Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

'Living, Loving, Learning Together'

Year 3

Escape from Pompeii


We have been writing adventure stories inspired by the story Escape from Pompeii. The book tells the tale of two children who witness the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and links nicely to our 'Angry Earth' topic where we learnt all about how volcanos are created and why the erupt. Below is a sample of some fantastic descriptive writing done by Ola. Enjoy!



Out of the Darkness.

The children were invited to take part in a special event commemorating the events of the May Blitz. Year 3 made special lanterns that will be displayed in St Lukes Church over the weekend of 6-8th. More details about this event below:


Out of the Darkness: The haunting story of the Liverpool Blitz, brought to life through sound and light. 6th – 8th May 2016. 9pm - 10pm.


Out of the Darkness is a tribute to the victims of the Liverpool Blitz told through one of the city’s most iconic buildings, St Luke’s Church from 6th – 8th May 2016.


To mark the 75th anniversary of the May Blitz, St Luke’s Church – known affectionately as ‘The Bombed out Church’ – will be transformed by a FREE moving light and sound display. The story of St Luke’s will be told between 9pm and 10pm each evening as the former church is illuminated with lights and stunning visuals as projections are beamed on screens placed in the windows. The display will be accompanied with a moving soundscape featuring a ten minute film rolling throughout the hour.


From 8pm each evening – prior to the show – thousands of stained-glass lanterns will light up the garden, signifying the lives that were lost in one of the country’s worst bombing periods of the Second World War.


St Luke’s Church was hit on May 6th, 1941 leaving just a burnt out shell which has since stood as a memorial to the thousands of people who lost their lives during the Liverpool Blitz.

Art Exhibition / sale

Since coming back after Easter, year 3 have been busy preparing for our Art exhibition. We will be selling our work to raise money for the Good Shepherd Fund so we hope you find something you like!


As  a sneak peak, something we have been working on is self-portraits inspired by the work of artist, Paul Klee and his colour experiments. First we drew our faces using a permanant marker and taking care to use correct proportions. Next we carefully selected coloured tissue squares and laid them over our drawings. After that we sprayed the paper with water and left for 2 minutes. Finally, the magic part- we peeled off the tissue to reveal the colours!



Happy Easter from Year 3!!!

World Book Day


Well done year 3 on all your fantastic World book day costumes! To celebrate we went to Central Library where we were treated to a special play  of Alice in wonderland by a local theatre group. Afterwards we had some time to browse the books.


Congratulations to Noa and Lottie who won prizes for their costumes.



Rainforest visitors

Last Monday we had some very exciting visitors to school. A Tarantula, a Python, a couple of Giant Snails and a Millipede! We learnt all about these Rainforest creatures and were very brave when we had the chance to touch and hold them!


Yum, Tapas!

To Link with our Topic work about Spain we made some traditional Spanish food- Tapas!

We had to carefully follow instructions to mix together the ingredients, prepare the bread and put it all together. Then in English we wrote a recipe for others to follow.

Advent- Visitors.


Before Christmas our RE topic was Advent and we explored the theme of visitors. During the last week of term we considered what we would like to take forward into 2016 with us. We create Jesse Tree decorations and wrote our promises on them. We had a collective worship together were everyone had the chance to read their promise and hang it on the tree.

The Paso Doble

As part of our topic, 'Why do people go on holiday to Spain?', We learnt about the Paso Doble. The dance is based on a bull and a matador fighting in the bull ring. In PE, we created our own dances inspired by the moves we observed.

No Word of a Lie!

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Year 3 have been reading and writing performance poems. We hope you like this one that we recorded...

Fantastic Fossils!


As part of our science topic we have been learning all about rocks. Last week we explored how fossils are formed when living creatures leave traces or tracks. We created our own fossils using shells, plasticine and plaster of paris.

We are illustrators!

As part of our Roald Dahl celebrations we have been learning about how he worked with artist Quentin Blake to bring his characters to life! We used the same techniques to create our own illustrations of Matilda and the gang.  It was hard for us at first so we practiced drawing without taking our pen off the page, using our 'wrong' hand and closing our eyes. Our drawings are now on display in the library.




Stone Age Jewellery.

As part of our history topic year 3 have been making Stone Age necklaces. We used clay to model shells and bones to thread onto string. The children worked really hard to get the shapes right and the finished jewellery looks great!

Chocolate Rocks!

Year three have been learning about rocks in science. Last week we used chocolate to investigate how different rock types are formed. We added heat and pressure to chocolate to create Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous rocks.