Welcome to Year 3


The adults in Year 3 are: Miss Scawthorn and Miss Colquhoun

Start time: 8.55AM 

      Finish time: 3.10PM




 Our PE day takes place on a Friday afternoon. Children need to make sure their PE kit is in school, labelled and in a PE bag to fit on their peg. The list of PE kit they need can be found in the school prospectus.



 Homework will be sent out on a Friday and should be completed and handed in the following Friday.

Maths homework will be set on MyMaths or Times Tables Rock Stars. Your child has been given their username and password (stuck in their homework journal). 

Literacy homework will also be set. This may consist of SPAG, reading, or could be linked to our IPC topic.

Children are expected to read 3 times a week. Please can you sign and date your child's reading record book when they read. These will be checked weekly. 


Accelerated Reader

 Accelerated Reading will run differently this year. Following the Star Reading tests, children will be sent home with a book level that matches their reading score. Instead of going to the Library to change books, children will have a smaller selection to choose from in the classroom. This means the choice will be more limited but we have to follow the COVID-19 guidelines. 


Forest School

Year 3 have the fantastic opportunity to attend Forest School every THURSDAY morning. The only thing you will need to supply are WELLIES! Please make sure these are labelled. Mrs Blakeley will be sending out a letter with all relevant information. 



Merit Assembly

 Due to COVID-19, there will not be a Merit Assembly taking place on a Friday with the whole school. We will be giving our Merit Awards in the classroom instead.



 Here is a copy of our Curriculum Map for 2020-2021


Our first topic this year is BRAINWAVES

 Explaining the theme: 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 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
  • When they learn children will be:
  • Investigating
  • Thinking
  • Reflecting
  • Researching
  • Teaching
  • Observing
  • Assessing
  • Presenting




Year 3 have had a fantastic first week back and have settled in excellently! We have been focusing on the book 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae for our Literacy and Art lessons. Here is a photo of some of the amazing 'Gerald the Giraffe' art work the children have produced. 

Our second topic this year is … Saving The World- Rainforests!


Unit Summary
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?

Explaining the Theme

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 International, we’ll be finding out:
-How different countries and organisations are helping to save our rainforests

Entry Point

For our entry point, the children created their own rainforest collages using tissue paper to create a 3D effect. They looked amazing! Here are some we created...

Knowledge Harvest

During our Knowledge Harvest lesson, the children created a mind-map of the different idea's that come into their head when imagining the rainforest. They also thought of different questions they would like to find out during our topic. Below are some images of our display and learning journey so far... 


Year 3 have been learning about the threats to the rainforest and why it is important that they are protected. Their task was to produce a magazine front cover to inform people of the threats to the rainforest and what we can do to help protect it. They came up with some amazing magazine front covers. Please see below...


This term we have been focusing on counting from 0-20 in French. The children loved having competitions with each other to see who could be the first to count to 20 in French without missing a number out! We also created some posters for our French display. 


 We have recently covered the topic, 'adventure stories' in writing. The children had to write their own adventure story about a child who jumped on a zip-wire and had to travel over the rainforest to get to school. They came up with some fantastic stories which are on display in the corridor. Here are some examples...

Design Technology

As part of our topic, the children have been learning about tribes of the rainforest. They compared their own life to a tribe member and discussed the similarities and differences. We decided we are very lucky to live in a modern society, with technology and a home to live in. Year 3 spent an afternoon designing a tribal mask. They had to think about the different colours used and why they should be used. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon being creative. Can you recognise any children below?


 Year 3 have been working scientifically on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons since Autumn Term 2 began. They started by investigating and comparing the soil on the school ground to the soil in the rainforest. The children were amazed when they used magnifying glasses to observe the soil collected from school grounds. We have also conducted an experiment around the stem of a plant and how water is transported through it. We used celery and dye to observe how the 'stem' transports water. We left the celery in the dyed water over night and the children got to check if their predictions were correct! 

Children in Need- Friday 13th November

We had a fantastic day on Friday 13th November. The children really looked the part, dressing up as Pudsey bear or in spots! We watched and supported Joe Wicks, who did the amazing 24 hour PE, to raise a staggering amount of money for Children in Need. Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed dancing along with Joe Wicks. 


The children have been learning about the famous artist, Henry Rousseau. We explored the different images he has created and found out he has never been to the rainforest before, he drew and painted based on photographs! Year 3 were amazed by some of the work he had produced and it inspired them to become artists for the afternoon. They had a rainforest image to copy, using only a shading pencil. Here are some images of our artist afternoon...

Christmas Makaton

We are learning 'Silent Night' in Makaton Sign Language in class. If your child would like to practice, please see the link below...

Makaton Matthew: Silent Night | Performed in BSL - YouTube


The children loved working scientifically to predict what the different rainforest fruit seeds would be like. We learnt all about seed dispersal in the rainforest and then got to explore the rainforest fruits! Year 3 loved exploring the fruits for different seeds and talking about how they would be spread in the rainforest!

Exit Point

Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the rain forest and why it is so important that we do not destroy it. For our exit point, we created a class book which contains lots of different facts, quizzes, games and posters all about the rain forest. 

Christmas 2020

Our class Christmas party was a huge success, despite it being different to usual! The children played musical statues, Just Dance, took part in a Christmas quiz and had some snacks after all the dancing! Here are some photos of our party.


Silent Night Makaton

Year 3 did a fantastic job learning Silent Night in sign language. We recorded it at our Christmas party. Please see below.

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

Home learning

Year 3 have produced some amazing work for the topic so far. Here are a collection of images which show some of the fantastic learning that has been taking place...

The children were tasked to create an Egyptian death mask and some Egyptian Jewellery for their exit point... Here are just a few examples.

Feel the Force!

Unit Summary

Without forces to push and pull us along, nothing on Earth or in the wider Universe would move. Forces are so important that it is almost impossible to imagine a world without them – and yet, they are invisible. Let’s find out more…

Explaining the Theme

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • What forces are and where they come from
  • What friction is and how we use friction
  • How we can reduce or increase friction
  • How to measure the strength of a force
  • How magnets and magnetic forces work

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to design and make a marble run
  • How to add sounds, lights and control mechanisms to a structure

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About extreme and dangerous forces


 Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed working scientifically on our first week back at school. They started by making a prediction about which shape would fall through the water quickest. After making predictions, the children carried out their experiment in pairs. As well as having lots of fun, the children learnt lots about water resistance and gravity. Below are some images from our science lesson.

Science week

Year 3 took part in science week by learning about different cloud formations and then went outside to observe and record the cloud formations, temperature and wind speed. 

How Humans Work

Unit Summary

Your body is like an engine that never stops working. By knowing how your body works you can learn to look after it better and stay healthy. 

Explaining the Theme

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • That we need light in order to see
  • How human teeth compare to animal teeth
  • How our body uses food and water
  • How our heart works to keep us alive
  • All about skeletons and muscles
  • About the human life cycle
  • Why exercise is good for us
  • How tobacco and alcohol harm the body
  • Which foods keep us healthy and why

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and prepare a healthy meal

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About people’s health problems
  • If we can improve the health of the world's children


The children have been learning about different body parts and their functions. We had lots of fun working scientifically to design our own set of teeth using marshmallows. Year 3 then labelled the teeth and came up to the front to describe the function and who the teeth belong to.


Journey through the digestive system...

Year 3 spent the afternoon learning about the journey through the digestive system. The children then created their own story, pretending to be a fruit travelling through the different parts of the digestive system. Below are some videos of the children reading their journey’s. 

Exit Point

As part of our exit point, Year 3 made some skeletons out of spaghetti and then labelled the different bones in the body. They also used lots of books to make a leaflet to be places in our class ‘doctors surgery’ about how to keep healthy.


Unit Summary

Wouldn’t it be amazing if chocolate grew on trees? Well, it does! Wouldn’t it be amazing if I said we were going to make some chocolate? Well, we are! And we’re going to discover even more amazing things about chocolate…

Explaining the Theme

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • Where cacao trees are found
  • About the factors affecting the growth of cacao trees
  • About other cash crops

In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • Who first discovered chocolate
  • Who took the first chocolate to Europe
  • About the importance of cocoa beans for trade

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About the ingredients in chocolate
  • If chocolate causes tooth decay
  • Why chocolate wrappers are made from special materials
  • What the melting point of chocolate is

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make our own chocolate
  • What we can add to chocolate

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to design a wrapper for our chocolate bar

In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • What fair trade chocolate is
  • What other fair trade products there are
  • How important chocolate is

Entry Point

 What better way to kick start our chocolate topic by becoming chocolate tasters for the afternoon! Year 3 used their senses to smell, taste, see and touch a selection of dark, milk and white chocolate. Some of the chocolate went down better than others... With dark chocolate being the least popular flavour! Year 3 also learnt lots of facts in this first lesson, including the higher the cocoa percentage, the better the chocolate is for you. 

Knowledge harvest

Our class story this term is 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' and the children used their visualisation skills to create their own chocolate factory based on the description.