Autumn Term 2 2021

Welcome back! I hope you all had a restful half term. Keep a look out on this page to see what we have been learning about. This half term Year 3 have a prehistoric theme following on from the Stone Age. We will travel back in time to learn more about the Bronze Age through to the Iron Age.

Collective Worship

In Year 3, we have collective worship monitors who help prepare the collective worship table in class. They dressed the table with the purple cloth to symbolise that it is the start of advent. Year 3 revisited what Advent is and what it symbolises for Christians. We discussed what we do to prepare for Christmas and to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Year 3 wrote their own advent promises.



Collective Worship.

Year 3 held a collective worship in class for Remembrance day. They reflected on what it means, why the poppy is a symbol and why we held a 2 minute silence as a mark of respect. The collective worship monitors decorated our prayer table with poppies and some of the children wrote and read prayers for worship.


R.E. – Mary, Our Mother

We began our learning journey by making links to previous learning in Key Stage 1 on the topic ‘Mary our Mother’. We looked at different pictures of the Annunciation (we weren’t told this). We had to look at the picture clues and decide what we thought was happening. We drew on our previous learning and sticky knowledge. We then had say everything we knew about the pictures and make a list of key words about it.

Following this, we continued our new learning journey by reading the story of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) and discussed how Mary must have felt when the Angel Gabriel told her she was going to have a special baby. In pairs we role-played this scene and gave reasons as to why we Mary agreed to have Baby Jesus. Take a look at Year 3 being Mary and the Angel Gabriel.


In pairs we role-played this scene and gave reasons as to why we Mary agreed to have Baby Jesus. We also discussed what we can learn as Christians from Mary’s actions. We used our working wall in R.E to support us with our learning. We discussed how hard it must have been for Mary,as a young girl, to make such a brave decision to follow God’s wishes, but she had faith and trust in God to ultimately guide her. Just as Mary put her faith and trust in God we discussed how we can put our faith and trust in God to guide us when we are faced with worries or problems. We wrote about Mary’s thought and feelings.

‘ I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.’ Philippians 4:13.

‘ For nothing is impossible with God.’ Luke 1:26-38

Year 3 then wrote a letter to Joseph imaging that they were Mary. They told Joseph what had happened to them when the Angel Gabriel announced that Mary was going to have a baby, how they felt and gave reason for their actions. The children really enjoyed this and it also gave them the opportunity to reflect on what they has learnt form Mary’s actions, as well as explain when they put their trust and faith in God. The children also peered assessed one another’s learning.

CAFOD Workshop

Year 3 enjoyed a morning of CAFOD Workshop in school. We explored Catholic Social Teaching and its principles. We really enjoyed learning more with the help of the animal mascots’ illustrations and their stories. We learnt that Pope Francis continues to add to Catholic Social Teaching with his own encyclicals including Laudato Si’ (2015) and Fratelli Tutti (2020). The children had a great discussions as we explored various scenarios and how the principles can be used in our own lives.

English – The Iron Man by Ted Hughes


In English we are using the narrative story The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, as inspiration to write.  We began by reading the story in guided reading and discussing what had happened as well as making predictions. The children are thoroughly engrossed in the story. We began by identifying expanded noun phrase and similes in the text and discussing how we knew this.

Click to watch The Iron Man

His great iron head, shaped like a dustbin but as big as a bedroom, slowly turned to the right, slowly turned to the left. His iron ears turned, this way, that way. He was hearing the sea. His eyes,like headlamps, glowed white, then red, then infrared, searching the sea.

Year 3 then enjoyed going on a treasure hunt around school to locate and find a variety of expanded noun phrases and similes. They had to sort them with their talk partners and give reasons for their choices.


Year 3 are building up to writing a wanted poster about The Iron Man. To scaffold this, Year 3 worked in pairs to read and highlight everything they thought was good about a wanted poster for the big bad wolf. The children picked out the expanded noun phrases and similes to describe The Big Bad wolf not just on the outside but inside too. They also found other words used to name the wolf such as beast and creature. As a class, they highlighted all the worthy words and we added them to out working wall. The children also removed a sentence and added it to a different part of the text where it was better suited. We discussed the meaning of worthy words such as menacing, cunning and witnesses and how they could be used. The children also agreed that the WAGOLL (what a good one looks like) wanted poster included what The Big Bad wolf had done wrong and what to do if you saw him. Year 3 said they would need to include this on their wanted posters when they come to write them.

Following this Year 3 watched some modelled writing of the wanted poster for The Iron Man. The children listened to ensure that all the top tips were met and one that they noticed was just how many times I kept reading the work to check it made sense. The children then wrote their own wanted poster for the Iron Man. They made sure that they included similes and expanded noun phrases to describe the giant.

This massive, metal mechanical creature was last seen stood on the brink of the cliffs.” Jack

The children then self assessed their own posters and then they chose a friend to peer mark their learning. This gave the children a further opportunity to deepen their understanding as to their next steps.

Year 3 enjoyed using drama and role play to pretend to be some of the main characters in the story. They acted out how the characters felt. We then wrote about the character’s feelings. The children loved adding emojis to their writing. Year 3 are working hard with their writing targets, handwriting and using their my try dictionaries to ensure that their writing is the very best it can be!


Maths – Multiplication and Division

We’ve been learning about multiplication this week. We practised recalling 3x’s table facts and used these to recall the 6x’s table facts. Similarly, we practised recalling 4x’s table facts and used these to recall 8x’s table facts. The children have enjoyed lots of different Burn2Learn games, singing songs, dancing and tennis times tables to recall these facts confidently and fluently.

One of Year 3’s favourite ways to learn their times tables is to dance and sing along to BBC supermovers.

BBC supermovers 3x’s time table BBC supermovers 6x’s table

Year 3 have been discussing alternative words for multiplying  and recognising this as being repeated addition.

Year 3 loved practising their times tables by playing a fun burn 2 learn game, called hoop hop. The required the children to answer questions about times table facts and to win points for their teams. The children loved polishing their skills of quick recall of facts. Year 3 then reflected on which times tables they need to improve practise more.

We have been making links between the 3x’s times table to the 6x’s table and 9x’s table. We practised recalling the 3x’s table and then used this to help us write the other tables. We looked for number patterns as well. This helped deepen our understanding of using known number facts.

Year 3 have using known multiplication facts to support their understanding of dividing into equal groups. We spoke about dividing the whole number into equal parts. Year 3 enjoyed solving some division problems to deepen their understanding of this.

The children made their own KIRFS games to practise and polish their quick recall of facts. They really enjoyed designing and making these games and wrote their own questions.


Science – Magnets and Forces

This half term in Science we will began by thinking about questions we want to find the answers to. We added these questions to our Science working wall.

Some of these questions were:

What is a force?

How does a magnet work?

What are magnets used for?

What sticks to a magnet?

How are magnets made?

Year 3 then completed a word search of scientific vocabulary related to the topic. They used the ipads to find the meaning of words they were unsure of and then wrote them in a sentence.

Year 3 enjoyed investigating what happens what to ends or poles of a magnet are put near one another. They made predictions first before carrying this out.

Working scientifically, Year 3 loved investigating comparing everyday materials on the basis of whether or not they are attracted to a magnet or not. They chose a magnet to explore which materials in the classroom were magnetic. They then used the sorting hoops to group the objects together in a practical Venn diagram.

Next in Year 3’s learning journey they worked scientifically to investigate the strength of magnets. The children made a prediction first before carrying out this investigation. They were given a range of magnets and were told they could use paper clips to investigate how many each magnet could hold. Year 3 absolutely loved this experiment ad record their results in a table. Following this they used and applied their maths skills to transfer this information on a bar chart. They recalled the skills they has used in key stage 1 to do this and polished them even further.

” I predict the strongest magnet will be the round magnet because it is chunky.” Betty

” I think the red and blue magnet will be the strongest because it is longer than the other magnets.” Bea

“I think the horse show magnet is the strongest because it is quite big.” Seb

Year 3 worked scientifically to investigate and compare how a toy car moves on different surfaces. The children predicted which surface would allow the car to travel the furthest and also discussed how they planned to keep the investigation fair. The children used and applied their maths skills to measure the distance the car travelled each time it travelled along a different surface.

The children discussed that friction from some certain surfaces meant that the car didn’t travel as far. Some surfaces that were smooth and shiny allowed the car to travel further due to less friction. The children analysed their results and discussed their reasoning.


History – Changes in Britain The Bronze Age-The Iron Age


In History this half term, the children have continued exploring and finding out all about prehistoric life. Year 3 looked at why the time period The Bronze Age is called the Bronze Age and how bronze was made. We discussed how technology was now changing after the Stone Age.

Following this, the children read about The Iron Age during guided reading. We discussed the significant changes during this time period to technology anf farming.

We also read about StoneHenge and imagined how hard to must have been to build. The children role played building StoneHenge before planning and writing a diary about a day in the life of one of the workers. The children ensured they wrote facts about StoneHenge in their diaries to write an accurate historical account of it. Once Year 3had written their diaries they used their purple polishing pens to edit and improve them. Year 3 have been working hard on the skills of editing to deepen their understanding of punctuation. 

Geography links

Following this Year 3 identified the countries in Europe were Bronze was made. We used the atlas to locate these countries. Before we did this, we made links to previous learning about what we knew already about atlases and Europe. We discussed how to use the contents page of the atlas to find the most appropriate map to use. We also discussed what a key is on a map and its purpose. We found different keys in the atlas’ and practised being able to read and understand them. Year 3 then used a blank map of Europe to locate the countries in Europe where bronze was made. We also created our keys to add to our maps. We really enjoyed using the atlases and spoke about when they are used and who might need to use them as part of their profession.

Following this, Year 3 developed their historical enquiry skills by looking at a range of prehistoric pictures and discussing what they could see, what they thought and what they wondered. The children read a WAGOLL first and then had to use and apply their english skills to ensure they wrote fully developed answers, giving reasons for their ideas.

Year 3 then learnt all about Iron age hillforts and identified where they were built in the Uk. They had to find the size of a range of iron age fort and then record this. They used their geographical map skills to identify where they are on a map and created their own key to show this. Year 3 then used and applied their maths skills to record the size of hill forts onto a bar chart and answered questions about the data they had gathered. The children showed great resilience to use and apply the skills to do this.

Art – Designing and making a Stone Age pot


Linking to our History topic, in Art this half term year 3 will be making their own Stone Age pots. To begin with Year 3 used the computers to find images prehistoric pots that they liked and would use as a source of inspiration. Following the children sketched their designs. They thought carefully about whether they would be able to make their designs too.


Once Year 3 had decided upon a final design they reflected on what they liked about their design before making it.


Year 3 watched how to roll clay and then coil it to make a pot. Year 3 practiced these skills first. They mastered practical skills being able to roll the clay into a sausage shape, before coiling it to make the base first. Following this, they they then repeated this action to build up layers of clay that had been coiled into shape. The children then had to pinch the sides to ensure that there were no gaps in the clay.


Once the pots were dry, the children reviewed their pots to see whether the clay coils had set firmly and whether their pots could be easily picked up. The children then discussed what they liked about practice pots and what they would change.

The children then made their final pots and thought carefully about how they would make their final piece. Once the pots had dried the children evaluated their pots.



Computing- Key Note

This half term in Computing, we have been developing our skills to create our own presentations about the Stone Age, We used a programme called Key Note. This allowed us to insert pages to create our presentations. Following this we added titles and information about this time period. Once we had made a start, we had typed up the information we needed and cut and paste pictures from the internet into our presentations. Finally we could then change the font styles, colour of the text and background to enhance our presentations.

Online Safety

We discussed as a class how to keep safe whilst using the internet. The key message that we took from this was 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 safeand 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 P.E. the children have been practising passing a football to a partner and kicking it  back to them. They thought about their aim, power and and the accuracy of the controlled pass. The children really enjoyed doing this. Afterwards, the lesson progressed onto using and applying these skills in a game. At the end of the lesson, the children reflected on the skills they had used and how they could improve them.

In PE with Mrs Powell, the children have been practicing their basket ball skills. They have been focusing passing the ball accurately, bounce passes, defending and intercepting the ball. The children practised all of these skills working in small groups. They challenged themselves to practise defending in different teams.

We have also been working on performing synchronized dancing and balances. We had lots of fun working with a partner to do and particularly enjoyed moving our bodies in time to music. We watched one another’s performances and gave feedback on them.




We have started our PHSE journey off this half term by reflecting on accepting that we might have different opinions to our friends. We discussed what makes a good friend and how to we can work together to solve problems but it was also important to share our opinions on the things that matter to us. We discussed that even when we have a difference of opinion this does not mean that we do not like one another. The children worked with a talk partner to discuss their common interests and opinions but also to discuss what made them different, including any opinions. We also recapped what to do if we had an problem and who we can talk to including our class worry monster Bubbles.

Anti Bullying-One Kind Word

To launch our Anti-Bullying week the with a key stage assembly with Miss Milivojevic who reminded us of some very important messages, especially our acronym that reminds us what to do if we are worried about bullying. It reminds us that bullying is several times on purpose and if children ever feel they or someone they know are being bullied that they should start telling other people. We also watched this video all about anti-bullying week 2021’s theme of One Kind Word!


We enjoyed reading the story “Have you filled a bucket today?” by Carol McCloud. Year 3 loved listening to this story about how to fill one another’s buckets and theirs with kindness and respect! We thought carefully about how our words and actions can make us either bucket fillers or bucket dippers. We wrote one kind word onto a bucket for each member in our class. We then read the kind words about ourselves and one another.




In music, Year 3 have been looking at body percussion. We have used a graphic score to help guide us through the moves and also to help us with the timing. It can get quite tricky when it speeds up but we didn’t panic and just calmly picked the beat back up. We did body percussion to ‘I just Can’t Wait to be King ‘ and ‘Under the Sea.’ We developed our skills of  maintaining a simple part in a group performance. We had so much fun doing this!


Year 3 has been practising singing Christmas carols together. Our songs were the Silent Night and we had a great time signing along to A White Christmas! As we were working on singing in tune, we were getting better and better at pronouncing the words clearly, controlling our voices and using Makaton signs as well!


Year 3 have been practising saying colours in French. They used the ipads to create a key note presentation about them. They had to made sure the words were spelt correctly and that they could read them too.

In addition to counting and learning colours, Year 3 have started to learn words, phrases and sentences linked to French greetings and saying what the weather is.  Year 3 played games to support our learning with this and worked with talked partners too. The children have a willing attitude towards languages which is excellent and therefore are happy to have a good go at any of the tasks, which is particularly helpful as people can often feel awkward trying to pronounce words in another language. Well done Y3.


Inspiring You Week

To start the week, the children considered their own aspirations for the future. The children enjoyed discussing this with the rest Year 3 and why. They then wrote what they want to be when  they’re an adult and why. The children discussed how they achieve their dreams and ambitions.


Dogs’ Trust Visit 

During our Inspiring You Week, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Mrs Hill from Dogs‘ Trust. As we have lots of dog-lovers at St Joseph’s, this was a visit that the children really enjoyed. After asking the children about their own experiences of looking after dogs, Mrs Hill showed the children images of some of the dogs that had been brought into the charity. The Dogs’ Trust looks after abandoned and mistreated dogs; the charity then tries to find new homes for these dogs. The children got to learn about the different jobs that people do for the charity and many were inspired to think about future careers as vets, animal welfare officers and people who look after other animals. 

Mrs Hill explained the importance of microchipping pet dogs and how that helps dogs to stay safe. She explained what a day in the life of a dog who lives at the Dogs Trust kennels is like. This includes training and preparing the dogs so that they are ready find lovely new homes.

The children were asked to think about reasons why people might not be able to look after their dogs properly and why some dogs end up at the Dogs Trust. They learnt about how keeping a dog can be a big commitment and responsibility. As well as physical care, we discussed dogs’ feelings and how dogs might feel when they first come to live with the charity. The children asked a range of  questions.

Martial Arts workshop

During our Inspiring You Week, we were also lucky enough to have a visit from Mr and Mrs Grundy who are fully qualified martial arts instructors. They kindly provided this to school for free as they are passionate about inspiring children to try martial arts. The children learnt about the history of martial arts, where it originated from and why. Year 3 absolutely loved this workshop, which really raised their heart rates and brought out their competitive side! Mr and Mrs Grundy explained to Y3 about  powerful life lessons and skills that practising Martial Arts teaches us. These  include respect, courtesy, discipline, honesty, perseverance, resilience and trust. All these skills fit perfectly with our curriculum intent. We certainly left feeling very inspired and sweaty! Thank you Mr and Mrs Grundy for a brilliant workshop!