Home Page

Year 3

This half term (spring 2 2020), children will study the topic of 'Light'.  They will:


  • Recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. 
  • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.
  • Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes.
  • Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.
  • Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change. 


Working scientifically, across Year 3, children will be:


  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
  • Setting up simple practical

   enquiries, comparative and fair tests.

  • Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate

   measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.

  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
  • Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.



The children will learn about James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879), the Scottish physicist whose work was instrumental in helping Albert Einstein in his studies.