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Our Victorian Day- November 2018

To finalise our ‘Vile Victorians’ topic, on Monday 5th November we had a Victorian themed day. We all came into school dressed as Victorian schoolchildren with Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Powell dressed as Victorian teachers.

We had to line up on the playground at the beginning of the school day in two lines- one for the boys and one for the girls. When the bell rang, we walked silently into our classroom remembering to greet the teacher with a bow from the boys and a curtsey from the girls.

Our classroom had been transformed into a typical Victorian classroom. The tables were in rows and all we had to write with was a pencil. Although Victorian children didn’t have pencils to write with, Mrs Cole decided to let us use them rather than writing with chalk and chalkboards. We did get chance to write with these too though! It was a little tricky fitting everything in.

We took part in typical Victorian lessons throughout the day. Reading, writing and arithmetic. We had to chant our times tables, read aloud around the class and we even had to write lines! Mrs Cole was very good at being a Victorian teacher! She wasn’t as friendly as she usually is (for some of the time!) and she made us stand behind our chairs until she said we were allowed to sit. We even had to call her Ma’am! We don’t think she liked having to be like that!

Throughout the half term holiday, we had all spent lots of time making different things for our Home Learning projects. We researched, created and made all things Victorian including games, puzzles and fact sheets. Some of us made a family tree where we were able to learn about lots of our family members. Some of whom we had never met! We enjoyed sharing our projects and seeing the hard work that everybody had put in.

The day was great fun and it was very interesting experiencing life as a Victorian schoolchild. Some of us are very grateful for the changes over time, which mean school today is very different to back then! I think some of us would have quite liked to have lived back then. This may just be because they know they won’t ever have to!

Previously in 3C…

We have all settled into Year 3 very well and we are really excited and enthusiastic about the year ahead!

We have started our “Time Travellers” topic by looking at the Victorian period. We have been learning about how life in the Victorian times was very different to our life today. We certainly feel lucky about how much has changed, as life back then must have been really tough!

We have also been learning about the life and reign of Queen Victoria. Through our research, we have discovered that she was a very interesting woman so we have all written a biography about her.

Each week we are aiming to be ‘Star Readers’ by reading at home every day! We need to remember to get our reading records signed by an adult. If we do manage to read every day, we will receive a special certificate at the end of the week.

We are all feeling very positive about the year ahead!

We look forward to working with you.

Mrs. Cole


Writing lines towards our class poem on the Victorians



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Year 3 Handbook for parents

How to help at home – Please see the curriculum overview for information on what is being covered this term



At our school we want to develop and promote ‘a love of reading’.

When sharing a book talk to your child about what he or she thinks might happen next in a story, how the story might end and then ask them to retell the story themselves. Picture books are very important to promote discussion, so look for books without any words to help your child practise this skill. Have fun acting out stories together. Your enthusiasm for a book will help your child to understand that books are exciting. Your child will receive a bookmark with their book and this should target the objectives that your child is working on.

Make reading times fun and relaxed and you will see your child’s confidence grow!


Help your child to practise their spellings. See if they can write them in their cursive handwriting.



Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives.