Year 3

Teaching staff : Mrs Oxley and Miss Hall

Support staff: Mrs Smith and Mrs Charlton

Forces and Magnets

In science this term, the children in Year 3 have been learning about forces and magnets.  They have learned to identify different forces (push, pull, twist and gravity) and can use ‘force arrows’ to show the direction of the force. As part of this topic, the children completed a fair test to see which surface a car would travel the furthest. This fair test was linked to friction and the children used many scientific skills during it. These included predicting, recording data and making conclusions.

The children have really enjoyed investigating magnets. They discovered that magnets have north and south poles, that like poles repel and opposite poles attract, and investigated magnetic and non-magnetic materials. They have learned so much in only a half term!


The theme for Mental Health Week this year was focused on nature. As part of this, year 3 completed a variety of activities to promote and support positive mental health. We completed a yoga activity outside called ‘Be like a tree’ and went on a ‘Sense Safari’ where we followed a map and used our different senses to be mindful of our nature surroundings. We then ended the day by listening to some meditation whilst completing some mindfulness doodling. We really enjoyed taking a break from learning and clearing our minds.

Year 3 Planning

Below are Long, Medium Term Plans and Parental Overviews which are followed closely by class teachers. Skills and Knowledge for each subject have been planned carefully by subject leaders for progression across the school.

We are constantly improving the curriculum to match the needs of the children in each year group so some plans may be subject to change.