Year 3

Tribal Tales Express Day

Last Friday, we welcomed parents and family members into school to take part in our end of topic express event. The children were great historians and archaeological experts and taught their parents all about Stone Age cave paintings around the world. Working in tribes, everyone created their own cave art mural just as the Stone Age people would have done. These told stories of their lives, including daily life, hunting and hand prints. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, even though we all got very messy!

Family Event – Friday 13th April

Bread Baking

Last week, year 3 became star bakers. After tasting and evaluating different types of bread, we had a go at making our own bread rolls. Working in small groups, we followed a step by step recipe – ensuring we measured out each ingredient carefully. We then shaped our rolls into different patterns to make them look more appealing. As you can see from the pictures, we showed excellent relationship skills and had lots of fun.

Break in at Meadowhall Store

As well as being busy rehearsing for the Christmas production of ‘A Creepy Crawly Christmas’, the Year 3 children have been continuing to work hard on their topic ‘Urban Pioneers’. They are thoroughly enjoying reading the book ‘Meet Me By The Steelmen’ by Theresa Tomlinson, as they can relate to the story and the scenes from the book. They have learnt a lot about local history, including the Hadfield Steelworks and Meadowhall. As part of their learning, the children acted in role as a reporter, security guard or policeman, investigating the mysterious break ins at some of the shopping centre’s stores. Here are a few photos of some of the children acting out their role-plays.

Y3 Computing with Steve and Jeanette from Rawmarsh CLC

A huge thank you to Steve and Jeanette from Rawmarsh CLC who came to with our Year 3 children this week. The children worked in our ICT suite and used the GIMP programme to edit photographs that were taken on our recent trip to Rotherham. As you can see, they learnt how to add layers, change colours, add effects, and add text to their photos. This added an extra dimension to the beautiful buildings that can be found in Rotherham town centre. Throughout the day, the children were extremely well behaved and learnt lots of new skills; applying their Sitwell 7 Values throughout.

Year 3 Winter Book Work

Well done to the Year 3 children who have been working super hard on this fantastic work based on a winter picture book. As you can see from the photos, they have produced a range of work, including collage, sewing, and writing. Have you read any of these books? If not, take a look them as they are all wonderful winter stories.


Rotherham Town Visit

The Children in Year 3 had an excellent trip to Rotherham town centre on Tuesday 7th November, despite the rainy weather. They were extremely sensible on the walk there and were very resilient, as it was such a long walk. We walked past the Masjid Ahl-E-Hadith mosque, on to the Town Hall and Rotherham Minster. We observed the building closely and some children even spotted the rabbit/hare. Next time you are there, have a look for yourself and see if you can find it too. Once inside the building, we were shown around by the verger, who gave us an insight into the history of the building. We were also lucky enough to have a look around the infamous Chapel on the Bridge and had an exciting ride on the bus back to school. Thank you to all the parents and family members that accompanied us and to the children for putting all their Sitwell 7 Values into action. #Sitwell7 #Year3 #Rotherhamiswonderful

Sitwell Sculpture Park

Massive congratulations to all of the Year 3 children for putting on an excellent display of this half term’s work in the Sitwell Sculpture Park on 24th October 2017. It was very popular with parents and families and a large number of visitors attended. Thank you to all the visitors that came. Also, thank you to the parents and families for supporting our children through this first half term in Sitwell Junior School. Both the children and parents should be very proud.

Visitor comments:

“Brilliant effort by all”

“They’re all as good as Barbara Hepworth. I think it is absolutely wonderful”

“It was fantastic to see all the hard work the children and teachers have put into a great park”

“Well done. Amazing job”

“Really nice to come into school and be part of the learning”

Sitwell Sculpture Park

You are invited…

Autumn – Week 6

This week, the children have begun preparing for our Sitwell Sculpture Park, which will take place on Tuesday 24th October at 2.00pm in the school library. The children sketched some sculptures created by Barbara Hepworth*, entitled ‘Family of Man’. After sketching, they created their own versions out of clay.

Also, Class 3SW had their first visit to Broom Methodist Church, where they learnt about the 10 Commandments and had great fun exploring the story through play.


Year 3 Visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

All of the Year 3 children had a fantastic day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Wednesday 21st September. Even though they were a little tired by the end, the children learnt a lot about the sculptures on display, the artists, and the materials used for creating sculptures. Throughout the day, all of the children showed outstanding behaviour – this was even commented on by other visitors to the park. Also, they developed many of the Sitwell 7 Values. When choosing their favourite sculpture, they were able to reflect on their choices and provide reasons. During the afternoon activity working as a team to build their sculptures, the children were resourceful and built relationships with others they had not worked with before. If their idea did not quite work, they were resilient and tried other ideas. The day was a memorable experience for all of the children and teachers too. The children really enjoyed the outdoor learning experience and the chance to work with an artist educator. Finally, a big thank you to the parents that came with us and helped out on the day.

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Autumn – Week 2

During this week, we will begin our learning around the first topic of this year – Mighty Metals. The children will be learning all about forces in action. In Science, they will carry out fair tests and will be making predictions, collecting results and drawing conclusions from these. After collecting their results, they will work in the ICT Suite to input the data they have collected into a simple spreadsheet. Some children will create bar graphs using these spreadsheets.

In English, the children will be continuing to write a description about their class animal. Throughout this learning, the children will be discussing and recording their ideas, composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures.

In Maths, they will be continuing their learning about number and place value by recognising the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones), counting from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100, finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number, and reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in numerals and words.

 Autumn – Week 1

The Year 3 children have made a fantastic start to their new school year. All the children have begun to get used to the new routines and slightly longer school day. They have enjoyed finding out all about the Sitwell 7 Values, taking part in PE led by Mr Cassell, and learning about their class identity.

At Sitwell Junior School, we use the Chris Quigley Creative Themes Curriculum, which is adapted to suit the needs of all our children. This curriculum complements our creative approach to teaching and learning and allows the children to develop the Sitwell 7 Values through collaborating on a range of projects.

Below are the topics covered in Year 3;

Y3 Long Term Plan 2018-19


Y3 Medium Term Plan Autumn 2018

The Arts
Make a Banana Keyboard

If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.

Year 3 Learning at Home Projects – Summer

For this half term, our home learning project is slightly different to our usual ‘menu of activities’. Instead, we would like the children to produce their own Shakespeare project. This can be in the form of artwork, writing their own play, a report about the life of Shakespeare or anything else that has a connection to Shakespeare.

As always, the children are welcome to paper and resources from school and simply need to talk to their class teacher about this.

Please can you make sure your child brings their project into school during week commencing Monday 20th May, so that it can be shared with the rest of their class during that week.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 3 Team


Do you want some engaging ways to help your child learn the tricky words for their year group?  Click on the link for lots of fun, downloadable resources.

spelling FUN

Exception Words Spelling Card