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Autumn Term 2019


Keep checking back regularly for updates as we have an extremely busy term ahead for us in Year 3!

Congratulations to our new school councillors: Ella and Sid!


For the first 2 weeks back in September, Years 3 and 4 will be taking part in a local study of Keadby using map skills, sketch maps, ordnance survey keys, physical and human geography and creating and answering surveys about the local area. We will be looking at the important job the Keadby wind farm has and linking this to renewable and non-renewable energy.

Keadby wind farm

Today we had a BIG QUESTION: how does wind power electricity? We had 30 seconds thinking time and wrote our thoughts on post it notes:

“Wind is so powerful it translates to electricity”
“The wind spins the windmill to create electricity”
“The windmill is connected to wires to power from the wind”

We discussed our thoughts and talked about how a wind turbine works. We then looked in more detail at Keadby wind farm.

We looked at the Beaufort scale in relation to this. We decided to test the wind today… in our words: “let’s test it!”
 We found it was a scale 4!

Year 3 and 4 explore the landmarks of Keadby!

Here we are below, sketching the beautiful views on the Trent Bank:

We physically created the layers of the rainforest including what animals lived there and information about each area. We sang a song about the layers of the rainforest too!

EXPLODING FOOD! Science show

To begin our hook into learning about children in the war and evacuation, we heard a siren go off in our classroom! We each received a label with our war name on and on the back was the train station we had to go too! We had a big discussion with our adult about how we felt, why were we going, what we would take, what was happening and why!

We located our area on a map of the UK and discussed why we would be sent here.

We discussed how water is transported through the stem and had a discussion on what variables would affect this.

We set up an investigation posing the big question:


We had 5 locations and predicted how long it would take the food colouring to dye the white flower.


Our new IPC topic for the first term is "Saving the World'.

THE BIG IDEA: Rainforests once covered 14% of our world’s surface. Now they cover less than 5%. Every second, an area of the rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed. Some scientists believe that, if we lose our rainforests, we might put our whole planet at risk. What will we do to help save the rainforest?

What we will be learning:

In Geography, we’ll be finding out:

  • About where rainforests are in the world
  • Which rainforest products we use in our everyday lives
  • About the lives of rainforest people and how they compare with our own
  • How and why the rainforest is being destroyed
  • Discovering the ways that people are trying to save the rainforest

In Art, we’ll be finding out:

  • About rainforest body art and painting our faces in a similar style
  • How we can use art to create a rainforest scene

In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • About different rainforest animals and plants
  • Where different animals and plants live in the rainforest
  • About rocks and soils found on the forest floor
  • About colour in the rainforest and how it is used by animals and plants
  • Why plants have leaves and why they can be different
  • About the best conditions to grow a plant
  • About rainforest fruits and seeds
  • How to grow our own rainforest plant from a seed

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to plan and make our own tropical fruit drink

Place value - 

We have been developing our knowledge of place value over the past week, identifying 100s 10s 1s, ordering and comparing 3 digit numbers and representing numbers in a variety of ways - using money, counters, grids, base ten etc.

For our entry point, we were lucky enough to actually MEET some rainforest creatures! Dean from Meet a Creature brought a wonderful variety of animals including a chinchilla, royal python, tarantula, chameleon, gecko and many more! Miss Watson even held them!

Practical place value!

Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed World Food Day. Our country was Italy. We located it on a map and noticed it was shaped like a boot. We also looked at important landmarks and facts about Italy as well as learning some of the basic vocabulary. We designed and made pizzas as Kagan teams. They were DELICIOUS!

Parliament week - debates and Magna Carta!

Exploding food! Science afternoon

KS2 interfaith morning - learning about Diwali, Guru Nanak and Hannukah

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