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Doves 9.6.22

As we begin our final half term together, Doves have begun a new topic in DT: edible gardens. This afternoon we enjoyed smelling and feeling herbs, and planting our own pea seeds. The children then drew some beautiful pictures of the herb plants, and discussed what an edible plant is.

Doves 27.5.22

What an exciting week in Doves class! We have celebrated the Queen's Jubilee early, enjoying a street party lunch, making decorations and painting portraits of the Queen. The children were also thrilled to meet the Mayor, who presented each of them with a collectable coin.

Also this week, Doves showed their completed presentations to Mr Paull, who was very impressed with their efforts. We hope you have a lovely half term, and look forward to our final half term together.

Doves 13.5.22

Doves class have been working hard over the past few weeks in computing lessons. We have been learning how to create PowerPoint presentations and are making these about the Rainforest which is where our Literacy book is set.

Doves 11.5.22

On Monday, we began looking at fossils and how they were created. The children enjoyed using the sand trays to investigate fossils and identifying whether the animal was a land or sea animal and whether they could identify what it was. On Tuesday, a pupil from our class was kind enough to bring a fossil in to show us that she had bought from a day out with her family.

Doves 6.5.22

The children have been exploring the Anglo Saxons, and how their settlements would have looked. They worked in groups to create their own Saxon houses, and talked about how these would have looked when the houses were grouped together. This week we have also moved onto talking about the Vikings, and the ships they used.


Doves 3.5.22

We were fortunate enough to have a local man visit us with some birds of prey.  The children saw a variety of owls and a hawk. We had a talk in the class about the food these birds eat.  The children really enjoyed seeing them and thought it was very funny when the bird handler made the hawk fly over Miss Callum's head! 

Doves 29.4.22

Doves have been enthusiastic in exploring our new topics for this half term. We have enjoyed learning the poem 'For Forest' this week and discussing deforestation. As one of our pupils said 'Why are humans doing this, cutting the forest down, getting rid of our oxygen and hurting the animals'.

Doves have also enjoyed beginning to build our own Anglo-Saxon settlement models.


Doves 31.3.22

Doves have written instructions this week to teach a person how to play 'what's the time Mr Wolf?'. This afternoon we joined with Reception class and taught the children how to play.

Doves 25.3.22

Doves enjoyed collaging their carousel bases this week. Next week these will be completed and the children are excited to show their final products on the website.

Doves 18.3.22

Doves have been making carousel ride models in DT. We checked our designs today before painting the base and canopy.

Doves 15.3.22

This week is British Science Week with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Technology). The theme this week has been 'Growth' and Doves class took the perspective of population and transport growth and the affect this will have on climate change. In the afternoon, we completed a traffic survey outside. We saw an awful lot of cars and very few buses and bicycles. We talked about how the number of cars on the road is contributing to climate change and what we can do to improve this. Later on this week, the class will be creating posters to attempt to persuade more people to walk or use their bikes or scooters to get to school.

Doves 10.3.22

Doves have been learning about rivers around the world. They have worked in groups to investigate rivers using atlas skills.

Doves 1.3.22

We have had a change of morning tasks this week and the children are really engaging with them. This week the children are practising to write a fact file; writing instructions to make pancakes, using number tiles to practise column addition and using buttons to make arrays. The children had a visit from Mrs Hothersall this morning and showed her our morning learning.  She was very impressed with how engaged the children were with the tasks.


Doves week of 21st February 2022

This week, Doves class have enjoyed exploring some before school activities. These are set up in the classroom from when the school opens until registration ends. Pupils have explored their skills in place value and spelling, grammar and punctuation, working together in small groups.

Doves week of 7th February 2022

Over the past half-term, Doves class has been learning how to say the names of animals in Spanish. They learnt to say which animal they like, and do not like. 

Doves week of 31st January 2022

This week we have planned our own story, based on the traditional tale The Tinderbox. Doves used images and made notes alongside to help them plan their tale.

Below is an example of some of the excellent work they produced.


Doves have explored how a river is formed. They used materials to create a diagram of a river from formation to when it becomes an estuary.


Week of 24th January 2022

In Science this half-term, Doves have been learning about light and today we talked about the dangers the sun can pose. We also learnt about how our pupils dilate to change the amount of light that enters our eyes. The class were confident in identifying the good things that the sun provides and also the dangerous things it can do.

During our Art this half-term, the class have been designing illuminated letters which began in Anglo-Saxon times. Yesterday, they have begun to design their own letter representing the start of their name. I will share some photos when they are finished.

Doves 14.1.22

This week Doves have enjoyed exploring our new book, The Tinderbox. As it is a traditional tale we have explored other fairy tales, and discussed how the endings are sometimes different.

In Maths, we continue working on adding tens to three digit numbers. The children are using equipment to help them with this.

The children have also really enjoyed learning about the types of homes Ancient Egyptians lived in and discussing how this relates to how rich the people were. Some pupils were unimpressed that they would have needed to be very rich to have a toilet inside!


Best Wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 7.1.22

It has been lovely welcoming back Doves class after the Christmas break.

We have begun our new topics over the past three days and settled back into our learning. We are very impressed to see that most of the children have moved up a book band. Well done everyone!

In Literacy, we have begun reading our new book, The Tinderbox. This is a traditional tale, and the children have enjoyed exploring different traditional tales, learning that the endings are not always happy!

In Maths, we have continued learning how to add and subtract tens from three-digit numbers. Doves are working on becoming independent when using equipment.

In History, we are delving deeper into the types of lives Ancient Egyptian people lived. The children have expressed that they would like to know more about the types of homes people lived in and we began exploring this today.

Finally, in Science, we are beginning our topic on light.

Please remember PE begins next Wednesday (12th).

Best wishes, 

Doves Teaching Team.


Doves 17.12.21

Goodness, what a busy week we have had in Doves class, enjoying all the festivities as we end our first term together! The children have impressed us greatly with their behaviour and positive attitudes.

This week we have finished our writing and Doves class have shown how much they have learnt by producing some excellent non-chronological reports! We are extremely proud of how hard they have worked, and in particular their beautiful presentation and how much information they have included.

On Wednesday, Doves attended the school carol concert, and sung our song 'jingle bells'. We also learnt the sign language to accompany the words. On Thursday, we all enjoyed watching the Pantomime, which was a lot of fun! We have finished our week with a games' day, amongst making Christmas cards and chocolate dipped marshmallows.


We wish you all a wonderful festive season, and look forward to more learning in January.

Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 10.12.21

The penultimate week of term has been extremely busy in Doves, as we find ourselves preparing for Christmas amongst completing our topic based learning.

In Literacy, Doves class have written a non-chronological report on the seasons. This has drawn on their learning of seasonal cycles in Science, and our text 'Leon and Bob', which followed a boy's emotions around his missing Dad over a period of time. The children have impressed us greatly over this week, showing their independence skills when writing and remembering to use the working walls to help them.

In Maths, we have begun to gain confidence in subtracting within hundreds.

In Science, Doves have deepened their understanding of cycles in nature and impressed us with their prior knowledge of the frog life cycle. They have demonstrated their understanding of life cycles by drawing diagrams and writing explanations of the frog life cycle.

In amongst their learning, Doves have been practising their Christmas song, and enjoyed watching the infant nativity play.

Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 3.12.21

As we approach the end of term, Doves have enjoyed furthering their knowledge of our topics this week. In Literacy, we have learnt about non-chronological reports and can now explain how these might look. We have planned our own report, and will write this next week.

In Maths, we have begun learning to subtract ones from hundreds numbers, e.g. 321-7. Doves have looked at how to subtract when they need to cross over the tens.

In History, we have furthered our knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians, and in Art we have created our Christmas Tree decorations to decorate our school tree.

In Science, the children have really enjoyed learning about animals that migrate, and the life cycle of a frog. We have used computers to research this.

Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 26.11.21

Our week has been filled with learning!

In Maths we have continued to work on adding three digit numbers. We are using equipment to help us with this, and drawing pictures to represent hundreds, tens and ones.

In Literacy, we have been using noun phrases to describe a friend. We have chosen appropriate adjectives and written in sentences.

In Science, we have continued learning about seasonal changes. We have looked at animal migration this week and discussed habitats of mini beasts in our outdoor classroom. Next week we are looking forward to researching some migrating animals.

In History, we explored writing our own hieroglyphics. Doves class was very excited to do this!

In amongst all this, our preparations for Christmas have begun. We have enjoyed making our tree decorations.


Best Wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 19.11.21

This week has been busy in Doves class, the children have enjoyed exploring our topics in detail.

In Maths, we have begun learning how to add and subtract three digit numbers. We are using counters to help us do this.

In Literacy, we have been exploring poetry. The children wrote poems describing their bedrooms. They impressed us with their use of adjectives to describe the objects in their rooms.

In Science, the class explored plants. We discussed roots, and pollination. They were shocked to discover it is not only bees which pollinate!

In History, the children have enjoyed learning more about the Ancient Egyptians and exploring some books in reading time too.

Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 12.11.21

Here we are again at the end of another busy week, as we move through November. Doves class have enjoyed getting to grips with our new topics this week.

In Literacy, we have been writing letters from the point of view of Leon, to his Dad, who is in the army in our story: Leon and Bob. Doves have also learnt about prepositions: ask them at home to describe where objects are.

In Maths, we have continued our work on ordering numbers. Doves have consolidated this learning this week and are gaining confidence in ordering numbers up to 1000. We have had some good conversations this week for example, from child A: 'I know that number is bigger than that one because that one has got hundreds but this one has no hundreds.'

In Science, we have learnt about dormant plants, and continued our understanding of the seasons and how this affects nature. The children really enjoyed going into our outdoor learning area and discussing different plants and how leaves decay.

In History, we have continued learning about the Ancient Egyptians.

Finally, can I please remind everyone that the children need to bring their reading book in daily, as each child reads at least twice a week to an adult, on different days, and reads to themselves daily.


Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 5.11.21

We have had a very busy week in Doves, starting our new topics for this half-term.

In Literacy, we have begun reading Leon and Bob. This book is all about a little boy who makes a new friend. This will give us lots of opportunities to discuss friendships.

In Maths, we are looking at ordering numbers up to 1000. Doves class have worked well at this, and are becoming experts in working out the largest and smallest number!

In Music, we have enjoyed using the glockenspiels to tap out a beat to music, and in Science we have begun our topic on cycles in nature.

This week we have also celebrated Day of the Dead, which the children enjoyed learning about the Spanish culture and how Day of the Dead is celebrated. On Thursday, we celebrated Outdoor Learning Day, Doves class took our Literacy and our Science learning outside and enjoyed describing items on the playground and looking at the seasons and how nature changes throughout the year.


Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves - 22.10.21

We have reached the end of the first half-term of year 3 and all the staff in Doves class are proud of the achievements the children have made. In just a few weeks they have learnt the routines of the school, some of them settling into Eastgate having joined us from their infant school. The children are proving they are hardworking, enthusiastic and showing us their dedication every day.

This week we have completed writing our stories. The children worked hard, writing these independently then editing them to create their best work. In Maths, we have finished off our work on place value and the children have worked together to explore numbers - showing all the different ways they can represent a whole number. We have also finished off our learning in Geography this week.

On Friday afternoon the children were thrilled to finish creating their torches. They have learnt to make a circuit, made their own holders for the circuit and bulb, and have pieced this together to create a working torch. We all enjoyed turning the lights off and watching our torches working!

Well done Doves for a fantastic half term. We look forward to more fantastic learning in November!

Best wishes

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves - 13.10.2021

Halfway through October, and Doves class are fully settled into year 3 routines and activities. The children are enjoying exploring and gaining new knowledge!

In Literacy, we are writing our story with a familiar setting. The children have planned a story focussed on a new child beginning Eastgate Academy - something many of our children experienced when they recently joined us from their infant school.

In Maths, we have been practising our place value skills, looking at greater and less than, in numbers up to 1000.

In Science the children learnt all about digestion, and thoroughly enjoyed Mrs Blayney's science experiment, demonstrating the role of the intestines.

In Design Technology, the children have designed, and begun to create their torches. Each child has also demonstrated their ability to create a series circuit, and a switch. All the children have impressed us with their knowledge of safety around electrics.

Doves class have also begun to learn greetings in Spanish, please ask them to show you what they have learnt at home!

Please remember that the children's homework is to read daily, and practice their tackling tables each night too. Any parents who need support in accessing Tackling Tables can speak to the class staff before or after school.


Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.


Doves - 8.10.2021

Another busy week has been enjoyed in Doves class! The children have enjoyed some different experiences this week:

In Literacy, we have begun planning our own stories, ready to write these next week. Our class story is set at our school.

In Maths, we have begun talking about adding and taking away tens and ones, and exchanging digits. Your children have practised explaining this new maths process:
'Exchanging is when I have one ten and someone has ten ones and then we can swap because its equal.'

Please ask a member of staff from Doves class for an explanation on exchanging, should you need any support.

In History, we have completed our learning on the Stone Age. The children were thrilled when Mr Stratton brought in some flint axes for us to explore.

In DT, the children have begun our topic on battery power. We will be designing our own torches, and exploring how to light a bulb using a circuit.

 Finally, in Science, we have continued our learning about the human body.

Best wishes, 

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves 01.10.2021

Doves class have had a wonderful week, full of learning! The children have worked exceptionally hard, and have embraced new challenges.

In Literacy, we enjoyed discussing the dreams the Old Man in our story may be having. As a part of that lesson, the children shared their own dreams for the future:

'I want to move to the place where people say bonjour, I like it there.'

'I want to be a doctor, not a doctor for adults but one for children. I can help make all the children better.'

'I want to be a teacher and live in a treehouse so that I can see trees and plants all around me.'

It was fantastic to hear the dreams of the children, and we discussed how, if we work hard and have a good attitude to our learning, we can achieve anything!

In Maths, Doves have worked on their understanding of number lines. We have focussed on understanding the place value of the numbers, and finding the value of the mid-point.

In Science, we have been learning about the nervous system, and in History, we have continued our learning about the Stone Age.

In Art, we have enjoyed learning the skill of printing.

Best wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.


Doves - 24.9.2021

It has been a very busy week in Doves class, and we are very proud of how well the children have settled into their learning.

In Literacy, we have enjoyed exploring the tale of the Old Man living in a rubbish dump, and today the children were excited to finally discover the book is called 'The Tin Forest'. Next week we will discover how it ends.

In Maths, we have moved onto number lines, and today the children explored how to find the mid-point of the number line. You can help your child at home by counting in 5's, and 50's.

In History, our work continues on the Stone Age, and in Science the children have enjoyed creating their own diagrams of our muscle system and the skeleton, talking about how these work together.

This week we took the children into the town centre to look at our school's display from the IHL Project. The children behaved very well and really enjoyed seeing our work on display in public!

Best Wishes,

Doves Teaching Team.

Doves - 17.9.2021


Hello, and welcome to Doves class page. We hope your children have enjoyed their first two weeks in year 3, we have certainly been impressed with their wonderful learning and enthusiasm.

In Literacy, we have been reading a story about a man living all alone in a rubbish dump. The story is called 'The Tin Forest', but your children don't know this yet! They have enjoyed this week imagining what the man might be dreaming of.

In Maths, we are working on place value, using hundreds, tens and ones to describe numbers.

In History, we are learning about the Stone Age.

In Science, we are learning about the human body, and this week the children have drawn round each other, and begun explaining where the muscles are in our body, and the job they do.

In Music, we are learning to sing a song called 'Let Your Spirit Fly'.

Please remember your child can bring a bottle of water to school, and as the weather sadly turns they may also need a coat, with their name in it please.

Best wishes

Doves Teaching Team.