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Parley First School

Glenmoor Road, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8QE

01202 874400


Welcome to our Year 3 Page ! 

You will find all letters, important dates, topic information and photos for Reception classes here.

Please keep coming back to this page as photos of the children and their learning will be posted from time to time! 

In response to the ongoing situation, we are trying to provide as much information, links and support as we can. Teachers are providing work using the Google Classrooms and we have 3 pages on our website to point you to additional pages and sites that maybe of interest during this time. -------------->



   Year 3 Notices

17th June - Dorset School Games have sent through a virtual athletics pentathlon for you to take part in. This is in place of some of the sporting events you may get the chance to compete in at this time of year. You can even enter your results and compete against local schools.
Click here for more details and don't forget to let us know how you get on!

There is also a fun virtual cricket competition. Click here for more details  (including some inclusion adaptations if needed) 


Lockdown Gallery

We would like to share with you some photos and pictures from our wonderful children of what they have been getting up to during lockdown. Many children will be missing their friends but have been busy with lots of activities. If you have a photo you would like to share, details of where to send them have been put on your Google classroom page.     

Evie and Rosa have been doing lots of baking during the lockdown. They made their daddy a birthday cake and also a banana cake. 

Harry’s been doing science, baking, bunting for VE Day, paper mache and more! 

Evie has found fun ways to keep in touch with all her friends! Video messenger has been a great way to keep in contact with everyone. 

Jacob has a new best friend of a furry kind. Pickles loves having him home more and follows him everywhere. 



Tricia Zimmerman came in and worked with us. She was very impressed with how polite and willing to listen and participate. They enjoyed meeting Otto the Otter and understand even more about how they can help look after their planet by saving water. The school were even awarded a certificate as recognition of the visit, which is now proudly displayed on the Eco Schools Noticeboard. 

Maths Calculator Challenges 

To check inverse operations, Year 3 used a calculator app on the learnpads. They also had to solve calculations using only certain numbers on the key pad. Great problem solving and resilience! 


In Year 3 the children created their very own chocolate bars and wrappers. On the chocolate bar wrapper, they designed around the theme of an endangered or vulnerable animal. The outer wrapper was paper and therefore recyclable, unlike some plastic wrappers still currently on the market today. 

Clay volcanoes

To begin with we made a vent and magma chamber with card with and then used newspaper to create the shape of the volcano. We then used different techniques to mould the clay around the structure and add detail to the surface. We also tried to make them erupt – but that didn’t go to plan!

Experimenting with colour

We experimented with shades and tones to make a pallet of colours which would be suitable for a watercolour painting of  a volcano. We took inspiration from Turner who is a famous landscape watercolour artist.

Writing News Reports

We have been writing news reports in Literacy. We read a story about a volcanic eruption in Hawaii.

To collect quotes for our reports we thought of questions for people who would have been at the eruption. We then held a press conference to find out the answers. We had loads of fun getting into role.

Properties of Rocks

In science we tested rocks to see what type of rock they were. We followed a flow chart which helped us categorise them by their properties. We checked to see if they were permeable, had crystals, were grainy or could be scratched. We then sorted them into two types of rock Sedimentary or Igneous.   

We had a visit this week from The Book Bus


We have really enjoyed our Violin lessons, we have learnt the names of the notes, the parts of the violin d how to correctly hold and look after our instruments. We have been learning short tunes and have begun performing to the class with backing tracks. We can’t wait to carry on next term.

Rangoli Patterns

We learnt about Diwali and the different ways that Hindu’s celebrate. One way is making Rangoli patterns outside to encourage the god Lakshmi the god of good fortune to visit. We went outside and made our own Rangoli patterns as a team. 


We learnt how to create a piece of art then taught one of our peers from the other class how to produce it by giving clear instructions with imperative verbs.

Print Blocks

We created print blocks using spaghetti, glue and paint.


In science and DT we have been learning about magnets we learnt about how magnets have a north and south pole and the terms attract and repel. We then used our new knowledge to make a magnetic product. We designed, made and evaluated either a bookmark, maze game or fishing rod game.


We have had loads of fun learning out compass directions.

We went outside, followed instruction to travel between two locations and found out the directions we were travelling in.

Never Eat Shredded Wheat…..

We even had a compass themed rugby lesson!

 Key Dates  Year 3 Letters 
  • Friday 3rd April 3.05pm : Finish for half term
  • 4th April - 19th April : EASTER HOLIDAY
  • Monday 20th April :  Return to School 

Welcome to Year 3!

Welcome back, we hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday.

We are very much looking forward to working with your children as they continue their learning journey at Parley. We will be encouraging the children to show self-organisation with their belongings and home learning and would appreciate your support with this. Now the children are in Year 3 they need to change home reading books during the school day and keep an ongoing record of this in their diaries.

Our topics this year will be:

Autumn – Pop and Op / It’s Gonna’ Blow!

Spring – Blue Planet / Lest We Forget

Summer – Space Explorers and Stones & Bones

In order to enhance and reinforce the children’s learning we have planned a range of educational visits and experiences including:

Violin lessons


Winchester Science Trip

BSO Interactive Concert

Sports Events

Survival Day

 We value your partnership with us very much. If you have any questions or queries please feel to speak to us at the end of the day.

Mr Compton              &              Miss Mansfield