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Welcome to Year 3 


Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 3 this term.

Summer 2 Week 2

This week we have started our new Science unit which will be all about 'Plants'. We created posters to share what we already know. In Maths, we have continued to learn about time, focusing on telling the time to the minute and using digital clocks. Following our amazing trip to Herd Farm, we then wrote thank you letters to Mrs Ponton and we also wrote a recount of the adventures that we had. 

Wednesday was a really fun day for Year 3! We met the instructors at Herd Farm and completed 6 activities while we were there. These included the nightline, team games, a climbing tower, a zip line, orienteering and an assault course.  

We all had an amazing time and demonstrated fabulous team work and resilience. Check our photos from the trip.



Summer 2 Week 1

We are continuing with our 'Awesome Earth' topic and this week we learnt all about coastal erosion. We used our knowledge of rocks to help us understand how soft rocks can be damaged by the waves.  

In Maths we have moved on to learn about time. We have focused on o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past.  In English we have completed our persuasive letters and we even got chance to type them up on the Chromebooks. We have started learning about animals in French, particularly pets and our RE work with Miss McGinnity is all about creation stories from different religions.

We can't wait until Wednesday to go on our trip!!! 



Summer 1 Week 5


We started the week by learning about earthquake proof buildings. We learnt that tall buildings need to have a Tuned Mass Damper (TMD) to help them withstand an earthquake. We built our own Lego structures and tested these to see if they would be strong enough to survive a man made earthquake.  

We have been working hard on our handwriting in all of our lessons to try and achieve our pen licenses. 

In Maths, we have been learning about equivalent fractions which has been quite tough, but we have persevered. We have focused on cohesion in English, grouping linked information into paragraphs.

Our RE work this week focused on retelling the story of Moses and we have watched a little more of 'The Prince of Egypt' to help us understand Moses' story. 

Summer 1 Week 4

We have started learning about Earthquakes this week. We discussed the Richter Scale and the amount of damage that different earthquakes have made around the world. We have continued to learn about Fractions in Maths and have moved on to tenths and decimals. 

In English, we have finished our work on instructions by producing our final set on how to make a firework model. These will be on display around our classroom to show off our amazing writing. 

In French, we have been learning how to ask each other 'How are you?' and different responses to this question. 

We have continued to learn about Moses in RE with Miss McGinnity.

Summer 1 Week 3

We have completed our first Fractions unit this week in Maths, however, we will continue next week with Fractions part 2. 

In our class text, the lead character is in a bit of danger and has headed to Mount Merapi. We have been predicting what the characters are  going to do next.  

We invented our own firework models this week and have planned a set of instructions so we can tell other people how to build our models. We will be writing these instructions next week with Mrs Winkley. 

In Science, we carried out some tests on different rocks, trying to discover the properties of each rook. Check out our photos. 

We have also had chance to try out the new Chromebooks in school, these were a bit tricky at first but we will get the hang of it with more practice. 

Summer 1 Week 2 

In English this week, we have learnt about imperative verbs (bossy words) and fronted adverbials (time and place). We have been using these skills to help us write instructions. 

We have learnt about Mount Vesuvius and the famous eruption in AD 79. We created information leaflets about Pompeii. 

We have continued to learn about fractions in Maths, looking at thirds and unit fractions this week.

We have continued learning about the weather in French and this week in RE we studied a story from the bible about Arbraham and his promise with God. 

In PE we are continuing with Handball and have practicing the different throws and catches needed for the game. 

Summer 1 Week 1 

We started our first week back with our WOW day with Mrs Winkley. We learnt about the different types of volcanoes and the layers of the Earth. 

In Maths we have begun to learn about fractions, we have concentrated on halves and quarters this week. Our English work is focusing on 'Instructions', we have looked at the different features and had a go at writing our own set. 

In PE this half term we will learn how to play 'hand ball', we have started by practicing our throwing skills.

We are going to be accessing 'Typing Club' to help improve our typing speed, don't forget, you can log into this at home too. 

Mrs McGinnity has been teaching us about the weather in French, this is quite tricky! What a busy first week back!!!!! 


Spring 2 Week 5

Our class text has got very exciting this week. We have heard about the leopard escaping from his golden cage and Joe time travelling again.

In Maths we have learnt how to add and subtract length and we have also learnt about perimeter. As part of our English skills work, we have recapped on how to use speech punctuation. We have then included this in our story, along with similes, expanded noun phrases and adverbs. 

We have continued with our fitness sessions with Mrs Crompton and we even had some mini cricket matches. In French we have expanded our knowledge of numbers and have learnt up to 20 so far. Finally, RE this week focused on the Easter story, in particular Palm Sunday. 


Spring 2 Week 4

In Maths this week we have been learning about measure. We have focused on metres, centimetres and millimetres and have been finding equivalent lengths. 

Our PE lessons with Mrs Crompton have focused on fun fitness. We have been doing push ups, sit ups, squats and running. 

In Whole Class Reading lessons we have been reenacting Chapter 11, using our drama skills. We have learnt about the different poles on a magnet. Like poles repel but opposite poles attract.

Friday was Comic Relief Day.  Lots of us came to school in clothes that make us happy. We completed an 'Egg and Spoon' challenge in the playground and we managed 135 laps in total. In our joke competition, Oscar's joke was voted as the favourite!  "Why do snails go so slow?......  because they don't eat fast food."

Spring 2 Week 3

Year 3 have been really excited about their first week back together and have had a lot of fun.

In Maths we have continued to look at statistics, including bar graphs and tables.  We have created a plan for our own adventure stories which we will be writing in the next few weeks.  

We enjoyed our fitness PE lesson with Mrs Crompton and doing lots of PSHE. Our classroom is now a more colourful and happy place because of our happiness kites flying around the room.

In Whole Class Reading we have read the next 2 chapters of The Leopard in the Golden Cage and we think that maybe the leopard has finally arrived.  

Autumn 2 Week 7

We can not believe how quickly our first term in Year 3 has flown by. We have achieved a huge amount and made really good progress across the curriculum.

This week we have reached the end of most of our units of work. 

In French we learnt how to introduce ourselves and other people in our families. Our Science unit on light has ended with an investigation into which materials would be best for making a pair of sunglasses.

We have also had a very Christmassy week. We have watched some of the CBBC pantomimes, played Christmas games, enjoyed party food and created Christmas crafts.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas in Year 3


Autumn 2 Week 6

This week we have reached the end of our English topic on setting descriptions. We have used all of our knowledge of the Stone Age to help us describe a Stone Age camp. In Maths we have focused on the 8 times tables and have completed some question booklets this week to see what we remember.  

In Science, we created tin foil figures and used torches to help us investigate how shadows grow and shrink. In RE we learnt about the part that the shepherds played in the Christmas story. We wrote diary entries pretending that we were shepherds.  Now that we have finished the 'Stone Age Boy,' we have created a book review, sharing our opinions on the book. 

We have also been busy creating our hot chocolate cones. 



Autumn 2 Week 5

In English we have learnt how to create expanded noun phrases, we have then used them in our setting descriptions. In our whole class reading, we have continued the story Stone Age Boy.  We started our Science unit on Light by carrying out 2 experiments. We investigated the need for light and also reflection. 

In Maths we have been learning our 3 and 4 times tables. It has helped us to work out Maths problems when dividing. We have continued learning how to count in French, going all the way up to 12. 


Year 3 in front of the Christmas tree

Autumn 2 Week 4


In History this week, we have really enjoyed learning about the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic era. We also researched Skara Brae, which is a Stone Age village off the coast of Scotland in the Orkney Islands.

In Maths we have been sharing, grouping, dividing and multiplying.

We have started a new story in Whole Class Reading, it's called 'Stone Age Boy.'

In P.E. we have continued to practice our tennis skills, by trying to get the ball into a hoop and being tennis ready. 

In English we have been looking at good examples of setting descriptions and picking out all of the skills that we need to include when we write our own setting descriptions. 


Autumn 2 Week 3

This week we have been practicing the two and five times tables in Maths, we have learnt how to use arrays to help us. In English, we were all excited to write our very own ending to our class text 'Orion and the Dark'. We have continued to learn about the Stone Age and have used non-written sources (not ketchup) to find evidence about the past. We have learnt how to count to six in French with Mrs McGinnity and she also taught us about the 'Parable of the Lost Son.'

In art, we have learning how to add shading to our sketches. 



Autumn 2 Week 1

This week has been Black History Week. We have learnt about Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks. We wrote a non chronological report all about Ruby Bridges and we also sketched her face. We did some drama work focusing b the  Bus Boycott and her arrest. 

In English we have written alternative endings to The Iron Man story, while in Maths we have moved on to column subtraction which has been quite tricky!

Today in PE we have been practicing out throwing skills, trying to hit a target.

In RE we learnt the story o the feeding of the 5000.  

Autumn 1 Week 7


We have finished our letter writing unit in English and all wrote a letter to Ted Hughes. We hope he will respond during the holidays. We have also finished reading The Iron Man!! We were surprised by the ending when the creature from space sang to the people on Earth.

At the beginning of the week we made our pizzas with Mrs Winkley, they were very tasty. We have continued to add and subtract in Maths and have learnt about Noah's Ark and talked a lot about keeping promises. 

We completed the Welly Walk yesterday and managed 266 laps altogether. 

Autumn 1 Week 6

In Maths we have continued practicing column addition and have completed subtractions that needs an exchange. We have been learning about muscles and how they always work in pairs. In English we have been using contractions, apostrophes for possession and time conjunctions. We have continued reading the Iron Man and have nearly made it to the end. In French we were spelling out our names using the French alphabet.

With  Mrs Winkley, we created self portraits in the style of Archinboldo. They are very colourful and creative! Next week is our last week with Sam, who has seen great progress with our tennis skills. 


Autumn 1 Week 5

We have had a busy week in Year 3. 

In our whole class reading sessions we have read the whole of Chapter 4, we have predicted, questioned and summarised the events of that chapter.  

We learnt how to sketch a cranium in Art this week and used 2 different pencils to help us shade the darker areas. 

We have continued to learn about letters in English and have looked at formal and informal features of letters. We have really challenged ourselves in Maths, using the column method to solve our additions. Sam came to see us again on Thursday and we practiced even more tennis skills.

What a busy week!!!!! 


Autumn 1 Week 4


In computing this week we have learnt how to send emails with attachments. We created still life art work of fruits and vegetables using chalks, pastels and oil pastels.  In Maths we have moved on to look at addition and subtraction, we have also set up the Number Bond Challenge again. 

We have been learning the names of notes in music with Mrs Winkley, including crotchet, minim, rest and quavers.

In whole class reading lessons we have moved on to Chapter 3 of The Iron Man, we are all very exited to find out what happens at the scrap yard. 

Our new English focus is going to be letter writing next week and we started the unit by having a go at writing a letter to the author Ted Hughes. 




Autumn 1 Week 3

In English this week we have learnt how to use commas in lists and exciting conjunctions in our writing, we have also planned our own non chronological reports. Our spelling work has focused on prefixes, in particular 'un' and 'dis'. We have done lots of art this week, we really enjoyed creating still life sketches of fruits and vegetables with Mrs Winkley. We have continued learning about place value in Maths, all the way up to a thousand. 

Our science work this week focused on the scientific names for bones in the human body. Did you know that the skull is also called the cranium. 

Autumn 1 Week 2


It has been Growth Mindset week in school. We have learnt about the brain, how it works and how it deals with problem solving. We created art work showing a giant neuron connection. 

In our whole class reading lessons we have started looking at our class text 'The Iron Man' this week. We have successfully sent emails this week in our computing session. Our spelling has focused on the past tense and we have added ed correctly to verb, while in Maths we have continued to work on place value with hundreds, tens and ones. 

What a busy week!


Autumn - Week 1


It has been lovely to see all of the children back in school this week. We have had a great start to Year 3. 

On Monday the children worked with Mrs Winkley to carry out a sugar investigation. We were all surprised to find out that a jar of jam has 52 sugar cubes in it.

In English we have been writing about ourselves, in Maths we have been using base ten to work with tens and ones. We started our skeleton work in Science and learnt about vertebrates and invertebrates. Next week we are starting our PE lessons which will be on Wednesday afternoons. 

Keep up the hard work Year 3!     

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