Year 3

What’s happening this half term?



In English we are looking at the story “The Firework-Maker’s Daughter” by Philip Pullman:

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker!

But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!

Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend’s flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet – the King’s white elephant – race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time?

We’ll be writing instructions for fireworks, diaries for the characters and a report about a magical creature and will be exploring how to use paragraphs to group information, use speech marks for direct speech and choose vocabulary carefully so that it has a specific effect on the reader.


In Maths this half term we are focusing on multiplication & division, money and statistics. The objectives we will be looking at are:

– Recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.

– Writing and calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables  for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods. 

– Solving problems, including missing number problems, involving multiplication and division, including positive integer scaling problems and correspondence problems in which n objects are connected to m objectives

– Adding and subtracting amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts

– Interpreting and presenting data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.

– Solving one-step and two-step questions [for example, ‘How many more?’ and ‘How many fewer?’] using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictograms and tables


Our topic this half term is ‘Why is the Earth Angry?’ In this topic we will be looking at how the Earth is made up and the layers of the Earth. We will then look at tectonic plates, fault lines and how they can cause earthquakes and volcanoes. We will also be looking at where volcanoes occur and the Pacific Ring of Fire. Finally we will be looking at the human impact these can have and why people may want to live near a volcano or in an area where earthquakes are common.

Our Science links nicely to our Topic work as we are exploring the ground beneath our feet and becoming petrologists – ROCK experts! We will be conducting lots of different experiments to test the durability, permeability and use of certain rocks, classifying them, sorting them, carefully observing them and finally creating our own rock museum at the end of this half term.


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