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Welcome to Year 3!

The Year 3 staff team is made up of class teachers: Miss Ross, Mrs Simmonds, Miss McSorley and teaching assistants: Mrs Hardcastle and Mrs Wilman.


Year 3 is an exciting year with lots of great learning challenges and opportunities.  You can find out more about what Year 3 are learning further down this page as well as lots of photos and information showing the children in action! At the bottom of this page you will find links to websites that may be useful to support your child's learning. If you have any questions about Year 3 please contact the Year 3 class teachers who will be happy to offer support and help.

Year 3 Curriculum

To find out more about the Year 3 curriculum, please click on the link below which will take you to the Curriculum Newsletters.  These provide a detailed description of the learning that takes place in each subject every half term.  If you have any questions about the Year 3 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact the class teachers, who will be happy to discuss any queries with you.

Find out what Year 3 have been getting up to...

Here you can find out more about different events, trips and general learning Year 3 have been doing.  We hope you enjoy reading about Year 3's learning and looking at the photographs!

Beebot maths 1.7.16

Today in maths, Year 3 have been learning how to use positional language. We used the programmable robots (beebots) and wrote instructions to direct them through a treasure map. The children learnt all about the relationship between right angles and quarter, half and three-quarter turns. They also enjoyed giving instructions to guide each other around the room, using language such as 90 degree turn right and 3 steps forward.

Book sale amount raised...
3C are very pleased to announce that our book sale made a total of £181.46 for our charity, Leeds Children's Charity. Thank you again for all your support!





Charity book sale 14.6.2016

Thank you so much to 3C and all the parents and children around school who donated and bought some books today. The sale was a huge success and we raised an awful lot of money for our class charity, Leeds Children's Charity. The final figure will be confirmed soon. 3C did an excellent job of drumming up business, counting money, calculating change and keeping the stall neat and tidy. In the afternoon they each read a story to some of the children in reception which they thoroughly enjoyed. Finally, some brave children read and performed a story to some different classes around the school! Well done everyone!

Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth 10/6/16

Our school have celebrated The Queen's 90th birthday today by coming dressed in red, white and blue. In Year 3, we each made The Queen a beautiful birthday card and popped it in an envelope to send to Her personal secretary at Buckingham Palace in London.

Trip to the post office

Book launch treasure hunt! 08.06.2016

Today Year 3 received a mysterious letter from 'The Captain' telling them that there was some exciting treasure hidden for them to find. The children worked as a team to hunt for clues, decode riddles and eventually found a treasure box containing our new class book - Treasure Island!

Healthy Salads 16/05/16

Over this half term, the children in Year 3 have been designing a healthy, balanced salad. In Writing, we have been creating advertisements to persuade people to buy our salads. Our adverts used persuasive features such as rhetorical questions and superlatives, as well as discussing the nutritional benefits of the ingredients in the salads. All the children have put so much effort into the advertisements and I'm sure that you'll agree they are very persuasive. Some examples of the adverts are below:

Mad Measures 06/05/16

This half term we have been spending time investigating measures. We looked at measuring in cm and m, converting between the two, by measuring long lines of tape in the hall. Then, we experimented with volume and capacity. We gave the children different containers and they had to estimate the capacity and then use 1L of water to work out the actual capacity. On Friday, we tested our ability to measure accurately in a race to measure set volumes of water. We worked in groups to try to get the correct amounts and raced to fill our buckets. Some photos of the groups working on all of these things are below!

Go-karting! 25.04.2016

This week eight lucky Year 3 children went go-carting at Armley Lazer Centre. They braved the cold, tackled a massive muddy hill and played lots of games. The children represented our school so well and despite a few aching limbs, had a wonderful time!

Zip wire book launch! 20.04.2016

Today we went on an adventure to the reception playground to receive our brand new reading books! The book, 'Cliffhanger' by Jaqueline Wilson, is all about a boy called Tim and the trials and tribulations he faces at an adventure centre. We completed an assault course before catching our new books as they whizzed down a zip wire! We are looking forward to finding out what Tim and his new friends get up to.

Healthy Bodies 18.04.2016

Today, we started our new science topic: Why don't I wobble like a jellyfish? This topic will be all about the biology of the human body and will compare humans to other animals. To get our topic off to an interesting start, we wanted to see what the children knew about healthy diets. They were given a plate of food and had to decide which food was healthy and which food wasn't. The children were very shocked to learn that processed cheese slices and packaged noodles weren't good fuel for their bodies!

FROGS! 11.3.16

This morning, some Year 3 children noticed that frogs had arrived in the school pond! Spring is an exciting time of year around our school pond and the children love seeing the frogs jumping around. This afternoon we went to see them and we will be looking out for frogspawn in the coming weeks. 

Fractions 11.3.16

This half term the children are learning about fractions. This can be a tricky topic for the children to understand but having good times table and division knowledge will support them in their learning. The children have a good understanding of fractions up to 12ths and know the denominator and numerator to help them understand what a fraction is. They have been using fractions walls to understand the size of different fractions and this has helped them to find equivalent fractions. This week the children have also been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator.

Local walk 1.3.16

We went on a local walk of Farsley to learn about human and physical geography features in our local area. As part of our learning challenge 'Would you rather live in England or France' we have been finding out about landmarks that are located on maps. We identified lots of human (man made) features in Farsley such as houses, shops, roads and parks, we also identified physical (natural) features such as hills, trees, bushes grassy areas. We walked from Springbank to Farsley Park. When we arrived back at school we drew a map of our walk and the loacted the different geography features we found onto the map.

Our Stone Age Assembly 12.02.16

Yesterday we performed an assembly to the school and invited parents to come and see us speak about our learning this half term. We all worked as a team to remember our lines and spoke loud and clearly about what we had learnt about British prehistory. We told the audience all about the Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age. We think the audience learnt lots of new facts from listening to our learning! 


Properties of rocks 05/02/16

In science, year 3 have been looking at the different types of rocks and their properties. They designed their own experiment which tested whether the rocks were permeable, hard wearing and if they floated. the children had lots of fun testing the rocks and recording their results. 

A Grizzly Mystery 03/02/16

Today, Year 3 were presented with a terrifying discovery in the school hall, a fully unearthed prehistoric burial. The children were excited and a little bit scared by the discovery, but quickly got over their fear and dived right in to exploring the burial. They were presented with a number of challenges to try and solve, such as using map evidence to locate the area of the burial, using timelines and evidence from the grave to find out the era that the body was buried and using artifacts to find out what the person may have been like in real life. Photos of the morning's activities are below: 

Leeds Discovery Centre 19/01/16

Today, Year 3 went on a trip to Leeds Discovery Centre, to find out more information about British prehistory. They took part in a range of activities, such as uncovering the remains of an Iron Age roundhouse, investigating a bronze age burial and trying to date artefacts that were over 5000 years old! The children were then lucky enough to get a tour of the store at the centre, which contained over 1 million items from throughout British history, including some clothes, weapons and animals from all over the world!

Magnet Mayhem! 15/01/2016

In science we have been using magnets to investigate different materials that magnets attract. We observed different metals and used magnets to sort them in to categories. We had lots of fun experimenting with magnets and found out that not all metals attract a magnet. 

What was life like 10000 years ago? 07/01/15

Year 3 have started the new year by exploring cave paintings from thousands of years ago! The children have already had a little insight to the past before the holidays and now will be digging deep into history to see how people lived in Britain over 10000 years ago. This week they looked at cave paintings to gather evidence of how a palaeolithic person would have hunted food and which animals they would have eaten. the children had lots of fun making their own paintings from pastels.

Forces in Action! 04/12/15

This week Year 3 have started to investigate their new science topic, forces and magnets. We spent time looking at different pushes and pulls in everyday life and thought about how to apply nearly all forces we need to make contact. We also discussed how magnetic forces do not need contact.

Reflections Investigation 12/11/15

This week in science we have been investigating the way that reflections work. The children had to find a way to reflect a beam of light through a shoebox and back out, using mirrors to reflect the light around corners.

Some photos of the children are below:

Balance and Co-ordination skills 11/11/15

Today in PE Year 3 were learning all about balancing and co-ordinating their movements. They were tasked with using hoops as stepping stones to carefully jump across a shark infested river! The children had to jump carefully from 2 feet to 2 feet, landing with stable, soft knees. To challenge themselves some children tried to introduce turns into their jumps.

After this, the children had to develop their social and team-working skills to get their whole team across the river using only 2 hoops.

Some photos of the children enjoying this PE session are below:

Egypt Day 14/10/15

Today was Egyptian day in year 3. The children had a fantastic time discovering about ancient Egypt with our Historian visitor. We investigated artefacts and learnt about the different materials that were used during this period, including the material for weapons and clothes. Next we watched a mummification of our visitor’s friend and were involved in removing the organs and placing on the death mask! Year 3 were intelligent enough to decode Egyptian Hieroglyphic numbers and used their knowledge from numeracy of place value. We put our logical skills to the test and played a board game that the children of ancient Egypt played. The children were taught about Egyptian warfare and weapons and had the opportunity to try on the amour. 

Shadow investigation results 13.10.15

The children carried out fair tests to see how the size of a shadow changes. They carefully measured the distance from the torch to the object that was casting a shadow. They then accurately measured the shadow. From looking at their results the children found that the closer the object was to the torch the larger the shadow would be. Everybody had great fun experimenting with shadows and learnt new facts!

Shadow investigation

Shadow Investigation 07/10/15

This week we have been planning our own investigation to find out if we can change the size of shadows. We spent some time playing with torches and dienes blocks to see if we could alter the size of a shadow by moving the torch closer or further from the block. We then discussed if this 'playing' was a fair way to answer the question and decided that it was not. We planned an investigation to conduct at the end of this week, ensuring to control and measure the variables to make it a fair test. We will post the results of our investigation once we have carried out our test.

Should I be afraid of my shadow? 01/10/15

This week in science we have been learning all about shadows, as a part of our light topic. We spent time investigating how shadows are formed and went outside to play with our shadows and see what we could find out. We all had fun experimenting with our shadows and learnt a lot in the process!

Scooter Training 28/09/15

Today, the children in Year 3 had the opportunity to learn about scooter safety with the road safety team from Leeds city council. They learnt about how to use and ride a scooter safely, about the appropriate equipment to wear and how to be a sensible road user. They took part in a range of activities to improve their balance and coordination, as well as using road safety skills when using their scooter out on the streets. Some photos of the children on their scooters are below:

Find the highest number 22/09/15

Today in maths we have been trying to use our reasoning and problem solving skills to find the highest total when adding strings of either 8, 10 or 16 consecutive numbers together in a grid. We all had a go at the problem, using numicon to help us add the long strings of numbers, and then discussed our strategy and why we chose the routes that we did. Some examples of the children explaining their actions are below.


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There's a Killer on the loose...

Last week we were stopped half way through our handwriting session to investigate a serious situation that had happened in the school garden. The police had visited Springbank because a murder had been committed! We found a poor dead bird, covered in feathers and we had to try and predict who had killed him. We were excited and scared, but when we discovered it was actually a killer cat, we relaxed a little bit! The children will be finding out all about the Killer Cat as part of our Guided Reading sessions this half term, based on the book 'The Diary of the Killer Cat' by Anne Fine.

See below for some photos of the exciting crime scene!

Useful websites to support your learning

Below you will find lots of links to websites that can help you with your learning.  Find out more about the topics you are learning about.  Why not spend some time practising your maths skills using Mathletics or practise your typing skills on Dance Map typing?