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Lathom Junior School

Lathom Junior School

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Here, you will find out about all the learning has taken place in Term 2.

Guided Reading

Year 3 children have focused on the book ‘Harry the Poisonous Centipede’. We used this book to develop our retrieval and inference skills. We explored different kinds of questions that require retrieval and inference skills. 



This term, children have explored writing a mythical setting description and then transferred their knowledge of myths to create a non-chronological report on a mythical character. The children built on their use of expanded noun phrases and adding detail through similes and metaphors. Children were very excited about researching animal traits that are similar to their creature before writing and creating fabulous non-chronological reports to inform others about the deadly beasts.



In Maths, we explored addition and subtraction methods involving three-digit numbers and 2-digit numbers. We looked at various methods which help us understand how addition is developed from concrete to abstract. A variety of resources such as counters and base 10 were used to support our learning before allowing children to explore the column method and reason around each concept.


Children also explored equal groups as a portal to the world of multiplication and division. . In this term, children looked at equal groups and how to share and group quantities. Children explored this through use of practical materials and arrays. We will be continuing this in the Spring Term. Beside this, children worked very hard to chant, play instant recall games, and compete using the 2, 5, 3 timetables. Some children are also developing their recall in 4 and 8 timetables. We have made this our mission.



Year 3 students have been learning all about the Ancient Greeks through the use of primary and secondary sources. We examined artefacts and photo sources which told us more detail about life and role of women in Ancient Greece. We also had the opportunity to compare and contrast Athenian civilisation and Spartan civilisation and looked at how they influenced our lives today. Finally, we were able to recognise the legacy of the Olympic Games left by the Ancient Greeks. It was amazing to see how our lives were shaped by this very important civilization. We all love the Olympic Games and the best thing is that it was held in Stratford.



In Computing, children developed their knowledge of the Scratch Programme. They learnt how to add backgrounds and change details on a sprite. They also learnt how to direct movements using command and add sounds to a sprite. Children used this knowledge to create a programme sequence using piano notes and sound facilities on the Scratch Programme. 


Design and Technology

Year 3 children have been working very hard on developing their own Labyrinth games. They started off with playing different games and analysing their purpose and design. Children then worked in groups to plan, design and create their own game. They enjoyed this thoroughly as they explored a range of materials and tools.



We have been learning all about the festivals of ‘Light’. Children explored the celebration of Diwali and its significance to the lives of the Hindu community. Children enjoyed listening to the story of Rama and Sita. We also learnt about how the Christian community celebrate their festival of light (Christmas). Children learnt about advent and visited the local church where they participated in story-telling. They enjoyed listening to the story of the birth of Jesus. 



In PSHE, children used role-play and discussion to discuss conflicts. They practiced solving problems or scenarios of conflict using the SOLVE IT TOGETHER technique. Children were able to look into how victims of bullying may feel and that words could be hurtful. This was very useful when talking about embracing our differences and accepting how unique our lives are. 


Children absolutely loved learning about the human body and comparing the information to animals. Children started off with exploring food groups and learning about the healthy diet of Olympic athletes (link to Ancient Greece). Children researched the diet of different animals to understand how they use their food as energy. Children then identified parts of the human skeleton and used this knowledge to discuss and compare animal skeletons. They loved taking part in a practical lesson involving: live worms; live snails; frozen prawns; and a crab. Children used them to identify different types of skeletons such as exoskeleton (shells) and hydroskeleton (flexible skeleton supported by fluid pressure).