Bygrove Primary School

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Year 3 ~ Vanessa Mae Class


Our class name is inspired by Vanessa Mae who shows exception musical intelligence. A classical violinist, she took up playing when she was 5, first performed aged nine & by 13 had released 3 albums. She also writes her own music which mixes classical with pop & jazz.

Autumn term – Blast Off!

In the first term of the year we blast off into space! The classroom is all black & silver & aliens & planets dot the lunar landscape. There are spaceships, even one we can climb into & spacesuits & helmets with visas. This term is all about the heavens. What on earth goes on up there?

All our learning is set in the context of space. A lot of our reading & writing is of information texts but we also read stories such as ‘Begu’ & keep diaries of our explorations; we learn about 3D shapes & solve problems about measures such as speed, distance & weight. Our science work concerns the Earth & beyond, rocks & soils, light & shadow & examines ecological ideas such as solar energy. In music we listen to Holst’s ‘Planets’ but also examine music for films; in art we make papier mache planets & lunar landscapes & in DT construct rockets.


Our visits blast off with a trip to the science museum & particularly the IMAX cinema within it. we go to the observatory in Greenwich too & are visited by an ‘astrodome’-style planetarium in our hall at school.

By the end of the term, we’ve planned & performed an assembly about space, made a whole-class big book & we even aim to make a space movie for everyone to watch!

Spring term – Vicious Vikings and Rampaging Romans!

After Christmas we travel far back into the ancient times of the Vikings and Romans. The classroom is red and white with ships sails and soldiers armour adorning the walls and ceiling. The adventure begins when a class of 'Vikings' from a neighbouring school invade the year 3 classroom!



 We visit the Museum of London and have the opportunity to handle original Roman artefacts and learn what they were used for. We experience a Living History Day where we dress as Viking traders and learn what it was like living in Viking times. Of course war was a very important part of Roman history and so we investigate soldiers and the lands they invaded, as well as looking at the leagcy left in Britain. We study myths and legends and have the chance to write our own through storytelling. We tell the news Roman style and create our own newspapers.

Summer term – Rainforest Defenders

In the final term of the year it’s time to get political! Our classroom becomes one of the most precious, breathtaking & fragile environments on Earth – the Rainforest - & our job is to figure out how to protect & defend it for future generations. There are animals & insects everywhere; the ceiling is hung with vines & the walls become the green forest all around.

We write letters from the rainforest, shape poems, adventure stories & persuasive letters; our maths problems involve saving the rainforest & the creatures that live there. We learn about food chains, the structure of trees, the names & functions of the different layers of the forest & the parts of a plant. We do experiments growing plants in the darkness & in the light & make rainforest instruments in DT. We listen to the music of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon as well as songs from ‘The Jungle book’ & learn about the botanical scientific artist, Margaret Mee.


The most important trip we go on is our first residential to Gorsefield where we do a project on environmental studies. But we go to Kew Gardens too which is amazing!

By the end of the term we have learned to stand up for the rainforest; we have appealed to the whole school to ‘Save the Rainforest’ in our special assembly & we have made instruments & animals & a class poetry book.


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