Welcome to Year 3

  The adults in Year 3 are:

Miss Scawthorn and Miss Colquhoun


Forest school takes place on a Thursday morning.

PE takes place on a Friday. This is the day children will come into school wearing their PE kit. 



Children should read three times a week. Please sign when your child has read in their reading records.

Maths and Literacy/ topic homework will be set on a Friday. Homework should be returned by the following Friday. 

Please note the KS2 expectation is that all children complete both their homework and reading. If they do not complete their homework, they will have to attend a break time session with one of our class teachers.


Please see a copy of Year 3's Curriculum Map for 2021-22 below.

Welcome video and Year 3 expectations


Unit Summary

Our brain is special because we can use it to learn lots of new and different things every day, enabling us to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding that we will need to become successful adults. By finding out more about how we learn, and how we can improve the way that we learn, we will be better equipped for meeting the many challenges ahead of us.

Explaining the Theme

In this unit, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different people learn
  • About the importance of practice when learning a skill
  • How the brain works
  • How to make connections between our learning
  • How we can share our learning with others
  • Why it is important to learn from other children and cultures around the world
  • How positive thinking can help us to succeed
  • How to look after our brain
  • How to design a school for learning


Year 3 began their week by completing their entry point task. They looked at what good learning looks like in a classroom and had to use their detective skills to determine whether different photos showed evidence of good learning. They worked amazingly as table groups to discuss and determine whether the images showed effective learning and if not, what they think could be done to improve it. 


Brainwaves task- Learning a new skill. 

The children learnt the importance of practise when a new skill is being learnt. They worked in teams to teach the ‘alien’ a new skill of how to throw a ball safely and correctly. They used fantastic team work and speaking skills to give instructions to their alien in the group!


Year 3 have been learning about place value for their first two weeks in school. They have been using super problem solving skills to find missing intervals on number lines and challenging themselves by seeing how many ways they can represent a number... We definitely have some Maths super stars!!

Brainwaves Exit Point

For the Exit Point task, Year 3 looked at how our brain makes lots of connections everyday. We used string to represent how our thoughts all link together to build a bigger idea about something.

Saving The World

Writing Task

I have been absolutely blown away by the amazing writing Year 3 have been producing. We have been looking at how to write a non-chronological report and been basing our report around Sloths. We have learnt lots about sloths, including what their appearance is and where they live. Listen to some of our fantastic habitat paragraphs below.

The Big 10 - Visualise

Today the children learnt about the term ‘visualisation’ and listened to a descriptive fact file about the Rainforest. They drew what they visualised in their minds and then used their speaking and listening skills to present to the rest of the class.

Knowledge Harvest


Geography task 1

The rainforest is responsible for sourcing many products, foods and medicines that we use in our everyday lives. Year 3 were surprised to find out just how many things we get from the rainforest! They drew a house and added the different items we get from the rainforest. I think you’ll be surprised to see just how much. Please see below.

Rainforest tribes - Geography task 2

Year 3 have been learning about the tribes that live in the rainforest. They had to compare their own lives to a child who lives in a tribe. They found it very interesting to think about the differences with their lives and a rainforest child’s life. 

Geography Task - Deforestation

The children have been learning all about Deforestation. We have looked at three main areas: causes, effects and solutions. Year 3 thought very hard about the serious effects deforestation can have on rainforest tribes, animals and everyone in the world. We produced some beautiful double page spreads. Here are the children in action!

Design Technology Task

Year 3 have been learning about tribal masks that indigenous people of the rainforest wear in their daily lives. They worked together to determine that the only colours used on tribal masks are bright and bold so that they stand out to other tribe members and potentially even scare away danger!

Design Technology continued...

Today the children got to begin their rainforest tribal masks. We discussed how to colour in the different shapes in straight lines so that the paper mask did not dissolve. I was blown away with the effort that the children put into their masks.

Can you guess who is who? Here are our finished products!

Non-chronological reports

Over the past half term, Year 3 have been learning all about non-chronological reports and what they include. The children have been working hard to improve their sentence structure by thinking about different ways to begin sentences and using conjunctions to extend and add more detail. Myself and Miss Colquhoun were blown away by the effort the children put into these.

Science Task 1

Year 3 learnt about the different animal classifications and what makes each animal fit into its variation group.  They then had to match each rainforest animal into its correct group. They did a fantastic job and were surprised to find out that a dolphin is in fact a mammal!

Science 2

This week, Year 3 compared the difference between the soil in the playground and the soil that would be found in the rainforest. They used their observing skills by going into our playground and finding lots of different matter in the soil. They then recorded their observations and thought about whether they might find similar things on the rainforest floor.

Science 3- Layers of the rainforest

 Year 3 have been learning all about the different layers of the Rainforest. They have been using key terms to describe the forest floor, understory, canopy and sunlight zone. The children have an excellent understanding about each zone, its' features and the animals which may be found there. To further their learning, Year 3 went into the playground to create their own 'layers of the Rainforest collage'. They labelled each zone, worked fantastically in their teams and then viewed each others collages.


Year 3 have been learning about what a fronted adverb is and how to use them in their writing. There has also been a huge push on joining letters. Year 3 were experts with knowing how to use fronted adverbs in their writing. Take a look below.


Year 3 have been learning about plants, their features, functions and how water travels up the stem. They carried out an investigation to determine how water travels through a stem. Working together in a team, the children set up their own experiment, using celery and food dye. They even wrote out their experiment and presented what they had done as a team.


Year 3 have been learning about food chains and linking their knowledge of them to relate to the rainforest. They made their own rainforest food chain wheel, using subject specific vocabulary. E.g. Primary consumers, secondary consumers, prey, predator.

Charity Reindeer Run!

The children were very excited to complete the reindeer run and be visited by Santa! It was amazing to see their huge smiles throughout.


During our RE lesson, we learnt all about the Christingle and what everything represents. Here are some pictures from our Christmassy afternoon!

Christmas Party

Year 3 had a fabulous time dancing the afternoon away! I saw some amazing dance moves, lots of laughing and huge smiles on their faces throughout. We finished the party with some juice and cake. 

Temples, Tombs and Treasures

Unit Summary

The people who helped create the first great civilisations were not unlike you and me. Today we can learn a lot about these people and their way of life through the things they left behind – from everyday objects to magnificent and rare treasures.

Explaining the Theme

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • Why rivers were important to ancient civilisations
  • What daily life was like in Ancient Egypt
  • How to write using Egyptian hieroglyphics
  • About the different rulers of Egypt
  • About Ancient Egyptian religion and burials
  • How the Ancient Egyptians might have built the pyramids
  • About the treasures discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb
  • How to use different sources to find out about Ancient Sumer
  • How to compare life in Ancient Sumer with life in Ancient Egypt

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the instruments used in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Sumer
  • How to create our own music to retell a story from an ancient civilisation

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and create our own tomb wall painting
  • How to make an Ancient Egyptian headdress

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan an Ancient Egyptian celebration to share with friends and family

Entry Point

For the entry point task, Year 3 were given a selection of images all relating to Ancient Egypt. They discussed with their partner as to what they thought the pictures were. We then discussed the key words as a class and the children created their own Egyptian Key word poster to help with their learning throughout Spring term 1.

Egyptian Society Drama Lesson

Year 3 have been learning lots of facts about Ancient Egypt. They have learnt about the River Nile and its’ importance and also about Egyptian Society. They then worked in their table groups to create a performance for the rest of the class.

Champion Reader

We love reading for pleasure in Year 3. Every week, a new Champion Reader will be announced. The champion reader gets to choose someone to sit in our comfy reading area during reading time, every day, for a week!

Take a look at our fantastic hieroglyphics work.