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Year 3 Miss Chandler

Welcome to our class page.


It's the start of a new term and Year 3 are ready to get down to business.

This term we will be studying rivers and asking the question 'What is a river and are they all the same?' In order to answer our key questions we will study a range of different topics to further our understanding of these mighty water sources. For example:

-How are rivers formed?

-What is the water cycle?

-What impact do rivers have on us and what impact do we have on them?

-What famous rivers are there around the world?

-Why do rivers flood?

-What can we do to manage flooding?


Along the way we will write a biography of a person who used the force of a river to try and become famous, conduct a local study of our nearest river and meet some experts from the Environment Agency to talk about it, conduct a separate river study of the Bollin in Styal and produce river related art work.


The River Mersey is on our doorstep here in Sale. It would be fantastic if you and your child could visit it at some point to discuss the features that can be seen along its banks.

Here are some ideas for extra work you could do together at home to help your child have a deeper understanding of rivers and local geography.

  1. Explain how the water cycle gives the River Mersey its water.
  2. Compare the River Mersey to another famous river.
  3. Describe all of the things you see at the river. Are they man made? Are they natural? Why are they there?
  4. Keep a log of the plants and wildlife you see at the river. Can you identify the birds you’ve seen? What types of trees can you find? Can you report your findings?

Miss Chandler and Mrs Reynolds Smith

Here is a copy of the Year 3 expectations - this covers what children will be learning throughout the year in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Here is a copy of the new Numeracy Framework for Y3 to help you understand what your child will be learning and when.