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Term 6

Kearsney Abbey Trip

This week, Year 3 from Priory Fields School had an amazing start with our trip to Kearsney Abby Gardens! We went there to carry on our study of plants and to see the amazing vegetation variety within the Gardens.

First, Year 3 went about finding and documenting which leafs, and therefore trees, we could find. After that, it was time to move onto sticks and branches that had fallen onto the floor. It was quite the scavenger hunt with the children running all around trying to be the first to complete it!

After all that busy work, it was time for a little cool down and the Year 3 classes sat down and did some lovely art. First, the children used the ‘rubbing’ technique to have some lovely recreations of leaves and tress. I think you’ll agree they look fantastic. Next, they began sketching in their books in the style of the wonderful Maria Sybilla Merian who we have also been studying. Check out her great work if you haven’t already (although not as great as our children’s work!)

Photos of Kearsney Abbey Trip

Finally, to round off the day, it was time to let off some steam and play in the park! The big metal slide was a sure favourite with all of Year 3 (and with Mr Hattersley as well!)


Photos of shadows work


This week in Topic, Courtesy class were busy carrying on from their field work last week (literally)! After planting the seeds of knowledge in their heads (pun intended), the children started their experiment on what a plant needs to survive. Every topic lesson, Courtesy will be collecting data from all of these different plants to see which one grows the best.

After making their predictions, the very next day Courtesy was already able to see how some of the plants reacted to their environment, whether it be little light, no water or clay soil.

Overall, the children are very excited to see how this experiment goes and which plants are going to be “green with envy” of the plants that grow big and strong!

Photo of plants experiment and work

Big Idea

As scientists, we will become aware of plants in our local area, their features and what enables them to grow in specific environments. Our studies will lead us to ask ‘What does a plant need to grow?’ Using the style of artist Maria Sybilla Merian will enable us to make accurate representations of local plant life. As Mathematicians and Storytellers, we will be applying our knowledge, skills and understanding of light when forming Venn diagrams and role playing a story using puppets. Thinking scientifically, our explorations of light and shadow will provide us with an understanding of factors that affect shadow formation.    


After a restful half-term Courtesy was back for even more maths and this week we were looking at Bar Models.

The Bar Model is another way to show trickier calculations, such as those that include adding and subtracting. As you can see, the Bar Model is an easy way to visualise a number sentence and help to solve it.

While the children quickly picked up the use of the Bar Model for addition number sentences, they struggled with subtraction. However, Courtesy is a class full of Aspirational Ants so by the end of the week every single child was able to confidently use the Bar Model for subtraction!

Photos of maths worjk


After a lovely break, Courtesy was back in learning mode and discussing our new Topic; Plants! In order to do that, we went to the great outdoors to get up close and personal with the vegetation.

The children looked at all the amazing, different flowers and plants on one of our fields and saw all the contrasting shapes, designs and ideas. We looked at their roots, stems, leaves flowers and seeds (if we could see them!) The children were able to be Adventurous Aardvarks and have a go at trying to explain all the functions of these parts as well as being Responsible Raccoons while outside to make sure nothing silly happened!

Photos of finding plants on school grounds