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Year 3

Year 3



Mrs Kelly - Class 7 Teacher

Miss Tarlowski - Class 8 Teacher

Mrs Ringrose - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Nicholls - Care Assistant

Mrs Tee - Assistant Head Teacher and Head of Y3 & 4


Outdoor PE for Classes 7 & 8 - TUESDAY

Indoor PE for classes 7 & 8- FRIDAY 

Please wear your PE uniform on both of these days.

Diary checks - TUESDAY


Wednesday 29th of June Year 3 School Camp

Oh what fun the children had last night! They were brilliantly behaved, had oodles of fun and loved their camping experience. Here are a few pictures that capture their night!

Summer 2- Ancient Egypt 

Year 3 we are heading back in time to Ancient Egypt! Ensure you come alone for the ride, enjoy being transported back to time long ago and find out many fascinating facts.  

Week 4 - 27th June

This week we painted our cartouches, the children are extremely proud of them. Who knows if they will export them to another place in time! Fingers crossed...  

Week 3 - 20th June

Here are a few of our beautifully drawn scarab beetles.

Week 2 13th June

Year 3 have been VERY busy this week completing our summer assessments.  Children have worked really hard and been very focused when completing them.  We have also started our new history topic - Ancient Egypt.  The children designed and made cartouches, using hieroglyphics to write their initials on.

Summer 2- Week 1 Shakespeare week 

For our first week back we are going to be looking at a play by William Shakespeare known as 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. We can't wait to engage in drama, art and various creative activities. Watch this space to find out what we get up to!    


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Just look at these amazing fairy doors that the children made!  Magically, they shrunk themselves to take a closer peak, then amazingly asked their big selves to take a photograph of the evidence!

Drama work in the hall - pretending to be different characters in different settings

Fairy doors, forbidden forests and senses walk exploring our school grounds. We stumbled across wild mint, glorious herbs and lots of wonderous creatures. 

Summer 1- It's A Wonderful Life!

Welcome back year 3, you are in for such a treat this half term. We will be finding out why it's a wonderful life. We can't wait!

Week 6 23rd May

Here we are dressed in our red, white and blues (celebrating the Queen's Jubilee) and showing off our royally wonderful double page spreads based on this half term's science topic.

The Queens Quest

The children completed a set of missions set by the queen, take a look at the new secret handshakes the children decided on for the MI5 and MI6 team.  

This half term's science trophy winners!

Week 5 17th May

As part of our topic, we looked at some flowers with a magnifying glass and sketched close ups in the style of Georgia O'Keeffe.  Children then decided their own medium to create their own masterpieces.

Week 4 – 10th May

We've had another wonderful week in year 3, the children are progressing nicely with their swimming and they should be really proud of themselves. Other activities have included singing, learning fascinating facts about seeds, making model flowers and finding out about the parts of them as well as engaging in some active maths. Take a look below at some pictures and have a listen to the beautiful singing voices of year 3. What will next week have in store for us? 

Making Parts of a Flower

Listen to our wonderful singing!

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Week 3 - 3rd May

We love science in Year 3!  Here we are recording the growth of plants grown in different conditions.  We also love drama and here we are dramatising the different functions of parts of the plants.

Week 2 25th April

Year 3 have been working very hard on their coding skills in the computer room.  The challenge was to write a sequence to instruct a set of traffic lights to work correctly.  The children also had to debug their instructions if they made mistakes.  It took a lot of RESILIENCE and many children needed to work cooperatively to crack the challenge!

The children loved exploring Dave Draws map, noticing lots of places they knew around Nottingham!

Week 1-19.4.22


WOW what a day we have had! First we found out about a famous scientist called Charles Darwin, we went on one of his thinking walks, explored our school grounds and observed plants and nature. We had a go at sketching the beautiful flowers we saw, there was even an appearance from a butterfly. Next, it was onto planting broad beans for our science experiment, more to come during the following weeks. Finally, we had our first experience of swimming in the afternoon it was AMAZING the children were so well-behaved and loved it. Well done year 3.  

A big well done to this member of Class 8 and several members of class 7 who won last term's Topic Quiz trophy!  It was a close call and a group of children's end of topic double page spreads had to also be taken into consideration.

Spring 2- Super Science

Scientists at the ready! This half term we are going to be engaging in lots of investigations. However, we are not going to spoil the fun just yet...let your brains start ticking and thinking about what science we may delve into.  

Week 6 27th March

Achievement Assembly


It was wonderful to see such a great turn out to celebrate all the hard work that the children have put in during spring term. So many certificates were awarded, big beaming faces were seen and a huge well done was given to all the children in year 3.  

Shadow Puppet Fun 

After all our investigations about light and shadows the children made their own puppets and put on a show. A great end to half term! See video below more still to come. 


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We cannot believe it is the last week of term!  It has flown by.  This week we investigated how to make shadows smaller and larger and recorded what we found out in our books.


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Year 3 got to put their journalistic skills into practise when something VERY UNUSUAL happened during their PROUD assembly this morning!  I love all those heads down - busily taking notes getting ready to write their newspaper reports.

Homework Extravaganza 

Thank you for all the homework it was lovely for your children to share them with the class! 

Week 5 20th March

On Wednesday we celebrated World Maths Day.  We had a special assembly and made tangrams in class.  Well done to Liliana and Brooke who represented their class in a times table challenge in front of the whole school.

World Maths Day Fun- Active maths


The children combined maths and P.E to celebrate world maths day. They used timers, their knowledge of the times tables to engage in games to build their stamina as well as their maths skills. They had great fun and what lovely weather for it! 

Light Investigations

Year 3 have been taking part in investigations to find all about light. They made shadows, searched for materials that were opaque, transparent and translucent. Then then researched to see whether the type of material affected the shadow, giving explanations of why they thought this.    

Week 4 14th March

Red Nose Day Fun!


We have had a brilliant day! Check out our pictures below.

Science Experiments all about Light

Over the next few weeks we will be researching and finding out all about light! Check out the pictures of our first investigation below. 

Shared Reading Workshop 

Wow! What a wonderful turn out for our shared reading workshop, thank you so much to all the grown ups who came along. We loved having you in school with us, it was such a treat to read and learn together. We hope you found it useful, remember if you have any further questions please get in touch.    

Thank you to all the grown-ups who came to our shared reading workshop on Tuesday the 15th of March. 

Week 3 7th March

Year 3 had great fun investigating different magnets.  We learned some new vocabulary: attract, repel and poles.

Class 7's Visit to the Mosque 

What a wonderful experience visiting the local mosque, we had such a lovely welcome and learnt so much about being a Muslim. It was fantastic to go inside a real mosque to support our R.E work.   

Week 2 28.3.22

As part of our topic on Prayer, we visited our local mosque to see how Muslims prayed.

World Book Day in Year 3smiley

Week 1 21st February

May the force be with you science experiment

WEEK 1 -Wow day fun!

The scientists have hit the ground running,to help develop the children's understanding of forces, the children have designed their own magnetic game. Check out the website later in the week to see the finished products!

Maths Games on Top Marks 



Please take a look at the top marks website to help you with your child's learning. The data and graphs section would be useful for their current learning. 


What makes Britain Great

Drum roll please, our new topic is...


What Makes Britain Great?

Week 6 7.2.22

It was a joy listening to the childen talking about their homework projects today.  Here are some photos showing the array of work.

Bafter Topic Winners for Class 7

Y3 had an art morning on Thursday.  We looked at the life and sculptures of Barbara Hepworth and then designed and made our own pieces using a bar of soap and modelling tools.  What a gorgeous morning we had!

Banksy Inspired Art Work

We finished the week off by finding out about the British artist Banksy. We debated whether he should be in trouble by the police for putting his art work on public property. We looked at lots of his art work, but then more looked closely at two of his pieces of art work. We were trying to find out what message he was trying to portray. Then children then got to design their own piece of artwork inspired by Banksy. They were all amazing! But, here are a few to give you an idea of the messages they were trying to portray.   

Week 5 31.1.22

This week, we started our Spring Term assessments in reading, writing and maths.  The children have worked so hard and really displayed our school's PROUD rules - especially Resilience and Doing your best.  In geography, the children have really shown their development in knowledge about Great Britain as well as their geographical skills.  The team are looking forward to next week, when the children can showcase all they have learned in their double page spreads.

Week 4 24.1.22

Year 3 have started their new writing topic on PERSUASION.  Already, they have shown some remarkable talent in this department, so watch out parents and carers in case they try to persuade you to do something...

Children have completed a cold write (where they have a go at the start of a topic so we can assess their skills) and there were some very persuasive arguments to : have a day off school, not to wear uniform and one pupil wanted to be head teacher for the day! Children have also practised using 'boastful' words (persuasive vocabulary) to try and sell their teachers different toys.

We can't wait to see what they write next week.

Week 3 17.1.22


As part of our RE topic on prayer, we have been learning about how Muslims pray.  This week we have been designing prayer mats and had a look at these lovely ones for inspiration.

Researching Human and Physical Features in Nottingham

This week we have been finding out all about the exciting places to visit in Nottingham, take a look at how the children decided to report their findings. The finished ones still to follow as we were working till the wire on Friday afternoon! 


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Week 2

This week we have been rushed off our feet!

Our learning has ranged from learning about what fruits our friends like in Spanish, singing and playing 'Your Imagination' on the glockenspiel and finding out about the 5 prayers of the Muslim faith. Thank you to Daniel who lead the singing and to Suzan, Isma'll and Faheem for teaching us how to correctly pronounce the five times of the day prayer takes place.   

Music and Singing

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Please keep listening as after the intro the children voices kick in lead by Daniel!

London Attractions

Check out our representations of various London human features. The children were able to decide how they wanted to portray them, I'm sure you will agree they did an amazing job. Just stunning! 

Wow day!

Scone tasting, map reading, fact finding and team building. Check out our pictures below. 

Afternoon tea, tasting scones after learning all about the Queen

Today we visited London! We went fact finding to see what human features we could visit if we went to the capital city of England. The children used the maps to find the human features left around the school grounds. We had great fun today! Please ask your children what human features they would recommend you visit, if you go to London.   

Finding out about the human features in London


Our topic this term is EXTREME EARTH.  The children will be geographers and scientists learning about volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks and soils.  As well as this, our weekly Spanish, music, Jigsaw, PE and RE lessons will continue.  Reading will focus on both non fiction and fiction texts and in our writing lessons, we will be writing descriptive stories and information texts linked to our topic.  Daily maths continues with the children working on the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


Please continue to support your child at home by reading regularly, using the spelling packs and logging onto Spelling Shed as well as Times Table Rock Stars.  If your child is enthused by anything that we do at school and wants to do more at home, they are welcome to bring it in or share it on Tapestry.

Week 7 - 13th December


Our last week of term!  Y3 rounded up our work on Extreme Earth this week before starting to celebrate Christmas.  A selection of children were chosen from each class who impressed us with their learning.


Thank you to those who were able to make our PROUD assembly on Thursday.  It was lovely to see you all.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday.

Week 6 - 6th December

Year 3 had an art day today linked to our topic of Extreme Earth.  In the morning we learnt a little about the artists, Joseph Turner and Andy Warhol.  We then studied a volcano painting by each of them and experimented in two mediums (paint and oil pastels) to recreate their art pieces.  In the afternoon, we all used the same photograph of Fagradalsfjall erupting in Iceland and created our own art works in the style of Turner (famous for showing light in his watercolours) and Warhol (famous for pop art).



Class 8 sadly say goodbye to Miss Grint this week.  She has been a fantastic addition to the team and will fortunately be popping back into school for 10 serial days spread over the rest of the academic year.

To round up our sequence of lessons in dance this half term, we focussed on the emotions of people who are affected by natural disasters.  The children have really shown improvements in their ability to work in teams when choreographing their own dances as well as their creativity and range of dance movements,

Getting in the Christmas Mood

Miss Grint's leaving party! 

There was dancing, party games, snacks and much, much fun to be had!  Thank you Miss Grint for being an absolute star! smiley smiley


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Science investigations as part of our topic on Extreme Earth - Investigating rocks and soils.

Here are a few photos of Miss Grints lunchtime book

club that she ran this half term 


Week 4 22nd November


This week in Shared Reading we began reading a new text called Journey to the Centre of the Earth, we had a go at answering questions about parts of the text and used our prediction skills to predict what we think would happen next. We also started our Science lessons this week and the topic is all about Rocks and Soils! We became Rock Detectives and went on a Rock Hunt around the school and sketched drawings of the rocks we found and labelled these using adjectives to describe the colour, texture and size of the rocks. We continued our rock investigations by looking at a sample of Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks and testing which of these were permeable. Year 3 have had another exciting week filled with lots of learning!  


Miss Grint, 

Student Teacher 

Week 3 15th November

Another busy and exciting week in Year 3!  As part of Anti-Bullying Week at Old Basford, we reminded the children what bullying is and focused on the kind things we can do for each other.  We also reminded the children how to stay safe on the roads (especially on these dark nights!).  Throughout the week, the children wrote warning stories linked to our Extreme Earth topic.  On Friday, the whole school celebrated Children in Need. 

Thank you to parents and carers who donated money and cakes to sell.


Week 2 November 8th


Another exciting week in Year 3 this week!  We have been learning about earthquakes and one of the children's tasks was to build an earthquake proof building.  We also created some amazingly creative dances linked to earthquakes in PE too.

Team Task: Make an Earthquake proof building design

Extreme Earth Wow Day 

Week 1 November 2nd

We had a very exciting day on the first day back after half term!  We used our lovely school grounds to practise our map reading skills and locate different places within the school's boundary, where we found names and facts about volcanoes around the world. We learned more about these volcanoes in class and looked where in the world they were using Google Earth and atlases.  We also practised our creative skills and built active volcanoes in teams, later making them erupt.


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Enjoying a sunny November morning while

engaging in some active maths!


Wow what a week! 


The children have been so busy producing double page spreads to showcase what they have learnt during this topic. They have written their own information texts, after completing their training. Take a look at a few below... Furthermore, the children have taken home their cave drawings, don't worry if yours hasn't been sent home yet it is likely they are sitting proudly on display. 

Favourite Information Text As Chosen By the Children

Favourite Information Text Chosen By Mrs Kelly

Black History Month


We are loving finding out about different black heroes, reading stories watching clips and finding out more about black history. During our maths lesson we looked at two famous people who not only loved maths, made brilliant changes but also where advocates for equal rights. Please see some of our work below. Not only did we write about them we used our information toolkit to help us. Check it out, can you spot any:

Did you know...?


Explanation marks

Express it



Link it



This week we have been learning...


In literacy we are in information fact file training! We have learnt all about Stonehenge, feel free to ask your children what Stonehenge is made of and the Stonehenge secrets.


Next week we will share some fact files with you, watch this space.


In Spanish we have loved learning the numbers to 10, ask you children to teach you them!




Our Fantastic Robin Hood

Mini Marathon Winners!

Dwelling Designs


The children have researched the best way to attach things together and make their dwelling structure. Following this they planned, made and evaluated their designs! Take a look at their awesome dwellings! I am so proud of their team work skills, knowledge of making the building strong, sturdy and authentic. Watch out world here come our future architects and designers!   

Design and Technology morning

Making the most of outdoor learning on a warm

September's day smiley.  Children worked in teams and used their observational skills to match natural and manmade

materials to a colour chart.  What a lovely time we hadsmiley .

Our First WOW Day in Year 3

To kick off our topic on Stone Age to Iron Age, we learnt about the work of archaeologists and actually acted as archaeologists by uncovering lots of exciting artefacts on the school grounds.  We then used our observational skills, sketched them as well as describing them, looking for clues as to what we thought they might be.  Later in the day, we learnt about how people communicated through their magnificent cave paintings and we had a go at our own, explaining what the images and symbols meant.  Great fun was had by all.  Well done Year 3!


Team Work makes the Dream Work

Our text is 'Someone Builds The Dream' by Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long, we have been talking all about teamwork. We have looked at all the jobs roles at school and thought of questions we would like to ask them about their careers. Check out the videos below.


We also got a special visit from Mr Davies who answered all class 7's brilliant questions about his caretaker role, what a treat!  


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To kick the school year off, we have been reading 'Someone Builds the Dream' by Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long.  One of the lines in the book is 'You need a team to build a dream.'  We practised our team building skills by making towers on the first day back.

Check out our beautiful dream catchers that we made in class