Springwood Infant and

Junior School Federation

Believing is achieving

Our learning in year 3

Our final half term in year three, lots of lovely learning still left to do!


Anansi the Spider

Anansi was a very smart but mischievous (troublesome) god who was changed into a spider by his father Nyame for not giving up his mischievous ways. Anansi stories are often funny and teach us lessons about the consequences of making bad choices, and that it's much better to be smart than to be strong.


The Spider and the fly

We have really enjoyed reading this fantastic poem and discussing its hidden meanings.  What the spider says and what he intends to do are two very different things.  The illustrations are wonderful and the rhyme really draws the reader in.  Take a listen for yourself!


Fractions are FUN!

See if you can explain the numerator and the denominator...

Learning in summer 1

Reading  (poetry)

Our author study is Nicola Davies (she used to be a presenter many years ago on the "really wild show"!)


Find out more about the author here...


We have learned about writing techniques:


Maths - Multiplication

Grid Method

The maths grid method for multiplication is a written method for multiplying numbers. Learn how to use it and find a lot of resources to support your teaching.


What is the maths grid method of multiplication?

The grid method in maths is a written method, which is used when multiplying numbers. It involves partitioning numbers into tens and units before they are multiplied. The grid method for multiplication is also known as the box method, because it involves adding numbers into boxes.

At school, the grid method is taught because it makes multiplying numbers easier by breaking them into their constituent values and multiplying them step-by-step.



Top tip - Keep practising your 2, 10, 5, 3, 4 and 8 times tables.


RE - Concept of "sacred"

Have you got a sacred space?


Spring 2 Maths

In Maths we are now learning about data handling.

To find out more, check out BBC Bitesize


We have been writing from the point of view of the children in the story book, they find a most astonishing sight!

We have been increasing our choices of vocabulary from bush to box and from tree to ash.  Fronted adverbials have helped us to add extra information about the time, place and manner in which we found the green ship and conjunctions like although, because and so have extended our sentences.

World book day- Thursday 3rd March.

The children in year three had so much fun. Our theme was "out of space" (to follow on from our super spelling lessons)

We began with the "hook" which involved a capsule discovery, which we believed may have come from beyond our planet.

We read a range of exciting, alien themed books from authors like Oliver Jeffers.

After much debate, and speaking and listening activities we created our own alien wanted posters.  Much fun was had by all, we enjoyed being creative, using our imagination and dressing up as our favourite book characters.



Safer internet day - Tuesday 8th February

Writing - A non chronological report about Wolves!

What can you include in your report?

Spring - 1

Traditional tales



We have been looking at the Wolf's Story, what really happened with Little Red riding Hood!



We have been leaning about  different lines (horizontal, vertical and perpendicular), different shapes (2d and 3d) and their properties, and angles (acute, right angle and obtuse).



Can you learn your times tables?  (out of order, without calculating the answer)



We have been learning about themes and conventions in traditional tales and comparing different traditional tales side by side.  

Can you read some traditional tales developing your fluency, expression and word recognition in reading?

Use the username - centipedes, and password year3.



We have been learning about words with suffixes

Autumn 2


This half term we are learning about writing instructions.

How can the apprentice become the best moon phase shaper?

By following the instructions of course!


How to write clear instructions...


Look at our published pieces at the end of our learning journey...



We are learning about economic activity in the Ivory Coast.

Our key question is "Where in the world is Africa, and what is it like?"


Find out more about economic activity on BBC Bitesize...

Learning in year three, Autumn term.


In English we are learning to write a setting description, using exciting vocabulary so that the reader can imagine the place without ever being there!

Texts we are reading...


We have been developing our speaking and listening skills whilst discussing and performing poetry.  You can continue to read at home using online books at oxford owl, downloading books via borrow box supported by the Hampshire library service, as well as visiting your local library.



We have been learning about number and place value.  Counting in ones, tens and hundreds, reading and writing numbers.  Recognising what comes before and after a given number and making numbers from a range of written and concrete resources.


In history we encountered a time warp toolbox.  This was a modern toolbox filled with some very strange looking tools!  We had to use our knowledge of the world to find out what they were and what time period they could have come from.


We have read Stone age Boy Stone age Boy


In year three we are continuing to develop joined up cursive handwriting, which is fluent and regular in size.  We will have regular taught handwriting sessions to improve our handwriting and presentation.


We are learning about health, healthy eating and how to make informed decisions about what we eat.