Year 3 Curriculum Overview

English 

Reading 

 Use knowledge to read ‘exception’ words

 Read range of fiction & non-fiction

 Use dictionaries to check meaning

 Prepare poems & plays to perform

 Check own understanding of reading

 Draw inferences & make predictions

 Retrieve & record information from non-fiction books

 Discuss reading with others

Writing 

 Use prefixes & suffixes in spelling

 Use dictionary to confirm spellings

 Write simple dictated sentences

 Use handwriting joins appropriately

 Plan to write based on familiar forms

 Rehearse sentences orally for writing

 Use varied rich vocabulary

 Create simple settings & plot

 Assess effectiveness of own and others’ writing

Grammar 

 Use range of conjunctions

 Use perfect tense

 Use range of nouns & pronouns

 Use time connectives

 Introduce speech punctuation

 Know language of clauses

Speaking & Listening 

 Give structured descriptions

 Participate activity in conversation

 Consider & evaluate different viewpoints

 

Mathematics 

Number/Calculation 

 Learn 3, 4 & 8x tables

 Secure place value to 100

 Mentally add & subtract units, tens or hundreds to numbers of up to 3 digits

 Written column addition & subtraction

 Solve number problems, including multiplication & simple division and missing number problems

 Use commutativity to help calculations

Geometry & Measures 

 Measure & calculate with metric measures

 Measure simple perimeter

 Add/subtract using money in context

 Use Roman numerals up to XII; tell time

 Calculate using simple time problems

 Draw 2-d / Make 3-d shapes

 Identify and use right angles

 Identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines

Fractions & decimals 

 Use & count in tenths

 Recognise, find & write fractions

 Recognise some equivalent fractions

 Add/subtract fractions up to <1

 Order fractions with common denominator

Data 

 Interpret bar

 

Science

 Biology 

 Plants, incl. parts, lifecycle and requirements for life

 Animals: skeletons & nutrition

Chemistry 

 Classification of rock types

 Simple understanding of fossilisation

Physics 

 Sources of light; shadows & reflections

 Simple forces, including magnetism

 

 

History

 British History (taught chronologically) 

 Stone Age to Iron Age Britain, including:

hunter-gatherers and early farmers 

Bronze age religion, technology & travel 

– Iron age hill forts

Broader History Study 

 A local history study, e.g.

– A depth study linked to a studied period

– A study over a period of time

A post-1066 study of a relevant period in local history 

 

Art & Design (LKS2)

  Use sketchbooks to collect, record and evaluate ideas

 Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials

 Learn about great artists, architects & designers

 

Design & Technology (LKS2)

 

 Use research& criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose

 Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas

 Evaluate existing products and improve own work

 Use mechanical systems in own work

 Understand seasonality; prepare & cook mainly savoury dishes

 

Modern Languages (LKS2)

 

 Listen & engage

 Ask & answer questions

 Speak in sentences using familiar vocabulary

 Develop appropriate pronunciation

 Show understanding of words & phrases

 Appreciate stories, songs, poems & rhymes

 Broaden vocabulary

 

Physical Education (LKS2)

  Use running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination

 Play competitive games, modified as appropriate

 Develop flexibility & control in gym, dance & athletics

 Compare performances to achieve personal bests

Swimming proficiency at 25m (KS1 or KS2) 

 

Computing (LKS2)

 

 Design & write programs to achieve specific goals, including solving problems

 Use logical reasoning

 Understand computer networks

 Use internet safely and appropriately

 Collect and present data appropriately

 

Geography (LKS2)

 

 Locate world’s countries, focussing on Europe & Americas focus on key physical & human features

 Study a region of the UK (not local area)

 Use 8 points of compass, symbols & keys

 Describe & understand climate, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, settlements, trade links, etc.

 Use fieldwork to observe, measure & record

 

Music (LKS2)

  Use voice & instruments with increasing accuracy, control and expression

 Improvise & compose music

 Listen with attention to detail

 Appreciate wide range of live & recorded music

 Begin to develop understanding of history

 

Religious Education

 Continue to follow locally- agreed syllabus for RE