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Year 3 Loftus

Welcome to the class page of 3L.

We will be updating this page regularly with information for parents and carers and activities for children.

Miss Loftus, Mrs Greenhalgh and Miss Flannigan.



Spring Term

Week 1 and 2


We have all come back with a brilliantly focused attitude towards our learning and each other. We have started our new topic of ‘Amazing People’.


In Science we are learning about amazing bodies, in history we are learning about the Stone Age and in English we are reading the amazingly written ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.


We met the poet Paul Delaney this week. He has inspired us to write our own poems that will use word play and humour. Talking of amazing people, we also heard a poem all about the Stone Age by another very talented writer – Michael Rosen. Click this link to hear it!


Although we are learning about other amazing people, Miss Loftus has assured each child that they are amazing in their own right!



Week 8


Although it was only a short week, it really felt like a celebration of all that we have achieved in our first term in Year 3. We started the week off by designing glitter-filled gift cards, exchanging exciting Christmas cards and wishing each other well in Church with Father David and on Tuesday afternoon we had a party with food, dancing and games. Miss Loftus, Miss Flannigan and Mrs Greenhaulgh were very impressed at the co-operation shown in the games and the creative dancing! We might steal some moves!


We wish you all a healthy, happy festive season.


If you find yourself at a loose end this holiday, check out these online games to practise skills learned this term.

Don’t forget Miss Loftus’ favourite!


Keep checking the blog to see if you can leave a comment!

Week 7


We finished our class novel ‘The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle’ last week. Instead of starting a new book, Miss L decided we could learn a new Christmas Carol each day! Today we read and sang O Christmas Tree. Check out the video on the link here.

Week 5 and 6


Rock climbing, puppet making, letter writing ... you name it – we did it!


It certainly has been an exciting few weeks in 3L. Most of us had never attempted to sew, so when we got the chance to make a reindeer puppet on Wednesday we felt worried! We needn’t have worried as by lunch time, we had produced a sturdy hand puppet that was neatly decorated.


On Tuesday we went rock climbing at Rock Over Climbing. As the class went last year, many children challenged themselves to get higher and try tougher climbs.


We have also completed our letter to Santa, which Miss L posted. We used handwriting pens, gel pens and finished them off with a glitter sticker. We really hope we get a reply as we tried ever so hard with them!

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Week 4


This week we received a letter from Santa’s Chief Elf Stripy! He found our friendship balloon and has asked us to write to Mr Claus explaining who we are, what we want for Christmas and reasons why we deserve these presents. We will complete and publish these letters in time to send to the North Pole!


It’s our assembly on Friday. The theme is Advent so this week we will be busy practising.

Week 3


Read all about it! We have published our newspaper articles all about the devastating volcanic eruption of 79AD. Come and see our display which will be up next week!


On Monday we visited Chester! From marching around the city walls to examining roman artefacts we had the most delightful day! Check out the videos and images below.


We have been visiting Broughton Baths for a few weeks now and on Friday we all got into the big pool! Some of us were nervous but we overcame our fears.

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Autumn 2, Week 1 and 2


From pizza making in Piccadilly Gardens to singing Yellow Submarine by the Beatles – it’s certainly been an action packed few weeks!


On Tuesday, we travelled by mini-bus to the centre of Manchester and each made a traditional margarita at Pizza Express. While we stretched the dough, we learned about the origins of pizza and indeed the history of Pizza Express. We all agreed that our pizzas were delicious.


In English, we have been learning how to punctuate direct speech. This is all in preparation for publishing our newspaper articles based on the devastating volcanic eruption in Pompeii. Miss Loftus and Miss Platt demonstrated how to role play so that we can start including more drama into our lessons.

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Half Term Activities


When the weather stops us going out, it’s hard to think of activities to keep us occupied. Why not look at these online games or suggested activities?


Week 7


It was a short week, but a very hectic one! From designing a bread roll for a Roman soldier, to using water colours and poster paints to create a vivid image of a volcano erupting, we’ve had a fabulously creative week.

In our DT project we conducted market research of current bread rolls on the market, discovered how bread was made, used salt dough to practise shaping and then actually baked bread! Here are some images of us baking our bread rolls. Although there were mixed reviews of our offerings, we all enjoyed the process.

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Week 6


Ahead of Harvest Festival Day, 3L have been busy bringing non-perishable items to add to the schools offering to ‘Salford Loaves and Fishes’. This charity supports local people who are homeless or vulnerable.

We have also visited our local library where Sue kindly reminded us of how to navigate and use the facilities.

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Check out our performance of ‘Everybody is Doing it’.


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Black History and Poetry.


October is ‘Black History Month’ and this year STOC are relating this to poetry. Year 3 have been given the poem ‘Everybody is Doing it’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. We will be performing some of this upbeat poem next week. There will be a video posted!


Everybody is Doing it


In the Punjab they Bhangra
How they dance Kathak in India
Over in Guatemala
They dance the sweet Marimba,
Even foxes dance a lot
They invented the Fox Trot,
In Australia it's true
They dance to the Didgeridoo.

In Kenya they Benga
They Highlife in Ghana
They dance Ballet all over
And Rai dance in Algeria,
They Jali in Mali
In Brazil they Samba
And the girls do Belly Dancing
In the northern parts of Africa.

Everybody does the Disco
From Baghdad to San Francisco
Many folk with razzamataz
Cannot help dancing to Jazz,
They do the Jig in Ireland
And it is really true
They still Morris dance in England
When they can find time to.


To learn more about Benjamin Zephaniah, visit his website!

Week 3


Time is zooming by at super speed. Over the past 2 weeks we have been investigating main and subordinate clauses. When we begin writing our own newspaper reports, we will be using them effectively in our writing. That’s right – we will be becoming journalists reporting on the events at Pompeii in 79AD!


Our class novel The Time Travelling Cat and the Roman Eagle is full of mystery and suspense as we follow the journey of a little boy called Topher and his time travelling cat Ka! Our word of the week (from the novel) was suspended.


In maths, we are looking at the place value of 3 digit numbers and some of us are rounding numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. Check out these games to support your knowledge!


In music we have been looking at crotches (cat) and quavers (monkey). Using these notations, we can been composing in partners.

Week 2


This week we read ‘Escape from Pompeii’ (Christine Balit) as part of our English work and have begun to retell the main parts of the story. We began by sequencing the stunning images and are now using them to support our writing.


Listen to the book being read online here (click link)


In Maths we have been exploring place value of 3 digit numbers using equipment such as Base 10, Place Value Counters and Dice.


On Friday we choreographed part of a Roman dance in PE which saw some of us become lions, gladiators and even slaves!

Week 1 - What happens in Year 3?


Year 3 is an exciting year ... the first year in the juniors! Children will take on more responsibility and develop a more independent approach to their learning. This will be an ongoing process throughout the juniors and nurturing each child’s skills carefully (and at an appropriate pace) is a responsibility we take very seriously.


It is important that all children continue to read and discuss texts with an adult on a regular basis. Children should read for fifteen minutes every night. Reading records must be signed to confirm that daily reading has been done. If children have not read or forgotten to sign their reading record, they will be asked to catch up during lunch time with an adult.

Homework will be given on a Friday and due in on a Monday.


We are very excited about the year ahead. If you have any questions whatsoever, please do speak to myself (Miss Loftus) or other adults within the classroom.