Year 3

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A very warm welcome from Y3 to parents old and new! The children have had an extremely positive start to the new academic year, approaching their learning with enthusiasm and building new friendships. We are looking forward to working closely with you throughout the year to ensure your child is happy in school and meeting their full potential.

'From September 2014 a new primary curriculum has been introduced in schools. Staff have been working very hard in school to plan an exciting school curriculum based upon the requirements of the New Curriculum and on the needs of our children'.

We are passionate about every child enjoying their learning and achieving their true potential and so our Curriculum Aims underpin all of the learning that takes place in our school.

Our Curriculum Aims are:

  • To provide a broad and well-balanced curriculum which supports the academic, social and personal development of every child, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.
  • To ensure that all children receive high quality teaching which enables them to become literate and numerate, leading to consistently high standards across the school.
  • To provide rich first-hand purposeful experiences, making full use of our local environment and expertise beyond the classroom.
  • To develop a life-long love of learning by encouraging children to take charge of their own learning and to work as independent thinkers.
  • To make learning meaningful by creatively linking different areas of the curriculum, and continually adapting the curriculum to fit our pupil’s needs in an ever-changing world.
  • To widen the aspirations of our learners by having consistently high expectations and by encouraging pupils to strive for their dreams.
  • To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to help them develop positive relationships and a critical appreciation of and respect for their own and others’ beliefs, culture and identity.
  • To ensure that all children have high self-esteem by fully engaging in opportunities offered in order to feel a sense of personal and collective achievement every day.
  • To provide opportunities for children to further develop their individual skills and talents by taking part in a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • To involve parents as key partners in their child’s education.


Year 3 Curriculum Map 2017-2018


Autumn 1

(7 weeks)

Autumn 2

(7 weeks)

Spring 1

(6 weeks)

Spring 2

(6 weeks)

Summer 1

(6 weeks)

Summer 2

(7 weeks)


What’s For Lunch

(8th Sep – 21st Oct)

Stone Age

(28th Oct – 16th Dec)

Light Up London

(4th Jan – 10th Feb)

Plant Power

(20d Feb – 31st Mar)

Ancient Egypt and The River Nile

(18th April – 21st July)


Narrative – Sam’s Duck (Story in a familiar setting that raises an issue or dilemma)

(Sam’s Duck)

( 3 weeks)

Instructions (How to make a healthy sandwich/ apple crumble) – 2 weeks

Poetry (People Fireworks) – 2 weeks

Information texts:

What are the main differences between Stone Age and today?

(Non-fiction books on the Stone Age)

– 3 weeks

Narrative – Adventure stories – 4 weeks

(The Tunnel, The Dark, Where the wild things are)

Persuasive texts – 2 weeks

Performance Poetry (People Equal)

Explanation  (3 weeks)

Recount -Kew

Narrative - Stories from Ancient Egypt (Story set in Historical Settings) (4 weeks)

Information and note-taking – aspect of Ancient Egypt-brochure

(Non-Fiction books on Ancient Egypt)

Newspaper articles

Author focus- fantasy stories.

(Books by Helen Ward)

Guided Reading

Dogger- Shirley Hughes

The Queen’s Knickers- Nicola Allen

The Owl who is afraid of the dark- Jill Tomlinson

Don’t Pick on me’-Louis Sachar

The Mousehole Cat-Antonia Barbara/Nicola Bayley

A Caribbean Dozen-Grace Nichols

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe-C.S. Lewis.

A Fairy Tale- Tony Ross

Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation

Assess children on entry (Level 2 SPAG test) Introduce, revisit and consolidate the necessary content from Year 2:

- Word: Formation of nouns and adjectives using suffixes; -er –est and –ly

- Sentence: Subordination and co-ordination; expanded noun phrases; types of sentence

- Text: present tense/past tense; progressive form of verbs

- Punctuation: Basic 4 types to demarcate; commas in a list; apostrophes for missing letters and possession

Year 3 content:

- Word: Nouns; a or an, word families

- Sentence: Expressing time, place and cause using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions

- Text: Paragraphs; Headings and subheadings; Present perfect form of verbs instead of simple past

- Punctuation: Inverted commas to punctuate direct speech


Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating

Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape

Block C: Handling data and measures

Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape


E-Safety/ Saving onto server/ Email



Handling Data

Technology in our lives




Teeth and Nutrition





(Trip to Kew Gardens)

Flowering Plants



Local area enquiry and fieldwork

(Farm visit)


Compare land use in a different area of the UK-London





Stone Age


Ancient Egypt and The River Nile


Art and Design


Still Life focus

Learn drawing skills linking to Van Gogh


Cave Paintings –chalk / charcoal painting


Paper collages of night cityscapes of London – linked to artist Paul Klee.


Using natural materials to print (linking to plant power topic) e.g. flowers, twigs, leaves etc. Linking to artist William Morris who used nature to inspire wallpaper print designs.

3D art:

Egyptian themed art.


Design and Technology

Cooking and Nutrition: understand seasonality and where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Clay finger pots

Clay stone age jewellery

Stonehenge models

Biscuit making

Bird feeders


Clay Canopic jars

Egyptian chariots



Christmas- Christianity
















Dance – Look at dance from different cultures?











Communication and attitude

(New Beginnings)

Friendship (Getting on and falling out)

Excellence (MAGIC Learning)

Equality (Good to be me)

Inspiration and determination (Rights and responsibilities)

Respect (Changes)


European Day of Languages

Early Start Spanish 1

Talking Big Books/ Story