Opal Class (Year 3)

Autumn 2



In English, we have been reading ‘When the Giant Stirred’. We have all loved this story as it links with our current Geography topic, Extreme Earth. The book had some vibrant images which allowed us to work really hard on using interesting adjectives and noun phrases. Following this, we discussed and planned to write a sequel to this story where new life was found on the once deserted volcanic island. Here are some examples of the wonderful stories we have created.


Our Extreme Earth topic has been extremely popular this half term. We’ve learnt about a range of natural disasters including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. We even had a chance to carry out earthquake drills! Some of us then went on to create posters sharing our top tips should you ever encounter a tsunami. 


Our Fruit and Vegetable topic has given us a chance to practice lots of skills this half term. From painting to sketching – even using clay! Our favourite part of this topic has been the Carrot ‘softies’ we designed and made. This took lots of concentration as we learnt how to sew and stuff our cuddly toys.


Autumn 1


The children in Opal have settled in well to life in Year 3. We have been thinking a lot about 'The Power of Yet'. We have been sharing things that we are good at as well as our aspirations for the year, thinking about how we will work hard to achieve them.


In Maths, we have been looking at the place value of numbers up to 1000! We have been partitioning, adding and using number lines to help us with this. We have also been challenging ourselves by using 2 counters to represent different 3-digit numbers. 


In English, we have been reading 'Stone Age Boy' in connection with our current History topic. We've had lots of fun predicting different parts of the story, acting scenes out and thinking about what it would be like to explore the caves. We put ourselves in the main character's shoes and used adjectives, expanded noun phrases and our senses to describe our time in the cave.

We were very grateful to be able to visit Bradwell Outdoor Centre this half term. We all had lots of fun trying new activities including fencing, archery and climbing high ropes. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to try new things and we really enjoyed our day.
We've been working really hard to improve our writing in Year 3 this half term, especially using powerful adjectives and verbs for description. After being inspired by poems we had read, we had a go at making our own chant poem using lots of the adjectives and verbs we had brainstormed.
In History, we have really enjoyed learning about how people lived in the Stone Age. We especially were interested in looking at how they made their tools and what they used them for. After learning more about the process involved in making their spears, we had a go at carving our own spear heads using lolly sticks and soap.
Also, we had a look at Stonehenge and some of the theories as to what is was used for. We then had a go at making our own 3D models of Stonehenge - they turned out fantastic! 
In this part of the half term, we have also celebrated the Harvest Festival. We learnt how to weave different materials to build baskets which were included as part of a whole school display in St Mary's Church.