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YEAR 3 - Chestnut and Elm


Friday 5th June 2020

Happy Friday Year Three!

Mrs Hutchison and I wanted to let you know that we both miss you all lots and even when we are helping other children in the school, we are thinking of you and how amazing you all are. I can't quite believe how long it has been since we saw you all last but I am so grateful of our brilliant trip out together at Butser Farm. Even though none of us realised until we got home that we all smelled like a BBQ because of the campfire, it was such a great day to look back on with fantastic memories too.

I can not believe that this is the first week I have written this letter from indoors. Where has the sun gone? I do hope it will make an appearance again soon because it always makes me feel a little brighter.

In the mean time, I am very excited because this week I have finally managed to buy gluten free flour. For the past 11 weeks I have been overcome with jealousy seeing so many people bakjng delicious creations but this week I can finally join everyone and get baking too. I am going to make my favourite cake; carrot cake. I shall let you all know how it goes.

This week I thought I would share with you an idea I've had. I have decided to have a post lockdown resolution. Since lockdown has begun I have enjoyed, decorating, driving in the countryside, sharing organising and fringe cutting tips with my friends, playing games with my family and realising that I am not as good at Articulate as I thought but very good at Monopoly and Scrabble, having video conversations with my friend's baby or as much a conversation as you can have with a babbling, raspberry blowing 4-month old, going for walks (one run) and admiring the views of the countryside that are right on my doorstep and just simply sometimes doing nothing. So after lockdown I have decided to prioritise and make time for these things. They are so important and often taken for granted before lockdown and  whilst I haven't learned how to knit despite my mum's best efforts and I still squirm everytime a car passes me on a country lane, I have learned to have so much love and appreciation for all the little things around me. Which makes me wonder if you have a resolution for post lockdown. Maybe it could be something small to show your appreciation of your adults like keeping your room tidy or helping to load the dishwasher or  it could be to play a game in the evening with your family. Perhaps we could share them when we return and then encourage each other to keep going.

Please do keep sending emails to us. We really do love reading them and hearing from you.

Take care and speak to you soon,

Miss Harris and Mrs Hutchison.


Friday 29th May 2020

Hello Everyone,

This week Mrs Hutchison and I have been reading lots of the lovely messages from you all and we are so impressed with how much you are achieving at home. We hope you are being kind to yourselves and celebrating your achievements because lots of you have been telling us that you have got better at spelling, riding your bike, drawing and lots of other talented things.

How did you get on with Mrs Hutchison’s word challenge from last week’s message? Have you managed to use it lots when you are talking at home?  I have definitely been doing lots of alfresco dining because of this lovely weather. As a result, I think I have now created a great recipe for a BBQ marinade so my job for BBQ meals is now making the marinade and creating the salad. I have also been enjoying the fresh air when I have been walking in the New Forest. I saw a beautiful horse rolling around in the grass and I even got to drive past a few donkeys too. In my attempt to be more courageous, I tried to cross a small stream yet despite this very dry weather, the ground underneath one foot still was boggy. So that did not end well!

I hope you are looking forward to your next learning adventure. I won’t give it away as you can find out about it on Monday but, I will tell you that I love this one, and myself and Mrs Hutchison cannot wait to see anything you do based on it! I have also been learning at home too as I have been reading a book written by a friend of one of the ladies that sometimes comes to our school. She has taught me lots of new things. I am usually not very good at reading this genre of books because I like books with lots of action and drama but I have surprised myself with how engrossed I have become in it. So, my challenge this week is for you to read something that you wouldn’t normally. Then you can tell Mrs Hutchison and I what you have read and whether you liked it. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t because you would still have been like our resilient rhino by trying something new.

Take care and speak soon,

Miss Harris and Mrs Hutchison


Friday 22nd May 2020

Dear year 3 

I can’t believe it’s time for another weekly message .  Miss Harris and I have been talking this week and deciding what to share in our weekly message . In all honesty neither of us have anything new to share with you because we have both been doing similar things to other weeks. Miss Harris has been enjoying walking out in her local countryside and seeing lots of beautiful views. I am still working in my garden when I get chance and am painting my garden fence this week (which is very hard work) .

I’ve been doing lots of jobs around the house and have been into school twice this week.

All of the other adults in school  send you their best wishes and hope to see you when it is safe . 

I want to reassure you that it is good to be in a routine every day and your days do not have to include anything exciting or different  . It doesn’t matter if your family takes the same walks or you re-read your favourite books or if at times you feel tired and need to rest .  Just keep going , keep trying to do little bits of learning each day . Try and learn a new word every day , look up the meaning in a dictionary or on-line, can you include the word in your writing ? Can you spot it in your reading ? 

I have decided to give you a word of the week and it is ‘alfresco’ .  

My challenge is how can you use this word ?

I remain impressed with your efforts at home and have seen some great pictures and examples of home learning this week . 

Remember whatever you do , make sure you continue to believe in and demonstrate our school values of love, courage and trust . 


Stay safe and see you soon 


Mrs Hutchison and Miss Harris 


Friday 15th May 2020

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all safe and well. I have been wondering what you have been up to this week and hoping that you are all still being like our resilient rhino whilst at home.

I was speaking to Mrs Hutchison earlier this week. She has definitely been making the most of this glorious sunshine as she has been practising her barbequing skills which she told me is going very well. Meanwhile, I have been improving on my cooking skills too. I have made a homemade version of one of your school meals this week; Sweet Potato and Lentil curry, and I must say it is delicious!

I have also been rediscovering my love for music recently and I have taken part in a 30-day song challenge. One of my last challenges was to choose a song that reminds me of my childhood so I turned the living room into a Haven holiday club and danced away to the Macarena, Agadoo and the Tiger Club song with my mum which was great fun! What have you been enjoying lately? Have you found any new hobbies or taken up something that you used to do?

Before I go, I wanted to share with you something that I have seen this week. As I was driving back from the local shops the other day, I saw an elderly lady standing on the path at the end of the road. At first I thought her car had broken down and she needed help but as I got closer, I noticed that she was standing next to a garden chair and she was holding a banner. The banner read “Keep smiling, talking and waving.” This lovely lady was standing, smiling and waving at every car that drove past. She completely warmed my heart and made my day through this truly lovely act of kindness. It got me thinking how I could do more random acts of kindness in a safe way. So this week, I have delivered small amounts of food to my vulnerable family and friends and bought them a small bunch of flowers to go with their food parcel. Seeing the smile on their faces as they opened the door, made me very happy that I had brightened their day. I wonder what small and safe acts of kindness you could do this week or have already done. I would love to hear about some of them.

Do take care of yourselves and the others around you.

Speak to you soon,

Miss Harris and Mrs Hutchison.


Friday 8th May 2020

Good Morning Year 3


I hope you are all staying safe and well and are happy about the welcome return of the sunshine. It certainly makes our daily exercise more pleasant I think. I certainly feel like I have much more energy and enthusiasm when the sun is shining.

I don't have very many different things to report this week, but  I am continuing to learn french as I told you previously which is going fairly well.  I am also spending a lot of time reading books, some of them I have read before and am re-reading because I really enjoy them and some are new. The one I am reading now will appeal to some of you as it has lots of fantastic creatures such as Unicorns in it and also a Nemeocorn which is apparently a cross between a lion and a unicorn!!!


I have a little bit of an aching back today as my daughter and I were digging in the garden yesterday, we have decided to turn a corner of our garden into an area for a fire pit which means we had to try and remove all of the grass and today we are going to level the area to make it as flat as possible before the next step of putting gravel on top.  I will keep you up to date on our progress. (I am really looking forward to hopefully using it as a BBQ in the future too!)


I wanted to finish my message to you this week by letting you know how proud Miss Harris and I are of all of you and your incredible families. We continue to be impressed and surprised every week by how you are coping with the lock down, we love the creative and interesting ways you are learning new skills and spending your time at home and also when taking part in your daily exercise. We think the love, courage and trust it takes to remain positive and resilient at the moment means that you are living and demonstrating our joint school values every day and you should all feel very proud.


Stay safe and look after yourselves and your families.


Mrs Hutchison and Miss Harris


Friday 1st May 2020

Hi Year Three,

Mrs Hutchison and I hope that you are all safe and well. I’ve had a lovely week as I have been exploring parts of my local area on my daily walks that I have never seen before. Which makes me think about you latest home learning. We can’t wait to see and hear where you have chosen in the UK to explore. I love learning about new places as it always makes me want to visit them one day.

I have also been busy preparing a quiz which I have been doing with some of my friends every week. This week it is my turn to come up with the questions. It is funny how creative we all become in times like these. I wonder if you could host a quiz with the people you live with or even invent a new exciting game to play with them.

I have been speaking to Mrs Hutchison this week too and she has been keeping up with her exercises and she also says to say a warm and massive Bonjour to you all. Mrs Hutchison has been improving her French speaking skills recently to help make French in school even more fun than before.

Take care and speak to you all again soon.

Miss Harris and Mrs Hutchison


Friday 24th April 2020

Dear year 3, 

It has been another busy week for me. I have been continuing to try and run by following the couch to 5K programme. I am enjoying it but finding it quite hard work especially in the warm sunshine. So I am trying to either go out for my daily exercise either early in the morning or later in the evening when it is a bit cooler. I can imagine that all of you would manage the weekly running with no problems what so ever but i'm hoping i can impress you when we come back to school and I will be able to join in with our daily laps of the playground or the filed (I think I will still be the slowest though!)


I have also been enjoying the sunshine by sitting in my garden and have been reading some interesting books. I finished a book at the beginning of this week about some people who climbed all the way to the top of Mount Everest. I really enjoyed learning so many new facts and bits of information. Have you been reading many books ? Which ones have been your favourites? Have you learnt any new an interesting facts? We would love to hear about them so please email us and tel us all about them if you can.


I spoke to Miss Harris this week and she has also been enjoying the sunshine and going for some lovely walks and says a big happy hello to you all.


Stay safe and speak to you all soon.


Mrs Hutchsion and Miss Harris


Friday 17th April 2020

Hi Year Three,

How was your Easter? We hope you got some chocolate and enjoyed lots of Easter activities. Miss Harris made a delicious chocolate torte with galaxy enchanted eggs on Easter Sunday but it did not stay around for many days after (oops!).

It is lovely to hear and see that lots of you have been continuing to show your love for reading whilst at home. It is great to escape for a little while in a good book and it also helps improve our own creativity too. Don’t forget Bug Club is there for you and has a large number of exciting books with some quizzes in too. I have finally finished reading David Walliams’ Ice Monster and I have just ordered the Northern Lights series as I have been told they are excellent. What books have you been reading at home?

I am currently writing this message to you whilst having a well-deserved rest in the sunshine. I have been keeping busy this week by decorating my living room. This is a new hobby for me and it takes a lot of courage to try something new but I think it takes more courage for my dad to stay patient whilst I am learning. What new things have you started learning? I wonder if any of you have started trying something that one of your adults are good at. Maybe you could put your trust in them and ask them to teach you their special skill. We would love to hear about them in the class emails. We love receiving your messages as we may not be with you at the moment but in some way your emails bring us together.

We are sure you are all doing fantastically in these strange times so keep being a resilient rhino and a team tiger and we will talk to you soon.

Miss Harris, Mrs Hutchison and Mr Rushton


Friday 10th April 2020

Hello everyone,


We hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather at the moment, I think everybody feels happier when the sun is shining.

We hope you are keeping to a routine at home and are making the most of all that extra family time as well as being helpful to your family. Remember there are lots of things you can do to help at home, keep your bedrooms tidy, put your toys away, clear up after yourselves whether its food or dirty washing. Perhaps you could ask a grown if there are any jobs they would like you to do?

Thank you for all the wonderful emails you have sent over the last week, we have really enjoyed reading them and finding out about all of the fun things you have been doing at home.


Mrs Hutchison has continued to try and bake at home this week and has had a couple of very successful chocolate cakes but her family keep eating them too quickly. She is going to be spending some time in her garden over the Easter weekend sorting out the weeds, cutting the grass and planting some sunflower seeds. 


What have you been learning at home this week? 

Have you taken part in a family worship on a Tuesday morning? or are you doing some fun exercises and trying to keep fit?

Keep being resilient and showing love, courage and trust in all you say and do and you will continue to make a positive difference in God's world.


See you soon


Mrs Hutchison, Miss Harris and Mr Rushton


Friday 3rd April 2020 


Hi Year 3,

 I hope you have all been making the most of your learning opportunities over the last week.  

You can learn so much at home.  I have been baking cakes (and eating them!) I had to measure all of my ingredients out carefully using the scales and switch between measuring liquids with millilitres (ml) and dry food with grams (g). Most of my cakes have turned out pretty well. Have any of you been helping with the cooking or snack making?

Remember to read as often as you can (everyday would be great), write questions about what you have read.  Challenge yourself by trying to remember what you have read and write it down in sentences which make sense in your own words.  Remember we did this in school when we summarised paragraphs. 

It takes courage and resilience to keep working at home and practising your year 3 skills but I know you can do it.

Thank you to those children who have sent in pictures of their home learning, videos and emails we are really enjoying seeing them and love your creativity.

Have fun and remember to show love, courage and trust in all you say and do.


Mrs Hutchison, Miss Harris and Mr Rushton


Friday 27th March 2020



Dear Elm and Chestnut class,

We hope you are all safe, well and enjoying this magnificent sunshine.

Even though we are in challenging times at the moment, we are hopeful that whilst you are at home you are still able to live out our very important school values. There are so many ways you can do this. Try to find a mutual love for something with your family; this could be a game or cooking. Have the courage to show your family just what you can do by helping to look after your younger siblings or helping with a daily chore. If you are learning at home, trust in yourself that you can achieve your goals. Be a resilient rhino and don’t be afraid to ask for help or a challenge.

Finally, remember that even the smallest act of kindness can help to make a positive difference in God’s world.

We are all thinking of you and we look forward to seeing you when we return to school.

Miss Harris, Mrs Hutchison and Mr Rushton

Spring 2 Newsletter (Rampaging Romans)

Spring 1 - To Andover and beyond


Year Three enjoyed a Geography based learning adventure in Spring 1 called To Andover and Beyond. We started the learning adventure by exploring some of the key issues facing our planet such as global warming, plastic pollution, and issues such as recycling which affect everyone. They engaged in making posters describing the seriousness of these issues and what could be done about them.

During our adventure lessons, the children researched topics such as pollution and recycling and leaned about the percentages of animals, birds and sea creatures which are affected by plastic pollution. They visited the Dome in January where the children took part in a workshop about the environment and how we can try to protect it better.

In English, the children read a beautiful book ‘One Plastic Bag’ and learned about the author Isatou Ceesay who started a business in Gambia by collecting and reusing plastic bags. The children then wrote letters to a local supermarket asking them to reduce their use of plastic and they suggested alternatives.

We also read the Tin Forest and the children took part in a range of role play activities which ended in them writing a diary extract in role as the main character from the text.

In Maths, the children further developed their understanding of fractions, addition and subtraction and time. The helped PC Bear get back to Andover by solving a range of time related word problems using their knowledge of minutes, hours, seconds, days of the week and months of the year.

In music, the children have begun to learn to play the Samba drums. They have also had a go at composing and playing their own music.

During Art the children learned how to use a range of different techniques including cutting, sticking, drawing, rubbing and shading with Mr Ritchie. They produced colourful images of the Andover Guildhall.

During RE, the children learned about Discipleship and reflected about the important messages which Jesus shared. They learned about Jesus’ disciples and took part in a quiz.

In French, the children have learnt to say the days of the week and the months of the year. They have been practicing and matching the English and French words together. The children also continue to count in French and we have been counting both forwards and backwards.

It has been a packed but enjoyable half term and we thank you for all of your continued support. We can’t wait to start the next learning adventure with the children in Spring 2.



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Spring 1 Newsletter (To Andover and beyond)

Autumn 2 - Beetween a Rock and a hard place


Year 3 Blog for Autumn 2 –

Between a rock and a hard place

Year Three enjoyed a History based learning adventure in Autumn 2 called Between a rock and a hard place. They started the learning adventure by decorating the classrooms with Stone Age pictures and cave paintings. They engaged in making spears, and torches and collaged a large woolly mammoth.

During our adventure lessons, the children researched the Iron Age, Stone Age and created timelines. They took part in a Stone Age workshop where they role played being a hunter gatherer and thought about what life would have been like at those times. The children spent time working in groups and built round houses and made models using a variety of materials.

In English, the children learnt Dave’s cave off by heart and created actions to accompany the story. The children re-told the story off by heart using a story map and actions. The then wrote their own versions of the story. They also read the book ‘Stone Age Boy’ and created their own newspaper reports which they typed up using laptops and published.

In Maths, the children further developed their understanding of multiplication and addition and solved a variety of Stone Age word problems. They also spent time measuring and comparing lengths including using trundle wheels to measure our playground.

In music, the children listened to and sang a range of Christmas Carrols both modern and traditional and performed them to their parents during the Christingle service.

During Art the children spent time studying artefacts from the Stone Age and carried out observational drawings using charcoal.

In Science, the children have learnt about rocks. The have observed, described and compared rocks. We linked this to the ‘Rock Factory’ text and the children grew their own crystals. They also found out how fossils are made and used plaster of paris to make their own.

During RE, the children learned about Judaism. They read the story of Hanukah and compared this to Christian celebrations including Christmas. The children made their own Christingles and very much enjoyed a Christingle service held in school and led by reverend Sam. The service was also attended by parents.

In French, the children have learnt how to say hello as well as the colours, the facial features and how to count up to 20. They have loved learning how to speak in a different language and we look forward to developing this as the year continues. They enjoyed learning head, shoulders, knees and toes in French and wanted to sing it over and over again.

It has been a packed but enjoyable half term and we thank you for all of your continued support. We can’t wait to start the next learning adventure with the children.



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Autumn 2 Newsletter (Between a rock and a hard place)

Roaming in the Rainforest


Year 3  –

Roaming in the Rainforest

Year Three enjoyed a Geography based learning adventure in Autumn 1 called Roaming in the Rainforest. They started the learning adventure by decorating the classroom rainforest. They engaged in making vines, snakes and collaging different animals such as sloths and toucans. The classrooms looked brilliant by the end of the day.

During our adventure lessons, the children have located the rainforest around the world and learned why they are suitable to this climate. The children were very interested in the current topic of the fire currently in the Amazon Rainforest so we looked into this and deforestation. The children enjoyed exploring Google Earth which revealed that there are cities in the Rainforest and people living in them. We then learnt the main features of rivers and how the river supports the economy in the Rainforest.

In English, the children wrote persuasive letters for a man who lost his job for not cutting down the Great Kapok Tree in the rainforest. They then loved learning about different animals in the Rainforest and they wrote their very own creaturepedia based on which animal they wanted to research. This also encompassed computing whereby the children evaluated the best sites for retrieving information. Finally, we read lots of different poems and we wrote our own version of Roger McGough’s Sound Collector to the sounds of the Amazon Rainforest which we will then send to Roger McGough for his upcoming 82nd Birthday.

In Maths, the children developed their understanding of place value by distributing all the animals of the rainforest. They then began to use the column method for addition and subtraction whilst learning how to conserve the rainforest instead of deforesting it. They also worked hard to save Pete the Piranha by learning about rotation, right angles and parallel and perpendicular lines. Finally, the children developed their understanding of the properties of 2D and 3D shapes as well as beginning to learn how to draw 2D shapes.

In music, the children listened to different sounds of the Amazon Rainforest. They learnt how to simply record long and short sounds and created their own musical notation which they then performed in groups.

During Art with Mr Ritchie, the children studied Henri Rousseau’s jungle artwork. They then used this to influence their own shades of green leaves for the rainforest.

In Science, the children have learnt about the skeletons of both humans and animals whilst learning the difference about vertebrates and invertebrates. They realised that the skeletons helped to protect, support and move the body.

During RE, the children studied the concept of creation. They learnt that Christians believe that they are stewards of the world under God’s instruction. They continued to learn what Christians do to protect the world before applying this to their own viewpoints about how they want to look after the world.

In French, the children have learnt how to say hello as well as the colours, the facial features and how to count up to 20. They have loved learning how to speak in a different language and we look forward to developing this as the year continues.

It has been a packed but enjoyable half term and we thank you for all of your continued support. We can’t wait to start the next learning adventure with the children.



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Autumn 1 Newsletter (Roaming in the rainforest)