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Please read our termly newsletter below to find out what will be happening in Year 3 this term.

Summer 2 Week 7

This week has been 'Wellness Week' at Westroyd. We have done a range of activities including Scooter training, Yoga, Boxfit and circuits and we also practiced for the Wake up Shake Up Competition. Thank you to anyone who came to watch, we hope you enjoyed our dance.

We found out this week that we were the winners of the Enterprise task. Year 3 were the class who made the most profit at the Summer Fair with our hot chocolate cones and Noughts and Crosses game.

In Maths this week we have finished learning about 2D and 3D properties of shapes and we have also learnt about prisms.

In RE we heard the story of 'The befriending of Zacchaeus by Jesus' which was all about friendship and forgiveness.  

Summer 2 Week 6

In English this week we have been writing poems about Fireworks!! We had to use a prepositional phrase and powerful verbs and interesting adjectives.

In Maths we have learnt about parallel lines and perpendicular lines. We have been measuring and drawing accurately.

Our RE work this week was all about The Parable of the Lost Son. We discussed forgiveness and re-enacted some of the story. 

It was our final swimming lesson in Year 3 and it was 'Fun Week'. We are all so confident in the water now. This week we have also been creating things to sell at the Summer Fair.

We hope you all have a fun time at the fair.

Summer 2 Week 5

In Maths we have been learning about angles. They are called obtuse, acute and right angles. We also learnt that vertical lines go top to bottom and horizontal lines go side to side.  We searched for lines of symmetry in different shapes.

In English we learnt how authors often show us rather than telling us how characters are feeling. We then had a go ourselves.  

In RE we learnt the story of the Good Samaritan and we thought about how we could help others.

Thursday was 'Moving Up' day. We went to our new classroom and met our new teachers: Miss Wager and Mrs McGinnity.  We played 'Beat the Teacher', made our new peg labels and shared our questions and worries about Year 4. 

On Friday we visited Farsley Library and took part in a Lego workshop, where we had to create scenes from Roald Dahl stories. 

What a busy week!!!

Summer 2 Week 3

In Maths this week we have been working out duration and also comparing durations. We also learnt about the points of a compass and practiced turning clockwise and anti-clockwise using different angles. 

In Science this week we revised what plants need to grow and stay alive but we also had some special visitors who taught us all about Fossils. 

As part of our topic we have studied coastal environments and erosion. 

In English we have carried out a word study, practicing how to use a thesaurus and we also wrote a story starter.  

Summer 2 Week 2

In English this week we have been predicting events, finding evidence about a main character and we have also practiced using speech marks. 

We have carried on with our time unit in Maths, looking at the 24 hour clock, am and pm times and also telling the time to the minute. 

Our swimming lesson this week focused on water safety. We role played a situation where someone was in danger in the water and we learnt the steps to stay safe in and near water. 

We have started our new Science topic, its all about plants. We researched the four main parts of the plant and shared the facts that we found out.

We discussed the Ten Commandments in RE and created some of our own rules to help us lead a happy life.     


Summer 2 Week 1

In Maths this week we started learning about time. We began with a pre-assessment and then moved on to days, weeks and months. Later in the week things got really tricky and we practiced telling the time to the 5 minutes. This is something we will need to practice regularly.   

In English we have carried on with our class text, writing our own journey stories and being detectives, looking for clues and evidence in the story. 

We are learning about family members in French and have looked at and compared a range of bibles in RE.

Thursday afternoons are now very exciting as we take part in a dance class with a coach from the Leeds Rhinos.  

Summer 1 Week 6

What a week we have had!

Monday was the 'Westroyd Bake Off'. Year Three's entries to the competition were amazing.

In English we have started our new text called 'The Firework Maker's daughter.' We have only read Chapter 1 so far but we are gripped. We have been writing diary entries in the role of the main character. We have finished our Fractions unit with adding and subtracting Fractions this week. After the holidays we are learning all about 'Time'. 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Open Session on Thursday. 

In our topic work this week we have moved on to learn about Earthquakes.

Friday was 'SCIENCE DAY' at school. Have a look at the photos of our amazing assembly and our sessions 'The journey of a sneeze' and 'Pollution Solution.'

Have a great half term everyone!  



Science Day

Summer 1 Week 5

In PE this week we have finished our Bollywood dances. These include different hand movements and matching leg patterns.

In PSHE we are practicing life skills. We learnt how to set a table with cutlery, glassware and crockery.   

In Maths we have been solving equivalent fraction problems using our times table knowledge, we even got creative in the playground with chalks.

We have finished our work on non-chronological reports by creating a whole class book of reports about 'Rocks'. We have even written reports about volcanoes too.

In Science we have been learning about soil, we are carrying out a Soil Experiment and will find out the results next week.


We look forward to seeing all of the amazing cakes and buns.  

Summer 1 Week 4

In Maths this week we have started looking at harder fractions including equivalent fractions. 

In PE this half term we have been learning Bollywood dance moves and we plan on performing a full dance routine. 

We have learnt about four different volcanoes. They are all different shapes. This includes shield volcanoes, lava domes, composite volcanoes and cinder cones. 

In English we have been planning and writing factual paragraphs about different types of rocks. We will use these paragraphs to create our own non-chronological reports.  

We tested different rocks to see if they were permeable or not and to see if they reacted to acid. 



Summer 1 Week 3

In Science we have started our new topic about 'Rocks'. We went on a rock hunt all around school and discovered that lots of things are made from rock at Westroyd. 

Tuesday was our Volcano 'Wow Day'. We created our own volcanoes made from paint, lolly pop sticks, zips, wool, cotton wool and ribbon. Come and see them on the wall in our classroom.   

In English we have been practicing writing introductions to a non chronological report and we have been reading 'The Iron Man' in our whole class reading lessons. We have been finding fractions of amounts in Maths, this was quite tricky!! 

Summer 1 Week 2

At the start of this week we visited Herd Farm. We did four different activities. These were: the giant swing, archery, orienteering and the low ropes. We had a brilliant time!!!!

In Maths this week we have learning even more about fractions, in particular tenths. We even started learning about turning tenths into decimals!!! 

In English we are recapping non chronological reports and will be creating our own reports using the different features.

We carried out an investigation in Science, testing to see which magnets are the strongest. Our French topic this half term is 'Weather' and we started off by practicing different phrases about the weather. 

In RE we have been learning about Moses and have watched the film 'The Prince of Egypt' which tells the story of his life.

Summer 1 Week 1  

In Maths this week we have started learning about fractions, in particular unit fractions and non-unit fractions. We learnt that the top number of a fraction is called the 'numerator' and the bottom number is called the 'denominator'.

On Monday we prepared for the Easter service, we learnt poems and wrote prayers to share at the church. Thank you to everyone who came to watch. 

In Science we have continued learning about magnets and forces. We investigated magnetic materials and worked out that only iron, nickel and cobalt are attracted to magnets. 

For the next few weeks we will be learning about visualising during our reading lessons. We have started this using the Iron Man book. 

Happy Easter everyone!

Spring 2 Week 5

It has been Faith week this week. We have learnt about Ramadan and created posters sharing the facts that we have learnt. We also created a double page Mosque fact file. We also had a visitor from the mosque who spoke to us about the journey that Muslims make to Mecca. 

This week we have finished our length and perimeter work in Maths. We are moving on to fractions after the holidays. In PE we have been creating dance phases around the topic of volcanoes. In Science we have been looking at and learning about magnets. 

We hope you all have a lovely holidays. 


Spring 2 Week 4

On Monday we had a Science afternoon where we investigated how far cars can travel on different surfaces. We the learnt about Captain Friction and Gravity Girl. 

In Maths we had a group challenge, we had to measure each other and then put ourselves in order. We then moved on to converting measurements and adding lengths. 

In English we wrote our own paragraphs to continue the story about Sarah. We were trying to use suspense to make our stories exciting and spooky. We have also continued to learn about different prefixes. 

On Friday lots of us visited a Mosque. We had to take our shoes off when we got there and we were shown where Muslims go and wash before they are allowed to pray. We also saw the special book called the Qu'ran and the important patterned carpet in the prayer hall. 

It was fun day at the swimming pool and we were allowed to play on all of the floats. 



Spring 2 Week 3

In English we have finished reading our class text 'The Leopard in the Golden Cage.' It had a very dramatic ending. We have all also been learning about the prefixes super and anti. In Maths we have been measuring length in millimetres, centimetres and metres, plus we have been matching equivalent lengths.

We have spent some time this week practicing our class assembly. Thank you to everyone who came to watch. 

As part of our Forces and Magnets we carried our an investigation using cars, ramps and different surfaces. 

Friday was Red Nose Day. Well done to everyone who shared a joke with the class. Alex's and Harry's were voted the funniest. 

What is a kittens favourite sauce?????   CATCHUP

When do doctors get angry?????  WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF PATIENTS!!!

Spring 2 Week 2

In Maths this week we have finished our Statistics unit. We have interpreted and created our own bar charts and we have answered questions using tables. Next week e are moving on to Length and Perimeter.

In English we have been identifying unknown vocabulary and we have continued to identify Retrieval, Interpret and Choice questions in our RIC lessons.

As part of our Romans work we have started looking at Queen Cartimandua. She was a Celtic queen who decided to co-operate with the Romans and she reaped the rewards. 

On World Book Day we were challenged to write a story in only ONE HUNDRED words.

Please check out some of our stories below. 

We also became reading buddies with the Year Ones, took part in a book swap and had a  go on Reading Eggs.  



100 word stories

Spring 2 Week 1

To start our new half term we had a Maths morning on Monday. We brought in items from home and created a fictional shop. The objective of this activity was to practice using money. Giving the correct amount, using the correct coins and giving change. We then moved on to learn about statistics, starting with pictograms. In English this week we created school reports for Joe (the character from our class text) and we also retold the story from the leopards point of view. 


In French this half term we are learning the numbers 13 to 20. We have been playing games using these numbers to practice our pronunciation. Our Science unit this half term is 'Magnets and Forces'. We have learnt about two forces that we use every day, pushes and pulls. 

Some Year 3 children have had the chance to bake 'Funky Flapjack' with Mrs Robinson at lunchtime. As part of our topic work we learnt about Boudicca and the Celts.

Spring 1 Week 5

In Maths this week we have started our Money topic. We have been adding coins and notes together, we have been matching money to their amounts and converting pounds and pence. Using our class text we have been looking at ways that the author can describe how a character is feeling without actually telling us. We also created a graph of Joe's feeling during Chapter 8. 

As pat of our Roman topic we have been learning about how the Romans conquered parts of Europe. 

In RE we have learnt the Muslim story of creation and we compared the similarities and differences between the different stories that we have looked at.  

In French we have continued to learn about the days of the week. We are all looking forward to the movie night tonight. 

Spring 1 Week 4

In Maths this week we have been dividing including exchanges and remainders. 

Using our class text 'Leopard in the Golden Cage' we wrote a letter to Lucy's brother, telling him all about the future, including transport, electronics and entertainment. We tried to use paragraphs to group the information.

Later in the week we wrote a story about a mysterious mirror. We tried to use punctuation, paragraphs, fronted adverbials and speech in our story.  

In Science, we have been investigating the best material for a pair of sunglasses. We had to choose something transparent, not opaque. We also found out that UV light can be very dangerous. 

In RE with Miss McGinnity we have learnt the Sikh story of creation.  


Spring 1 Week 3

This week we finished our Beauty and the Beast art work. We used water colours to paint our sketches. In Maths we learnt about related calculations. We know that if 2 x 2 = 4 then 2 x 20 = 40.

We also learnt how to divide a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number.

We have been practicing our editing and improving skills in English by creating final drafts of our diary entries and setting descriptions. 

Swimming started up again this week and we have been practicing the different strokes.

In French we have been learning the days of the week and in RE we learnt the Hindu story of creation.   

Spring 1 Week 2

This week was Beauty and the Beast week. 

In Maths this we have been practising column multiplication. This has been a bit tricky but we have got the hang of it now. 

In English we started the week by writing a diary entry. We pretended that we were Joe and we wrote about his adventure in the museum and when he traveled back in time.

Later in the week we played a fronted adverbials game before finishing off with a setting description of the Beast's castle. We also created sketches to help us with our writing ideas.

On Thursday we watched the Beauty and the Beast panto!!!! It was brilliant. We loved Gaston's dances and Peppa Pig's guest appearance but we particularly enjoyed it when Mr Dawson and Mrs Beacroft had to go on stage and perform 'Baby Shark' with Belle and the Jester. 




Spring 1 Week 1 

Happy New Year !!!!!! 

On our WOW day we made a selection of different mosaics, just like the Romans used to do. We made bean mosaics in CD cases and a large paper mosaic of the boy on a dolphin from our class text 'The Leopard in the Golden Cage'. We have started reading this text and its teaching us a lot about Roman traditions. 

In English we have learnt about fronted adverbials and have practised using these to describe a setting. In Maths we have continued to work on multiplications. We have been multiplying 2 digits by 1 digit numbers using diferent methods. 

Science this week was a marshmallow experiment. We discovered that if we change the temperature of the marshmallow then the size of it will change and also its appearance and texture. This week we have also started our PE sessions with Mr Jackson from Leeds Rhinos. We are working on our athletic skills. Please have a look at our photos below. 

PE with Leeds Rhinos

Autumn 2 - Week 7

It's the last week before Christmas!!

This week in Year 3 we finished off our learning on the 8 times tables, we continued to practice our Christmas carol concert and we investigated the transparency of different objects, recording our findings in a table. We also retold the Christmas story and created Christmas cards and calendars.

On Thursday it was Christmas party day and we had a special visitor. SANTA!!!

He brought presents for the class. How exciting. 

Santa visit

Autumn 2 Week 6

In Maths this week we have learning our 8 times tables. We have been multiplying and divided by 8 using resources and also our own doodles. 

In English we planned a setting description based on a haunted house. We magpied each others ideas and then wrote our own descriptions. 

On Monday we had our Christmas Fair. Thank you to everyone who came and joined in the fun and visited Santa. 

We have also been creative this week, making our own calendars. 

At the swimming baths it was 'Fun Week'. We were able to play with lots of different floats and toys and we had a great time in the water. 

We have also been down to St Johns Church to practice our Christmas carol concert. We hope you can come and watch us on Tuesday at 6pm. 

Autumn 2 Week 5


We have had a busy week this week. We have learnt how to share and group in Maths. These are both ways of dividing. We also practiced our 4 times tables.

In Science we have been learning about reflections. We had to gather evidence from around the room and record how reflective objects were. We found out that the more shiny an object is, the more reflective it is. 

We have been creating Christmas crafts ready for our Christmas Fair next week. We hope you will come and buy some of our crafts. 

Autumn 2 Week 4

In Maths this week we have begun to learn our 4 times tables We have also divided using known multiplication facts.

In English we have been learning to use past tense verbs correctly in our writing. We then practiced using the past tense when writing a diary entry about being an archaeologist. We became researches in Topic. We split up into different research teams and used secondary sources to find out facts about the Stone Age. 

On Wednesday we visited the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. What a busy day we had! We explored the camera and Kodak floor and observed how cameras have changed over time. Next we enjoyed a light workshop before we headed to the 'Wonder Lab'. We finished the trip learning about animation and playing some retro computer games. 


Autumn 2 Week 3

This week in Year 3 we have been recapping on some of the handwriting joins we remember from Year 2 and we have been revising the break letters. In Maths we have moved on to division and multiplication. We have been practicing the 3 times tables and have used this knowledge to help us divide by 3.  Our text or the next couple of weeks is 'The Stone Age Boy'. WE have been describing the settings from the book using expanded noun phrases. In Science we have been learning about shadows and the Earth rotating. We also wrote a recount of our archaeological dig. In French we continued to look at numbers but have now learnt numbers up to 12.

Autumn 2 Week 2

Our topic this half term included learning about the Stone Age. On Tuesday we started off our topic with a Wow Day. We recreated cave art using charcoals, pastels and chalks in the morning. In the afternoon we recreated an archaeological dig. We had to search for coins, rocks, tiles and cutlery in the dirt then we recorded what we found.  

We have started our new topic in Science, this is LIGHT. WE went on a hunt around school trying to find different light sources. In Maths we have been learning to round and then estimate the answers to calculations. We have also been playing Flamingo Bingo to help us practice our times tables. 

Friday was Children in Need Day, we got to dress up however we wanted and we all went a bit spotty. 


Autumn 2 Week 1

This week was centenary week. We learnt all about World War 1 and Remembrance Day. We started off by learning about soldiers on the front line, then we pretended that we were soldiers and we wrote postcards to our families and friends back home. We worked on a whole class piece of art, this on display in the corridor near Year 5/6. We created the silhouette of a soldier on Flanders Field surrounded by poppies. Our home learning this week was to research World War 1, we then shared this research, teaching each other all about the war. In our reading lessons we read a book called 'Where the Poppies now Grow' and we answered lots of retrieval questions.  

Autumn 1 Week 7

This week in Year 3 we have been preparing for our class assembly. We hope you can all come and watch us. 

We have learnt how to say goodbye in lots of different ways in French. 

In Swimming this week we were using lanes and practicing to swim lengths. 

We have started Whole Class Reading lessons where we have learnt how to retrieve information using our magnifying glasses.  

In Maths we have been spotting patterns in calculations, adding and subtracting hundreds and adding and subtracting multiples of ten using Archie the robot. 

In English we have redrafted our stories and used laptops and computers to type them up.  




Autumn 1 Week 6

In Maths this week we have been learning column addition. This is a tricky method to grasp but we have perfecting the layout and have even begun to exchange numbers in the different columns. 

In English we have completed our annotations of our story plan, boxed up the key events and we have completed our first draft of the story.

In RE we have been looking at the use of dance and drama in certain faiths and how these are used to express beliefs. We have practiced performing a range of different religious dances and even made up some of our own. During PE lessons we are continuing to learn skills that are used when defending and attacking. This week we focused on 'marking' the opposing players and 'dodging'.



Exchanging in Maths

Exchanging in Maths 1
Exchanging in Maths 2

Autumn 1 Week 5

On Thursday it was National Poetry Day. We celebrated poetry all day in school. In Year 3 we looked at the poem 'The Sound Collector' by Roger McGough. We became sound collectors and searched the school for different sounds. What a noisy place our school is. We shared our idea and then constructed our own sound poems. In the afternoon we illustrated our poems with art work using oil pastels and onomatopoeia. 

We have also been getting ready for our harvest service. We hope you can all come and join us at the church on Tuesday. If you can help us walk down to the church then we are setting off at 9 am. 

Well done to everyone who has practiced getting changed as part of their home learning. Swimming was lots of fun this week and we got to spend longer in the pool as we were so speedy at getting changed.  

Poetry Day

Autumn 1 Week 4

As part of our topic work this week we have continued to learn about the human skeleton. We have learnt the 3 functions of the skeleton: to support, to protect and to assist movement. In PE we have continued to practice defending and attacking skills, including dribbling with different parts of our body.  We have finished our Maths unit on place value by working out how many tens there are altogether in 3 digit numbers. Next week we will move on to addition and subtraction.

In English we have reached the end of our text 'Orion and the Dark'. This week we have identified the key parts of the plot, created a story map to help us retell the story and also annotated the map with adverbs and time adverbials. 

Thank you to every one who came and joined us on the Welly Walk. 

Autumn 1 Week 3

We have been learning all about expanded noun phrases this week in English. We have been creating sentences that contain a noun, adjective, preposition, powerful verb and finally an adverb. We also learnt that we can reorder these words to create a more interesting sentence. In Maths we have been comparing objects and numbers and then ordering numbers. We are also working on our explaining and reasoning skills.

As part of our Science work this week we had a full size skeleton in class. We learnt the scientific names for some bones, including the cranium, the vertebral column and the phalanges. Unfortunately we couldn't go swimming this week so instead we visited the school library,  started our PSHE topic on Drugs and we also continued our French work. We have learnt that in France people say "Hello" in so many different ways depending on who they are speaking to.

We are looking forwards to starting the new Challenge 250 spelling program next week.  




Autumn 1 - Week 2

We have continued our work on speech marks this week. We used pasta shapes to help us remember where to place the punctuation. In English we have read some more of our text 'Orion and the Dark'. We have focused on the thoughts and emotions of characters throughout the book and we have discussed some of the illustrator's choices in the book. 

In Maths we have been looking at hundreds, tens and ones and have been representing these numbers in different ways, we have also practiced using a number line up to 1000, finding missing numbers and plotting numbers along this line.

We have started to learn French in Year 3!!! We have begun by looking at where France is, how and why people travel there and we have also learnt some popular greeting words. 

Friday was a very exciting day!! First of all we celebrated Dot Day. We made origami penguins and Growth Mindset bookmarks. We then went Swimming!!

As it was only our first week, we learnt the rules and routines of the pool and we showed the swimming teachers what we can do in the pool. Next week our lessons will begin. 

We would also like to introduce our new class councillors, Matthew and Paige. 


Picture 1

Autumn 1 - Week 1

Welcome to the Year 3 blog!!

In English this week we have been learning all about dialogue and we have been using speech bubbles, we will move on and look at how to use speech marks. 

In Maths we have been representing numbers in different ways and partitioning them into hundreds, tens and ones.

As part of our topic on the human body we have learnt about endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons.   

We also spent a day looking at healthy and unhealthy snacks, we even got the chance to try some new snacks. We also looked at how much sugar is in the foods we eat.

What a busy week!!


Questions to support Reading