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Class 3

Amazing Displays!

Chemical reaction rockets with Mrs Salkeld- British Science Week

Fencing with Alex


We had a super workshop with Alex yesterday, who showed us the skills of fencing.  We realised that we had to walk like a 'crab' to get the correct stance.


Great fun!

Fun athletics with Mr French from Action Ants

Class 3


What fun we had on World Book Day!


In class, we watched a 'Footy and Booky Quiz' on-line with the National Literacy Trust.  The children loved the multiple choice quiz.


After play, we had a lesson called 'Book Choice Bistro' which explains how children choose a book which is at their level.  Miss Campbell and I then served the children in the class bistro with their choice of book from the menu.  They also had biscuits and bread sticks whilst they perused the menu.  


We then had our own book quiz to guess well-known characters in different genres of books. 


Our costumes were amazing!  


Mrs Jones

World Book Day 2024

Library Van


What fun we had on the library van today. We went on in year groups and listened to a super story read by Gordon the librarian. We then got to take a book away to enjoy in class!


Mrs Jones


Library Van Visit

Class 3 - 'COMMUNITY' Assembly



Class 3 have been learning about the importance of ‘Community’ in their RE lessons.  This learning was brought together in a beautiful assembly this afternoon.  The children acted out the roles of people in the church community and also dressed up in the communities that they are involved in. For example, Razzamataz and Karate.


Their poetry was read beautifully and the assembly ended with a lovely rendition of the song, ‘Family of God’


A wonderful topic showcased by the children of Class 3.


Mrs Jones

Community Assembly

Class 3 enjoying their Lacrosse πŸ₯ sessions with Mr French (Action Ants)



The whole school enjoyed 'Safer Internet Week' during the last week of term.  Safer Internet day actually took place on the 6th of February 2024, with celebrations and learning based around the theme ‘Inspiring change? Making a difference, managing influence and navigating change online’.


Our learning throughout the week focused on;

  • Young people’s perspective on new and emerging technology
  • Using the internet to make change for the better
  • The changes young people want to see online
  • The things that can influence and change the way young people think, feel and act online and offline

We even wrote prayers thanking God for the wonderful advances in technology and designed posters giving advice on how to be safe on the internet.


Each class shared their learning during an informative parent's assembly on Friday morning. 


A Detective from Cumbria Constabulary, Lee Clark will be coming to talk to the older children on Friday 1st March, 2024 re further issues around internet safety.


Mrs Jones

Safer Internet Week in Class 3



We have been enjoying our science topic of electricity this afternoon. 


Our challenge was to work out if it was a circuit or not, when Mrs Jones showed us different cards. As a scientist, we had to predict if the circuit would work or not prior to the testing. 


It was great fun testing the different elements of a simple circuit. We even used a propeller in the circuit and got it to spin.


We also learned that there are scientific symbols when drawing a circuit and played games to guess what they were!


Mrs Jones

Predicting and testing circuits

 Community work in R.E.


We have been currently learning about the Catholic Church community in our R.E. lessons.  We visited church on Friday morning to meet with Father John Winstanley and some community members, to explore the church and talk about the role of the church within the parish of Saint Catherine’s.





Exploring our beautiful parish church!

Our wonderful FREEDOM hearts on display in Penrith Library - make a visit and see them!

Display for the Library πŸ“š


We’ve been thinking about what ‘freedom’ means to us. Our beautiful hearts represent what we feel and know. 


These are going to be displayed in the library as part of ‘Holocaust Memorial’ day.


Mrs Jones

Our β€˜Freedom’ hearts β™₯️

Quick Sticks hockey with Mr French each Thursday


Welcome back. Hope you had a great Christmas! πŸŽ„ 


Pyjama and Houses Day in school. The children went around the classes (in their houses) and learned about the nativity story with the different teachers

‘Just a Little Christmas' Carol Concert


Class 3 performed their depiction of the nativity (entitled ‘Just a Little Christmas) beautifully in church on Wednesday 13th December. 


There were scripture readings by the Year 4 children and a tableau of acting by the Year 3 children.  The whole class sang their hearts out. 


At the end, the children sang and signed the carol ‘Silent Night’  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!


Mrs Jones




Just a little Christmas!

Come Along Christmas 


Class 3 went to Christchurch, Penrith today to experience an interactive ‘Come Along Christmas’ journey with the helpers there.


Ruth, Julie, Philip and Reverend Sargent led the children through the Christmas story.


It was a lovely depiction of the nativity story!


Mrs Jones

Road Safety Workshop


We enjoyed a road safety workshop with Anthony Bainbridge from Kier who explained all about safety on the roads, stopping distances, safe systems and why traffic can be dangerous!


Children received spot prizes for super answers.


A super informative session!


Mrs Jones



Road Safety workshop

The Jesse Tree - Advent Display


We have been learning about the Jesse tree in our RE lessons.


The Jesse Tree is a way of telling the story of God's plan from the beginning of time to redeem His people by sending a Saviour. It follows the lineage of Christ's family and key people in the Old Testament that God uses to tell His story from Creation through Christ's birth.


We made individual ornaments to tell the different parts of the story. We also wrote the part of scripture referring to the ornament.


The Jesse tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”


Mrs Jones






Our Jesse Tree

Our lovely displays


Have a look at our lovely displays in Class 3;


  • Proverbs 
  • St Joseph shrines on our RE display
  • Literacy and art work connected to our class reader, The Hodgeheg
  • Dream jars
  • Science - rocks and soils
  • Spelling rules


We have been working hard!


Mrs Jones





Play in a Day


Class 3 enjoyed a session with Joe Davies from Cumbria Opera Group on Monday.


Through repetition, the class were able to learn 4 songs throughout the day.  They even helped Joe to write 2 new verses for a song about Cumbria and the Lake District.


The children had great fun thinking up actions to match the lyrics of the songs.


Class 3 performed their songs beautifully to the rest of the school and a selection of parents at the end of the day.


Super effort Class 3!


Mrs Jones


Photographs to follow!

Play in a Day

Anti-bullying Week


Following Year 6's exciting assembly on Monday, we have been 'Making A Noise About Bullying' which is the theme for this year.


We decorated 'trainers' to show how we are going to stamp out bullying.  Also, we designed our own odd socks to show how unique we all are!


Photos to follow.


Mrs Jones



Anti-bullying Week

Science - ROCKS


We have been Learning about rocks in our science lessons. Today we carried out fair tests on a selection of rocks to see if they were; permeable or non-permeable and also to test the hardness of the rocks.


We learned that rocks can be sorted into different categories -






Mrs Jones



Wise King Solomon – Proverbs 


We have been learning about King Solomon in our RE lessons.   Solomon is credited for his contributions to the Bible, especially the book of Proverbs.


A proverb is a short, popular saying that contains a piece of wisdom or advice. It uses figurative language to convey its message, rather than stating its meaning literally.


We worked in groups to decide how to use some of the advice from Proverbs in our daily lives. 


We played a matching game in groups too.


Our own Proverbs that we wrote are absolutely amazing! 




Year 4 - Rounding


The year 4 children have been learning to round 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers to 10, 100 and 1000.  It's a tricky concept.


I've put some interactive resources on here to support learning.


Mrs Jones


Handwashing and Respiratory Workshop


Class 3 enjoyed a handwashing and respiratory workshop with Shannon Irving, who is the Technical Officer for Public Health & Public Protection at Westmorland & Furness Council.


We found out lots about microbes and how they can make us feel very poorly.  We carried out an experiment to see how far a 'sneeze' can travel through the air if not stopped in its tracks (for example catching it in a tissue or sneezing into your sleeve).


Some children washed their hands in a substance that shows up all the germs under a ultra-violet light.  It was amazing to see if we don't wash our hands correctly then the germs are still obvious on our hands.


Did you know that you have to wash your hands for 20 seconds and sing 'Happy Birthday' twice through, then your hands hopefully will be lovely and clean?


Mrs Jones







Hygiene workshop

Skateboard Workshop


The whole school had a wonderful day on Tuesday during a skateboard workshop. The whole school workshop was a prize for winning an 'Active Cumbria' competition. Great team work!


Photographs to follow.


Mrs Jones

Welcome back to Class 3

Academic Year - 2023-2024


I hope that you had a great summer! 


It's certainly been extremely hot on our return to school.


I've attached my newsletter that went out and also a copy of the swimming letter in case you have mislaid the dates.


I'll be posting lots of photographs over the next few weeks with regard to our learning.


Any problems or queries, do please call in and see me or Miss Campbell!


Mrs Jones

Class 3 teacher


Class 3 Teaching Staff

A Grand Day Out at Walby Farm Park


Class 3 enjoyed a grand day out at Walby Farm Park on the 10th July.


We went in two play areas, petted the guinea pigs and rabbits, bet on a ferret race and had a tractor 🚜 ride around the park.


The goat race was a lot of fun, as was the barrel ride!


The weather even stayed fine for us!


Mrs Jones

Visit to the Library Van


We enjoyed a visit to the library van today to choose some new library books for our classroom.  It was great fun looking at the books and chatting to the librarian Gordon!


Mrs Jones

Library Van Visit

Penrith Library Summer Reading Challenge - 2023


The summer reading challenge is starting on 15th July, 2023 and running through to 2nd September 2023. I've put a poster on here which has all the details.


I've also put another poster on, which includes all the interesting events that Penrith library is holding over the summer.  Check out the different activities and workshops that are available to keep you entertained!


Mrs Jones

Poetry Workshop with Lucy Burnett


Class 3 enjoyed a poetry workshop with Lucy Burnett on Friday.  The focus was biodiversity.


They carried out a group exercise rewriting the Skeleton Dance song / poem, but related to the biodiversity of the playground (Dem bugs, Dem bugs, Dem bugs Dem) and also wrote a poem about how a bee would communicate.


It was great fun!


Mrs Jones



The Year 4 children are currently learning about ‘TIME’ in their maths lessons – analogue and digital times, including the 24 hour clock.


Please help your child to practise this tricky concept.  I’ve put some websites below to support learning.  The children will also be given some time homework next week.


I found with my own children that purchasing a very reasonably priced ‘training watch’ from Amazon or Argos helped tremendously with learning what can be a very tricky concept.

Mrs Jones

Draw-A-Long with Rob Biddulph


We enjoyed a draw-a-long with author/illustrator Rob Biddulph today.  In stages, we sketched Edward the Confessor's crown that Charles III will wear on his coronation day.


We then used water colours to paint the crowns.  


A beautiful display for our coronation celebrations!


Mrs Jones

Our Crowns!

Our beautiful Coronation display!

'800 Years of Penrith Markets' Project with Penrith Museum


Class 3 children went to Penrith Museum on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to work with Karen MacDougall on an exciting new art project, '800 Years of Penrith Markets'


We found out that the history of Penrith Market dates back to 1223, when King Henry III granted the Market Charter.


We had an exciting activity to find different objects and dates in the museum by searching the galleries and completing a paired worksheet activity.


Then, we completed timeline activities to re-arrange old photographs of Penrith into date order.  Also, we used a replica of Penrith's town seal to stamp Playdoh and an embossing stamp to put a mark on paper.


Our project was to complete pieces of art work which will hopefully be displayed on a custom made banner to display in the town.  The artwork included; old buildings, livestock, people through the ages, oak trees (which the stalls were made out of) and artefacts.


Photographs to follow.


Please look out for the banner in the town which will appear in due course!


Mrs Jones

Visit to the Museum