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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’

Year 3 - Our Learning 2021 - 22

Spring 2


Ruthless Romans

We have learnt about the Roman army, including the weapons, armour and equipment the soldiers would have had as well as the tactics and what life would have been like in the Roman army.

We even met a Roman solider over Zoom and tested out different shield formations in the playground.

We learn about the Roman invasion of Britain and Boudicca who fought against the Romans. 



We have studied the historical eruption of Mount Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii, including looking at artefacts found in the town and what we can learn about Roman life from these.

We have also learned about the eruption and formation of volcanoes and earthquakes. 

Science - light

Making links to how the Romans would have used some different light sources to us and Roman sundials, have have learnt about sources of light and shadows.

DT - Making Mosaics





Spring 1


Books we have read this half term have included:


Unearthing the Egyptians

DT - Making a Drum

Art - printing

History - The Ancient Egyptians



We used maps and atlases to find out about where Egypt is and what it is like there.

Science: The Human Body

While learning about mummification we have also learned a lot about the human body. We have learned about the different organs that the Ancient Egyptians took out of the body for mummification as well as the purpose of these organs in our bodies.


We then learned in more detail about our muscles and skeletons.

Storytelling Week

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

The stories to these mysterious pictures have been lost …. we had a go at telling our own versions of what the stories could have been.

Story Telling Competition

Take a look at the winning entry by Makbel.

Some of the runners-up:

Pyjama Friday

We told stories together as a class and spent time enjoying books in the afternoon.


Writing Instructions

We made egg sandwiches as a cross-curricular DT activity in preparation for writing our own instructions on how to make a sandwich.

Practising Writing Direct Speech


Listening Activities

We started off our new topic with some listening activities to reflect on the importance of listening to others.

Liturgical Calendars 

In response to our ‘Journeys’ topic which was all about journeys though time we did some cross curricular art work, producing our own liturgical calendars.

We used our schools special calendar in the hall as our inspiration for this and used what we had learnt about the seasons of the Church to product art work which shows our own individual responses and highlights our understanding of what is important to us.


This half term we have been learning about multiplication and division. We have been using manipulative and practical examples to help us to gain a secure understanding of multiplication and division.

Using Blocks

We have been using towers of blocks to help us to understand the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication and so how we can use know multiplication facts to work out unknown ones.

Division - sharing and grouping


We have continued to learn to play the recorder, learning to play new notes and have more control of the sound. Click on the link to find some videos of use playing!

Autumn 2



Books we have been reading in class this half term:

Let's be Archaeologists

In this learning challenge topic we have learnt about:

  • prehistoric Britain and how people lived during the Stone Age;
  • how rocks are formed and what properties they have;
  • how fossils are formed and what soil is;
  • making clay pots using Stone Age techniques. 



Stone Age Clay Pots

Cave Painting

Making a Model of the Rock Cycle using Chocolate

We pored melted chocolate our and let it cool to represent lava cooling to form igneous rocks. We made layer of chocolate shavings pressed them down to represent sand and mud being squashed deep in the earth to form sedimentary rock. After that we took some of our ‘sedimentary rock’ and rolled it into a ball to represent rock being changed with heat and pressure to form metamorphic rock.

Uses of rocks

The children worked in groups and looked at the properties of different rock to work out which ones would be used for different purposes.

Making Fossils

We made our own fossils by making an impression in clay with shells and dinosaurs which we filled in with plaster. This helped to to understand that fossils are made when an animal leaves an impression in mud which then turns to rock.

DT - Pop-up Christmas Cards




This half term we have written non-chronological reports about dragons and setting descriptions inspired by warning stories about Troll in Iceland.


Dragon Reports

Research Lesson

Stone Tolls - Descriptive Writing

Autumn 1


Books we have been reading in class this half term:

The Powerhouse Library


The Sound Collector Poetry

We read and found patterns in the Sound Collector by Roger McGough. We then collected our own sounds from the playground to write our own sound collector poems.

Adventure Stories Hook

We made treasure for our creative starter to our adventure stories topic. Take a look at the photos:

Marvellous Moss Side

In this Learning Challenge topic we learn all about:

-forces and magnets in science;

-maps and places, comparing Malaga and Moss Side in geography; and

-using ICT, photos and colour in art.

Art - using ICT

We creating PicCollages of Moss Side.

Geography - Features of Moss Side and Malaga

Geography - Moss Side

Experiment - Friction

Topic Hook: 'Magic' Magnets





We rolled played interviews with parents about why they want to baptise their children.


CARITAS - Afghanistan Refugees

We have made cards to welcome refugees to Manchester, posters to tell people about the refugees and written prayers for the refugees.


Place Value

We have been learning about numbers up to 1000 and the place value for hundreds, tens and ones.

Hundreds, tens and ones