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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!


If you would like to email Mr Taylor (YR 3 Team Leader) please use the contact below.

Meet our wonderful team.

Mr Taylor and Mrs Hyams in Purple class.

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Miss Osei and Miss Steward in Violetinis class

Miss Osei and Miss Steward in Violetinis class 1

Mr Austrie, Miss Mack and Mr Burnett in Violet

Mr Austrie, Miss Mack and Mr Burnett in Violet 1

Miss KC and Miss Maria in Benguni

Miss KC and Miss Maria in Benguni 1

Miss Nottage and Mrs Formosa in Rox

Miss Nottage and Mrs Formosa in Rox 1

Last but not least, Mrs Raybould, who is the Year 3 HLTA.

Last but not least, Mrs Raybould, who is the Year 3 HLTA. 1

Summer 2nd

International Primary Curriculum

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To finish the year in IPC, children will be travelling the globe and visiting airports. As the entry point, we re-enacted rushing through an airport and flying to another country. Firstly, children had to pack their suitcases, then they had to find their gate and finally they had to fly their way through turbulence and safely land the plane. Unfortunately, all of the luggage was lost on the plane and the children had to fill out a lost luggage form to help find it.


In Maths, Children will be consolidating on the fantastic learning they have done this year by using their skills of number, place value and multiplication etc. They will be implementing these skills into solving many different types of problems.


For their final half term in Year 3 the students will be taking part in book month. They will be focusing on one book called ‘The Wonder’ and completing a range of tasks based around that book.

They will be writing a story that is based around the book beginning with describing a magical object and then planning, role playing and writing a story.


They will also be writing a newspaper report. They will start off by finding the features of newspaper reports and identifying the difference between fact and opinion. They will look at a range newspaper headlines and will write the strapline that matches the headline. To finish the topic children will be taking part in a WOW experience and then write a newspaper report about the experience.



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Our topic this half term is Material World. Children will learn that hundreds of different materials are used to make everyday objects. They will explore materials that occur naturally, e.g. wood from trees, as well as others that are man made in factories, e.g. plastic. Children will also have the opportunity to explore which materials are magnetic and which materials allow heat and electricity to pass through them. Children will be faced with the challenging question: with so many different materials to choose from, how do we decide which to use? They will be conducting experiments to decide which materials are suitable for different situations and they will be creating totem poles using a range of materials they have gathered from home to represent William Bellamy. 

This half term children will have the chance to let their imaginations run wild when writing their own Adventure stories. This will give them the opportunity to use all of the skills they have learnt throughout Year 3 to wow their teachers and friends.

As well as writing Adventure Stories, children will be researching and writing a report about the rainforests around the world.


In Maths, children will be consolidating their knowledge of what they have learned throughout the year. They will be making sure they can read an analogue clock to the nearest minute, including Roman numerals from I to XII as well as converting from 12 hour to 24 hour clock. Furthermore, they improving their knowledge real life context by adding and subtracting money. Children will be investigating the price of different objects and finding out how much change they will get from certain values of coin/notes.


Finally, they will be continuing to work on their knowledge of place value. This will involve solving number problems and identifying, representing and estimating numbers in different representations.

Spring 2nd 2016

International Primary Curriculum


From the clothes that we wear to the groups that we belong to, fashion is about how we want others to view us and think about us. It’s also about our tastes – the things that we like and we don’t like. For some, fashion is about being popular, for others it is keeping
up-to-date with the latest fads and crazes. Some people use fashion to fit in, whilst others use it to prove that they are different. By learning about fashion, we are learning about people and society, and the things that influence how we, as groups and individuals, present ourselves – to our friends, family and communities.


In this topic children will take a trip through time to learn about fashion from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today. The topic will finish with Year 3 showcasing what they have learnt down the catwalk. We invite all family and friends to design and make costumes from different decades and cultures for children to show in a William Bellamy fashion show. So get creative and blow us away with your creations.

Year 3 Adults Fashion Show


To kick off the Fashion half term, Year 3 teachers and TAs wore their finest from decades past and walked the William Bellamy catwalk to the applause of the children.


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On the 18th March it was the children's turn to grace the catwalk. They had to strut their stuff in costumes from different decades.

This half term in English has seen Year 3 take part in English Week and write some Adventurous Stories based on a book called 'It was a Dark and Stormy Night'. During this week, children took part in a workshop called Dangerous Writing to help give them plenty of ideas when they wrote their stories. You can see some pictures below.



This half term children will be focusing on number. They will be consolidating their knowledge of place value. Furthermore they will be multiplying by 10 and 100 as well as adding and subtracting multiples of 10, 100 and 1s. They will have the opportunity to use this knowledge in everyday context by completing word problems involving money. There will also be a chance for children to practice written methods of addition and subtraction as well as mental. Finally, they will be learning how to count in tenths and convert them into decimals.


Not only will children be focusing on number they will also be continuing to learn how to find the perimeter of 2D shapes. Furthermore, they will be learning and consolidating their knowledge of how to read graphs as well as having a chance to research and find their own information so that they can put it into a graph.


Finally, will your child be a member of the 50s club? Each day children will be able to test their times table and division knowledge and have the chance to join the 50s club. So get practising at home!

Spring 1st 2016

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International Primary Curriculum

These lessons include learning within Geography, History, Science, Art, DT and Music.

This half term our topic will be Scavengers and Settlers. They will learn how humans are special and are able to adapt and learn new skills in order to survive, which is exactly what our ancestors did in the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages.

Pupils will be introduced to some of the outdoor skills that our ancestors relied upon. They will explore natural shelters, as well as look at how our ancestors made fire and first communicated. Luckily, we have organised a Stone Age workshop all day where children will dress up. Sessions will be consisting of group investigations, where students will explore numerous informative displays, artefacts and get hands-on experience of ancient technology and skills.

When the Stone Age came to visit Year 3, the children were taken back thousands of years to learn about how their ancestors lived. Check out some of the pictures to see what they saw and did.

Who are we and where do we come from? Timeless questions we have all asked. The timeline of mankind and the important developments that make us who we were explored in this workshop.
From being hunter gathers, to early farming communities, ancient technology and coming of the age of metal – the sequence of events that makes us who we are today. The sessions consisted of group investigation where your students explored numerous informative displays, artefacts and had hands-on experience of ancient technology and skills , interspersed with interactive discussions on the following sub-topics-:


Early humans – focusing on Heidelberg man, Neanderthals and early Homo sapiens – why did Homo sapiens sapiens come out on top?
How they lived and what animals they hunted
Gender divisions in work in the hunter gatherer societies.
What is cave art all about?
Development of Stone tools
Seasonal movement


Early farmers and settlements – the biggest change in human history
The beginning of an organised society

The age of metal – an important technological development
Beliefs and burials
Early hill forts and the start of the “celtic” way of life

What is a hill fort?
Why did people live on them?
Tribal communities
Why did this way of life end?

Dressing Up Guidance

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This half term the children will be focusing on authors and letters and report writing. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore and familiarise themselves with different children’s authors. In addition, they will be looking at formal and informal letters and having the opportunity to write letters to a range of audiences asking them a selection of questions. Moreover, children will be exploring report writing. They will have the chance to look at different styles of reports and writing reports on different learning experiences that will happen this term. 

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This half term the children will be focusing on place value and money in real life context. They will also be extending their knowledge by learning about methods for mental addition and subtraction. Furthermore, pupils will develop their understanding of fractions by learning how to add and subtract fractions, as well as compare them. The children will become more familiar with measures and data. This includes learning about length, mass and volume. Finally, they will be learning how to add and subtract money using real life concepts.


This half term is also home to Maths Week, where 1 whole week will be devoted to Maths in all subjects.

Year 3 Christmas Performance. 

Happy Christmas Day!

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Christmas Poems!

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We wish you a merry Christmas!

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Christmas Poems 2

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Autumn 2


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This half term, the children will be focusing on plays and dialogue as well as poetry. Children will have the opportunity to create their own play and act it out to their peers. Furthermore, they will be using a range of dramatic techniques to recite plays. In addition to this, pupils will be learning about poetry and the different types of poems. They will be identifying the features that the poet has used and writing their own.

The BFG came to visit

Year 3 had a visit from the BFG. We found it extremely interesting and the story helped inspire us to write adventure stories for our next topic.

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We are lucky to have purchased Mathletics for every child in the school. Year 3 are very competitive and would like to be the best year group in school. So make sure you log on every night and practise what you have been learning in class every day. You can find the link below.


Remember your log in details are your Home Learning books. If you have lost it, ask your teacher.

Maths challenge

Below, is the net of a cube. Can you rearrange the squares to make another cube net? How many different ways can you find?​
Clue: There are 11 different ways to arrange the squares to create the cube nets.
What you need: 6 squares (make them out of paper)







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Our IPC topic this half term is Shake It! During this topic, we will learning about changing and separating materials, reversibile and irreversible changes and the Science behind cooking. There will be a strong focus on Science. Children will be investigating solids, liquids and gases and how to convert between states. For this topic pupils will be following the journey of milk and looking at products produced from it.

Cream to Butter

In class, we tried two different methods of ways to turn cream into butter. The teacher was using an electric whisk and the children were shaking containers with cream to turn it into butter.


Check the method and results below.

Shake It! Home challenge

Parents, carers, brothers and sisters, we would love for you to help pupils with their understanding of solids, liquids and gases.


We have set you the challenge of conducting your own experiments at home that look at states of matter and how they can change. You could look at reversible and irreversible changes through cooking! (Do we have any budding Heston Blumenthal's in Year 3?)

 Please could you take some photos and describe what you did or draw step by step instructions and add some written description to go along with it, you could even make a video report! We will add some of these to the school website, have fun!


There are links to help you below.




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This half term the children will be exploring information text. Pupils will link it to their IPC topic and focus on volcanoes where they will be finding information, taking notes and presenting their research in reports. In addition to this, they will be looking at Myths and Legends. During this topic they will be learning about their features and structures exploring similarities and differences between the two types.

Below you will find some amazing examples of our information texts about William Bellamy.


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In Maths we learn through a range of activities. We focus on the 4 operations (+,-, x and ÷) and how to apply them in real life contexts to solve problems.


The focus this half term will be on the learning below:


Number facts (12+8, 20-8)

Addition and subtraction using different methods

Place value (Up to 1000’s)

Writing pounds and pence (167p=£1.67)

Lines of symmetry (A square has 4 lines of symmetry)

Describing, naming and sorting 3D shapes

Doubling and halving numbers up to 50

Adding and subtraction near multiples of 10

Below, you will find some examples of the methods we have used to solve different investigations and problems.


You will see how we sorted shapes into different categories using Venn and Carroll diagrams, how we used our multiplication and division facts to complete a jigsaw puzzle and different methods to add numbers. 


These lessons include learning within Geography, History, Science, Art, DT and Music

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Our IPC topic this half term is Active Planet! During this topic we will be learning about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. There will be a strong focus on Geography, Science and social issues. Children will research how the Earth is formed, what causes an earthquake and what happens when a volcano erupts? As well as this, pupils will study international organisations that work after natural disasters.


Students, parents, carers, brothers and sisters,  we need your help to make this project end with a BANG!!!


We have set you the challenge of creating your own volcano!! You have 5 weeks to plan, design and build your own active volcano. Below are some links to help inspire you.

How adventurous will you be? 


Year 3 will have the opportunity to present their home creations and class learning, one afternoon at a Science fair for all to witness in the KS2 hall at the end of the half term. Please try and support the children and try your best to attend!!!


During lunchtime on Wednesday 9th September, an earthquake struck Barking and Dagenham. Luckily, William Bellamy survived the disaster with just a few pieces of damage.


Due to the strength of the building, Year 3 received a letter from Prime Minister David Cameron (see below) asking to help the Government turn William Bellamy into a relief centre for the local residents.


Look at the pictures below to see some of the damage caused and what Year 3 did to help.

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We have been learning about what volcanoes are made up of. Here are some examples of what we think the middle of volcanoes look like.

Science Museum

As part of our topic Active Planet, Year 3 visited the Science Museum in South Kensington, London. We were lucky enough to be one of the last groups to visit the Launch Pad (it is shutting next week for a year). In the launch pad, the children carried out a range of experiments and activities that were related to many different topics in Science such as, light, solids, liquids and gas, thermal imaging and much more.

More pictures to follow.

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