Autumn Term 1 2021

Year 3 have settled really well and quickly back into their school routine. They are so eager to learn and are showing that they are active, resilient and independent earners already! What a great start to Key Stage 2! Year 3 have been busy establishing their class rules to ensure they keep themselves safe and always try their very best. We’ve been working hard on setting our ‘Investors in Pupils’ target for this half term and everyone knows the role they need to play to achieve it. This half term the children have decided their target is to keep the class  tidy and they’ve chosen as their reward to have a non uniform day and movie day with popcorn! Year 3 are certainly working as a team to ensure they meet their target. Our topic this half term is ‘The Stone Age’. Please have a look at Year 3’s half term plan so you can see what we will be getting up to in all our curriculum areas. Keep checking out our class page to see our learning journey this year.

Mrs Hodgson and Mrs Riordan

Collective Worship

In Year 3, we have collective worship monitors who help prepare the collective worship table in class. They choose carefully what items they want to have on our table from our collective worship box and discuss what colour cloth they should cover the table and why with support from Mrs Riordan . For example one child chose a candle to symbolise that Jesus is the light of the world and one child chose a tree to symbolise that we grow in God’s love.  We always begin our worships with relaxing music, turning the lights off, lighting the candles and the collective worship monitors lead the Morning prayer. We then think about what our collective worship statement of the week is for example, ‘I can say one thing good about myself.’ After we listen to the Word of the Lord  sometimes by listening to a story or parable from the bible. We spend some time reflecting on the Word for a couple of minutes and we have our own time to talk to God. We think about how we can live out the word throughout the day.

R.E. – The Christian Family

We began our first topic in R.E. by reflected on what it means to be part of a family and part of God’s family. We talked about ways we live our lives as a Christian and how we help our families. We considered our own unique gifts and talents and thought about how we can show our gratitude and give thanks to God.

Year 3 moved on to thinking about what happens when we are baptised. We the discussed as a class questions we wanted to to ask Canon Nunan. The children had lots of fantastic questions that we added to our R.E. working wall. Such as;

‘Can anyone get baptised?’

‘Do you have to be a baby to get bapitised?’

‘Why do babies wear white?’

‘Why does the priest pour water over the baby’s head?’

‘Why is it called Holy Water?’

‘What happens during Baptism?’

‘How do you make Holy water?’

‘Is the water special?’

‘What happens when you are baptised?’

The children then played a Burn 2 Learn game where they had to find key words associated with Baptism. This was quite tricky because there were some words that were nothing to do with Baptism. The children loved this physically active learning challenge. We even revisited maths skills of using Venn diagrams to support our learning.



Following this, Year 3 discussed the signs and symbols of Baptism giving reasons for what they represent. We wrote about them and made sure we had our writing targets out too and thought about Year 3’s bee zone. We really want to keep our basic English editing skills polished!


English – Stone Age Boy

We are using the book Stone Age Boy to link with our History theme on the Stone Age as a focus for our writing. We began by looking at the front cover and discussing with our talk partners what we thought it was about and asked questions. We read some of the book and made predictions about what we thought would happen. Following this we reenacted the story in small groups once we had read the story.

  The children got into the role as Stone Age boy and imagined what they would ask him if they were to meet him. We really enjoyed doing this! We wrote our questions making sure we were using the correct punctuation. 

Next, Year 3 looked at the features of diaries and worked with a partner to identify them. We highlighted the features in them looking at different diary entries, we drew on sticky knowledge we remembered about diary writing too from Key Stage 1.Following this, the children learnt about expanded noun phrases.  During our whole class guided reading lessons, the children looked for expanded noun phrases in the text. They worked with a partner to do this. Afterwards, Year 3 had edit some boring sentences about Stone Age boy’s adventure by including expanded noun phrases in them. We added these to our English working wall.


We reflected on what diaries needed to include and wrote some top tips about what we had learnt about the features of diaries. Once Year 3 felt secure knowing what diary entries should include, they began to plan a diary entry as if they were Stone Age boy/girl. Following this, Year 3 contributed to shared writing and wrote the start of the diary. They carefully followed the top tips to ensure they included everything. Year 3 made sure they had their writing targets out too once they started their own diary entries. The children then self assessed their learning to check they had met all the top tips. Some children peered marked too to ensure all the top tips had been met. The children used their purple polishing pens to go back and edit their diaries in case they had missed anything out.


Year 3 are really enjoying their maths learning and developing their independence. They are using lots of different maths resources to think about place value and how numbers can be represented using them. We practised fluency questions followed by varied fluency and then problem solving and reasoning questions.


Burn 2 Learn

Year 3 got their hearts beating faster as they competed against one another in teams to play times tables relays. We practised recalling times tables and developing our fluency and speed to be able to do this. The children loved playing hoop hop, they challenged themselves in teams to times table questions. The winner then was able to continue jumping to their opponents team to win a point. The children said they felt that this game enabled them to improve the speed at which they recalled the facts.

The children enjoyed an orienteering lesson where they had to find the tags. The tags had coloured questions about read and writing numbers. The children chose their challenge to solve the questions about what the numbers represented. They worked with a partner to solve the problems. We discussed being active, resilient learners and what we could if found any questions tricky. The children really enjoyed doing this activity!


Rocks and Soils

We began our topic by thinking about what we know about Rocks and Soils and what we want to know. The children had to think of a question that they could investigate themselves, this was very tricky! They came up with some great questions such as;

‘Are all rocks the same?

‘Where do rocks come from?’

‘What is soil made from?’

‘What colour is granite’

The children really enjoyed completing a word search to find subject specific vocabulary about Rock and Soils. Following this, the children then looked up the meaning of words that they didn’t know to deepen their understanding of the vocabulary.

Year 3 explored the school grounds to look for different rocks and to discuss if they were man-made or natural.

We discussed that rocks can be all different shapes, sizes and colours. We observed the rocks by working scientifically to identify and classify their appearance and texture. We and made links to previous learning in Year 1 and 2 about how to observe. The children discussed that they had worked scientifically to observe changes in plants and identified different materials and their properties in Year 1 and 2.

Meanwood Valley Farm

Year 3 had a fantastic trip to Meanwood Valley Farm where we learnt all about different types of rocks such as granite, slate, sandstone, limestone and coal. We did lots of fun experiments to test the properties of these rocks to see how hard they were and whether they are acidic by dropping vinegar onto them. We also made our own soil, tested soil to see what it is made from and made our own wormeries! Year 3 had such a wonderful, fun packed day and learnt so much more about rocks, their properties and uses and the components of soil.


Following this, Year 3 continued to investigate how various rocks differ from one another by investigating their permeability. We discussed the key vocabulary permeable and impermeable/non permeable. We added these worthy words to our Science working wall. In small groups the children worked scientifically to observe whether the rocks were permeable or non permeable. They used the IPADS to time how long this took and recorded this. Following this the children looked at their results to answer questions about what they had found out.


The Stone Age

Year 3 launched their launched their topic on the Stone Age with asking questions that they wanted to find out. They completed a word search about the Stone Age. We also do lots of vocabulary work in guided reading to develop our understanding of words. Using the word search, the children then used colour coding (traffic light system) to show if they have heard the word and confident with the meaning, heard the word but not sure about the meaning, or they have never heard the word before. At this point, IPADS are used to clarify meaning and build confidence with the words. Each child is at a different stage in this journey but it’s a really useful way to build vocabulary understanding.

We also have a Worthy Word Wall on our History wall which we add to when we learn new vocabulary directly from the word search or from our shared reading. Words like prehistoric, Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and gatherer have been added so far which are words directly as a result of our discussions around the word search and guided reading sessions.

Year 3 enhanced the topic on the Stone Age with a fun filled, fact packed workshop all about the Stone Age. The children were transported back in time to think about this time period in History. They had to make a timeline of different historical periods and place when the Stone Age was. The children recalled on prior learning from Key Stage 1 about the Victorians and the Medieval period. The children were fantastic at making observations about which time period the children had dressed up as and put them in chronological order.


Year 3 absolutely loved being an archaeologist for the day. They discovered mysterious objects as they conducted their own archaeological excavations and uncovered ‘hidden’ artefacts, some of which were 4,000 years old! Using a trowel, brush and magnifying glass, Year 3 worked in pairs to dig dig up, clean and study artefacts before placing them on a time Line. Year 3 then found out more facts about life in the Stone Age as they handled a range of real and replica tools made of natural materials such as bone, antler, flint, wood, animal skin, plants, clay and bronze. They had an amazing day and learnt so many new facts about life in during the prehistoric era.

In class, we also have lots of topic books to enjoy reading to give us depth to our learning. We have time to read around the subjects and we can take these books home too to further explore. This is a popular activity with the class as they can freely choose which book to choose and having time to explore non-fiction is great fun to. The children found words associated with Stone Age that they didn’t know the meaning of. They used the ipads to find out the meaning of them and write them into a sentence.

The children used and applied their maths skills to create a timeline about prehistoric histroy. They then used the ipads to add on further dates to their timelines about events in this time period.

Art-Stone Age paintings

We began by using the ipads to research Stone Age paintings as inspiration for painting our own. We sketched our favourite designs before deciding one one we wanted to make. We then sketched a final design explaining why we chose this design. To start we used paint to create a wash for the background. We chose our own Stone Age colour palete and thickness of brush we wanted to use. Once the background had dried we used sponges and dipped them in paint to add mood to our pictures. Last of all, we used oil pastels to colour in shapes of prehistoric animals before outlining them in a dark colour to make them stand out. Finally we evaluated paintings as to what we liked about and how we could improve them. Year 3 absolutely loved creating their own cave paintings. Take a look at our art gallery below. We are very proud of our hard work and resilience. 

Computing-Sketch School

Year 3 have been using Sketch school on the IPADS to practise using the drawing tools. They drew a self portrait to show how they are feeling about being back at school and in Year 3. Year 3 really enjoyed exploring using this app and how it works. 


Following this the children practised using keynote. Keynote is an app on iPads that allows you to create presentations that includes animations, videos, audios, images whilst also developing the knowledge of buttons and links – just like an app would work. They challenged themselves to create their own presentations about ‘Les Colours’ because we had been learning about colours in French. The children inserted a page for each colour they had learnt in French, alongside a photo they had saved and inserted too. Year 3 practised their keyboard skills writing the correct French spelling.

Online Safety

We discussed our school rules about keeping ourselves safe. We made links to prior learning about what we already knew about this whilst using the internet. The key message is that  if we are unsure of anything on the internet we should ‘STOP, BLOCK AND TELL!’

 Internet safety key message.Stop, block,tell!

Here were the key top tips we learned for staying safe online:

  • Keep your personal information safe and private (don’t share it with anyone).
  • People online are not always who they say they are(don’t become friends with someone online that you haven’t met before in real life and never meet up with anyone you speak to online).
  • Ask before you share– think carefully about the photos you post on the internet. You need to have permission before you post photos of other people online.
  • Think carefully about the wordsyou use on the internet.
  • If you see something you feel uncomfortable with, STOP, BLOCK AND TELL! 
  • Always speak to a trusted adult.



In PE, we have been learning different throwing techniques and practicing how to catch accurately. We played lots of mini games to practice these skills and discussed what sports they would be useful in. The children were fantastic at playing fairly with their partner and catching/throwing the resources sensibly.

With Mrs Powell, our new PE Partner coach, we have been looking at different ways to travel. We found so many different ways to move. We took part in lots of races to practice our movements and took it in turns with our partners. We practiced side stepping, skipping, hopping and running and had lots of fun doing it! We also had to work as a team to maintain control of the ball, whilst we walked from one side of the field to the other. We enjoyed playing different team games to build our problem solving skills and resilience when faced with challenges.


PSHE- It’s good to be me

Year 3 enjoyed playing a game of bingo to find children with different special talents like being a good listener, able to play an instrument or good at swimming.

Year 3 have been thinking about all their special talents and makes them unique. We also thought about our friends and what special qualities they have. We wrote kind words about each person in our class on a blank ginger bread man. The children then read all the positive comments about themselves. Year 3 really are a lovely class and have so much to celebrate about themselves.

Well being Week

Year 3 enjoyed Wellbeing Week where we had a focus on physical wellbeing, emotional wellbeing and mental health.  We enjoyed 5 themes across the week: Be Kind, Take Notice, Be Active, Try Something New and Feel Good Friday. We considered our emotions throughout the week and how all of these things had an impact on our physical and emotional wellbeing as well as our mental health. The purpose of this week was to give the children tools to support their own wellbeing: finding strategies and things that help their own wellbeing.  We listened to the story ‘Lost and found’ by Oliver Jeffers and discussed what it means to be kind to ourselves and others. We drew pictures to show this. We enjoyed singing ‘ I get by with a little help from my friends’ by the Beatles.  We also enjoyed listening to the story ‘The dot’ and had a go at trying something new, that was to create our own pictures entirely out of dots. We had lots of fun doing this. Throughout the week, the children enjoyed burn to learn activities outside. Finally on Friday we enjoyed singing along to some of out favourite songs. 

Class Worry Monster

We have also introduced our new class worry monster who Year 3 have named Bubbles. Bubbles is there for all children to share their worries. Year 3 do this by either speaking to Bubbles or writing their worry on a small card and letting Bubbles eat the worry. This means that the worry no longer has to take up space in their mind anymore and Bubbles can deal with it. Year 3 decided that I (Mrs Hodgson) and Mrs Riordan  would look at the worries that Bubbles eats and it would also give the children the opportunity to speak to an adult about their worry too.


During our music lessons in year 3 we have been listening to extracts of music and identifying the instruments used. We were lucky enough to go outside and learn songs related to the Stone Age which gave us information about that era! Some of us made our own percussion instruments and we used them when composing our own score using sounds related to the Stone Age. We also worked in small groups and confidently followed different colours on a moving score and used body percussion to enhance our performance! (pictures to follow)

“I enjoyed singing and and playing an instrument at the same time” .

“I learnt about high pitch and low pitch”

“I enjoyed using my body to make different sounds”

” I liked singing the Stone Age songs”

The children first listened to a piece of music and discussed the instruments they could hear being played. They also discussed how the music could represent a story about a mammoth hunt using their imagination and the tempo of the music. To end the lesson the children learnt a Stone Age version of We Will Rock You, which they sang and clapped in rhythm as a class.

The children enjoyed recapping over the Stone Age rap they learnt in the pervious lesson. Then they got into groups of four to complete the graphic score which helped them compose a piece of music using the instruments that they made at home. At the end of the lesson some groups performed their piece of music to the rest of the class.


Year 3 have been revisiting practising French greetings such as hello, good morning, good afternoon, good bye. The children had to match the French term to the English and vice versa. They then role played using these greetings to talk to their friends.

French Greetings

Following this the children practised saying colours in French and created a keynote presentation to show their understanding.