Year 3

Ms K Speight

Class Teacher

Mrs V Ridge

Teaching Assistant

Mr K Buxton Dean

Site, operations and strategy leader


In Year 3 the children are taught by teacher Ms. Speight and Mr B D with support for Mrs Ham and Mrs Ridge.

Outdoor learning will be taking place on Mondays, and P.E. on Tuesdays. Please can you ensure that children have their P.E. kits in school. 

In the Autumn term we will be looking at 3 different topics:

- Are Humans animals too? A study of the similarities and differences between different animals, investigating their skeletons, diets and lifestyles. During this we will also be looking at different ways in which we can record these, digitally and artistically. 

- Set in Stone. A look at the ancient past, learning how our ancestors lives were different from our own, yet very similar. During this topic we also hope to be able to visit a Neolithic site.

- What's the attraction? The physics behind forces, is fascinating. In this topic we will be focusing on magnetic force, whilst linking the topic to Christmas. 

In RE during the term we will be visited by Daya, and will be learning about Hinduism. 

What's been going on in class this week?


Our musical abilities have been shining this week, with the class completing 3 performances in front of hundreds parents, grand-parents, carers, relatives and friends. They were fantastic, letting their singing and dancing show the way. 


We have also spent some time playing with learning Scratch, a fantastic online programming tool. The children have shown that they could create small programs and make objects move around the screen as they wanted them to. 




Year 3 have been busy practicing their song for Music night (National curriculum KS2)To learn to sing with expression. 

In Maths we have been looking at solving problems with 3 digit numbers. Place value of numbers using base 10 counters and number lines.

In English we have learning how to spell homophones words that sound the same with different letters and meanings. such as great and grate, break and brake. (National Curriculum KS2: Year 3 to learn to spell homophones)

In reading comprehension we learned about the Hindu celebration of Diwali   comparing the key features with our Christmas and New Year celebrations. (National curriculum Year 3 to learn to retrieve information from non- fiction text)

For our Set in Stone topic work this week we have been investigating how people in the Stone age lived. We have established that most people at this time did not live in caves, so we have been finding out about the houses that they made. We have also looked at the tools that they used and some of the most famous Stone age sites such as Stonehenge.


Our topic has now changed to “Set in Stone”. In this topic we are delving into the distant past and finding out how the first settlers in Britain lived.  We have started our voyage into history by researching facts on stone age life. This has allowed us to build up a picture of life thousands of years ago. From this we have further explored cave painting, making our own “paints” and brushes out of materials that we found outside. 

Music night is fast approaching, and we have been practicing hard. All the adults who have heard our rendition have been very impressed. 


We wish everyone a fantastic half term. 


In Maths Year 3 learned how to reason with 3-digit numbers.

Using their knowledge of Hundreds, Tens and Ones. It was great to see the children working together in teams to solve the problems.

We also learnt how to read and write the numbers in words, it was fun writing the answer to calculations in words.


(National Curriculum Maths, Year 3: to learn to read and write 3 digit numbers in words and numerals)


In English through reading comprehension the children have been learning to answer questions from a challenging fiction text: Harriet’s Hare by Dick King Smith.

It was great to see the children learning and using new technical vocabulary.


(National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to discuss the words and phrases the author used.) 


In Art & Design the children have continued their working looking at the work of significant artist “Albrecht Durer” They developed their skill with drawing different marks

to work in a similar style to draw a Rhinoceros.


In science we have been learning how our bones and muscles work in conjunction with each other to allow us to move. The children have created their own representation of these allowing them to see that muscles only contract (or pull) and never push. 


We have also continued learning about Hinduism, finding out a little more about the history of the religion and the locations associated with it.  


In Maths Year 3 learned how to partition and recombine 3-digit numbers, they looked at ordering 3 digits’ numbers and using their knowledge of place value to decide the position.

(National Curriculum Maths, Measures Year 3: to learn to order and recognise the place value of 3-digit numbers)


In English through reading comprehension the children have been learning about the pet care of a dog. It was great to see the children learning and using new technical vocabulary.

(National Curriculum. English Reading Year 3: to learn to retrieve answers from non- fiction text) 


This week in science we have been finding out about the importance of a balanced diet. In doing this we have talked about our favourite foods, and how these can form part of a balanced diet. (National Curriculum Science (Biology): to learn about the correct nutrition of animals.)


In Art & Design the children have looked at the work of significant artist “Albrecht Durer”and worked in a similar style to draw a Rhinoceros.

Drawings of humans and animals are static by their nature, yet there are different techniques that we can use to imply movement and action. From a simple start we have developed our understanding of these techniques to produce some fantastic drawings showing movement. 

Databases are hidden behind much of the computing that we do. In Year 3 this week the children have spent time learning about what a database is and some of the things that we can do with them. In doing this we turned ourselves into “human databases”. 

In R.E. we have started to learn about Hinduism, starting to find out about the gods that Hindu's worship, and some of the celebrations that they have. 


This week the children worked work with PE coach Mr. Kay to learn and develop their skill in sending and receiving the ball. They had great fun playing games scoring in their games. It was brilliant to see the children making progress with catching and working together to win the games.

(National Curriculum KS2 PE: to learn to review their performance in passing and catching the ball.)