Welcome to Year 3

Welcome back. We hope you had a fantastic summer and are ready for an exciting year of learning with many interesting and exciting learning opportunities ahead. 

Please remember to bring your book bag to school each day, with your reading books and your ocarina inside. Each week you will be able to change the book you take home so that you always have a book that you can read. Please also remember to bring a named water bottle with you.

PE days for 3GS are Tuesdays (outdoors) and Fridays (indoors). 

PE days for 3SM are Mondays (indoors) and Tuesdays (outdoors).

We practice the Ocarina together on a Tuesday morning so please ensure it is brought into school every week.

On these days, you should come to school dressed in your PE kit which you will stay in all day.


Miss Marsden, Mr Sharp, Miss Coster, Mrs Marzouk 

Project Pathways 

Erupting Europe

Stone Age to Iron Age

Volcanoes: Vicious and Vivacious

Roman Invasion


Erupting Europe Homework

The Stone Age to the Iron Age Homework

Volcanoes Homework


This year we will be practicing and learning individual spellings to tailor the spelling words to each individual child. Your child will be write down a specific set of ten words which they will be tested on each Friday which will change weekly. Please ask your child about their spellings and encourage them to practise their words to be ready for their spelling test. 

Alan Peat Sentences

Please refer to the attachment below and use the different types of sentences to enhance your writing.

Alan Peat Sentences


It is natural to feel anxious or upset sometimes. Childline is a helpful website that you can access 24 hours a day. There is plenty of support and advice avaliable on www.childline.org.uk

If you feel you need to speak to a counsellor, you can call Childine on 0800 1111 from 9am - midnight. 

Welcome to Year 3 Meeting

Thank you to all the parents and carers who attended this meeting. It was lovely to meet you and we hope you found it useful. Please remember that Mr Sharp and Miss Marsden will usually be available at the end of the school day if you have any queries or concerns. If you were unable to attend, you can find a link to the presentation we gave by clicking on the link.

Year 3 Parents Presentation

Year 3 Reading Spine

Regular reading is so important. Please have a look at the Year 3 Reading Spine which shows you some of the books and authors recommended for Year 3 readers. Many of these books will be available at our school library. If not, you may be able to borrow them from Loughborough Library.

Year 3 Reading Spine

Our Learning 

Week commencing 27.11.2023

We explored the life of Neolithic people in more depth through a study on Skara Brae. We enjoyed using the Ipads to research this in pairs and then creating our own information page to explain to others.

Week commencing 06.11.2023

This week in our topic lesson we explored cave paintings, looking at how we could mix natural colours using powder paint. We then moved on to create our own stone age paintings.

Week commencing  30.10.2023

In English we created our own creatures from natural resources. Following this we wrote words and phrases to describe them and used these to help us write a descriptive paragraph.

In computing we are learning about stop frame animations. In this lesson, we used the app iMotion on the iPads to create our own stop frame animations of moving stick men.

Week commencing  23.10.2023

This week we started off our new topic Stone Age to Iron age with a visit from Stone Age Extravaganza. We learnt all about what life was like in the Stone Age and explored many different real artefacts. We learnt how people made fire, what people ate and how life in the Stone Age changed life today! 

Week commencing 09.10.2023

Science: Investigating types of soil

In this lesson, we learnt about how soils can be different and the benefits/ problems they may have. We investigated their texture, appearance, smell and how well they could hold water. We also discussed what each soil may be useful for. 

Science: How Fossils are formed

In this lesson we explored the stages of fossil formation, looking in depth at what happens at each stage. Following this we created our own mini 'fossil' by using a real shell to print into salt dough 'Rock'. This represented the pressure of bones being pushed into rocks and leaving behind prints millions of years later after. 

Week commencing 25.09.23


Science: Investigating rocks

In this lesson, as Scientists we investigated the properties of the three different kinds of rock: Sedimentary, Metamorphic and Igneous. Firstly, we learnt about the properties of different rock formations. Secondly, we observed the rock closely using magnifying glasses to see if we could notice any crystals. We also drew a diagram to represent it. Finally, we used different methods to test the durability, permeability and density of each rock.When we had collected the relevant data, we were able to make a sensible identification of the type of rock we had been testing. 

DT: Making Piadinas

Today we had the opportunity to make a Piadina style sandwich, reflecting the country of Italy through the ingredients we included. We talked about and practiced using safe methods of cutting such as the bridge and claw methods and talked about hygiene and food safety when cooking. We enjoyed experiencing the scent of a popular Italian herb- Basil and adding it to our food! Finally, we learnt how to carefully place food inside the wrap to ensure it could be folded to form the correct shape.

Geography: Structure of Volcanoes

We explored the structure of volcanoes, learning about their different features. We learnt about what causes a volcano to explode and the differences between dormant, active and extinct volcanoes. Following this, we began creating volcano models in small groups using recycled materials and paper mache. 

Week commencing 18.09.23
Geography: Structure of the Earth and Mountain formation
In this lesson we explored the structure of the Earth and the impact of movement between tectonic plates. Following this we explored different mountain formations using the VR headsets. We looked at each formation in detail, drawing diagrams to represent how they are created through plate movement. We also identified real mountains created by these different formations, looking at images of these and identifying them on a map.

Design Technology: Piadina designs
In this lesson we explored popular foods within Italy, looking at images and identifying key ingredients within famous dishes. We then discussed appropriate and inappropriate fillings for different sandwiches and wraps. Following this, we explored how we might create a piadina wrap to represent Italy through our choice of ingredients. We made four different designs to show our ideas.

Erupting Europe 

Weeks commencing 04.09.23 and 11.09.23

Geography: Features of Italy 

In this lesson, we used an atlas to create a layered map of Italy. On our first layer, we looked at the different regions of Italy and added the names of the regions into the correct place on the map. Secondly, we added the names of the mountains located in Italy on an additional layer. On our final layer, we added the lakes, rivers and seas that either are a part of or surround Italy. Finally, we looked at key geographical information about Italy. Then, we labelled whether it was a physical or human geographical feature and located it on our map of Italy.

Geography: Regions of Italy
In this lesson we learnt the meaning of the term ‘Capoluogo’ and that each region has its own main city which is meant to reflect the brilliance of the region. We had a range of different regions to focus on and explored the landscape, famous features and main cities of these regions. We used a range of resources such as QR codes, iPads, Atlases and Google maps to research. Following this we created a fact file to display our new knowledge.


Country Comparison
During this lesson, we looked at the physical and human geography of both Spain and Iceland using the VR headsets, atlases and information websites. We then produced a fact file on each country to share the key information about these countries that we learnt. Finally, we discussed how these countries differed to the United Kingdom and decided that Iceland and Spain would be great holiday destinations.