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Autumn 2

KS2 Christmas Carol Concert

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Christmas Party Day!

We are celebrating our last week in school of 2022 by having a party as a class - music, food and films of course!!

Researching Inventors

As part of our learning in Science, we researched different inventors. We focused on British and American inventors - some children decided to search modern inventors, or to search the inventors of particular items. We then presented our findings to the class.

Watching the Nativity


Let It Snow

How magical! Though a few teachers were targeted by snowballs...

Using Dictionaries

A big part of Year 3 is being able to use dictionaries to find the definition of words. This is a key skill children will need, not just throughout KS2, but right up into adulthood. It's trickier than you think!

Christmas Jumper Day!

The children enjoyed reading Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson - in their Christmas jumpers! Cosy :)

Finally.. Eating Our Crumbles!

The children rated them 8/10! We spoke about taste and texture - nice to have a warm crumble on this cold day!

The Great British Bake Off

As part of our DT topic, we designed a recipe for, and then made Autumn fruit crumbles - from scratch! The Year 3 children got busy mixing and chopping, which then resulted in delicious, warm crumbles!

Move Night!

The children took a break from intense learning to watch a Christmas-themed movie, accompanied by some popcorn and a juice. The children were enthralled!

Year 3 had a wonderful time today making various Christmas crafts, visiting Santa and seeing the Live Nativity scene.

Science Research

Children were tasked with researching inventions that use magnetism. This was our investigation question from our Science topic; Forces and Magnets!

Divide and Conquer

We've been working hard on our division. Children are using counters to truly understand what division looks like, before we move onto more formal methods in the Spring Term.

Exciting Times...



Year 3 were tasked with designing and testing houses to 'Beat the Flood'. Children were asked to design houses made out of various materials - however there's a catch! They were only allowed to spend a certain amount of money! 


Children needed their teamwork skills as well as various STEAM skills to engage in this activity. 

Interview with Iron Man

As part of our learning in Year 3, we know it's not all reading and writing. We know how to use our voices and body language to address our audience. We've been working a lot on questions and using confident voices and body language. We built on our debate and discussion skills when we used questions to act out an interview with the Iron Man. Of course, our Queen B, Ms Beaumont, had to come to Year 3 to show us what confidence looks like when in a conversation. Look how children maintain eye contact and use confident body language when pretending to be interviewers!

Science - MAGNETS!

In Science, we have been learning about forces and magnets. This week, we investigated the strength of magnets and what a magnetic material is. We used magnets to test different materials in the room and to classify which materials in the room were magnetic and which were non-magnetic.

Acting in Role

We acted out the various events in the Iron Man. What do you think our characters are doing?

It Begins - Advent, The Time of Preparation!

Year 3 began Advent a little earlier as we learned about the Advent wreath and the meaning behind each candle. Year 3 took the time to discuss the meaning of each candle and design an Advent wreath for our classrooms!

Year 3M Assembly

On Thursday 17th November, Year 3M took part in their first class assembly of Key Stage 2!

They were very excited to share some of their fantastic learning about 'forces and magnets' in Science. 

Year 3M have worked incredibly hard to learn their lines off by heart and used their drama skills wonderfully to make their class assembly come to life! Well done 3M, we are very proud of you! 

Maths - Further Division Work

How grown up! We're using division sentences combined with the division symbol. We used our counters to calculate the answers to division sentences. Clearly some enjoyed this more than others!

Maths - Multiplication and Division

Children in Year 3 have begun their work on multiplication and division. This involves using our times tables and using specific multiplication and division symbols to figure out the answer!

Newspaper Reports - Big Write

Children have begun their big write inspired by the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have examined a newspaper report and the features of a high-quality newspaper report. Silly Miss Feehan mixed up the newspaper report so all the children had to reorganise all the features of the newspaper report!

Trip to the British Museum

Year 3 took a trip to the British Museum on Wednesday. As part of our learning in Humanities, we visited the British Museum to experience the exhibitions on Ancient Greece and Ancient Egypt. The children were absolutely fascinated by the artefacts from that time!

Debating - What's to be done with Iron Man?

We used our persuasive language from our previous learning and our new debate sentences to discuss our opinion of what should be done with the character from our novel; The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. The children were really involved and became quite enthusiastic when having their debate!

Adinkra are symbols from Ghana that represent concepts or aphorisms. Adinkra are used extensively in fabrics, logos and pottery. They are incorporated into walls and other architectural features. Adinkra symbols appear on some traditional Akan goldweights.


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Coding, sometimes called computer programming, is how we communicate with computers. Code tells a computer what actions to take, and writing code is like creating a set of instructions. By learning to write code, you can tell computers what to do or how to behave in a much faster way. You can use this skill to make websites and apps, process data, and do lots of other cool things.