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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

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    Year 3 Studies

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    Terms 4 / 5 
    Welcome back for our new explosive topic… Extreme Earth which will span the next two terms. We have looked into the structure of volcanoes, how they are formed and why they are so explosive! Using this fun topic to grip their imagination we will produce some poetry using our figurative language to engage the reader. We will write our very own newspapers and recounts writing about the devastation of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius. Year 3 will research using computers their favourite volcanoes and produce fact files and non-chronological reports to wow their classmates. Narrative writing will come from a variety of books about natural disasters focussing on skills such as paragraphs, using dictionaries to check spelling and meanings of words. Year 3 are improving their use of subordinating and coordinating conjunctions to produce more complex sentences and gripping the reader by using suspense and cliff-hanger paragraph endings.  
    We will start our maths learning by identifying angles.  Year 3 will find angles in shapes and buildings, learn the terms obtuse, acute and right angles whilst comparing them with each other. This will lead us onto shapes where we will be drawing and comparing 2D shapes and making 3D shapes out of nets, finding the perimeter of shapes and compound shapes. We will re-cap all calculations and apply these skills to solve multi step word problems. Year 3 will finish off the terms with time. Finding the time to the nearest minute on 12 and 24hr clocks, use roman numerals and use simple timetables. 
    Year 3 will go on to make some of our very own explosive volcanoes and disaster based artwork drawing on the work of Stephanie Peters.  
    During science lessons we will finish off the light topic and introduce rocks and minerals. Experimenting on the properties of rocks, what they are used for and where to find them. We will learn how fossils are formed and that soils are made from parts of rocks and minerals. 

    Term 3

    Welcome back and a very happy New Year – we hope you had a lovely Christmas.

    This term we are continuing our Stone Age topic. We will be undertaking a range of fun activities in design & technology, from researching and making woolly mammoths with milk cartons, papier-mâché and collage materials, to designing and constructing our own Iron Age hill fort.

    We will be very busy using atlases to discover where in the world Stone Age artefacts have been discovered and will research the pre-historic beasts that used to roam the earth. We will use online sources to find out more information about what life was truly like for hunter-gatherers. We will delve into the Iron Age way of life, from fighting and food, to farming and housing.

    We have really enjoyed this topic and will be sad for it to end this half term. However, we have produced some spectacular work and have acquired lots of new information about the time when stone was king!


    This term we will be trying to improve the complexity of our writing by experimenting with subordinate clauses in our sentences. We will use embedded clauses to make our writing more detailed, mature and interesting to read, and will continue to work on using varied and exciting vocabulary and punctuation. For example, we are going to take a simple sentence like ‘Mastodon remains have been found in Canada’ and magic it into a complex sentence such as ‘Mastodons, whose remains have been found in Canada and other areas of the world, were a close relative of the modern elephant and were truly a magnificent giant.’ We are sure you will agree that this will make our writing even better!

    We will try to use our more exciting sentences in a number of different writing genres this term. We will be writing newspaper reports on the discovery of a prehistoric beast, balanced arguments on whether it is better to live in the Stone Age or modern day, and persuasive texts to convince someone that their prehistoric invention is the best.

    We will need a lay down after all this writing!

    The children should continue to learn their spellings in the front of their reading diaries and should be reading daily at home.


    This term we will be exploring fractions. We will find fractions of shapes and amounts and will begin to recognise equivalent fractions. Finally, we will move onto adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator. After this we will move onto measure, which will involve using a range of standard and non-standard units. This will also incorporate word problems involving all four operations.  

    Term 2

    Welcome back to another busy term. Our topic has now changed to The Stone Age. We will be basing learning around this topic for the next two terms. Year 3 will focus our narrative writing on the book Stone Age Boy focussing on speech, punctuation, persuasive writing and creating suspense to interest the reader. We will also look at key features of instruction texts using ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’.

    Year 3 also have a ‘visitor’ from the Tunbridge Wells Museum who is an expert in all things Stone Age. They will bring in artefacts for the children to handle and explore using their investigative skills to deduce what they might have been used for.

    The children will have the opportunity to take part in design technology tasks based on research into life in the Stone Age and Iron Age.

    In maths the children will develop their skills in multiplication and division. Using formal methods for each and applying this knowledge through investigative tasks and word problems. 

    Term 1

    We have ‘lifted off’ this term with our flight topic. All classes have been learning about birds from the Orkney Islands. We have used this information to create our own fact files. We have researched the best flying paper aeroplanes and have been creative making our favourites. We have also researched and made our own pop rockets ready for blast off!  

    We have been practising using fronted adverbials, prepositions as sentence starters and using conjunctions to extend our sentences. We did this through our Roald Dahl themed weeks and the children really loved hearing the stories of Matilda, The Twits and Fantastic Mr Fox. We will continue by focusing on poetry performances and our use of language.

    In science the children have been enjoying investigating plants. We have studied Venus fly traps and why some plants eat animals to survive. We will dissect plants and seeds to find the different parts of a plant and their functions. The children loved using hand held microscopes to look more closely at different leaves and their own hands (some of which were more wrinkled than others).