Teacher: Miss Checkland

TA: Mrs Mellon, Mrs Moss

Spring 2:


In our Literacy work we have continued our love of nature and begun to study bees.  We have discovered lots of fascinating facts about this interesting creatures.  We have then been looking at how to turn these facts into engaging and interesting sentences for the reader.  We are also looking at different and interesting ways that non-fiction texts can be organised to engage the reader before we create our final pieces.


In our Maths work we started the term learning all about money. We went back to basics and started with coin recognition and making an amount using different coins.  We have then worked on adding two amounts to find the total.  We then worked on subtracting amounts and giving change.  We had lots of fun making up our own café menus and choosing what we would like to order. Thankfully prices at the ‘Crazy café’ were very reasonable!


In Science we have built on our existing knowledge of plants and flowers.  We have explored the function of roots, leaves, stems and flowers.  We have also carried out investigations into what bean seeds need to grow.  We have also looked at how plant seeds are dispersed and how this is essential in the creation of new plants. We now have lots of young plants ready to plant out soon to create our own ‘veg patch’. 

As part of National Science week 2022, we looked at great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) inventions from around Manchester. Year 3 travelled back in time over 260 years to the creation of the Bridgewater Canal, which opened in 1761.  This impressive piece of engineering was the first ever canal in Great Britain.  It was created to enable to Duke of Bridgewater to transport his coal effectively from his mill at Worsley to the mills in Manchester.  It also had the benefit of stopping the mine flooding.  As well as finding out about the history of this pioneering canal we also discovered the process of how a canal was built.   This then led us to an investigation of how boats full of heavy coal would float.  Kamila was an exceptional boat engineer and could create a very stable boat that was able to float when full of ‘coal’.

In Geography we have continued our work on World weather.  We have been looking at the water cycle and how this has a role to play in lots of weather.  We even went on a fantastic trip to the Chill Factore to discover how they make their own real snow every night.  We had a great time experiencing the fun that you can have in the very cold weather. We are looking at different places around the world and comparing how the weather is different based on their location and geography.  We have also been investigating extreme weather and natural disasters.

In Art we have been developing our skills in using watercolour paints.  We had an amazing Geography and Art experience day with our school’s artist in residence – Hugh Templeton (link to website?).  We created magnificent sunset paintings of Tower bridge in London as this was very evocative of paintings we had seen by the famous artist JMW Turner.   In the afternoon we then created weather based watercolours of snow covered mountains.  Everyone had an amazing time working with Hugh and created quality artworks that they were thrilled to take home to share with their families. 

In RE we have been studying the season of Lent.  We have really tried hard to imagine what it may have been like for Jesus to be alone in the desert for 40 days and nights.   We listened to some different pieces of music.  These inspired us to think of both the positive and possibly negative feelings that Jesus may have felt.   Maybe you would like to listen to the pieces of music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOWN5fQnzGk  Vaughan Williams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DLnhdnSUVs   Ludovicio Einaudi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbfa86bTD34    Beethoven

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Ic9caVGMI    Bedrich Smetana

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yOZEiHLuVU   Hans Zimmer


We also then moved on to study the sadness and joy of Easter for Christians and how Easter is celebrated.

In Computing, Pupils in year 3 have been learning all about spreadsheets. They have practised collecting data, creating tally charts and entering this into a spreadsheet and creating bar graphs. 


  TOPIC NAME Science History Geography Art and DT PSHE RE Computing Music PE MFL Literacy Numeracy  
Year 3


Eerie Egyptians  

Forces and Magnetism Y3


RRSA Article 17


Map Study- Egypt’s location bordering countries


Developing trade links- River Nile

RRSA Article 27



Pyramid building

Clay work /

DT- Cooking – Egyptian Food

Heartsmart – Fake is a mistake


Heartsmart – No way through, isn’t true!

Which rules should we follow?

Does everyone follow the same rules?

Code IT- Coding and programming





Human Body




Ancient Worlds


Athletics – Being an Athlete


Striking and Fielding – Striking and Exploring

Writing simple words for names, ages, colours short sentence work Persuasive writing (adverts)



Code breaking, symbols/algebra link to hieroglyphs

Data in science



Homework Leaflet-Homework leaflet

Class Newsletter: Year 3 Spring newsletter 2022

Here is a document to show what Year 3 will be looking at in  Spring term 2022Spring 2022 Topic Web Year 3