Year 3

Spring Term 2017 – 2nd Half


In science, the children learnt about the fascinating world of plants. They identified the functions of the different parts of a plant and found out about what plants need to grow well. As part of their learning in this unit, the children visited Kew Gardens where they participated in a range of activities which included, identifying, and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers; exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation.


In RE, the children learnt about what Sikh sayings tell us about Sikh beliefs. They identified some of the symbolic language used to describe Sikhism and reflected on the importance of these sayings and beliefs. Year 3 visited a Gurdwara temple where they were given a guided tour of the building and provided with the opportunity to ask questions about the Sikh faith and beliefs.


The children enjoyed two weeks of daily swimming lessons at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre. They were taught to swim over a short distance and use the front crawl effectively.


In Maths this half term, the focus was on money and time. The unit on money allowed the children to consolidate their previous learning on recognising different denominations (both notes and coins) and the simple addition and subtraction of money. They further developed the concepts related to addition and subtraction of money using number bonds as a key method. and applied this knowledge to solve word problems using bar modelling as a key strategy. The children have been learning to tell time by using ‘a.m.’ and ‘p.m.’, telling time to the minute and using analogue and digital time and telling time by using both the minute and hour hands.


In English, the children used Anthony Browne’s ‘Into the forest’ as inspiration for writing their own adventure stories.


The visit to the River Lea provided the children with an opportunity to observe the local environment and learn about the local history of the River Lea and how it is linked into a wider historical context. The classroom activities introduced the children to the River Lea and its connection to London and the Thames. The children learnt about geographical features of a river and the water cycle.

Spring Term 2017

Ancient Egypt

This half term the children in Year 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians. They had the opportunity to make fake Egyptian artefacts during Art lessons.

As part of our history unit on Ancient Egypt, Year 3 visited the British Museum. They explored the Egyptian galleries of the museum and viewed various artefacts related to this unit of work in order to bring the subject alive for the children.


The children have been learning about light and shadow. Our unit question is: Why is light truly amazing? The children investigated the properties of mirrors and reflections by undertaking four different tasks. They noted their observations and used scientific knowledge on light to explain their findings.

For out unit topic, we have been learning about Ancient Egyptians. During the initial hook lesson, children were divided into groups and had to complete some activities to help them find out clues to what we would be learning in topic. The first task was to decode a letter which was written in hieroglyphics. The children matched each hieroglyphic to a letter in the alphabet.

In the next activity, the children became explorers. They dug in the sand to discover Egyptian artefacts. The children discussed what they thought each artefact was and who would use it.