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Summer 2021 - Gallery and Work



We have been looking at the work of William Morris, a famous print artist who lived through the industrial revolution. As many people were moving to the busy cities at this time, they did not have gardens of their own. William Morris made repetitive relief prints of natural objects to create decorative wallpapers so people could decorate their homes. We also found that in Ancient Greek pottery there were lots of repetitive patterns too. We began by designing and making our own lino print block, we did this by etching our design into the lino. Next, we used paint and colourful paper to create repetitive prints.


In Art, we have been creating our own Greek vases. We began by exploring lots of different pottery from the Ancient Greek times and discussed the designs on them. We then designed and made our own vases, by following a set of instructions and carefully covered our balloons in papier Mache to create a 3D structure. Once the shape of our vases were complete we painted our designs onto them, decorating them with our designs, inspired by the Ancient Greek pottery we observed in the planning stage.


In Literacy, we have been looking at the myth Theseus and the Minotaur. We read the story together and then thought about what Theseus may have felt like as he walked through the labyrinth. We also considered what he would smell, see, touch and hear. Together, we acted out scenes of the story and created our own freeze frame and shared how the character would be feeling.

Mental Health Week

During Mental Health Awareness Week, we considered how connecting with the outdoors can help us look after our mental health. As a class, we talked about different activities we can do outside or inside which would help us connect with nature. We then went outside and made pictures using natural resources, played sounds of nature in our lessons and ran the Daily Mile around the field.

Number Day

To raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), we took part in Number Day on the 7th May. We worked in teams to uncover hidden pieces of the key. To find pieces of the key we had to complete mathematical challenges.

As a team, we were able to use our problem solving skills to complete the challenges which led us to each piece. The whole class worked collaboratively to finish the puzzle. Some of us even used the Number Day theme to inspire our outfits!

Easter Challenge

Well done to all of the children in Year 3 who completed the Easter Challenge! We are super proud of you all.


Year 3 club

In Year 3 club, we made our own Pandora’s Box. We tried to make them attractive because Pandora was tempted to open the box. We mixed primary colours to make secondary colours to decorate the boxes.



In Geography, we used atlases and globes to locate and name countries in Europe. The countries we labelled were the UK and Greece. Then, we used the contents and index in the atlas to help up locate some cities in Greece. We labelled our map to show some important places in Greece’s history.


e love to read in Year 3 and have been working hard in guided reading and enjoying the opportunity to read independently in the library, as well as listening to the teachers read our new class novel “Who Let the Gods Out”, written by Maz Evans.


In History, we used a timeline to place historical events into chronological order. The dates we looked at all happened BC. We used our maths skills of ordering three-digit numbers to help us.


In History, we have been comparing Ancient Greece to what the U.K is like today. We looked at democracy, and the differences and similarities between democracy in the U.K and what it was like in Ancient Greece. We thought that democracy in Ancient Greece wasn’t fair because people were often discriminated against because of their age, gender and nationality.