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Spring 2 in Year 3

This half term, we are focusing on the values of 'Love' and 'Courage.' We wrote in hearts all of the things, people and pets that we love, and used oil pastels to create art work on the theme of love. We are continuing with our Geography theme of 'Movement,' where we will explore the world's major rivers, investigate flooding and drought and explore Fairtrade. We will continue reading 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and learn our information style text on unicorns. 

Look at the photos below to what we have been up to in Year 3!

Little Prince Theatre performance and arts workshops

Computing: Scratch

Longitudinal Study: How do our shadows change over the course of a day and over the year?

World Book Week activities

Alisdair Naulls, from the Rivers Trust, led a plastic pollution workshop and a litter pick. We analysed what materials our litter is made from and how it might get into rivers and oceans.

Parent cafe- online safety: how to keep information safe online

Reggae- Playing 'Three little birds' by Bob Marley on the keyboard

Reggae: 'Three little birds' on the keyboard

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Reggae: 'Three little birds' on the keyboard

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Spring 1 in Year 3 

We have started a new theme called ‘Movement’- all about rivers. We are excited to be reading ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis in English and we will also learn our key text ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ off by heart. We have started looking at our new multiplication bond, finding out what comes in 11s and looking for patterns when counting in 11s. In science we will learn about forces and magnets and in art, we have an exciting sculpting project- creating Giacometti style figures. Look at the photos below to see what we have been up to in Year 3!


Library Trip

Year 3 visited Thetford Library, where we found out how many libraries there are in Norfolk, learnt that joining the library is free and that they can take out up to 15 books at a time. The children then spent some time exploring the library and reading books they were interested in!

River trip

Year 3 went on a walk to explore the confluence of the river Thet and the Little Ouse in Thetford town centre. We looked at Butten Island, the confluence of the river Thet and Little Ouse, the coffee mill and the sluice gates. We sketched the statue of Maharaja Duleep Singh. We thought about which parts of the river were man made and which were natural and tested the direction of flow by throwing an orange into the river. 

Science- using force meters to measure the size of a force in newtons and investigating friction: How does the ramp material affect how far a car will travel?

Art- We are planning to sculpt Alberto Giacometti style figures


We started our new theme  called Movement. In Geography we will be learning about rivers. So far we have been exploring atlases - locating countries, rives, seas and oceans. 

Music- learning to play the keyboard

'In the jungle' on the boomwhackers

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Autumn 2 in Year 3 

This term we are continuing with our theme ‘Origins.’ We will move forward in time, to look at the changes from the Stone Age, through the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. We are excited to be reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes in English and learning our meeting story called ‘Little Vixen Street.’ We will study fractions, multiplication and division in maths. In science we will study light and in art, we will create Michael Volpicelli style portraits. We are also looking forward to the events and celebrations in the lead up to Christmas. Look at the photos below to see what we have been up to in Year 3!

Attendance winners


We are so proud of our children who achieved their 100 % attendance rewards this Autumn term. Well done!

Norwich Castle- Mystery of Pre-history trip

Year 3 had a great trip to Norwich castle as a conclusion to our theme of Origins. The children had the opportunity to learn and compare the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age. We met a Neolithic person who taught us about life in the Stone Age, tried some Bronze Age weaving, looked at metal ores and met an archaeologist who showed us the tools she uses to excavate buried treasures.  

Visit to St Cuthbert's church - How do Christians prepare for Christmas?

Singing with the organ in St Cuthbert's church

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Ringing the bells at St Cuthbert's church

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Autumn 1 in Year 3

We are proud of everyone in Year 3 for adapting to the Key Stage 2 routine and taking on new challenges in every lesson. This term our theme is 'Origins.' We have started to learn about chronology: the order of events in history. We created a timeline with major historic events and next we will investigate how long ago the Stone Age was and what life was like in this period. In Science we are exploring different types of rocks and learning about their formation. In English we are focusing on our portal story called 'Elf Road' by Pie Corbett. Look at the photos below to see what we have been up to in Year 3! 

Problem Solving

On Wednesday 5th October we had a problem-solving day. We took part in a workshop, led by the Problem-Solving Company, which required us to work as a team to complete a dominoes task, a polygon task and build a 3D cube.  We had to be determined, listen to each others ideas, willing to accept critiques and make improvements. In class, we completed additional problem-solving challenges where we needed to think logically and use our calculation skills. 

Longitudinal Study- How do our shadows change in a day and over the seasons?

'Merrily we roll along' on the keyboards

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Playing 'Once a man fell in a well' on the keyboards

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Learning the C major scale on a keyboard

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Glockenspiel - C major scale

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Glockenspiels - final performance of C major scale

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Transition Week

This week, Earhart and Tabei have become Kamkwamba and Hadid class! The children have settled into their new classrooms and are getting to know the Year 3 routines. During the week, they have talked about coping strategies for change and changing friendships. We recapped how to be an excellent talk partner and learnt about giving our talk partner constructive and specific feedback on their work, to improve it. We found out about the people our classes are named after: William Kamkwamba (a Malawian inventor and engineer) and Zaha Hadid (an Iraqi architect).