Year 3

Welcome to Hazel, Willow and Spruce classes

The teachers in Year 3 are Neil Bourne (Hazel Class), Eve Mehtar (Willow Class) and Hannah Bawcombe and Avalon Mountford (Spruce Class).

General information:

International Day

Year Three visited Australia and India and Iran. In Australia they looked at aboriginal art and had a go at their
own. In India they looked at Henna hand designs and made their own. In both countries they used Google Earth
to visit famous places such as The Taj Mahal and The Sydney Opera House. In Iran they made Khatam Clay tiles
and used Islamic art patterns to decorate them.

What we have been doing

Year 3 In the first half term in Year 3 the children have spent two weeks looking at the earth’s structure, volcanoes and the seven continents. The children worked hard on learning new vocabulary, making a model of the earth, locating the most famous volcanoes in the world and creating fact files for them. They recapped on their knowledge of the continents from Year 2 and looked at where items in their homes had come from.

The children spent a week being very creative looking at portraits using different mediums. They created a range of self-portraits using pencil, paint and materials. They all did really well and the teachers were very impressed with how engaged they were with the process.


Year 3 put on a fabulous nativity to a small audience of governors. 

What have we been doing?

Year 3’s topic this term is focused on pre-history – in particular the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. The children enjoyed a visit from the Museum of London where they explored Stone Age history. In art they have created collages inspired by the environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy.

They have also had a series of athletics sessions run by Non-Stop Action as part of their PE curriculum.

Year 3 are now rehearsing for their nativity show which will be filmed at the end of term.

Y3 have been doing athletics in PE with the coach from Non Stop Action.

As we are not going on trips this year, Year 3 had a visit at school from the Museum of London. This was to help with our learning about our topic of Prehistory.

Hazel class have been looking at the work of environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. They have had a go at creating their own pictures with materials they collected. 

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Year 3 Story time videos:



Trip to Mount Anvil Construction Company

Children in Year 3 were invited to a challenge day at the Mount Anvil development project in Whitechapel to learn about the company and the world of construction.  The children worked in teams with volunteers from the company to design and build a model of a tower block that would meet the needs of a range of potential residents.

They also had the opportunity to visit the viewing platform on the site, and learn about some of the jobs in the construction industry from planners, surveyors and architects to crane drivers and bricklayers.  One boy was very interested in the crane drivers job and thought this was something he might enjoy doing when he is older as he likes heights. 

Our class reporter was Matthew: “We have been learnings about making an art centre in Enabling Enterprise; dividing 2 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers; writing present perfect tense sentence, how the Roman invasion was useful in Britain and reading My Monster and Me in PSHE. We also presented an assembly about the Romans and Boudicca.”

Our class reporter was Grace. “In Spanish we have been learning about the months for example I was born on quince Agosto which is August the 15th. In DT we have been painting Roman shields. In music we have been learning how to say pattern words, for example pentagon means 5 sides. In maths we have been dividing by 3 for example three divided by three equals one and also in maths we have been learning about the three times table. We have also been rehearsing for our assembly about Romans.”

What we have been doing this year:

At the beginning of the spring term Year 3 completed their topic on rocks and soils with a further visit from Geobus. They then began studying their main topic this term: The Romans and their influence in Britain. The children in year 3 wrote and produced class assemblies that were both informative and entertaining demonstrating their knowledge of the Romans in Britain. They will take part in a Roman workshop led by ‘History off the Page’ after Easter. They have continued their morning runs around the playground circuit and have started swimming lessons.

Year Three’s major topic last term was the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages . They have been learning about the Animals , Tools, Homes and Art. The topic was reinforced with a trip to the Museum of London where the children got to see and learn about various Artefacts from Pre history, these included, weapons, jewellery and the first coins. The children and staff had a great time and learnt a lot. 

In science they have been learning about rocks and magnets. To tie in with this the children have taken part in a science curriculum day on rocks and fossils run by GeoBus. They have also had a series of gymnastics sessions run by Non-Stop Action as part of their indoor PE curriculum. Year 3 will soon be rehearsing for their nativity show at the end of term.

National Y3 Tate Project

Holly Park Primary School is one of over 1,500 London primary schools involved in the Tate Year 3 Project, one of the world’s most ambitious contemporary art projects. Explored through the vehicle of the traditional school class photograph, a vast new art work is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK.

Miss Mehtar went to find the poster.

It offers a glimpse of the capital’s future, a hopeful portrait of a generation to come. Last academic year, Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen invited every Year 3 pupil in London to have their photograph taken by a team of specially trained Tate photographers. They included children from state primaries, independent schools, faith schools, special schools, pupil referral units and home-educated pupils. Holly Park took part in this project. These class photos are brought together into a single large-scale installation, capturing tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils in a milestone year in their development. ‘There’s an urgency to reflect on who we are and our future […] to have a visual reflection on the people who make this city work. I think it’s important and in some ways urgent.’ Steve McQueen.

Both of our Holly Park Classes from Y3 last year will feature in the exhibition at the Tate which will run for 6 months. In addition to the thousands of class photographs exhibited together at Tate Britain, the Tate Year 3 Project will also take some of the classes out into each of London’s 33 boroughs. An outdoor exhibition will feature individual class photographs on large billboard sites across the city. It will take place in the first three weeks of November 2019, beginning just before the opening of the exhibition at Tate Britain. The exciting news is that one of our Y3 classes was selected as only one of 54 classes who were selected from the apx 1500 classes. You may want to look out for them when you are out and about in London! Our current Y4 classes (Y3 last year) will be going on a trip to the Tate in March with their Y3 class teachers to see the exhibition.