Welcome to the Year 3 Thomason


April 16th 2018

Romans Experience Day

To launch our new topic all about the Roman Empire and the impact they had on Britain, we had a Roman Experience Day! 2 Romans, Crispus and Cornelia came to our school and immersed us in the Roman way of life and culture. Cornelia showed us some Roman artefacts, taught us Latin and helped us practice the correct etiquette during a Roman banquet so that we wouldn’t offend anyone!

Crispus was a soldier who taught us all about armour, how you could become a soldier and how to march during battle. We played lots of Roman games, made a Roman or Celt clay head and created a scroll. We ended our Roman day by performing a play all about the Roman invasion. We are all looking forward to learning more about the Romans throughout the topic.



This half term, we have written our very own explanation texts. We designed our own mode of armoured vehicle and wrote an explanation about how it works. The children pretended that we were going back to the period of time when the Roman Empire was at its most powerful. We designed an armoured vehicle to fight against the Romans and to withstand the most brutal of battles.

The children used adverbs for time, subordinate clauses and subordination for time to write their amazing explanations.


We are writing a persuasive text over the next few weeks. We introduced this unit of work by writing a persuasive text to encourage people to attend our school. The children thought of many different exciting reasons why other children should attend our school and used some great adjectives and emotive language in their writing. To develop and improve our persuasive language, we have worked together in small groups to use persuasive language to convince the other groups to agree with their opinion.

Over the next few weeks, we will be going back in time again. We will be writing a persuasive text to convince people to join the Roman army!!

May 4th 2018-100% attendance

Yr 3 Crompton achieved 100% attendance this week and was rewarded with a visit to the park. We had an amazing time and we are well on our way to achieving our target of 97% attendance for the whole year.

Summer 1

Year 3 are enjoying learning how to play the samba drums with our resident Music Teacher. We have learned how to play to a few songs now and are improving each week.

May 3rd 2018

Stay and read assembly

We had an amazing turnout to our assembly and the children performed their dance and song brilliantly. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! Thank you to all the parents that stayed after the assembly to read with their child. It was lovely to see you all there and we look forward to seeing you all again during our next assembly.

1st February 2018


In English this week we have continued to explore our new text, The Stone Age Boy. We have learnt the story, created story maps which will help us with our own work and even acted what the characters were feeling in different parts of the story! We have really enjoyed learning with this book.


This week we have been dividing using the bus stop method. We have been using concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us with these calculations. Next week, we will be learning all about fractions.


In Topic we have been learning about what people in the Stone Age ate. We have been learning about how they hunted and how they found other sources of food. Did you know that they ate hazelnuts?


So far in maths this year we have covered lots of topics including the four operations, time, measuring distance and fractions. Each lesson, we have been completing questions to help our fluency (Do it!”), reasoning questions which require explaining the process we have been learning (“Twist it!”) and problem solving challenges (“Solve it!) which have been stretching our brain ever further!

Our most recent topic in maths was fractions. We have been learning all about equivalent fractions using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. We have also been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator which we enjoyed. Did you know that in fraction addition and subtraction calculation with the same denominator, the denominator in your answer also stays the same? We have been using our reasoning skills to explain why!

We are soon starting our new topic in maths – shape. We start each maths topic with an exploration lesson to see what we already know and so this will be our first lesson.


This year, we have been very busy in science!

We started off the year exploring rocks and fossils, including classifying rocks and even making our own fossil! We also learnt about natural disasters including volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and floods. We discovered the connection between earthquakes and volcanos by learning about the structure of the earth all the way from tectonic plates to the core.

After this, we learnt about forces and magnets. We conducted several experiments to discover how forces such as friction, gravity and magnetism work. We made a prediction for each experiment, devised a method and then followed our instructions

to check our hypotheses. We recorded the findings of our experiments in appropriate ways such as in tables and bar charts.

We celebrated Science Day by designing, building and testing our own marble roller coasters made entirely of paper! We designed our roller coaster in groups then made each component using only paper! We tested our roller coasters to see how long our marble took to reach the bottom and recorded our findings using a stopwatch. Everyone loved Science Day! We realised that being an engineer is a hard but fun job and this inspired us to think about how to reach our aspirations in the future.

Currently, we are learning about animals including humans. We became personal trainers and advised clients how to improve their diets. We noticed that some people were eating over 32 teaspoons of sugar a day when you should be eating a maximum of 8 teaspoons each day. These findings shocked us and encouraged everyone to check the sugar in what we are eating. We have also been learning about animal and human skeletons including the different types of animal skeletons and the uses of each bone. We will be finishing this topic by learning all about muscles and how they work together with our bones to protect our bodies.

1st February 2018


In English this week we have continued to explore our new text, The Stone Age Boy. We have learnt the story, created story maps which will help us with our own work and even acted what the characters were feeling in different parts of the story! We have really enjoyed learning with this book.

In Guided Reading, we have been exploring different plays. We have been acting out scenes in small groups and have been focusing on using appropriate tone and facial expressions.


This week we have been dividing using the bus stop method. We have been using concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us with these calculations. Next week, we will be learning all about fractions.


In Topic we have been learning about what people in the Stone Age ate. We have been learning about how they hunted and how they found other sources of food. Did you know that they ate hazelnuts?


In PSHE this week we have been exploring how our feelings and actions can affect other people. We realised that friends are one of the best things about school and so we have been thinking about our actions before we act. We also discussed what makes a great school and what makes a nightmare school which helped us realise that we love our school!

VIP – Muna

Good Work – Christine


Week beginning 22nd January 2018


We’ve started our new unit of work relating the story ‘Stone Age Boy’. The children have looked at the images from the story and have created different scenarios to go with the images. They have been improving the original story by adding a range of adverbials for manner and place to add more detail to the original story.


In maths, we’ve been working on using the column method to work out multiplication calculations. We have also been reasoning and solving problems using this new method.


This week, Year 3 have undertaken a test to find out which surface the car would travel the furthest on. We made our predictions before the rest and recorded our results on our sheets. We made sure that it was a fair test by using the same car for each surface and pushing the car with the same force each time. We had so much fun doing this and can’t wait for our next test.

VIP –  Aleksa

Good work – Nathan



Week beginning 08/02/18


This week in Maths we have been starting our new topic of fractions. We explored what we already knew about fractions during a fun exploration lesson and have now been focusing on fractions of shapes. Next week, we will be learning how to calculate fractions of numbers.


In English, we have been innovating new ideas based on our book The Stone Age Boy. We have been discussing what might happen if the characters personalities changed which has led us to develop a plan for our own version of the story. Next week, we will be writing our story.


We have had an exciting week learning all about magnets and different forces! We conducted an experiment to test if all metals were magnetic and discovered that there are only 3 magnetic metals – iron, nickel and cobalt. We are finding our Science lessons very interesting and are working hard to ensure that we are always working scientifically.

VIP – Abigail
Good Work – Ruby



We have had such an exciting half term in 3 Thomson! Here’s just a snippet of what we have been up to!

We loved reading George’s Marvellous Medicine and thought it was amazing and exciting when we went to see the play at the theatre. There was nothing about this experience we would change!

We celebrated having the highest attendance in the school (89.9% but we know we can do better!) by spending an afternoon in Tatton Park where we played on the skateboard ramps, went on the zip wire and plays lots of football with Adam. It was a great way to spend a Friday afternoon (even if we got really muddy!) and we hope our attendance stays as high so we can go again soon.

Our topic this term is “Our Blackley”. We went for a walk around school to see all the human features (things people have built) that are in the area – there are a lot more than we thought! We have designed a human feature that we want to see in Blackley and we had some incredibly inventive ideas!

We also finished learning about the human body, including the digestive system, the skeleton and muscles. Our favourite part was when we made the digestive system in class! It was very messy but very fun too. We love doing practical activities and it really helps us learn.

A Christmas pantomime came to school and we loved watching it and getting involved – it was so much fun!

We have been hard at work rehearsing for our very own Christmas production. We have been practicing lots of songs and can’t wait to perform for all our friends and family – we really hope you can come and watch us!

In English this half term we have been extremely busy. We made rice crispy cakes (and wrote instructions so you can make them at home too) and we have also been detectives! A little boy lost his dad and we tried to help him find him. We wrote a lost poster and have been looking at pictures but we found lots of things that are a bit out of place … we will keep you updated as I’m sure with our fantastic detective skills we will find dad soon!

In Maths we have been multiplying and dividing. We have been using the new maths mastery curriculum to really help us understand these concepts. We love using counters and cubes to help! In fact, we’ve found it so easy that our teacher has been shocked!

Although it’s only the second week of term we have been very busy in class!

Next term, we have even more exciting things planned. Our new topic is Tomb Raiders and we are going to be learning everything about the Egyptians including mummies, pyramids and [hieroglyphics] hieroglyphics- it’s going to be a lot of fun! We are going to be moving on to measurement in maths as well as refocusing on addition and subtraction so we can become even better mathematicians (which will be hard as we’re so good already!).

We are really excited about our learning journey next term and can’t wait to update you about it soon!

In English, we have been writing our own story ending for the book “Into the Forest”. We have been creating suspense using lots of different story openers, descriptive language, prepositions and subordinating conjunctions. We have also been ensuring that we use commas correctly. Our story endings have been very imaginative and have even included dragons and witches!

In Maths, we have been measuring lots of different things including people’s heads! We have also been converting centimetres (cm), millimetres (mm) and meters (m) into different units. We found this a bit tricky at first but we used our growth mindset sayings from last term (instead of “I’m not clever enough to do this”we have been saying “I will learn how to do this”) and now we find it much easier! We have also been solving measurement word problems. Next, we are going to be learning about perimeter.

We also started our new topic – Tomb Raiders! We have loved learning about the Ancient Egyptians so far. We drew detailed pictures of Egyptian artifacts from the museum and found this really interesting. We are going to be learning a lot more about the Egyptians including the geography of ancient Egypt, Egyptian gods and all about the pharaohs. We are really excited about this topic!

In R.E. we are learning about Christianity this term. So far we have learnt all about Jesus and why he was important to Christians. We even drew our own pictures in chalk of what we think Jesus would look like. Did you know no-one really knows what Jesus looked like because there were no cameras when he was alive? We found this very interesting and our pictures reflected this!

We are really looking forward to our upcoming visit to the Blackley library. If your child does not have a library card but would like one, please fill in the letter which went home. This will allow you to apply for a free library card on behalf of your child. If you lost the letter, please ask your child to get a new one from Miss Grantham.


Week Beginning 6th November

In Science, we had lots of fun creating our very own fossils using Plaster of Paris and clay. We also investigated which rock would be most suitable to use to make a statue to go outside. We tested limestone, marble, chalk, sandstone, slate and pumice. We used the same amount of water on each rock to ensure that we undertook a fair test. We all decided that marble would be the best rock to use as it’s impermeable and would withstand the harsh conditions.

This week in English, the children have been working on using imperative verbs, adverbs and subordination in preparation for writing their own set of instructions relating to creating their own fossils. In maths, we’ve been working on using the inverse and working out one and two step word problems.

Good Work – Oscar

VIP – Christine and Grace Mc


Week Beginning 1st November 

We have had a great start to the new half term! In Maths, we have been learning about fact families and the inverse. We have been reasoning and solving problems which required us to use our growth mindset so we didn’t give up even when the work became tricky. Next week, we will be using our addition and subtraction skills in the context of money.

In English, we have started looking at instructions. Nursery asked us to help them learn how to get ready in the morning so we were very excited to write our instructions to help them! We think they found them useful. Next week, we will continue to look at the different features of instructions and will be writing instructions based on a fun and interesting activity we will be doing …

In Topic, we have learnt all about the different types of rock – sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We have compared rocks and have identified common and different features. Next week, we will be conducting an experiment with rocks and will start to explore fossils.

VIP – Grace H

GW – Oscar


Week beginning 16th October 2017

This week in English we have started to write our own disaster stories! We have changed the characters, the setting and the natural disaster from those in our book “Escape to Pompeii”. We have created some imaginative, interesting stories and can’t wait to create illustrations to match! After half term we are going to be reading a non-fiction text and using this to inspire our next piece of writing.

In Maths, we have learnt all about column subtraction. We found this a bit tricky but we used our growth mindset to persevere. This week we have also learnt about estimating numbers and rounding to the nearest ten. After half term, we will be adding and subtracting money.

In Topic, we have started to examine rocks. We grouped different rocks and learnt about classification. After half term, we will be learning about fossils! We are very excited about this because we found a fossil when we were classifying rocks and had lots of questions!

VIP Julia
GW Luke


Week beginning 9th October

This week in Maths we have been doing lots of reasoning and problem solving to solidify our understanding of column addition. We have also begun our new topic of column subtraction. Next week, we will be continuing with column subtraction and will be combining our knowledge of addition and subtraction to answer questions.

This week in English, we have begun innovating our own story. We created a story mountain and changed the names of characters, the location and even the natural disaster! We have been working on lots of skills to include in our new story including speech and ensuring that we are using contractions correctly. Next week, we will being to write our new story using all these skills.

In Topic, we have written a recount from the perspective of someone who survived a natural disaster. We have also been examining the different types of rocks in the Earth and discussing how they are formed. It is anti-bullying week and so we have created an anti-bullying poster around the theme “All Different, All Equal”. We can’t wait to see who wins our school poster competition!

VIP – Ruby

GW – Paiten



This week in maths we have started the topic “Place Value“. We started this topic with an exploration lesson which was fun and interesting. We rotated around the tables trying lots of different activities including making numbers using resources; partitioning numbers into hundreds, tens and ones; and ordering numbers from biggest to smallest. In our next maths lesson we practiced writing numbers in numerals and in words. Next week, we will be continuing learning about place value and will be focusing on exploring the value of different digits.


In English this week we have written a recount of what we did over the Summer holidays. Everyone did lots of fun activities including playing with friends, camping, visiting family and going abroad, so this was an interesting lesson. Next week, we will be learning different skills to include in next piece of English writing.


We started our topic of “Disaster Zone” with two mornings of fun activities which we participated in with Year 4. These included performance poetry with Miss Grantham, making volcano collages with Miss Hampson, creating pastel volcano art with Miss Singer and experimenting to make erupting volcanos with Miss Sykes. We had a great two mornings and can’t wait to start learning all about natural disasters!


This year P.E. is on a Monday and a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit for these days.

Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be returned by Wednesday.

You are expected to read with your child every night and return their reading book accordingly.

VIP – Dylan and Aleksa

GW – Teresa-Marie


This week in Maths we have been continuing to look at place value. We have been partitioning numbers and explaining the value of each different digit. We have also been using our reasoning skills to further the depth of our understanding. Next week we will be continuing the topic of place value and will be doing lots more reasoning and problem solving.


We have had a lot of fun in English this week! It was Roald Dahl day on Wednesday and we all dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl character. We read Matilda and then wrote our own version of the story. In the afternoon we saw how Quentin Blake illustrated the Roald Dahl books and practiced our own illustrations. Next week, we will be learning more skills to put in our recount.


In topic this week we have been labeling a cross section of a volcano. We have been learning how volcanos form and have been locating them on a map. We are really enjoying this topic and have found it very interesting.

Week beginning 3rd September

Year 3 had an amazing time watching the show ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ It was an amazing experience and the children will be writing some great recounts of the day from a characters perspective.

In maths, we have been reasoning and problem solving this week, using place value and are being challenged to explain our reasoning each day.

In topic, we’ve been writing about how volcanoes are formed and we looked at maps to find out where some volcanoes are located throughout the world. We learned all about the earth’s crust and how the earth is structured. We are completely fascinated with volcanoes and natural disasters and can’t wait to learn more over the next few weeks.





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My name is Katie Grantham and I am a Year 3 teacher at E-ACT Blackley Academy. I am currently in my first year of the Teach First graduate scheme.

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