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Welcome to the Year 3 curriculum page! You can find out about all the fun and exciting things that we will be learning throughout this year. A school website/curriculum meeting will be held during the Autumn Term, however if you are unable to attend please do not hesitate to book an appointment to come and discuss any queries you have with myself or Miss Kronenburg.


Miss Hodges. 




Over the year the children will explore a wide range of different genres and texts. Through these different texts, the pupils will exercise a variety of skills including: word reading, comprehension, Grammar, spelling, drama/performance, text mapping, planning, editing and re-drafting.


Autumn term 1


During Autumn term 1, year 3 will be reading a class novel 'The Wolves in the Walls.'

Our English work will be based on this story. We will be learning and applying skills within this text such as pronouns and nouns, expanded noun phrases, rhetorical questions and inverted commas. 


We will explore fiction through writing setting and character descriptions, diary entries, and writing from a different perspective. 


We will also focus on non-fiction writing through writing instructions for jam tarts, writing a persuasive speech and non-chronological reports. 


Moreover, we will read and write our own mystery poems linked to 'The Wolves in the Walls.'



Autumn term 2


This term, the children will be exploring and analysing stories and non-fiction books from the author Simon Bartram. We will use inference to understand different types of texts, retrieve information and offer opinion of the plot, organisation, structure and style of the texts. We will also be identifying the key features within each author that we explore.


This term we be learning how to use apostrophes for possession and will highlight and explore how authors have used this skill within their own books.


We will also be looking at performance and shape poetry. 






Spring term 1

To begin the new year, year 3 will be exploring a new class novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth.' This text is an adventure story.


We will use fiction writing whilst reading our class novel by writing and retelling adventure stories, character profiles and diary entries. We will be learning how to apply fronted adverbials and conjunctions in our writing. We will also be practising our skill and use of inverted commas. 


We will apply non-fiction writing by writing in a persuasive style. Through this, we will learn and apply skills such as imperative verbs, rhetorical questions and relative clauses. 


Spring term 2


This term, we will be exploring and comparing a range of different myths. We will analyse, identify the text structure and language features. We will look at the main text features of a myth to include the introduction of the characters, the problem to be overcome, the journey undertaken and the resolution of the problem. We will be reading Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief alongside this topic.


This term we will be revising and practising the skill of apostrophes for possession. 


We will also be exploring riddles linked to the topic of myths. 


Summer term 1


Our new class novel for this term will be 'The Iron Man' 


We will be writing mystery stories, sequels and writing from different viewpoints. The skills we will be learning within our fiction writing will be subordinate clauses, commas, dashes for emphasis and adverbials. 


We will be writing in a non-fiction style through menus and instructions. We will learn and apply the skills of commas, relative clauses and present perfect within this style of writing.


We will also be looking at Kenning poems. 

Summer 2 

In summer 2,Year 3 will explore play scripts and dialogue. We will identify the features and conventions of written dialogue and then write dialogue. We will be practising and applying our skills of nouns and pronouns, subordinate clauses, fronted adverbials and inverted commas. 


We will be applying this within non fiction writing through information texts. For this we will use skills such as present perfect, subordinating conjunctions and bullet points. 


We encourage you to read at home with your child whenever you can. Every morning, the children will have a 30-minute Guided Reading session. Each Reading group will have a focused session with me once a week. While I am working with a focused group, the other children will work on a variety of activities based on reading, comprehension and writing which will help them to develop their understanding of the text focus for that week.


On Friday, the children have 20 minutes of Reading for Pleasure – where the children can read any book they like. The children thoroughly enjoy this! In Year 3, we love reading and spending time in our cave reading corner. For our reading corner we are choosing our own books to read and then making recommendations to others explaining why they should read the books too!



To find information about different children's authors, click the link below:




The maths curriculum requires pupils to focus on reasoning and problem-solving skills through a range of real-life and mathematical topics. Therefore, the children will focus on applying the number skills they will learn in throughout the year through a range of investigations and real-life problems.The children in Year 3 have been given their Mathletics login so they are able to complete Maths activities and improve their mental maths skills on using Mathletics at home as well as in school!



During the Autumn Term, Year 3 will focus on:

  • Number - Place value in numbers to 1000
  • Number - Addition and subtraction
  • Number - Multiplication and division



During the Spring Term, Year 3 will focus on:

  • Number - Further multiplication and division
  • Length
  • Mass
  • Volume
  • Money
  • Time



During the Summer Term Year 3 will focus on:

  • Picture Graphs/Bar Graphs
  • Number- Fractions
  • Angles
  • Lines and shapes
  • Perimeter of figures 


We will also spend a term recapping our learning and getting ready for Year 4!



*Throughout the school year, the children will continuously practise their mental maths skills through our weekly basic skills sessions, mental maths lessons and 'Mathletics'.


Autumn term 1

During this term the children will be learning all about the Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will use artefacts to infer about the past and ask questions. The children will also be learning about chronological order and placing events over periods of time - Stone Age to the Iron Age. We will learn and use terminology such as BC and AD. Year 3 will be focusing on the changes from the Stone Age to the Iron Age such as the way of life, buildings and their significance and clothing. 



Spring term 1

The children will be learning about the impact of Ancient Greece on Britain. We will look at Greek life and achievements and their influence on the western world. We will practise our skills of chronological order on a timeline. 



Summer term 1

This term we will be learning about Victorians and how they shaped Liverpool. We will begin to understand how some things in the past whilst others stay the same. We will look at the impact and how people can produce a later effect. 




Autumn term 1 

This term, Year 3 will be learning about Europe to include climate, rivers, trade, food and settlements.  We will be improving our map skills by locating and identifying different countries within Europe.  



Spring term 2 

During Spring 2, we will be learning about angry earth. We will be looking at extreme weather to include volcanoes, tsunami's and hurricanes. We will be looking at the different layers of the earth and identifying the location of tectonic plates. They will identify the advantages and disadvantages of living in different locations. 



Summer term 2 

In summer 2, we will be learning about the significance of the Arctic and Antarctic. 

Religious Education

The children will be following the 'Come and See' curriculum. They will cover a range of different RE topics through the year.



  • Homes 
  • Promises 
  • Visitors 



  • Journeys 
  • Listening and Sharing
  • Giving All



  • Energy
  • Choices
  • Special places


In addition to this, the children will also be looking at World Religions to include Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism

Physical Education

Autumn 1


Outdoor Adventurous Activities


Autumn 2




Spring 1





Spring 2




Summer 1




Summer 2






Art and Design and Technology 


Painting portraits








The children will also be completing cooking lessons during Spring 2. Parents will be invited to attend these sessions with the children. 



 Year 3 will cover a range of exciting and interesting Science topics through the year, including; Rocks, Animals inc Humans, Plants, Forces and Magnets and Light.


Autumn term

Animals Including Humans

During this topic, children will learn to:

  • 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 animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement



During this topic, children will learn to:

  • Compare and group together different kinds of rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties.
  • Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.
  • Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.


Spring term


During this topic, children will learn to:

  • 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 a solid object
  • Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.


Summer term

Forces and Magnets

During this topic, children will learn to:

  • Compare how things move on different surfaces
  • Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • Describe magnets as having two poles
  • Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.



 During this topic, children will learn to:

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of plants; roots, stem, leaves and flowers.
  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • Investigate the ways in which water is transported within plants.
  • Explore the role of flowers in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal




Our PSHE topics throughout the year will cover a wide range of topics-

  • Keeping ourselves safe
  • Healthy eating
  • Physical Activity
  • Citizenship/Global Citizenship
  • British Values
  • Radicalisation and extremism

We will also be participating in the following SEAL Topics-

  • New beginnings
  • Say no to bullying
  • Getting on and falling out
  • Relationships
  • Going for Goals
  • Good to be me
  • Changes


The children will also be exploring diversity, inclusion, equality and discrimination through the following books.

British Values

Throughout the school year the children will be taught about 'British Values', which they will practise this in all subjects across the curriculum. It is an important aspect of their learning, and will include focus on; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.The class have taken part in an election of school councillors  and ambassadors that will represent Year 3  on the school council and for different subject areas. This exposed the children to democratic practice; the children who wished to be elected presented a speech to the rest of the class. The class then voted for the people they wanted to elected.



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