This half term we are working on:

  • English - 'Leon and the Place Between' by Angela McAllister.
  • Maths -  Fractions and properties of shapes.
  • Science - Animals including humans continued - Muscles and skeleton and how this helps the athlete.
  • History - Local History in Hebden Bridge and up to Heptonstall.  The story of the coiners.
  • D.T. - Making a big top.
  • Art - Related to Circus and the illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith.


Year 3


This year your teacher is Mrs Brayshaw

 with Mrs Beddoe



 Our topic this Summer term is 

The Circus.



Look at the Year 3 curriculum here.



P.E. is on Fridays



If you came to the parents' Maths information afternoon, thank you for coming.

If you were unable to come, the powerpoint presentation is here.


Year 3& 4 had a lovely time at Heptonstall museum. We learnt about the true story of ‘The Coiners’ who lived in and near to Heptonstall. Looking around the village of Heptonstall we saw many old buildings and the grave of David Hartley the’ King’ of the coiners. We had a go at making our own coins using rubbings then cutting out and sticking. I am not sure they are that convincing though!


Year 3 have made magnetic games in D.T. to link with their Science about Forces.

In English we have been reading a book called Fox by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks. We have enjoyed sharing ideas and relating to the story through drama (we are forming a freeze frame here with each character).

In Maths we have been learning about fractions and used lots of ways to do this. Here we are using skittles to work out fractions of colours.

Through our topic about Europe we have learnt about food from different countries. Here we are eating some pizza we made, yummy!


We are learning our times tables in many ways, one of them is a times table jigsaw.

Sam says, “Maths is about learning not performing.”

To help us understand multiplication we used some base ten and also the place value counters. We like to talk about our learning and help each other to learn. Sam says, “ Maths is about trying hard.”



Through our topic in Science we used our skills to investigate how things move on different surfaces and recorded our findings. We had a scrapheap challenge sorting materials according to whether they were magnetic or not. We found some surprises too! We also tested the strength of magnets, measured and recorded in a graph.

We found out how a compass works and even made our own to find North.



In Science Year 3 have been learning about rocks and soils. Here we are finding out how compost is made and making our own small ones, with real worms added. They are a bit smelly - yuk!



Year 3 have been testing rocks in their Science work.

We tested to see if rocks change colour in water.

Which type of rock is the strongest? We hammered a sandstone rock and managed to break it into 3 pieces.   We found out the marble was really hard.



Year 3 have been classifying rocks and finding out how to sort these into the 3 groups, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary.

We have found out about the types of houses people would have lived in during the Stone age period and had a go at building these. We had a messy but fun time!



Year 3 enjoying their Roald Dahl day




Welcome back to school Year 3 for the year 2016/17

















Year 3 and Year 4 enjoyed a trip to Blackpool Zoo. They had a good look around the Zoo and looked at all the animals.

"The shark jaw has 4 layers of sharp teeth," said Iris.  "The sea-lions were awesome," said Ellie Mae and Isabelle.  "The red pandas were gorgeous," said Rosie.

We all had a wonderful day.



Year 3 went river dipping in Colden Clough river. We had a wonderful time learning about ‘Kick sampling’ to collect creature samples from a river. Mr Kratz and Mr Sweaney collected the samples first. Then we all had great fun sucking up the creatures with pipettes and finding lots of different ones. Using the booklets and a portable Microscope, we were able to look at them closely and identify them. Sophie caught a freshwater shrimp!

We found out that our river, from the amount of creatures we found, scored really well in the river health survey. What fantastic news!



In Year 3 we have been learning how to follow and give directions. We have been writing these as algorithms for the Beebots and also for Scratch, a program on the computer.

In our Science work we have been learning about forces and magnets. We found out that we could make a compass using a magnet to magnetise a piece of metal. Then we placed the metal onto a float in water and the metal pointed towards North. We also hung a magnet in a sling and this also pointed to North too.



Year 3 & 4 had a visit from a Roman soldier. He came in full battle dress and explained all about the different parts of Roman armour and weapons. The children were able to try on chain mail and handle some of the weapons. Our roman soldier described the tactics of battles and explained the formations Romans used in battle.

The children made and decorated shields which they used in the afternoon to create the testudo formation and used their shields to protect themselves.



We have been learning about the components of soil. We also looked at how different types of soil are more permeable than others. We designed a test to find out which soil was the most permeable. Our findings were not what we expected.



Year 3 and 4, had a fantastic day at Chester, at the Roman Dewa museum. A Roman Centurion, marched us around Chester to see a Roman Amphitheatre. While we were there, we learnt how to use our shields in battle. We made a tortoise formation with the shields and practised our battle cry too.

In the museum there were lots of interesting things to look at. We found out what it would be like to live in Roman times and handled some Roman objects. We were all shocked about the Roman way of using the toilet!



We are learning about rocks. We have looked around our yard to find different types of rocks. We found sandstone and slate. Using our magnifying glasses we found that the rocks are made up of small pieces of sand and some have layers of different coloured rock in them.

Our volcanoes were great fun to make. We had to mix the ingredients in the right amounts and in the correct order to make them erupt.