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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3.

Mrs Stephenson teaches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Miss Pidgeon teaches on Thursday and Friday.  Mrs Williams is the Year 3 teaching assistant who is class every morning to support pupils with their learning.

Year 3 is the first class in Keystage 2 and children are provided with opportunities to develop the skills that will enable them to be more independent in their learning.  Pupils are expected to become increasingly responsible for themselves as well as enjoying greater freedom around the school.  We provide the support needed for each child to reach their potential as well as enjoy the journey along the way.  Opportunities for group work are frequent as teamwork and collaboration are key skills for a successful life.  Children are encouraged to express their individual talents across the curriculum and there are plenty of opporunities in assembly to celebrate these achievements.  We enjoy sharing their successes in and out of school.

During the year we learn about a range of exciting topics including Europe in geography, the Romans in history and Forces and Magnets in science.  Children have the opportunity to take part in class trips and visits to enhance these topics and they also go swimming in the spring term.  Maths and English are core  subject within the curriculum and parent support at home with reading, comprehension, multipication and division facts and homework are essential so that children make the best possible progrress in all areas of the curriculum.

We all enjoy being in Year 3 and look forward to an exciting year ahead.

18th July 2018

L.O. To Develop an Attitude of Gratitude.

Year 3 have read the weekly gratitude notes they have been writing each week.  We shared our memories and have put them on display in class.  Year 3 know it is often the small things in life we can be thankful for.

12th July 2018

L.O. To develop fielding and batting skills.

Year 3 have enjoyed a very competitive game of rounders in PE today!


6th July 2018

L.O. To write a free verse poem

Year 3 have explored the poem ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright and written their own version based on items bought in from home.  They have shown creativity and imagination in their writing.

28th June 2018

L.O. To find out about the Romans and how they lived.

Well done to Year 3 for great questions and participation during their trip to the Roman Baths and Mill Green Museum.  The children found out about life in Roman times and looked at lots of interesting artefacts from the Roman period.

21st June 2018

L.O. To write a persuasive text.

Year 3 have been writing letters and postcards to persuade individuals to look after the planet and reduce pollution.  They had great ideas and may even encourage more recycling at home!

12th June 2018

L.O. To write in a persuasive style.

We have explored the story Lost Happy Endings by Carol-Ann Duffy.  A character called Jub wants the happy endings back from the witch who stole them from her.  The children have written their own persausive letter to the witch asking for them back.

7th June 2018

L.O. To design and make a healthy pizza.

The children worked together and followed a recipe to make pizza dough.  They created their pizzas from their earlier designs.  It was a fun morning!

 21st May 2018

LO: To perform partner balances.

The children worked really hard together today to perform partner balances. They were aware of the safety rules around performing such balances, and ensured they showed support to each other. The children concentrated on using their core to help them in holding their balance for longer, and using extension to elongate their body.


15th May 2018

LO: To introduce long division.

Year 3 have moved their division knowledge on to representing these facts using long division. Children explored this in depth, and shared learning under the visualizer.


8th May 2018

LO: To explore Italy.

To support our Geography curriculum, we held an Italy Day on Tuesday. The children had a great time trying traditional Italian food, researching facts and creating a collage in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The children also shared their amazing home learning projects- thanks to everyone who supported this learning at home!


30th April 2018

LO: To hold a 4 point balance.

In PE, we have been focusing on gymnastics. We explored different ways in using our bodies to create a 4 point balance. Our challenge was to extend our legs, points our toes and hold the balance for 8 seconds.



23rd and 24th April 2018

LO: To use place value to solve division.


In Year 3, we have been using the Base 10 to consolidate our knowledge of place value. We have then used this to support us in solving division problems, with and without remainders. To show our understanding, we then used part whole models in our books.

18th April 2018

LO: To explore a character.

We have started our new English unit on Adventure Stories and have chosen to focus on Peter Pan. We wanted to know more about this character, so we started our week off by thinking of some questions we would like to ask him. We then ‘hot seated’ Peter to gather his responses. Children in the class took turns to act as Peter.


21st March 2018

LO: To write a non-chronological report.

At the beginning of the week, we were delivered a parcel with ‘FRAGILE’ written across it! We were surprised to find what looked like a dinosaur egg inside! Throughout the week, we have researched Pterodactyls and started to write non-chronological reports about them using sub headings, technical vocabulary and sentence starters.


13th March 2018

LO: To understand the life cycle of a plant.


As part of Science, we read ‘The Tiny Seed’ by Eric Carle. This gave us lots of opportunities for cross curricular learning. In Art, the children created plant life cycles in the style of Eric Carle to consolidate their understanding. They then wrote an explanation about plants in English.



7th March 2018

LO: To use minute intervals.

Year 3 have been learning how to tell the time in 15 minute, 5 minute and 1 minute intervals.


27th February 2018

LO: To gather inspiration for poetry.

Year 3 braced the freezing cold weather to gather ideas and inspiration to help us write a Tanka effectively. A Tanka is a Japanese poem which only has 5 lines and 31 syllables.

22nd February 2018

L.O. To know multiplication and division facts to 12.

Year 3 are making great progress learning their multiplication and division facts.  This week they have also used Purple Mash to help learn them.

9th February 2018

L.O. To perform to an audience.

Year 3 have been preparing for their class assembly this week. The theme was heath and fitness.  Everyone is Year 3 gave a superb performance and can feel proud of their achievements.

1st February 2018

L.O. To read for meaning using inference and deduction.

Year 3 have daily guided a reading session.  One day we read with Mrs Willams and the next day with Mrs Stephenson or Miss Pidgeon.  At other times in the week we read topic books and complete activites linked to the text.


26th January 2018

L.O. To read with expression and intonation.

Year 3 have been reading a playscript of ‘The Lion and The Mouse’ with Year 5.  Year 5 gave guidance and support to Year 3.

19th January 2018

L.O. To order and compare decimal numbers.

We have been comparing decimal numbers and using place value to order them.

10th January 2018

L.O. To play lacrosse

Year 3 have been learning how to scoop and pass the ball in Lacrosse.

15th December 2017

L.O. To add fractions

Year 3 have been using coloured cubes to add fractions together.

6th December 2017

LO: To learn what life was like in the Stone Age

This week children visited Celtic Harmony to go back in time to the Stone Age.  During the day they learnt how to make fire, build shelters, hunt for food, shape tools and trade goods. It was a great day despite the cold.  The children definitely have a clearer idea of how difficult life was for Stone age people and what they needed to do to survive. A big thank you to Mrs Amass and Mrs Smith for accompanying us on our trip.


1st December 2017

L.O. To find the fractions of a shape

We have been exploring fractions in maths.  We have found 1/2,1/4 and 1/8 of different shapes.

23rd November 2017

L.O. To learn ‘Rock step, triple step, triple step, rock!

Mr Sapsed has been teaching Year 3 dance steps from the Lindy Hop.

14th November 2017

L.O. To understand pitch

In music we have been learning songs about pitch.  We have to work with our partners to clap our hands high, low and in the middle at the right times.

1st November 2017

L.O. To learn a dance routine

This term, Year 3 have been developing their core strength and co-ordination skills in dance.  They have performed to new routines to other classes and enjoyed being taught by Mr Sapsed.


20th October 2017

L.O. To research products to inform own ideas

In Design and Technology we have been looking at the design features of photograph frames and exploring our own ideas.


13th October 2017

L.O. To investigate the properties of shape

In maths we have been investigating 2D and 3D shapes.  These pictures show the outcomes of an investigation using a variety of sticks to make a 2D shape.

 3rd October 2017

L.O. To create cave paintings.

In art we  have been looking at cave paintings as part of our Stone Age topic in history.  We mixed paint to create a rock- like coloured background. We then used charcoal to draw our animals and people.