Visiting Carlisle Cathedral

Year 3 visited Carlisle Cathedral to see the completed labyrinth that we had helped create.  Along with many other schools we had worked hard to design and make a tile to represent ‘Our School and our Journey’. All the tiles were then put together to create a beautiful labyrinth. Labyrinths can be used as a form of pilgrimage, which is a special journey undertaken for a religious motive. While we were there we each wrote something that we were worried about on a piece of paper and took it with us to the middle of the labyrinth. We then left our messages there as a symbol of leaving our problems behind. We also received a pilgrimage badge as a reward for making the journey.  
Later we made our own finger labyrinths so that we can trace the pattern with our finger whilst reflecting or saying a prayer. Finally, we had a tour of the Cathedral which was really impressive. Everyone was amazed by the glorious ceiling. 


Summer Term

Year 3 have had a very busy start to the Summer term! We have been doing lots of work in DT finding out about ground-breaking British inventions. We learnt about the invention of the telephone and made our own paper cup phones to test out the vibration of sound. 

We also learnt about W.B Wilkinson’s invention of reinforced concrete and we were set the challenge to reinforce newspaper to make a strong bridge. 

We then found out all about Charles Mackintosh’s invention of waterproof material. We tested how adding different things to paper could make it more waterproof.   



We also had a visit from the Dalston Handbell ringers. They are very talented and we loved listening to all the bells playing tunes. We even had the chance to have a go ourselves. 


Class 3 visit to Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum 

As part of our History work Year 3 visited Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum. It was like stepping back in time - we were able to ride on an old train and find out how a steam engine worked. We were also told about the microgranite that is quarried in the area and how the development of the railways made it possible to transport these heavy materials away from the mines to other parts of the country. There were many uses for the microgranite - especially in road building. It can also be seen in between the tracks of railways - nothing was wasted.

We spent a lot of time using our maths skills in the shop; working out what we could afford to buy with our money. Finally, we had a go at panning for gold and minerals ourselves and all came home with a treasure pot!



We explored plant art looking at why botanical illustrations needed to be accurate, appreciating the work of different artistic and learning the skills we needed to make our own plant pictures realistic. We looked at depth in our work, creating tints, tones and shades and also working on the shape of our lines when drawing and painting trees. We applied our skills in PSHE painting some Autumn trees to make into family trees using this method and mixing tints, tones and shades of orange for the leaves.



We looked at how information is shared using a computer network. We became human computers and made our own networks to show how a network switch and server works. We learnt about how digital devices help us and designed our own device. We also compared using a computer paint program and painting by hand to paint van Gogh's 'Starry Night' and though about the advantages and disadvantages of each method.  






We looked at what life was like from the Stone Age to Iron Age. We made a lifeline showing all the events we learnt about in KS1 and added the Stone Age to Iron Age period. We then became archaeologists and took part in our own mini-excavations discovering Stone Age tools and discussing what we thought  they were for. We pretended to be hunter-gatherers on the school field to find out what might be eaten. We also used our persuasive writing skills from English to try to sell soe Iron Age roundhouses!






We have enjoyed working practically in Maths and using the equipment to explain our thinking and help us work things out. Our favourite word is ‘exchange’ when we are adding or subtracting!