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A Dickensian Christmas for Y3

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Oh Dickens! It’s Christmas

To finish off our Victorian topic in style, Year 3 are fundraising to pay towards a visit to Chatsworth House this December. On Wednesday 13th December we shall be putting on our glad rags and heading out to the beautiful Peak District.  Letters to come home tomorrow and lots of fundraising planned. Here is an overview …

The Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future will all visit Chatsworth this year as the festive season is given a Victorian Gothic twist with ‘Oh Dickens! It’s Christmas’, a celebration of Charles Dickens’ best loved works.

Actors playing Scrooge, Fagin, Miss Havisham and others from Dickens’ rich cast of characters will bring the theme to life, along with room guides in period costume, as they roam around in the fog and gaslight of Chatsworth’s grand rooms. Visitors of all ages can join in the fun by choosing from dozens of character costumes ready to try on and made by Chatsworth’s textile team.

Rooms throughout the house feature period sets that evoke both the splendour and squalor of Dickensian London – as well as the London docks and Victorian shop fronts, specific scenes from the books, such as Scrooge’s bed, have been recreated in detail. Thousands of traditional and lavish seasonal decorations and hundreds of metres of ribbon will dress the celebrated Painted Hall, Oak Room, Chapel, State Dining Room and Sculpture Gallery, which will also contain 25 real trees, two of which stand more than seven metres tall.

This enchanting interpretation of books such as A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, The Old Curiosity Shop and A Tale of Two Cities will feature large-scale illustrations, wall murals, sound and light effects, projections and props. Artists such as the paper sculptor Su Blackwell are working with Chatsworth to help recreate the Christmas spirit that Dickens sought to highlight in the gathering together of families and the enjoyment of food, drink, dancing and games.

Displays will also include related items from Chatsworth’s own collections, such as letters from Dickens himself to the 6th Duke of Devonshire; first editions of books including Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities; and letters from Duchess Georgiana to her mother from Paris during the uprising referenced in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’.


Y3 Sponsored Walk

By | News, Newsletter, Year 3

Year 3 Sponsored Walk

Thursday 16th November


Year 3 will be taking part in a sponsored walk to help raise money for our trip to Chatsworth house in December. Any parents that would like to join in and accompany us on the day, please pop and see me.


Miss Gretton 🙂


Class Teacher

Miss Gretton

Year 3 Teacher

I am thrilled to be teaching year 3 after many enjoyable years in KS1. I look forward to guiding your children on the next stage of their learning journey. I have lots of exciting topics to engage your children, starting off with ‘The Victorians’.

Another important role I hold at school is overseeing the provision of specialist support for children identified as having special educational needs. I work closely with children and their families to ensure their child receives the best level of support to help them achieve their best.

In my spare time, I like to travel the world and be active. Most weekends you can find me walking with my dogs in the Peak District.

Year 3 Curriculum Details

Autumn Term  – The Victorian Era

Spring Term – Around Europe in 80 days!

Summer Term – The Stoneage



Planned School Trips:

Tuesday 19th Sept 2017 – Southwell Workhouse

Tuesday 5th June 2018 – Murton Park York, Focus on The Stone Age


Science Topics:


Animals including homes

Rocks and Soils

Forces and Magnets

Light and Shadows


Days to remember

Monday: Spelling rule test (RWI Speed Spell)  Make sure RWI log books are in school.

P.E (make sure full kit is in school) Wednesday & Thursday afternoons. We often go out in the drizzle and cold so an outdoor kit is essential.

Wednesday: Homework to be handed in.

Thursday: Last day to change comprehension books.

Homework given on a Friday to return to school on Wednesday 

Important Year 3 Documents

Year 3 Calculations Policy

Year 3 Calculation Videos

This video shows how children in Year 3 use counters to help their understanding of the concept of addition.

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Our Year 3 Gallery Items - You can see all our pictures in the Gallery section of the site.

Year 3 Trip to Southwell Workhouse