Year 3

Curriculum Overview Year 3


Welcome to Year 3, the start of KS2. Our children have to adapt to new challenges such as having only a morning break, break times with older children, learning a modern foreign language (French) , and a new range of interesting and diverse topics. In Year 3 children begin studying the next phase of the National Curriculum.  They continue with a topic based approach with more opportunities for independent research, both at home and at school.  They will use and further develop skills learned in earlier phases. Year 3 is an exciting and challenging year!

We all have high expectations of the children, we give them praise and encouragement and aim to deliver a full curriculum which is aimed at developing the whole child.   The emphasis is always upon what the individual child CAN do.  Regular assessments of the children and their progress help to identify targets to work towards and address misconceptions.

The dedicated Year 3 team are always happy to talk about any queries you may have after school. If your query or problem requires an appointment please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


We are no longer assessing or measuring progress by levels. Children will be assessed broadly as emerging, at expected or exceeding expectations for the year group. As a school we are currently using Exploding Texts for Literacy and so all our subjects are linked to a set book. We will be following the Abacus scheme of work for maths.


Overview of our curriculum

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Why are plants important and how do they grow? What makes the earth angry?How are rocks formed? Who were the Romans and what did they do? What are forces and magnets? Where does light come from? Who were the Anglo-Saxons?


Autumn 1- Why are plants important?

Pupils will be working on the text ‘The Green Ship’ in Literacy. They will be researching plants in science. All our subjects will be related to the text. We will be visiting Capel Manor Gardens where children will be able to show off and enhance their knowledge of plants.

We will be visiting the Buddhapadipa Buddhist temple in Wimbledon on 20th September 2016 and we will be visiting Firs Farm wetlands on 4th October 2016 and B &Q garden centre on A10 on 10th October, 12th October or 13th October. More details to follow nearer the time of each class trip.

Autumn 1 topic web

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Autumn 2- What Makes The Earth angry? How Are Rocks Formed?

We will be working on the book ‘Pebbles in my Pocket’. In science we will be studying and exploring rocks, how they are formed and how they are grouped together.  In Design and Technology children will be using clay to make volcanoes. In Topic they will be doing research on ‘What Makes The Earth Angry.’

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Spring 1 – Who Were The Romans and What Did They Do?

We will be visiting the Verulamium Museum in St Albans, which shows the history of the Roman settlement in the area. In Literacy the children will be exploring Roman myths and legends.


Click the link below to download your Romans Talk For writing activity!

Talk for writing project Romans

Spring 2- What are Forces and Magnets?

In literacy the children will be learning poetry by heart and reciting different poems. Our science focus will be on forces and magnets which our children will use in DT to make moving objects.

Summer 1- Where does light come from?

Our focus will be light. We will be investigating sources of light, how light travels and how shadows are formed. In D & T our children will be making shadow puppets.


Summer 2- Funny bones

This term our literacy books will be @Funny Bones and The Sheep Pig’ which fit in with our science topic: animals and humans.

This will be a very busy year but the children will learn and experience wonderful things which will remain in their memories for ever!



In addition to the Homework tasks, I would encourage you to support your child reading regularly at home for 20 minutes each evening, and by discussing their books with them. Even if your child is already a confident reader, it cannot be emphasised enough how important this regular daily reading is in developing fluency and understanding of texts, as well as promoting an enjoyment of books and reading in general.

Some examples of questions you might ask when reading with your child or after they have read a section of their book independently include:

  • What do you think will happen next?
  • Who is your favourite character? Why?
  • What is happening in this picture?
  • Did you enjoy this book? Why?
  • What does this word mean?
  • Can you show me where the author has used a comma/question mark/exclamation mark?



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