East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Year 3 Cherry

Welcome to the Year 3 Cherry Class page!


Here you will find what we’ll be learning in class in the week ahead, examples of learning that have taken place, links to useful websites, resources for home learning, photos of activities and events and much much more! Be sure to check this webpage every week; you could even set it as your homepage!


Essential information:


 - PE  is on Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit. 


- Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be handed in the following Wednesday.


- Spelling tests will take place on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their spelling sheet as this is what we will be using to record the test on.




This term we have been learning about place value - hundreds, tens and ones. We have used dienes and coins to help us represent numbers in a variety of ways. We are practising how to add 1, 10, 100 more and 1, 10, 100 less. We are understanding which digit changes and giving reasons why. Please see links below for websites to visit.



We have just started reading a book called,'The Village That Vanished' by Ann Grifalconi. The children really enjoyed reading it together as a class. Ask them to tell you what it is about! 



We are learning about forces. This week we will be investigating windmills and discussing where a push or pull makes it move.




The Village that Vanished

This video is a trailer for the book.

Welcome back to autumn 2!


W/B 30th October 2017


I hope you had a fun filled half term and the children are ready to return back to school. We will be covering a lot this half term so it is important that your child arrives to school on time and attends every day.




This week we will be starting a block on addition and subtraction. We will be adding and subtracting multiples of 100 up to the total of 1000. We will be exploring that fact that addition and subtraction are the inverse of each other. We will using concrete materials such as dienes to solve addition problems. We will then move on to using bar modelling to represent addition and subtraction as well as using bar modelling to solve word problems. The children will also create their own word problems to match number sentences and then draw their own bar models and word problems. See an example of bar modelling below!

Addition Using a Bar Model



We will start reading the book, The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. The children will be using their imagination to recreate a firework scene from the story using pastels on black paper. They will be using role play to act out their favourite part of the story. The children will then identify and locate the features of a narrative text after which they will retell the story paying close attention to use adjectives, past tense, verbs, time adverbials e.g. (later that day, one evening) and inverted commas.

The Reading Corner / The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson

Welcome to The Reading Corner. Where teachers read you their favourite children's books and texts we use in the class. This story is all about Plop who is an Owl who is afraid of the dark. A perfect story to help teach your little ones that there is nothing to be afraid of.



We will be learning about light in science. this term. This week children will be learning about the dark and know that it is the absence of light. They will talk about their own experiences of dark, such as places that are dark, or times that it is dark. They will discuss which light sources are absent in these places or at these times in order to make it dark.  Can we see in the dark? We will discuss the idea that we cannot see in complete darkness, but it is rare to find this. There is often light from street lamps, a night light etc. that allows us to see objects, but not as clearly as in full light.

W/B 6th November 2017



We will be continuing to look at addition and subtraction. The children will start off the week recapping on using bar models to help solve addition and subtraction problems. They will then use bar models to solve word problems. Finally, they will write their own word problems and draw bar model problems for other children to solve!



This week the class will be planning their own version of The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. They will use some of the same features but then change one aspect of the story. They will brainstorm ideas, plan, write and then edit their 'new' version of the story.



Children will be continuing their exploration of light and light sources. They will consider misconceptions of what light sources are. They will be able to explain what are and are not light sources and why. See below for a link to the BBC Bitesize website for more information on light sources.