Year 3 2021-02-11T22:27:49+00:00

Take a look at all the wonderful work in Year 3!

Blended Learning


This term in English we have been looking at Fables. Do you know what a Fable is?

A Fable is a story that has a meaning-it teaches us something.

Take a look at some of the stories we have been looking at!

To understand Fables more we looked at a range of stories, discussed the characters and what the meaning could be. At home the children helped with understanding the meaning and in class we added these stories to our English working wall. We are currently writing our very own Fable. In order to do this we planned a story in class sharing our ideas with the children at home and creating a plan. Look out for some of the children’s stories. 


In Maths we have been looking at Addition and Subtraction. During these lessons we have used different strategies to help us find the answers. We have looked at number bonds, the part, part whole model and using the column method. Children at home join Year 3 for the live lessons and share their answers with the class.  During the challenge part of the lesson-the children at home and the children in school have a healthy competition to see who get the correct answer! 


Our new topic in R.E this term is called, Jesus, the man who changed lives.

We have looked at various stories, including Levi, who became known as Mathew after meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus and The Young Rich Man.

Take a look at the stories below and think about how Jesus changed their lives? What were they like before and after they met Jesus?


Thinking about The Young Rich Man, could you give up everything and give it all away?



We have continued our topic on Light this term. The children in class have been creating shadows using torches and different shape and sized balls, they also had some translucent balls too. Those at home found different light sources to make shadows, they used mobile phones, torches and lamps. They have also been finding shadows around the classroom or in their home. They had to name the light source and the object that had created it and measure the length of the shadow. We looked at sundials and how shadows can be useful. The children each made their own sundial and used the torches to experiment with how they were used to tell the time. Mrs Gettins made a video showing the children how they can do this at home. To end the topic we had some fun making animal puppets and adding translucent pieces to them. Take a look and see if you can work out what animals we made.


We have started our new topic on Rocks. The children began by sorting rocks into different categories based on their properties and then the rock type. We learned about metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks and some of their different uses. The children also designed a church and thought about the rocks / materials they would use.

We learned how metamorphic, sedimentary and igneous rocks are formed and went outside on a rock hunt too. We found rocks of all shapes and sizes and thought about whether they were placed by man or formed naturally. We used the rocks to make some images, take a look at our house ‘with furniture inside’ and smiley face! We then looked in detail at where in the world different kinds of rocks can be found. We spent time researching this on the internet and completing a table with our results.



In art we have started our new topic on Printing. The children at home picked up an art pack with a variety of resources so they could still access this subject. Our first lesson looked at positive and negative spaces. We watched some different video clips then made our own image. In class we looked at apples, pears, hearts, butterflies, dragonflies. All the children chose to make a heart and they make a fabulous display! Well done to Lily, Jacub, Musa and Awesome who tried this at home, you did a fabulous job!

We then looked at positive and negative spaces to print patterns. Have a look at the images below and see if you can make your own prints. The children worked really hard in class making their stencils and the final results look really effective.

Colour Wheel Project

We started our project by looking at the 3 primary colours and how to create secondary colours on a colour wheel. We watched a video showing us how to make a simple colour wheel the we looked at different ways to use the wheel – as an umbrella, eye or turtle, and the children completed their own.

We then looked at complementary colours on a colour wheel and designed our pictures using just 2 colours. The children in school also used their understanding of the colour wheel from last week to mix their own colours. 

We finished our colour wheel project by looking at warm and cool colours. We then chose 2, mixed them together, added a design and created a monoprint.


In Geography we have been looking at a map of the World. We found the United Kingdom and discussed different countries that are important to us. We talked about the size of countries and found small and large ones on the map. We then looked at the UK in more detail and the children both at home and in school labelled the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom and their capital cities. We looked on Google maps at Lancashire, then specifically at Darwen. We even found our school and some of the streets we live on. 

The Lancashire border
Our town - Darwen
This is our Primary School

This week we each signed on to digimaps and explored our local area over time. We looked at a map of Darwen in the 1890’s and 1950’s and compared it to a map of today. The children thought about the similarities and differences between all three maps and noticed that St James Church was on all of them; they decided it must have been built before 1890, however, St James Academy is only on the most recent map so must have been built after 1950. The main thing they noticed was the number of houses that have been built over the years around Darwen, some children even managed to find their house on the map. We then looked at a sketch map and made a sketch map of our local area. 

Following this we introduced ordnance survey symbols and thought about what they might mean. We made our own predictions then checked them alongside the correct symbols. We then looked for these on a map before using the internet to calculate the distance between 2 towns in Lancashire.

Darwen today
Darwen in 1950
Darwen in 1890

We spent some time today learning about compass points and naming different regions in the North, South, East and West of England, we also looked at the North West, South West, North East and South East too. 

We then focused on East Anglia and looked at this contrasting region in detail. We learned it is made up of 3 counties and spent some time researching key landmarks in each region – The Norfolk Broads in Norfolk, Framlingham Castle in Suffolk and Wicken Fen Nature Reserve in Cambridgeshire.

We finished this topic by comparing East Anglia to North West England. We looked at The Norfolk Broads and Darwen Moors and spent some time exploring the areas on Digimaps. We then researched the Norfolk Broads, looking at tourist information pages on the internet before making our own leaflet about the area.

Key information for Year 3

Reading Books

This year we are starting to allocate home reading books online. These books are exciting and fun and help children practise their phonics sounds that they are learning in school. The books are both fiction and non-fiction books. Every child has their own login so can they can access the reading at home!


PE is every Tuesday morning, please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school. We will send it home at the end of every half term to wash.

Active Maths

Spelling and Homework

Spellings and Homework will now be placed on Google Classroom, the platform we used during home learning. If you are unable to access this please let me know and I will send home paper copies. Please don't hesitate to contact me through Class Dojo if you need any support with homework.

Labelling Belongings

Please label all of your child’s belongings, this is really important! We encourage the children to be responsible for their own belongings, however our classroom is very busy and it can be very difficult to identify belongings with no names in them.

Class Dojo

We use Class Dojo as our main form of communication across nursery and school. All you need to do is download the app on your smartphone or tablet. Please check Class Dojo on a regular basis so that you don’t miss any news or information. We also post pictures of the exciting and wonderful things we are doing in school. Take a look!

Attendance and Punctuality

At Darwen St James our aim is to promote good attendance and punctuality in partnership with parents and carers in Early Years, ensuring that good habits are formed early. Year 3 start at 9.15 am and it is vital that your child arrives on time and ready to learn. Year 3 finishes at 3.20pm. Our free breakfast club starts at 9.00 am in the school hall, and is available to all of our pupils here at Darwen St James School. If your child is unwell, please contact the school office on 01254 703260 to let us know. Please try and arrange appointments around the school day when possible. If your child does have an appointment during school time, please bring their letter or appointment card into the school office.

Worship Through Celebration

Every Friday at 9.20 am we have our online worship through celebration to celebrate the pupils’ achievements throughout the week. All parents/carers will be invited to join us once the restrictions are lifted. Certificates and a green jumper are awarded to pupils from each class to recognise an outstanding achievement that week. We also clap and cheer for anyone who has had a birthday, which is great fun. We hear about the children who have been representing school in sport or music or any special events and we also hear about children who do activities outside of school like dancing or lifesaving. We also see which class has gathered the most Class Dojo points and who has had the highest attendance. There is lots of cheering and clapping at Our worship through celebration. We have a lot to celebrate here at Darwen St James!

Investigating magnets


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