Year 3 News

Week beginning 9th March:

As part of British Science Week and Sports Relief, Year 3 completed activities about the human body,  They looked at how exercise affects the body and labelled muscles in our bodies.

Week beginning 2nd March:

Year 3 have been investigating water transport in plants using celery stems. After leaving the cut stems in coloured water for 24 hours, they dissected them and observed the colour change in the water transport tubes (xylem). They would now like to investigate if different amounts of food colouring move different distances up the stems.

Week beginning 24th February:

Year 3 enjoyed an exciting visit from a STEM Ambassador this week to learn to about plant growth and development. They disinfected peas and planted them in tubes onto sterile gel. Over the next few weeks they will measure their growth and present their findings in tables and graphs. When the plants are hardy enough, they will plant them outside into Chapter House’s new planter beds.

Week beginning 10th February:

Miss Wise’s maths group have been extending their knowledge of time. To practise estimating and recording time in seconds, the children carried out a number of physical activities while timing each other. The challenges were to covert minutes into seconds and find the different between their estimate and recorded time.

Week beginning 3rd February:

Year 3 enjoyed some Chinese singing as a follow up to International week last week. The children were taught ‘Happy New Year’ in Chinese by Chinese students from King’s Magna and Queen Ethelburga’s. The senior school students and staff were very impressed with how quickly the children picked up the Chinese words.

Week beginning 27th January:

This week Year 3 had a wonderful time at Barley Hall while completing a range of fun and informative activities that linked to life in Tudor times. The children had many decisions to make, in the role of Henry VIII, as they worked towards deciding if he was a good or bad king. Also in role, the children enjoyed attending a Tudor court and a banquet as well as dressing in clothes worn by both the rich and poor. When they got back to school, the children are planned their own informative reports using the knowledge that they gained on the visit.

Week beginning 20th January:

Year 3 enjoyed an afternoon looking at Tudor artefacts. The children handled the objects borrowed from the Jorvik Museums Trust. They had some interesting discussions about the objects and what they thought they would be used for. They then went on to do observational drawings of the objects and wrote a sentence or two about them, sharing these on Padlet. Click on this link to see what the children did:

Week beginning 13th January:

In literacy this week, Year 3 have been learning about the structure of informative texts. They enjoyed a ‘splat’ activity in Monarch’s Hall to see which class could most successfully sort and order statements about different topics to produce informative texts.

Week beginning 6th January:

Year 3 began their new topic on the Tudors by carrying out a Tudor fact treasure hunt and arranging all the facts to make a timeline.

Week beginning 3rd December:

3CW have been learning many different writing skills as they work towards writing a short story that includes a descriptive dream. By working together, the children were able to collect vocabulary to use to write expanded noun phrases. Working with their peers really helped them to build their sentences orally and edit to improve, before writing them.

Week beginning 18th November:

This week in DT, Year 3 have been constructing moving cam toys using their own designs. They worked in pairs and  used glue guns to make cardboard tubes and boxes from which to construct the frames.

Week beginning 11th November:

This afternoon, the Year 3 children have been visited by Amy Husband, a children’s illustrator, to give them an insight into her career and achievements. All the children made the most of the experience by asking some insightful questions and exploring the process of creating illustrations. As Amy is currently working on a project, she asked the children for some help with ideas and the children responded enthusiastically by producing some drawings, linked to the theme of sharing.  Amy was so impressed with their ides that she has taken them back to her studio to use when creating the book!

Week beginning 4th November:

This week, Year 3 explored the Stone Age through their artwork. Using a combination of colour mixing and silhouettes, they created their own Stonehenge night sky or sunset.

Week beginning 14th October:

This week, Year 3 enjoyed some exciting science activities. They discussed the physical changes that happened when M&Ms were placed in water and also made their own lava lamps with chemical reactions involving water, effervescent tablets and oil.

Week beginning 7th October:

Year 3 created their own fossils using moulds taken from real ammonite fossils as part of their rocks and soils learning in science. Our fossils only took a day to make but the originals took thousands of years to form.

Week beginning 30 September:

Year 3 stepped back into the Stone Age this week at Murton Park. After meeting Storm, the Wolf Leader, the children were given a tour of the Stone Age village. They then enjoyed grinding wheat to make flour, using Stone Age picks to the dig the earth, hunting for food with spears and exploring and sketching a range of Stone Age artefacts. These activities provided the children with a hands-on link to their past.

Week beginning 23rd September:

In science this week, Year 3 have been investigating and identifying the different properties of a variety rocks using the hardness (scratch) test, the water permeability test and the acid (vinegar) reaction test.


Week beginning 16th September:

As part of our Prehistory topic the children have enjoyed investigating stone age cave paintings. The children initially investigated photographs of cave art, taking note of the way the paintings were drawn and the typical animals and figures found. Following this the children were set the challenge of only using natural materials to paint with including blackberries, mud and chalks. The children discovered the blackberry juice was particularly effective.



Week beginning 9th September:

As an introduction to our Prehistory topic, the children have been playing the role of archaeologists. They discovered artefacts from the Stone Age and worked together to work out what materials the artefacts were made from and discussed what they think they were used for. After discovering some items, such as jewellery made from animal bones, the children concluded that being a archaeologist was a challenging job!

Week beginning 2nd September:

Year 3 enjoyed some outdoor learning in numeracy this week, tackling a range of different problem solving challenges including the four number operations.


Summer Term 2019

Week beginning 10th June: 

In preparation for our trip on Wednesday the children began to research some information about Whitby. The children used atlases to find Whitby on the map. They also looked at which county Whitby is in and investigated the physical and human aspects of Whitby.

Week beginning 3rd June: 

Today the year 3 children enjoyed experimenting with printing. As part of our Extreme Earth topic, we looked at the famous wood block painting of a wave by Hokusai, a famous Japanese artist. The children sketched their wave design and transferred them to a polystyrene tile before finally painting and printing them. The children discovered it is actually a lot harder than it looks.

Week beginning 13th May:

Year 3 enjoyed their topic lesson in the sunshine today. After learning about how and why volcanoes erupt, they had to sort reason for and against living near a volcano. The majority of the class decided they wouldn’t want to risk it!

Week beginning 6th May:

This week, Year 3 have been learning about the different layers of the Earth. They built their own layers using different foods identifying whether the layer was mostly solid or liquid. This practical activity then assisted them in creating their own diagram of the Earth.

Week beginning 30th April:

To start their new science topic this term, Year 3 have been sharing their knowledge of different light sources and testing their sense of touch in the absence of light.

Week beginning 25th March:

The children in Year 3 are currently doing a Design and Technology project called ‘The Great Bread Bake off’. This project has been linked to their Tudor topic as the Tudors ate bread as a staple part of their diet. The children have enjoyed researching the history of bread as well as tasting a range of breads. Today as part of the design process the children experienced shaping salt dough. The children really enjoyed this process and they are looking forward to developing their final design and making their own bread.