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Year 3

Summer 1- Year 3 Learning

WB Monday 9th May 2022

ART- Inspired by Ancient Greece, we have been making Greek pots! We looked at a range of different sources and noticed the stories and information we could find out about life in Ancient Greece. We designed our pots inspired by the Olympics and geometric prints. It was a little mess but we loved it!

Music- As part of our passport experience, we have been learning to play the xylophone! It has been tricky but we are persevering and enjoying learning a new instrument!

WB Monday 25th April 2022

We held a mini Olympics!

We started our learning my putting on a mini Olympics! 

3.1 (Crete) Took Gold in marathon running and javelin. Bronze in long jump.

3.2 (Athens) Took Silver in marathon running and jump. Bronze in javelin.

3.3 (Sparta) Took Gold in long jump. Bronze in marathon running and javelin. 


It was a wonderful day and the children were taught about the ancient games and how they compare to our modern Olympic games. 

Science- Animals including humans- nutrition and our body!

This term we are learning about healthy eating and how we can look after our body. In our first lesson we were given lots of different food package and had to sort them into groups. Some of use sorted them into healthy and unhealthy groups. Some of use sorted them into liquids, fruit and meat. Then our teachers explained the different food groups and we created a whole class food group plate. We also learned there is no such thing as 'bad food'. There are foods we should eat in moderation and some foods we should eat often. 

English- Werewolf Club Rules by Joseph Coelho- Poetry.

In English, we have been using Joseph Coelho's book Werewolf club rules as inspiration for our writing. We have been using similes to create a poem inspired by nature. We came together and used the similes to create a poem in the style of the poem Hamster! Hamster!

Week commencing 28th March

What a trip! Thank you Rosemoor for a wonderful day where we learned all about pollination, seed dispersal and the life cycle of a plant!

We have been busy making our earthquake proof buildings today! Next week we will test them on jelly to see how successful they have been!

In gym this term we have been practicing different balancing movements at different heights!

Week commencing 14th March

It has been an exciting couple of weeks in year 3! We have been developing our knowledge further about natural disasters and learning all about earthquakes! We have also been expanding our locational knowledge by focusing on North America and its countries. 



In DT we made our own torches to help us in case there is an earthquake and the light cuts out. We had to make an electrical circuit first using wires, a light bulb and a battery. We then designed a practical and eye catchy torch. We used our knowledge of light from Autumn term to ensure of torches would reflect as much light as possible and lined the inside with foil. 

Week commencing 28th February

We have had a wonderful first week back!

In PSHE, we are learning about being fit and healthy! In the first lesson, we set ourselves a few fitness challenges which we are going to practice weekly and see if we can improve our PB!

In Science, we have started our new project on plants! We looked at the different parts of a plant and explained how each part plays an important part!

Week Commencing 24th January 2022

It's been a real case of survival mode in Year 3 this past fortnight! We have had lots of absences due to COVID (children and adults) but that hasn't stopped our learning and exciting activities 🙌


We have continued our English writing sequences based around the fairy tale Tom Thumb and created an alternative scene with four key parts (an opening, a problem, the resolution and an ending). Those that have been in have produced some fantastic stories using speech and fronted adverbials!


In Maths we have moved on to our new unit of fractions after a really successful block of multiplication and division. We have worked on tenths so far and next we will be challenging ourselves with unit and non-unit fraction problems.


During our Science lessons, we are still focussing on 'Forces and Magnets'  and have had the opportunity to test which items and more specifically  which materials are magnetic in our classroom. Next we will look at what specific metals are magnetic before we gather all of our knowledge together to produce a unique magnetic game.


We also got to paint our stunning papier-mâché volcanoes in Art this week but due to the low number of students, we are postponing their epic eruptions until next week. Watch this space!


Finally in our PE sessions this week, we have been using all of what Mr Glover has taught us to bounce and catch balls using our expert hand-eye coordination. He will be so proud of our skills!


Below are some photos of what has been another great fortnight in Year 3 👍

Week Commencing 10th January 2022

What a great start to the new year in Year 3! We have been so busy already with our 'hook day' experience of the Exploradome teaching us all about the Earth's surface, volcanoes, earthquakes and much more laugh


Our first English sequence is that of fairy tales so we had our dress up day last week to get us in the mood to learn about this style of writing and we have been writing our own descriptions based around the classic 'Tom Thumb'.


In Maths we are continuing our work on multiplication and division from before Christmas. This week focussing on the 3's, 4's and 8's and understanding how the commutative and inverse laws help us to solve tricky problems.


Science will be focussing on 'Forces and Magnets' and conducting lots of practical experiments on how magnets interact with the materials around us. The first session was on how the magnet poles react with each other and we found out that they can either repel or attract.


Above is the knowledge organiser for our new Geography project called 'Who Shifted My Plates' which relates to the structure of the Earth. As part of this project we have been seeing how tectonic plates move and over millions of years have formed the crust of our planet. We also made up a simple chant to remember the structure of the Earth: "Inner core, outer core, mantle, crust" and repeated it lots of times!

Week commencing 6th December


We have had a busy couple of weeks! We have been recapping division and reminding ourselves how to divide by 2, 5 and 10 as well as working out the inverse operation as well!


In Science we have continued to help Lady Noir get closer to the Blanc Brothers secret lair and stop them destroying the Earth (!) with our learning of light. Last week we had to work out what is a shadow and describe how they change depending on how close the source of light is. We then had a go making shadow puppets are different distances. 


In DT, using fabric pens, we created a pattern on a square of calico based on the book Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson. All 80 squares will be sewn together to make a patchwork quilt for Cave baby!


Week commencing 22nd November

Children have been enjoying their Forest School learning! Thank you Mr J!

In Art, we have been dyeing material using natural resources such as grass, berries and leaves. Then, we sewed a pattern onto the material with a needle and thread. iT was pretty tricky but we showed resilience and patience! 

In History this week we having been learning all about Stonehenge. The children found out that it might have been used as a cemetery, to tell the seasons, for healing, religious purposes or even dance parties!

Once they had finished, I tasked the children to make Stonehenge using Lego. Isabelle, Brooke and Marley did a supper job with ensuring there were concentric circles and they even included the altar stone! Great teamwork!

In Science we have been learning all about the eye! We can label the different parts of the eye and give ideas on how to protect our eyes from the sun. We created posters and gave a speech to Lady Noir about how she can protect her eyes from the evil Blanc Brothers!

Week commencing 15th November

In Science we have been given a secret mission from Lady Noir!

Last week we needed to work out how reflection works in order to stop the crafty Blanc Brothers!

Thursday 11th November

We visited Great Torrington where the year 9s taught us a variety of skills which would support us when playing sport. We had the best time!

Week commencing 1st November

As part of our project, we are continuing to look at the Stone-Iron Age but we are looking at evidence and cities around the UK. On Friday 5th November, we visited Kents Cavern, a prehistoric cave in Torquay. We learned all about early Stone Age people and even animals such as the Whoolly Mammoth and the Cave bear. Kents Cavern is 400 million years old and we got to experience how dark it was in the cave when our tour guide switched the lights off. We couldn't see our hands in front of our faces! 

This term we are learning about...

Week commencing Monday 11th October

This week we have been getting creative by designing and creating an Iron Age cart fit for a farmer! It was fun using a glue gun and seeing our initial ideas come to life!

Week commencing Monday 27th September

How strong is a rock?

In Science, we tried to break 5 rocks with a variety of different objects. The 5 rocks we tested were slate, marble, granite, chalk and limestone. Can you guess which one we successfully broke?

Cave Art inspired by the Stone Age.

We have created and been inspired by Stone Age cave art. We told a story using a variety of different pencil shades to show darker and light lines as well as shading. 

We have created and been inspired by Stone Age cave art. We told a story using a variety of different pencil shades to show darker and light lines as well as shading. 

Week commencing Monday 13th September

We have been busy experiencing life as someone living in the Stone Age. We have tried making our own clay stone tools, we got creative with cave art, we tied knots to help us move objects and even tried lighting a fire! We also became Archaeologists and carefully looked for delicate objects in the sand!


Here are some of the amazing facts we have learnt:

  • The first people originated from Africa.
  • Homo erectus are the first know people- we are called Homo Sapiens
  • There are three different ages, Stone/Bronze and Iron Age.
  • Great Britain used to be covered in ice and went through many ice ages.
  • Flint axes were very useful and the main tool people used. 
  • Stone Age people were hunter-gatherers!