Welcome to Year 3 and to the start of Key Stage 2! On this page I will share helpful learning links with you as well as photos of our learning. I will also upload your weekly spellings for you. More information about the Year 3 curriculum this term can be found in the paragraph below.

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions and don't forget to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.


- Mrs. Healey

CLICK HERE for General Class Information | CLICK HERE for Year 3 Curriculum Map

This term we will continue to focus on Ancient Egyptians. We will learn more about their Gods and Goddesses as well as their tradition of ‘Mummification’ and use of ‘Hieroglyphics’. In English, we will be exploring the book ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ and using this as inspiration for our own writing. In Maths, we will continue to work on our written methods for calculation with a particular focus on 3-digit subtraction. In D.T., we will create our own Egyptian shadufs to link with our History topic. We will also create shadow puppets which links to our new Science focus ‘Light and Shadow.’ In Music, we will listen to some pieces by classical composers and we will create some art inspired by what we hear. In Computing this term, we will be working on coding and animation by using the ‘Rapid Router’ game and producing some ‘Lego Animation’. In P.S.H.E we will explore the topics ‘Bullying’ and ‘Democracy.’ Finally, in R.E. we remain with our focus on 'Christianity' this term and we will look in more depth at ‘Holy Books’. 

Visit the sites below to find out more about this term's topics.


Below is a site with lots of games to help you learn your times tables.
There are also a couple of games to play to help with number fact knowledge. Have fun!

Here are your spellings for this week. You will be tested every Wednesday.

Remember to use your 'Dicey' spelling strategies or 'read, cover, write, check' to help you to learn them. Good Luck!

The children were set the timed challenge of creating their own Egyptian shadufs today. A shaduf was an ancient Egyptian watering system. A bucket was lowered into the River Nile to collect water and then rotated around to drop the water into an irrigation channel to send to where it was needed. The children were given limited time and resources. However, they worked efficiently with their teams to draw planning diagrams and then to create their models. They then worked together to evaluate their finished creations and discuss how they could improve their next prototype.

We have been learning new methods for subtraction this week. The children have now learned how to use column/compact subtraction. They know how to 'borrow' from the next column of digits and have even begun to do this when 'more than one' borrow is needed. Don't forget that there is a helpful video above in the 'links' to remind us how to use this strategy. 

The children have been creating their own shadow puppets this week as part of their Science/D.T. topic. They have used their knowledge of opaque and transparent materials to plan their puppets carefully. They then used their finished creations to put on mini performances for the rest of the class!

The children have done a superb job on their homework this week. They were asked to research the Egyptian 'Gods and Goddesses' and create a project to tell us about what they had found out. Each child had created something impressive and unique which meant that when they were presented they were all different. The children created information booklets, posters, artefacts, models, scrolls and powerpoint presentations. Every single one was excellent! Well done Class 3!

This week we have been learning about how 'light' travels. We had to answer the question 'How can we see behind us using a mirror?' so we created physical pictures of how the light moves in straight lines. We now know that the light reflects off objects (including the mirror) and into our eyes to allow us to recognise and 'see' the object behind us. 

This term we are reading a story full of suspense and mystery. ‘Secrets of a Sun King’ is all about a girl called Lillian. She comes to possess an ancient Egyptian canopic jar. Things start to become problematic when she realises that the jar maybe cursed. If she doesn’t find a way to return it to its tomb then it could be a matter of life and death. The children have used the story as a basis for their own writing with amazing results. They have written descriptive pieces based on a setting, they have written dialogues between characters and they have written a diary from the perspective of the main character. Below are some wonderful examples of their writing so far…

This week we have enjoyed a theme week. It has been National 'Anti-Bullying Week' and we have been discussing what bullying can look like. We reminded ourselves that bullying is repeated, deliberate and hurtful. We have also talked about what we can do to deal with bullying. Our discussions included talking about 'cyber-bullying' and how to handle situations online. We have embraced the theme 'Choose respect' and we have promoted this message across our school by thinking about how we can show respect for others in each area of school life. 

Our second theme this week was 'Democracy and Parliament.' We have learned all about the importance of freedom of speech and expressing our opinion in the right way. We have learned about voting and carried out a vote to elect our School Council and Green Team representatives. We then learned all about Parliament and MPs. We created our own political parties and campaigned for changes we felt should happen in our school. We then voted for the political team that convinced us that they had the best ideas. Class 3 then created their own 'Mini Parliament' where we carried out some intense discussions about important topics such as 'Should Hotwells have a school uniform?' and 'Should each class be given a school pet'. The children took this very seriously and worked on their persuasive techniques to convince the opposing members of parliament to change their mind. Well done Class 3. Once again you have shown yourselves to be articulate and mature young individuals with strong views and respect for the opinions of others. 

Class 3 took advantage of the lovely Autumnal weather on Friday when they took their music lesson outside. They have been working together to produce a percussion performance that represents a section from our 'Pebble' story. They chose an appropriate percussion instrument to play the sound they wanted to demonstrate. This might have been thunder, rocks shifting and cracking or perhaps raindrops dripping. They have worked on playing the beat and also playing different rhythms to decide what best fits their part. Each group then worked on their composing skills to decide how to layer their performance and how each performer would begin and end their music. All in all, they have shown themselves to be experts in percussion after a very short time rehearsing!

Class 3 have produced some wonderful artwork this term. Some of their work is now on display in the school hall as part of the West Bristol Arts Trail. We have finished off our week by producing some amazing chalk pastel Volcano eruptions inspired by an unknown artist. They have learned to create different patterns with the pastels by alternating the direction of pattern. They have also worked on the blending of colours to create different textures. 

The children visited the Bristol Museum this week to learn more about both their 'Rocks and Soils' topic and the 'Ancient Egyptians'. We began our visit by exploring the 'Minerals' exhibit. We found some amazing fossils and saw some of the rocks that we have been learning about in Science. We then headed into the 'Ancient Egypt' exhibit where we saw an array of wonderful artefacts. We couldn't believe that all of the treasures were thousands of years old! We finished our visit with a workshop carried out by a museum professional. This involved looking more closely at 'replica' artefacts that taught us more about the lives of the ancient Egyptians. This was closely linked to the Bristol based Egyptologist 'Amelia Edwards' who discovered many of these objects during her excavations throughout Egypt more than 100 years ago. 

Below are some videos showing you how to carry out some of our addition methods. They should help you to complete your homework this week. The videos include picture methods, expanded method, vertical partitioning and compact method. We have been very busy exploring each strategy and hopefully you're starting to feel a little more confident with adding. Good luck! 

We had a very special 'Show and Tell' today. We were visited by Brian and Joshua who shared some amazing facts about rocks!  Brian is a Geologist who works at Bristol University. He very kindly offered to come and talk to us about what he does and he bought with him some AMAZING rocks for us to look at! They were out of this world...literally! One was a piece of meteorite!  

The children have been enjoying the warm sunny weather (whilst we have it!) during their P.E. lessons with Mr.Leach. They have been playing invasion games which will work on their ability to think tactically. It will also help to improve their agility, coordination and teamwork. 

Our children have done some collaborative learning this week. Our wonderful Year 4s have partnered up with some of our Year 3 children to hear them read each week. The Year 4s are going to use their own skills to advise them on improving their expression and fluency. As a whole class we have also partnered up with Year 5.  Year 3 have shared some of their writing and then they worked together to 'polish' it. Editing is really important in order to become accurate and skilled writers. The way in which our children of different ages work together has made me feel incredibly proud. They genuinely understand the importance of being constructive and sensitive in their feedback to help others learn. What special children we have!

The children have begun to prepare their artwork for the approaching 'Art Exhibition'. They have used their colour mixing skills to create some vivid and eye-catching Egyptian sunsets as well as using chalk pastels to draw some Egyptian Pharaohs. To link to their 'Rocks and Soils' topic they have also done some 'fossil' inspired ink printing. What a talented bunch they are!

On Friday it was International Day of Peace. We talked about what 'peace' means and thought deeply about what it might be like to grow up without experiencing peace. Class 3 recognised that peace is vital to everyone's well-being and that we can help to spread peace by being thoughtful towards others on a daily basis. We thought that this was very important in order to make our school a happy place for ourselves and others. To spread the word about 'peace' the children created some wonderful posters.

The children have been using their 'observational' skills today to draw detailed pictures of some Igneous rocks such as Basalt, Gabbro, Granite, Obsidian and Pumice. This is a tricky task but they took their time to ensure their pictures were as accurate as possible. They now know all of the types of rock and will continue to learn about how each one is created over the next few weeks. 

Class 3 have been working hard on consolidating their place value knowledge this week. They have secured their understanding of comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000 as well as knowing what each digit represents. The children have also worked hard on quickly identifying numbers that are 10 or 100 more or less than any given number up to 1000. In Class 3 they will work on explaining 'how' they have reached an answer and 'why' they believe it to be accurate. This kind of reasoning discussion will give them a deeper understanding of the maths that they carry out. 

Class 3 have been learning about how intrusive and extrusive Igneous Rocks are formed. They have learned all about how volcanoes erupt and have worked hard at creating some scientific diagrams to demonstrate their knowledge. 

We have already made a super start to our year. We have started most of our topics already and I'm really impressed with how grown up you have become! We've been getting our hands messy this week when we had a go at paint mixing. We have learned what the primary colours are and how to use them to create secondary colours. We have also had a go at creating different shades of the same colour. This will be useful next week when we create some sunset pictures. Your wonderful paint mixing has already been displayed in our classroom helping to make it vibrant and cheerful...just like you!

 We'd really like to hear what you are enjoying about being in Year 3.

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Katerina Kanellou(about a day ago)

Class 3 is the best class !

Mrs.Healey(a couple of days ago)

Glad to hear that Isla!

ISLA(a couple of days ago)

I love class 3

Mersina(less than a month ago)

I already know ALOT of Collum subtraction so I should be fine!

Mrs.Healey(less than a month ago)

You're always welcome to come and 'chat' Matilda! :0)

Matilda(less than a month ago)

Hi Even though I am in class 4 I will still chat.My brother said that I am not actually chatting but I don’t care. Bye Mrs Healey.

Mrs. Healey(less than a month ago)

Great use of inverted commas there Mersina! Tomorrow we are going to continue to learn about right angles and work on identifying angles that are less than/greater than a right angle. We are also going to carry on with our work on inverted commas. In the afternoon we will be doing Science and a little R.E. if we can squeeze it in. This term we will be doing a mixture of Art and D.T. on Monday afternoons. :0)

Mersina(less than a month ago)

“When will we next do art?”wondered Mersina curiosly. Just doing some work!

Mersina(less than a month ago)

Hello! What are we doing tomorrow? In terms of learning!

Mrs.Healey(less than a month ago)

It's lovely to hear from you Lucia! Glad to know that you're getting on well. Class 3 miss you! Say "hello" to Magnus from us. :0)

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