Year 3 curriculum 2019-20

Autumn Term


During the first half of this term, the children will study Roald Dahl including character descriptions and diary writing.  This will be done through a range of stimuli such as texts, pictures and videos. We will be establishing the importance of sentence structure, punctuation and composition and will use this to help us assess their writing. After the half-term break,  we will be introducing a new writing scheme; more details to follow.

We have three guided reading sessions planned each week, whereby the children will be studying and comprehending a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, supported by adults.


This year, we are very excited to be continuing with Inspire maths primarily focusing on Place Value. Will be investigating:

  • Counting from 0 in 1s, 10s, 100s and 1,000s.
  • Writing corresponding numbers in words and number words.
  • Making concrete representations of numbers up to 10,000.
  • Using a place value chart to show the value of these numbers.
  • Comparing and arranging numbers up to 10,000 in ascending and descending order.
  • Addition and subtraction of numbers within 10,000.
  • Solving 2 step word problems.
  • Multiplying by 6, 7, 8 and 9.
  • Multiplication without and with regrouping in ones, tens, hundreds and thousands.


We will be learning to be Rock Detectives where we will study, classify and group types of rocks before investigating their properties through a range of experiments. Later on in the term, we will be learning about Light, in particular shadows and how light travels through different materials.


This term our computing lessons will be delivered by Junior Jam (an external provider). Children will use tablets to learn key coding skills. This will include using specific coding language to introduce key programming elements such as steps, loops, basic logic and functions such as ‘if statements’


This term we will be focusing on the Stone Age through to the Iron Age. We will be learning about their shelter, the way in which people lived, the things they ate and how they communicated. We will even be creating our own cave paintings. There will also be a trip to the Chiltern Open Air Museum to learn more about how people lived during this period.


We will be developing our locational knowledge of the world using globes, atlases and maps. We will be looking at continents, countries within Europe, capital cities and counties within the UK. We will also be exploring the UK in more detail, looking at physical and human features.

Art and DT

We begin our Art with a unit on insects where the children will use pencil, oil pastel and watercolour to create different images of insects. We will then move on to create 3D dinosaurs, using sculpture techniques plus our knowledge from Science and History to help us.


Indoor PE will be dance based to include Zumba and a unit themed to The Lion King. From time to time, the children will also have the opportunity to participate in yoga sessions specifically aimed at children.


This term will focus on our RE unit all about festivals. This will include building towards our Harvest assembly, which you are all invited to watch. More details to follow.


Once a month the children will experience a Music lesson delivered by Junior Jam (an external provider). In addition, our Music focus will be singing in preparation for our Harvest assembly and school Christmas Production.


The children receive a weekly PSHE session and we will be focusing on a programme called Friends for Life which develops the children’s resilience, self-esteem and emotional wellbeing. After half term, we will be working on developing healthy minds and positive attitudes when dealing with different situations.


Every week the children will be given either Maths or English homework. It will be given out on a Thursday and is expected in the following Tuesday. Your child will have a homework slip stuck into their Home School Books, and this is also accessible via the school website.

The homework slip will help the children to remember exactly what they need to do, and to work in partnership with you to give an idea of what we expect.

In addition, we also expect children to be learning their times tables (ready for our weekly Cracking Times Table test on Monday). They are also expected to read at least 4 times a week and record this in their Home School Books with an adult signature. We take in Home School Books on Monday to check that they are reading a range of books and that they are reading regularly. We would like to encourage children to try reading a range of books by different authors to broaden their vocabulary and fluency in reading. This can include a non-fiction book and poetry. Reading regularly has been proven to impact on learning across the whole curriculum.


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