Year 3

Welcome to Class 3’s webpage! Here you can find out about all the exciting learning that will be taking place in our amazing first year of KS2. The Class 3 Knowledge Organisers can also be downloaded from here. This Year our class teacher is Miss Anderton and our teaching assistant is Mrs Cowton. Mrs Willoughby will be teaching literacy and Mrs Lovely will be teaching Computing on Wednesday afternoon.

Year 3 Maths Knowledge Organisers                      Year 3/4 Spellings                        Year 3 Spelling Shed words

Term 5 – Science – Animals, including Humans – Knowledge Organiser and Curriculum Information

Term 5 – Geography – The UK: countries, cities and counties – Knowledge Organiser and Curriculum Information

Due to the Home Schooling arrangements currently in place please see the Class 3 Home Learning page for more information on your learning this term.

In maths, the children have begun to learn about fractions and how many parts make a whole. This has been super practise for Geography as the first online lessons involved looking at maps. For example: if Britain is the whole then ______ is a part. Can you think of any more examples like this?

Term 4 – The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings – Knowledge Organiser and Curriculum Information

In Term 4, we learned about what happened when the Romans left Britain to defend Italy and Rome. We considered the question – What now? – as the Ancient Britains were faced with fighting the Picts on their own. The children discovered that it was actually the British King Vortigern who invited over the first Anglo-Saxons led by Hengist and Horsa to help him fight the Picts. However, they liked Britain so much they decided to stay and so began the Anglo-Saxon period of history in Britain.

We all went on an exciting outdoor pursuits day led by Mendip Outdoor Pursuits. The children took part in tobogganing and frisbee golf sessions in the beautiful woodlands and then learned how to collect wood to make a small fire using flint napping. The hot cocoa went down extremely well and the entire day was enjoyed by all.

Wow! Dance Their Socks Off (DTSO) was a tremendous success. I would like to say a massive well done to all the children who danced spectacularly and represented the school superbly. They worked so hard behind the scenes on their dance routine and made sure they listened really carefully to all the instructions given during the rehearsals. So well done Class 3 you were absolutely amazing!!!

Term 3 – The Romans – Knowledge Organiser and Curriculum Information

Term 3 was the end of the Iron age and the beginning of the Roman period of history in Britain. The children enjoyed learning about Boudica and her incredible battle with the Romans and in literacy wrote amazing descriptions of the battle and we discussed how it felt to be on the losing or winning side.

We learnt about how life in Britain was transformed from Celtic settlements of hill forts with round houses to large impressive cities with large buildings built from stone and concrete, huge temples to the Roman gods with high columns to support them and markets, Roman baths, government and soldiers.

The children were able to see a small part of Roman life first hand during their visit to the Roman Baths and were able to dress in Roman clothing, make a mosaic and even meet a real Roman! Some even tasted the spring water at the end – although this was met with a mixed reaction as it has quite an unusual taste.

The children are getting really good at recalling information from their knowledge organisers so keep up with the home revision as it is really helping the children to retain the knowledge of the period.

Term 2 – Bronze to Iron Age – Knowledge Organiser & Curriculum Information

Term 2 has been another exciting term with Class 3 venturing into the Bronze and Iron Age. We learned how the discovery of metal, smelting and forging had a profound change on tool making as the stone tools were superseded by metal ones which were stronger. Weapons, such as swords also began to be created and the children designed and created their own junk modelling swords.

We learned that with weapons came the need for defense and during our exciting visit to Bristol Museum studied the changes in Celtic settlement design over the period -from marshland settlements to hill forts with walls and strong defense. We learned that children would of worked in the mines to get copper and tin and that children were still working in mines till the Victorian times.

TTRockstars day was super fun and was held as part of Maths Week. Certificates were given out to children who had made the most progress in their levels.

Term 1 – Stone Age – Knowledge Organiser & Curriculum Information

Term 1 has been full of excitement and wonder in Class 3, we have learnt about the three periods of the Stone Age, the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic. We learnt that although they overlap there were some individual characteristics about each one and that these are devised by Historians and Archeologists who study the object and evidence left by people from the past. During the Paleolithic and Meslithic humans were nomadic and moved around collecting food and were hunter gatherers. They lived in caves and some caves have cave paintings in them today from that time. We made our own cave paintings and used our hands to form some of the patterns like the Stone Age people did.

In the Neolithic humans discovered they could collect and keep the seeds from the plants they used and plant them in the spring and harvest them in the autumn. This completely changed how humans lived as they became settled in small communities so they could store the seeds over winter and then plant and tend to the crops in the spring and summer. The discovery of farming is a legacy of the Stone Age and without our lives would be very different to how they are today. Some people believe that the Megaliths like Stonehenge built at this time had a role in measuring the passing of the seasons. We made beautifully atmospheric paintings of Stonehenge and thought about what it would be like to be there in Neolithic times.

Our museum was visited by every class and also by our parents, it was a great success with many visitors. We were able to show our necklaces and costumes, and tools that we made by flint knapping and then went hunting with in the playing field. Some children caught Sabre toothed tigers, some Wooly Mammoths and others built shelters and gathered berries. The Stone Age has been very interesting… I wonder what the Bronze and Iron Ages will bring in Term 2?