Woodthorpe Primary School

Welcome toWoodthorpe Primary School

Year 3

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Soil Layers

In science we got chance to adventure down to the forest to investigate into what layers there are within soil! We found all sorts of hidden insects, plants and different textures of soil! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Stop Frame Animation

As part of our computing topic, we delved into the world of stop frame animation! We first discussed stop frame animation and learnt how a sequence of photographs can form a short, moving clip. We thought about the different sequences of movement and how to make the clip run as smoothly as possible. We then created our own animations using a stop frame animation programme. We explored using props and adding sound!

Year 3 - Woodpecker - RE Pentecost

In RE this week we looked at the christian festival: 'Pentecost'. We then made some beautiful stained glass windows using the fire and dove symbol that is used to represent this festival. They turned out brilliantly and looked lovely hanging in our class windows! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Sheldon Visits Magpie Class

Magpie class were so lucky to receive a visit from Scarlett Cann's tortoise, Sheldon. Sheldon was absolutely beautiful! Scarlett was exceptional whilst delivering a presentation all about Sheldon. We then got to take it in turns to hold him and gently stroke his shell. We were very interested to learn that Sheldon likes to nibble on fish bones for calcium! Sheldon was so well behaved and is welcome to visit anytime! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Alanna the Astronaut

We are so proud of Alanna who has designed and created her very own spacesuit! Alanna has shown such determination and resilience whilst sewing all the different sections together, she even created her very own arm and knee pads! Magpie class were so impressed by Alanna's creative skills and we would like to say a huge congratulations for all of her hard work! We are sure NASA will be in touch very soon with help to design their next space suit. 

Year 3 - Magpie - Magic Mixing Maths

For our maths practical day, we created our very own watermelon lemonade. We had to use our measuring skills to accurately measure the mass and capacity of our ingredients. We had great fun, especially scooping out all of the watermelon! The drink tasted delicious! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Pentecost Day

This term in RE, we are celebrating different religious festivals. We started our topic by learning about the Christian festival, 'Pentecost Day'. Pentecost Day celebrates the descent of the Holy spirit. The Holy spirit is often represented by flames so we decided to make our own stain glass windows to demonstrate the arrival of the Holy spirit. 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Watermelon Lemonade

Within our maths lessons, we have recently been learning to measure mass and capacity using a variety of units such as g, L, ml and kg. To consolidate our learning, we were able to follow a recipe to make some scrumptious watermelon lemonade. We used different types of scales to measure the ingredients out and then we finally got to taste our masterpiece. It was DELICIOUS!!

Year 3 - Magpie - Magnet Fair

To end our Magnet topic, we were set a design brief to create a game which could be played at a science fair. We decided to use our knowledge of magnets to create a game which required magnetic attraction. We created our very own magnetic fishing game! We used magnets, magnetic objects, wooden rods and string. We had lots of fun creating our games!

Year 3 - Ben Godfrey Visit

We were incredibly lucky to have met the football superstar, Ben Godfrey! We first got to ask Ben lots of questions about his football career before taking part in an exciting penalty shoot out! Luckily, a few Year 3 children managed to score a goal - what an impressive achievement! It was so wonderful listening to and watching somebody so inspiring, Year 3 felt very honoured to have had the fantastic opportunity!

Year 3 - Magpie - Pizza Party!

As part of our fractions unit in maths, we created our very own pizza shop, serving the best pizzas in town! We had to think carefully about what fraction to cut the pizza into and what fraction of the pizza needed which toppings. We then sold our pizza slices to our friends, seeing who could create the most interesting pizza. We used lots of mathematical vocabulary whilst persuading people to buy our slices!

Year 3 - Magpie - Magnet Magic!

As part of our Science Magnet topic, we were set a challenge to make a magnet move without touching it! All we were given was a second magnet! Luckily, all teams managed to move the magnet! We managed to make the magnets jump, spin and zoom around on the table! We discovered the magnets have a north and south pole and that opposite poles attract and the same poles repel!

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Connect a Fish

To celebrate our topic of magnets and all of the fantastic new things we have learnt we were able to make our very own fair game explaining how magnets work. We designed a fishing pole and made the under sea animals magnetic by using certain materials such as paper clips. We had so much fun playing each other's games and trying to get as many points as we could! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Art Day

For our art day, we studied the famous sculpture artist, Barbara Hepworth. We discovered how she made her sculptures and where she took her inspiration from. We started the day by creating our own sketches of her sculptures, concentrating on the different shapes used. We then made our own sculptures using cardboard boxes and papier-mâché, taking inspiration from Barbara’s work. Once our models had dried, we painted them in an assortment of colours.

Year 3 - Magpie - Marvellous Magnets

This week in science we have discovered the power of magnets! We started the week by learning about push and pull forces. We then moved on to testing the strength of two different magnets in our own fishing game. In groups, we had to see which magnet was the strongest and would hold the most paper clips! One group managed to hold 124 paper clips on their wand magnet! Wow!

Year 3 - Woodpecker - English, Feature spotting!

​Woodpeckers have been really enjoying looking at non-fiction texts this week. To help us with our independent write next week, we had great fun being text detectives, trying to find the features hidden within the WAGOLL! 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Science Magnets

Within our science this week we have been experimenting with magnets and comparing different magnetic forces. We enjoyed predicting how many paperclips each magnet will attract and hold when placed in water. Our results were quite surprising! 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Planting Broccoli

Eat your greens!! This week in Woodpecker class we have had the fantastic opportunity to visit our outdoor classroom to plant some scrumptious, fresh broccoli! Mrs Percy helped us dig, plant and water our veggies to make sure they grow well ready to eat!

Year 3 - Magpie - Garden Update

We visited the outdoor classroom to check on the carrot seeds we planted! The carrots had begun to sprout and so we needed to transfer them into the ground. Mrs Percy demonstrated how to safely remove the seedlings from their pots. We then carefully placed them into two shallow trenches we had dug. Finally, we gave them a light sprinkling of water. We are counting down the weeks until we can turn our carrots into carrot and coriander soup! A big thank you to Mrs Percy for helping us with the planting!

Year 3 - Magpie - All star cricket

In Magpie class, we took part in a cricket lesson from the 'All Stars Cricket' team. We absolutely loved our session and it was great to all work as a team to help score points! We worked on our throwing and catching skills before taking part in a mini game of cricket. 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - All Stars Cricket!

In Woodpeckers this week we had the amazing opportunity to work with Tom from All Stars Cricket. We absolutely loved the games and activities he had set for us and of course we enjoyed a little bit of inner class rivalry at an end of the session cricket game! Hopefully we will have the opportunity to play with All Stars again!

Year 3 - Magpie - Crazy Critter Hunt!

We are so proud of Ruby and Jessica who donated their beautiful hair to the Little Princess Trust! The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to children and young people, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. We think this is such a wonderful thing for the girls to have done! Well done! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Ruby and Jessica - Little Princess Trust Hair Donation!

We are so proud of Ruby and Jessica who donated their beautiful hair to the Little Princess Trust! The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs to children and young people, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. We think this is such a wonderful thing for the girls to have done! Well done! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Silly question English competition!

In our English experience lesson, we looked at the story, ‘Ketchup on your cornflakes’ by Nick Sharratt. In the story, lots of silly questions are asked! We held our very own Britain's Got Talent competition with Joshua, Harla and Alanna taking on the role of the three scary judges! Children worked in groups to come up with their funniest silly question! We had lots of giggles at the silly questions!

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Easter Egg Hunt

We have had so much fun today in Woodpecker class. To celebrate completing another fantastic half term we

were able to compete in an Easter egg hunt - we found all 30 eggs and lots of yummy sweets!! We are looking forward to a well-deserved Easter break! 

Year 3 - Magpie - Teddy Bear Picnic Preparations

In Magpie Class, we are having a Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Friday. Every afternoon, we have been making preparations for the picnic. We have made our very own clothing items for the bears, created table decorations and have designed a teddy friendly menu! Take a look at some of our fantastic creations!

Year 3 - Magpie - Angle Monsters

For our practical maths lesson, we created our very own ‘Angle Monsters’. These Monsters like to eat obtuse, acute and right angles. The monsters went on a hunt around school, spotting any angles they could eat!  We found lots of right-angles for the monsters to enjoy!

Year 3 - Magpie - Kandinsky Circles

In Magpie class, we have studied the famous abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky. We looked at a piece of his artwork called Concentric circles. We discussed what we thought the painting represented and looked at the different colours used. We discussed how different colours and shades can represent different feelings and emotions. We sketched out our own designs before using colours which represented how we was feeling. 

Year 3 - Magpie - Planting

In Magpie class, we planted carrot seeds ready for our new outdoor garden. We worked with Mrs Percy who taught us lots about the carrot growing sequence. We learnt what type of soil they like, what growing conditions they require and how much water they need. We can't wait to watch them grow! 


Year 3 - Woodpecker - Maths Monsters

In our maths lessons this week, we have been learning all about angles. For our practical lesson, we adventured around the school to try and find as many different angles as possible. Using our angle monsters, we were able to identify whether the angles were acute, obtuse or right angles. 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Theme Park Creations

In Woodpeckers class this week, we have been designing and creating our very own roller coaster parks! We all worked in small teams to create the most exciting and stimulating park filled with rides, circus tents and food stalls! We had so much fun.

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Carrot Planting

It has been so lovely to be back together this week after such a long time apart! To add to this week excitement, Woodpeckers have had the chance to plant their very own carrots this week with Mrs Percy. We can’t wait to see how big and delicious they turn out to be!

Year 3 - Lake Monster Creations

In Year 3, we have been learning about the mystery of the Loch Ness monster! We decided to design and create our very own lake monsters! Children at home, became very creative, making models, paintings and creating beautiful, detailed drawings! In school, we used water colours to create our monsters. Have a look at our monster creations!

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Christmas Showcase

ONE TWO TREE... ACTION! Can we have a round of Santa-plause for our amazing efforts in our 2020 Christmas performance. Our nativities are a little different this year, so we have been making and designing props in Woodpeckers to go in our section of the Christmas production. We are all so excited to see it all come together!

Year 3 - Woodpecker - DT Christmas Showcase

In Woodpeckers we have been getting into the Christmas spirit by making our very own Santa clay models. All of our families are excited to see our final master-pieces when they are put on display in our whole school DT Christmas showcase!
In Woodpeckers we have been getting into the Christmas spirit by making our very own Santa clay models. All of our families are excited to see our final master-pieces when they are put on display in our whole school DT Christmas showcase!

Year 3 - Magpie - Celebrating our Hobbies

In Magpie class, we have been celebrating and sharing our hobbies and interests. Scarlett made and presented her very own PowerPoint on her tortoise, Sheldon! We then had a mini-French lesson where Edith taught the class how to say colours in French and designed a game of bingo for us to play!

Year 3 - Magpie - Reading Celebrations

In Magpie class, we are so proud of Shivesh who has read 100 times! What an achievement! To celebrate, there was a special present under the class Christmas tree this morning! A huge well done, Shivesh, we are all so proud of you!

Year 3 - Mystery Package

In Year 3, we were very surprised to discover a mystery package in the forest! We had to be very careful around the unusual box and Mrs Percy made sure the package was carefully handled. We have had lots of discussions around where the box might have come from and what might be inside... We are going to write to York Press to inform them about our exciting discovery! 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Stone Age Stew

In Woodpeckers we have been learning all about the Stone Age and how early Brits lived. We researched into what cavemen ate and we discovered that they enjoyed cooking a Stone Age stew. Therefore, we set off on a caveman hunt around the school to find and catch all of the ingredients that was needed to create the delicious meal. 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Diwali

Within RE we have learnt all about the Diwali festival and we discovered the beautiful rangoli patterns that are used throughout the Diwali celebration. We therapeutically painted our very own patterns and some are now hanging beautifully on the walls in our corridor learning area!  

Year 3 - Magpie - Diwali

In Magpie class we have been learning about Diwali! Diwali is a five-day festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world, it is also called the Festival of Light! We created our own Rangoli patterns using paint. When our paintings are finished, they are going to be framed and put-on display in our new working space!

Year 3 - Magpie and Woodpecker - Children in Need competition

To celebrate Children in Need, we took part in the Joe Wicks 24-hour PE challenge! We had a competition against Woodpecker class to see which class would be crowned the sports champions! We took part in a game of basketball followed by a penalty shootout! Reuben scored the winning penalty and Magpie class were crowned the winners!

Year 3 - Magpie - Stone Age Poo!

In Magpie class, we have been investigating prehistoric poo samples to learn more about the Stone Age diet. We worked in groups to dissect the samples and discussed the items included. We then thought carefully about why these food items were including in their diet. We had a very gross but fun afternoon! 

Year 3 - Woodpecker - Halloween

Look at what we've been up in Woodpecker class if you dare!!! To celebrate Halloween we dressed up in our scariest outfits which left Miss Poulter shaking at the knees! We also had great fun making and designing our very own spooky pop out cards which we took home to surprise our family and friends. 


Year 3 - Magpie - Halloween Party!

In Magpie class, to celebrate completing our reading chart, we had a Halloween party! We dressed up in some amazing Halloween costumes and decorated the classroom with some spooky accessories. We listened to some spooky stories, made Halloween pop-up cards and danced the afternoon away!

Year 3 - Magpie - Magpie Reading

In Magpie class, we have all been working extremely hard to finish our reading chart and we are all so thrilled to discover we have finished in 4th place! Mr McGann set us all a challenge to complete the chart by Monday, which we achieved! He has rewarded us with Ronnie the rhino! We also have a very special Halloween party on Friday to celebrate our success!

Year 3 - Woodpeckers - Hello Yellow

In Woodpeckers class, we thoroughly enjoyed celebrating mental health awareness day by all dressing up in our fantastic vibrant yellow outfits! We also had lots of fun reading the book ‘The Dot’ by Peter H. Reynolds which taught us that it is OK to make mistakes and that mistakes can help us gain confidence and take risks. We used our own dot to create some marvellous and unique pieces of art! 

Year 3 - Woodpeckers - Cave Paintings

This half term in Woodpeckers we have started learning about the Stone Age and what life was like 12,000 years ago! We have researched into the cave paintings that archaeologists have discovered and we have made our very own using natural materials such as dirt!!  

Year 3 - Magpie - Hello Yellow

In Magpie class, we created our own dot inspired art work from the book, 'The Dot' by Peter Reynolds. The book taught us that it is okay to make mistakes and that mistakes can help us gain confidence and take risks. We loved seeing how everyone's dot was adapted and changed into something wonderful!  

Year 3 - Magpie - Completing our cave paintings

In Magpie class, we have been making our very own cave paintings. Last week, we prepared our canvas by staining paper with tea and mud. This week, we used paint and our fingers to create our own artistic designs!

Year 3 - Magpie - Cave painting preparations

This week in Art, we have been making preparations for our very own cave paintings. We decided to tea stain our paper to create an old looking effect. We also used mud and gravel to create texture. Once our paper has dried, we are going to add on our own animal illustrations using mud and sticks!

Year 3 - Magpie - Senses Walk

This week in English, we are writing our very own Autumn senses poem! We went on an adventure in the forest to think about what we could see, hear, touch and smell. We found lots of wonderful things to write about in our poem, including the howling wind and rustling leaves.