Year 3 - Peacock Class

Welcome to Peacock Class!

In Year 3 there are 30 children.

Our class teacher is Mrs Seward and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Harwood and Mrs Hannah. 

Year 3 promises to be an exciting year when your child will have many varied opportunities to learn from a wide range of experiences, helping them to become independent enthusiastic learners. Each term will have a new topic where the needs of the curriculum will be set in context to help give meaningful links across each subject. The first topic will be ‘Dahlicious’, followed in the Spring term by ‘A Golden Voyage of Discovery’, concluding with ‘Into The Woods’.

The children will work in flexible groups depending upon their needs and the learning focus for the session. The children will be encouraged to become enthusiastic and inquisitive learners, developing a wide range of skills and techniques through a range of classroom tasks and activities.

 Please see the class timetable, yearly curriculum overview and termly topic webs for more detail.

On Tuesday 3rd March Year Three visited Burghley House.

We started with a visit to the Tudor doctor, we were not offered cough mixture to relieve a cough or a lozenge to suck for a sore throat, or even a painkiller for a headache, instead we could have a medicine made from the juices of slugs, snails and garden worms combined with a cocktail of fermented wee, this was to help with a cough (any crunchy bits would have been the crushed snail shells) a large, live spider dipped in molten butter and swallowed whole, would help with a sore throat, a hangman’s noose, (that had to have been successfully used!) was held against the head to relieve a headache. A warmed onion was held to the ear to help with earache, and if you had a fever you were covered in leaches to remove your boiling blood. We also found out from the doctor that we could sell our healthy teeth (as we were poor, we could not afford sugar and consequently had better teeth than the rich) this meant that we could have our teeth pulled so that we could sell them to make some money!

Once we had survived, and recovered from our visit to the doctor we went into the great hall to learn some children’s Tudor games and dances, we found out how to play ‘execution’ as well as learning a dance that rich grown-ups would have enjoyed after a banquet. In front of the fire we listened to a ghost story before we had lunch.

After lunch we found out all about the food that would have been served at a Tudor banquet. There were rules about what guests could sit where, what food could be eaten by the different guests based on their wealth and social standing as well as the plates, cutlery and drinking vessels that would have been used by the different people at the table.  

We were then shown the Tudor kitchens that have not changed from when the house was built. (Other than the modern oven that was added when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited!) Amazingly 200 meals would be cooked every day, there would have been about 15 people working in the kitchen (all men), along with a spit boy, or spit dog whose job it would have been to keep the spit constantly turning. When the spit boy got too hot from being next to the fire, he would have water poured over him, but he would not have been able to stop working, or one side of the meat would get burnt.

 If all of this was not enough, we finished our day by making Tudor pockets. Tudor clothes did not have pockets in them like we have today, instead a small pouch, that was highly decorated was tied to the belt for all to see. The larger and more decorative the pocket was the richer you were. The Tudors loved to show off their wealth.

We all had a wonderful day.


Year Three spent a day investigating rocks and soils. We learnt about the different layers of soils, to help us remember the layers, and know what each layer did we  made a chocolate pudding  representing each layer and its purpose. We also found out about how topsoil is made, this was edible too!  By understanding how soil is made we realised how there are different types of soil and that they have different properties, we conducted an investigation to test the filtration properties of different soils and make suggestion about how different soils could be used.

We discovered that there are three main types of rock and how each of these are formed. If you know how each type of rock is made it is possible to identify them by their properties, we put our understanding to the test by trying to identify different types or rocks and their use. We are going to use our knowledge of different types of rocks to find precious gemstones in order to make a jewelled crown for the queen.

We also found out how fossils are made, we had a go at replication the process, but had to remember that is really takes thousand and thousands of years for real fossils to be formed and found..

We had a fun day, some of us might become palaeontologists or geologists (especially if it involves chocolate puddings!)

All the children had an exciting first week back in January learning all things French. We have found out about French traditions, landmarks, famous people , traditional foods, the geography of France, reminded ourselves of colours, numbers and greetings in French as well as tasting some French foods, conducting surveys and writing our new term's targets in French.
Year Three's Elizabethan day
On Monday we all found out  about whom Elizabeth the first was, some of the key events in her life and some of what happened in England during her reign. We discover who her parents were and how she ended up being queen, along with her education and determination not to marry. After finding out about her life we imagined we could travel back in time to ask her questions, we thought carefully about the questions we would like to ask, such as; Did you ever forgive your father for beheading your mother? What were your thoughts and feelings towards your sister when she had you imprisoned in the Tower of London? Why did it take you so long to agree to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots?

We also all found out about the Elizabethan explorers, we all agreed they must have been very brave to set off on such voyages. We located some of the places that they visited and claimed for England. We tried to imagine how the queen would have felt seeing a pineapple or potatoes for the first time that had been brought back from a far off land. The fruit that was kindly bought in was sorted into those fruits introduced to England by the Elizabethan explorers and those introduced at other times. The countries or origin were then plotted and labelled on a world map. Whilst thinking about the explorers, to help us navigate we tried making our own compasses, using needles and magnets. We had mixed results. During the Elizabethan period it was very fashionable to understand new discoveries and own scientific instruments such as compasses.

As part of our morning work we also found out a little about Shakespeare as he was writing his plays while Elizabeth was on the throne, we enjoyed one of his plays as Elizabeth would have done, before having a go at writing with a quill and ink. This was not as easy as it looked and took a long time.

In the afternoon we found out a little about the conflict between the Catholics and Protestants. We were introduced to Mary Queen of Scots and found out about how she used secret codes to write plots to kill Elizabeth because she thought she should be the queen. Did you know Elizabeth had placed her under house arrest and Mary smuggled messages out hidden in the cork of beer barrels, she was found out and beheaded.

Elizabeth would tolerate Catholic families practising their faith as long as they did it in private, however some wealthy Catholic families were prepared to welcome priests into their homes and hold mass, they knew that if they were found doing this there would be terrible consequences. Some of these families would have special secret hiding places built into their homes so that priests could hide. These were known as priest holes. These can be seen in some Elizabethan houses that can be visited today.
On the 1st of November Year Three held their first coffee morning, all of the parents were invited in to have tea and cake while sharing the children's topic work. The children were able to share all sorts of information about Roald Dahl's own life as well as his books and well loved characters. Information was also shared about foxes and healthy diets (we all knew the cakes were just a treat!)
Everyone had a very enjoyable morning.
Year Three spent a lovely afternoon learning about a traditional French Christmas, Did you know.....Many French families celebrate Christmas on the 24th December by sharing gifts, eating special foods and going to midnight mass (that is actually at 7pm not midnight!). Saint Nicolas brings gifts to 'good' children during the night of the 5th and 6th of December, while Le Pere Fouettard takes the naughty ones away in a sack!
We also found out that French children leave shoes or slippers out for small gifts to be placed in, we made a felt slipper to hang on a tree to remind us of this tradition. During the afternoon we played bingo to revise our numbers to 20 and learnt some of the basic colours in french.

tout le monde a passé un bon moment

On Wednesday we came to school dressed as Mayans and spent the day learning about the Mayan culture. We found out about their use of cocoa beans to make the first chocolate drink - quite different to ours and not to everyone's taste! We made clay chocolate gods, masks representing a god, we built temples and we had a go at Mayan numbers and writing.

A splendid day!

Vendredi dernier, le CE1 s’est bien amusé à faire construire des girafes, des pieuvres, des maisons et des rivières en utilisant un outil pédagogique qui s’appelle “KAPLA”. Les enfants devaient travailler soigneusement en faisant partie d'une équipe afin de réaliser leurs créations.