Year 3

Rocking with Year 3 Cezanne

This half term has been all about ‘Rocks” in 3 Cezanne.  In science we have been learning how both rocks and soil are formed. We used magnifying glasses to observe the colour, texture and hardness of different rock samples and devised comparative tests to discover which rocks were permeable.


Our geography topic linked to science. We investigated the physical features found along the Jurassic coastline and learnt how different coastal formations were formed.

“Durdle Door is a world famous geological wonder, with its massive rock arch set right on the Jurassic coast between Swanage and Weymouth.” Rosina.


In English we read ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl” by Laurence Anholt which tells the story of Mary Anning a famous fossil hunter from Lyme Regis. We wrote our own adventure stories based on the life of Mary Anning and learnt to use subordinate clauses to extend our sentences.

We also learnt about shape poems including triangle poems, spiral poems and pyramid poems. We created our own triangle poems, experimenting with appropriate relative clauses before picking the best ones to include in our poem.

We explored different types of calligrams and discussed whether we thought they were art of poetry.

 “They are both because the writing is the subject and the colour is the art.” Diego.

In Maths we have been learning to add 3 digit numbers using expanded column addition. We began with concrete and pictorial representations then moved to the formal method of both column addition and subtraction.  We estimated our answers beforehand by rounding to the nearest 100.

In December we enjoyed performing our class assembly ‘The Rock Show’ to pupils, staff and parents. Within our show we told the story of Mary Anning and described how different types of rocks were formed. We included music, dance and a selection of poetry readings. A big thank you to the parents and carers who were really supportive by supplying such lovely costumes for the children.

Year 3 Matisse: Rocking and Rolling!

“In Maths we have been learning about how to divide with remainders - we used a number line to work out the answers. You have a number line and count the closest number which is underneath the number you have, and then find the difference between the two numbers.” Kavin

We also discovered the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction - starting with concretes, moving on to pictorial and then the written form. Some of us were able to apply our learning to solve word problems.

Expanded addition was tricky but we persevered and showed resilience!

“In Science we have been learning about different types of rocks, such as marble, chalk and granite. We looked at the differences between them and conducted water and acid (vinegar) tests on them. We found out that sandstone leaves sand behind and chalk is the softest rock.” Jackson

“In English we read ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl’ by Laurence Anholt which tells the story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis. Our work included planning, writing and lots of ideas to create our own adventure stories. We focused on fronted adverbials, extending sentences with more than one clause and applying our spelling rules in our writing.”

“We also looked at shape poems and Calligrams. One of our favourites was the ‘pyramid poem’ which is when you have to think of a noun, and then describe it using varying sentence lengths, forming the shape of a pyramid.”  Emily

Year 3 Van Gogh

Autumn term has been all about rocking it in the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

We have immersed ourselves in this era in many ways. In English we read The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. We then debated what it would be like to live in the Stone Age, role played key parts and wrote postcards about our adventures. After discussing the exciting vocabulary and key grammatical features in the book and sharing some ideas and writing together, we wrote our own narratives, based on the book.

We have also been washing woolly mammoths!  The book How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley was our inspiration, it gave us an exciting introduction to instruction writing. We scrubbed, sponged and lathered our own filthy toys and then wrote our own instructions, being sure to include prepositions and imperative verbs. We even got to act out some of the instructions from the book. Have you ever tried to get a woolly mammoth into the bath? It can be tricky!

Maths has been all about consolidating our place value knowledge. We represented the numbers in lots of different ways, including place value charts and by using concretes such as counters and Dienes. We have partitioned three digit numbers using our place value knowledge. This also helped us to count on to find the difference on an empty number line.

We have also been rocking along to a few times-tables songs and playing games to help our understanding of number.

The fun hasn’t stopped there. We have been rocking and (forward) rolling in gymnastics with our own professional gymnastics coach. Some of us were apprehensive about performing a forward roll on a bench but we felt so proud of ourselves when we actually did it. We showed real resilience.

The Stone Age really came to life in History when we were able to hold Stone Age artefacts. We have also written about how it would be for a child to live in the Iron Age. Did you know that the children had to mine to retrieve the copper ore from the small crevices?

Our teachers were so impressed with how much effort we put into our dioramas on the topic. Some are displayed in the corridor of our school. Others are on display in our classroom. They look amazing.

We know where these eras are on a timeline and have discussed the importance of the year zero to Christians. We know that the story of Moses is from the Old Testament and so happened before Jesus was born. We have thought about why Moses was chosen to lead the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land and the leadership qualities that he would have needed. We reflected on what qualities we have and the things we are grateful for.

This term we have all been superheroes and we enjoyed sharing what we have learnt with the rest of the school in our class assembly. We explained how we use ‘The Power of Yet’ in our learning, as well as being peacemakers in our everyday lives. We used Van Gogh as inspiration too. Amongst other things, he said “what would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” We are excited to see what the rest of Year 3 holds and look forward to learning many more new things. After all, we are “always doing what we cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” (Van Gogh)