Year 3

Year 3



Brilliant Me

Click on the link below to download a pdf  ‘Brilliant Me‘ to help you, through movement, play, stretching, massage, breathing, affirmations and visualisation notice how amazing your bodies are!


For the visualisation at the end of the session, click on the sound file, VISUALISATION below to help you use your imagination and visualise a story – helping you feel calm and relaxed.

(Please be patient, it may take time to download)

VISUALISATION: Aladdin (mp3 sound file)

Then give yourself a ‘New BRILLIANT Name‘ to remember how special you are! Click on the ‘Brilliant Me New Name Generator’ below to find out how to give yourself a new name.


Then why not make a dice, write a letter, use the conversation starter to talk with someone at home, write all about how ‘BRILLIANT’ you are or write words around your face!







Friday 20th March

We have set work for your child on Google classroom ‘Home Learning Year 3’.

If you are having difficulty accessing this please let us know by Friday morning so that we can sort out any problems before closure.

We will continue to add activities and suggestions to the Classroom and your children will be able to keep in touch with their teachers who will be monitoring the work completed.

Can we please request that parents do not communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. If you need to contact the school, please email office@hartleyprimaryacademy.org.uk as you would normally do.

Keep checking this page for further resources or links to further resources to support your child’s home learning.




Term 4

“Our Changing World”

Sharing the Planet: Human actions and natural occurrences may change animal life and their ecosystems.

Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 4.

Term 3

“Connecting Communities”

How We Organise Ourselves: People all have roles to play in building a community.

Tuesday 4th February 2020

Year Three have been busy designing and making a sewing patch to create some pillows for the residents of Fairby Grange. We planned a route of our journey from Hartley Primary Academy to Fairby Grange. We had lots of fun meeting the residents in the local community and enjoyed colouring and reading stories together. We hope they enjoy using our pillows!

Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 3.


Term 2

“In the beginning…”

Where We Are in Time and Place: Historical artefacts and sites may help people learn about the past.

Tuesday 17th December 2019

Today we made cave paintings. First we scrunched up brown paper into a tight ball and then opened it up and smoothed the piece of paper out flat. Then we used images of different cave paintings and created our own paintings using sticks and our fingers.


Wednesday 11th December 2019

Today, in Maple Class, we created chalk cave paintings. We imagined we were in caves  by sitting under our tables. Some of us even tried to create our pictures on the ceiling of our caves.

w/b Monday 2nd December 2019

We have had lots of fun in Year 3 mixing paint to create different shades for our sunset paintings of Stonehenge.


Monday 25th November 2019

Year 3 took part in a Stone Age workshop.  ‘Otzi’ led the workshop, with all children being able to take part in a number of different activities.

First, they looked at the evolution of man and the children acted out different stages.
Children then got to take part in a hunt for a woolly mammoth with Otzi himself being the mammoth! Children not only got hands on with the skulls of a Neanderthal man and Homo Sapien, but they drew them and noted the differences.
The children got to make their own tools, using various flints, although they had to leave these with Otzi. Later, they handled various flints and had to make predictions about their uses.
In the afternoon, children got creative with cave painting and then tried their hands at archery and throwing. All the children said what  a great time they had and this was echoed by the staff too!

Wednesday 20th November 2019

This week in Maple Class, we have been looking at descriptive vocabulary to enhance our writing about a setting. Then we used purple pens to edit our work.


Wednesday 6th November 2019

This term, in Year Three, we are learning about the Stone Age. This week we were looking at ‘hunter gatherers’ and how they made tools and hunted animals. The children went on a hunt to search for Stone Age animals as well as looking at seasonal food they could gather.


Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.

Click below to see an overview of spellings for Term 2.



“Healthy Humans”

Who We Are: Humans may make decisions that contribute to personal and physical health.

Week beginning 16th September 2019

As part of our Outdoor learning, the children have been busy making paintbrushes. We then decided to make mud paint and use our paintbrushes to paint outside.

As part of outdoor learning week, Ash Class went into the woods today for forest school with Donna, the ranger from Lullingstone.

They had a great time using tools, making traps and zip wires, climbing trees and making a swing. Some of the children said it was ‘the best day ever!’

Welcome back and welcome to Year 3. Please click below to read or download our latest Newsletter and Home Learning.





How we express ourselves: Humans use a variety of methods to communicate.

Friday 21st June

On Friday 21st June 2019, Year 3 went outside in the wonderful weather for a scavenger hunt. They had a fantastic time hunting for the clues – they were given numbers and had to search for the corresponding letter in order to solve the anagrams. The children were really successful, independent, tenacious and open minded which was extremely lovely to see.

Thursday 20th June

It was a busy day for Year 3 on Thursday 20th June 2019. In the afternoon, we had the lovely Mrs Dunnell come in. Mrs Dunnell came in to give us a lesson on how to use sign language. It was such a lovely learning experience and is an important method of communication which is used globally. Therefore, it links in to our current line of inquiry.
Throughout the afternoon, we learnt about why sign language is used; how to sign the letters of the alphabet (and our names); how to say please and thank you and we also learnt a few different colours.
It was a great afternoon and we all learnt so much.


Thursday 20th June

On Thursday 20th June 2019, Year 3 investigated density. In order to do this, the children made their very own lava lamps. They were able to identify that water is more dense than cooking oil which is why it forms layers. Did you know that oil is also hydrophobic – meaning that it is ‘scared’ of water?
Incredibly, all we needed for our lava lamps was a plastic bottle, water, vegetable oil, food colouring and a fizzy vitamin tablet.
Have a look at our photos to see how much fun we had.

Monday 10th June 2019

Line of Enquiry – How were hieroglyphics used to communicate?

Today, Year 3 made Cartouches. First, they found the hieroglyphics that represented their name and they drew them inside a Cartouche.
Later in the morning, they then reproduced their Cartouche in clay.

Friday 7th June 2019

Today, Year 3 conducted a science experiment to find out what makes eggs float. They found out that by adding sugar, salt or washing up liquid to the water it made it more dense so the egg would float.

Tuesday 3rd June

As part of our topic this term “Humans often use a variety of methods to communicate,” Year 3 have been exploring the line of enquiry “what was the earliest method of communication?”

First we made our ‘caves’ from scrunching up brown paper and applying chalk to the paper. Then we painted our animals and figures onto the paper. The finished effect was amazing!

Click on the image below to download Term 6 spellings and also the spellings to learn in preparation for Year 4.

Please click on the image below to view our Term 6 Newsletter.


“I belong”

How we Organise Ourselves: We all have roles to play in building a community

Friday 24th May

How Year 3 helped our community…

Wednesday 22nd May

This week, Year 3 have been tasked with tasting, designing, making and evaluating their own sandwiches.

The criteria given to the children was that it must be a healthy and nutritional sandwich. They set to work tasting a variety of different breads and fillings and soon came to the conclusion that, whilst delicious, jam probably isn’t the healthiest of sandwich fillings.
The children later designed their own sandwich menu and the sandwich that they were going to be making.
The production line of making was smooth and the children thoroughly enjoyed it although their favourite part was definitely the eating!

Tuesday 7th May

On Tuesday 7th May, Year 3 were visited by two sergeants from the Metropolitan police. Sergeant Chandler and Sergeant Catlow. As part of our topic ‘We all have roles to play in building a community.’ The children turned the tables and interviewed them, asking them many questions!


Year 3 visit Hartley Country Club

Recently, Year 3 visited the Hartley Country Club as part of our topic ‘I Belong!’ which looks at our local community. Maple and Ash Class were able to participate in some lovely activities such as petanque, tennis and cricket. The weather was beautiful and all children had a fantastic time. We can’t wait to return!


Click on the image below to download Term 5 spellings.

Please click on the image below to view our Term 5 Newsletter.


‘Let’s Celebrate!’

How the World Works: Light and sound influence the way we interact with the world.


Year 3 have been having a whale of a time during STEAM week. We started last week when we enjoyed learning about and playing steel pan drums as part of our focus on carnivals.

On Monday, we had our D.T. day where we designed and made our own musical instruments, for a carnival, out of junk modelling materials.

On Tuesday, we had our technology day. This started with a trip outside onto the top playground where we had to become robots and programmers in order to navigate a route. These started off fairly simple but we had to improvise when the Year 3 staff put ‘hazards’ in our way which we had to avoid. We worked really well in our groups to finish the routes.

After programming each other on the top playground we headed inside where we had a visit from UTC pupils with a robot called Meccanoid.

Later we used the Spheros to continue with our focus on programming to navigate routes. We had so much fun with this activity.


On Wednesday, we had our Stay and Play afternoon with parents which also happened to be on our art day during STEAM week. We continued with our theme of carnivals and made our own carnival masks. Did you know that in Brazil, it is illegal to be on a float in a parade without a mask or headdress on?

We really enjoyed our parents and carers coming in to complete this activity with us.


For Year 3, STEAM week ended on an exciting note with a full day of science investigations. The children rotated around the 4 classrooms in LKS2 to participate in a range of investigations including density, flight and chocolate melting!


Friday 22nd March

Year 3 put on their investigator hats to explore how mirrors reflect light. We discovered that mirrors reflect light in reverse which means that the image we see in it is backwards. Whilst investigating this we wrote mirror messages that our partner had to work out. We also had to use a mirror to travel along a wiggly line on the floor. The reason this was tricky was because the mirror reflected the opposite direction which confused our brains!

Click below to download a copy of our Term 4 Newsletter.


“#Rumble in the Jungle”

SHARING THE PLANET: Human actions affect wildlife.

18th January 2019

On Friday 18th January 2019, Year 3 made their own terrariums as part of our focus on rainforests as our ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ line of inquiry.

Our terrariums have been made to demonstrate a rainforest biome. A terrarium is like a miniature garden with its own mini-climate. As sun filters through the sealed, transparent container, it warms the air, soil and plants.

When you pour water into your terrarium that is the beginning of the water cycle. You essentially have made it rain in your little world! When you set your terrarium in the sun the water inside the terrarium heats up and turns into water vapour in the air. This is called evaporation. When the water vapour reaches the top of our bottles, it will condensate. Once the temperature cools in the evenings, the water will begin to ‘rain’ over the plants and start the process of the water cycle off again.

Have a look below at our creations…



11th January 2019

Last week, on Friday 11th January 2019, Year 3 took some time to explore the different parts of a flowering plant. At first, we enjoyed looking at the various parts of the plant – roots, stem, leaves and the flower but we then investigated their functions. Maple Class even made up a few actions to help them remember them.

Later, we deconstructed the flower to investigate the stamen and carpel (male and female parts).



Click on the image below to download a copy of the spellings for Term 3.

Please click on the image below to view our Term 3 Newsletter.



“Oh, the places you will go!”

WHERE WE ARE IN TIME AND PLACE: Journeys lead to discovery and new adventure 

27th November 2018

As part of their PYP line of inquiry, children in year 3 chose to explore why people decided to become pirates. Last week, we learnt why people in the Stuart era had little choice but to resort to a life of piracy.

Click on the children’s names to read their newspaper articles.

As part of Year 3’s science topic Rocks and Soils, we have been investigating how fossils are formed. We used several different methods of learning about fossils but our favourite was when we made our own fossils using bread and sweets!
To do this, we used 2 pieces of bread, sweets and a sandwich bag. We started with one piece of bread and explained how this was a layer of sedimentary rock. We then placed our sweets (dead animals) onto the piece of bread. After adding another layer of bread (that mimicked multiple layers) we put the ‘sandwich’ into a sandwich bag and trod on it! This showed the amount of pressure which is placed on the rocks after more layers of sedimentary rock form on top of the decayed animal. We learnt that water seeps into the bones of the creature and dissolves them (so we removed our sweets). After millions of years worth of erosion, the rocks are revealed and people can discover fossils. When we looked at our ‘fossils’ we found multiple imprints in the bread – demonstrating how some types of fossils are formed. We had great fun!

Click on the image below for the Year 3 and 4 statutory word list which children will be expected to know by the end of Year 4. Whilst we are teaching and learning about these in school, we would greatly appreciate any input on these spellings at home.

Please click on the image below to view our Term 2 Newsletter.


“It’s all about me”

WHO WE ARE: People make decisions that contribute to their personal health.

7th September

Year 3 have had an extremely busy start to term 1.

Wednesday saw us baking carrot cookies – as part of our inquiry into healthy eating.

This required us to peel and grate carrots, mix ingredients and divide them into evenly sized cookies.

On Thursday afternoon we went out into the woods and had to create our own meals out of natural resources. There were some incredible creations and most of us managed to keep our ‘meals’ relatively healthy.

Year 3 Term 1 Newsletter