John Stainer

Year 3

In Year 3 Turquoise we have Lisa Perren, supported by Cheryl Bailey-Phillips and Donna. Mark Crabtree does PPA cover on a Tuesday afternoon.

In Year 3 Indigo we have Suzette Ferguson supported by Maria Gibson and Elizabeth. Louise O'Mahony does PPA cover on a Tuesday afternoon.

Year 3 is the first year of Key Stage 2 and when the children begin to develop more independence in their learning. As they work through the year, children will be able to apply their learning from Key Stage 1 in a variety of contexts across all curriculum areas. Year 3 is when children become more fluent readers. We believe it is essential that they continue to read regularly and explore a range of literature and texts. To find out what is taught in each term throughout the year have a look on our curriculum map on the curriculum page.

 Autumn Term

In the first half term we study rocks, which we learn about in both science and topic alongside volcanoes. We are lucky enough to get the opportunity to find out more about rocks and volcanoes at the Natural History museum. We even make our own volcanoes to show at school. In the second half term we look into prehistoric history and the changes in Britain during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The text we focus on this term is ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman.

Here are some of our volcanoes for our exhibition.

Educational Visits

On our trip to the Natural History Museum, we saw dramatic film footages, exhibits and earthquake simulators  which helped us to learn more about volcanoes and earthquakes. In the picture below, we are making our way to see the exhibition.


 Spring Term

In the spring term we study the Ancient Egyptians, we learn about how their lives were different to ours as well as their beliefs and customs. We visit the Horniman Museum to investigate Egyptian artefacts. Our topic for Science will be light, we will investigate how light travels and reflects with a variety of experiments in reading our text in ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes.

Investigating artefacts at the Horniman Museum

When handling the artefacts we had to wear special gloves to protect our hands but also to protect the artefacts from body oils and other residues on our hands.

Summer Term

In the summer term we study Australia in Geography and History. We learn about geographical and cultural differences and discover how Australia was impacted by European explorers. We explore this topic through art and design as well as drama. In Science we learn about plants and the human body. The text we will read this term is ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick-King Smith.