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Year 3 - Hippo & Tiger

 Welcome to Year 3 

Hippo and Tiger Class




Term 3

Week beginning 10th January


In Computing this week, we have begun to explore excel and learn the basic functions of a spreadsheet. We worked in pairs and followed simple instructions to add information to a cell.


In English, we continued our learning about fables and have enjoyed considering the animals we will write our own fables about and the competitions they will be taking part in.


In French, we developed our understanding of shape and colour - following instructions to colour the different shapes on the sheet.

Week beginning 3rd January 2022


This week, we have begun exploring fables within our writing. Together, the children have created a picture plan to record the story and retold their stories using actions.


In RSE, we have begun to consider the challenges people may come up against in life and how we can set goals to achieve our dreams.



Term 2

Week beginning 6th December

This week, we have been writing our own diary entries based upon the model text - Tortoise's Diary (the race of The Hare and The Tortoise). We were able to replace key elements of the diary entry, such as the animals and type of competition, to create our own diary entries.


In Maths, we have revisited formal written methods for addition and subtraction. It has been a fantastic opportunity for the children to grow in confidence when using these methods and the break away has shown the knowledge has been consolidated and that the skills have been embedded. 

Week beginning 29th November


It is beginning to look Christmassy in Year 3. We have seen the return of the cheeky elves and as festive feeling has descended across the whole school.


In English, we have been learning a new text - a diary entry based upon the story of the hare and the tortoise. It is written by the the tortoise who has recorded his victorious run. As classes, we have mapped out the story using pictures and then added actions to help us retell the story confidently.


On Thursday, we were treated to a concert in our school hall performed by the amazing Rock Steady bands the children are created. We loved watching our friends in Year 3 perform with confidence and even joined in with the singing - well done!

Week beginning 22nd November

We have had a busy week this week completing mid-year tests - which all the children have approached with such a positive attitude. To reward their efforts, we have spent some down time playing games, dancing to GoNoodle and having fun.


Finally, the Red Ted rewards have arrived and we were able to celebrate with the classes those children who have read 30 (or more) times since beginning Year 3. They received a badge and certificate in recognition of their effort. 


Week beginning 15th November

This week, we have begun exploring multiplication and division - looking at the link between the two operations.

In English, we have spent time writing our own fairy tales based upon the familiar story of Cinderella.

Through hands-on exploration, we have been developing our understanding of forces. Using magnets, we investigated the things around our classroom that are attracted or repelled by a magnetic force.

Week beginning Monday 8th November

This week, we have been consolidating our learning of column subtraction and exchanging when necessary to be able to complete a calculation. We have continued to look at fairy tale in English and finished the week by planning our own fairy tale ready to write next week.


In Science, we have explored the effect different surfaces have on the distance a car can travel and discovered which surfaces create more friction to slow a moving object down.


Term 1

Our English learning follows a Talk for Writing approach. The children love getting to know the model text and adding actions to help them remember the structure. Using this model, they are using the ideas and patterns within to write their own pieces of writing. Our genre focuses for Term 1 have been adventure stories and instructions. We were lucky enough to have a dragon visit the school to support their instruction writing - 'How to Trap a Dragon.'

In Maths, the children have been developing their understanding of place value and using resources and place value grids to help them identify the values within a number. 

At Forest School, the children have the opportunity to learn in the outdoor environment. They use a range of skills to problem solve throughout their morning session and are able to make their own discoveries in learning about the world around them. With the support and guidance of the Forest School teacher engage in a variety of different activities to extend and challenge their understanding.

Week Beginning 27th September 2021

This week we have been looking at soil in our science lesson.  We found out about what soil is made of, and investigated which soils retained the most water.


Week beginning 13th September


Rock Day with Mr Berry


We had a fantastic day learning all about rocks. We began the day by drilling to the centre of the Earth and discussing the different layers we had passed through. Then, we looked at different types of rocks and how we could sort and recognise these based upon their properties. Next, we explored how different rocks and fossils were created  - we even made a fossil of our own. To finish the day, we carried out an investigation to develop our understanding of how volcanoes erupt.