Interfaith week

During Interfaith week, Year 3 enjoyed exploring other faiths an incredible amount. The week began with a discussion about what a community is. Did you know we belong to many different types of communities? Here are some of our examples: Tower Hamlets, after school clubs, our classroom, religious communities, and even our own families.


After we reminded ourselves about the communities we could belong to, we heard talks from a Priest, Rabbi and an Imam about their faith. We became interested in the Jewish community and did some pre-learning because the next day we were going to visit a real synagogue! Did you know that Judaism came before Christianity and Islam?


At the synagogue we met a man who owned the building for decades. He told us many facts and showed us objects the Jewish people use in their ceremonies. We saw the Ark, Sefer Torah scrolls, used a Yad to read the Torah, and stood in the Bimah. Mr Rebelo even tried on a Tallit.


As the week carried on, we went to other serious topics. We discussed the difference between right and wrong as well as thinking about where we learnt about such ideas. We concluded that religious texts, parents, teachers, and the law are the people who help us decide. We even did some role-play about what right and wrong could look like.


The week ended with a lovely visit from Willow. Willow was a 19 year old atheist (a person who does not have any religious beliefs). She explained to us that her search for what was right and wrong was just as important to religious people as it was to hers. She really helped us understand her perspective because of that, we now can include more people in our community.


Interfaith week was a great way to explore many different religious perspectives.

We can’t wait for next year.

Animals including humans

This half term, year 3 have been learning about animals including humans during our Science lessons. We first started with identifying bone structures and compared skeletons of humans and animals.


We became researchers when we sorted different foods and classified them into their food groups. After this, we created a healthy, balanced meal plan based on our learning.

Did you know that a healthy diet does include sugary foods? We just need to limit the amount that we are consuming.


Have a look below to see some of our home learning that we brought in for our pick and mix exhibition, related to our science topic.​

Year 3 Rocks!

This week in Science, year 3 have been learning all about rocks.


We started off by working on our classifying and sorting skills and looking at the properties of various types of rock. We used lots of descriptive language to describe the rocks such as smooth, rough, sharp, dusty and grainy. ​We also thought about different ways that we can sort them, like into colours or texture.


Then we worked on our prediction, observation and testing skills by carrying out an enquiry into which rocks are permeable (this means that it absorbs water!). We had some fascinating findings and decided that chalk was our most permeable rock and that slate was impermeable. 


Have a look below at some images of us during our experiment!


What do you think? Are there any rocks that you think will be permeable? Test them out at home!



Year 3 game designers

This week Year 3 have been working as games designers.

First, we played the classic game Whack-a-mole.

The children then came up with their own ideas for a game.

They designed a background and inserted different sprites to make their own version.

Next, we wrote algorithms to make the sprites pop up on the screen to look like they are jumping out of a hole.

We noticed at first that all of the sprites were appearing at the same time so we had to debug our code.

Can you spot how we have changed the code for different sprites? What effect will this have on the game?

Then we used paper to plan what the input and output for our games would be before we added variables so that the user could score points.


How would you change the game to make it your own?


Malaysia and Cambodia – a year in pictures

Over the course of this year, Malaysia and Cambodia class have learnt their new curriculum, enjoyed fantastic enrichment opportunities and become much more mature members of the Thomas Buxton community.

Memories abound for all adults involved with this year group but here is a selection of our finest moments this year.

Didn’t we have fun!

Year 3 P4C – Do we need rainforests?

Your question for discussion this week:
Do we need rainforests?

(Our stimulus: a video on rainforests and deforestation.)

We had some great discussions about the purpose of rainforests and the importance of them.

What do you think?

Ask your child for our main points from our class discussion and use our sentence starters of the week to discuss this question.

Sentences starters:
• Do you have any ideas?
• I understand, however…
• From the opposite perspective…

Don’t forget to share your thoughts on our year 3 blog!

LKS2 Science Week

On Monday of Science week, years 3 and 4 had a great time taking part in some scientific enquiries.

We worked on developing lots of different scientific skills such as observing, identifying and classifying, pattern seeking and comparative and fair testing. We did this through a range of amazing activities called escape from the ice, confusing cans, brilliant birds and mini-beast hunt.

Can you see which UNCRC rights we are respecting? Hint: We are learning a lot!

Have a look at some of the pictures below to see some of our work!


Singing celebration

Malaysia class have had a great week learning a new song which they’re excited to sing with the rest of the school.

It’s called ‘Rise up’ by Andra Day and we were inspired to learn it after the school ambassadors and eco committee heard it at WE day.

Have a listen to it here because everyone in the school will be learning this inspiring song! Here’s the link:

Enjoy learning the song in class!

Are there good and bad lies?

Year 3 have been thinking about honesty this week and will be discussing the question ‘are there good and bad lies?’

We have been looking at different scenarios and whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ lies.

Here are some examples below. What do you think, are they okay? Is it ever okay to lie?

  • The powerful queen –A powerful queen asks you: “Who is the fairest of them all.” If you tell her the truth – that she is really ugly – she might chop off your head. You tell her she is the fairest in the land.
  • The broken toy – You borrow your friend’s toy without asking. When you break it by accident, you put it back without saying anything.
  • The capital of Australia – Your friend asks you what is the capital of Australia. You tell him/her that Sydney is the capital of Australia (genuinely believing this is true.) Later on you discover that you were wrong and that Canberra is the capital of Australia.
  • ‘He’s not in’ – A neighbour who your parents don’t like very much comes to the door and asks to see your dad. Your dad tells you to tell the neighbour he’s not at home. You tell them your dad isn’t in.

Let us know your thoughts! Have you got any instances where you think it’s okay to lie?