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Trotts Hill Primary School and Nursery

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3


Welcome to Year 3 and the first year of Key Stage 2. Mrs Chumbley is the class teacher and Mrs Masterson is the teaching assistant.


Year 3 is the first class in Key stage 2 and children are provided with opportunities to develop the skills that will enable them to be more independent in their learning.


We provide the support needed for each child to reach their potential as well as enjoy the journey along the way. Children are encouraged to express their individual talents across the curriculum and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate these achievements. 


During the year we learn about a range of exciting topics including Europe in geography, the Romans and Anglo Saxons in history and Forces and Magnets in science. Children have the opportunity to take part in class trips and visits to enhance these topics and they also go swimming in the spring term. Maths and English are core subjects within the curriculum and parent support at home with reading, spellings, timetables and home learning are essential so that children make the best possible progress in all areas of the curriculum.


We all enjoy being in Year 3 and look forward to an exciting year ahead.

New to Year group information 2021

Year 3 Curriculum Overview Spring 2022

Brilliant Book List

Week beginning: Monday 17th January 2022  L/I: To explore where our food comes from.

The children used food packets to identify where  food comes from.  They first identified the countries and then, using skills from our previous geography learning, identified the continents.  We also discussed the different climate zones and linked this to why our food comes from different countries.

Week beginning: Monday 10th January  L/I: To explore traditional tales

This week Year 3 have started to explore traditional tales.  They have listened to a range of tales, retold them to a friend and discussed which were their favourite and why.  This will all help the children to write their own version of a traditional tale.

Week beginning: Monday 3rd January  L/I: To plan and carry out a science investigation.

The children started the maths and science investigation by drawing a picture of a fish.  They then had an opportunity to observe carefully a fish and then draw a picture again.  They then planned an investigation to answer the question: Does the material affect how fast the fish will travel?  The children predicted, carried out and made conclusions.

Week commencing: Monday 13th December  L/I: To perform a song

The children performed their Christmas song: It's Christmas time t the parents.  They were amazing and made us all feel that Christmas time was starting.  Well done Year 3.

Week commencing: Monday 6th December  L/I: To understand that people's actions affect themselves and others.

As a class we explored team work.  We discussed what makes a good team and the benefits of being part of a team.  We then created different freeze frames to show helpful team work and unhelpful team work.  Finally, we discussed how we could work together as a class team and the things which we could achieve.

Week beginning: Monday 29th November  L/I: To explore safety rules when using email.

The children continued their learning about emails and e-safety by taking part in an email e-safety quiz and then making their own quiz.

Week beginning: Monday 22nd November  L/I: To investigate the strength of rocks.

The children investigated a range of rocks and classified them according to their strength.  They used different tests including: finger scratch, coin scratch and a nail scratch.  They then considered why rocks were different.

Week beginning: Monday 15th November  L/I: To find out about key geographical features of each continent.

The children worked together to find clues hidden around the classroom about the physical features of the continents of the world.  They found out the longest river, the tallest mountain, the smallest country and the largest country.

Week beginning: Monday 8th November  L/I: To explore, design, make and evaluate pencil cases.

The children explored and evaluated different pencil cases and then designed their own.  The children then sewed and evaluated their own pencil cases.

Week commencing: Monday 1st November  L/I: To identify characteristics of rocks.

The children worked scientifically by observing the characteristics of different rocks.  They drew pictures and discussed appropriate words to use to describe the rocks.

Week commencing: Monday 18th October  L/I: To explore food groups and healthy diets.

During 'Grow to Eat, Eat to Grow' week Year 3 explored food groups and healthy diets.

Week commencing: Monday 11th October   L/I: To take part in a Fun Run

The children took part in the fun run and demonstrated the PRIDE learning behaviours - well done.

Week commencing: Monday 11th October   L/I: To learn about the life of Mary Seacole 

As part of Black History month, Year 3 shared the powerful story 'The Undefeated' and then learnt about the amazing life of Mary Seacole.  

Week commencing: Monday 4th October    L/I: To write a playscript

This week Year 3 completed their learning about playscripts by writing their own.  We linked our learning to our history learning by using the book Stone Age Boy as inspiration.  Once completed, the children had the opportunity to perform their scripts.

Week commencing:  Monday 27th September        Visit to Celtic Harmony 

Year 3 had a fantastic day at Celtic Harmony where they extended their learning about the Stone Age.  They took part in a range of activities including: den building, hunting and gathering, trading, making soup and watching a fire making demonstration.

Week commencing:  Monday 6th September     L/I: To explore change in the Stone Age

The children explored how Stone Age hunter and gatherers became settled farmers.  The children were given statements which they had to sort into: stayed the same, small change and big change.  The children were asked to justify their decisions.