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Year 3 – Archived

   Welcome to Year 3!

Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 3 staff:

Miss Johnson – Teacher

Mr Wilkie – Teaching Assistant/ Sport Apprentice (Mon)

Mrs Hails – Teaching Assistant (Wed/Thurs)


This week, Year 3 have really impressed Miss Johnson by demonstrating all of the skills they have learned over the year! In maths, we are now becoming more confident in telling the time and have started to move on from analogue clocks and tell the time using digital clocks. In English, we have used drama to explore how characters might be feeling and used this to help with making the dialogue in our stories more interesting.

In topic, we have been learning about all the different types of living things there are in the world! We then explored different ways we can sort animals and created our own classification key. In art, Year 3 have been finding out about the artist ‘Paul Klee’ and have attempted to create their own designs, using his work as inspiration.

Head Teacher’s Award – Isaac

Core Value of the Week – Flynn


We had a brilliant time taking part in our wellbeing week in school, learning all about how to stay healthy. We had the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting workshops throughout the week. On Thursday, we went into the hall and had a go at some yoga. We practised different yoga poses and relaxation techniques. On Friday, we each had a go on the smoothie bike to blend a healthy smootie….we even got to have a taste of it afterwards!! It was very yummy!

Also this week, we have continued to learn about time in maths, focusing on reading the time to the nearest minute. In English, we have learning different ways to improve our writing, particularly when writing speech in our stories. In topic, we have explored how important skeletons and muscles are.  

Head Teacher’s Award – Harry

Core Value of the Week – Lewis


A fantastic first week back after the half term holidays! Can you believe we are now in the final term for Y3? This week started with some uninvited visitors in our classroom walls…the wolves from our new class text ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ have been watching us this week. We have been making predictions about the text and trying to help the main character, Lucy, decide what she should do next.

In maths, we have moved on from our fractions topic and have been learning about time. This week, we explored how many days there are in each month (and learnt a catchy poem to help us remember); we went outside and used chalk to draw clocks on the ground so that we could recall our learning from Year 2; and we have been focusing on reading and writing time in 5-minute intervals.

In science, we have been learning about the skeletons of humans and animals. We had the chance to work in groups to put together a skeleton and label it.

Head Teacher’s Award – Orfefs

Core Value of the Week – Aiden


What a busy half term Year 3 have had! We have really enjoyed our Romans topic, from dressing up as Romans, to making an edible Roman road, to our school trip to the Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum.

This week in Maths, we finished our ‘fraction’ topic. We have been using practical equipment to order, compare, add and subtract fractions, we even used Smarties to help us with our learning (and we got to eat them afterwards!).

In English, we have been exploring ‘instructions’. To prepare us for our Big Write, we have been learning about imperative verbs and adverbs of time. We then used our knowledge of these to write instructions for the edible Roman roads we made in our Topic lesson.

Head Teacher’s Award – Charlie

Core Value of the Week – Gracie-Lyn


Year 3 have had an egg-tremely egg-citing week. There were so many brilliant creations for the Fatfield egg competition – well done to everyone who participated. An extra well done to the Year 3 egg competition winners Grace, Heidi and Orfefs.

Over the last few weeks, Year 3 have been lucky enough to have a tennis coach come in to teach us a range of skills in throwing, catching and serving. On Thursday, some of us attended a local tennis tournament. We had a great time using the skills we have learned in our PE lessons.

As our new topic is Romans, your homework is to research the Romans and create a project of your choice (i.e. poster, leaflet, PowerPoint, model, etc.). I hope you have a lovely Easter holidays and look forward to seeing you all again in Summer term!

Mathlete of the Week – Flynn


We hope you all enjoyed our explosive class assembly this week. Year 3 certainly all enjoyed themselves and we are extremely proud of how well they all performed! Take a look at us on stage below.

Head Teacher’s Award – Sam

Core Value of the Week – Isaac

Mathlete of the Week – Isaac


Year 3 have been working extremely hard this week practicing their class assembly. We are looking forward to performing this next week and hope to see lots of parents and family members in the audience.

On Wednesday, our parents came in to see our brilliant work and it was lovely to show off how hard we have been working!

Head Teacher’s Award – Connor

Core Value of the Week – Lauren

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


Year 3 have been superstars this week – well done to everyone for working their socks off!

On Friday, we had our school trip to the Centre for Life in Newcastle. To begin the day, we went into the Planetarium and watched the Moonstruck show, then went on the 4D motion ride. Next, we explored the Museum of the Moon and watched the Science Theatre show, before exploring the brain and curiosity zones. Finally, we took part in the Volcanoes workshop where we carried out a range of investigations. We had a great, action-packed day!

This week was also Engineering Week and the children took part by firstly conducting some research into what engineering is. On Tuesday, we were able to ask our engineering questions to real Engineers (our visitors from Nissan). During the visit, they also told us all about their jobs and how they became engineers. Finally, after being asked ‘What would you do if you were an engineer?’, we came up with a range of inventions to solve problems. Year 3 designed lots of brilliant creations and all of the children’s work will be entered into the competition.

Head Teacher’s Award – Shay

Core Value of the Week – Olivia

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


Another brilliant and busy week in Year 3! In English, we have been building up the skills needed to write a five-part story based on our class text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and have been focusing on how to correctly include direct speech to support our storytelling. In maths, we have moved on from money to our new objective: ‘statistics’. During our lessons, we have been creating and interpreting pictograms and bar charts.

On Monday, we celebrated Fatfield Book Day. It was a great day and we enjoyed getting dressed up as some of our favourite book characters, taking part in the story workshop and having the opportunity to work with members of the Fatfield Community. Thank you to all parents, carers and family members that attended.

Story Workshop


Fatfield Book Day

Head Teacher’s Award – Liam

Core Value of the Week – Harry

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


A wonderful first week back following the half-term and our new topic ‘Angry Earth’ has started with a BANG! In English, we were introduced to our new text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and have been exploring the characters and vocabulary within the text. In maths, we have moved on to subtracting money and finding the correct change.

Also this week, we created a human map of the world to locate where volcanoes occur; we worked in pairs to improvise and create movements to represent the different stages of a volcano erupting, which we then put together into a routine and performed in front of the rest of the class; and we also made our very journal for our World Book Day next Monday.

Head Teacher’s Award – Jacob

Core Value of the Week – Katie

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


Year 3 have had an incredible half term and Miss Johnson is very proud of us! In English, we were asked to write a non-chronological report on sun safety as part of a campaign competition. In maths, we have been learning how to convert pence into pounds and how to add two amounts of money together.

Also this week, we investigated how shadows change size in science; we played some exciting games of cricket for our last lesson with the cricket coach; and we continued to experiment with some more techniques for our textiles project.

Head Teacher’s Award – Grace

Core Value of the Week – Heidi

Mathlete of the Week – Olivia


What a busy week we have had in Year 3! At the start of the week, we celebrated Chinese New Year and made some paper Chinese dragons for our school’s display. We were very happy with them, as you can see below.

In English, we carried out some whole-class research to find out as much as we could about floods, why they happen and how to prepare for them. Miss Johnson was really impressed with our Big Write this week as we included loads of great facts and additional features such as glossaries and diagrams. In Maths, we have been using our multiplication and division skills to problem-solve.

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Head Teacher’s Award – Oliver

Core Value of the Week – Keira

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


In maths, we are coming to the end of our multiplication and division unit. This week we have been learning different methods for dividing numbers and have even divided numbers with remainders. We are continuing to practice our 3, 4 and 8 times table facts and I am so impressed to see the children becoming faster at recalling these facts. In English, we have started to look at non-chronological reports and their features. We have also analysed a non-chronological report on hurricanes and looked at the differences between facts and opinions ahead of our Big Write next week.

What an unexpected way to end the week…with SNOW! We could not miss the photo opportunity with our topic being all about the weather!

Fun in the snow…

Although our topic project is due next week (06.02.19) I have sent a multiplication activity sheet home to offer further time table practice.

Head Teacher’s Award – Lauren

Core Value of the Week – Orfefs

Mathlete of the Week – Amelia


What another wonderful week in Year 3! In maths, we have continued to practice our 3, 4 and 8 times table facts and have also been learning how to use the formal method to multiply 2-digit and 1-digit numbers as next week we will be moving on to division. In English, we have been super busy exploring the wordless picture book ‘Flood’ by Alvaro F. Villa and compared it to our focus text ‘Hurricane’.

Also this week: in science, we investigated the importance of sun safety; we used our ‘Big Write’ skills to retell the story of Noah’s Ark; we researched methods of flood prevention and began to produce presentations and posters to show our findings; and in music, we had another brilliant lesson with the ukuleles.

Homework is our topic project due in two weeks (06.02.19)

Head Teacher’s Award – Gracie

Core Value of the Week – Katie

Mathlete of the Week – Hana


It has been another busy week in Year 3! In maths, we have been using our 3, 4 and 8 times table facts to multiply 2-digit and 1-digit numbers. In English, we have been building on our narrative writing skills for our retelling of our focus text ‘Hurricane’. Miss Johnson was so impressed with all the synonyms we came up with to replace the word ‘said’, which we then used in our Big Write this week!

Year 3 are lucky to have a cricket coach coming into school to teach us a range of skills: this week in PE, we focused on our catching and throwing skills. Also this week: in art we have been learning a weaving technique with Miss Quinn and in science we investigated which materials make good reflectors of light.

Head Teacher’s Award – Keira

Core Value of the Week – Connor

Mathlete of the Week – Grace


Welcome back Year 3! I hope you had a lovely break over the Christmas holidays and are looking forward to the next half term. This week, we started to explore our new topic ‘STEAL MY THUNDER’.

In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading our new focus text ‘Hurricane’ by David Wiesner. We have looked closely at the text and the use of illustrations, we have used our five senses to describe a setting in the story, and we have explored the thoughts and feelings of the main characters. In maths, we continue to focus on multiplication and division. This week we have been using our 3 and 8 times table facts to multiply and divide.

On Thursday, we also had a special visit from our attendance mascot in assembly as our 100% attendance certificates were handed out.

Head Teacher’s Award – Aiden

Core Value of the Week – Brogan

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


On Monday we visited Sunderland Maritime Heritage Centre and found out all about our local history of shipbuilding in the North East.

In English, we have been working super hard to improve our spelling and punctuation skills. We located hidden words in the classroom and then found their matching homophones and we also carried out ‘contraction surgery’ to contract two words together using apostrophes. In maths, we have moved on to our multiplication and division topic, with a focus on our 3, 4 and 8 times table number facts.

Homework is practicing written and mental methods for addition and subtraction through tasks set on Mathletics.

Head Teacher’s Award – Heidi

Core Value of the Week – Grace

Mathlete of the Week – Amelia


The countdown to Christmas has officially started as this week we welcomed Skittle, the Year 3 class elf, into our classroom.

It has been another great week in Year 3! In English, we have built up to our Big Write: writing our story opening for our class text ‘The Tin Forest’. We worked together both in groups and as a class to come up with a word bank full of new and exciting vocabulary to describe the character and setting of the story. In maths, we have been using inverse operations to check our answers to addition and subtraction calculations.

This week, we have also completed a scrapyard challenge to sort magnetic and non-magnetic materials; counted up to twenty in French; and designed our own Iron Age Celtic shield to finish off our Iron Age topic. As we have now finished exploring the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, we used a toilet roll to represent the timeline from the present, all the way back to the Stone Age. We were so surprised at just how long ago these periods were!

Head Teacher’s Award – Charlie

Core Value of the Week – Flynn

Mathlete of the Week – Hana


Another brilliant week in Year 3!

In English, we have been learning how to use grammatical features such as expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and subordinating conjunctions to improve our sentences. We have also started to explore our new text ‘The Tin Forest’ and have been looking closely at new vocabulary. In maths, Year 3 have moved on to using the formal written method to add and subtract two 3 digit numbers. This week, we have also completed a science experiment to investigate the force of friction on different surfaces; made our wonderful Christmas crafts for the Christmas fair; and had another great music lesson practising the ukulele.

Homework this week is based on the work we have been doing in maths – this is due in on Wednesday.

Head Teacher’s Award – Amelia

Core Value of the Week – Liam

Mathlete of the Week – Jack


Wow! What a wonderful week we have had in Year 3!

In English, we have written some amazing explanations on how to make a bronze axe for our Bronze Age survival guide. Not only did our writing include lots of conjunctions, fronted adverbials and prepositions, but we also tried to include additional features such as key facts, ‘Did you know?’ boxes and even a glossary or two. In maths, Year 3 have honestly blown me away with how confidently they are using the formal written method for addition and subtraction with 2 and 3 digit numbers. Next week, we will be using problem-solving to test our mathematical understanding and moving on to addition and subtraction with 3 digit numbers!

Also this week: we have used drama to perform different actions to show a pushing or pulling force in science; designed our very own Bronze Age bell beaker; started to learn how to touch type in computing; and enjoyed a fun-filled session from Hoopstarz!

Head Teacher’s Award – Brogan

Core Value of the Week – Bailey

Mathlete of the Week – Amelia


Year 3 have been total superstars this week – well done to everyone who has worked their socks off!

In English, we have built up to our Big Write: writing a care guide for a prehistoric pet. Our explanations were full of fronted adverbials, conjunctions and prepositions AND so many people were joining their writing beautifully. I am so proud of how hard people have been working to improve their sentence and grammar work. In maths, Year 3 have been impressing me once again and have shown brilliant place value skills in our addition and subtraction work – this time working with 2 digits and 3 digit numbers. We are continuing to learn the ukulele in music, have made the clay heads for our prehistoric spears and have started to learn how to say our age in French.

This week, we had lots of different events too! On Tuesday, we got to see a pantomime in the school hall – it was so funny and we all enjoyed it. On Thursday, Miss Johnson ( our new teacher) came in and it was great to meet her again. She helped out with our history task to find out who the possessions could belong to and saw how brilliant we all are at maths, reading and writing. On Friday, we celebrated Children in Need and came dressed in our pyjamas and cuddly dressing gowns.

Spellings focus on prefixes and homework is PHSCE to help Miss Johnson get to know everyone.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank pupils, parents and carers in Year Three for being an absolutely fabulous class. I have enjoyed every minute of my time in Year 3 and I couldn’t be prouder of the progress the children have made and the effort they have put into everything they have done. I can’t wait to pop in and see how everyone is doing.

Big hugs to all my crazy superstars – keep working hard!

Miss Scriven x


Everyone in Year 3 has been working their socks off this week. We have seen better handwriting, better presentation, better quality of work and some excellent reading to top it all off.

In English, we have been finding out exactly how you would wash a woolly mammoth – with the help of our own resident woolly mammoth, WOOLLY. We have been creating extended sentences for explanations using prepositions and formal conjunctions. Next week, we will be writing a care guide for a prehistoric animal so it will all come in VERY handy. In maths, we have mastered mental and formal methods for adding and taking away ones from three digit numbers and we have presented our work beautifully when problem solving. Also this week: we have counted past twelve in French; continued making our prehistoric weapons in art; written adverts to convince people that ‘bronze is best’; sang amazing songs with a singing coach in music; emptied Miss Scriven’s bin in the search for archaeological clues; found treasure on a brilliant spreadsheet in computing; and made beautiful poppies for Remembrance Day. Phew!

Homework is maths and is based on the ‘four times tables’. Spellings are Y3 common words.

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Flynn Moffett

Core Value of the Week: Jacob

Mathlete of the Week: Hana


Welcome back to a SPOOKY week at Fatfield.

This week we have found out how to count to twelve in French, what a soil profile is in science and have started a new tennis topic in PE. In English, we have been building up the skills needed to write an alternative ending to our Stone Age Boy stories in the past tense and have found out about subordinate conjunctions and clauses. In maths, we have worked hard to use a formal written method to add 3 digit numbers after lots of practice with practical apparatus. We were able to spot errors in calculations and find missing numbers. We have finished our cave drawings in art and have started making our own Stone Age weapons in DT.

We had a very exciting day on Wednesday and came to school dressed for Hallowee

n. We enjoyed a Halloween party in the hall, watched the Worst Witch and played some silly Halloween games like Spooky Bingo.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye and good luck to Sienna this week. We wish her all the best for her new school and will miss her very much.

Homework is linked to Metals and is due on Wednesday. Spellings all have prefixes.

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Brandon

Core Value of the Week:

Mathlete of the Week: Amelia  (also received a GOLD Mathletics certificate – what a superstar!)


Wow! We are at the end of the first half term in Y3 already. Autumn is flying by.

This week, we have written amazing stories in English using brilliant features such as fronted adverbials and prepositions. In maths, we have used apparatus to help us to add three digit numbers to ones – even when you have to do a tricky exchange in the ones column. We come to the end of our Jewish topic in RE and finished off by finding out about Moses. We played a maths game on a game board that represented Moses being found floating down river by the princess of Egypt.

Two other really exciting things have happened this week. On Wednesday, our parents came in to see our brilliant work and it was lovely to show off how hard we have been working. On Friday, we had a Stone Age day in Y3. We got dressed up as Stone Age people, ate a Stone Age lunch, made sedimentary and igneous rocks out of chocolate and watched a sneaky bit of The Croods in the afternoon before eating marshmallows in front of our class campfire.

Homework is a half-term choice. You only need to do one option on the homework sheet but, if you fancy doing a little bit more on a rainy day, there are lots of lovely ideas to keep you busy. Stay safe everyone and remember our Halloween Day is in the first week back.

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Olivia

Core Value of the Week: Hana

Mathlete of the Week: Amelia


Wow – another busy week in Y3. Miss Scriven is SO proud of all of our hard work.

The final homework projects have come in for our Stone Age topics and they are all looking brilliant in our art area display. This week, we continued to look at the Stone Age and compared the Old, Middle and New Stone Ages in history. In science, we found out how fossils in stones are made and sorted information into the correct order. In English, we have started looking at stories using our ‘Stone Age Boy’ text and have written brilliant plans for our own stories next week.

In maths, we finished Data Handling and have started to look at using mental calculations when dealing with 3 digit numbers. In music, we had a brilliant lesson on the ukulele and  in RE, we continued looking at stories found in the Old Testament. This week we studied Jonah and the Whale and Miss Scriven taught us a song to remember what happened. We wrote letters pretending we were inside the whale’s tummy. Finishing off the week, we practised dribbling, push passes, turns and shooting in hockey.

Homework is linked to our completed Data Handling topic this week.

Please remember these important dates this week:

Wednesday 2.00pm – Invitation Afternoon

Friday (all day) – Y3 Stone Age Day.

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Cora

Core Value of the Week: Sam

Mathlete of the Week: Jack


Rocks, rocks everywhere as far as the eye can see!

In RE this week, we encountered the rocks that David used to defeat Goliath. We played a game that involved using five ‘David’ pebbles to knock one large ‘Goliath’ stone out of a square drawn on the floor. After, we wrote brilliant instructions to inform other people how you would play the game. Following up on this story found in the Torah, we wrote a police eyewitness report using our skills from studying recounts in English. In maths, we finished looking at perimeter and started looking at data handling. We have been using pictograms to find out how many stone age books have been read, what was the best stone age burger and some of us did pictograms of our favourite superheroes! We continued our quest through our English text, Stone Age Boy, with brilliant newspaper recounts of the moment he went missing. Continuing our rock theme, we completed a science experiment to find out which type of rock would make the best grindstone for a stone age quern. We tested marble, granite, chalk and limestone and used actual wheat to grind for our experiment. We continue to hone our hockey skills in PE and we are making wonderful music with ukuleles in music.

Thank you to everyone for the wonderful stone age projects that have come into school. Homework this week is to design a stone age tool or weapon – this is due in on Wednesday. Letters have gone out this week to inform everyone about our Stone Age day on Friday 19th October – remember the date!

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Sienna

Core Value of the Week: Shay

Mathlete of the Week: Aidan


This week, Y3 have completed their first science experiment using their knowledge of rocks. We tested the properties of chalk, granite, marble and slate. After putting on our science safety goggles, we tested whether the rocks were permeable (sucked up water), if they floated and if they could scratch easily. Miss Scriven is amazed at all the rocks we already know! In English, we explored newspaper reports and we will be writing one of our own next week based on the ‘Stone Age Boy’ text we are reading. In maths, we were introduced to perimeter and went outside to the golf course to find out what this meant. We were all really good at find the perimeter of 2D shapes after we found out what this meant. In other news, instead of African drums, we tried out ukuleles this week! We sounded AMAZING! In French, we continue to practice our greetings; in RE, we found out about the Torah; and in computing, we are practising entering data into our spreadsheets. Lastly, we also discovered that we are much quicker at walking our ‘Afternoon Mile’ than we were last week.

What a busy week it has been! Check out our science investigation below.

Congratulations to:

Mathlete of the Week: Jack


This week, Year Three have been powering on to learn lots of new things about the Stone Age. We’ve found out all about Stone Age houses in history lessons and we now know about different types of rock in science – including igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. In maths, we have been solving problems involving counting in 100s, 50s and 4s. To help with this, we have also been learning how to find our 4x tables. At the end of the week, we started learning a cool song about our 4x tables and went on a ‘mini-mammoth maths march’ around the school holding onto each other’s tails (tag rugby belts) like mammoths singing at the tops of our voices – we improved our knowledge so much! In English, we have done our first ‘big write’ on the ‘Stone Age Boy’ and showed how brilliant we were at adding fronted adverbials to our sentences. The rest of the week has been full of cave painting in art, learning how to say our name in French, drumming in music and learning how to use spreadsheets in computing. We have also started walking a mile a day in the afternoon between our lessons to keep fit and healthy.

Although homework is our Stone Age Project (and isn’t due in for another two weeks) I have sent a ‘4x tables fortune teller’ home to help with learning our 4x tables – this doesn’t need handing back in. In spelling, we will cover ‘ing’ suffix rules. Anyone who forgot their spelling book has a copy of the new spellings stapled to their fortune teller homework so they can stick it in their books at home.

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Isaac

Core Value of the Week: Amelia

Mathlete of the Week: Flynn

Our amazing ‘Cave of Hands’ in our classroom.


A sneaky peak at our ‘African Drumming’ lessons.


What a brilliant start to the term we have had in Y3. Everyone has settled beautifully and we are all getting used to our new routines in Key Stage 2.

Already, we have started turning our classroom into the Stone Age. We have made cave people; created a ‘Cave on Hands’ based on the staggeringly beautiful ‘Cuevas de las Manos’ found in Argentina; completed our key questions for our new topic in the shape of rocks and stones; and have a ‘real’ woolly mammoth in our maths area! In maths, we have been counting, adding and taking away 10s and 100s with numbers up to one thousand and have started to learn the four times tables using mammoth legs! In English, we have been reading ‘Stone Age Boy’, found out about fronted adverbials that show time and have written a letter recounting Stone Age Boy’s first few days in the Stone Age. We’ve also started learning how to play the African drums, discovered how to say hello and goodbye in French, explored the story of Abraham and Sarah in RE and honed our hockey skills in PE. We definitely all deserve a rest this weekend.

Making Cave People


We made sure our Stone Age people were nice and warm with animal skins.

Homework is our Topic Project (due in 3 wks) and spellings are revising adding ‘ed’ to create words in the past tense. Please remember it is very important to remember water bottles and reading folders every day.

Congratulations to:

Head Teacher’s Award: Hana

Core Value of the Week: Harry

Mathlete of the Week: Jack