of very able bowlers and batters! The children enjoyed a game of tug-of -war as part of an assembly on co-operation. In Music the children have been learning to sing and sign the words to 'It's Ok not to be OK'.

WB 19.4.21

The children in Year 3 quickly settled back to school after the Easter break. They have enjoyed spending time with their friends again and enjoying the warmer weather. This week the children impressed Mrs Gemmell with their ideas for Haiku poems and Limericks; we had great fun listening to everyone's ideas. In maths the children have been learning all about equivalent fractions as well as learning the 3 times table. In art the children have been getting prepared for the art exhibition, coming up soon. 

Roll of honour.....Demi for magnificent multiplication....Logan TB for being a good friend....Lexi for super effort in writing


Star of the Week

Josie for always having a super attitude to her work.

Lacey for trying hard to make her work as well presented as possible

WB 22.3.21

This week the children learnt about the important role women played during the war,  working as canary girls at Rotherwas . The class were challenged to put their engineering skills to the test as they built bridges. This was a very important task when the enemy bombed bridges during the blitz. The children who attend the outdoor adventure after school club had an amazing times as they challenged themselves on the climbing wall.

Riley for super maths work...Finley for focus in writing...Josie for confidently sharing her ideas with the class


Star of the Week

Hattie for always challenging herself to be the best she can be

Elliot for listening and responding kindly to his class mates

WB 15.3.21

In maths this week, the children have continued to learn about fractions and have been counting in tenths. In art they were challenged to blend colours together to make an atmospheric background for their blitz inspired art work. In Science the challenge was to build an air raid shelter to withstand a hit from 'bombs'. It was very exciting finding out which shelters were the strongest.

Blitz inspired art work

Air Raid Shelter Challenge

Roll of honour...Lacey for beig such a kind friend...Lexi for super focus and attiude in Art ...Demi for making super contributions to class discussions


Reo for challenging himself with his reading                       Chelsea for always having a postitive attitiude


The children have settled back into school brilliantly, constantly showing an awesome attitude. This week they have carried out a science investigation, learnt all about unit and non-unit fractions, made up their own puppet shows, learnt to name body parts in french and discussed our new value tolerance. During playtimes the children have had chance to try out lots of new games and activities.

Testing out different sized parachutes to see which are most effective


Lottie for amazing progress in reading 

Eden For always displaying an "Awesome Attitude!"

Roll of Honour ...Logan TB for super focus...Lewis for being such a good friend...Logan P for wonderful writing 

WB 1.3.21

This week sees the end of a very unusual period in the life of Year 3. It will, hopefully, be the last time we need to do all our learning from home. The children in Year 3 have managed to make this last week of online learning as impressive as ever, with lots of thoughtful responses, hard work, creativity and focus. The children started their fractions topic this week and were able to recall all their learning from year 2, so well done. Mrs Gemmell was treated to some wonderful drumming skills as part of a music challenge and the children realyl impressed all the staff with their french speaking. Please see below for some expamples of the wonderful work seen this week.

Roll of Honour 5th March... Lewis for quick responses in maths...Seth for always responding well during lives...Freyja for some very creative sentences, inreponse to a book talk session


Ellan for uploading the most pieces of work to Seesaw during lockdown!




Pictures of the Week

Listen to our pop stars of the future!

WB 22.2.21

What a busy week! The children have impressed Mrs Gemmell with how well they have settled back into online learning this week. In maths they have been interpreting and creating pictograms and barcharts, with great accuracy. In literacy there was lots of in depth thinking about character's feelings and actions, with the children showing a brilliant understanding of narrative. To start off our topic, linked to WW1, the children undertook some research and were able find out how Kinsgstone became part of the war effort. Below you will see some great examples of artwork produced by the children as they thought about the sillouettes  made by planes.

Roll of Honour 26th February...Louise for being kind and caring...Elliot for great engagement during his live sessions...Hattie for perfect presentation in her writing books.


Logan P for an amazing attitude and great progress during lockdown.



Art Work

WB 8.2.21

The children in Year 3 have continued to work hard, during the last week of this very strange half term. Mrs Gemmell has been impressed with the quality and quantity of work that has been sent into school, as well as the children's enthusiasm and quick thinking during our 'live' lessons on Teams. This week the children have been typing up their adventure stories and  creating some eyecatching front covers.  On Tuesday they had time to relax as they tried out yoga exercises. Year 3 have shown that they are great researchers, as they sent in some wonderful images of erupting volcanoes, as part of an ICT and Geography task. The children have all shown amazing confidence with adding amounts of money and giving change this week, I bet they can't wait to be able to go shopping and put their skills into practise. 

Roll of Honour 12th February...Libby for perfect presentation...Eden for fantastic Focus...Jack for great determinaton.


Evan for his amazing observations skills during our Kim's Game


Things that make us feel good!

The children made some tree spirits to bring good luck

A selection of the wonderful stories sent in this week

WB 1.2.22

The children in Year 3 have produced some super narrative writing this week, and even recorded themselves reading their own stories. The week started off with a bang, as the children carried out ther own exploding cola experients. They aslo showed investigative skill, as as they examined soil samples to see what they contained. As part of well being week the children found ways to express themselves and competed an origami challange. 

Roll of Honour 5th February ...... Evan for an awesome attitiude...Xavier for amazing responses to the work he has been set...Theo for great improvement...Hunter super focus .


Hunter for super focus in 'live' lessons


Making our own exploding volcanoes

WB 25.1.21

This week in Year 3 the children  have been completing their maths unit on multiplication and division. They then used this knowledge to complete some scaling  problems. In topic this week they have learnt how volcanoes and sedimantary rocks are formed, producing some great diagrams in the process. Lots of children impressed Mrs Gemmell with their stamia and creativity as they continued to work on their Narrative writing unit - The Man on the Moon. For music this week Mrs Gemmel was delighted to hear lots of singing, as the children sang the Lava song. 

ROLL OF HONOUR 29TH January                                   Max...Ellan...Hunter...Lacey


WB 18.1.21

The children in Year 3 have had another busy week getting active, cooking, drawing, learing about metamorphic rock formation, learning how to divide 2 digit numbers and producing some wonderful writing.


WB. 11.1.21

This week children in year 3 have learnt how igneous rock is formed and also what the earth is made of; Mrs Gemmell recieved some fabulous diagrams. The children have been learning how to upload work to seesaw and add lables to pictures. Max even found time to help out in the kitchen.


WB 4.1.21

The children in Year 3 have made Mrs Gemmell reallly proud this week with their entusiasm and commitment to online learning. The photos below show a snapshot of what they have been up to.

WB 7.12.20

This week we were asked to produce some paintings to put on the picking trolleys at Belmont Tesco. I'm sure that you will agree we had some impressive winners.

We also carried out an investigation to see which magnets were the strongest.

WB 30.11.20

This week the children learnt some pottery skills as they made coil pots, just as the Beaker People in the Iron age did! They also carried out an investigation into magnetic and non magnetic items in the class, there were some surprising results.

WB 23.11.20

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You could hear a pin drop in Year 3 as the children were trying their very best, writing replies to the letters from their new pen-pals.

In science we were investigating the power of magnetic forces.

In gymnastics this week we were challenged to perform a variety of balances. Mrs Gemmell was impressed with all our original ideas. 

In music we created our own soundscapes with pictures and instruments.

This week we continued our work on algorithms and 'programmed' each other to be able to walk around a course with our eyes closed!

WB 16.11.20

This week we all wrote a letter to Mr Bull to let him know how we had settled into Year 3, his favourites have been added to our 'Wonderful Writing' page. We were also very excited to receive letters from a school in Sheffield. We will be writing responses next week. In ICT we were learning all about algorithms and made up our own algorithm dances to share with the class. In PE this week we were learning how to jump and land like gymnasts.  In history we were studying photographs of Iron Age artifacts to see what we could learn about how Iron Age people lived. 

WB 9.11.20

Well, what a busy fun packed week we have had! We have had a brilliant opening minds week, 'Making Connections'. As always, the children have worked hard and have had  lots of fun learning about the many ways in which we can stay connected. Each child wrote a letter to a key worker. You can read some examples on our wonderful writing tab. In French we learnt to greet each other, say goodbye and also ask how someone is feeling.

Great teamwork to get this domino effect.

Matching French greetings with pictures.

Learning and performing a song in sign language 

Making a whole school rainbow

Year 3 showing Good Choice Gordon how they  line up sensibly.

Good Choice Gordon was very impressed with the children as they paid their respects on Remembrance day.

WB 2.11.20

The children have been amazing this week, demonstrating a fantastic attitude towards their work. In recognition they have been awarded Good Choice Gordon. This week the children have been learning about the different letters that people write, they then wrote a postcard, imagining that they had gone back to the Stone Age! In Maths, Y3 have been learning patterns and facts from the 4 x table. Our Science topic is 'Forces and Magnets.' The children have been investigating the forces that they use in the classroom. It was our last Forest School session until spring this week so as a treat the children cooked s'mores over the campfire, a lovely end to a busy week.

WB 19.10.20

This week we have been showing what we have learnt about the Stone Age by creating a fact file. We have also been completing our poetry unit by typing up our own work, using Word and then illustrating our work. In maths we have been adding numbers that require an exchange and have also learnt how to use column addition.

WB 12.10.20

This week Year 3 have been trying hard to improve their mental addition and subtraction skills. In literacy they been writing information sheets all about flowering plants. In Science the children dissected a flower stem and found that it was full of tiny tubes that carry water from the roots to the flowers. They also revised the parts of a flower as they carefully pulled apart a flower. In art the children produced some amazing pictures of sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh. 

Pictures of the week


Drawings inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

WB 5.10.20

This week the children have been counting in different steps - 20, 25, 50. Some children have written their own maths problems, can you answer these?


A boy had 5 bags with 50 balls in each. How many balls altogether?


A farmer puts 25 cows into each of his fields. How many cows would there be if he had 7 fields?


In science the children have been learning about the pollination process. They carried out an investigation to show how flowers are pollinated by bees. Each child made a paper flower with bright petals to attract a bee. The bees flew from flower to flower ( on a child's finger) the pollen was represented by cheesy puffs so that the children could see how it is spread from flower to flower.

WB 28.9.20

In class this week we have learnt about how people were hunter gathers in the middle  stone age (mesolithic period). In Science we have been finding out about how bees are vital in the pollination  of flowers and we learnt that without bees we would have no fruit. Mrs Gemmell was really impressed with our poetry skills this week and how creative we were when producing out own diamante poems. In math we have been thinking about the value of 100 and finding ways to divide 100 equally.

Testing out our hunting skills by imagining that the trees were woolly mammoths and using makeshift spears.

Pressing our own apple juice

Diamante Poems

WB 21.9.20

Recreating stone age cave paintings

Using a flint and steel to make fire.

Dissecting and labeling parts of a flower

Making miniature mud huts in Forest School 

Getting back to learning!