Year 3


Welcome to Year 3!  We have lots of exciting themes and lessons that take place in our year group, with visits to different places and lots of WOW factors included in our new themes.  We are sure that you will enjoy being with us in our classes.


Who's Who

Year Group Leader - Mrs  Lumsden  [Mrs Lumsden usually works Weds/Thurs/Fri.  Please speak to Mrs Nisa if you have an urgent issue which cannot be solved by your class teacher.]

3HH – Remarkable Rhinos- Mr Rogers

3HE – Proud Lynx– Mrs  Lumsden and Mrs Priestland  [Usually, Mrs Priestland works Mon/Tue/Weds PM, Mrs Lumsden works Weds/Thurs/Fri]

3KH – Nifty Narwhals   Mrs Nisa

Miss Batool (HLTA)

TBC   (TA) 

What we will be Learning this Year


Autumn– 1st half – What are TREMORS!?

Tremors- Erupting volcanoes, researching and exploring all about Pompeii, incredible vocabulary and amazing design and technology!  These are the key areas that Year 3 study in this topic! Children will read “Escape From Pompeii” to help them understand what it must have been like to be there!  We will learn about the 3 types of rocks and their features.  The children will also learn about fossils and how they are created.  We will also mixed media to create some artwork.  We will also begin to learn about Hinduism to help us understand and see similarities between different faiths.

Autumn – 2nd half – What was life like in Ancient Britain?


Tribal Tales- The second part of the Autumn term, enables children to extend their historical skills further as they develop their knowledge and understanding of just what it was like during the Stone Age. Children will read “Stig of the Dump” and explore stone age animals, people’s way of life, stone age homes and how the landscape was used and changed by early people. Science this term is linked to the discovery of seeds and the beginning of farming.

Spring – 1st half – Why is metal mighty?  


Mighty Metals- The beginning of the year begins with the children becoming scientists in this science-based topic. The children experiment with magnets, investigate gravity and learn new scientific vocabulary.  We will create wind chimes in DT and learn more about the Earth’s magnetic field. There will be robot themed music sessions, we will read  “The Iron Giant” by Ted Hughes and learn how to do simple coding on computers.

Spring – 2nd half – What brings people to cities?


Urban Pioneers- Graffiti in Derby? Children will walk around learning more about the history and geography of Derby, looking at buildings in the local area and public sculptures.  They will take photographs and design art based on graffiti and local architecture. Children will read “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis  and compare the rural land of Narina with our city of Derby. We will learn about the historic Arboretum Park. Light is a significant element of this theme and we will be investigating shadows and how the position of the planet affects the shadows cast.  

Summer – 1st half – What did the Greeks do for us?

God and Mortals - This history theme will explore Greek mythology, the origins of democracy and how society and the arts have been influenced by the Greeks. We will also be exploring the origins of the Olympic Games. We will learn how the Greeks have influenced out modern day experience and find out that which words or sayings we use today have ancient Greek origins. We will read and watch the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl and will be introduced to a variety of great vocabulary and expressive language, through song and drama.   Children learn about healthy eating and healthy lifestyles and how they can improve their own wellbeing through exercise. The children will design and make their own healthy soups in DT.   We will learn where abouts in the world foods come from and how our bones and muscles work in our bodies. 

Summer -2nd half – How does a river start?

Flow- We will learn about water, the water cycle and how rivers are formed. As part of this the children will learn about states of matter and a lot of technical vocabulary linked to rivers. We will visit a river at Dovedale and conduct some simple ‘on site’ field work for geography. The children will experiment to determine “which is the juiciest fruit” and take daily weather recordings to track cloud cover, temperature and rainfall.

During summer 2, we will also hold transition visits to give the children chance to be taught in their new classroom with their new teacher so everyone can get to know each other.

English and Maths

In English we will be learning the following units; stories from fantasy worlds, poetry, report writing, myths and legends, information texts, letters, authors, dialogues and plays and adventure and mystery.

Children extend and develop their mathematical concepts and skills through weekly basic skills sessions across the year group, delivered by both Teachers and Teaching Assistants.  Every other week children undertake an basic skills maths check, which are differentiated to their needs.  Following on from these checks, children have a specific focus led 30 minute lesson every Friday, to support areas of specific issue or misconception, identified in the checks.

Each term the children revise and extend their knowledge and skills in calculations, handling data, measures, shape and space and using and applying mathematical skills.

Children also develop their knowledge and skills in times tables and are constantly challenged to use these within all aspects of their mathematics curriculum, both mentally and practically.

Some of our Achievements

We have so many opportunities for developing learning in Year 3.  There are many occasions when we invite parents and carers into school to help share what we have learnt with them. 

We particularly enjoy participating in our weekly Superstars assemblies, promoting good work completed by members of our classes, every Friday.

Children are always encouraged to celebrate any achievements they may have completed outside of school within their classes and we take great pleasure in joining in their enthusiasm for their achievements.

We actively participate in whole school events such as Children in Need day, World Book Day, World Maths Day, Sports Relief.  Children and staff are encouraged to dress up as different characters, to help raise awareness of specific charities and the importance of their work, whilst promoting particular days that develop the children’s learning.  These events certainly provide a lot of fun and entertainment! 

How to help with Learning at Home

      • We ask that you read every day with your child and record this in their individual reading record books.  We check everyone’s reading diary weekly and expect their reading diary to show that they have read at home at least 3 times a week.
      • You child will be given a username and password to log onto Collins Ebooks.  Staff will allocate books that your child should be able to read easily on their own at home.
      • Please support your children to learn their times tables – x2,3,4,5,10, as this will help develop their mental maths knowledge and skills. They should also know their number bonds for 20 (e.g. 13+7,  12+8) and double numbers all the way to double 20.
      • Please find opportunities at home to help your child learn how to tell time (using a clock face) for o’clock, quarter-past, half-past and quarter-to.
      • Your child will be given a log on to Times Table Rock Stars. This will allow them to practise their times tables at home.  As a school, we also compete with other schools in the local area for highest scores and quickest speed of recall.
      • Your child will receive 2 pieces of homework each week, to be completed and returned to class on Mondays.  This homework may take the form of a piece of English and a piece of Maths, but may also be a piece of work relating to the unit of work being undertaken during topic sessions.  It is important that all children complete their homework and return it to school on the allocated day, Monday.  This homework consolidates the work that the children have been completing during lesson time.
      • Your child will be given a log on to access Purple Mash. This is a complete learning platform with activities for all school subjects.  Staff will set 2Dos for tasks that need to be completed at home. Children are welcome to log onto Purple Mash at anytime at home to play the educational games or read books too.

BBC bitesize KS2- different subjects which have quizzes, videos and lots of learning which can be done. 

BBC bitesize KS1- - different subjects which have quizzes, videos and lots of learning which can be done

TTRS- Times tables. Can you become a rock legend?

Woodlands Maths resources- lots of maths games

 Woodlands general resources- a mixture of all subjects and topics to explore.

 Top Marks- mixture of subjects where you can play games.

 Oxford Owl- reading books online.

Education quizzes- lots of different quizzes on different areas of the curriculum.