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Year 3

Curriculum Overview - Year 3 2020 - 2021






Power of Reading Texts

Leon and the Place Between By Angela McAllister

This exciting and beautifully illustrated book follows Leon beyond the realm of the circus bug – top and, with a ‘Puff!’ from the great magician, Abdul Kazam, onto a magic carpet ride into the place where the magic sends you. Children interpret and respond to illustrations, explore the story through role play and writing in role, discuss the story and its meanings and build their own imaginative world to write a parallel narrative.

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age  By Raymond Briggs

In the comic book style novel, the concept of the ‘Stone Age’ is taken to extremes with everything, include stone trousers. Follow the quest of a boy living in the Stone Age to find softer trousers. Children will explore themes and issues, whilst developing and sustaining ideas through discussion, drama, story telling and art work. They will compose writing for a variety of purposes, including writing in role, to produce a non-chronological report.

Oliver and the Seawigs By Philip Reeve

 A wonderful story following the adventure of a young boy Oliver, who dreams of staying home, searching for his lost adventurer parents. Children will explore the book through illustration, drama, conscious alley, letter writing, writing in role and discussing common themes, in order to draft and produce an instructional report.

Power of Reading Texts

Oliver and the Seawigs continued….

Fox By Margaret Wild

Dog and Magpie are friends, but when Fox comes into the bush, everything changes. This breath-taking story allows children to explore, interpret and study the language of the book, to produce an alternative story. They will explore the narrative plot through role play to deepen their understanding. 

Lost Happy Endings By Carol Ann Duffy

Through this creative story of a girl, Jub, and her quest to ensure that all the Happy Endings are in the right part of the forest for bed time stories. However, one night a scary women snatches the sack of Happy Endings from her. Children will explore, interpret and respond to pictures, consider how illustrations deepen and enhance the readers experience, develop creative responses and infer themes, plots and character actions and motives. Children will use their learning to draft and present their own poems.

Power of Reading Texts

One Plastic Bag By Miranda Paul

A true story, One Plastic Bag explores the problem of plastic bags contaminating the environment and killing the goats that swallowed them and how a group of women, lead by Isatou Ceesay creates a thriving trade and reduces pollution. Children will explore themes and issues, and develop and sustain ideas through discussion to create a persuasive letter and advert.

Tom’s Sausage Lion By Michael Morpurgo

 When Tom sees a lion strolling through the orchard with a string of sausages dangling from its mouth, only Clare, the cleverest girl in his class, believes him. Why does she believe him when no-one else does? She knows something about Tom’s story that no one else does. Together, they devise a daring plan to prove that Tom is telling the truth. Written by the award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, Tom’s Sausage Lion covers themes of bullying, trust, friendship and self-belief. This text provides rich opportunities to explore these themes, as well as developing deep character empathy through creative and written responses.



The following Maths topics are revisited termly:

Number and Place Value, the four operations ( +, -, x, ÷), fractions, incl. decimals and percentages, measurement, geometry and statistics.


Week 1: Place Value

Week 2: Mental addition and subtraction

Week 3: Properties of 3D shapes

Week 4: Multiplication and division for 2, 3, 5, and 10 times tables

Week 5: Fractions

Week 6: Measurement (Mass)

Week 7 & 8: Addition and Subtraction (1’s, 10’s and 100’s)

Week 9: Angles, directions and turns

Week 10: Multiplication and division of 4 times table

Week 11: Multiplication and division of 8 times table

Week 12: Measurement (time)


Week 1: Ordering numbers

Week 2: Addition and subtraction (money)

Week 3: Properties of 2D shapes

Week 4: Multiplication and Division (4 and 8 times tables)

Week 5: Ordering fractions

Week 6: Measurement (Length)

Week 7 & 8: Formal written methods of addition and subtraction

Week 9: Statistics

Week 10: Number (counting in multiples)

Week 11: Equivalent Fractions

Week 12: Perimeter


Week 1: Number and place value

Week 2: Column method revised

Week 3: Types of lines and 3D shapes

Week 4: Formal written method of Multiplication and division

Week 5: Tenths of fractions and solving fraction problems

Week 6: Measurement (Volume and Capacity)

Week 7: Measurement and Money addition and subtraction

Week 8: Estimating and checking

Week 9: Measurement (time – Calendars)

Week 10 & 11: Formal written method of multiplication and division

Week 12: Statistics


Our Changing World

(This topic is revisited termly.)

In Our Changing World, children will explore the living world around them by going outside and observing plants in the local area at different times of the year. They will observe how the leaves on deciduous trees change greatly through the year whereas those on evergreen plants change less dramatically. They will observe that seeds, berries and flowers are visible on different plants throughout the year according to their different life cycles.

Rock Detectives (Rocks and Soils)

In this topic, children will work as ‘Rock Detectives’ establishing core knowledge and understanding of rocks, their relationship to soils and how fossils have formed over time. In learning about rocks children will identify and name rocks, describing and comparing their observable properties and sorting them using a key. They will identify ways in which rocks are used in the local environment and suggest why the properties of certain rocks make them suitable for particular purposes. They will consider how rocks are affected by weathering over time and work scientifically to carry out tests to establish the hardness and permeability of different kinds of rocks.

The Power of Forces (Magnets and Forces)

During this topic, children will explore how forces can make objects start to move, speed up, slow down or change direction. They will compare how things move on different surfaces. During this topic children will explore how forces can make objects start to move, speed up, slow down or change direction. They will compare how things move on different surfaces. They will identify that magnets attract some materials and not others and that these are known as magnetic materials. They will learn that some metals, but not all, are magnetic and that all non-metals are non-magnetic.


Plants: How does your garden grow?

For this topic, children will revise and build on their understanding of plants learnt in KS1. They will learn about the absorption and transport of water and nutrients and the role of the leaf in making food for the plant (photosynthesis). They will also learn about the parts of the flower, their roles in plant reproduction and the stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant, building on observations of growth of seeds and bulbs from Year 2. How does your garden grow? Compliments the topic Our Changing World.

Amazing Bodies (Animals include. Humans)

In this topic, children will build on their knowledge of the human body developed in Key Stage 1. They will revisit the importance of eating the right amounts of different types of food, but will extend this knowledge to understand that the food we eat provides us with the nutrition that our bodies require to remain healthy. They will learn about the range of nutrients that humans need to consume in the correct amounts and the role that these nutrients play in keeping our bodies healthy. They will also learn that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement

Amazing Bodies Continued…

Light: Can you see me? (Light)

In this module children start their formal look at light, and whilst they will have some prior experience at home, this has not been covered in school before. They will learn about how we see objects, the ways in which different objects reflect different amounts of light and how these ideas can be applied to staying safe at night. They will explore what causes a shadow, as well as how the shape and size of a shadow can be affected by its position. They will learn how exposure to sunlight can cause harm, and about ways by which they can protect themselves.


Stone Age to Iron Age

Exploring the Stone Age through to the Iron Age is an exciting period of history for children to learn. They will discover when the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age begins and ends, the differences between the three eras, how the hunter gatherer societies were different to the early farming societies and changes in civilisation due to technological development.

The Roman Empire in Britain 

The Roman invasion of Britain follows on from the Iron Age and the Celts. Children will learn of the invasion of Britain by the rotten Romans, the intricate workings of the Roman Army and how we know about the life in early Roman times. We explore Hadrian’s Wall and the legend of Boudicca as well as analyse the changes the Romans made to Britain and whether they are still existent today. 

 Ancient Egyptian rituals and daily life

The children undertake a thematic overview of how people lived in Ancient Egypt. Children will consider how the River Nile helped the Ancient Egyptian civilisation expand and thrive. The children will identify the significant lasting contributions that the Egyptians made on our lives: writing, architecture, monarchy and the treasures they left behind.


United Kingdom’s Natural Resources

Children will understand was constitutes as a natural resource and will then distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources. They will investigate what natural resources are available in the United Kingdom whilst also analysing the sustainability and depletion of natural resources.

Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis

As the topic suggests, children will be learning about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. They will understand that the Earth is made up of layers, with tectonic plates making up the top layer. Children will understand what a natural disaster is and how the globe responds to catastrophe, including recovery and rebuilding.


In our Rivers topic, children will understand how a river is formed, the different parts of a river and explore major rivers around the world. They will learn how rivers were used in the past, the flora and fauna native to the riverina areas and how pollution and climate change affects the river ecosystems.



In coding, children design algorithms using flowcharts, that represent a physical system. Children will use the ‘if’ command, use variables and will deepen their understanding of the different between timers and repeat commands.

Online Safety

Online safety is an important subject for children in the 21st century. Children will know what makes a safe password and methods for keeping them safe. They will know how the internet can be used in effective communication, including how blogs can be used to communicate with a wider audience. They will consider the truth of the content of websites and learn about the meaning of age restriction symbols on digital media and devices.


Spread Sheets

In our topic Spread Sheets, children will use the symbols more than, less than and equal to, to compare values, and use  2Calculate to collect data and produce a variety of graphs. They will learn the advanced mode of 2Calculate to learn about cell references.


Children begin by understanding the terminology of typing and the correct way to sit at the keyboard.  They will become accustomed to using the home, top and bottom row keys, as well as practice typing with the left and right hands.


In our topic Emailing, children will begin to think about different methods of formal and informal communication. They will open and respond to an email using an address book and learn how to use email safely, including, exploring a simulated email scenario.

Branching databases

Children will sort objects using just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions and completed a branching database using 2Question.


Children will consider what simulations are and explore, analyse and evaluate a simulation.


For our Graphing topic, children will enter data into a graph and answer questions, solve an investigation and present the results in graphic form.


Health and Wellbeing

Children will begin by setting goals and reflecting on personal achievements. They will revise a healthy diet and making healthy choices. They will investigate how the media does not necessarily reflect reality. Students will look at changes in life and how they can encourage different feelings associated with these changes. Children will look at risk and how to appropriately manage risk situations.


Children will learn about what makes a positive, healthy relationship, including friendships, and how to maintain them. They will explore their own feelings and feelings in others, how their actions can affect others, the difference between acceptable and unacceptable physical contact. They will explore the concept of keeping secrets and when they should agree or disagree to keep a secret as well as appropriate ways to resolve conflict.

Living in a wider world



Christianity and Islam: Key religious leaders

This unit is about: stories of key religious leaders; some key Christian and Muslim beliefs and practices.

Ways to describe God and Christmas

Children describe how religious belief is expressed in different ways and explore significant practices, places and objects within the Christmas story.


Children will analyse what Jesus was like, the things he did and important stories he told/taught us.

Events in the life of Jesus 

Children will explore how Jesus overcame temptation, Shrove Tuesday and the celebration of Easter.

Rules and How they influence actions

Children will look at the rules Muslims follow, such as the five pillars of Islam, Sawm and Ramadan. Children will then compare the rules of Islam to those followed by the Christians.

Special Sacred places

Children will look at the meaning and significance attached to special places and sacred


Stone Age to Iron Age and UK Natural Resources


Children will observe and draw leaves, shells, fossils, Stonehenge and their own self-portraits, focusing on textures, patterns, finer details and perspective. They will complete a colour wheel, focusing on secondary colours and brush technique/discipline.


Children will also study Andy Goldsworthy and will create their own leaf collage and Christmas/event cards.

The Roman Empire and Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis.


Focusing on our history topic, children will draw their own Roman warship and shield as well as create a Roman mosaic.


They will study Andy Warhole and Vincent Van Gogh and create their own version on the famous sunflower painting using plasticine. Children will continue their observational drawing skills by drawing a pot plant and a volcano.

Ancient Egypt and Rivers


Children will continue to develop their drawing skills, focusing on tone, lightsource, textures and composition by skilfully sketching a tree, under river landscape and a 3D tea cup.


Focusing on textiles, children will create famous Egyptian icons and practise their sewing skills. Their artist study is the French impressionist artist, Monet. Children will create their own lily pond drawings using the technique of smudge painting.


Moving Monsters
Control: Mechanisms: Pneumatics

Children develop their understanding of control through investigating simple pneumatic systems that use air to make them work. They design, make and evaluate a model of a monster that has moving parts controlled by pneumatics (plastic syringe, tube and balloon).

Sandwich Snacks
Cooking and Nutrition: Seasonality - where and how ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.

Children learn about food sources, preparation techniques and ways of combining components, according to taste, appearance or texture. They develop their designing skills by evaluating existing products to develop ideas and create an appealing product that contributes to a healthy diet.

Money Containers
Structures: Textiles

Children learn how textile money containers such as purses, wallets and belt bags are designed for different purposes and users. They use this information to generate their own ideas and identify design criteria. They make and evaluate their own product using patterns, templates, sewing and reinforcing techniques, as well as adding decorative features.


 Fir Class will learn the notes B, A and C for the recorder.


Let your Spirit Fly

Children will learn to listen, appraise and sing along to this R&B song for children.


Glockenspiel Part 1

This 6 week unit introduces children to the language of music through the use of a glockenspiel.

Chestnut Class will learn the notes B, A and C for the recorder.


Three Little Birds

Children will be introduced to the genre of Reggae. As well as learning to sing, play, improvise and compose with this song, children will listen and appraise other reggae songs.


The Dragon Song

This is a song about kindness, respect, friendship, acceptance and happiness. Children will create their own performance to this song.

Pine Class will learn the notes B, A and C for the recorder.


Bringing Us Together

The song Bringing Us Together introduces children to Disco. The children will learn to sing a song about friendship, peace, hope and unity.


Reflect, Rewind, Replay

This Unit of Work consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year. All the learning is focused around revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the History of Music and the beginnings of the Language of Music.


 For French, children will revise the French language they learnt in Year 2 on the following topics:

  • Greetings
  • What is your name?
  • Numbers
  • Colours
  • Days and Months
  • My Family
  • My house
  • Animals
  • Clothes
  • French Christmas song

Year 2 revision continued.

  • Food
  • What do you like doing?
  • What time is it?
  • In my town
  • Masculine and Feminine
  • Body parts

Writing and saying simple sentences in French.



Throughout our games topic, children will work in a team to successfully achieve a set objective, working on teambuilding, spatial awareness and communication.


Children learn and develop skills to control a hockey ball with a hockey stick using correct techniques. At the end of the unit, children celebrate their achievements by applying learnt skills to a hockey match.


During our tennis module, children are taught how to hold a tennis racket, serve a tennis ball properly, the two hitting techniques of forearm and back arm and the scoring system. Children apply these learnt skills to a match at the end of the unit. 


In Football, children are taught ball control, dribbling, kicking and passing. These skills are applied to a football match at the end of the unit to celebrate the achievements of all children.


At the beginning of the summer term, children are taught the skills in long jump, sprinting, shot put, javelin, vortex, skipping, triple jump and relays, ready to compete in the whole school sports day.  These skills will be revisited throughout their P.E. education at Lionel Primary. Athletics will also help children in athletics competitions, should they wish to compete against other schools. 


To finish the year, children are taught the game of rounders and participate in a year group competition.