St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....


Year 3 have had a great week of learning –  we have been finding out lots of geographical facts about Egypt. We enjoyed taking part in some excellent role play based on the story ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’.  Tomorrow we will begin planning our own stories based around this.  We also had a very interesting debate about the story and we then sorted parts of the story into arguments for and against it being a happy tale for Rhodopis.

Year 3 were very lucky this week as we received some beautiful new books.  Thank you so much to The Friends of St Joseph for our books.

One series of books we received were called ‘Flying Fergus’ and these were written by Olympic champion Chris Hoy and award winning author Joanna Nadin, they were illustrated by Clare Elsom.  Clare heard all about our new books…. and she wrote Year 3 an email (please see below).

Hello Year 3 at St Joseph's!

My name is Clare Elsom, and I'm an author and illustrator. I've worked
on lots and lots of books, including drawing all the pictures for the
Flying Fergus series. A fun fact - I drew over 700 pictures for the
Flying Fergus books... that's a LOT of bicycles!

I hope you enjoy your reading, Miss Ogden has told me that you're such
a great class and how much you love your books.

Please see below for a picture of me with the rest of the Flying
Fergus team when we went on Blue Peter.

If you're interested, you can see more of my work on my website at

Very best wishes,
Clare Elsom


On Monday Year 3 kicked off our new Ancient Egyptians topic. We had an amazingly fun day! 
The children shared what they already knew about the Ancient Egyptians. They looked at some artefacts, investigating, inferring and posing questions about them. 
They also had the chance to investigate some rich and poor ‘Ancient Egyptian poo’! 
We had fun completing a hieroglyphics code breaking quiz/hunt. The children worked together to answer questions, reveal words and then decode them to work out the Ancient Egyptian proverb. 
We also enjoyed a mummy-making competition. We joined Year 4 outdoors to see who could make the best mummy. It was tricky and required lots of team work. We had some amazing results! 
What a fabulous start to our new topic. Ancient Egyptians, we’re ready for you! 
We've added some amazing posters to our wow wall that the children created as part of our 'Here We Are' work. The posters were all about how to help the environment and the children came up with some brilliant ideas and designs!
They also enjoyed creating some beautiful pictures of the Earth inspired by the book's illustrations and content. They look stunning! Well done Year 3!
In science we had great fun doing some experiments that highlighted different aspects of the importance of soap; especially in these crazy times! We focused on the scientific skill of prediction and the children predicted what they thought would happen in each experiment and then followed up with the results, saying whether they were right or wrong and why. 
To begin with we tested what happened when we put our finger into water with pepper floating on top, then what would happen in the same dish but with a finger covered in soap.
We also did the 'magic milk' experiment and we got to use cotton buds with soap on to make the food colouring dance around the milk. Both of these experiments showed how the soap pushes dirt and germs away.
We also investigated the best way to wash our hands and get rid of germs. We used a dry paper towel, a wet one, cold water, warm water and warm water and soap to wash the germs (glitter) off. The dry towel did a better job than the wet one. All waters got most germs off, but only the soap got them all and cleaned dirt off our hands too! 
Finally we did an experiment where two children had a 'germy' (glittery) hand. The first washed their hands before shaking hands with the next person on their team. The other did not wash their hands between. We then repeated again and compared the third child's hand. Washing between touching certainly did an amazing job, no germs! But those who didn't wash spread the germs to the next person and the next person...
Soap is super, Year 3 will certainly be using lots of it!


Year 3 have been very busy looking at different sacraments in R.E lessons.  This week we researched what happens during a Baptism ceremony and the order in which the events of the ceremony happen.  We also learnt about the roles and responsibilities of the people that attend the ceremony.  We then enjoyed using drama to act out the different parts of the ceremony, in the correct order.

Here are some photos of our ceremonies:

9th September 2020
Year 3 have had an amazing first week and have been absolute superstars!  We have been working through our 'Here We Are' sessions and the children have responded really well, sharing their considered thoughts and opinions.  We have written a poem about our favourite place and are in the middle of writing a letter to a person that is special to us. 
In maths we have had fun discovering who stole the pencil case, how to escape the forest and doing some code breaking, all whilst working as a team and refreshing our maths skills. 
We have had fun learning all about the brain and how our minds and eyes can be tricked. You can take a look at some of the illusions below. Today we learnt a little bit about Alexander Flemming and the discovery of penicillin. We worked in pairs to design our own experiments, trying to grow the most mould. We thought about what we will need and how to make sure it was a fair test. We can't wait to see some results!