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Year 3 Curriculum


In RE we will work from the Curriculum Directory “Learning and Growing as the People of God”. The children will study many topics this year: Gathering as God’s Family, Listening to God’s word at Mass, Advent, Christmas, Reconciliation, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, the Eucharist and Prayer. They will learn religious stories from the Old and New Testament and will be able to give explanations of religious actions, words, beliefs and symbols. During class discussions the children will be given the opportunity to express personal thoughts and values. They will be taught to act sensitively towards religious topics and other peoples’ views. They will study the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion. As part of our multi faith topic they will learn about Hinduism.


In English the children will study fiction and non-fiction books. These books will provide opportunities to examine and analyse characters and how they are presented. There will be opportunities for drama work, which enable deeper character analysis.

They will also develop their story writing skills through the books studied. In non-fiction books they will have the opportunity to write non-chronological reports and leaflets on topics related to the books. They will look at how instructions are written and have experience of writing their own.

The children will complete comprehension, punctuation and grammar tasks. The children will have regular opportunities to read and be read to. Children will also become more confident at using a dictionary and a thesaurus to widen their vocabulary.

Handwriting should be joined and children will be taught to increase fluency and accuracy.


In Year 3 as mathematicians, the children will learn to recognize, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects, they will add and subtract fractions with the same denominators and compare and order fractions. They will add and subtract numbers mentally up to 3 digit numbers and will use formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction. The children will learn the steps needed to independently solve word problems. They will also learn how to find missing numbers in a number sequence. In Measurement the children will use the following units: pounds, pence, cm, metres, grams and kilograms, litres and millilitres. They will learn to tell the time from an analogue clock including using Roman numerals and the 12 and 24 hour clock. In Geometry they will develop their knowledge of 2-D and 3-D shapes, recognise that angles are a property of a shape and be able to identify angles greater or less than a right angle. They will identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines. In Statistics the children will interpret and present data and solve one-step and two-step questions using information presented in bar charts pictograms and tables.


In Year 3 as scientists, the children will investigate Forces and Magnets and Animals incl Humans. They will also study Rocks and Soils, Plants and Light. Throughout their Science work they will be encouraged to think and work scientifically and will be encouraged to read, spell and use scientific vocabulary with increasing confidence.


Through a variety of activities the children will use their knowledge of computing to communicate and create their own simple programs. They will begin to understand how algorithms work and design and write their own programs. In addition they will develop and understanding of how to detect and correct problems and explain their reasoning. At all times they will use technology safely and be aware of a range of ways to report concerns.


As historians our topics will be about life in the Iron Age focusing on The Celts and life in Roman Britain. We will look at artefacts to see what they can tell us about people who lived though these periods of history. Children will be encouraged to develop a chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.


As geograhers the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding of Europe. They will use maps and atlases to locate countries and identify the location of Europe’s most significant human and physical features. We will also complete a local study of Worcester.


In their study of the Celts the children will design and make a piece of armour or weaponry. As part of their work with food the children will learn to cook Celtic oatcakes. They will also design and make Roman mosaics.


The children will use their sketchbooks to review and revisit ideas about Celtic patterns. They will use a variety of materials and art and design techniques to create a Roman mosaic. They will use their observations from a range of artists to make links to their own work always seeking to improve their techniques.


Throughout Year 3 children will perform pieces both alone and as part of a group using their own voice and a range of musical instruments, including those with tuning such as glockenspiels or keyboards. They will both improvise and compose pieces using their knowledge of the different dimensions of music such as rhythm and pitch.


In gymnastics children will be given the opportunity to use various body parts to balance and make shapes, making symmetrical patterns with a partner. In dance children will create and link dance phrases using simple dance structures, on their own, with partner and in a small group. The children will work on developing ball control and how to move in possession of the ball and how to pass the ball. In Rounders children will learn the basic rules of the game and teamwork. The children will also attend weekly swimming lessons for a term.


In Year 3 the main focus is on practical communication in French- the children will learn to speak in sentences and use familiar language. They will be encouraged to listen and repeat spoken language and to develop their ability to engage in conversation and ask and answer questions. The topics covered will include greetings, colours, numbers and family.


The children will learn how to develop healthy friendships and relationships. They will develop an understanding of rules and the need for society to follow rules. They will learn how to keep themselves safe