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Welcome to Blackbirds

Class Teacher: Miss Dryburgh

PPA Cover: Miss Pratt 


Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Moores (AM) 

Mrs Smith (PM) 

Mr Adlam (Tues PM)

Welcome to Blackbirds class page, 


I am Miss Dryburgh (pronounced similarly to Edinburgh) the year 3 class teacher. We have been so impressed with how well the children have settled back into school life and routines. The children seem comfortable, motivated and happy within school - which is our main priority. 


A huge thank you for your continued support with the children's homework, spellings and reading - it is not going unnoticed! Reading is vital to a child's learning, understanding and progression, which is why we encourage the children to be reading everyday at home as well as throughout the day in school. 


On this page you will find links to educational websites we use within school and encourage the children to use at home. A book list full of engaging and exciting stories. As well as all of the learning we have and will do over the year. Although this year has been a little different, we are determined to make the children's learning experiences as fun, engaging and motivating as always!


We want to ensure and play a part in the children making happy, unforgettable memories here at St Martin's Primary School, therefore we will do anything we can to help and support you and your child throughout their school journey. If you would like to contact any of the adults in year 3 please contact the office, send a note in or catch us before or after school. 


Best wishes, 


Miss Dryburgh 


Useful reminders:


Monday - PE


Children are expected to wear their PE kit to school on a Monday. Although our PE this term is gymnastics in the hall, I would advise the children still bring in their school jumpers for break and lunch times. 


Monday and Thursday:


We aim to change the children's reading books on a Monday and Thursday. 



Friday - Reading Records


The children should be bringing their reading record in everyday, however on a Friday we take the reading records in to calculate how many 'home reads' the children have done. If children have 5 or more home reads, they get a raffle ticket. This means they are entered into a raffle with a chance to win a prize. Children also receive Dojo points for reading at home. 




Every week the children will get new spellings to learn. They will need to bring their homework book in everyday so the book is up to date with the latest homework. It is important the children practice their spellings as we will be doing a random spelling test each week. 



Reading List: 

(Let me know if you have read any good books and I will add them to the list. You can even send a picture of your child and the book to feature on the Blackbirds class page!



The Wild Robot by Peter Brown


The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis


Matilda by Roald Dahl illustrated by Quentin Blake


Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve illustrated by Sarah MacIntyre


Varjak Paw by S.F.Said


Knights and Bikes by Gabrielle Kent


Rebel Bicycle Club by Gabrielle Kent


Mr Gum by Andy Stanton


 Voices In The Park by Anthony Browne


 The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies and Rebecca Cobb


After the Fall by Dan Santat


Pandora by Victoria Turnbull


The Rythmn of the Rain by Grahame Barker Smith


Street beneath my Feet by Charlotte Guillian and Yuval Zommer


Jumanji Chris Van Allsburg


Tell me A Dragon by Jackie Morris


Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson


Websites for reading lists:

Week 13 English Activities

Week 12 English Activities

Week 12 Maths activities

Week 10 Maths Activities

Week 9 English Activities

Week 9 Maths Activities

Happy Half Term! We'll be back in term 6 with our Rainforest Topic. I can't wait! 

Chocolate Part 2: How Chocolate came to Europe.

Home Learning Topic: Chocolate

Week 5 Maths Activities

Week 5 English Activities

Wiltshire Cricket Activity Book

Week 4 Maths Activities

Week 4 English Activities

Week 3 Maths Activities

Week 3 English Activities

Crafty Ideas

Dear Blackbirds, 


Happy Easter break! 

I hope you're all well, staying safe and keeping yourselves busy with the activities I have shared with you, as well as other activities with your families.

I know it might not feel like the Easter break we may have anticipated but I am not going to post any English or Maths activities for this week or next as I'd like to see you get creative!

I don't mind what this is, you may want to look at some of the ideas I've found but if you have other ideas that's brilliant as well! I've taught myself how to knit by watching videos on YouTube. I'm skill practicing but maybe I'll make something useful one day. Maybe you could learn how to do something from watching videos on youtube too. Draw with Rob teaches children how to draw some cool stuff, here's the link: 


Stay safe,

Miss Bridewell 


P.S. If your children do any super work you want us to share on Facebook or Instagram, email your pictures to I'd love to see it!




P.E with Joe | Tuesday 31st March 2020

Day 7 of my 9am daily workouts 😀 Today we tried adding some music to the workout. Big thank you to George Ezra and Dua Lipa for granting me permission to use...

P.E with Joe | Monday 30th March 2020

Day 6 of my 9am daily workouts

English Activities Week 2

Maths Activities Week 2

English Week 1 Activities

Maths Week 1 Activities

Boudicca Song

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Due to our Goldbook Worship being cancelled on Friday, we have filmed what we would have sung for the parents! Take a look!

We had a Sounds of Easter Workshop with The Bridge Project!

Salisbury Cathedral Singing!

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Blackbirds were super lucky to be involved in a Sining event at Salisbury Cathedral, organised by the Cathedral School! We had a fantastic time and the children sang beautifully! Mrs Smith worked really hard with Blackbirds to help them learn all the songs!


We had a fantastic Maths session playing Mathopoly for Numbers Day!

Zoo Lab came to visit. Blackirds met some wonderful creatures!


Light and Dark

Letter To Blackbirds' Parents

We used dienes to create place value images. 4.9.19

Roald Dahl Topic - Autumn Term 1


We made gliders out of straws and paper! They flew wonderfully.

We created stained glass effect images of Salisbury Cathedral

Blackbirds' trip to Salisbury Cathedral

We got to see Magna Carta!

Thursday 28th March

Pizza Party

Thank you to everyone who came!

Wednesday 27th March

Making Our Pizzas

World Book Day


What Blackbirds dressed up as: 

Miss Bridewell dressed up as Little My from the Moomins so we read the book The Moomins and the Great Flood.





We loved all of the creative adjectives that Tove Jansson uses in her book!

Science in the Sun


On our first day back we were lucky enough to go outside ffor science. We created freeze frames of 'Push' and 'Pulls'.  






Pizza Topic Web

Volcano Eruption!

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We got our volcano to erupt! We used baking powder and white vinegar to cause the reaction and red food colouring to make it look even more like lava!

Volcano Eruption!

Volcano Making

Term 3 Topic - Romans

26th-30th November 

Maths - Measuring Capacity




5th November - 16th November

The Best Christmas Present in the World


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In Blackbirds we have been reading the story 'The Best Christmas Present in the World' by Michael Morpurgo which is all about the Christmas Truce which happened on the 25th December 1914 during WWI between the German soldiers and the British soldiers. 


After reading and discussing the events of WWI the children wrote some truly beautiful diary entries from the point of view of a British soldier who took part in the Christmas Truce.