Year 3

Our latest Curriculum Leaflets will keep you informed about the Cornerstones projects being studied, including the learning activities that are planned and important day to day information. They will also give information about how you can help your child at home (linked with the taught curriculum) and weekly schedules for activities such as P.E. and home learning.

Click on the links below to download the latest Curriculum Information Leaflet for children in Year 3. Parent Curriculum Leaflets will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

You can download Copley Junior's Recommended Reading List for Year 3 by clicking here.


Our Class News

News from our 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' Creative Learning Project

John Bull Rock Factory Visit

On Friday 9th September Pearl and Opal Classes visited the John Bull Rock Factory in Bridlington to begin their Scrumdiddlyumptious topic work. Whilst there, the children were able to roll a piece of rock with their initial inside and see how the factory makes and packages fudge, biscuits and chocolate. Whilst finding out about the machinery in the factory, the children were able to taste samples of sweets and biscuits. They also made chocolate lollipops before a well-deserved visit to the play area to finish the day.

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery from our visit to the John Bull Rock Factory.

Year 3 have had a really exciting start to the year with their Scrumdiddlyumptious topic. We are very impressed with how well all of the children have settled into life at Copley Junior School and how well they are developing into more independent learners.

In English, the children have worked very hard on their descriptive writing skills, writing all about Glenda the gloriously happy Oompa Loompa and then using those skills to write independently about Mr Twit. They then moved onto writing an explanation text about the journey of a banana, which was then developed into an explanation text of their own, about the journey of their choice of tasty and inventive sweets.

In Maths, we have worked very hard on our understanding of place value, multiplication and division and addition and subtraction. We are now becoming more confident in our reasoning skills, using our in-depth understanding to solve tricky challenges.

Our project work has kept us very busy and we have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the different food groups, tasting a variety of different food, which led to a range of excitable reactions! We have also learned about the life and works of James Lind, ordering the events of his life on a chronological timeline. We have been very creative with our artwork based on the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and have a fantastic selection of ‘fruit and vegetable faces’!

To conclude our creative learning project, we have been designing our very own smoothies, along with the colourful, eye-catching packaging, ready for our Year 3 Express Event. The Express was a fantastic experience for the children and we would like to thank all parents for your continued support with your children’s learning!

Scrumdiddlyumptious Express Event

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery from our enterprise express event.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.

To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.

National Anti-Bullying Week

All classes in school took part in activities to promote anti-bullying and respecting everyone's differences. We hope you enjoy reading the poem below with our freeze-frame photos!

Opal Class

Pearl Class

News from our 'Predator' Creative Learning Project

We started our creative learning project on 'Predators' with a visit from different birds of prey.

We learned about fossils and even made some of our own!

Predators Express Event

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery from our express event.

We used our maths, art and design technology skills to create a life size whale and a dinosaur skeleton.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.

To read some of the comments from parents/carers and relatives about our express event, please click here.

'Experience Christmas' Workshops at St Mary's Church

We are very grateful to members of St Mary's Church for organising a wonderful afternoon workshop session for both Year 3 classes to help them learn more about the Christmas story. Children moved around the different 'stations' meeting the angel Gabriel, finding out more about the journey to Bethlehem, meeting one of the shepherds and a wise man. They took part in activities at each station including craft and dressing up, with time for a drink and biscuit too. The children learned many new things about the Christmas story. Thank you to Reverend Amanda and everyone at St Mary's Church for providing such an enjoyable afternoon of learning!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery from our 'Christmas Experience' workshops.

News from our 'Gods and Mortals' Creative Learning Project

We launched our new creative learning project with a dress up day, when children came to school dressed as a Greek god or goddess. I am sure you will agree the children looked fantastic!

This half term, Year 3 have been busy learning all about Ancient Greece. They started their topic with a fun-filled ‘Greek Day’, where everyone came in (Miss Havercroft included!) dressed in their best togas and researched lots of interesting information all about the different Greek gods and goddesses. The children then went on to learn about the different Ancient Greek islands and cities, creating a key and locating and labelling them on a map. Year 3 have also learned about significant events of Ancient Greek history, putting them on a chronological time line. They have conducted research about modern day Greece, discovering why it is such a popular tourist destination – lots of sunshine and good food! They have developed their computer skills further by using the internet to research about a particular aspect of Ancient Greek life. They then used this research to create their own PowerPoints that they presented to the class. In Design and Technology, the children have planned and made their own Greek vases, which was a messy yet enjoyable process! If you thought we had finished learning all there was to know about Ancient Greece, think again! We then went on to learn all about Ancient Greek soldiers, their armour and weapons. To finish off our exciting Gods and Mortals topic, we held our own version of the Olympic Games – what a jam-packed 5 weeks we have had!

Intra-School Mini Olympics

As part of their project on 'Gods and Mortals', a History based project on Ancient Greece, our two Year 3 classes took part enthusiastically in an ‘Olympic style’ competition using javelins, discus and shot put. We were very impressed with the skills of the pupils. The results were as follows:

Shot Put - 1st Harry A (14.2m), 2nd Finley J (12.7m), 3rd Alfie T and Isaac O'D (12.6m)

Javelin - Alfie T (13.8m), Danny E (12.8m), Jay P (11.7m)

Discus - Alfie T (15.4m), Henry F (15.2m), Henry C (15.1m)

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our fantastic home learning project work.

Year 3 used laptops to learn about life in Ancient Greece by observing the art work on Greek vases. The children then created their own vases building up papier mache over a balloon structure before painting and decorating their vases, making their patterns and pictures look as authentic as possible.

Mini Project on the Stone Age

Year 3 have had another busy half term filled with lots of fun and exciting learning.

In English, we have been working hard on the different Year 3 writing objectives and have made use of all of this learning in our ‘Stone Age Boy’ writing. We are all becoming much more confident and independent writers and it has been lovely to see how the children’s knowledge and understanding is growing.

In Maths, we have been learning all about fractions: identifying fractions of shapes; adding and subtracting fractions; ordering and comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions.

In Science, we have learned about sound, conducting a ‘sound walk’ around school to see what we could hear in the different locations. This varied from the exuberant buzz of children learning in the classroom to the sound of birds tweeting and even the very distant sound of cars travelling on the A1 heard from our playground! We then moved our learning in Science onto light whereby the children found out about reflection, refraction and how light travels in straight lines. The children then worked in groups to create a shadow puppet theatre show. They wrote their own play scripts based on a children’s fairy tale, made the different characters for each scene, built their puppet theatre ‘stage’ and then performed their shadow puppet shows to the class. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing their shows and they all worked well together.

In Art, Year 3 have been busy learning about cave paintings and have planned and drawn their own cave painting telling a story of their own. They made fantastic use of chalk pastels, blending a range of earthy colours to make their cave drawings look brilliantly authentic!

In Computing, the children have been learning how to use Scratch. First of all we developed our skills to debug programs including considering how to order commands so the two penguins told a ‘knock knock’ joke and spoke their parts in the correct order; speeding up a car’s travel around a race track but still keeping the car on the track and making a times table program complete a sequence to 12x12. The children created their own background and Sprite and then programmed an algorithm of their own to make their character tell a joke. If that doesn’t sound impressive enough, they then moved onto programming their own computer game, testing and debugging it to make sure it worked smoothly!

Both Year 3 classes had a wonderful afternoon at St Mary’s Church, taking part in an ‘Easter Experience’ variety of activities that helped them to learn more about the Easter story. Children waved palm branches to remember Jesus coming to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday; made collage cross fridge magnets; created a lovely large craft collage on the theme of ‘He is Risen’; took part in an experience of the Last Supper and even visited the empty tomb. Thank you to everyone at St Mary’s for making this such an enjoyable and memorable experience for the children.

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As part of our Sporty Week children enjoyed learning some new skills, including French skipping and plate spinning!

Our military exercises workshop provided lots of physical challenges and the opportunity to get very muddy.

Once again, we have fitted a lot of learning into a very short half term and the children have been brilliant – well done Year 3!

Children thoroughly enjoyed their basketball sessions, led by an external specialist. As a result, we have started a new after school basketball club led by our fantastic new coach!

For the sponsored element of Sporty Week, our Sports Council decided to challenge children to complete as many laps of the playground as possible in 5 minutes. The children worked in partners, with one child competing and one child recording laps and encouraging their partner before swapping over. The children all gave 100% effort and also cheered their partner on to achieve their best. Well done Year 3!

Year 3 Visit to St Mary's Church - Reverend Amanda planned a very engaging curriculum visit for Year 3 pupils, to help them learn about the different features of a church and to find out more about the fascinating history of St Mary’s Church.

Children worked in pairs as detectives to see if they could find features from clues such as ‘a spy hole’, ‘men on a beach’ and ‘some white feathers’. Once the children had found all the features, Reverend Amanda explained the history and significance of each one.

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News from our 'Flow' Creative Learning Project

As part of our Flow topic, Year 3 have been busy investigators this half term! We have looked closely at different soils, classifying them into their specific types.

We have investigated different water samples to determine just how clean they really are, using the effects of evaporation to see what residues were left behind and we have used opalometers and data loggers to gain accurate readings.

We have studied different rocks, testing them for permeability and durability and then used what we have learned to classify them.

In English, we put our persuasive writing techniques to good use, persuading Doncaster Council NOT to build houses on our playground – we had pages of reasons why this was an outrageous idea and thankfully, the Council agreed to build elsewhere! Phew! We have also been fantastic authors, writing our own underwater narratives, using lots of description to really help create a vivid picture for the reader.

In Maths, we have been doing statistics work, drawing and interpreting bar charts and pictograms. Then we moved onto 2D and 3D shapes and most recently, we have been working on telling the time and this work will continue after the half term holiday.

In Design Technology we have made water wheels, trialling out different designs until we found the most effective designs.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of our creative home learning project work.

There has been so much more the children have been busy with this half term, we could write pages and pages! Our topic was concluded with a lovely afternoon for our Express event. We saw some fantastic teamwork skills and plenty of perseverance! Well done Year 3!

News from our 'Mighty Metals' Creative Learning Project

To launch their creative learning project on 'Mighty Metals', Year 3  visited Magna. As well as a tour of the different learning areas, the children took part in a workshop to investigate metals and magnets.

As part of their project homework, children could choose to research different metals and then to share this with the class in a PowerPoint presentation. Click 'play' below to view one of the Year 3 presentations.