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Year 3

Curriculum Information

Termly Topics
Autumn Spring Summer
Stone Age, Celts and Romans Hot and Cold Them Bones!
Spring Term 2018-19 Subject Overview




Our writing will be focused around 3 main texts this term using the Power of Reading approach to develop writing skills. We will begin the term looking at a story set in another country- Gregory Cool.  We will write fiction and non-fiction in response to our reading. Our second text is The Ice Palace and finally we will study Pebble in my Pocket. In reading, we will focus on retrieving information from non-fiction texts, reading and performing poetry and using our skills of inference.  We will also continue to cover the Year 3 GPS curriculum and practise cursive handwriting. Additionally, we have an exciting task ahead, preparing scripts for our visit to Burwell House’s recording studio. 


In maths we will be using the Maths No Problem mastery approach where we will continue to learn all about multiplication and division focusing on 3,4 and 8 times tables. We then move on to study the areas of length, mass and volume. Additionally, our times tables fluency and speed will be worked on along with mental maths strategies in weekly arithmetic sessions.


Our topic for the first half term is Magnets and Forces.  We will be learning about what a force is, uses of magnets and magnet strength, as well as planning and carrying out investigations.  In the second half of term, we will learn about what plants need in order to grow and survive and about the different parts of a plant.


We will be using the Lego WeDo kits and developing our coding skills.  Children will also learn about E Safety, covering how to recognise real and fake news and how to keep passwords safe.


We will be immersing the children in our topic by asking them to design and make a healthy soup that would keep warm in a cold climate.



We will use colour mixing skills to create silhouette pictures showing different climates.  Children will take part in an African Art workshop where they will design and make African masks, and in class we will be exploring patterns in art from around the world.  Later in the term we will be learning to print, with a ‘cold’ theme. We will finish the term with a Batik printing project.


Our topic is Hot and Cold.  We will be investigating climates and countries around the world.  Children will be using maps to identify the northern and southern hemispheres, the equator, latitude and longitude and different time zones.


This term, we will be learning about beliefs and practices in Islam. Exploring the customs, religious festivals and special places, scriptures and people within the Islamic faith as well as identifying the links Islam has to other religions.


All the learning this term is focused around two songs and 1 piece of music. The first is, Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. The lessons integrate an approach to music where games, elements of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch), singing and playing instruments are all linked.  As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other reggae songs. The second song we will study is The Dragon Song by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman, which is a song about kindness, respect, friendship, acceptance and happiness.


Through circle time and other activities, children will explore the themes of Working Together and Diversity and Community. We will continue to prompt E-safety and Anti-Bulling with regular lessons and assemblies across the term.


We will continue to develop skills of speaking, reading and writing in French through games, songs and other activities.  Children will learn to count, express likes and dislikes, and to talk about toys.  Our theme this term is ‘L’argent de poche’ (pocket money).


Indoor PE will explore Travelling and Gymnastics and outdoor PE will focus on skills and team work in Football. Year 3 swimming will also begin after February half term.