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Year 3

Welcome to Year Three. We have three classes in this year group.

The Year Three staff team are: Lucy Gotch, Hannah Morris and Julie Zerr.

In the Autumn Term, we begin by learning about the Roman Empire as part of our topic, ‘The Active Planet’. We learn all about life in Ancient Rome, the Roman Army and the expansion of the Roman Empire to Britain. As part of this, we visit Lunt Roman Fort in Coventry, where we dress up as Roman soldiers and take part in a battle drill! We the learn about the Roman city of Pompeii, and the devastating eruption which destroyed the city in 79AD. We begin our topic by making our own erupting volcanoes and learning about the Roman city of Pompeii, and the devastating eruption which destroyed in 79AD.  We write diaries in role as a citizen of Pompeii.  We also find out what causes volcanoes to erupt and create our own Jackson Pollock inspired paintings using hot and cold colours.  As we move onto learn about earthquakes, we participate in an Earthquake drill and write a leaflet to share with others about how to stay safe should an earthquake strike! In Science, we learn about rocks and soils, using chocolate and cakes to help us understand about the different types of rocks!

In the Spring Term, we become explorers of the world, as part of our ‘Explorers and Adventurers’ Topic. We begin by using compasses to explore our local environment and use maps and globes to explore the U.K. We then move to the arctic and compare and contrast different arctic explorers. As part of our Design and Technology work, we design an explorer’s hat and use different stiches to create it. We then take a trip to Everdon Woods, where we learn different survival skills and have the opportunity to build our own shelters and fires.  Later on in the term, we learn about the Vikings and their links to Corby.  We learn about Viking funeral practices, which culminates in visit to Corby Boating Lake where we burn our own Viking ships to help our Viking warrior, Bjorn, make the journey into the afterlife! In Science, we learn about forces and magnets and how these can be used to explore the world. We also apply our investigation skills to investigate light and shadows.

During the Summer term, we take a trip to the Rainforests of the world!  We transform our classrooms into a rainforest, using the children’s artistic talents.  We learn about rainforest animals and how they are adapted to where they live.  In the past, we have also had visits from rainforest animals such as snakes and chameleons.  We use these experiences to help us create fact-files about rainforest animals.   Using fruits from the rainforest, we create our own ‘jungle salads’.  We also research the rainforest climate using graphs and charts, and we use this information to help us create our own weather reports.  In Science, we learn about plants and what they need to stay healthy and survive.  At the end of our topic, we visit Twycross Zoo where we find out about the different layers of the rainforest and meet some real-life rainforest animals!