Year 3

Curriculum Overview for Year 3


Please click the button below for a termly overview of the curriculum topics that will be covered in Year 3.


Curriculum Information for Parents

The table below provides a more detailed overview of the curriculum, the specific topics to be covered, as well as practical ideas to help support your child’s learning at home.


MATHS This term we will be covering the place value of numbers up to 1000. The children will learn a variety of strategies (both mental and formal) to support answering calculations with the four operations. We will measure our height and length of objects and convert these measurements using our knowledge of multiplication and division. We will recap our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes and be introduced to quadrilaterals Additionally, the children will learn to measure and calculate the perimeter of common 2D shapes. The children will lean to tell the time to 5 minute intervals on analogue clocks and calculate time durations between events. Encourage your children to practise their times tables at home as this will significantly benefit their learning in various areas of Maths.


Ask time related questions to your children at home e.g. if its five past 7 now, how many minutes is it until bedtime?

ENGLISH This term we will be reading the illustrated story book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, the story of a young boy who trips over one day and falls into a world that existed 20,000 years ago. He makes friends with a young girl and is welcomed into her family camp where he learns how to make fire, make tools, hunt, cook and prepare animal skins – all with implements made of wood, stone and bone – then finds some amazing cave paintings, meets a ferocious bear….and falls back into the twenty first century!

The children will be retelling the story, writing in role as one of the characters, writing a sequel to the story, and writing non-chronological reports on sabre-tooth tigers or woolly mammoths.


Here are some other stories set in the Stone Age that you could read and enjoy together:

SCIENCE Food and Our Bodies

We will learn that animals, including humans, cannot survive without eating because food provides them with energy for survival and growth in the form of nutrients. We will find out more about what constitutes a healthy balanced diet and about the main food groups and why we need them. The children will use their knowledge to write a letter to Miss Laing advising her on how to improve her unhealthy diet! The children will also learn that skeletons and muscles are used for movement, support and protection and will find out the names of some of the major bones and muscles in the human body. They will also discover that different types of animals may have different types of skeleton or no skeleton at all!


We will also be learning about the wonders of light, including reflections and shadows. The children will investigate different sources of light and sort materials into those which are good and bad reflectors of light. They will experiment with mirrors, studying their own reflections and trying to make light change direction. They will also how shadows are formed, how to make shadows bigger or smaller and sort materials into those that are opaque, translucent and transparent.

Next time you go shopping, you could quiz each other on what food groups each item in your shopping trolley belongs to.


Encourage your child to keep a food diary one week to see how many of the food groups they have included.






HISTORY We will be learning about life and changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The children will learn about Stone Age man’s survival instincts and life as hunter gatherers and find out how life changed in the Stone Age when man started to farm. They will discover what life was like in the Stone Age from a case study of Skara Brae. They will learn about Stone Henge, why it is so difficult to work out how it was built, and will create a tourist leaflet to inform visitors about this ancient site They will also find out how much life changed during the Iron Age and work together to solve the mystery of the 52 skeletons of Maiden Castle, writing a newspaper report about it. Why not go to the library to borrow some books about the Stone Age? Or do some online research together? Perhaps you could have a competition to see who can build the best model of Stone Henge out of lego or old packaging!
GEOGRAPHY Building on their previous knowledge of the UK, the children will learn that the UK is split into areas called counties. They will find out how many counties there are, the names and main cities of some of them, and research further to find out about the human and physical geographical features of County Durham. They will practise using a compass outside and describe the location of different counties using the 8 points of the compass. The children will also find out where in the UK there is evidence of Stone Age settlements and why these places were chosen by our ancient ancestors. Next time you go on a longer car, bus or train journey, why not use google maps or an atlas to plan the journey and talk about which direction you will be heading in and which counties you will pass through.


The focus of this term’s DT is food and the children will be linking their learning to the science and history topics. They will investigate recipes for a variety of smoothies, assessing them for taste, appeal and nutritional value. They will then design their own smoothie recipe and make it using a range of tools and equipment and practising skills such as peeling, chopping, slicing and blending. They will then test and evaluate the effectiveness of their own and other’s products. The children will also apply similar skills and knowledge to create a Stone Age fruit stew. Cooking is an essential life skill. Encourage your child to help with food preparation at home. As a family, you could try some fruit and vegetables that you’ve never tried before. And of course, get them to make their smoothie and fruit stew recipes at home for you all to enjoy!



The children will be learning about the Sikh religion. They will find out about this religion’s main beliefs and how they are expressed. They will also discover what it is like at the Sikh place of worship, the Gurdwara, and why the Gurdwara is so important to Sikhs.


As we approach Christmas, the children will be thinking about how Christians prepare for Christmas during the period of advent such as lighting advent candles, singing carols, opening advent calendars. They will explore different types of advent calendars comparing the images and symbols in them and their meaning. They will be revisiting the story of the nativity and preparing for our own school carol service.

Lots of information about Sikhism that you could explore together on the BBC Schools website.

Of course we all love those chocolates in our advent calendar but here’s an idea for an alternative way for your children to celebrate advent, shared by one of our former pupils. On each day of advent, try to do a good deed such as making a thank you card for someone you appreciate, donating to the local food bank, or giving someone a compliment. And of course please join us for our whole school carol service if you can.

PE Over the course of this term the children will be practising invasion skills in rugby with coaches from Mowden Rugby club. They will also do fitness training, gymnastics and orienteering. Please ensure that your child remembers to bring their PE kit every Tuesday. We will be outside in all weathers (within reason) so warm tracksuit, waterproof, hat and gloves are also needed as we head into winter.


In lessons, the children will begin their new school year by thinking about rules and responsibilities, respect and honesty. They will share ideas about what keeps us healthy including the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. As always we will be celebrating anti-bullying week in November which this year has the theme ‘Choose Respect’ and a special ‘Stop, Speak, Support’ theme focussing on cyberbullying. Find out more at:


MUSIC The children will be learning a range of songs from different genres, from traditional to pop. They will be working on singing confidently and understanding how to approach and perform them differently according to the genre. They will also be learning how to follow a conductor and introducing dynamics into their performances.

They will be listening carefully to each other’s performances and offering helpful feedback. In Autumn 2 the children will be working towards the whole school Christmas carol service.

FRENCH This term the children will start to learn French. This will be done through lots of singing, rhymes and games as well as starting to introduce reading and writing familiar French words. They will learn how to greet someone and introduce themselves; count to 10 and say their age; say who is in their family; respond to some classroom instruction in French; and make a French Christmas card. Encourage your child to share some of the words they have learnt with you at home. Perhaps they could say au revoir and bonjour to you as they set off for and arrive home from school.
COMPUTING This term the children will learn about keeping passwords safe when using electronic devices and being on online. Part of the PSHE curriculum links with computing through cyberbullying; the children will learn about how to keep themselves safe and what is acceptable behaviour when using electronic devices. Additionally, they will be introduced to Microsoft excel and use the software to collect and analyse data. Encourage your child to be safe when online. Use apps that support their learning. There are lots of amazing free apps and websites!