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Year Three

Yearly overview 2017-18

Spring Term

Shaping The Earth 


At the beginning of our topic we were visited by National Geographic's Editor-in-Chief Audrey Austen. She challenged the children to create an interactive book to feature in her magazine. Throughout this topic we will be learning about mountains, rocks, rivers, caves and volcanoes.

Each week the children will be researching, planning and creating their own pages showcasing their creativity. To ensure our books are published on time we must make sure we stick to our strict deadlines! The children will take ownership over the editing process and they will make sure our work is up to the high standards set by National Geographic. 

We are aiming to consolidate this topic with a visit to Cuckmere Haven after half term.

Click here for this term's homework grid. 

Click here for this term's spelling grid. 

Click here for our topic overview. 


Autumn Term

Upstairs, Downstairs

Preston Manor

We travelled back in time when we visited Preston Manor as hopeful employees. We had received a letter explaining that Mrs Storey was looking for new staff to help with the running of the manor. After writing letters of application for a variety of posts, we were invited to attend an interview day. Upon arrival we were greeted by Mrs Storey herself who took us through our paces through the day. It was a long and tiring experience!! The children wrote in role recounting their experiences of their time at Preston Manor.

Oliver Twist

Throughout this term, the children have been immersed into the world of Charles Dickens through the story of Oliver Twist. We have been reading, discussing and reanimating important chapters of this famous book - we have become excellent pick-pocketers!!

Fact Finding

The Victorian topic has really captured the children's interest and has enabled them to become excellent researchers. We have explored many areas of Victorian life and historical figures, including Queen Victoria herself.

Victorian Art

The children have amazed us with how well they have adapted their skills to match those of famous Victorian artists. We have learnt about William Morris and his influence on the Victorian art scene, we were so proud of our work that we shared it with our key stage during assembly. We are looking forward to sharing these with you at our Christmas market fabulous finish!


Growth Mind-Set

The first two weeks of term have been dedicated to exploring our growth mind-set. We have been exploring how we face challenging situations when we are learning new things.

The book ‘Flight School’ by Lita Judge helped us think about who can help us when we feel like we are in ‘the panic zone’. With perseverance, determination, encouragement and practise Penguin finally takes his first flight (with plenty of help and support!) into ‘the stretch zone’.


With this accomplishment in mind, the children created their own ‘Challenge Mountains’ where they thought of situations where they had been challenged themselves and described the steps they took to achieve success.


We wrapped up growth mind-set week by watching an inspirational video, where the main characters had a big challenge ahead of them. It was Year Three's job to use their growth mind-sets to steer the ending of the story. Please ask your child how they ended the story.


Throughout the year, we will be exploring and using our mind muscles. Listen out for our growth mind-set characters that will help us achieve great things in our learning zones.