Year 3


Welcome to Year 3!

The staff in Year 3 are Mr Edginton, Miss Colquhoun and Mrs Stead.


Our first topic this year is Brainwaves.

The Big Idea

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.

In this unit, we’ll be ļ¬nding 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

When they learn children will be:

  • Investigating
  • Thinking
  • Reflecting
  • Researching
  • Teaching
  • Observing
  • Assessing
  • Presenting


Entry Point 

For the entry point to Brainwaves the children became learning detectives and were challenged to investigate how we learn within school. 

The children learned about how our brains work and once we learn something new we grow neurons. The children represented the inside of our brain by creating their very own neuron pathways. 

Want to know how to keep your mind and body healthy? Just ask our healthy brain experts in Year 3!

Exit Point 

For the exit point we created clubs that will help keep our minds early and learn new skills. the children had a vote and the winner was Hill Top's Got Talent. This means every month children will be given a chance to teach the class a new skill. 

Saving the World

Rainforests once covered 14% of our world’s surface. Now they cover less than 5%. Every second, an area of the rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed. Some scientists believe that, if we lose our rainforests, we might put our whole planet at risk. What will we do to help save the rainforest?

In this topic we will be learning about:

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About where rainforests are in the world
  • Which rainforest products we use in our everyday lives
  • About the lives of rainforest people and how they compare with our own
  • How and why the rainforest is being destroyed
  • Discovering the ways that people are trying to save the rainforest

In ICT & Computing, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to program and share our own rainforest-themed computer game

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About rainforest body art and painting our faces in a similar style
  • How we can use art to create a rainforest scene

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different rainforest animals and plants
  • Where different animals and plants live in the rainforest
  • About rocks and soils found on the forest floor
  • About colour in the rainforest and how it is used by animals and plants
  • Why plants have leaves and why they can be different
  • About the best conditions to grow a plant
  • About rainforest fruits and seeds
  • How to grow our own rainforest plant from a seed

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and make our own tropical fruit drink

In Music, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to represent a rainforest scene using music

In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to represent a rainforest scene using dance and mime

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • How different countries and organisations are helping to save our rainforests

Entry Point

The children created their own little rainforest within the classroom for their entry point. 

After learning the similarities and differences between a tribe members lifestyle and their own. The children created a day in the life of a tribe member video displaying all the task a tribe member would complete during the day.

Our terrific tribal face masks!

To combat against deforestation, Year 3 produced some deforestation posters to create awareness about this problem. 

As part of our topic, Year 3 examined the some different soils they gathered from the forest school. The children had to separate and categories from what they found.  

Temples, Tombs and Treasures

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.

In this topic we will be learning about:

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 our entry point, the children had an Egyptian activities afternoon. During the afternoon they completed a carousel of various activities such as: Egyptian puzzles, becoming archaeologists, visiting Tutankhamun's tomb and designing their own cartouche. 

History Days

On Thursday 16th January, the children had a visit from History Days. During the day, Year 3 learnt all about Ancient Egypt, Mummification, Egyptian artifacts and much more. The children had a fantastic day and loved every second.    

Year 3 have been learning all about mummification and what the process was like. In class, we mummified our very own pharaoh's (tomatoes) using the same process that would have been used back in Ancient Egypt. The children loved this lesson and I think we may have the next Anubis in our class!