Year 3

Welcome to Year 3! On this page you will find information about our learning and photographs of us at work. You will also find links to useful materials which give you more information about what we are learning in class and about special events. We will be updating this area regularly so keep looking.

Miss Harrison/Miss Cousins/Ms Smith

INTO Students visit CJS to share their ideas around our assembly ‘Magic Maths’

Students from the A Level Newton Programme enjoyed the opportunity to pass on some of their experiences of maths and the importance of maths in their lives and intended future careers.  All the students are studying A Level Maths and they presented some of the methods and tricks they were taught as children in their respective countries – China; Hong Kong; South Korea; Turkey; Russia; Georgia; and Malaysia.  They were very impressed with both the maths ability of the children and their excellent behaviour. A big thank you to Ms Smith for this and all our Community Engagement activities at Colman Junior School.

written by Bob Parsons

Year 3 Science: Light

Year 3 have  been learning about light and shadows. We have used torches and mirrors to prove that light travels in a straight line. Play this online game to explore how mirrors reflect light.

Year 3 Books Galore

Year three had a fantastic book day today, browsing and buying books at the book fair and visiting our local library. Tom from Norfolk Children’s Book Centre read us some great stories, both funny and scary and then we headed to Earlham Library where Ben helped us all to find a book or two that we liked the look of. Happy reading!

Year 3/ 4 Bikeability

On Wednesday 22nd November 30 pupils from Year 3 and 4 undertook cycle training through Pedal Power. The bikeability course is designed to give the children the skills and confidence to ride their bike including:

  • prepare yourself and your bike for cycling
  • get on and off your bike without help
  • start off, pedal and stop with control
  • pedal along, use gears and avoid objects
  • look all around and behind, and control the bike
  • share space with pedestrians and other cyclists

The children completed level 1 of the course and in future can undertake level 2 to prepare for on road riding. The children learnt many things and had a great time in the process.

Year 3 First Aid

Year 3 enjoyed working with St John’s Ambulance today to learn first aid. We are now experts on how to call 999 and how to put a casualty into the recovery position. If you would like to practise your new skills, you might like to play this game.

Year 3 Family Afternoon

Thank you to everyone who attended our Year 3 family afternoon before half term. As part of our Local Explorers topic we looked at artefacts, maps and photos showing the history of the school since it was built in 1927. We also used our problem solving skills to create tangram pictures and made some Autumn art by printing Autumn leaves. You can see our finished art work on display in the school hall. It was a fantastic end to the children’s first few weeks at Colman Junior School.

Keeping Safe is …

Our theme this week is ‘Keeping Safe is …’, so in assembly today, we had PC Barton and PCSO Meri come in to assembly to share how we can keep safe in our community.

They talked to us about ‘unfamiliar strangers’ and ‘safe strangers’, recognising and handling dangerous situations and when to use “No, Go, Yell, Tell”.

3RS Maths

During maths, Ms Smith challenged us to find and photograph ten different 2D shapes in and around our school.

The most difficult was the heptagon.

We worked in groups.

It was great fun.



Diwali is the Hindi Festival of Lights and is celebrated by millions of people around the world. This year it falls on October 19th 2017, so in assembly today, Sushma shared with us the reasons why it is celebrated and ways in which it can be celebrated.

She presented her PowerPoint with confidence and enthusiasm.

thumbnail of Diwali assembly

A fantastic assembly.

Well done Sushma.

For further information see the BBC website

Y3 subtraction on an empty number line

We have been learning how to find the difference between two numbers on an empty number line. To help us we always jump from the smallest number to the next multiple of ten first. We hope you like our video explaining how it works.

Year 3 at Norwich Roman Catholic Cathedral

Last Wednesday Year 3 visited Norwich Roman Catholic cathedral to find out all about this beautiful place of worship. Many thanks to Jack and all at the cathedral for offering us such a warm welcome and showing us so many interesting things. We especially enjoyed looking closely at the many amazing stained glass windows.

Year 3 Partitioning for Addition Video

In year 3 we have been learning how to partition numbers and then use this to help us add. We hope you enjoy our video explaining how to use this method to find the total of 69 and 17.