Welcome to Athelstan Community Primary School

Welcome to Mrs Whelerton's Year 3 Class Page


Our PE days are: Tuesday & Friday

We test spellings on: Friday

We practise our times tables: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our times tables and spellings in order to ensure they make the best possible progress during our time in Year 3

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. 

This term our topic is, "pdfCurry and Spice and All things Nice" click here to find out about the exciting things we have planned.


Useful Documents

Class Letters         


pdfSuggested Year 3 reading list

pdfSpelling strategies for homework

pdfMeet the teacher powerpoint


We have had a very exciting day today launching our India topic.  In the morning we were very lucky to experience Bollywood dancing and we look forward to learning more about Indian dancing in our PE sessions. This afternoon, we were very lucky to visit the Cumin Lounge in South Milford. We looked at the spices used to make Indian food and then were lucky to be served food. We ate sheekh kebabs, onion bhajis, chicken pakoras, chicken bhuna, chicken korma, naan breads and popadoms. As you can see we really enjoyed our food and there were lots of clean plates and full stomachs! Thank you to all the staff who worked so hard to make the food and made us feel so welcome.

During science week we looked at the importance of bees and researched facts. Did you know 34% of food production is from bee pollination? We learnt that bees are under threat and looked at what we can do to protect them. We were very lucky to be visited by Mr Andy Gowdy who spoke to us about beekeeping. We listened to a presentation, looked at a working hive, tried on protective suits and tasted honey.  

To complete our chocolate topic we made our own chocolate bars and designed the packaging. We enjoyed tempering the chocolate and adding our own carefully selected ingredients.

We had a busy day raising money for Sport Relief. We participated in Sport to the Beat Workshop completing a variety of sports activities to the beat of music. We then all ran a mile around the school grounds and were accompanied by a special visitor – Buddy our school dog!

We had great fun learning the skills of French skipping and spinning plates. We had great fun learning new skills.

The children had the opportunity to take part in a maths investigation day run by “The Happy Puzzle Company”. The children worked as a team to solve mathematical thinking and problem solving. Resilience and team-work were vital to ensure successful completion of the tasks.

During our class open afternoon parents and children were set a challenge to design an Aztec headdress. The winning entry was Mrs Tindall and Harry who won a bar of chocolate for their wonderful, imaginative design. Congratulations to all the entries, the designs were fabulous!

We were joined by Santander who came to educate us on how a bank works and give us an insight into how we can best save our money. We enjoyed learning key banking terms and completed an activity managing a budget to design our own bedroom.


As part of our topic on chocolate we tasted different chocolates. We experienced tasting: 85% cocoa, 50 % cocoa (dark chocolate), 35 % cocoa (milk chocolate) and 20% cocoa chocolate (white chocolate). We looked at the pieces of chocolate and then tasted them describing their flavour and how they made us feel.


This term we have been working very hard to learn the various parts of our play, "The Selfish Ladybird". We have worked on in rehearsals a range of songs, dances and acting that is required for our perfomance. Our costumes were fabulous and brought the story to light. We hope you enjoyed our performance as much as we did performing to you. 

To launch our topic this term, we made Aztec god masks. We examined masks from this period and learnt that the Aztecs made and wore masks for many reasons. These included masks to cover the faces of the dead, to celebrate special occasions and to protect them in battle. We also discovered that the Aztecs based the designs of their masks on the gods that they worshiped, one of which was the god of chocolate and knowledge - Quetzalcoatl.

As part of our science topic on rocks we looked at how sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks are formed. Using starbursts we cut up them up to make sediments. We then rolled the sediments together and applied heat and pressure to make metamorphic rock. Finally, we placed our starburst in the microwave to make a molten magma or lava, similar to a volcano and allowed it to cool. We enjoyed learning these scientific terms.

As part of Parliament Week, we were fortunate enough to hold an interview with the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. We asked him questions about his role as Speaker and his opinions on current political issues.

As part of our Orchard week we pretended to be Hunters and Gathers during the Stoneage era. We gathered apples and raspberries and took them back to class. We learnt how to cut fruit sensibly with a knife and made a lovely autumn fruit stewed crumble – it was delicious!! During the week we also wrote poems and made picture frames using objects from the orchard.  


We really enjoyed the Stone Age Workshop in Year 3. Tempus Fugit’s Suzie and Richard came to deliver a series of exciting activities making the Stoneage come alive.

We were very proud of our two year3/4 football teams who represented the school at the Tadcaster Football Tournament.

As part of European Languages Day we had an exciting opportunity to learn Spanish Flamenco dancing.

We were very excited today to meet our special visitors from Kenya.


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