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Welcome to the Year Three page!

Bienvendos al Tercero Grado

Spring Term

During the Spring term, year 3 have been learning all about the Caribbean. We identified where the Caribbean is on a world map and discussed key geographical features. We then compared this to the UK to identify what is similarities and differences. We learnt how the weather varies throughout the seasons and how the Caribbean experiences a hurricane season.

 In English, we linked our topics to this and became expert fact finders to write our own non-chronological reports all about the Bahamas. We learnt so many interesting facts like there is a beach where the sand is completely pink and there is a different beach where you can swim with pigs in the sea. We also learnt about a colourful carnival which takes place after Christmas. We also listened to a story called Gregory Cool which is about a boy who goes to visit his grandparents in Tobago. We used this to help us plan a sequel about when Gregory’s family came over to the UK.  Finally, we took part in Fair Trade Fortnight where we learned what Fair Trade is, why it is important and how it helps farmers. We put all of this information onto a leaflet.

In maths, we continued our work with multiplication and division and began to link this to money. We then became statisticians learning all about the different ways we can represent data and answered questions based on this. We also learned about perimeter and how to calculate the perimeter of different shapes. We are becoming fantastic problem solvers and our reasoning skills are much improved.

Science has been an exciting topic for us during the Spring term as we were selected to take part in a STEM project all about Polar Explorers. We learnt lots of information about Antarctica such as the animals who live there, how they have adapted for their habitat and how rising sea levels and increases in carbon dioxide are affecting their habitats. We also learnt what a polar explorer needs in order to survive their expedition and how they collect and store there food. At the end of the term, we were visited by a real life polar explorer who spoke to us about expeditions that she has been on. She even brought in clothing and equipment that she needs in order to survive and complete her job.

Autumn Term

This term the children have been learning to write a set of instructions based on the story “How to wash a woolly mammoth” which links into our topic the Stone Age. The children were able to create a set of instructions on how to wash an animal of their choice. During our topic lessons, children have also been able to design and create a Stone Age dwelling out of clay, a model of Stonehenge and a visit from a man from the Stone Age. The children have also created Stone Age projects at home which we are very proud of.

This half term in English we have been creating our own Mr Men and Little Miss stories based around the writing style of Roger Hargreaves. The children in year 3 have enjoyed creating a story map in chalk on the playground and inventing their own characters.

Our Maths work this half term has had a focus on the four operations: adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing.

In Science this half term, the children have explored magnets and forces. They have compared how things move on different surfaces, sorted materials and investigated the strength of magnets. Children have also recorded their findings in tables and bar charts.

Keeping safe- Year 3 children discuss keeping safe.