Year 3 – What am I learning now? (Term 3 2021-22)

Who we are

Central idea

People can harness the laws of science to solve problems.

Lines of Inquiry –  an inquiry into

  • How forces work (function). 
  • The causes of real world problems (causation).  
  • How science can provide solutions to real world problems (connection).

Subject Focus

Science will be the lead subject for our inquiry this term. The children will explore how forces affect motion and will investigate magnets in depth. They will also complete a DT project using mechanisms to move objects in different directions. They will also explore the difficulties of living and working in the Arctic through geography. 


The children will explore magnets and mechanisms found in day to day objects, such as pop up books and wind up cars. They will take them apart and investigate how they work. 

Home Learning Opportunities

  • Make a prototype of your own invention
  • Read about inventors, such as Thomas Edison and Maria Telkes

Class Stories

  • George’s Marvellous Medicine

Transferable skills (approaches to learning)

  • Thinking skills- forming decisions
  • Self-management skills- perseverance
  • Research skills- gathering and recording

Links to PSHE / SMSC

Children will gain a greater understanding of how other people’s lives and difficulties may be different to their own. 

Key Vocabulary

Repel, attract, friction, force, Equator, Arctic Circle, human, physical, mechanism, linkage, lever

Career Links

  • Physicists 
  • Engineers
  • Designers

Sharing Success

We will share a link to a class blog written by the children to share their inquiry this term. 


The children will create a class blog to share their learning and creations from this inquiry. 

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

Lead Subjects

  • Can I compare how things move on different surfaces? 
  • Can I observe that magnetic forces can be transmitted without direct contact? 
  • Can I observe how some magnets attract or repel each other? 
  • Can I classify which materials are attracted to magnets and which are not? 
  • Can I notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance? 
  • Can I compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet? 
  • Can I identify some magnetic materials? 
  • Can I describe magnets as having two poles (N & S)? 
  • Can I predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other depending on which poles are facing? 
  • Can I name and locate some well-known European countries? 
  • Can I name and locate the capital cities of neighbouring European countries?
  • Am I aware of different weather in different parts of the world, especially Europe? 
  • Can I identify the position and significance of the Equator, the Arctic and Antarctic circles? 
  • Can I recognise the 8 points of the compass (N,NW, W, S, SW, SE, E, NE)? 
  • Can I describe the physical features of tundra?
  • Can I confidently describe human features in a locality? 
  • Can I explain why a locality has certain human features? 
  • Do I use correct geographical words to describe a place?  
  • Can I describe the purpose of my products?
  • Can I develop their own design criteria and use these to inform my ideas?
  • Can I use annotated sketches to communicate my ideas?
  • Can I generate realistic ideas?
  • Do I know about an inventor, designer, engineer, chef or manufacturer who has developed ground-breaking products?
  • Can I identify the strengths and areas for development in my ideas and products?
  • Can I make a product using mechanical systems such as levers, linkages and pivots, e.g a moving picture?  

Can I contribute to a class blog?

Other subjects covered in this inquiry

  • Do I know that pronouns, nouns and proper nouns can all be the subject of a sentence?
  • Do I know the difference between the subject and object with the personal pronoun?
  • Can I identify and use possessive adjectives: my, your, his, hers, its, ours, theirs? 
  • Can I express time, place and cause, using prepositions: before, after, during, in, because of, next to, by the side of, in front of, during, though, throughout, because of?
  • Can I express time, place and cause using conjunctions: when, before, after, while, so, because?
  • Can I identify and use a range of prepositions?
Spoken language
  • Can I be aware of when a message is not clear and ask for an explanation?
  • Can I take turns to talk, listen and respond in pairs and groups?

 Multiplication and division