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Y3 Termly update & photos

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  • Spring 2

    Published 14/03/24, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy  In Year Three, as is the case throughout the school, we read from a large selection of books.  These books are on loan from the school’s library, which is a rich reservoir of information, at the heart of all learning at C
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  • Spring 1

    Published 26/01/24, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy We started this half term exploring poetry: performing poems, enjoying tongue twisters, creating our own riddles and finally writing our own poems. We wrote our final piece on animals using the Curwen core skill of empathy, using plenty o
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 04/12/23, by Hana Mehmet

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  • Autumn 1

    Published 11/10/23, by Holly Croxall


    For literacy this half term, students have started to practise their first reading skill, prediction. The children have discussed the importance of being able to make appropriate predictions and have talked about how a blurb or an image can help to make a sensible guess about what will happen in a story. The children have engaged very well with this and their enjoyment is reflected in the predictions they have made and their thoughts and ideas about the characters.


    In addition to making predictions, the children in year 3 have also completed a non-chronological report, which talks about school meals at Curwen. This was their first formal piece of writing since moving up to year 3 and though it was a challenge, the children all strove for success and completed something they can be proud of.

    Can I partition numbers using concrete resources? 

    In Year 3, there is a big push to make Maths accessible to all. Some people learn best by doing.  In fact, it is said that all children benefit from learning by doing.  Some parents have admitted, that they have even used kidney beans to explain addition and subtraction.

    So far, we have worked on the Properties of Numbers, and have used the Dienes to represent hundreds, tens and units/ones.  The children were effectively able to find the answers to their Maths questions, and feel an overall sense of achievement.


    In topic, we have been learning about our local area.  So far, we have learnt that Plaistow, our local area, is a town, which is within the borough of Newham. We also learnt that the smallest human settlement is called a hamlet and that counties are bigger than cities but smaller than a country. To help us understand place the settlements in the correct order, we created settlement hierarchy circles. We have also looked at 4-ficure grid references to help us locate place on a map.

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  • Summer 2

    Published 17/07/23, by Hana Mehmet



    In Literacy this term, we have been exploring a number of skills using the class text to support our learning. The first is the idea of representation where the children discuss what different places or objects could symbolise in a story or what it could mean to the characters. One example is the chocolate factory in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students talked about a range of things that the factory could represent.

    Another skill that the children have been practising is referencing the text in their writing when answering questions. This is something that has really allowed the children to engage with the story and expand their knowledge of key concepts.



    Lastly, the children have also been working on making inferences, not just about a story but also about a character based on what we know about them. To explore this, students have been engaging in shared writing in pairs.

    Year 3 Topic


    In Year 3 this term, we have been learning all about the environment. We learned about different types of pollution and discussed ways of reducing it to protect our environment. In class, we also talked about the impact of pollution on animals including us, humans. To encourage people to look after our planet, we used our computing skills, to make informed posters concerning plastic in the ocean on Adobe Express.

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  • Summer 1

    Published 22/05/23, by Hana Mehmet

    Summer 1 Literacy – Year 3


    In Literacy this half term, we have been writing our own narrative stories about volcanoes. We have been doing this alongside our topic lessons which have also been about volcanoes. We used a range of grammar skills such as fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and prepositional phrases to make our writing more dramatic. We also used speech and powerful verbs to engage our readers. To help us visualise what a volcanic eruption might have felt like in order to create our narrative stories, we listened to a story on “Now Press Play” about the eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii.

    Geography summer 1

    This term in geography we have been learning all about volcanoes! We have learnt about different features of Earth’s structure, tectonic plates and effects of natural disaster on the people and the environment. We have also completed some exciting work including locating 7 main tectonic plates on the map of the Earth and labelling volcanoes. The children learned that volcanic eruptions begin deep inside the Earth. The molten rock stored in the magma chamber rises and travel through the vents. As it travels up, gases expand and water becomes steam, creating pressure. When the pressure can no longer be contained, it erupts through the crater and secondary side vents.


    Math Summer 1

    In Maths this term we have been consolidating our knowledge of the four operations, and the methods we can use to decipher and calculate word problems.  After this, we have been delving deeper into fractions, picking up from where we began this work in Autumn 2.  We have begun adding and subtracting fractions, as well at looking at mixed and improper fractions.  Currently the children are working on properties of shape, and recognising the relationships between 2D and 3D shapes and how angles and lines can be described to help us identify certain shapes.

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  • Spring 2

    Published 24/03/23, by Hana Mehmet

    Year 3 Spring 2 – Topic update


    In Topic we have been learning about Ancient Egypt. We learnt that the civilization of Ancient Egypt began about 5,000 years ago and have ordered key events on a timeline. We have also had lots of fun learning about the River Nile, the Pyramids of Giza and the hierarchy of Ancient Egypt. 

    We also learned about the significance of the River Nile in helping Ancient Egypt to flourish, and made links to our work in science about rock formation when exploring the pyramids.

    We created our own fact files and enriched our learning with a trip to the British Museum to see Ancient Egyptian artefacts.

    The artefacts were used as an inspiration in our Art lessons, where we drew sections of the artefacts with a view finder. We also learned about contemporary Egyptian artist Reda Abdel Rahman whose work mimics the Ancient Egyptians imagery.   







    Maths Website Update – Spring 2 

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    The ability to read and understand the time is an important life skill in modern society. Therefore, in our maths lessons this half-term, we have been working on developing our knowledge and understanding of time. Through interactive games and independent activities, we explored telling the analogue and digital time both past the hour and to the next hour. We also started solving simple problems related to time durations where we had to work out how much time has elapsed between two events.


    Year 3 Literacy website update Spring 2

    During Guided Reading, Year 3 has been reading books such as Wind in the Willows and The Magic Finger.  We have discussed themes of friendship, revenge, forgiveness.  We have looked at the relationships which children have shared with their grown-ups.  

    In the main, the children have enjoyed reading aloud to the whole class, and the good news is that they are able to measure their progress over time.

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  • Spring 1

    Published 27/01/23, by Hana Mehmet


    The Ancient Egyptians are the focus of our learning in Topic lessons this term.  The endlessly fascinating topic has the children across Year 3 exploring, investigating and researching the various elements that contributed to the success of this ancient civilisation. As well as creating timelines and fact files, the children were able to deepen their understanding with a fantastic trip to The British Museum!  Thanks to all the families who came along to help on the trips!


    In Literacy, we have been doing exploratory learning with a focus on language, tone and authorial intent. Students have been looking closely at different words in order to understand why they were used and to discuss different attitudes towards a subject matter. In addition, we have also been working on our inference skills by looking at images and then transferring those ideas to the text for deeper understanding.

    Year 3 Website update - Maths

    In maths this half-term Year 3 has been learning about money. We identified the value of the coins and then made different totals. We also found different ways of making the same amount using different coins. Some of us also looked at world problems where we had to identify the correct operation looking at the words. 

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  • Autumn 2

    Published 08/12/22, by Hana Mehmet

    The Stone Age workshop has become an annual staple at Curwen.  The children found it exciting, enlightening and educational. For one day, history lessons were brought to life during this workshop, where children learnt about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. All four classes were exposed to information, which started with early hunter-gatherers and extended to early farming communities.

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  • Autumn 1

    Published 17/10/22, by Hana Mehmet

    In topic, we have been learning about our local area.  So far, we have learnt that Plaistow, our local area, is a town, which is within the borough of Newham. We have been completing lots of fun exploratory activities including drawing a map of our local area and completing four figure grid reference tasks that help us understand how places can be found on a map.on for your blog post here.


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  • Autumn 1

    Published 14/10/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Literacy In whole class reading sessions, Year 3 children learn how to empathise with characters in a story.  In so doing, they begin to understand how to walk in other people’s shoes. This is indeed one of Curwen’s core skills an
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  • Summer 1

    Published 17/05/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Geography  This term in Geography we have been learning all about volcanoes! We looked at the different features of Earth’s structure, tectonic plates and the effects of natural disasters on people and the environment. We have also comp
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  • Spring 2

    Published 18/03/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Maths In Maths this term we have been learning 3D shapes, time and interpreting data. To learn about properties of 3D shapes, we made models of common 3D shapes with cocktail sticks and then we counted their faces, edges and vertices. We also star
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  • Spring 1

    Published 28/01/22, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Maths In Maths this term we have been learning about money. Initially, we focused on recognising the value of coins and making totals of different amounts. Then we thought of making the same amount using different coins. We also learned how to add
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  • Autumn 2

    Published 02/12/21, by Nazmin Choudhury
    Maths In maths we have been learning all about fractions! We have learnt that to find a fraction of a shape: Every time you see… (the denominator), you should shade… (the numerator). We have also been learning about how to find fract
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