Year 3 – What am I learning now? (Term 3 2022-23)

How the World Works

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
  • Research inventors, such as Thomas Edison and Maria Telkes

Class Stories

  • George’s Marvellous Medicine – Roald Dahl

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

  • Science: Repel, attract, pole, friction, force
  • Geography: Arctic Circle, tundra, permafrost
  • DT: mechanism, linkage, lever
  • Art: primary colour, secondary colour

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. They will also work to solve the problem of sanitary hand washing in places without running water and present their solutions during enterprise week.

Milestones covered in this Inquiry

  • Write a recount (blog), poem (free verse) and explanation text using some features of each genre.
  • Compose and rehearse sentences orally and talk about initial ideas in order to plan and draft before writing and then evaluate my own and others’ writing, with direction.
  • Express time, place and cause, using prepositions and conjunctions.
  • Recognise that pronouns, nouns and proper nouns can all be the subject of a sentence and the difference between the subject and object with the personal pronoun.
  • Spelling rules: prefixes: auto-, anti-, super-, under-, the /ɪ/ sound spelt y elsewhere than at the end of words, words ending with the /g/ sound spelt –gue and ending with the /k/ sound spelt –que.
  • Write from memory, simple dictated sentences which include familiar GPCs, common exception words and punctuation.
  • Spell the statutory spellings: February, position, group, length, opposite, different, answer, strange, therefore
  • Take turns to talk, listen and respond in pairs and groups and listen to others’ views and preferences, agree next steps to take, and consider alternatives.
  • Use more complicated grammar in spoken language
  • Revise joins in high frequency words and the spelling rule this week.
  • Engage with and enjoy reading a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts, discuss their features, presentation and conventions and explain my own preferences and views.
  • Draw inferences, make predictions, summarise, retrieve and record information from a range of texts.
  • Colour mix to create their own colour wheel.
  • Use different types of brushes and know why to use that particular brush.
  • Enquiring into the human and physical features and weather of the Arctic.
  • Using maps and atlases to locate European countries within the Arctic circle.
  • Describe events using dates and specialist vocabulary.
  • Identify themes and makes connections over time.
  • Comment on historical changes and understand cause and effect.
  • Identify magnetic and non magnetic materials.
  • Recognise how magnetism differs from other forces.
  • Carrying out fair experiments to test a hypothesis.
  • Search the internet using key phrases and autocomplete.
  • Explaining the difference between opinions, facts and beliefs.
  • Word process a piece of text.
  • Send and reply to emails from within school using the address book, CC and attachments.
  • Identifying, describing and explaining how Christian families show their faith to God.
  • Inquire and make connections about the Christian faith.
  • Identify, improvise and perform ostinati, individually and in combination.
  • Explain and perform the pentatonic scale.
  • Explain pitch and sequence of sounds in a piece of music and use graphic notation.
  • Layering rhythms and and recognising layer patterns.
  • Fundamental Skills, Quicksticks, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities.
  • Understanding what positively and negatively affects their physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Understanding how to deepen their understanding of feelings and being able to express them to others.