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The year may have been cut short but we packed plenty of learning and fun in to the time we were together! From meeting exotic animals to travelling back to the Stone Age, take a look back at our time in Sparrow Class!


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Welcome to Sparrow Class, and to Year 3! We hope your child will have an exciting year with us and we look forward to seeing them thrive and grow.

Below, you will find our Yearly Overview which outlines our coverage for this year. If you have any questions about this, or anything else, please do not hesitate to come and see us.

By clicking on the link below, you will be able to see the maths coverage planned for the year 3 children. If you have any questions about how to support your child with maths, or any other aspect of their learning, please see Mrs Axtell.


Your child will bring home maths work on a Monday and spellings on a Friday. In addition to these, we ask that you read with your child regularly. 

Term 3 - Tribal Tales

This term, the children are travelling back in time. They will be exploring the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age.

We were lucky enough to have Living History come in for the day to bring our learning about Tribes to a close. The children had a wonderful day and did us proud with their wealth of knowlege!


To celebrate the completion of a fantastic topic, we held an innovate day.

Sparrow Class became Snow Wolf Tribe for the day!

The children had to use a compass to find East and pick an area of the school to build their own prehistoric monument in. They they planned their monuments and held a tribal meeting to decide on their favourite before working together to build it. 

The children worked so well as a team to build their wonderful monument and had a tribal meeting to divide up camp jobs as well as enjoying a hearty, prehistoric meal.

Thankyou so much to all the parents who joined us at the end of our fun-filled day. The children were so proud to show off all their hard work.


We will be reading The Stone Age Boy to support our learning about life in prehistoric times. The first genre we will be covering is instructions. The children have helped Miss Perry to edit and correct some terrible instructions - I am sure that you will agree that their sandwiches were much better than Miss Perry's after they fixed the instructions.

Next, the children began to make their own Stone Age hammer. They will use this experience to help them write their own instructions.


In maths this term the children will be learning about money and statistics. 


The children have been thinking about the ways we can learn about prehistory. We have been learning about archaeology and how archaeologists select which site to dig at. The children thought about photos taken from different perspectives and how aerial photos can give clues to history buried under ground. 

We had a go at the ancient art of weaving. It was much harder than it looked! Did you know that the art of weaving is over 12,000 years old!
As our learning took us into the Iron Age, the children learnt about how art changed in Prehistoric times. They made their own Iron Age jewellery for the tribal chief.
The children though about Prehistoric monuments and used these to explore light and shadows. 


In Term 2, the children will be learning about earthquakes, volcanoes, the Earth and rocks. We will be reading Pompeii by Karen Ball to support our learning.

English - Term 2

In English, the children will create their own glossaries to support their vocabulary and understanding of Pompeii. They will also be writing volcano poems, diary entries about Mount Vesuvius erupting and guides to how to survive earthquakes and volcanoes.

English - Poetry

Before writing their own poems, the children have been learning about similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia and repetition. They will draft and edit their poems before writing them up and performing them to the rest of the class.

English - Diary writing

The children thought really hard about what it would have been like to be in Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. They wrote some emotive diary entries to describe what the experience might have been like.

Maths - Term 2

The children will be focussing on multiplication and division this term. They will work practically to understand grouping and sharing. The children will also be continuing to practice quickly answering times table questions in preparation for the new times table check in year 4. 

Working practically can really help the children understand mathematical concepts and the children are growing in confidence at being able to talk about their maths work.

Topic - Term 2

As part of our topic work 'Tremors', the children will learn how the Earth is made up, why volcanoes erupt and what causes earthquakes. They will make clay models of volcanoes as well as models which erupt. We will explore where in the world volcanoes are found as well as researching how to survive a natural disaster.

The children looked closely at rocks and named them as well as learning about rock formation and classification.
The children made their own volcanoes out of clay, with lava bursting forth, they brightened up our classroom on a grey afternoon! 


The children were inspired by the power of nature. They spent some time creating artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy to celebrate the natural world around us.


The children are demonstrating a fantastic understanding of what life would have been like in Pompeii. We spent time looking at the features of a Roman town before the children drew their own maps of a new Roman town and created keys to go with them.

Religious Education - Term 2

This term, the children will learn about Sikhism. We will explore what the children know about the faith and some of the key teachings and artefacts.

The children looked at pictures related to Sikhism and were encouraged to write down any questions they had and their general observations. This generated lots of great discussion!

Predators! - Term 1

The children are greatly enjoying our first topic - Predator! So far, they have learnt about the Venus Fly Trap and how this plant preys on flies and other insects. Next, they thought about how plants in general transport water around themselves. They are carrying out experiments to see what happens when celery is placed in food colouring to help their understanding of water transportation in plants.

The children are also learning about the human body, and those of other animals. They have recognised that some animals have skeletons inside their bodies whilst other skeletons are outside of the body. Humans have endoskeletons and the children created diagrams of the human body, including muscles and bones. Didn't they work hard?!
To finish their learning about animals, the children had a visit from Cat Protection. They learnt all about how to look after cats and their needs.

Religious Education - What does it mean for Christians to follow God?

The children have been learning about Christians and what it means to follow God. They learnt about Noah and Abraham along with the origins of the Salvation Army. To bring their learning up to modern times, they had a visit from the Salvation Army to learn about how this wonderful charity helps people in our own community today. The children did us proud with their thoughtful questions and great manners!