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Year 3 - Willow Class

Welcome to Year 3 - Willow Class!


Who are the staff in Willow Class?


The Class 3 Team


Mrs Adams is the Year 3 class teacher.

Miss Knaves is our Learning Support Assistant.


What does the curriculum look like?


Please click on the link below for an overview of our curriculum.

What are we learning about in term 6?


Road Trip USA! 


Buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old US of A!


Flying from London Gatwick, and landing at JFK airport New York, it's time to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple.  Use your map skills to navigate your way around some of its most famous landmarks.


Meet the Iroquois tribe; Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions.


It's going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair - we're off!

What did we learn about in term 5?




Ssh...what's that noise? A bash? A crash? A shake, a rattle or a low, bass hum?  We have been learning about different sounds, how we hear and why some sounds travel further than others.  We loved sharing our knowledge about the ear and how it works with our special visitor, Mrs Dyer.


We have been writing poetry and using onomatopoeia, both English and Japanese!

What did we learn about in term 4?


Gods and Mortals!

We have learnt about the evil bullying ways of King Minos and the petrifying gaze of Medusa, the reign of the gods and how Zeus punished humans by creating Pandora.  We have been looking at the importance of the ancient Greeks on our modern world; they were the founding fathers of medicine, mathematics and theatre.


In Science, we have been learning about electricity.  We can make a circuit with a switch to control a bulb or buzzer.  We can identify which materials are insulators and which are conductors.

What did we learn about in term 3?


The Blue Abyss! 


We had a great term finding out about the creatures of the deep and how environmental factors affect them.  Our trip to the aquarium was so interesting, we found out that many of the sea creatures that we thought lived in tropical waters were actually native to the UK and we even got to eat lunch with the sharks! We have made planters, earrings and key rings from plastic bottles and have collected rubbish from the beach for an art project.


What did we learn about in term 2?




In term 2 we found out about the different states of matter and the energy in the particles.  We know how to change a solid to a liquid to a gas and why it happens.  We had great fun acting as the particles in a solid, a liquid or a gas and carrying out fair test investigations.


We know that potions have been important through history and some of the uses of them.  Until recent times and the rise of modern day medicine, the most common potion was a love potion!

What did we learn about in term 1?


Big and strong, powerful and brave, the Saxons wave their battle axes and brandish their swords as they begin to invade Britain’s shores. Year 3’s topic for term 1 was ‘Traders and Raiders!’ Sail back to the dark ages, where the battles were rife and fear reigned. Pupils found out about the lives of the Saxons, including how they lived and where they came from. They also learnt about the bloodthirsty Vikings from Scandinavia, never before had so much terror swept the land. 



What does our day look like


Click on link below for an example of our timetable. 


Our timetable is fairly fluid with our afternoon lessons, such as art, science and topic, moving to match the curriculum and ensure coverage.

Please click below to see a copy of the presentation shown during our meet the teacher workshop.

What are our homework expectations?


As well as our topic based homework we expect children to complete weekly My Maths homework to consolidate class maths. In addition, children can complete Times Table Rock Star Challenges.


Reading continues to remain a priority and we ask that your child has the opportunity to read and / or share books with you on a daily basis.  The children are now using Accelerated Reader in school and will be asked to take a quiz on each book when they have finished it.


We will be holding a Spelling Bee in class 3 at the end of term 2.  We will be looking at different spelling rules and practising different spellings for each rule.

Here are some games you can play to help you learn your spellings.

Useful websites:


How do we reward the children’s behaviour?

In Class 3 we remember to follow the 5 bees;



Be respectful

Be kind and gentle

Be careful

Be responsible

Be the best you can be


In PSHE we will been thinking about feelings and emotions and how these impact on our behaviour. We will be using The Zones of Regulation to describe and discuss our emotions. Please follow the links for more information.