Holy Cross Catholic Primary School

'Living, Loving, Learning Together'

Year 3

I am Miss Mc Ardle, the Year 3 class teacher. The children in Class 3 are fantastic learners. Explore our Class page to see some of the fantastic, exciting things we will be doing this year. You can also head over to our 'Curriculum' page to see more about what we are learning! 


This term, PE will be taught on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school on Monday. It is vital for health and safety reasons that the children have the correct PE kit.


A positive work ethos makes all the difference to your child's learning, so your support from home is welcomed and encouraged. Reading is a very important aspect of learning, so we actively encourage children to read every night. It is important that your child has a book bag so they are able to take home their Reading Record and Reading book. Book bags can be purchased at the main office.


Every Friday, homework will be given out and is to be handed in before Thursday the following week. The children will also be given Mathletic, Time Table Rockstar and Purple Mash logins to support their learning. 

Finding Equivalent Fractions 


This week we have used fraction walls and shapes to help us find equivalent fractions.

Testing the strength of magnets 


This week we have devised a comparative test to investigate the strength of different types of magnets. We tested horse shoe magnets, button and bar magnets. We then presented our findings in a graph. 

Happy Easter! 


Today, Year 3 took part in an Easter Egg Hunt organised by Miss Hodges and Year 6 to help raise money for charity. We had lots of fun!

Forces and Magnets


This term, we have been learning about forces and magnets. After we explored the forces push and pull, we began to look at the material of surfaces and its effects. We carried out an investigation using toy cars and ramps.


In geography, we have been learning about extreme climates and weather phenomenas. We have now begun to look what is inside the earth. We learnt what the crust, mantle, inner and outer core is. We even created our own models of the parts of the earth using playdough! 


We have lots of fun practicing new spelling rules in Year 3! 



We have been looking at special buildings and the symbols and features that we use to recognise these buildings. We have said that some special buildings in Liverpool are Central Library and the hospital. In Islam, the special buildings is a Mosque. It is a special place where Musilims pray. We explored some symbols and features to include the crescent moon and star, the Quibba and the Minerat. We the created our own Mosques using clay! 



We have learnt the process of fossilisation! We represented this process by creating our very own fossils! 

Crime Scene!

Something strange and mysterious has happened in Year 3 today! There seems to have been a volcanic explosion! But who has been in our classroom? We have been left some clues and we must use our inference and deduction skills to figure out this mystery! 

Clay Pottery 


This term we have explored Greek Pottery and modern day Pottery such as Grayson Perry. Using these styles, we designed our own Pottery. Today, we have applied skills and technique to make our Pottery. We really enjoyed making our own! 

Stay and pray


Today we invited our parents and guardians to stay and pray. This weeks collective worship theme is wonderfully made. We have read scripture about how we, the world and Jesus are wonderfully made.

Bus stop method


Year three have begun to explore the bus stop method as a formal method for division. We are using concrete resources to help us! 

Gathering in the Church


We have explored how Christians gather for mass and get ready to listen to the word shared by the priest. We the demonstrated our understanding through role play and selected props that we wished to use.

The Tate Project


Year 3 have been given a wonderful opportunity to take part in an art project in the Tate! The Tate have given us a classroom so in June, we will be walking down to the Tate everyday for a week! All of our learning in maths, English, Science, History and much more will be through art! Before this happens, we needed to walk to the Tate and explore the pictures, sculptures and other art work that we were interested in. 




Making sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks


We used chocolate to make different types of rocks! This helped us understand the process of how the three types of rocks were created. As we have looked at this and used data to classify different types of rocks, we can now name specific rocks and say If they are sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous. 

Greek Pottery


Year 3 have begun to look at Greek Pottery in our art lessons. We felt that this was important to look at in art because Greek Pottery was important in Greek Ancient times however we must remember to think in an artistic way. To do this we use artistic language and think about what the Greek art depicts, the design and colours and patterns used. We researched Greek Pottery and afterwards explored the designs, colours and patterns they use. 

Greek myths


In English, we have been learning all about Greek myths. We have explored different myths such as Pandora's box, Medusa and Theseus and the Minotaur. Using our drama, speaking and performance skills, we all worked in groups to preform a myth to the class. 

Using the box method


We have working very hard when learning how to use the box method to help us when multiplying larger numbers. We must remember to go out to timestable rockstars, mathleics and maths shed to help us become quicker with our multiplication facts! 

Exploring Ancient Greece 

Today we began our new history topic! We were given lots of artefacts to explore and ask questions to find out about the past. We made inference based on the artefacts and clues that we were given. After we found out about our new topic we designed posters on our artefacts and what we have learned from them. We looked at the clothes, buildings, weapons and pottery of Ancient Greece.

Classifying rocks

Today we have explored different types of rocks around the school. We gathered data based on their appearence such as colour, shape and texture. Using this we decided if the rocks were sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous. Afterwards, we used a Venn diagram to organise the data we collected.


Year 3 have enjoyed taking part in cookery lessons with our school chef! We enjoyed exploring lots of recipes. We especially enjoyed cooking our ginger bread men, houses and trees for Christmas. 

Collective worship 


Today for our collective worship we gathered in a circle with our Advent Wreath in the centre. We listened to the story of the birth of Jesus. To respond, some children role played the Nativity scene. To take this understanding forth with us we said a quiet thank you prayer to God  for giving us Jesus to take our sins away. 

Multiplication and division families


We have been working very hard to recall our 3, 4 and 8 timetables. Today, we have used our knowledge of our multiplication to help us create multiplication and division families. We all used concrete resources to develop our understanding of their relationship. 

Rocks, fossils and soils


We have begun our new science topic rocks, fossils and soils. Today, we explored different rocks and grouped them scientifically according to their properties. We also learnt the names of rocks such as marble, sandstone and chalk. 




Year 3 have been practising their hockey skills! We have learnt how to hold a hockey stick correctly and how to dribble with the ball. These are very important skills to help us become great hockey players! 

Columar addition and subtraction 


This week year 3 have been learning how to add and subtract using the columnar method. We have used base 10 equipment to help us understand how to exchange tens and ones when adding and subtracting. 

Our European Neighbours


Today year 3 have begun to learn about Europe. We used maps. Atlases and iPads to research and locate Europe. We have begun to use and understand geographical words such as continent, county, city and population. We located different countries in Europe! Did you know there are 29  countries in Europe and 24 different languages are spoken! 

Jack and the Beanstalk


Year 3 has a fantastic time during the Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime! 

Visit from Chester Zoo


This week, year 3 had a visit from rangers at Chester Zoo! They taught us all about endangered animals and why these animals have become endangered. We looked at what we can do to help! 

Mann Island 


Today year 3 walked to Mann Island to see all their fantastic work that they completed for the giants! We also sketched some of the work we and other schools contributed in our sketch books. 



We have enjoyed taking part in gymnastics this term and have learnt lots of new skills! 

Holy Cross bake off


Year 3 have enjoyed the bake off this week. Thank you to everyone for bringing in their cakes! 

Freeze frames to show scripture 


This week in Religion, Year 3 read scripture based letters to the Colossians. This scripture has taught us how Christians can be forgiving, show love, be patient and be gentle. In groups we have taken a paragraph each and acted this out in freeze frames. 

Stone Age and Iron Age poo! 


This week year 3 have explored poo to investigate what people in the Stone Age and Iron Age ate! We discussed how what they ate changed and their method of obtaining the food. We looked at clues and made a judgement whether the poo belonged to a Stone Age or Iron Age person. 



Today Year 3 became palaeontologists! We explored a crime scene and gathered the bones as evidence. To label our evidence bags we had to learn the scientific names of the human skeleton. 

Let Your Spirit Fly


This week year 3 have learnt and preformed the song 'Let Your Spirit Fly' by Joanna Mongona. 


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This week we have have talked about how we should be welcoming to everyone despite our differences. We read the story 'Beegu' and discussed how she felt when people were unwelcoming during circle time. We then decorated planets. All of our planets are different just like us! 

The Giants are coming to Liverpool


The Giants will be returning to Liverpool from Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th of October! Year 3 enjoyed making dream catchers for the event. Our work will be displayed somewhere in the city! When this is revealed, letters will be sent out with the location. 

Using artefacts to explore the past


Year 3 have begun to explore their new history topic! We used artefacts to infer and ask questions to find out what we will be learning about. We looked at different shaped stones, jewellery made from skeletons and information on mammoths and cave paintings. We then designed posters about the artefacts which will be displayed on our history working wall. 

Place Value


We are learning about the place value of 3 digit numbers. We used a hundreds, tens and ones place value grid to make numbers and represent these using dienes.