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Northgate Primary School

Northgate Primary School

Raleigh Class


Welcome to Raleigh Class!

My name is Miss Bailey and I am the year 3 class teacher. Working in Raleigh class we also have Mrs Picton, our Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Miss Glassup. We will be using this page throughout the year to keep you updated on our learning. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of staff on the gate in the mornings or myself at the end of the day. You can also email me on ng-raeigh@northgateprimaryschool.org.uk 

Class information

The children have settled in really well and have already done some fantastic things at Northgate. 

At the beginning of the academic year, I held a curriculum meeting to provide more information about the teaching and learning in Year 3. Please find the presentation from the meeting below. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Curriculum meeting

We've got lots of exciting things to look forward to this year. Please click on the links below to find out a little bit more about our learning.

Learning in Raleigh Class

Summer B - What was life like for the Ancient Egyptians?

Please click on the links below for more information about what we will learn in Summer B!

For our Summer B Curriculum Overview click here

For our Summer B Knowledge Organiser click here

 Forest school morning! 

Raleigh Class had a fantastic morning collecting different things to fill our 'bug hotels'. We then took it in turns to fill the bug hotels and even spotted some of the first guests! 



We even got the chance to toast and taste marshmallows by a fire - they were delicious! 

We also created some 'wild art' by working together and using natural resources to build pictures. Here are some of our final results: 


Trip to Vivary Park

Year 3 had a wonderful time at Vivary Park and went on the low ropes, high ropes, climbing wall and powerfan! Here are some photos from the day.





Summer A - Buzzing about Plants! 

Please click on the links below for more information about what we will learn in Summer A. 

For our Summer Newsletter click here

For our Summer A Curriculum Overview click here

For our Summer A Knowledge Organiser click here

Sports day!

We had lots of fun on sports day! We all demonstrated super sportsmanship as we represented our teams across a number of sporting activities. We also took part in some sprints and hurdles. We all did absolutely amazing! Here are some snapshots!



Health and well being week


During Health and Well-being week we tried kickboxing. For some of us, this was our first time and we all tried really hard and did very well learning new skills! 



Coronation crafts morning

We had a fantastic morning creating our own crowns and flags for the King's coronation! Thank you so much to the parents who made it, it was a lovely experience for the children. 



The children also enjoyed a coronation themed picnic. Even though it had to be in the hall because of the weather, we had a fantastic time!


Geography - Rivers

This half term in our Geography lessons we have been learning all about rivers. 

The children researched the longest rivers in each continent and located these on maps. They then used digital maps to locate rivers in different countries. 


Science - Plants 

In our science lessons this half term we have been investigating plants. We started by setting up our own experiments in small groups to find out what plants need to survive. The children then presented their findings to the class using scientific vocabulary. 

We have also been dissecting flowers to learn about the different parts of a flower and their role in the pollination process.




Spring B - Forces and Magnets

Please click on the links below for more information about what we learnt in Spring B. 

For our Spring Newsletter click here

For our Spring B Curriculum Overview click here

For our Spring B Knowledge Organiser click here

DT - making a healthy picnic 

During our DT lessons, we have been trying existing pasta salads, designing and then making a delicious pasta salad suitable for an 8 year old! 

We all worked really hard and used the claw and bridge method to cut lots of healthy vegetables. 



History - The Museum of Somerset 

Raleigh Class visited the Museum of Somerset to take part in a Stone Age workshop.

We learnt all about life in the Stone Age by trying on Stone Age clothing, using Stone Age tools and even making our own Stone Age necklace.

We also got to explore the Museum!




English - persuasive writing 

In our English lessons this half term, we have been learning how to write a persuasive letter so we can persuade Mrs Penny to let us visit the new park. Luckily, we were all very persuasive so we visited the park and had a wonderful time!





World book day!

The Stone Age 

In our history lessons we have been learning all about the Stone Age. We have been looking at real Stone Age artefacts and considering how they would have been used in the past!



Science - Forces

In our science lessons this half term we are learning about forces and magnets. We have started our topic by learning about different types of forces. We planned and conducted an investigation to find out which surface would create the least amount of friction and make a toy car travel the furthest!



PE - Gymnastics 

In PE this half term we have been practicing our dynamic balance and learning about how important this is for gymnastics. We practiced balancing while travelling in different ways over the equipment and we all did really well!




Spring A - Stone Age Survival! 

Please click on the links below for more information about what we have learnt in Spring A. 

Spring A Curriculum Overview click here

Spring A Knowledge Organiser click here 


History week - The Victorians 

The children have had a fantastic time learning about the Victorian period. We started the week with a fantastic workshop, where the children worked together in teams to re-create different Victorian inventions with their bodies!



We then learnt about the Victorian artist William Morris and discussed his artwork. We then had a go at recreating our own William Morris inspired wallpaper!


Throughout the week we have been learning about how a Victorian school compares to our school today. We turned our classroom into a Victorian style classroom, stood every time a teacher entered and chanted our times tables! Some of us even had to wear a dunce hat (even though we were quite happy about it!)


 We worked in groups and placed events from the Victorian times on a timeline.


We finished the week off with a Victorian tea party and tried a Victorian classic: Victoria sponge! 



Art - Cave paintings! 

In our art this half term, the children have been learning about Cave paintings. We painted like a cave man by using berries, beetroot and mud to create art! The final paintings were fantastic!


Mathematics - Problem solving 

The children have been working really hard on their problem-solving skills in maths. We worked on finding all the possibilities of a Magic V, where 5 consecutive numbers are placed in a V shape and each side adds to the same number. 

The children worked excellently in partners and discovered lots of magic V's! 


They concluded that it will be a magic V if an odd number is at the bottom of the V and the bigger numbers are not on one side! 


Science - Rocks, soils and fossils. 

Raleigh class have started their new topic by classifying rocks into natural and man-made rocks. We then went on a rock hunt around the school to see what natural and man-made rocks we could find! 



Raleigh class have also conducted a fair test to discover the properties of different rocks. We looked at the rocks permeability, durability and density. We then concluded which rock would make the best roof based on these properties. 



STEM - Engineering workshop

Raleigh class took part in a STEM bridge building challenge. We learnt about what an engineer’s job involves then looked at existing bridges in the UK and our local area. We worked together in teams to try to build the strongest bridge then tested them with weights!




Autumn B - Return of the Robots! 

Please click on the links below for more information about what we have learnt in Autumn B. 

Autumn B Curriculum Overview click here 

Autumn B Knowledge Organiser click here 

English - Robots!

Our English this half term has been all about robots! 

We started the half term by writing our own malfunctioning robot stories and even turned them into a class book for the school library! 

After this, we presented news reports based on the robot attack at Northgate Primary School. Everyone did a fantastic job at presenting in front of the class.


Finally, we wrote newspaper articles about the attack and published these on purple mash to share the news!  

Gravity Spheros with Bridgwater Town Football Club 

As part of our 'Return of the Robots' topic, Bridgwater Town Football club came in and the children took part in a gravity spheros session. They learnt how to move the robots in different ways and even used the robots as part of mini-challenges! We all had lots of fun and worked really well together! 



Design and Technology - whip stitch

In DT this half term we have been making our own pencil cases. Before we made our final designs, we learnt how to sew a whip stitch to create a seam and also practiced using running stitch. 


Here are some of our final designs!



Bridgwater Brick and Tile Museum - Coastal Champions

Year 3 enjoyed a fantastic morning out of class to visit Bridgwater Brick and Tile Museum to take part in a 'Coastal Champions' workshop. They created 'wall art' of how our coast might change in the future, took part in a treasure hunt for things you might find at the beach, created posters and made their own clay starfish! 





Autumn A - Where in the World is Bridgwater?

Please click on the links below for information about what we have learnt during Autumn A. 

Autumn Newsletter click here 

Autumn A Curriculum Overview click here

Autumn A Knowledge Organiser click here


Multicultural week- Italy

During multi-cultural week, we found out about Italy and completed lots of Italian-themed art activities. We learnt an Italian dance, tried some traditional Italian foods, made our own pizzas, created our own 'fruit face' painting based off of the Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, created a whole class piece of artwork for the Holy Rosary, designed and made our own masks for the 'Venice carnival' AND we made our own information leaflets all about Italy. Here is some of our amazing work!





Tyntesfield - Tree Champions Trip

We enjoyed a super day out. We learnt lots about the trees around Tyntesfield and even spent time in the play area! 





In art this half term we have been designing our own moving paper puppet based off of our class English book: Little Red Riding Hood. The children designed and made their own puppet with moving parts. Here are some pictures of our amazing final paper puppets: 




Raleigh Class have been working exceptionally hard on their 'Where in the World is Bridgwater?' topic this term. They used OS maps and digital maps to find the town's features. After that, the children completed a traffic survey of Bridgwater to find out the most popular method of transport. 





In science, we have been learning all about food and nutrition. The children started by grouping animals into carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. They then researched the components of a healthy balanced diet and designed their own healthy meal. 



English - Drama

We have started the year with our whole school text 'The Five Bears'. Raleigh class had great fun role playing as the different bears and re-enacting the story. We performed our drama piece to the class and retold it very well.