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 2018-2019 


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


What’s For Lunch

Stone Age

Light Up London

Plant Power

Ancient Egypt and The River Nile


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

(3 weeks)

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

Poetry (Fireworks) – 2 weeks

Information texts:  Power of Reading (Ug)

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 -Cambridge

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.

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

Poetry-Michael Rosen

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


Place Value, shape, statistics, addition and subtraction

Data handling, multiplication, division, time

Place Value, shape, statistics, addition and subtraction

Data handling, multiplication, division, time

Place Value, shape, statistics, addition and subtraction

Data handling, multiplication, division, time


E-Safety/ Saving onto server/ Basic skills


Data handling using data loggers

Digital literacy using powerpoint


Welcome to the web


Teeth and Nutrition




Plants: (Trip to Cambridge Botanical Gardens)

Flowering Plants



Local area enquiry and fieldwork

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

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

Printing: 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


Christianity-Church visit harvest

Christmas- Christianity










Outdoor Learning


Gressenhall visit Neolithic day

Cave paintings

Bird feeders/Big garden bird watch


Seed dispersal/ flowers/30 days wild

Drama- rivers




Dance – Look at dance from different cultures?












Cultural Diversity

Diversity (with a focus on gender)

 Equality (with a focus on disability)

Courage and SRE



European Day of Languages

Early Start Spanish 1

Talking Big Books/ Story