Emmaville Primary School

Northern Europe Year 3

Welcome to the Northern Europe Year 3 Class Page.  Here, you can find out about everything that we've been doing this year.

Friday 14th May

In English, we have been learning the tale ‘Lazy Jack’ and we used this model text to support and help structure our own ideas and stories. We finished our losing tales this week and we are so proud of the standard of our work, we thoroughly enjoyed writing our own versions of ‘Lazy Jack’. Take a look at the videos below of Rowan reading her story of ‘Lazy Daisy’ and Samuel’s version of ‘Lazy Lance’. Congratulations to you both, for being selected as Northern Europe’s writers of the month.

While exploring this tale in further detail, we looked at how this story made the character’s feel and more importantly, the reader. We concluded, that when reading this story it made us feel HAPPY. With this in mind, happiness became our focus this week. We each created a ‘How to be Happy’ leaflet, with suggested ideas and tips to staying happy and positive. Some of our ideas were: Be grateful, be kind, enjoy nature, be active, be creative, meditate and be mindful. Take a look at the pictures below of some of our leaflets.

Another fantastic week, well done Northern Europe!  

Friday 7th May

Well done Northern Europe on another fantastic week! In Science, we have been continuing our learning on the growth and support of plants. We have been exploring the different parts of a plant and their functions, and comparing the different structures in plants. We discovered that plants can be divided into two groups: flowering plants and non-flowering plants. Over the last few weeks, we have been closely observing a bean which we planted and we have been recording our observations in a diary to describe the changes of this bean over time. What is more, we have also set up an investigation to find out what plants need to grow well. We have placed three different plants in darker (cupboard), drier (window) and colder (fridge) conditions. We have predicted what we think may happen to the plants and over the upcoming weeks, we are going to observe and compare the data we collect.

It was so nice to end our week of working our socks off with a yoga session. Yoga will be a focus in our PE lessons over this half term. We really enjoy these lessons and how we feel during and after taking part in them. Take a look at the photos of us in action below!

A big well done to our school councilors – Ellie and Sam – who did a wonderful job at launching the stamp competition this week in front of our class. They were both amazing! They were confident, spoke with clarity, used the PowerPoint to support their presenting and answered any questions at the end. It was great to see the children using their oracy skills and delivering a confident presentation. We were really proud of them! Very well done team!

Friday 30th April

We’ve had a lovely week in Northern Europe. In history, we have been learning out the Iron Age. The Iron Age came after the Stone Age, and took place directly after the Bronze Age, when it was discovered that iron was a much harder material than stone or bronze, which made it a better material to use when constructing objects, including weapons. In our lesson this week, we learnt that there were many different weapons used during this time. We did some research on these different weapons and tools and discovered some interesting facts such as, Iron Age shields were usually oval or round. We also found out that the Iron Age shield was used for protecting the body during battles, which were frequent in Britain at this time! For our task, we then designed our own shield, taking inspiration from different images of Iron Age shields. We thoroughly enjoyed this activity!

This week, we also launched a new App which we will be using called Doodle. It helps improve our maths skills and times table knowledge. We have thoroughly enjoyed using this App both at home and in the classroom. Lots of us have stayed in the green zone all week – keep up the good work Northern Europe!

Friday 23rd April

It has been a lovely week back after the Easter holidays – with plenty of well-earned buttons in our jar! It was so nice to hear what our friends and their families had done over Easter, as life starts to return to some form of ‘normality’. 

We have had a busy week learning lots across the curriculum. However, we really enjoyed  our geography lesson this week, where we were learning about the ‘water cycle’. The water cycle is a physical process that happens on the surface of the Earth and in the Earth's atmosphere. We learnt about the four stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. We then used this knowledge to create our own ‘water wheels’, to show the different stages of this cycle. Take a look at the pictures below, we were very proud of the work we produced!

Thursday 1st April
What an EGG-cellent end to our Spring term! We have had such a wonderful time in Northern Europe, with a week-full of Easter activities! We have decorated our eggs for the Easter competition. Take a look at some of our fantastic designs below. We also learnt about the Easter story and talked about forgiveness. We thought about something we might want to be forgiven for and discussed as a class. Finally, on Thursday we had our Easter party! We wore our best party clothes and brought our dancing shoes (see photos below). We had such fun playing games, winning prizes and dancing with our friends!
Well done for all your hard work from returning to school. I can’t wait to spend the Summer Term with you all, celebrating your achievements along the way. I hope you all have a lovely, relaxing Easter holiday.
Egg Decorating 
Easter Party

Friday 26th March

This half term our topic in PSHE has been ‘Healthy Me’, during these lessons we have been discussing how vital exercise is to our body and mind, and how important it is to keep our body's healthy. In line with this learning, during our PE lessons we have been developing an understanding of how complex our body's are and how important it is to take care of it. In each PE lesson, we have been completing a fitness challenge organised by the Year 12 Sports Leaders at Thorp Academy. Each week, we send the Sport Leaders our results. We are thoroughly enjoying taking part in this virtual festival and completing the weekly challenges!

On Thursday, we also did a PSHE lesson about keeping safe when a child may not be with their parent or an adult who is looking after them. We learnt the rule ‘Clever Never Goes’. Clever Never Goes has been developed to replace the out-dated ‘stranger danger’ approach. We looked at different scenarios and learnt practical safety skills and how to recognise potential signs of danger. We created posters to covey what we had learned in the lesson.


Friday 19th March
Every Wednesday, we are now taking part in our Pedestrian Training. This week was our first session, where we learnt the Green Cross Code- ‘stop, look, listen, check!’. We then we went out on our local roads to practice this code. We learnt that you have to stop before the curb, so your feet aren’t near the edge. You have to look right, left, right and look for your closest danger, taking a step back if there is a car, taking as many steps back as possible if there is an emergency vehicle. Then when it is safe to cross, walk across the road in a straight line, making sure we don’t have our hands in our pockets or run. We can’t wait to learn more over the next three weeks! Below are some photos of us learning and practising the Green Cross Code.
Well done on another fantastic week Northern Europe!
Friday 12th March
What a lovely first week back at school, it was so nice to have everyone back together. I have been blown away by the children’s attitude and enthusiasm towards their learning, they have been such superstars this week, and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year together!
We've had such wonderful week, it’s been so lovely to spend time catching up and settle ourselves back into the routines of school. There have been lots of opportunities to talk this week and we have discussed ways in which we can keep ourselves calm and relaxed, if we are feeling worried.
We have also enjoyed a week full of poetry, the children wrote poems about their experiences in lockdown and wrote a poem dedicated to someone they love. Take a look at three of our poems below. The children have also been exploring comic poetry. They each learnt and recited a poem to the class on Friday afternoon, we had so much fun and all the children’s performances were brilliant. One thing which stood out while each child was performing, was how kind and supportive the children were towards their peers. I feel so lucky to teach such a kind and compassionate group of children, who create such a wonderful classroom environment for us all to be in. 
Well done and thank you Northern Europe, for a fantastic first week back.

My Favourite Person 

By Ophelia  

You are ruby red the colour of Manchester United,
You are delicious brownie waiting to be chomped,
You are yummy hot chocolate waiting to warm me,
You are bubbling excitement filling my belly,
You are cosy Minnie Mouse pyjamas waiting to be snuggled into,
You are crazy rock waiting to be danced to,
You are happy family waiting to have a sleepover,
You are home keeping me safe.  

My Favourite Person

By Adam

You are a diamond rarer than gold,
You are always kind,
You are very lovely, like a flower just blooming,
You are the cheesiest of all pizzas,
You are my answer to everything.

My Favourite Person 

By Maddox

You are blue like a Twip, 
You are pizza ready to go in my belly,
You are juice keeping me hydrated, 
You are happy making me smile,
You are onesie ready for snuggling, 
You are 'Welcome to the House' making me happy,
You are Samuel/ Sam there for me, 
You are relaxing paradise making me calm. 

Friday 5th February
Well done on another brilliant week of home schooling Northern Europe, you continue to make me a very proud teacher. See below for our phenomenal TTRS results. 


What a fantastic end to 2020. This week has been filled with Christmas crafts, pantomimes, parties and cushion making! We also ended the term with a FULL button jar, so we celebrated our hard work by having a ‘cosy Christmas movie afternoon'.

I would just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thank you so much for all that you’ve done this year. Enjoy your well deserved rest and time with family.
Christmas Cushions & Cards
Christmas Party

Friday 11th December

As the countdown to Christmas gets closer, we’ve been enjoying all thing festive this week. On Thursday, it was Christmas jumper day! Some of us in class actually said this was our favourite day of the year! But, not only did we get to wear our Christmas jumper, we also got to eat a delicious Christmas dinner cooked by Lisa and the cooks in the kitchen! Take a look at some of the photos of us during Christmas dinner below.

Yesterday, we got the opportunity to watch the other Gateshead school’s ‘Creative Dance’ performances, we voted which dance was our favourite and gave each school feedback on what we enjoyed about their performance. We can’t wait to get our feedback and hear what the other schools thought of our cheerleading routine. 

Another FANTASTIC week Northern Europe!

Friday 4th December
E-M-M-A-V-I-L-L-E, that’s who we are, that’s who we be, Emmaville Primary School, are we!

As we weren’t able to take part in this year’s ‘Cheerleading, Trampolining and Gymnastic’ event, this year we brought the festival to Emmaville. On Friday 4th December, our wonderful Northern Europe class performed their cheerleading routine as part of GSSP’s virtual ‘Creative Performance Event’. Their hard work and dedication during our PE sessions in school certainly paid off as their performance was OUTSTANDING, and everyone in school joined virtually to watch as they showcased their routine. Well done to our EMMAVILLIANS for your commitment and positive attitude; you continue to shine through these difficult times. You are all an inspiration and we are incredibly proud of you all.
Life is always better when we're dancing...

Friday 27th November

This week in Northern Europe, we have been starting to get into the Christmas spirit! Liz Twist, our Member of Parliament, asked everyone at Emmaville to participate in her annual Christmas card competition, and this week we each designed a wonderful Christmas card. We have also each designed a star that will be either pinned to the perimeter fence of the school or put around the streets of Crawcrook, in order to spread some festive fun and light up our local streets! We have also entered into a Christmas poetry competition! We each wrote an acrostic poem about Christmas and they are all fantastic!  

In science, we are continuing our learning on ‘Light’. This week we discovered that some objects, like card, block light well and don't let any get through. These objects are called opaque. Other things let some light through, but scatter the light so we can't see through them properly. These materials are called translucent. Transparent objects let light travel through them easily. We investigated lots of materials around our classroom and categorised them into opaque, translucent or transparent.  

On Wednesday, we were very lucky to have ANOTHER visit from author. This week we joined Chitra Soundar virtually from her home in India! Chitra is an award-winning author of over 50 books. Her stories are set in Indian families, and are inspired by her own growing up in India. We have read Chitra’s book ‘Sona Sharma’ in class, and it was amazing to hear her talk about this book and what inspired her writing.

I continue to be delighted with the children’s attitude towards their learning; they are working incredibly hard. 

Friday 20th November
We have had LOTS of fun in Northern Europe this week! Firstly, we started our week with a very exciting history lesson, where we learnt all about Anglo-Saxon village life. We discovered that everyone who lived in an Anglo-Saxon village contributed to its running in some way. We looked at particular roles and jobs that each villager may have had. We then explored what a typical Anglo-Saxon village would have looked like, we drew a village in our history book, making sure it was busy and thriving, as they once would have been. We also annotated all the features of our village to show we understood what it was like to live there. Take a look at the picture of our class history display below.
On Wednesday, we joined Matt Goodfellow for a virtual poetry workshop. We listened in to Matt’s unique style of poetry and joined in with great enthusiasm. He was truly inspiring!  He shared a selection of his poems from his book ‘Bright Bursts of Colour‘, which lots of us have now ordered! After listening to Matt we took to writing some of our own poetry, take a look at Rowan's poem below. 
On Thursday, we had an excellent computing lesson with Mrs Priestley all about algorithms and decomposing. We created simple Lego models and took photos to create instructions (an algorithm) for our classmates to recreate our model. By removing one block at a time we were decomposing the problem into manageable steps. Below, we have two sets of instructions, can you create the models at home?
Finally, on Friday we ended our week with a wonderful art lesson. We wrapped up and went outside to create leaf sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. Take a look at the pictures below of our amazing sculptures – we are so proud of them!
What a week! Well done superstars!

My Cosy Classroom
By Rowan 

I can smell the delicious school dinners,
In my cosy classroom.

I can see colourful bunting,
In my cosy classroom.

I can hear the wind blowing,
Outside my cosy classroom.

I can hear the relaxing music,
In my cosy classroom.

I can smell the candle burning,
In my cosy classroom.

I can hear the children chattering,
In my cosy classroom.

Friday 13th November

We know how important it is to keep active, and throughout this week we have been joining Joe Wicks each morning to take part in a 5-minute mood boosting workout to set us up for our day ahead. We have also been exploring the benefits of exercise on our mood and mind. Today, the whole of Emmaville came to school dressed in our pyjamas and Pudsey Bear T-shirts and joined Joe Wicks in the final leg of his 24-hour workout, to raise money for Children in Need.

We also held a Children in Need ‘Family Bake Off Competition’, and after a very tricky morning judging all the amazing entries, we have decided that the winner is... drum roll please... Charlotte, for her amazing Pudsey Bear cake! A huge well done to Charlotte and her family!

Well done to everyone who participated and thank you so much for sending in your pictures. I hope everyone had fun making and baking and it was lovely to see so many of you getting involved.

Take a look at all our amazing entries below!

Friday 6th November

We are the champions! Wow, well done Northern Europe on a phenomenal win in our recent Times Tables Rock Star Tournament. Over half term, you have been working incredibly hard on improving your mental maths skills during this tournament. You are showing amazing progress and it’s fair to say we LOVE doing our times tables, with lots of you finishing the tournament with scores in thousands! You have all showed a massive amount of enthusiasm and determination throughout; this makes me a very proud teacher.

The top five rockers are:

1. Dexter - Monique Boals - 17,148 (the highest score in the whole tournament!)

2. Samuel.L - Spider Meisner - 10,092

3. Ellie - Brenda Childress - 3,997

4. Lenny - Jah Arm - 3,423

5. Sam.C - Mickey Burger - 1,652

We have really enjoyed taking part in the tournament and looking at all the other class’s scores each day. It is safe to say that Northern Europe have set the bar high for future tournaments!


Friday 23rd October

What a brilliant end to our first half term in Year 3. In Computing, we have been creating non-fiction eBooks, explaining the SMART Rules to keeping safe online. On Wednesday, we finished our eBooks and we are so happy with how they look! We have thoroughly enjoyed creating these books and learning lots of computing skills along the way.

At Emmaville, we strive to have growth mindsets and when we find something hard we use our safety nets and think positively. In a PSHE lesson, we discussed what somebody with a fixed mindset may say in comparison to somebody with a growth mindset. We then used photo editing software to add a black and white ‘mono’ effect to our fixed mindset photos and enhanced the colour on our growth mindset photos. Take a look at our photos below.

In art, we created some Remembrance Day art using perspective. Our art is going to be shared with the community and displayed in the local co-op. Thank you to Dexter’s mum and her friend for arranging this for us. Please see our artwork below. 

Finally, a huge congratulations to our new school council members, Ellie and Sam.C. We know you are both going to make amazing school councillors and do a superb job at representing Northern Europe!


Well done and thank you for a wonderful first half term Northern Europe. I hope you all have a lovely half term and enjoy a well-deserved break.

Friday 16th October

Another week of working our socks off in Northern Europe! In RE, we have been continuing our learning on Hinduism and Diwali, this week we created rangoli designs. A rangoli design is made up of beautiful coloured patterns and these designs are often very detailed. Rangoli designs are thought to bring good luck. During Diwali, rangoli patterns are created at the entrance to people’s homes to welcome the Goddess Lakshmi. 

In history, we have been learning about The Stone Age. The Stone Age lasted a very, very long time! It was split into three periods: The Paeleolithic period (which is the oldest); the Mesolithic period; then finally the Neolithic period which is seen as the ‘New Stone Age’. Over the last few weeks, we have been studying these different periods, exploring how people lived during these times and what their homes would have looked like. This was dependent on the time, and the country. In Britain, archaeologists have found evidence of four main types of dwellings. As part of our D&T lesson this week, we designed and created one of the four Stone Age dwellings.

Finally, we have sent our instructions off to Hogglestock in Narnia. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed creating these instructions and helping the servants at the Cair Paravel. Take a look at our videos below on how to make a disgusting sandwich!


WARNING: Contains revolting ingredients!

Friday 9th October
Wow, what an exciting week in Northern Europe! This week in English, we have been learning about instructional writing. We have looked closely at different texts and when studying these texts, we discovered a range of measurement vocabulary such as: slice, sprinkle, dollop and handful. We then created our own poems using this specific vocabulary. Our poems are all about what we think makes ‘a good friend’, and what the perfect ingredients are. Below are two examples of our poems. We also received a special letter from Hogglestock, the head chef at Cair Paravel, Narnia. The letter told us how the White Witch was being cruel to the servants at the castle and they needed our help to play a trick on her (in the hope to get their own back), and of course we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to help get revenge. Hogglestock had asked that we write some instructions on how to make a sandwich, to help the servants in preparation for the White Witch’s royal ball. However, instead of thinking of tasty ingredients for our sandwiches we decided to write instructions on how to make the most disgusting sandwich in the world! Our ingredients for the sandwiches ranged from ‘a table spoon of dog drool’ to a ‘sprinkle of toenails’ – yuk! We look forward to sharing some of our gruesome instructions with you.
Ingredients for a Best Friend
By Ellie M

1 slice of kindness, 
3 teaspoons of love,
6 tablespoons of helpfulness,
A sprinkle of knowledge,
50 drops of fun,
2 dessertspoons of listening,
A bucketful of eye-contact,
Half a cup of consideration,
10 dollops of respectfulness,
50 millimetres of growth mindset,
3 full cups of encouragement,
1 whole smile.

Ingredients for a Good Friend
By Samuel L

3 tablespoons of happiness,
1 bucket of love,
100g of funniness,
1 sprinkle of respectfulness,
1 slice of fun,
A drop of sharing,
50g of friendliness,
A squirt of listening.

Friday 2nd October 

Well done on another busy and fun-filled week Northern Europe, you continue to shine!

Over the last three weeks, we have been gaining lots of new knowledge about our continent Europe, but more specifically, Northern Europe. In geography, we have explored the countries which can be found in Northern Europe, their flags and capital cities. In art, we researched a very famous German artist, Paul Klee. We looked closely at his art and created our own versions taking inspiration from the shapes and colours used in his work 'Once Emerged from the Gray of Night'. After that, we used word art, to include the countries which are located in Northern Europe.

Take a look at some of our art below…(photos will be uploaded on Monday – we are allowing our masterpieces to dry!)

We have thoroughly enjoyed this week and have gained lots of knowledge about Northern Europe.

Friday 26th September
We have had a wonderful time in Northern Europe this week! We are settled in well to the routines of Year 3 and we have been working hard in all subjects (our button jar is filling up quickly!)
During our computing lesson this week, we discussed how we can keep safe when we are online by following the SMART rules. The SMART rules are safe, meeting, accepting, reliable and tell. We created posters to share with our friends and illustrate what we had learnt. In geography, we have been learning about rivers. In our lesson this week, we looked at images of rivers and identified the areas of erosion and deposition. In P.E, our sport this half term is hockey. We love these lessons and have learnt lots about the sport so far: we have learnt the correct way to hold a hockey stick; how to stop/ intercept a pass; how to do a push-pass and how to move and dribble with the ball. Very impressive Northern Europe!

Friday 18th September

… and so our Year 3 journey begins. Hello and welcome to our class blog. Here you can see what we’ve been doing in class and hear all about our week.

We've had a wonderful first week as Northern Europe, it’s been so lovely to spend time get to know each other and settle ourselves into the new ways of school, which we have all done brilliantly. There have been lots of opportunities to talk this week and we have discussed ways in which we can keep ourselves calm and relaxed if we are feeling worried. To start the week, we created a class charter, we’ve made a promise to each other to follow these rules and be the best we can be.

We are so excited for our year ahead together and celebrating the achievements we all make along the way. Well done Northern Europe, you have all been superstars!