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Yr 3 - Derbyshire Reservoirs

Welcome to Year 3


Welcome to Year 3 with a difference! We have had a fantastic year so far with many new experiences in school. The children have adapted well to their new way of learning and are continuing to live our Super Hero Code at home.


Like all storms, this storm too shall pass and we look forward to welcoming our children back to school. However, until then, we shall all continue to adapt to our new way of learning and make the best of the situation by not sitting and waiting for the storm to pass but by dancing in the rain. 


We believe we should never stop learning because our lives never stop teaching us new and exciting things. Here are some of the things the adults in Year 3 have been learning. 


Miss Hassall has learnt that babies are born without knee caps.

Miss Black has learnt that she can drive to school within five minutes when there isn't much traffic on the roads.

Mrs Slater has learnt how to use Zoom to attend meetings online. 

Mrs Sullivan has learnt how to upload and mark work on Showbie. She is becoming a whizz with technology! 

Miss Cave has been learning the art of gardening, she has transformed her front garden. 

Miss Aisha has been learning how to attend meetings on Zoom and is also becoming a whizz with technology. 

Mrs Saini has been learning how to play the dhol. 


Teaching Staff


Mrs Saini


Miss Hassall


Miss Cave


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


Meet our team!



Safeguarding / Online Safety

A huge thank you to @TheParentsZone for supporting PTCJS in our journey with internet safety! Check out the Internet Legends website for information on what ...

Useful Links During School Closure

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. 

Spring 1 and 2


Our Stone Age to Iron Age topics were launched with a fantastic experience day. We discovered what prehistory is, learned about the roles of hunters and gatherers, dissected Stone Age poo and built our own version of Stonehenge. 


During this topic. we learned about how tools and weapons were used, how fires were used to keep warm and cook food and how homes changed throughout the ages. We also learned about why the Bronze Age is called the Bronze Age. 


During our Geography lessons, we learned about why people settled in certain areas and how the Giant's Causeway was created. 


We learned about the different rocks and soils and how they are made. 

Stone Age Experience Day at Conkers

Spring 1 and 2 Knowledge Organisers

Aiming High Day

During our Aiming High Day, we discussed our career aspirations and what kind of people we would like to be when we are older. We also discussed the fact that the children of today are the leaders of tomorrow. 

Story Assembly

On Tuesday afternoons, we get comfortable in the hall for our story assembly. 

The Year 3 Pancake Day Races

Internet Legends with Google

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. 

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.

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. 



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. 

Maths and English Knowledge Organisers for Year 3

Key Dates


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 



Pear Tree Promise



Aiming high