Year 3 Curriculum

EnglishReading and Comprehension:
  • Use knowledge to read ‘exception’ words
  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes 
  • Listening to and discussing a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks,
  • Using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally,
  • Identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books,
  • Preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Checking that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Asking questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • Drawing inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence
  • Predicting what might happen
  • Summarising main ideas
  • Identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning 
Composition: Fiction texts and Myths and Legends.
Grammar, vocabulary and punctuation: paragraphs, inverted commas, a or an, homophones, time conjunctions, word families.
Spelling: suffixes, y for I, ou for u, prefixes.
Weekly dictation based on spelling sound of the week.
Initial fiction text: Pippi Longstocking.
Working towards pen licences focusing on:
  • using the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
  • increasing the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting
MathsNumber place value:
  • count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number 
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones) 
  • compare and order numbers up to 1000 
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations 
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words 
  • solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas 
MathsAddition and subtraction:
Add and subtract numbers mentally, including: 
  • a three-digit number and ones 
  • a three-digit number and tens 
  • a three-digit number and hundreds 
  • add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction  
  • estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers 
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction
MathsMultiplication and division:
  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables 
  • write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods 
Animals including humans:
  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat 
  • identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement
  • recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light 
  • notice that light is reflected from surfaces  
  • recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes 
  • recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object  
  • find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change 
REHomes and Families
Engage: Understanding the different types of family; Christian family, Church family, School family and Home family 
Enquire: Discuss questions about families and understand the importance of the Holy Family
Explore: Understand that we are part of God’s family
Express: Use oil pastels to express homes and family learning
PE Dance, Yoga and Bench ball
  • use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
  • play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance 
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  •  take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team 
  • compare performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best 
HistoryThe Roman Empire and its impact of Britain including a trip to Norwich Museum and Y3 Roman Day
  • the Roman Empire by AD 42 and the power of its army 
  • British resistance, for example, Boudicca 
  • ‘Romanisation’ of Britain: such as the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity 
History Anglo Saxons including a trip to Westow
  • Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the western Roman Empire 
  • Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life 
  • Anglo-Saxon art and culture   
Geography Mount Vesuvius, Volcanoes and tectonic plates 
Locational knowledge : 
  • name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time  
GeographyHuman and physical geography:
  • describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including: volcanoes and earthquakes
  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water Geographical skills and fieldwork 
  • use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied 
ComputingE-Safety, Programming and Algorithms
  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts 
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output 
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs 
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration 
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content 
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information 
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Design and TechnologyRoman pottery, Roman bread , mosaics and shields
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design 
  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing], accurately 
  • select from and use a wider range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their functional properties and aesthetic qualities 
  • investigate and analyse a range of existing products 
  • evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work 
  • apply their understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce more complex structures 
Cooking and nutrition:
  • understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet 
  • prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques 
  • understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed
ArtSketch book techniques with a focus on the difference between light and dark
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas 
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] 
  • learn about great artists, architects and designers in history
MusicCharanga: Let your spirit fly and Ho Ho Ho units
Y3 Roman Day music and instrument making

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression 
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music 
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory 
  • use and understand staff and other musical notations 
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  • develop an understanding of the history of music
LatinMinimus chapter 1: Meet the family, Norwich Castle trip and Y3 Roman Day
  • listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding 
  • explore the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words 
  • speak in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures 
  • read carefully and show understanding of words, phrases and simple writing 
  • appreciate stories, songs, poems and rhymes in the language 
  • broaden their vocabulary and develop their ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary 
  • write phrases from memory, and adapt these to create new sentences, to express ideas clearly 
  • understand basic grammar appropriate to the language being studied, including: feminine and masculine forms and the conjugation of high-frequency verbs; key features and patterns of the language; how to apply these, for instance, to build sentences; and how these differ from or are similar to English