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Castle Hill Primary

Castle Hill Primary

Year 3 Learning Spring 2021

Throughout this half term we have been learning about the Rainforest, specifically focusing on the Amazon Rainforest in South America. We have also focussed on Brazil, specifically on the Rio De Janeiro Carnival.

Our big question was:

Why should we live sustainable lives?

We began by finding out where in the world Rainforests are and located these on a world map. We found that rainforests are usually very close to the equator, where the climate is hottest. Once we knew where the rainforests were we began to look closely at what makes a rainforest. We discovered that there are four different layers and each layer has different animals living there, along with a variety of plants. Once we knew a little more about each layer in the rainforest we all chose and researched a different animal, it was our mission to find out interesting facts about them.

Throughout the topic, we learned about deforestation, what it means, how it affects the rainforests, its inhabitants and even us! We felt so angry about deforestation and could not believe that in hundreds years, if nothing changes, there will be no rainforests left at all! We reflected on what it is that we need to do to save it! We have written letters to both Greta Thunberg and Sir Ed Davey, our local MP, expressing our concern at the destruction of the rainforest. We are hoping to receive a reply soon. We hope that everyone will take better care of rainforests and make a difference, as well as our own environment.

In Literacy, we have read the book ‘Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the sloth’. We read this book carefully and thought about how we could improve it. Then we wrote our own up-levelled versions where we changed the characters in the story.


Our first science topic of plants has linked in really well to rainforests. We have investigated what a plant needs to survive, the life cycle of a plant, the structure of a plant and why each part of the plant is important. We thought about and asked interesting questions about leaves, their structure and function. As a class, we investigated how water is transported through plants.

In Spring 2, we began learning about South America. We focused on labelling countries in South America and surrounding oceans. We then focused our study on Brazil and learning lots of interesting information about Brazilian life and culture. A big part of Brazilian culture is the Rio Carnival, we spent some time learning about it and comparing it to the Notting Hill Carnival.  We wrote newspaper reports about the Carnivals in our literacy lessons.

We used our DT lessons to research, design and create carnival inspired masks and t-shirts. In our dance lessons, we practised some samba inspired dance moves in preparation for our carnival. It was a shame that we did not get to wear our carnival costumes and show off our dance moves but we thoroughly enjoyed these lessons!

In our second science subject we focused on light. We found out that dark is the absence of light and experimented with different materials to find characteristics of reflective surfaces. We then focussed on transparent, translucent and opaque materials and experimented how light travels through these materials. 

We have really enjoyed being back in school and are looking forward to our summer topics!