Year 3

Mrs Donkanha, Mrs Scott, and Miss Potter welcome you to Year 3!

Dear Parents,

We appreciate that some of your children may be a little wobbly about returning to school in September. Therefore we have put together this transition social story to show them some of the important places and people in Year 4.

KADER Academy Transition_Year 3 to Year 4


30th March 2020


We hope you are adjusting to this time at home and staying safe and well. We really appreciate that this is a strange and unsettling time and understand that juggling childcare and working from home can be a challenge!

To help you out, each week we will be putting up a suggested weekly timetable for your child with some ideas for activities to have a go at through the week. These can be done independently or together. These are suggestions only and are designed to help you to fill in what can be very long days! Children can also keep in touch with us using Purple Mash. We would love to hear from them and find out which activities they’re enjoying – they can use the 2Email application on the site.

You can also email us on

The most important thing is that you and your family stay happy and healthy.

Best wishes,

Mrs Donkanha, Mrs Scott and Miss Potter

Welcome to Year 3!

Over the year, we cover the following topics:

Gods and Mortals:
The children have the opportunity to learn all about the Ancient Greeks.
• Research the Greek Gods and Goddesses
• Learn about daily life in Ancient Greece
• Experience some of the sports from the Ancient Greek Olympics
• Compare their lifestyle to that of the Ancient Greeks

Take a look at some of the things we will be learning during this topic by clicking on this link:

Year 3_Gods and Mortals

In computing lessons we are learning how to code. Click on this link to see what we will be learning:


Our term so far…

We re-enacted the story of the Trojan Horse!

In science we have been investigating light…

We have been using a word carpet to build up our vocabulary for writing a description of the Minotaur’s labyrinth…

Remarkable Rivers:

We are learning all about how important rivers are. We have visited the River Tees and cruised along it on the Teesside Princess. Then we visited the Tees Barrage.

We recreated our journey along the Tees and recalled all of the bridges we had sailed under.

River Tees

We identifies the features of a recount to prepare for writing our own recounts about our amazing trip!

In science we learned about the water cycle!

In Computing we are learning all about spreadsheets. Click on this link to see what we will be learning:

Knowledge Organiser Unit 3.3 Spreadsheets



In our first week back in January, we started our topic – Tremors!

Children will be learning all about volcanoes around the world, what causes them and the devastation they can bring.
• Explore the world’s most famous volcanoes and look at the Ring of Fire
• Discover how volcanoes erupt and the causes
• Investigate different types of rocks and their properties.

Week commencing 13th January 2020:

In maths, we have been looking at fractions. We have started by finding fractions of an amount. We used counters to help us.

Week commencing 20th January 2020:

We have been making model volcanoes. We used newspaper and Mod-Roc to create the form and then we painted them. They are now ready to use for our explosive experiment next week!


Our experiment!

Week commencing 27th January 2020:

We have been learning about what a glossary is in non-fiction texts. We used our topic knowledge to help us.


Week commencing 3rd February 2020:

This week we have started studying Macbeth by William Shakespeare. We are working in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and other schools in the local area.

We started by looking at the character of Macbeth and using our knowledge we drew pictures of what we thought he might have looked like. Then we summarised the story so far…

Week commencing 10th February 2020:

This week we have been investigating the character of Lady Macbeth and her initial response to Macbeth’s letter. We also looked at the relationship between Banquo and Macbeth.

Spring 2


Week commencing 24th February 2020

This week we were visited by Some animals from Kirkleatham Owl Centre. We met William the tawny owl, Alien the python, Marshmallow and MacDonalds the rats, Violet the tarantula and Ozzy the Duck!

Can your children which are predators and which are prey?

Weeks commencing 9th and 16th March

We have been rehearsing our performance for Macbeth. We were  really lucky to work with Ollie, from the Royal Shakespeare Company. He gave us help and tips to improve our dramatic performances! The children loved it!


Year 3 News