Year 3 Topic web - Spring 1

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In Term 3, we will be developing a sense of awe and wonder by exploring the natural world, as well as learning about the human impact on the environment, through climate change, habitat loss and excessive consumption. We will be inspired by conservationist individuals and organisations to consider ways to have a positive impact in our own lives.

In Learn Together, we will continue our campaign to reduce air pollution in our local area, which links to our learning about the Global Development Goals.

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If you’d like to find out more about our topic, use the websites below. Remember, when doing anything on the internet, ask an adult to help you stay safe online. (A range of learner guides and clips)


This year our first topic will be Terrible Tudors! As part of this topic we will be exploring the lives of the different Tudor monarchs, particularly focusing on the changes brought about by Henry VIII. We will also seek to answer the children’s questions about daily life in Tudor times, including a focus on Tudor food, school and the War of the Roses.

Tudor warships

After learning about Tudor ships, especially the Mary Rose, we worked in teams to design, build and evaluate our own model ships, using recycled materials. We were challenged to ensure that the ships were waterproof and able to carry lots of gold!

Summer 2- savage Stone Age

This term, we will be exploring what life was like in the Neolithic period We will do this by exploring cave paintings and creating our own, building model Stone Age dwellings and discovering the significance of Skara Brae, a Stone Age settlement in Orkney, for historians. We will also act as archaeologists to investigate the Stone Age diet and invent our own Stone Age tools. As part of Learn Together, we will compare Stone Age religious rituals and beliefs with those of modern day humans. In Science, we will be investigating fossils and making our own.

Here are some websites to look at to help you learn more about the Stone Age:

When doing anything on the internet, always ask an adult to help you so you can stay safe online.


summer 1- Rotten romans

This term, we will be learning about ancient Rome, using historical artefacts such as coins, mosaics and frescoes to make deductions about the past. We will explore important aspects of daily life, such as Roman gods and goddesses and the Roman baths, as well as key events, such as the invasion of Britain, the Celtic uprising led by Boudicca, the destruction of Pompeii and the fall of the Roman Empire.

Here are some websites to look at relating to the ancient Romans:

When doing anything on the internet, always ask an adult to help you so you can stay safe online.

Newspaper articles

We learnt about the assassination of Julius Caesar, a Roman general who conquered Gaul and declared himself ruler for life. We then acted as journalists, interviewing key witnesses, before writing newspaper articles.


Eel Release

After Spring 1's topic 'Curious Conservationists' we had to release our group of Eels as we have now fulfilled our task of looking after to them. A group of our children went down to the Harbourside to help with the big release!  

Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni

We explored the reasons for the doomed uprising against Roman rule in Britannia, led by the warrior queen, Boudicca. We wrote rousing speeches that Boudicca might have given to the Celts. We also used clues in contemporary descriptions of Boudicca to draw portraits of her.


We used watercolours to create beautiful mosaics, which wealthy Romans used to decorate their houses and display their status.

Freeze Frames

We imagined that we were stallholders at the Forum in Pompeii and created freeze frames of the moment the first earth tremors struck. 

Spring 2- To Infinity and Beyond

This term, we have been learning about our Solar System, including researching the eight fascinating planets that orbit our Sun, discovering how the Earth's tilt and orbit lead to our seasons and how Earth spinning on its axis means we have day and night. We've also found out why the Moon appears to change shape and that it's definitely not made of cheese (thanks to the help of Wallace and Gromit!).

Through English, we've been writing diary entries from the viewpoint of Chris Hadfield, a boy who overcame his fear of the dark to become the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space! He was inspired by the 1969 Moon Landing, which we wrote about in very informative newspaper articles. 

In Maths, we've explored money, the properties of angles and triangles and presenting data using statistics. This week, we're practising telling the time. 

Northern lights- Artwork

We used chalks to create these beautiful images of the Northern Lights, caused by charged particles from the Sun interacting with our atmosphere.


This term, we are learning about how people's actions have an effect on the environment and the animals living within those habitats. In particular, we will be exploring climate change, deforestation, waste, bio-diversity and endangered species. Here are some websites to look at relating to the environment:

When doing anything on the internet, always ask an adult to help you so you can stay safe online.  (variety of videos on various topics to choose from)

Plastic Sea creatures

As part of our topic and linked to our Learn Together lessons we have been finding out about the use of plastic and the amount of plastic in our oceans. From this we made monsters, in groups, using some of the plastic from our homes and school. 


In English, we were inspired by jellyfish to create descriptive poems.


We explored through role-play how extinct species might feel and what they might say if they were able to communicate with modern humans.

"Tasmanian tigers like me were only hunting for food. It's so unfair that the government told people to hunt us," - Ruby

"I wish the island I lived on was never discovered; those pesky ship rats would never have eaten my offspring!" - Kye

"Wherever we go, we need to flee because people are always trying to hunt us. People should protect endangered species," - Molly

"So many people poached us that now no-one can see us. It makes me feel extremely sad," - Mohamed



At home, we used recycled materials to create a range of wonderful musical instruments, including shakers, drums, cymbals, wind and string instruments. In Music, we had fun playing them to perform songs composed by our classes.

Autumn 2 - Fabulous francophoneS

paris silhouettes

We used watercolours to create silhouettes of Paris.


We took inspiration from the French artist, Monet and his painting 'Water Lily Pond' to create our own artwork.

The french revolution

We found out about why France celebrate Bastille Day. Then, we imagined that we were French people storming the Bastille and wrote about what had caused us to take such drastic action.

autumn 1 - TUDORS

Coats of arms

We learned about the meaning of the colours and symbols on coats of arms. For example, the colour blue means truthful; the colour red means military strength; a bee means that you are hardworking; a heart signifies honesty. We designed our own coats of arms to reflect our own personalities and we will be making them over the next couple of weeks. 


Tudor roses

We found out about how the Tudors came to power at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Henry VII ended the War of the Roses by marrying Elizabeth of York. The red rose of Lancashire and the white rose of Yorkshire were united to become the Tudor Rose. Here are some of our Tudor Roses.

the mystery of the princes in the tower

We found out that in 1483, two princes had gone missing, presumed dead. We had to use our detective skills to look at historical sources to see if we could work out who the culprit was. Could it have been Richard III? Maybe it was Henry Tudor? Or was it perhaps Sir James Tyrell? We made Wanted posters to try to catch the criminal.


henry vii's difficult decisions

We also played a game about the decisions that Henry Vii had to make as king. Some of the decisions were really tough! Here is what we thought about having to make these difficult choices:

"Making the decisions is risky because if you make the wrong choice, you could be killed or lose the crown." - Ben

"It was hard because sometimes Tina would say something that would make us think that we had made the wrong decision." - Isla

"Sometimes it was hard to stick to your decision when lots of people thought something else." - Rhiun

"I thought it was easy to make the decisions to start with but when I lost some crowns, I felt more nervous about my decisions - what if I lost all my crowns?....I wouldn't be king then." - Claudia

william tyndale and the bible in english

We found out about William Tyndale who wanted the Bible to be written in English so that all the people could understand what was written in it. Henry VIII had him executed as a heretic, yet three years later, Henry established the Church of England and ordered for the Bible to be in English! We thought that was very unfair!

"I think the Bible should be translated into English because what was written in it might have been very important." - Isaac

"I think that it wasn't fair because some people couldn't read the Bible." - Evie

"Some people did not want the Bible translated into English because they didn't want the people to understand it." - Szabi

"If someone told me my religion, I would feel angry." - Fatima


We wrote letters in the role of Hermia to try to persuade her father not to force her to marry Demetrius but to allow her to marry the man she loves, Lysander.


a midsummer night's dream and william shakespeare

We have been studying 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare. We role-played the scene where Egeus is trying to force his daughter, Hermia to marry Demetrius.

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our trip to red lodge museum

We really enjoyed our trip to Red Lodge where we met Lady Joan Young, who told us about what life was like in Tudor times. We tried on Tudor style clothes, looked at how Tudors ate, how Tudor children played and how they drew portraits before drawing our own portraits of Lady Joan Young.

Home learning ideas

Here are a few ideas of things you could do at home to help support learning.



In Maths this term, we will be developing our understanding of place value and mental calculation, focusing on addition and subtraction.

Children should be able to:

·       Recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)

·       Compare and order numbers up to 1000

·       Read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words

·       Find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number

·       Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100

·       Add and subtract numbers mental including:

A three-digit number and ones

A three digit- number and tens

A three-digit number and hundreds  

Throughout Year 3, we are learning how to add and subtract using written and mental methods. Year 3s need to be able to add and subtract 3-digit numbers and ones/tens /hundreds e.g. 456 - 23. Here are a few websites you can try. When doing anything on the internet, always ask an adult to help you so you can stay safe online.

See the images for examples of how we add and subtract in Year 3. 

Throughout Year 3, we are learning how to multiply and divide using written and mental methods. Year 3s need to know the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables and use these to solve division problems. They also need to be able to multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number using these times tables. See above for examples of how we multiply and divide in Year 3.


This term in English, we have read ‘The Darkest Dark’, a picture book written by the astronaut Chris Hadfield about overcoming his fear of the dark to achieve his dream of travelling into space. We have written from his perspective in diary entries. Linking to ‘Infinity and Beyond’, we have also created instructions for making a cardboard tube rocket and will be writing a newspaper article reporting the Moon Landing.

In Spelling, we are learning about homophones, the prefixes mis- and re-, the letter strings -gue and -que and further developing our range of spelling strategies.

Throughout Year 3, we will be revisiting about the different word classes (nouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and pronouns). You could try seeing how many of these different word classes you can spot in your reading book. 

When doing anything on the internet, always ask an adult to help you so you can stay safe online. (Noun song) (Adjectives Song) (Adverbs songs) (Verb rap) (Prepositions song)