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Year 3 2020 2021

Urban Pioneers 2020

Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright and every street has a story to tell. Explore with fresh eyes the art of the city, then capture a moment in time – perhaps a reflection on a building or a shadow passing by. How could you improve the urban environment? Maybe add more colour or light? Thinking of ways to be environmentally friendly? More things to do? Now light up the city with creations of your own…a statue, a light show or street art?

To launch their Urban Pioneers topic, Year 3 have been exploring the school grounds and looking for items to photograph. They then applied filters, adjusted the zoom and focus and used these to create collages. 

Remembrance 2020

The sun sets on the battlefields of France and a solitary bugle sounds the Last Post.

Known as ‘the war to end all wars’ the First World War was a conflict that had a devastating effect on millions of people across the world.

What started the global tragedy? What was life like for families on the home front as they waited for news of loved ones who were ‘missing in action’ Who risked their lives to protect others?

Lest we forget.

New study could explain why volcanoes form far from the edges of tectonic  plates - CSMonitor.com


Overwhelming and mighty, Mother Nature's awesome energies hiss and roar deep within the Earth. Plates collide, spewing lava. Rocks rain down and mud slides in torrents. Towns and cities vanish under ashen clouds. Discover the dangerous and ferocious world of natural disasters and glimpse their savage and deadly effects. Visit the ancient city of historic Pompeii, frozen in time, then create blistering explosions from model volcanoes that fire foamy lava. Discover the properties of rocks shaped by the Earth's breath-taking power. Watch out! Volcanologists detect formidable rumblings from an extinct volcano in Scotland's capital. Red alert!

Year 3 2019 2020


Take a trip downtown where the lights are bright, and every street has a story to tell. Explore with fresh eyes the art of urban areas, then capture a moment in time – perhaps a reflection on a building or a shadow passing by. Make a map of your home town and find out how things have changed. Has time changed town life for the better? How could you improve the urban environment? Maybe add more colour? More light? More things to do, or perhaps a plaza with a comfortable bench or two? Work to light up the town with creations of your own – a statue, a light show, a monument or street art. The possibilities are endless so what will you choose? You’re an urban pioneer, so get ready to go!

World Book Day

Such fantastic costumes in Year 3 for World Book Day. We have had such fun today focussing on our book, The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson.


Year 3 are having a very productive afternoon practising their computing skills. Perhaps we have the next Steve Jobs in our midst?

Greek Finale!

Thank you to Year 3 parents who visited their children in school today. The children were thrilled to be able to share their work from our Gods and Mortals topic and even entertained the crowd with their own version of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Greek Myths

As part of their God's and Mortals topic, Year 3 have been learning about a range of Greek myths - our most recent one being Icarus and Daedalus. The children have been really engaged with this myth and wondered what type of wings they would make if they had the choice. Here are some of their designs, with much of their inspiration being taken from nature!

Pandora's Box!

The children were set a challenge this week - to create their own Pandora's Box. They decided on what they would put in their boxes as well as the imagery that they would put on the outside in order to tempt the unsuspecting Pandora. It is very pleasing to note that most entries in to the boxes were very positive!


Our new topic in Year 3 is Gods and Mortals - a look at life in Ancient Greece. We will learn that from nothingness came chaos; from chaos came air and water; from air and water came life! Then, rising majestically from the darkness, came Gaia, Mother Earth, a beacon of warmth and light. We will discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.  We will meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. We will explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then the children will decide their own fates when a mysterious box is found...

Spring Term Curriculum Letter

Our Spring Term curriculum letter is now available:

Enrichment Opportunity!

On Tuesday 19 November, we were visited by the wonderful Fiona from The Falconry Centre, Hagley. We all gathered in the hall and Fiona introduced us to six different birds of prey. We started with the smallest, an American Kestrel and worked our way up to a Golden Eagle named Brass. He was an absolutely amazing sight! Fiona talked to us about each bird, giving us the species name, its diet and what makes it an excellent predator. We will never forget this awe-inspiring experience!


Year 3 will be taking a walk on the wild side! Find out who’s coming to visit. Is it a bug-munching lizard or an eagle-eyed bird of prey? We will learn about creepy crocs and amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and the voracious Venus flytrap. Activities will include writing an informative leaflet all about our favourite predators and composing poems about a predator or its prey. Then we will use what we know about the best of the beasts to create the ultimate predator; the apex of the food chain. What incredible species will we imagine? Come back later in the term to find out!

Tremors Workshop

On Wednesday, Year 3 held a wonderful 'Tremors' workshop in the hall. They invited Year 1 to come and learn about all the exciting activities that have been happening in Year 3 this half term. The children worked collaboratively to put together presentation stands with topics ranging from tectonic plates to volcanoes to earthquake-proof buildings. Year 1 were delighted to take part in experiments and demonstrations - they even witnessed a volcanic eruption! We  are extremely proud of Year 3 for their hard work and for their fabulous presentation skills - Year 1 went back to class buzzing with excitement and full of a whole new vocabulary. Well done Year 3!


Our first Discovery theme this term is Tremors.

Overwhelming and mighty, Mother Nature’s awesome energies hiss and roar deep within the Earth. Plates collide, spewing lava. Rocks rain down and mud slides in torrents. Towns and cities vanish under ashen clouds. Discover the dangerous and ferocious world of natural disasters, and glimpse their savage and deadly effects. Visit the ancient city of historic Pompeii, frozen in time, then create blistering explosions from model volcanoes that fire foamy lava. Discover the properties of rocks shaped by the Earth’s breathtaking power. Watch out! Volcanologists detect formidable rumblings from an extinct volcano in Scotland’s capital. Red alert!

We have already been on an exciting rock hunt to launch our Discovery theme. We took our exciting finds back in to class and used magnifying glasses to carefully investigate what type of rocks we had found. The children have been further inspired to find a variety of rocks in their own time and we have had many fascination conversations about the huge variety of rocks in our local area!

Year 3 2018 2019

We concluded our Mighty Metals topic by designing and making our own Iron Man out of recycled materials. We used our knowledge of measurement and designing and making skills confidently. During the activity, we worked constructively together and we had lots of fun!

Investigating Friction

To begin our Mighty Metals topic we went out on to the playground and played some different games. We explored the forces of push and pull and discussed which force was being used in all of the different activities that we did. We had lots of fun doing all of the activties however tug of war was a particular favourite!!!

Mighty Metals!

Mighty metals are everywhere! From earrings to rockets, metals have shaped the world we live in today. This half term, we're going to become fantastic physicists, exploring the world of forces, metals and materials. On the playground, we'll explore the forces that we use when we are playing and we will investigate the different forces that are around us every day. We'll look closely at levers and explore how they help us to lift heavy objects. To learn more about forces, we'll make spinners, play with parachutes and make magnetic games. We'll also investigate iron, think about why some metals rust and discover the properties of different metals. As part of our English we will be reading the story 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. Using this story as inspiration we will create our own iron people out of recycled materials.

Ideas to support learning at home:

Metals and magnets are everywhere! Why not do a hunt around the house to see how metal is used? You could also make fridge magnets using a flat magnet, glue and modelling clay or recycled materials. Alternatively, you could build models using blocks or recycled materials and investigate the force needed to knock them over!

We concluded our Gods and Mortals topic by acting out the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. We performed our version of the myth to another class who really enjoyed our productions! All of us enjoyed learning about the Ancient Greeks and how their influence is still in evidence today. Our favourite activity was learning about Greek pottery and how the designs reflected their lives. We then designed our own and painted our designs onto pots.


We have had a very exciting time in school this week as we had a delivery of 6 duckling eggs. The eggs arrived in school on Tuesday and by Wednesday 2 of the ducklings had hatched.  By the end of the week we had 6 healthy and very fluffy ducklings! The ducklings have been living in the Year 1 classroom however we were very lucky to have them visit us one afternoon. Have a look at the photos below to see our afternoon with the ducklings. Our faces say everything! 

World Book Day!

On Thursday 7th March we celebrated World Book Day. Each class chose a text to focus on for the day and everyone in the class dressed up as a character from their chosen story. The text that we focussed on in Year 3 was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We had a fabulous day listening to extracts of the story, designing sweet wrappers and making chocolate lolly pops with different toppings. We enjoyed eating our chocolate lolly pops at the end of the day. Have a look at some of the photos of the day - all of our costumes were fabulous, thank you to all of the parents and grandparents who took the time to create them for us! 

Science - Plants

In Science we have been looking at plants. We dissected a flower so that we could see the different parts. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at these parts and tried to name and label each one. We have been looking at what plants need to grow and be healthy. We have all planted sunflower seeds and are hoping that they will soon begin to germinate. Before planting our own seeds, we made predictions about what would happen to plants kept in different conditions. Each group came up with a question that they wanted to research. These included - 'Can a seed grow without any compost?' 'Will a plant survive if it is kept in a dark cupboard all of the time?' and 'What happnes to plant that is kept in a fridge and only given warm water?' We have been checking our plants daily and are excited to see what has happened to each on at the end of our investigation. 

Multi - Cultural Week - Judaism

This week we have had a whole school focus on Judaism. In Year 3 we have spent time looking at the Jewish holiday Shavuot. Once a year Jewish people celebrate the revelation of the Torah (the Jewish Holy Book). We found out how Jewish people prepare for this holiday, the different traditions that they have and researched what food is eaten during this special time. We spent time looking at some different Jewish artefacts and ended our week by making a cheescake - a traditional dish eating during Shavuot. Have a look at some of the photographs of the week, we all had lots of fun and learnt a lot about a different religion. 

This half term, we’ll learn about Apollo and the other gods who reign from Mount Olympus. We will explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. Using historical source materials, we’ll research daily life in ancient Greece. We’ll write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. In D&T, we’ll design wings, just like Daedalus, and make Trojan horses. We’ll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths, using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we’ll plot the journeys made by ancient Greek characters.  

We went into the chapel to begin our preparation for First Holy Communion. We discussed the importance of blessing ourselves with the holy water and genuflecting to the tabernacle as we enter. We thought about what our vocations are whilst we are preparing for our First Holy Communion and then we asked for God's help and guidance during this special time. 

Thank you to Tia for donating a generously filled shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. 

Our Trip to Cadbury World

On Monday 12th November Year 3 went on a trip to Cadbury World as part of our Scrumdiddlyumptious topic. We had a fabulous time and learnt a great deal about the history of chocolate and process of making it. We had a go at writing our names in melted chocolate - this was much harder than we thought it would be! We were shown how to temper chocolate and then tried it for ourselves. After this we moved on to the chocolate making room and tasted some delicious melted chocolate. Whilst we were in there we found out how chocolates are filled with different flavours and how chocolate is moulded into different shapes. We were very impressed with some of the things they had created. At the end of our trip we went into the shop where we thoroughly enjoyed choosing lots of chocolate to take home to our families. 

We have spent this week thinking about the soldiers who died during the war. In Year 3 we have written poems, made posters and created some art work. We went into Reception to share our work and answered any questions that they had. At the end of the week we took part in a whole school assembly. All year groups shared the work that they had been doing throughout the week and we remembered those who had died in our thoughts and prayers. 

Remembrance Week 5th - 9th November 2018

In Science we have been learning that animals, including humans, have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movment. We started our lesson by piecing together a human skeleton that had been taken apart. We discussed the roles of different bones in our body and were amazed to find out that we have 206 bones! We discussed which bones are the biggest and smallest and gave our own opinions about which of our bones are the most important for protection. We then carried out some research to find out the scientific names for some of the bones that we had been looking at.  

As part of our Scrumdiddlyumptious topic we have been tasting different types of bread. We had a selection of three breads - cheese topped, tiger rolls and sunblushed tomato and garlic bread. We all had the opportunity to taste each type of bread and then compared them. We discussed the ingredients that had been added to each bread and gave reasons for why we liked or disliked each type. We will use this experience to help us to design a new type of bread which we will then bake and take home to share with our families. We are looking forward to planning which ingredients we will use and baking our bread in the coming weeks! 

Class Worship

Every Thursday morning we take it in turns to lead our own class worship linked to the virtue and value for the term. The virtue and value we are focusing on this half term is Compassionate and Loving. We plan and deliver our class worship sessions independently and take time to really think about how the scripture we have chosen links to each virtue and value. This week Lily-Rose and Noah lead our class worship session and they did a wonderful job. Noah and Lily-Rose gave us opportunities to reflect on the scripture they had read and provided opportunities for open and collective prayer.


As part of our topic we have looked at a variety of fruit and vegetables. We discussed what the fruits and vegetables looked like on the outside and tried to use a range of adjectives in our discussions. We then cut them open to see how they were different on the inside. Our favourite fruit was the pomegranate. We were amazed by what it looked like inside compared with how it looks on the outside. We then spent time drawing the different fruit and vegetables focusing on shading, colour and detail. We will create a display in our classroom of our finished artwork.

Tuck in and enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalizing treats! Work up an appetite with delicious stories about food, have fun with a vegetable orchestra or become a fruity sculptor. Find exciting recipes to read - and write your own too. Then get busy in the kitchen making tasty dishes from across the world and discover how good food helps you grow fit and strong. Have a look at our Autumn Term curriculum letter and objective coverage document below to find out more about our learning this term.

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