Year 3

Autumn Term 2018

Year 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 including chalk, granite and limestone.  We also devised comparative tests to discover which rocks were permeable and which were impermeable.

 Our science topic is linked to our English topic. 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 have also been learning about shape poetry.  We explored different types of calligrams and discussed whether we thought they were art of poetry. We had fun making our own calligrams, which we displayed on our classroom wall.

As part of our poetry topic, we listened to some poems by Michael Rosen. We choose our favourite ones and performed them to the whole class.

Year 3 Matisse

In 3 Matisse we have been doing some great learning this term! We have had different opportunities to show off what we know and have worked individually, in pairs and groups. We have been able to learn in different ways, including auditory learning, visual and kinaesthetic because we understand that we all learn indifferent ways and this will help us be better at what we do every day!

In Maths, we have been learning about place value and different ways of working it out.
We partitioned the number using dienes and sometimes even number fans to help us. By using these resources, we could consolidate our learning even more. 

We completed pyramid poems and tried our best to make them rhyme. In some lessons we practiced our poetry knowledge through performances and ‘’read it to the rest of the class including rhythm, tone and volume’’- Astri.

We are now reading ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl’ by Laurence Anhold, which tells the story of Mary Anning of Lyne Regis.
‘We learnt what conjunctions and clauses are and we included them in our writing’- Joshua M. 
Our work also included extended sentences with descriptive information to make it interesting and included spelling rules we have previously learnt.  

In Science we are finding out about different types of rocks. We have carried out fair tests to see how they would react with water and to vinegar. We used our predictive skills before putting the liquids on the rocks and then recorded our findings in our books.

‘‘We now understand how to partition the hundreds, tens and units’ in different activities.’’- Austeja

 ‘‘We have also learnt about formal written methods of column addition and subtraction!’’-  Blake.   We started by using concretes such as cubes, followed by pictorial learning and then the written form.      

We then applied our learning in to solving word problems. Some of us were even able to solve very tricky ones and completed extra challenges!

In English,  we read ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’ and were able to write our own instructions using the storyline. ‘’We included prepositions, imperative verbs and numbered steps in our work with some interesting information on how to wash our own mammoths. Have you tried to wash a woolly mammoth before? You may find that you have to tempt it in to the bath with a rubber duck...or even some sweets!

We have also learnt about shape poems and…

We completed pyramid poems and tried our best to make them rhyme. In some lessons we practiced our poetry knowledge through performances and ‘’read it to the rest of the class including rhythm, tone and volume’’- Astri.

We are now reading ‘Stone Girl Bone Girl’ by Laurence Anhold, which tells the story of Mary Anning of Lyne Regis.
‘We learnt what conjunctions and clauses are and we included them in our writing’- Joshua M. 
Our work also included extended sentences with descriptive information to make it interesting and included spelling rules we have previously learnt.  

In Science we are finding out about different types of rocks. We have carried out fair tests to see how they would react with water and to vinegar. We used our predictive skills before putting the liquids on the rocks and then recorded our findings in our books.

We then continued our learning by going on a fossil and stone hunt! We used our different senses to write informative sentences and words to describe what the stones, rocks and fossils we found were like.

In gymnastics we practiced out rolling with our gymnastics coach. We all tried our best to learn the steps to follow for a successful forward roll and knowing to ask for help if needed. We showed real perseverance!

We have shown that we can follow the school values and be kind to the other children and adults in the class and across the school, by being everyday peacemakers.


We are excited to see what the rest of Year 3 holds for us!


Year 3 Van Gogh

Autumn term has been all about rocks – from learning about the Stone Age in history, to looking at the qualities of different rocks and thinking what each one might be used for in science… and not forgetting our class assembly, where we rocked the whole school and our parents!

In English we read The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. After discussing the exciting vocabulary and key grammatical features in the book, sharing some ideas and writing together, we wrote our own narratives based on the book.

Maths has been all about consolidating our place value knowledge. We represented the numbers in lots of different ways – we built numbers using concretes, drew pictures and wrote number sentences. 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, moving on to using column subtraction and addition.

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.

We have learnt about life in the Stone Age to the Iron Age and know where these eras are on a timeline. We 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. Rev. Birchall came and spoke to us about being a leader in our community.

We are looking forward to our next adventures in learning, in Year 3.