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Year 3 Team

Mrs O'Connor and Ms Cullinane - Class Teachers 

Ms Reay - Teaching Assistant



What a fantastic and busy spring term we have had including a wonderful trip to the science museum, learning about Chinese New Year, some very creative pieces of homework and of course our very successful Year 3/4 play 'You Are Special.' We have sadly said our goodbyes to Mrs Thomas as she retired at Easter but are very happy to welcome Ms Cullinane back to the Year 3 team. We look forward to another successful term and have lots planned including our trip to Kew Gardens and our Science/Eco week activities. 

Mrs O'Connor 

Exploring 2-D shapes in maths

Chinese New Year activities - learning how to use chopsticks

Stone Age workshop 

Year 3 travelled back to the Stone Age to learn more about how people lived during the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods. Our helpful visitor showed us artefacts such as a hand axe and taught us more about the hunter gatherer lifestyle. We even had a chance to practise our mammoth hunting skills, Ms Reay was a natural at spear throwing! 

This half term we have been learning about seasonal food in D.T. and cooking a variety of different recipes as part of Forest School. 

We have also made tropical fruit kebabs with non native fruits such as lychees, watermelon and bananas. 

D.T. Tropical fruit kebab making

The children have worked hard this half term and settled in really well to Year 3.

Please find below the Year 3 Autumn newsletter and  topic map. 

Mrs O' Connor and Mrs Thomas  

Ancient Egyptian Art

In art lessons we explored ancient egyptian art experimenting with symbols and colours used in their distinctive style. We learnt about how papyrus scrolls were made and created our own papyrus style paper before painting our final designs.  

Ancient Egyptian style Art work

Forest school

This term in forest school we designed and created bird houses. We used a variety of tools to assemble the wooden bird houses. The finished products will be put up on school grounds ready for the local wildlife to use. 

Wooden bird houses

Kew Gardens Trip 

Year 3 had a wonderful trip to Kew Gardens this term despite the very cold weather. We took part in a workshop led by Kew scientists about plant classification and found out how plants are grouped according to their characteristics. We also discovered what it would have been like to have been a 20th century plant hunter and what equipment they would have used.