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Yr 3 - Derbyshire Reservoirs

Welcome to Year 3


We have had a fantastic year so far. The children have settled in well and are living our Super Hero Code. We have so many new experiences planned for our children. Watch this space for updates. 

Teaching Staff


Mrs Saini



Miss Hassall



Miss Cave


Mrs Slater and Mrs Sullivan are the teaching assistants that work across Year 3. Miss Black supports wellbeing across year 3.  


Meet our team!



Welcome to our Reading Pets


We would like to welcome Sadie, Marcel and Trevour to the Year 3 team as our Reading Pets. They shall go home with a different child each weekend and spend the week on their desk. The Reading Pets love being read to. We can't wait to read about their adventures. 

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Autumn 2 in Year 3


We have had a very interesting half term. We returned to school after the half term break to a performance of Robin Hood by a  visiting theatre company called M & M Productions. This was followed by our Perseverance Day. We learned about famous people who have persevered before participating in activities to help us understand what it means to persevere. 


On Monday 11th November, we learned about Remembrance Day. We learned about victims of war and the impact of war on people, families, communities and countries. 


Our big question this half term was 'Why is light important?'. We learned about what light is, why it is important, how light travels, how to keep safe in the dark as well as how to keep safe in the sun. As part of our learning, we made sun dials to help us tell the time using the sun. We also made sunglasses after learning about transparent, translucent and opaque materials.


We learned about how to keep ourselves and others safe on the roads during Road Safety Week. 


Our key text was 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark'. We wrote letters to a child who was afraid of the dark to reassure her she does not need to be afraid. We also wrote reports on what light is. We used the knowledge we gained during our topic lessons to help us. 


During our Maths lessons, we learned how to multiply numbers using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. 


On Monday 9th December and Wednesday 11th December, the children walked to St. Augustine's Church to Experience Christmas. They learned about why Christmas is important to Christians and why it is celebrated. They thoroughly enjoyed this visit. 


The afternoon of Tuesday 10th December brought us our very first Winter Warmer. The children were very proud to be able to buy and sell the chocolate lollypops they had made. Many parents came to enjoy a movie with their child. 

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Our Learning during Autumn 1

During our first term we learned about the Victorians. Our big question was, How have the Victorians influenced my life today? We learnt about who the Victorians were, what Victorian Derby was like, famous people from the Victorian period, Victorian inventions and how they have influenced our lives today. 


In English, we were reading Fair's Fair by Leon Garfield. We wrote descriptions of settings. You could help your child by encouraging them to describe what they can see. 


During our Maths lessons we learnt about the place value of digits within three digit numbers. Please let your child handle small amounts of money, let them help pay for items and work out the change they will get when they have been shopping.


Please listen to your child read for at least 15 minutes a day. Quiz your child on their times tables and help them practice their spellings.


Homework shall be given out on a Friday and is due back on a Wednesday.

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How have the Victorians influenced my life today?


The children have thoroghly enjoyed the launch of our topic. By bringing it to life through our Victorian Experience Day, the children have been able to participate in a typical Victorian school day, from the lessons to some of the punishments. They even took part in Victorian PE drills and learned to play the Hop Scotch. The adults looked very stern and very scary. 


By becoming 'history detectives' the children were able to identify signs of Victorian homes on the buildings around school. We were amazed at how much evidence there is of Victorian architecture in Pear Tree. 

Roald Dahl Day


Friday 13th September was Roald Dahl Day. The staff were dressed up as extras from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children read the book and they dove deeper into the text, identifying vocabulary that inspired them. They finished off the day by learning the song of the Oompa Loompas. 


Attendance Hero Day


Attendance Hero Day is a day that is selected by Mrs Burdis when all of the children at school can have an extra break time. The year 3 children have thoroughly enjoyed their extra break times. 



Diwali 1
This week, we have been learning about why Hindus celebrate Diwali. We have also learned about how they celebrate this festival by designing our own rangoli patterns and henna patterns then making our own diva lamps. 

Key Dates

Monday 24th February 2020 - Start of Spring Term 2

Friday 3rd April 2020 - End of term

Monday 20th April 2020 - Start of Summer Term 1

Friday 8th May 2020 - Bank Holiday

Friday 22nd May 2020 - End of term

Monday 25th May 2020 - Bank Holiday

Monday 1st June 2020 - Start of Summer Term 2

Friday 26th June 2020 - INSET Day

Friday 24th July 2020 - Break up for the summer break 



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