Year 3 Blog 2016-17


Mrs Jähnigen’s and Mrs Pitt’s students have been exploring Samba moves from Brazil during their Indoor PE dance sessions. Have a look at Erin, Yasmin and Julia teaching us how to move! Looks professional …

South & Central America Day 

On Thursday 22nd June Year 3 children brought the sun of Rio to Ely St John’s. We celebrated South & Central America Day with three different fun activities throughout the day:

We did Latin American cooking, and we tried arepas, fried plantains, tomato salsa and pineapple cocktail. (Livy)

The mola art was amazing and great fun. You put use layer after layer in different sizes. (Zach)

We did Samba drumming. We used all sorts of drums like djembes. We also drummed on chairs. Later we did a presentation with our mums and dads.  (Jivin)

Year 3 enjoy the sunshine 
Mrs Jähnigen's and Mrs Pitt's students have been enjoying the warm, sunny weather in the Nature Garden this week. We found out all about the Amazon rain forest exploring the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry for our South America topic. We found out why the rain forest is important to animals and and humans alike.
In literacy, we used the outdoor space to plan and rehearse a dialogue from our Mayan story book The Rain Player. We acted out a conversation between Pik, a pok-a-tok (a Mayan ball game) player, and Chac, the mighty Rain God. We loved being outside in the sunshine!

THE ELY TIMES: Alastair Humphrey’s - He’s back with a bike attack!  

written by Beth Lloyd

This newspaper article is going to tell you a bit about Alastair Humphreys. We interviewed him earlier and we are going to tell you about him and his bike.


So, to start with, he made the book The Boy Who Biked The World because HE DID IT! He called his character Tom because his son is called Tom.


He also walked other countries, and he has been through India on foot. He also once ate a guinea-pig.


Before Alastair Humphreys cycled around the world, he was at university. He was 24 years old when he started and 29 years when he finished the journey.


When we interviewed him, Alastair Humphreys said the most horrible things had been being lonely and not having any things to make friends with.



written by Seth Hedgecock

Alastair Humphreys cycled the world. It took him 10 months just to cycle through South America and four years to cycle the world.

The only two continents he missed were Antarctica and Australia because

1. Antartica was too far to go

2. The boats to Australia were too expensive. By the time he got round to doing it, he was a bit       homesick.

One day in Bolivia Alastair Humphreys’ bike got 15 punctures just in one day!

Alastair Humphreys was 24 when he started the ride and 29 when he got home.

He also ate banana sandwiches, curry and – oh my gosh, I’m going to be sick – he ate a dog, a cat and a guinea-pig.



written by Lauren Moynihan

Today we skyped Alastair Humphreys in the classroom so we could interview him. He told us everything and anything we wanted to know. Here are some facts you might like to know.


Alastair Humphreys did plan to go to Australia, but when he was half way across the world he had already cycled lots and his feet were really tired. So he just wanted to get back to his home where he could rest his feet.


On a really bumpy road in Bolivia filled with lots of rocks, Alastair Humphreys got fifteen punctures in one day.


Once in South America, he actually ate a real guinea-pig, and he actually found it really delicious (yuck). 

Year 3 Dodgeball Tournament

On the 9th of May Mrs Pitt’s class and Mr Tharp’s class battled in a fantastic dodgeball tournament. Each class split into 2 teams, and each team played each other.

During every match, the spectators cheered loudly to encourage the players, and the teams fought courageously to score as many points as they could.

Everyone played well and wanted to win, but there could only be one winning team. The final game was a great match between team 2 and team 3. Team 2 were victorious.

Throughout the tournament EVERYONE showed great sportsmanship, and we all had a brilliant time!

Miss Hooper's class were very lucky yesterday as we had a special visitor. Oscar's mum came in to see us and teach us some British Sign Language. We all had great fun learning to finger spell the BSL alphabet and ask each other what our name was and how to reply to this question. 

Together Everyone Achieves More

On Friday children in Mrs Jähnigen’s and Mrs Pitt’s class were challenged to work in teams throughout the day. Some of us struggle with working together well. So we suggested ideas of what would help us collaborate better in teams. We came up with five ground rules:

1)      Be supportive, kind and caring!

2)      EVERYBODY joins in!

3)      Gentle voices!

4)      No messing around!

5)      Listen and share!

Throughout the school day we worked on all activities in every subject in teams – sometimes as pairs and sometimes in bigger groups, sometimes we were told who to work with and sometimes we could choose. By the end of the day we were experts at teamwork and really enjoyed the experience. 

 Boxing clever!
In Mr Tharp's class, the children have been hard at work finding out about the designs of William Morris. They made boxes, using William Morris inspired designs for the decoration.
The children have been finding out for themselves and presenting their information so that other people can learn too.



In Miss Hooper’s class we have been looking at Victorian toys and comparing them to our toys that we have now. In DT we researched, designed and then made Jack-in-the-boxes. This week, we have shared our final products and evaluated them. We particularly enjoyed helping each other evaluate and we gave each child 2 stars and a wish. 

Year 3 children went back in time …


... all the way to the Victorian age!

We dressed up as rich or poor Victorians and visited the Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral. There we slipped into the role of Mr Brigg’s apprentice, learning the art of making precious stained glass windows.

We also used the stamping technique to create our very own stained glass window showcasing a flower, bird or fish. Have look at our pictures to see all the fun we had! 

Victorian Screevers!


Last week in art we were learning about ‘Screevers.’  We learned that these were poor people in the Victorian times who drew with chalk on the street.  If they were lucky, rich people would throw some money into their hat.  Their drawings were very bright and colourful, and they often drew about nature and animals, which was a reaction to the industrial revolution. 

On Thursday, we planned our design in our sketch books.  We had a range of ideas, including beautiful sunsets, rolling countryside, dogs and some amazing Victorian inventions such as the steam train!

On Friday, we transferred our designs onto a small piece of card.  We experimented with chalk, identifying different colours that contrasted well with the dark colour of pavement, and thought about how we could blend our colours together to make our work more realistic. 

Finally, we all filed out into the playground, where we each had our own frame prepared on the playground!  We were so lucky- the sun was shining brightly and we could feel the warmth on our backs whilst we worked!  When we had finished, we walked along the lines of artwork to admire the beautiful pieces of art- just as the Victorians would have done all those years ago!


Hogwarts in Year 3:

This week Year 3 have been learning about capacity. We learnt about how to measure accurately and put our skills to the test by measuring out and concocting potions fit for witches and wizards. Of course, this meant donning our best sorcerer hats and putting on our best evil laugh.

We had to be able to read scales on a variety of measuring jugs and measure out various amounts, from easily measuring 200ml or 550ml, to having to be so accurate when measuring 89ml. Precision was everything… after all one false move and POOF, they became hopping green frogs. Luckily, we showed off our accuracy when measuring and successfully created our potions. No frogs in Year 3 yet!

Finally, we had a go at making our own potions with suitable names:

Orange Satsuma Formation:

First measure out 50ml of red bat’s blood,

Next, put 200ml of yellow frog slime in the bowl,

Finally, put 150ml of blue snake venom in the bowl and watch to see what happens!

Mr Tharp's class have been printing, using press print and coloured ink. The blocks represent mountains and rivers and they alternate to make a repeating pattern. They look fantastic!

River art

Year 3 have produced some fantastic river art. We learnt about tints and shades of blue to create our background. In the foreground we painted underwater life as it can be found in British rivers. We are really proud of our art work!  

It is only a matter of days until our Easter break! Miss Hooper's class wanted to know more about what Easter was about so we were very lucky to have Mrs Allen in for a quick chat. She had lots of different things to show us which represented Easter and she also read us the Easter story. 
The children had many questions and thoughts about our chat today.
Year 3 children visited Ely Museum to learn about Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age Britain.