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Bearbrook Combined School

An Academy of the Great Learners Trust


Year 3

Year  - 3S Miss Smith & 3P Mrs Price 

Year 3 are learning about


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This term Year 3 are learning about

The Mystery of Light


Essential Knowledge

  • Designed and set up their own fair test

  • Understand where light comes from and how it travels.

  • Explain the differences between light sources and light reflector

  • Explain the difference between transparent, translucent and opaque.

  • Ask questions to support discussion and deeper thinking.

  • Explore shadows and why they are formed.



During this term we will be identifying features of instructions, a play script and learning how to be persuasive. We ill create instructions for a new sport, a play script about keeping fit and try to convince someone else that all Primary children should be given free fruit.


During these lessons we will: 

  • read books that are structured in different ways.

  • use dictionaries to find meanings of words.

  • identify common themes in a wide range of books.

  • organise writing into paragraphs.

  • read aloud their work.

  • proof read their work for spelling and punctuation.

  • use present and past tense correctly.


Writing – Handwriting, Spelling, Composition and Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation.

  • Join letters and understand that some letters are ascenders and descenders.

  • Check their own work for spelling mistakes and correct.

  • Plan and draft longer pieces writing using the characteristics and features of certain genres.

  • Organising work into paragraphs and begin to link paragraphs in their writing.

  • Challenge themselves to use adjectives, adverbs and connectives in their sentences.




We are learning to:

  • Measure accurately and compare different lengths.

  • Interpret data and use bar charts, pictograms and tables.

  • Solve one step and two step problems and investigations. 



We will be learning about:

  • Health and lifestyle changes over the ages

  • How medicine has changed over time

  • Different medicine from around the world

  • Malnutrition in the world and the negative effects



Grouping and organising foods

The reasons behind eating a healthy diet

What happens to the body during exercise?

What are the benefits of exercise?

Teeth – what teeth need to be healthy

  • Compare and group different types of food

  • Set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.

  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.

  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.



We are learning:

  • Understand how the past has shaped the present day.

  • Describe different events



We will be focusing on:

  • Reflect on, consider and celebrate the wonders and mysteries of life as it evolves.

  • Listen and respond appropriately to the views of others, when working as part of a team.

  • Gain the confidence

  • Children work collaboratively.

  • PHSE – self-esteem and self-awareness.

  • Begin to understand the culture of past civilizations and how life was different.



We are learning to:

  • use technology safely, respectful and responsibly.

  • understand who to report incidents to that happen online



We are learning to:

  • create a jingle for a toothpaste advert .

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate a range of music.


Physical Education

  •  Engage in and compete in competitive sports and activities.


Art and Design

Year three will explore how Cubists found simple geometric shapes in the world around them, and considered multiple viewpoints within a single painting. The children will discover how Cubism broke the rules and changed the way artists looked at art. They will study the artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque and make a painting of a still life from different viewpoints cutting it up and creating a Cubist collage.  


Generating Ideas: the children will study the art movement of Cubism. They will look at the ideas behind it and look more closely at the two main figures in this movement that of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. They will be studying a variety of images and learning about the technique involved in creating the images. They will make notes and draw from the images adding their own imagination and thoughts.  They will question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work.  They will have opportunities to collect visual information using sketchbooks.


Making: through investigation of still life painting and development of ideas the children will create a painting of fruit and vegetables. They will apply their experience of painting from year two and will further develop their control of brushes and painting techniques. They will learn how to draw from observation of a still life which will be drawn and painted from two different viewpoints.


Evaluation: The children will learn to compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own and others' work and say what they think and feel about them.  They will learn to adapt their design or final piece of work according to their views and describe how they might develop it further. 


Knowledge: The children will learn about the ideas behind Cubism and of the two main figures in this movement that of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. They will learn about the use of colour, line and tone, shape and form and how these were changed when viewed from different angles but still painted within the same painting. They will learn about the medium and processes used in painting and look briefly at photo montage. They will have the opportunity to understand the role of painters in the past and of today.