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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 

Autumn Term 2020

Areas of study for Year 3*



The children will be reading a variety of shape poems and will have the opportunity to create their own poem based on a rainforest animal. They will explore descriptive words and phrases in a poem that capture the reader’s interest and imagination. The children will listen with understanding and empathy to stories from other cultures. They will learn what a folktale is, write a short synopsis for a folktale and retell and write one themselves.  Whilst teaching about rainforests in geography, the children with have an opportunity to plan and write an information text. They will use non-fiction books and the internet to research information about animals. They will use this information to plan and write a non-chronological report using headings, subheadings, and paragraphs. After half term, the children will listen and read the book ‘Traction Man’ written by Minnie Grey. They will have the opportunity to predict what happens next, answer questions about a range of books by the same author and explain the humour in the story. The children will then plan a story based ‘Traction Man’ and will use a range of complex sentences and write their story in paragraphs.  Year 3 will also learn how to write a persuasive letter with a formal layout and information grouped into paragraphs. Towards the end of the term, the children with write an explanation text explaining how a fantasy machine works. They will use time connectives, casual connectives and use verbs in the present tense. We will end the term exploring humorous poetry and play with words to produce Christmas jokes to take home.


The children will read individually to the class teacher as well as take part in whole class guided reading sessions. These sessions will include reading 100 facts about the rainforest and the “Vanishing Rainforest”. In addition to this, an adult will read a class book to the children every afternoon.


Number and Place value

Children will learn what each digit in a 2 digit number or a 3 digit number represents.

They will place 2 and 3 digit numbers accurately on a 0-1000 line and compare 3 digit numbers.  They will  write amounts in £s and pence including using zero as a place holder and compare amounts of money using place value knowledge.

Children will have the opportunity to use mental addition and subtraction strategies to solve calculations to 20. They will use the = sign to represent equality, mentally add and subtract pairs of 2 digit numbers by partitioning and add several small numbers using number facts. Children will find change from £1 and recognise lines of symmetry. The children will describe, name and sort 2D and 3D shapes.

The children will have the opportunity to double and halve numbers to 50. They will have to know x and ÷ facts for the 2, 3, 5 and10 times tables and understand that multiplication is commutative. The children will learn to add and subtract 1s, 10,s and 100s from 2 and 3 digit numbers and continue to use column methods to solve these calculations.

The children will learn to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes, match digital times to analogue times and understand units of time. They will time events in seconds and record results in a bar graph. The children will have the opportunity to recap fractions from key stage 1 and will become familiar with what ½, 1/3 and ¼ of a shape looks like. They will find ½, 1/3, ¼ of a small number (whole number answers). They will learn how to find ½, ¼ and ¾, 1/3 and 2/3  of a quantity, including whole numbers.



The children will learn about the life processes of living things using the anagram MRS GREN. They will learn to identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants and set up an investigation to find out what plants need to grow well. They will have the opportunity to record observations and present results using scientific language and investigate how water is transported in plants. They will also have the opportunity to learn about the life cycle of a flowering plant including how a plant is pollinated and fertilised.

Animals including humans:

The children will learn about nutrition, skeleton types and learn the name of bones. They will gain an understanding of the skeleton and the muscular system.  





The children will be learning about the rainforests. They will use atlases and maps to locate different rainforests in the world and identify different climatic zones and describe the climate in the tropics. They will find out about the layers of the rainforest and they will recognise how mini beasts have adapted to living in the rainforest.  The children will learn how to read grid references on a map and learn about the unique features of the Australian rainforest.  

We will learn about the causes of deforestation and study conflicting views of deforestation.

We will find out about a rainforest tribe “The Yanomami” to compare and contrast the lives of people living in different parts of the world.


They children will recognise and mix primary colours to make secondary colours. They will create a monsoon tissue collage with monsoon and rainforest climates as a stimulus.   

They will use pastels effectively to create an animal portrait and begin to use a running stitch to make an animal beanbag using felt.  



During DT, the children will explore existing greenhouses. They will investigate stable structures and materials used for making a mini greenhouse. The children will have the opportunity to design and make their own mini greenhouse and evaluate the finished product.


The children will be participating in gymnastics this term, and will be developing their co-ordination, balance and agility skills. Children will be moving around in a variety of ways including jumping and leaping on the floor. They will also be learning dynamic balancing skills.


This term the children will explore the question “What is a ‘rite of passage’ and how do they help a believer connect to God?”

They will have the opportunity to understand what a rite of passage is, compare birth rites and understand wedding and death rites.  The children will explore pilgrimages that take place and develop an understanding of how it is different from a holiday.  


The children will listen and appraise a variety of music. Improvise playing percussion instruments and compose rhythms to go with a song using percussion instruments while playing pitched instruments. They will play glockenspiels while reading music and review.


Digital Artistry

In Year 3, the children will investigate and evaluate the work of different digital artists such as David Hockney, and express their own opinions about the pieces of art.  They will have the opportunity to explore the basic features of ‘Brushed Redux’ on the iPad and experiment

with the brush strokes function on the ‘Brushes Redux’ app.  They will be required to create a background for a story using layers and create an image in the style of a digital artist.


Networks and the Internet (Searching the Internet)

The children will explore how the internet is created and be required to explain what it is, the difference between the internet and the world wide web (WWW) and explain how the internet provides access to the WWW.

They will begin to understand how a webpage works and is coded, how Google indexes pages and how to how to safely and effectively search the internet. The children will use the internet to research information to support their literacy and geography sessions and learn how to present information clearly.


The children will take part in creating a class charter to set up class rules and expectations for the year (in line with the UNCRC children’s rights). They will begin to develop a self-awareness to understand feelings (anger) and strategies to resolve conflicts in addition to how to make sensible decisions.  


The children will learn key facts about France.  They will learn to speak in French to use greetings, ask and answer questions about other children’s names, how old they are and where they live.  They will start to learn about French grammar.  They will learn the numbers to 20, colours and the alphabet as well as learning a traditional French song.       

*If you require additional information relating to our school curriculum, please ask at the school office or the class teacher

Top Tips

  • Read, read and read!
  • Share books with your children- you read to them, they read to you.
  • Discuss books and stories — characters, events, endings etc.
  • Make suggestions for a different ending, new character etc
  • Join the local library & encourage your child to choose their books— this helps to develop preferences etc.
  • Don’t forget rhymes and poems!
  • Encourage your child to write shopping lists, notes, postcards, diaries.
  • Encourage correct letter formation — this will help with cursive writing later.
  • Play I spy using phonic/sounds- don’t forget endings!
  • Practise reading and spelling keywords.
  • Have fun!