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Vibrant Volcanoes!


Northgate have enjoyed a week full of exploding volcanoes and Roman research this week!

Within their SPaG sessions this week, the children focused on subject-verb agreement, making sure they stay in the correct tense and understanding the use of ‘was’ and ‘were’ for singular and plurals. Later in the week, the children completed SPaG challenge mats to show off their knowledge over the year and set themselves goals as they head into Eastgate.

In literacy, the children remained inspired by the story ‘Escape from Pompeii’, and were extremely happy to be presented with instructions detailing ‘How To Create a Vibrant Volcano’. Northgate gathered the equipment and got to work, decorating their plates and cups with tape to produce a perfect volcanic base! Later, they headed outside and added bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to their cups with a splash of red food colouring and watched the multiple eruptions in amazement. Although very messy on the playground and hands, the children thoroughly enjoyed conducting the experiment.


The task left the children with the ideal opportunity to produce a set of instructions detailing how their mighty eruptions came together. They worked in their house teams to brainstorm their titles, time connectives, adverbs and other key features to make a successful set of instructions. Each child worked hard to draft their instructions individually before writing them up as their final piece – excellent work Northgate!

In maths this week, the children have been demonstrating their understanding of using the grid method and bus stop method to solve number problems involving multiplication and division. They worked together in pairs to secure their application of the methods before working through a set of questions with growing confidence – well done!

Within their transdisciplinary learning this week, Northgate completed a scavenger hunt on the playground to investigate the question – ‘What have the Romans done for us?’. They hunted for information sheets to record key facts on their research sheets to reflect on as a class, considering which elements were most important.


Next week the children will undertake their final half termly assessments within Year 3. These assessments are a celebration of what the children know and how their knowledge has grown throughout their learning. However, this data is used to access the children’s attainment against the curriculum standards. It is therefore important that the children take these assessments seriously, and are fully prepared to show off what they can do. Ensuring the children arrive to school with plenty of rest and a good breakfast will help support them to demonstrate their achievements.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year Three Team.

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