Year 3


Mrs Rebecca Harbord Class Teacher Year 3
Mrs Yvonne O’Connor Teaching Assistant Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

In year 3, we work hard to support the children as they make the transition from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2. We gradually build their resilience to cope with longer lesson times and help them to develop their social, emotional and teamwork skills.

Friday 10th January

Happy New Year and welcome back!
It has been lovely to see the children, return to school this week, refreshed and enthusiastic about our new topic.

The children arrived in the classroom to find a block of ice with some mysterious items hidden inside, along with some camping equipment!  They then turned detecive and began predicting why the items were there, who could possibly have left them and what clues this gave them to revealing our topic.
‘There’s a compass in the ice.  I think it might be about an explorer’ – Amelia S
The children watched keenly over the next few days as the ice revealed its secrets.

The children researched facts about Antarctica and some of the explorers, who have visited the continent, and created their own factfiles.
Later on in the week the children began thinking about the attributes that contribute towards being a good team member and then put these skills to good use as they took part in some team games.

Tuesday 3rd December
This afternoon the children became scientists in order to identify the different parts of a flower and their role in pollination and fertilisation.


Thursday 28th November
This morning the children had fun working with a family member practising different spelling strategies.  Some were messier than others!


What a busy couple of weeks we’ve had since the half-term holiday!

During the first week back the children had the opportunity to take part in Judo and tennis taster sessions which they really enjoyed. The children displayed some impressive Judo moves and had great fun trying to get their partner down onto the mat!

The children then went on to practise their tennis skills Aldershot tennis club.

Last week was Anti-Bullying week and the children spent time discussing the meaning of bullying, Several Times On Purpose (STOP), and how change can start with us and what this means.
Tuesday then saw the children wearing odd socks to school to celebrate individuality and what makes us all unique!

We then went on to study poetry, based around the theme of bullying, and used drama to act out the role of the bystander.   We then wrote our own piece of poetry and presented this to the class and Year 1.


23rd October 2019

What a great day out!  The children enjoyed our trip to Butser Ancient Farm and showed great interest and engagement with their learning.  The day started with visiting an Anglo-Saxon house and sitting around the fire to hear all about how the house was built.  We then shared what we had learned so far at school about Anglo-Saxon life which impressed the staff.

We then took part in a number of activities such as wattling, spinning wool, pottery making and an archaeological dig.






The staff were extremely impressed with the children’s behaviour and even commented on how respectful they were.

October 9th 2019

The children have enjoyed writing a diary entry as an Anglo Saxon villager and are showing great teamwork as they prepare for their harvest festival production. The children have also enjoyed learning about the preciousness of water to religious beliefs.


September 25th 2019

The children have enjoyed researching Anglo Saxon village life and are getting creative when drawing their Anglo-Saxon illuminated letters with oil pastels. The children were excited when their cast their vote for democracy day!


September 11th 2019

The children in year 3 came back to their brand new topic “Manuscript Detectives” and enjoyed using clues to search the school grounds for an ancient torn manuscript. They have settled in really well and are about to research Anglo-Saxon village life.


Their Learning 2018 – 2019

Wednesday 10th July 2019

The children really enjoyed performing their music concert on Monday and writing their aquarium poems this week. All the children are looking forward to Aspirations Day tomorrow.


Thursday 4th July 2019

We had a great time at the aquarium. We took a vote and our favourites were the rays and the sharks. All the children are looking forward to the summer fair tomorrow.

Friday 21st June 2019

We have enjoyed making our shark habitats this week and we look forward to visiting the aquarium next week. The children are very excited about Sports Day!


In maths, we continue to build upon their understanding and extend their learning at every opportunity. In our English lessons, we explore a wide range of writing styles – supported by interesting texts and practise developing our speaking and listening skills. During our science lessons, we explore rocks and soils, magnetism, light, plants and animals. The children start to develop their skills in Spanish language and also begin to enjoy weekly music lessons with the opportunity of playing a variety of instruments. For our Treasures of the Deep topic, the children enjoyed a stunning start by finding diving artefacts around the school and meeting some real life divers. They have gone on to find fabulous facts about Jacques Cousteau and are learning about sharks. In PE, the children continue to develop their sporting skills and begin to participate in team events against local schools.

For our marvellous middle, we are looking forward to visiting Southsea Sea-Life centre to meet and learn more about the creatures of the  deep!

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