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Year 3

In Year 3 we continue to provide children with a broad and balanced curriculum that allows for creative thinking and the development of independent skills. We aim to teach this through a range of fun and exciting activities, which underpin the learning of key skills across the curriculum. 

Year Group Information

Class 3B

Teacher: Mrs Bluck

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Aspinall

PPA cover: Mrs Gough

PE: Monday Autumn 1

Field: Wednesday afternoon

Music: Friday afternoon


Class 3D

Teacher: Mr Dowd

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Smith and Miss Gellett

PPA cover: Mrs Godfrey

PE: Monday Autumn 1

Field: Friday morning

Music: Friday afternoon

Class 3L

Teacher: Miss Lucas

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Marsh and Mrs Patten. 

PPA cover: Mrs Wilson

PE: Monday Autumn 1

Field: Friday morning

Music: Thursday morning


Class 3MW

Teachers: Mrs Mosscrop and Mrs Williams

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Cottrell

PPA cover: Mrs Forbes

PE: Monday Autumn 1

Field: Wednesday afternoon

Music: Friday afternoon


Paralympics Superhumans! (2 weeks) Time Travellers (Autumn 1)

Quality Text: 'Rotten Romans' by Terry Deary

At the beginning of the year, Year 3 are transported back in time. They consider how planet Earth was created, from both a Christian and scientific perspective, before moving towards the Roman time period. The children extend thier knowledge through reading non-fiction texts, including extracts from the Horrible History series.  During this half-term there is a large focus upon place value, as this underpins the children's understanding of key mathematical concepts.  Maths then moves on to focus upon addition and subtraction.

Time Travellers  (Autumn 2)

Quality Text: 'Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit

In Autumn 2, we continue our 'Time Travellers' theme, focusing upon the Romans. The children learn about why the Romans came to Britain and what they did for our country. Their learning is consolidated with a trip to the Atkinson which has a Roman exhibition. Towards the end of the term, a Roman soldier visits our school, which allows the children to embed their knowledge and experiences. The quality text, 'Escape from Pompeii' is set during Roman times and re-tells the tragic story of Mount Vesuvius' eruption. The children study the physical geography of volcanoes and other natural disasters. This knowledge aids the children in writing their own disaster stories and shape poems. In maths, this half-term, the children focus upon multiplication and division. 

How to Train a Dragon (Spring 1)

Quality Text: 'The Egg' by M.P Robertson

During this half-term, the children enhance their understanding of the history of England. The children participate in their own invasions to demonstrate the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England, creating their own shields and viking longboats, in preparation. As part of DT, the children will be experiencing cooking lessons. The picture book, 'The Egg,' provides the children with a range of creative writing opportunities and provides a fantastic model for the children to learn and adapt to create their own egg stories. In maths, we continue our focus upon multiplication and division and begin to tell the time on an analogue and digitial clock. 

Lights, Camera, Action! (Spring 2)

Quality Text: Playscript TBC

During this theme, the children work hard to create their own pantomime. The children look at a range of texts based upon the traditional tale and identify the features of a typical pantomime. The children explore a variety of play-scripts and learn how to write their own. They select what they want to include in their performance and have the opportunity to decide upon the songs, scenery and costumes they wish to include. In computing, they use a range of media to advertise thier pantomime; creating I-Movie trailers, and posters and tickets on Microsoft Word and/or Pages. The children love to take ownership of their production and enjoy performing it in front of their grown-ups and siblings. In addition to this, the children look at light and plants in science. As we approach Easter, the children look at the Easter story and consider how Easter makes them feel. In Maths, the children focus upon fractions. 

The Great Round the World Balloon Race  (Summer 1)

Quality Text: ‘The Great Round the World Balloon Race’ by Sue Scullard 

During this half-term, there is a strong geography focus. The children study the physical and human geography of the UK, and each class focuses upon a different European country. The children begin to name and locate major cities, counties and rivers, in England, through the use of an atlas. They also describe some of the key mountain ranges and coastlines. They compare a European country with the UK, discussing any similarities and differences. The children create their own hot air balloons and disucss the science behind how a hot air balloon works. Some children participate in the optional year 3 residential camping trip, where they participate in adventurous and outdoor activities. In maths, the children  continue to develop and apply their fraction knowledge, before moving onto shape.

Southport (Summer 2)

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 The children will consider what it means to be healthy - physically, mentally and emotionally. They will identify that humans need the right types and amount of nutrition and will apply their knowledge when making their own healthy snack. The children will start thier swimming sessions in Summer 2 and will participate in competitive  games, including rounders, athletics and Sports Day. In maths, this half-term, the children will focus upon measure and data handling. 


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Home Tasks 

In Year 3, we expect the children to read at home with an adult 3 times a week. Each read should be recorded in their Reading Record.

We aim to provide children with a range of homework activities to prepare for or consolidate their classroom learning.  One piece of homework is set each week. This will have a maths, English or topic focus. Homework will be given out on a Friday and should be completed by the following Tuesday, unless otherwise instructed.

In addition to this, the children will have a weekly spelling test, which normally takes place on a Friday morning. It is important that the children know how to spell these words, can recongise any spelling patterns and understand their definitions so they can apply them into their writing. 

Times table knowledge is essential as a building block for all maths skills. We expect the children to know their 10, 5, 2, 4, 8 and 3 times tables by the end of year 3. It is important that the children take time to learn these at home.

Current homework tasks:

(Please see the attachments below.)

Please note:

There will be no new spellings given this half term. 

The children will complete a spelling assessment on the week commencing 04.07.16


Curriculum Map

In Year 3 we cover a broad and balanced curriculum, in order to develop well-rounded individuals. Below you will find copies of the curriculum maps, for both the core and foundation subjects, showing what the children are expected to know by the end of year 3.