Year 3


Year 3

Bottle Rockets

As part of our ‘forces’ science topic this term we have been planning, designing, building and firing our bottle rockets. In groups of 3 or 4, we had to design a bottle rocket that could be fired into the sky using the force of air pressure. We had to design one that is light, aerodynamic and looks good. First of all we drew our bottle rockets and measured the fins and nose cone and decided what materials to use to make and attach them.

Once we had done that, we painted all the items then put them together. We then had to decide how much water to put inside the bottle, put a cork (with a tiny hole drilled in it) tightly into the top of the bottle and inserted a valve attached to a bike pump.  Mr Stone then pumped air into the bottle, building the air pressure and eventually forcing the cork and water out of the bottle and the bottle up into the air.

As you can see we had fun all the way through this project!

We are looking forward to term 3 being full of learning and fun. In History, we are moving onto studying the Romans, including lots of role play, research and an exciting trip to Dover Museum (watch this space).

 Excitingly, we start our swimming lessons this term. I know the children are (mostly) very excited about the prospect of swimming lessons with all their friends. It is a real joy to see all of the children develop their confidence in the water.

 In Science we are studying rocks and soil (types of rocks, how they are formed, fossils and what soil is) and this will involve lots of hands on learning including a chilly trip to the beach to collect different types of rocks and look for fossils. 

 We will be continuing to learn Spanish throughout the year and I am very impressed with how much conversational Spanish the class already have. Well Done Year 3 ! 

 Keep your eyes open for some pictures of the fun learning we are doing and our achievements. 




St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Peter’s Park Road
CT10 2BA


Tel / Fax: 01843 861738


Kent Catholic Schools Partnership
Telephone: 01622 232662

Executive Principal
Mr Chris Wright

Academy Principal
Mrs Kay Millership

Chair of Governors
Mrs Ann Yandell