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Welcome To Year 3

Meet the Year Group Teachers,

Mrs Grimwood…

Hi, I’m Nikki Grimwood and I joined Oxclose Primary Academy in January 2015. I’ve moved all over KS2, working in Y5, Y4 and Y3! I completed my PGCE at Durham University and before that gained a degree in History and Criminology in Sheffield. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and taking our dog Sprocket on long walks.

Mrs Jordan-Richardson.

Hello, I am Alexandra Jordan Richardson. I have been teaching at Oxclose for 15 years, most of which I have spent in Early Years and Key Stage 1. My favourite subjects to teach are reading, PE and PSHE. Currently I am a subject leader for PE and PSHE across the school.

After I had my son in 2013 I returned to school working 3 days each week. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed working in a range of different classes within the school.

When not at school, I enjoy spending time with children Lawrence and Bea. I also enjoy going to the gym and shopping.

Yearly Curriculum Overview

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Autumn – Termly Curriculum Information for Parents/Carers

Science Investigation

Year 3 have been investigating how long it takes to run 100m and what muscles do we use the most.


Our Years 3 and 4 children have been enjoying tennis coaching from Sunderland Tennis Centre. They have been learning about forehand, backhand and volleys.


Relationships Workshop

As part of their PSHE curriculum, Year 3 have had a session with our Operation Encompass School Liaison Officer, Nicola Joicey, where they looked at healthy relationships.  The children enjoyed working together to identify what a healthy relationship is and how to recognise signs of unhealthy relationships.

Science Visitor

Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed a science visit from Professor Stuart Jones from Durham University.  Professor Jones brought lots of different rocks samples for to describe, examine and classify. Some of the rock samples were over 200 million years old!

We have developed our scientific knowledge learning about sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks and we can now identify these 3 main rock types. We have also made predictions, tested hypothesis relating to rocks and have recorded and presented our findings.

Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week 2019 started with an introduction to this years theme of ‘Change starts with us’. Throughout our English lessons we looked at the book ‘The Pirates Next Door’ creating descriptions and using dialogue to write the next part of the story. This book showed us that you shouldn’t judge someone before you get to know them. On each afternoon, we carried out various tasks linked to Anti-Bullying including writing our own poems entitled ‘I know someone’. These were based on a poem by Michael Rosen and made us think about all the things that make us special and unique. Finally, we spent some time getting to know all about someone in our class who we didn’t know very well. We then used this information to write and perform playscripts about our similarities and differences. The Friday was also Children in Need so of course we also had a visit from Pudsey Bear!


Year 3 have had a brilliant week finding out all about Diwali! We started off by exploring the story of Rama and Sita in a number of different ways to make sure we knew it really well. We then had a go at creating out own Lakshmi Footprints. On Tuesday afternoon we were lucky enough to sample some wonderful traditional food and many of us were surprised at how much we enjoyed it. Finally, we used all of our knowledge of the story to create our own comic strips.


A group of pupils from Year 3 represented our school at a Quicksticks festival at Oxclose Community Academy.  They really enjoyed the experience and came 3rd in the competition!

Nissan Visit

We were very lucky to have a visit from Nissan! We talked about what Nissan do as a company and then started to explore Japanese culture. We even had a go at using chopsticks to move pompoms into a container. It was tricky to start with but we kept improving. They were very kind to leave us two big boxes of activities to do in class and told us that they will come back again before the end of the term to find out what we’ve been doing and give out some prizes! We can’t wait to get started.

Visit to The Discovery Museum

Health and Happiness Week

Year 3 have really enjoyed Health and Happiness week. We have completed various activities throughout the week to reflect on ourselves and what we are like as a person. We have also explored how much of an impact what we do and say can have on other people. We have tried out a number of mindfulness techniques to help us to relax as well as trying yoga. A highlight of our week was the workshop that we were lucky enough to take part in with some visitors to our school. In this session we explored different emotions and used drama to investigate ways to prevent situations from escalating. We also talked about ways to keep our brains and body active.

Science Week

Science week was fantastic! We got to take part in a number of activities throughout the week and found out lots of new information along the way. One of the highlights was Wednesday afternoon when we took over the hall to find out all about dinosaurs and evolution in a number of ways, from the Tree of Life activity to working with our group to piece together a human skeleton! We even had a scaled drawing of a dinosaur bone to measure ourselves against.

World Book Day 2019

Year 3 had a fantastic time dressing up for World Book Day. We took part in a number of activities throughout the day including shared reading with Y5 and reading our favourite books. We even had a Horrid Henry story read to us by Mrs Bolam in the library!

Troll Day

Science Week

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World Book Day

Year 3 had a fantastic day dressed as their favourite book characters and reading their favourite books. We had quizzes, wrote book reviews and shared our stories with our friends, trying to persuade them to read our book. Our favourite activity was a game where we had a book character’s name on a post it note and everyone had to try to guess who we were by asking yes/no questions. It was a lot of fun!

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Year 3 Puzzle Afternoon

Year 3 enjoyed puzzle day, especially when our parents came in. We love working as a team in year 3.


Roald Dahl 100 Day

Our favourite part of Roald Dahl day was helping Penny to design the story chair. We thought of the stories we knew and how we could represent them on the chair.  We had lots of chocolatey ideas when we thought about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the tail of Mr Fox was sticking out from behind the chair on many designs.  We can’t wait to see the finished chair!



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