Year 3 curriculum

Progamme of study for Year 3


The English programme is based on Ginn - Password which is a published scheme that follows the guidelines set down in the English National Curriculum.

Each week the following areas are covered during the daily sessions:

At this stage it is felt that the time is right to promote more confidence in writing. Two further hours are included where either the focus is directed by the teacher or the children are given time to express themselves on subjects of their own choice.

There is a separate session for handwriting and spelling but naturally the teaching of these skills is integrated into almost all the areas of the curriculum.

Writing, following and carrying out instructions for making a paper aeroplane.


Reading has an additional slot in the daily timetable when children read with the class teacher, silently by themselves and with each other.  As the children reach fluency they read to the teacher at least once a week and those still working towards fluency will read more often.  The teacher is therefore able to assist the children and simultaneously assess their progress.  This enables the teacher to provide books appropriate to the children’s reading level and their interests.  Fluent readers choose from books selected by the teacher from the school library and kept in the classroom. All children have daily access to the school library.



Mathematics is taught every day and is based on the Abacus Scheme published by Ginn, following the English National Framework for Numeracy.

The areas of study are as follows:

Number: Place value and ordering HTU; Addition of Tens and Units; Subtraction of Tens and Units; Multiplication tables – from 2s up to 12s; Estimating and rounding; Fractions: halves, thirds, quarters, fifths and tenths; Division: inverse relationship with multiplication; Decimal notation of money; Identifying number patterns, odd and even.

Handling data: The data-handling process; Collecting and organising data; Displaying and interpreting information, including tally charts, frequency tables, bar graphs, pictographs.

Shape, Position and Movement:  Symmetry; Properties of 2D and 3D shapes; Direction and angles.

Measures:  Time; Length; Weight; Capacity.

Problem Solving: Children work with a partner to apply their mathematical skills to complete investigations.



Ourselves: Focuses on 'teeth and food'.  We look at food groups, healthy foods and the importance of healthy eating. The unit also looks at types of teeth, their growth and the need for effective dental hygiene.  Finally the unit looks at human growth, including tooth replacement.


Plants: Focuses on 'the needs of plants'.  This unit looks at life processes and the importance of plants in our diet.  This links to optimal growing conditions for plants, in order to produce healthy crops for example.  We identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants, and investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.

Animals: Focuses on animal and human nutrition, including the right types and amount of nutrition.  We also discuss the fact that animals cannot make their own food, they get nutrition from what they eat. 

Forces and Magnets: This unit looks at push and pull forces in magnets, at materials that are magnetic and the uses of magnets.  It also looks at the forces exerted by springs and elastic bands and how that force can be varied. 

Light and Shadows: This unit develops the children's understanding of light.  We discuss how shadows are formed in relation to the sun, and how shadows change positon and size throughout the day.  We progress to looking at how the sun appears to travel across the sky and how it can be safely investigated.  This unit also looks at how we can tell the time using shadows using sundials and shadows.

Rocks:  We compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties.  We describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.  The children learn to recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.



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Physical Education (PE)

Games, athletics and outdoor activities take place on the sports pitch once a week. Gymnastics and dance in the gymnasium once a week.




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Design Technology (DT)

Projects include:


Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

This will be integrated into all areas of the curriculum as appropriate.


Citizenship & World Faiths

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