Year 3 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum


In Year 3 we are studying a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts ranging from poetry, traditional tales to letters and reports. After studying these texts in depth, the children will be encouraged to write creatively using these strategies. We also cover various aspects of SPaG. Speaking and listening skills are developed through drama and circle time activities. The children will learn to read and spell words specified by the Year 3 national curriculum. They will be taught to join their handwriting and present their work neatly.


In Year 3, the children will work with numbers beyond 1000. They will practise their times tables up to 12. They will learn formal methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They will investigate fractions. We will use units of measurement and investigate aspects of time, 2D and 3D shapes. They will encounter money problems and work with bar graphs, tables and pictograms. Mental arithmetic will be practised every week.


We will explore nutrition and healthy eating, plants, rocks and soils, forces and magnets and light and shadow. In addition, we will focus on practical aspects and develop scientific skills such as observation, planning tests and fair testing, sorting and classifying, predicting and hypothesising so that children can solve problems more scientifically.

Design and Technology

We are emphasising the practical skills of DT through various projects. The children will cover three areas throughout the year: structures, mechanisms and mould-able materials.  They will have the opportunity to experiment with different methods of joining a wide range of materials and planning their own end product.

Information Technology

Taught by a specialist teacher.


We will be studying the Celts and Romans and their influence on British life. We will study the history of Africa and look at the Benin Kingdom. This leads us to a study of life in Ancient Egypt and using a range of sources of evidence to find out about the pharaohs, Egyptian tombs, pyramids and burial sites.


This year our studies are centred on Africa. We study both the physical and human geography of the African continent. We will look at the different biomes: rainforests, grasslands and desert, River Nile and waterfalls. The people of Africa will be studied by comparing their lives to ours, looking at how varied their lives are and how the environment affects them.


The children will explore a variety of media and create pieces in 2D and 3D form. Observational drawing skills will be developed by looking closely at objects related to Africa. We will explore techniques and develop skills in print making and graphic art. We will work on improving our sewing skills and creating depth using layers. The children will study a number of famous artists.


The children will have the opportunity to respond to various styles of music and learn and perform a selection of songs throughout the year. We will study the musical elements of duration, pitch, tempo, dynamics and structure. We will also be having African Drumming lessons.

Physical Education

Gymnastics, dance, athletics and adventurous activities are undertaken throughout the year. A wide variety of games throughout the year will provide Year 3 children with a range of activities to develop physical awareness and creativity. The children will have swimming lessons and specialist football coaching.

Religious Education

The book of 1 Samuel and 1 Kings are the focus, studying the lives of Samuel, David, Solomon and Elijah. The concept of faith is discussed and examples from the Bible are used to highlight this concept. The Fruit of the Spirit are covered and discussed in relation to our lives. Christmas from Mary’s viewpoint and Easter with the focus being Palm Sunday and the Last Supper are also studied. In Citizenship will focus on British Values, The UN Rights of the Child and life skills and interpersonal relationships.

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