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Welcome to Wagtail Class

This class page will share the fantastic learning we do in class.
Our teacher is Mr Thomas and we are supported by Mrs Donald.


Scroll down to see our amazing journey this year!


January - March 2024 Notices

  • Our P:E Day is on Friday.
    Please make sure your child has the correct P:E uniform on this day. This term will be both outside and inside P:E lessons.


  • Please make sure your child has a raincoat in school everyday.
  • Please make sure  your child brings a water bottle in school each day. 
  • We will be doing outdoor learning this term, so all children will need wellies in school.


Expected Homework:

  • 10 Minutes a day of Reading from your AR/Phonic Book.
    Reading Records need to be in on Friday with five, 10-minute reads written in and signed.
  • 30 Minutes on TTRS weekly. (Completed by Monday)
    (Paper copies are available for children who cannot access TTRS)

A Guide to Accelerated Reader, Please click the link: A Parent's Guide to Accelerated Reader (AR)


Writing suggestion homework:

  • Write your own adventure story just like Mr Penguin. 
  • Write a poem about the spring months. You can write about the weather, spring activities or the change in season.
  • Write a set of instructions (computing algorithm) to make the most disgusting smoothie. 
  • Write a non-chronological report about a sea animal of your choice. You could include subheadings about the animals diet, habitat, features.
  • 100 Word Challenge
    Write a small piece of writing.
    It must 
    be around 100 words, be about anything you want, be imaginative, be any type of text, a diary, letter, poem. BONUS - have the phrase …it wasn't that shape earlier…

This afternoon, Year 3 Wagtails became palaeontologists and learnt about how a fossil is formed. We investigated different types of fossils including ammonites and coprolites and learnt about the steps a fossil takes to form over thousands of years.

Geologists at Work

In Wagtail's science, we have been investigating the properties of different types of rocks. We have been identify the features of each rock looking at the layers and crystals and categorising them into igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. This week, we have conducted an investigation to see which rock is the most permeable.

In Science, Wagtail class have been learning about the importance of the skeleton and the different bones in our body. Our investigation focused on the importance of the skull and the class were tasked to investigate suitable materials for a bicycle helmet. They designed, created and tested their bicycle helmets on an egg and dropped it from a height.

Year 3, had an amazing Roman Day yesterday. They enjoyed learning about the invasion of the rebel Boudicca and how the Roman army defeated the Celts. The children spent the day completing many activities such us mosaics, leather work and necklace making. We finished our afternoon by having a Roman feast with entertainment.


Year 3 had an amazing time visiting the Tower of London. The children caught the train from St Neots to London Bridge. Then, walked along the embankment, seeing HMS Belfast and walking across Tower Bridge, before arriving at the Tower for an action packed day. The children saw the Crown Jewels and explored the different towers and the armoury.

Water through plants investigation

Wagtail class have spent the day exploring and investigating with plants today. They have sketched their own plant from the sensory garden. Then, labelled their sketch with the parts of the plant and their function. They have also set up two investigations. One to test the requirements for growth and the other to see how water transports through a plant.

Wagtails had there pizza party this afternoon to celebrate their amazing effort in the Spring reading challenge!

Wagtail Class had an amazing time at the inter-school sport sports event at Winhills School. Year 3 took part in rounders, netball and athletics and finished 4th overall. Well Done Wagtail Class! 

Wagtail Win the Spring Reading Challenge

Congratulations Wagtail Class for winning the Spring Reading Challenge and getting a pizza party for your reward! 

Science - What is Light?

In Science, we have started our new topic 'Light and Shadow'. Wagtail have investigated this week what light is and if there is no light, there is darkness. The children had to guess what objects were in the box. But first had to look through one hole. Then they could gradually add more holes and a light source to discover that we need light to see. 

DT Sewing - Tudor Rose Cushion

In Design and Technology, Year 3 have been creating and sewing their own Tudor Rose cushion. The children practiced their sewing techniques and learnt how to sew a running stitch, blanket stitch and cross stitch. The children did extremely well developing their sewing skills and they all had amazing determination to see the task through. 

Shakespeare Rocks!

Wagtail Class have completed a brilliant performance this term. They have worked extremely learning all the songs and their dance. Super proud of you Wagtail!

On Tuesday 14th March, Wagtail and Goldfinch took a journey down to the local library. The children were introduced to the variety of books on offer and were allowed to borrow books to take home. Whilst in the town, the children conducted a transport survey for their geography fieldwork. The children observed the different uses of transport ready to present as a bar chart. Also, the children enjoyed taking part in a history tour of St Neots from Mrs Gregorious. Year 3 went around the area discovering hidden items of history and enjoyed learning the facts behind them. 

A fantastic day in Wagtail and Goldfinch class for World Book Day! We have had an amazing day celebrating reading, illustrating and theatre.

In Science, we have continued our new topic ‘Forces and Magnets’. Year 3 have looked at the Earth and its magnetic field. The have learnt that this magnetic field helps compasses work as the needle always points to North. The children conducted an experiment, with a magnet floating on water, to find out where North was in the school.

Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Investigation

In Science, Wagtail class have been investigating magnetic and non-magnetic materials. The children investigated everyday materials and came up with their own conclusions from their findings. The children concluded that not all metals are magnetic and that shiny objects are not always magnetic either.

On Friday 3rd February, it was NSPCC Number Day. Year 3 became entrepreneurs and opened their own pizza restaurant! They calculated seating plans, created tasty new pizza combinations using fractions, took orders, processed payments and analysed data!

They had fun outside on a number scavenger hunt for products of the 3,4 & 8 times tables and had to communicate carefully so that they could draw snowmen with their partners!

Forces - Investigating Bridge Designs.

The children investigated and experimented with new bridge designs and discuss the forces acting on a bridge and how to keep it a balanced force. 

Science: Testing Friction

In Science, the children have learnt about forces. They have learnt that a force can be identified as a push or a pull and the difference between balanced and unbalanced force. For their investigation, the children tested friction acting on a moving toy car on different surfaces.

Reward Day - Silent Disco

On Wednesday 7th December, Year 3 took part in an archaeology workshop from the Museum of London Archaeology Team, in partnership with Highways England. The children had an amazing experience looking at artefacts and designing one of their own. The children were given the opportunity to hold and view some of the finds that the archaeologists had found in the local area, including: pottery from the Roman period, arrow heads from the Stone Age, and a horses' bone from nearly 10,000 years ago. The archaeologist talked about the importance of their work and how it takes time to unearth the items, and discover what the item was potentially used for. Also, Year 3 learnt about the importance of brooches, to symbolise which tribe you belonged to, and then designed and created one of their own. 

Petrologists at Work

Wagtail class have become petrologists and have been investigating different types of rocks and their properties. We have been experimenting with rock hardness and if a rock is permeable or impermeable. We have also categorised the rocks into the three main rock groups: metamorphic, sedimentary, and igneous.

A massive well done to both Goldfinch and Wagtail for their amazing efforts at the Year 3 sports morning at Winhills. They participated in football, netball and dodgeball and showed good sportsmanship throughout. 

Ancient Egyptian Day

Week Commencing 12th September

In PE, we are learning the rules and the game of Tag Rugby. Last week, Wagtails learnt how to tackle another opponent and what to do if they get tackled. This week, we have learnt how to travel with the ball and avoid the other team with quick movements and dodging skills. 

What an amazing first week in Wagtail class. The children have settled in very well and have completed lots of exciting activities. We have started our TTRS learning and using our times table knowledge to play numberlink games in class. In Design and Technology, we have been adapting a recipe for a biscuit. Wagtails taste tested biscuits to get an idea of texture and taste. Then, completed a first bake, adapted the recipe with more ingredients and completed a second bake with chocolate chips and sprinkles. In History, we have started to look at The Stone Age period. The children became archaeologists and discovered Stone Age artefacts. 

Wagtail Class 2021-2022

Pollination Animation

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Year 3 have been learning about the pollination process in Science. The children were tasked to create an animation explaining and showing the process of a plant seed being created. .

Victory for the Year 3 & 4 Dodgeball Team

Huge Congratulations to the Year 3 and 4 Dodgeball Team for winning the trust tournament today. Well Done to all players!

Platinum Jubilee Art Work

Year 3 have been working extremely hard creating picture collages of the Queen. They used cut outs of objects and things important to Britain and the Queen

Wagtail Ice Cream Party

Wagtail Class celebrated their home reading win with a scrumptious ice cream party.

National Outdoor Learning Day

Wagtail Class celebrated National Outdoor Learning Day by taking their Maths lesson outside. They learnt how to tell the time to 5 minutes, including quarter past and quarter to. 

Amazing Day at the Year 3 Commonwealth Games

Year 3 Goldfinch and Wagtail class had an amazing day at the Year 3 Commonwealth Sports Event. The pupils participated in rounders, athletics and netball. Well done to everyone for their hard work and team spirit. Well done to Wagtail Class who finished in 3rd place!. 

Year 3 WIN Bowling Event!

Congratulations to our Year 3 Bowling Team, who won the inter-sports competition today at Eat 'N' Bowl. Super teamwork and enthusiasm! Including the prize for the top individual score!

Wagtail WIN the Reading Challenge!!

Wagtail Class have won the spring term reading challenge. This was down to their hard working reading 5 reads a week and completing AR quizzes. Super work Wagtail Class!  

Year 3 & 4 Production

Wagtail Class have completed a brilliant performance this term. They have worked extremely learning all the songs and their dance. Super proud of you Wagtail!

Our Fishkeeper Fry Project: 

Goldfinch and Wagtail have been working hard this term being fish keepers. With special thanks to Maidenhead Aquatics, The Round House are now the owners of a beautiful aquarium which is home to many different types of fish. Year 3 followed an eight-week journey of fishkeeping learning about how to care for fish, how to clean the tank and what fish need to survive? Each week, a new variety of fish was added to the tank and the pupils learnt exciting facts about the fish. We are very happy to be keeping the tank in school and offering other year groups the chance to maintain the aquarium. 


29th March 


Year 3 and 4 had an amazing Minecraft session today from Highways England. The children were tasked in helping construct the new A428 road from the Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet in Minecraft. They learnt about how to safely build without disrupting local ecosystems and managing noise levels as well.

Well done Year 3 and 4.

Week Commencing: 3rd January 2022


Year 3 have had an amazing first week back after our Christmas holidays. In English, we have started our new book, Mr Penguin and the lost treasure' we have written and persuasive avert telling people to use Mr Penguin's investigative services. Also, we have written a setting description of the Mr Penguin's untidy office. Goldfinch and Wagtail have revisited their writing techniques such as subordinating conjunctions and expanded noun phrases in their writing. In Maths, we are starting to look at multiplication and division. We have used cubes and food items to understand multiplication is about equal groups, such as 5 groups with 6 eggs in each. We have also looked at how multiplication, is the same as repeated addition. In History, we have started our new topic on Anglo-Saxons and The Vikings. We have started our History lesson by learning about Who the Anglo-Saxons were and how they divided England into seven kingdoms. 


Well done Goldfinch and Wagtail. 

Week commencing 8th November. 


It has been another great week in Year 3. In English, we have been writing a non-chronological report about one of the three sea creatures Erin saw when she was in the water. The children wrote about jellyfish, koi carp and angler fish. In Maths, we have been continuing to develop our knowledge of addition and subtraction by adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers. In Science, we have started our new topic Forces and Magnets. The children investigated this week the forces needed and acting upon a toy car travelling on different surfaces. 


In the Ice Zone this week, the children have been learning to annotate, and draw inference from different pictures of Art. The children wrote about their opinion and views on the art David Hockney: My Parents.


Well done Wagtails and Goldfinches! 

Week commencing 1st November. 


It has been lovely to welcome back Goldfinch and Wagtail class from their half term break. We started the week of by cooking our vegetable tarts. The children prepared and cooked their vegetable tart and enjoyed the most important bit of eating the vegetable tart. We learnt about what makes these foods healthy and the importance of kitchen safety and hygiene. 


We celebrated National Outdoor Learning Day by writing a poem about autumn, taking our maths outside and drawing place value grids on the playground, and in the afternoon we created nature faces and leaf rubbing pictures. 


Well done Wagtails and Goldfinches! 

Week Commencing - 11th October 


This week in Year 3, we have started our new English book, 'The Secret of Black Rock'. We have taken on the role of a fisherman or fisherwoman and we have described to Erin (the main character) our journey into the sea, and us seeing black rock. We have used descriptive language and expanded noun phrases to describe how horrible and gruesome black rock is and our journey through the rough waters. In Maths, we have continued to develop our knowledge of addition and subtraction. This week we have been looking at adding and subtracting ones and tens from a 3-digit number. We have looked at exchanging 10 ones for 1 ten and 10 tens for 1 hundred. 

In science we have started to prepare our experiment to test pulse rate. We have looked at the different variables when carrying out a fair test. In Design and Technology, we have finished, raced and evaluated our sling shot cars. 


Well done Goldfinch and Wagtail for another super week! 

Week Commencing - 4th October 


This week in Year 3, we have been learning about speech marks in English. Goldfinch and Wagtail took on the role of the author and have written two new sections of the book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne. We pretended that the boy met the Big Bad Wolf and Sleeping Beauty. In Maths, we have started to develop our addition and subtraction knowledge from Year 2. We have been adding ones to 3-digit numbers and learning to exchange. In Design and Technology, we have continued to build our sling shot cars, ready for the testing of them next week. Year 3 have learnt how they can make their car more aerodynamic to make it go faster. 


Well done Goldfinch and Wagtail for an amazing week! 

Week Commencing - 4th October