The Magic Box

Year 3 have become poets this week, I am thrilled with the ideas and pictures they have painted with their words. We used a box full of my memories as a stimulus, and I can now put in another memory into the box, their poem! Thank you Year 3, I think it is beautiful. I know some of you are creating some of your own memory boxes at home too.


My Magic Box

I have put in my box…


The soft velvet of a precious teddy with all the love it needs.

Full of cuddles of memory from times together that has been passed down the family.

A teddy still loved and as soft as a summer breeze!


I have put in my box…


A beautiful, delicate mug given to me,

Keeping my heart strong and carrying memories.

Well used and looked after, fragile but full of joy and happiness.


I have put in my box…


A baby blanket made with warmth, love and joyfulness by a beloved grandmother.

Soft like a newborn puppy, silky and white, it holds a lifetime of memories.

Sharing love and sweet dreams, a bundle of joy and a warm blanket of faith.


My box is made…


Of dust from the stars, silver ore and  a sparkling emerald.

With love on the lid and family in the corners.

Its hinges are made  of Willy Wonka’s sweet candy canes and screws that are diamond stones.


In my box…


I will surf on a rainbow wave

and ride on a talking unicorn.

I will dance with snowflakes while

Listening to the melody of life


by Year 3


All Aboard the Bede Burn Express!!!

Year 3 had a fantastic time at the National Railway Museum, Shildon. We were able to look at different artefacts, from whistles to some very tall hats. We even got to stand in the driver’s cab and find out how they would use the train engine to cook their breakfast.

The trains we looked at were beautiful, but we thought that we would like to travel in the Royal Carriage rather than Third Class, which has no roof. We were thrilled to see a replica of one of the engines that raced against George Stephenson’s Locomotion.

Look at the book we started today!

Everyone is very excited to have started this book today. We have already spotted some of the special phrases and descriptions that we found out about last week. So far we know that the old man is called Issa and that there is a camel called Jin-Jin. Can’t wait to find out what happens next.


Let me tell you a story…

Today we use 5 different pictures to put into any order we wanted and then used these to tell a story. The children used “The 5 “W”s” to add more details to the stories. These are “who, what, where, when and why?”

I’m really looking forward to listening to their stories tomorrow.

Howdy Partner

Yeehaw! and welcome back after a lovely Easter break. The exciting news this term is that our topic is going to be based on North America, and yes that does include the USA and Canada. So we have the excuse to celebrate both American Independence Day and Canada Day. Sadly an Educational visit has not proved possible but we hope to bring the atmosphere to Bede Burn, so keep an eye on the website for our adventures. We will be finding out about the history and geography of these amazing countries, hopefully our Canadian penpals will be able to help us with this research.

After our fantastic work on Roald Dahl last term, our English work this term promises to be just as exciting as we  study tales from other lands. The stories are full of magic and will provide plenty of opportunity to develop our writing skills. Reading continues to be a focus with the ability to read beyond the printed word and to develop our skills in answering questions beginning with “Why,,,”

As this is the final term in Year 3 [can you believe it!] we will be consolidating and extending our learning, ensuring we are secure in our understanding of the four rules of number and developing the skills needed to tackle problems and investigations. Fractions, understanding of time and geometry will be the other areas of the curriculum to be developed this term.

One of the biggest challenges of the year lies ahead in our study of plants this term, together with the development of our allotment. Plants should be very afraid!!! I am really hoping that the children prove very different to their teacher in their ability to grow and tend for our garden. We will be learning about the function of different parts of a plant and thinking about the effect that different conditions can have on the growth of plants.

Art and music will be linked to our topic work with The Canadian Group of Seven and the art of  the original peoples of America forming part of our study,

As you can see we have an extremely busy and exciting term ahead of us, I am really looking forward to exploring these new topics. So it’s time to…

“Saddle up and ride ’em, Cowboy!”