Year 3

Year 3

Our Year 3 class is currently being taught by Mr Ferrari alongside Miss Hutchinson, Mrs Kneeshaw and Mrs Hall who provide TA support over the course of the week.

In our transition to Key Stage 2 we further develop independence, thinking skills and team work. As well as studying the core subjects, during Year 3 we study some exciting topics taken from the Cornerstones Curriculum, which might have a focus upon History or Geography, or Science or the Arts. Where possible, links are made with our topic during our studies in other subjects, in particular in English.



·         Adverbs to extend verb phrases

·         Using inverted commas

·         Verbs (correct tense)

·         Instruction writing (potions)


·         Place Value

·         Addition and Subtraction

·         Word Problems


·         Formation of rocks from organic matter

·         How a volcano is formed (tectonic plates)


·         The impact of the eruption of Pompeii

·         Differences between ancient Italy and now


·         Volcanoes – where in the world (on world maps)

·         Mapping (using a key to identify different geographical sites)

Gods and Mortals


·         Recounting stories of Greek Gods focusing on character descriptions

·         Authors use of descriptive language (‘twas the night before Christmas poem)

·         Using similes to enhance description

·         Using commas to separate items in a list


·         Long addition and subtraction

·         Fractions (of objects and numbers)

·         Comparing fractions

·         Word problems (addition and subtraction)

·         Place Value

·         Time (to the nearest 5 minutes)


·         Ancient Greeks and their beliefs (creating character profiles for some of the major Greek Gods)

Heroes and Villains


·         Fairy tales with a clear Hero and Villain - looking and character descriptions

·         Comic book strips (focus on onomatopoeia to create an exciting effect)

·         News articles – headlines and what they can tell us

·         Correct use of verbs (tenses)

·         Use of inverted commas


·         Columnar subtraction

·         Measurement – length (m, cm, mm, km) conversions and problem solving


·         Characteristics of materials

·         Friction

·         Magnets and Springs


·         Real life heroes – Martin Luther King, how he positively contributed to the Civil Rights movement (heavy link with SMSC and respecting others)


·         Good and bad for the environment (human – pollution).  Designing leaflets to encourage others to be eco heroes.

DT: Designing and making a hero or villain costume using recyclable materials

ICT: Editing tables and adding shapes to create and write their comic book strip in Word

Tribal Tales


·         Retelling fairy tales and myths with a focus on adding more detail and description and correct use of capital letters and other punctuation

·         News report – architectural site in Durham.  Focus on factual style of writing to suit a newspaper (use of language and sentence structure)

·         Organising paragraphs around a theme (ongoing throughout narratives and longer written work)


·         Mass and volume (measuring, adding, comparing)

·         Angles and lines, 90 degree angles in a turn

·         Time (seconds in minutes, minutes in hours etc.)

·         Presenting and reading data in tables, charts and tallies


·         Reflection of light

·         How shadows change based on manipulation of light and item blocking light

·         Skeletons and muscles in the human body


·         Changes in Britain between the Iron and Stone Age

·         Timeline of Britain between these two times

·         Remains of a stone age campsite found in County Durham


·         Types of settlements used between Stone and Iron ages

·         8 points of a compass and 6 figure grid references

Art: Studying Ted Harrison and his work with block colours and altering the colours of the world around him to achieve a more interesting image.



·         Class debate to argue for or against building on flood plains (focus on persuasive and emotive language)

·         Journal of a backpacker – children chose a large river from around the world and wrote a journal about their journal along it.  Description of physical and human features.

·         Raven and River poetry book – expanding the poetry of the book into a full story.  Focus on rich descriptive language and advanced vocabulary.

·         Poetry – following a format of verbs, similes and adverbs children wrote a poem to describe the different sensations of a flowing river.


·         Solving problems using multiplication and division

·         Fractions of numbers (single and multiple fractions – 1/3 and 2/3)

·         Ordering fractions in different ways

·         Missing numbers in a sequence

·         Long addition and subtraction

·         4x table

·         Pictograms


·         The water cycle – what happens in each process and how it contributes to the water cycle

·         Requirements of a plant

·         Reproduction of a flowering plant

·         How water travels in a plant (experiment with white flower and coloured water)


·         8 points of a compass and 6-figure grid references

·         The water cycle (link with Science) and how it contributes to rivers

·         Features of a river (source, meander, mouth, tributaries, ox bow lakes etc.)

·         Researching a famous river from around the world (Ganges, Thames, Amazon, Nile, Mississippi) and presenting their findings on a poster and computer


·         Using search tools responsibly and safely to gather information about famous rivers

·         Using PowerPoint to present their river findings in interesting ways to their peers.


·         Water colours

·         ‘Ripple effect’ drawing (good for fine motor control)

Trips/anything special: We went to Darlington Library to learn about how the Library works and to get our own library cards.



·         Narratives that include a dilemma (choices, resolution, consequences and morals);

·         How to train your dragon book – focussing on character descriptions, advanced vocabulary;

·         Non-fiction leaflet about chosen predator (focus on headings and subheadings);

·         Writing to persuade (speeches to convince peers that their chosen predator is the best);

·         Chronological recount of their school trip to Walworth castle to watch the birds of prey.


·         Money – adding coins and notes and subtraction to give change

·         Time – to the nearest minute, elapsed time, number of minutes in an hour, etc.

·         Roman numerals – reading time on a clock

·         Measure – addition, ordering and comparison with different representations of measurements

·         Long addition and subtraction


·         Nutrition: food groups, how each food group benefits us

·         Rocks: comparing and grouping, formation of fossils, composition of rocks from soil and organic matter

·         Forces (magnets): poles of a magnet, grouping materials and items based on attraction to magnets, prediction of attracting magnets and materials.


·         Victorians: is it better to be a child now or in the past? What was important to our local Victorians?

·         Romans: What happened when the Romans came? Why might people have different views about the Romans?

Trip to Walworth Castle for interactive Birds of Prey shows and talks about the different foods that birds need (link to nutrition area of Science)