Year 3: 2019-2020

The 2019-2020 Year 3 class page is displayed to provide an overview of provision during the academic year up to 23.3.20 when schools were closed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Scrumdiddlyumptious   Predator Gods and Mortals Flow Mighty Metals

Click on the links below to download the 'Knowledge Mat' for each project. Knowledge mats are used in class to help your child remember some of the key facts taught during the project. Knowledge mats will be added during the year at the start of each creative learning project.

Scrumdiddlyumptious  Predator Gods and Mortals Flow Mighty Metals

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

See the overview of what Year 3 will be learning during 2019-2020 by viewing their long term plan here.


Our Class News

News from our 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' Creative Learning Project

John Bull Rock Factory Visit

On Wednesday 11th 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.

Pearl Class Photos

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

Opal Class Photos

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 topic work has kept us very busy and we have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the different food groups, tasting a variety of different foods, which led to a range of excitable reactions!

We have also learned about the life and work 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’!

As part of their 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' project Year 3 demonstrated their creativity by making a diverse collection of musical instruments out of vegetables! The children then formed 'vegetable orchestras' and experimented with different rhythm patterns before performing these to the class.

To conclude our topic, 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!

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery from the Year 3 express event for parents/carers.

Our food products - flavoured flat breads, smoothies, fruit salad, decorated biscuits and buns

Our poster advertisements, menus and smoothie cartons

Our smoothie cartons

Our Parent/Relative Enterprise Express

Thank you to all the parents, relatives and governors who came to the opening of the Year 3 Scrumdiddlyumptious cafe. This was our enterprise event for the year. We sold our fruit salad bowls, smoothies, flavoured flatbreads, decorated biscuits and buns, considering our costs and profit margins. Next we will work out our profits before we have the fun of deciding how to spend these!

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

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 3's fantastic home learning work.

Times Tables Rock Star Launch 2019-2020

Children and staff looked rocktastic for the launch of our Times Tables Rock Star learning for 2019-2020. Miss Mellor explained how important learning times tables is and that, with lots of practice, children need to aim for instant recall of all times tables and division facts. Miss Mellor explained how the times tables rock stars programme works. To begin with, if you need more than 10 seconds to answer questions correctly, you are a rock 'wannabe'. You will climb up the ladder of rock stardom as you get quicker at answering questions accurately - so 6 seconds or less you will become a 'breakthrough artist' and at 4 seconds or less you will become a 'headliner'. Your aim is to become a 'rock star' - you will achieve this when you can answer times tables questions correctly in 3 seconds or less. If your recall becomes even quicker you can become a 'rock hero' and, finally, a 'rock god'!

Our launch event finished with a teacher challenge - five brave (and very competitive) teachers tackled 100 instant recall questions against the clock. Miss Havercroft was victorious with a time of 1 minute 24 seconds!

You can find out more about 'Times Tables Rock Stars' by clicking here.

What an exciting half term Year 3 have had! Our ‘Predator’ topic began with a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, where the children researched interesting facts about tigers and leopards, which they then used in their non-chronological reports in English. On the trip, they also got to see the polar bears, giraffes, ring-tailed lemurs and lots of other wondrous animals; it was a wet but fantastic day! It was also a very exciting visit as we were presented with a lovely animal adoption box, as this year we adopted a tiger to help support the Wildlife Park with their work in protecting these fascinating but sadly endangered animals.


Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery from our visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

News from our 'Predators' Creative Learning Project


We decided to use the profits from our 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' express to adopt a tiger and help protect this beautiful endangered species - Mrs Crayton is pleased to hear that the tiger will remain at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park!

In English, the children have been busy writing their own version of the humorous story, ‘I Want My Hat Back’, and in maths they have been perfecting their methods in addition and subtraction, learning how to use the expanded addition and subtraction methods.

During our 'Predators' project Year 3 have used atlases and globes to identify the different continents where different animals live.

Children learned about how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock. In their design technology work, children made their own 'fossils' and created their own fossilised Triceratops dinosaur skeleton!

In our science lessons children also identified that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Children also found out about and described the functions of different parts of flowering plants and explored the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

As well as learning all about how fossils are formed, the life cycle of a flowering plant, the locations of different animals across the world and much more, we have also been exceedingly busy preparing for our amazing art exhibition, sketching birds of prey and designing our own dragons’ eyes, using chalk pastels, creating small dinosaur fossils and painting a life-size tiger and creating a 3-D, life-size model of a fossilised Triceratops!

Year 3 used their maths and art skills to create an amazing 2D painting of a tiger to scale.

The children's next even more ambitious project was to use their maths, D.T. and art skills to create a fossilised 3D skeleton of a Triceratops to scale, using mountains of modelling rock and a huge amount of white paint. Wow!

'The Eye of a Dragon' - Year 3 blended pastels to create these striking dragon eyes. Very creative work, Year 3!

Birds of Prey

Click on the first picture below to view a photograph gallery of our pastel drawings of birds of prey.

Our Express Event was a great success and we were incredibly proud to display all of the fantastic work the children produced in school and for their project homework. We had a great response from all parents and carers and we would like to thank you all for your support.

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

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 3's fantastic home learning work.

Anti-Bullying Week

Year 3 wrote a class poem on the 2019 national Anti-Bullying Week theme of 'Change Starts With Us'. All the children then signed their name around the edge of the poem to show their commitment to taking care of each other.

'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 'Experience Christmas' workshops.

News from our 'Gods and Mortals' Creative Learning Project

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 dressed in their best togas and researched lots of interesting information all about the different Greek Gods and Goddesses. They 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 learnt 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! 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 will hold our own version of the Olympic Games – what a jam-packed six weeks we have had!

As part of their geography work, Year 3 used maps to identify and locate countries, seas, mountains and cities to help inform their history learning.

Year 3 learned about the key events in Ancient Greek history and then placed these on a given timeline in chronological order. The children learned that a timeline can be divided into BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini).

Year 3 used library books and the internet to find out lots of facts about the history and famous monuments of ancient Greece, the weather and food to find out why modern Greece is such a popular holiday destination.

Children used books, pictures and the internet to identify key facts about Ancient Greek soldiers, their armour and weapons.

Children asked questions and found answers to questions about the past using a range of historical sources. They also described different accounts of a historical event, recognising some of the reasons why the accounts may differ.

As part of their project on 'Gods and Mortals' Year 3 developed their food technology skills, making a range of authentic Greek dishes. The tasting session afterwards was great fun!

Year 3 used laptops and library books 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, learning how to strengthen the structure of their models. Children then painted and decorated their vases, making their patterns and pictures look as authentic as possible.

Children researched facts about gods and goddesses and presented their learning in PowerPoint presentations.

Please click on the picture link below to view some of Year 3's fantastic home learning work.