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Year 3 2017 - 2018

Summer 2018


Our Visit to Hatton Park Adventure World

We had a great day at Hatton Park Adventure World. 


In Literacy we are exploring folktales, using the 'The Enchantress of the Sands' by Jamila Gavin and other stories from a variety of cultures to explore the key features, settings and dramatic language used in folktales.

Recommended Reading

Grandpa Chatterji and Grandpa's Indian Summer - Jamila Gavin

Folk Tales From Africa:The Baboons Who Went This Way And That - Alexander McCall Smith

Where Are You Going Manyoni? - Catherine Stock

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - John Steptoe

The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo



In the Non-fiction section, the children will read an autobiography and a biography about Jamila Gavin, the author of The Enchantress of the Sands, and compare the two texts. The children will use audio and written sources to write biographies for a website of stories from people sharing their experiences of moving from one country to another. 

Science - How Plants Grow

We have begun to look at the functions of the roots of flowering plants. We planted a bean seed so that we could observe what happened to it over the next week or so. We have also investigated the way in which water is transported within plants using celery and food dye! We found out that water climbs up very small spaces such as tiny tubes in the roots and stems of the plants. This process is called 'capillary action'.


We are currently learning to play the African drum called djembe. We have learnt to play different rhythms using open and closed tones. We are having great fun!

Mr Chauhan from Dudley Performing Arts has been teaching whole school drum lessons since September to Years 2, 3 and 4. With the help from these classes and children from four other schools he has written and produced five songs and compiled a CD which is available to buy.    

Royal Wedding Celebrations

We celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in style! We had such a wonderful day and the weather was beautiful too! 


Fair Trade Visit

Julie Bate from Sainsburys came to talk to us about Fair Trade. We found out some really interesting facts. Fair Trade changes the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fairer deal for farmers and workers in developing countries. It's all about the people behind every single product with the FAIRTRADE Mark, from bananas and coffee to wedding rings and shampoo. It's already putting 1.5 million farmers and workers in greater control of their lives, but there's a whole lot more to do.  


In maths we have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes. We built some of these shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows!. Can you  spot a cube? a square based pyramid? a triangular prism? a triangular based pyramid? We had great fun building these shapes.

Sandwiches Fit for a Royal Garden Party!

We designed a sandwich for a royal party. First we tasted some different types of breads. Our favourites were baguettes and bagels. Then we designed our sandwich, making sure we thought about a balance of healthy fillings. After that, we wrote a set of instructions and followed them to create our delicious sandwich. We then thought about what we enjoyed most about making our sandwich, how pleased we were about how it looked and if we could make our sandwich again would we want to change anything? 


It's a Mystery!

This half term our Language and Literacy unit explores a mystery story Smash and Grab! by John Dougherty. The children will explore how authors create mystery and suspense in their writing, and use similar techniques in their own writing.


Suggestions for wider reading:-

Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries by David Levinthal and John Nickle

Ruby Redfort Books Lauren Child

The Diamond Brothers Mysteries Anthony Horowitz


Where Does Our Food Come From?

This half term we will be learning about the food we eat comes from many different places around the world. We will be looking at how land in temperate, tropical and mediterranean climate zones is used to produce food. 


Come Dine With Me!

We will be learning about how we need to eat a variety of foods to be healthy. We will be looking at the food pyramid and what is meant by the term 'balanced diet'. We will also be investigate which foods different animals eat. 








What is the Bible and why is it important for Christians?  

We will be finding out about the different kinds of writing in the Bible and why each is important. We will think about what makes a book special to different people. We will also investigate the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.


Design Technology

Sandwich Snacks

We will be designing, planning and creating a healthy sandwich for a royal wedding. We will evaluate our sandwiches and suggest improvements to our designs.

Our Class Assembly

I was so proud of all the children. They performed with confidence and did so well. Thank you for your support with costumes. The children looked fantastic. 

Saltmine Theatre Visit

Saltmine Theatre Group performed a super play about British Values. Then Year 3 took part in a workshop which helped to reinforce the importance of these four values - Democracy (we have a voice), Law (we will follow the rules), Individual Liberty (we have a choice), Mutual Respect (we will respect and accept others). The children really enjoyed taking part in the workshop and contributed some super ideas. 


World Book Day

Didn't the children look fantastic dressed up in their favourite book characters. What amazing costumes! Thank you to everyone that made an effort to come dressed up. You all looked fabulous. 


Important Notice About PE

P.E. will now be every Thursday until the end of the Spring term. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school. If any children have their ears pierced please ensure they do not wear them on this day.





This term Year 3 are studying the Egyptians including the pyramids, the Rosetta Stone, hieroglyphs, wall art, the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb, famous Egyptians, mummification and the importance of the Nile. Visit the library to see what you can find out about the Egyptians. Well done to the children who have already done some research and shared it with us. 



These are some of our fantastic Egyptian sunset pictures that we created at the beginning of our topic.


This term we are exploring what a rainforest is and where they can be found. We have explored the layers of vegetation and types of plants and animals that are found there. We have also investigated the climate of a rainforest using graphs.   




We have looked at different light sources and how light is reflected from surfaces. We have explored the sun as a light source and identified the difference between night and day. We will be investigating what shadows are and why they are formed.

We have had lots of fun creating shadow puppets.



Swimming lessons begin on Tuesday 27th February until the end of the Spring Term. Please ensure all your child's clothes are clearly labelled with their name. This will avoid confusion when getting dressed. Thank you for your support.






The children did so well learning the dance routine. A big thank you to everyone who has brought in sponsor money. 

Autumn Term 2017

Welcome back to school. We hope you all had an exciting summer break and that the children are ready to get straight back to learning, in their smart, school uniforms! Working in Year 3 are Mrs C. Humphreys, Mrs Hartley and Mrs Jones.


Scroll down for more information about what we will be up to in Year 3 this term!

Important Messages


P.E. will be every FRIDAY. A big thank you to all parents who have provided their child with a new P.E. kit for this term. If any children have their ears pierced please ensure they do not wear them on this day. 



Planners will be sent home every Friday. These are a valuable tool for parent/school communication. Please take the time to read and fill in your child's planner every week.



Homework will be given out when it fits in with what the children have been learning in class. They will have, on average, one piece of homework per week. Children will be instructed when it will need to be in by and they will record this in their planners as well.



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In Literacy, our first 'Riveting Read'  is called 'A Villain's Night Out' by Margaret Mahy. It is available to borrow from most libraries or copies are available to buy from 'ebay' and 'Amazon', should the children wish to read the story independently.





By now, the children should be experts in recalling any facts from the 2x, 5x and 10x tables, as quickly as they can recall their own name! Times Tables facts are really important and really should be practised at home to help secure their rapid recall!


Throughout the Autumn Term, we will be learning facts from the 3x table, 4x table and 8x table so any additional practice with this, is highly recommended!



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This half term, we will become scientists as we explore how rocks are formed as well as grouping rocks according to their properties.

Marching like Romans!


Our History focus is based on the Romans. We will be investigating the question ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ Visit the library to see what you can find out about this topic.

Halloween Fun!

The children looked fantastic in their Halloween costumes! We made some oreo spiders and rice crispy brains! Delicious! 



Each month a maths challenge will be set for each year group. There will be a prize for the correct answer with the best explanation. 

Answers need to be handed in by Monday 30th October.

Important Notice About PE

P.E. will now be every TUESDAY until the end of the Autumn term. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school. If any children have their ears pierced please ensure they do not wear them on this day.

Year 3 & 4 October

Maths challenge.

Image result for witch picture

A witch is thinking of a number. Her number is between 300 and 500. The digits add up to 14. The difference between the largest and smallest digit is 2. What could her number be?


Make sure you explain how you worked this problem out.




There will be a prize for the correct answer with the best explanation. 

Answers need to be handed in by Monday 4th December.

Year 3 & 4

Maths challenge

Tim had nine Christmas presents, each with a different number from 1 to 9 on it.
He put the presents into three piles so that the total in each pile was 15.
How could he have done this?
Can you find all
the different ways Tim could have done this?

Make sure you explain how you worked this problem out.


Take Up This Month's

Maths Challenge   








Three hippos have wandered from their usual home and found a pile of apples.

They eat a total of 25 apples between them. How many did they each eat if:

· They all ate an odd number of apples?

· They all ate a different number of apples?

Show all the possible answers in a visual way.

Make sure you explain how you worked this problem out.