Year 3

Welcome to Year 3.  

In year 3, we are learning to be independent learners. We strive to use the skills and knowledge gained in key stage 1 to problem solve and deeper our subject knowledge. We work collaboratively to improve our learning and support each other in everything we do.  

 

Staff In Year 3

Year 3 Class Teachers - Miss Hambly

Year 3 Teaching Assistant - Miss Rose and Ms Lee

 

Learning In Year 3

Click here to view the Year 3 Curriculum Map.

Click here to view the Year 3 Timetable.

Click here to view the Year 3 Topic Web for Autumn 1.

Click here to view the Year 3 Topic Web for Autumn 2.

Click here to view the Year 3 Topic Web for Spring 1.

Click here to view the Year 3 Topic Web for Spring 2.

Click here to view the Year 3 Topic Web for Summer 1.

Click here to view the Year 3 Topic Web for Summer 2.

 

Year 3 Class Blog

Summer 1

This half term year 3 has been super busy! In English we have read the book ‘The Bluest of Blues’, which is a beautiful picture book biography of the botanist and photographer Anna Atkins. Anna was fascinated with the plant life around her, and recorded her findings in detailed engravings and illustrations until she invented cyanotype photography in 1842. Inspired by Anna we’ve had a go at pressing and preserving flowers, writing diary entries and poems, carrying out research and recording our findings about beetles and writing persuasive letters to the Royal Botanist Society.  

 

In RE we have been learning about Buddhism, and what the Buddha taught his followers about life. We have enjoyed finding out about Siddhartha’s journey to reach enlightenment, and discussing what we believe the most important things anyone can achieve in their lifetime is. 

 

During our PSHE lessons we have been discussing ‘relationships’, those we have with our families, friends and as part of wider society. We have had a go at solving friendship problems, taken turns at being good listeners and come up with strategies to keep us safe online. During our lessons about global citizens, we looked at how the actions and work of people around the word help and influence our lives, and had to identify where products from our everyday lives come from.  

 

As part of STEAM week we completed lots of practical activities. We had a go at using lemon juice as invisible heat and revealed our messages using different heat sources. Due to oxidation, the hidden message appeared dark brown as the acid from the lemon juice was heated. During another lesson we carried out a practical action activity, where we had to create houses out of recycled material that would withstand flooding. It was fun making the houses and then testing to see which held up against the flood waters.  

 

We had a great trip to Barnet Environmental Centre, where we got to look at different types of rocks and fossils, went minibeast hunting and investigated different plants and wildlife. This helped us to prepare for our science unit, where we have been learning all about plants. We don’t want to share too much of what we have done with you, but we’ve learnt about the lifecycle of the flowering plant, what plants need to survive and have had a go at drawing and labelling the parts of a plant. You’ll have to come along to our class assembly, which just so happens to be all about plants, to find out what else we’ve been up to! 

       

 

Spring 2    

This half term in Year 3 we've done lots of exciting things. In English, we've been reading a book called The King Who Banned the Dark, by Emily Haworth-Booth. It’s about a little boy who grows up to be king, he decides to use his power to tackle his fear of the dark by banning it. His advisors persuade him that the best way to do this is by convincing the people that it was what they wanted anyway. They even plan a celebration of the dark ban with a grand fireworks display but maybe the people are not as susceptible as the king and his advisors believe. We enjoyed doing lots of writing activities surrounding this book, including newspaper articles, poems and narratives.  

  

In Geography, we've been learning all about volcanoes, and why people live near volcanoes. We’ve discussed how the earth is made up of different layers and can name and order them from the centre of the earth to the surface.  

  

In science, our topic this half term has been forces and magnets. We’ve observed how magnets attract or repel each other, and attract some materials and not others. During an investigation, we compared and had a go at grouping together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they were attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials. We used our knowledge to predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.  

  

Finally, we had a great time during International week learning all about Japan. We learnt all about Japan’s geography, made origami crabs and swans and had a go at writing our names in Katakana, which is one component of the Japanese writing system. We are looking forward to a much needed break after a very busy half term! 

     

 

Spring 1

We have had a great start to the Spring term in Year 3. In English our lessons have explored The Ice Palace by Robert Swindells. We found the story really exciting and enjoyed writing our own versions of an ending for the story. Our class assembly was based around the story and we hope that everyone who got the chance to see it enjoyed it as much as we did!

One of our math topics this half term has been length, and we have enjoyed the practical side of measuring different objects around the classroom. We applied these skills we learnt from this to our science investigations and had a go at making and measuring the size of shadows as part of our light unit.

We have been on two school trips, to the Natural History Museum and the New West End Synagogue, both of which we really enjoyed! At the Natural History Museum we took part in a workshop on earthquakes and volcanoes, and learnt about what causes these natural disasters and how scientists can predict when they are going to happen. Our trip to the New West End Synagogue linked to our RE unit for the half term, and we got the chance to learn all about Judaism before looking around the beautiful synagogue. We can’t wait to go on some more exciting trips soon!

We are all looking forward to a break before the next half term!

 

 

Autumn 2

This half term has been exceptionally busy for Year 3. In English our lessons have explored The Pebble in my Pocket: A History of Our Earth by Meredith Hooper, and we have written newspaper articles recounting an adventure back in time.

Our Science lessons allowed us to explore some of the aspects of this book in further detail. We researched fossil formation, and the type of rock in which they can form. We also carried out several investigations, where we discovered that different types of soil have different properties.

We were lucky enough to be able to take part in several workshops, including a workshop where we retold the nativity story through dance. In the lead up to Christmas we have been learning some Christmas carols, and were able to sing some of our favourites to an audience at St James’ Church. We hope everyone got the chance to look at our amazing stockings that we made for the Christmas fair, and we enjoyed making these and taking part in several other Christmas craft activities over the last few weeks. We are all looking forward to a much needed break ahead of the New Year!

 

 

Autumn 1

Year 3 have been very busy this half term. We have been reading a book called Gregory Cool by Caroline Binch and wrote free verse poems about Caribbean beaches. We were lucky enough to participate in forest school in High Gate Wood, where we had the opportunity to explore, construct, play in and learn about nature. We also undertook a Bikeability course, where we learnt about bike safety and improving out cycling skills.

In Science our topic has been Animals Including Humans, and we have been learning about both human and animal skeletons and how their muscles work. Many of us completed homework projects based upon this, by making posters or skeletons.

As it has been Black History month, we have been learning about inspirational female athletes, including Wilma Rudolph and Nicola Adams. We conducted our own relays events in PE inspired by the Olympics, and even had a go at making some Olympic medals!

 

   

Forest School

Every Wednesday for the first half of the Autumn term, Year 3 spend time at Forest School in Highgate Woods.  The ethos of Forest School allows children the time and space to develop skills, interests and understanding through practical, hands-on experiences. It also allows teachers to step back and observe the children in order to then encourage and inspire individuals to achieve.

 

The children will be taking part in all sorts of activities that are linked to parts of our curriculum such as Geography or Science and they include: games; storytelling; natural art activities; exploring, nature watching and bug hunting; climbing, rolling; practical woodland skills (e.g. willow weaving); building dens; time to be quiet, reflect or talk. 

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