Year 3

English Overviews

Reading Stage 3 (1).pdf

Reading Knowledge

Y3 Reading spine 2022_23.pdf

Reading Spine

Writing 3.pdf

Writing Knowledge

Mathematics Overview & Support

We are proud to work with the Maths Hub for 2020 - 2022 to develop a mastery approach when teaching mathematics.

Termly Overview

KIRFS (Key Instant Recall Facts)

Topics & Overviews



Animal Nutrition and the Skeletal System

This project teaches children about the importance of nutrition for humans and other animals. They learn about the role of a skeleton and muscles and identify animals with different types of skeleton.



Through The Ages

This project teaches children about British prehistory from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, including changes to people and lifestyle caused by ingenuity, invention and technological advancement.

Through the ages.pdf


One Planet, Our World

This essential skills and knowledge project teaches children to locate countries and cities, and use grid references, compass points and latitude and longitude. They learn about the layers of the Earth and plate tectonics and discover the five major climate zones. They learn about significant places in the United Kingdom and carry out fieldwork to discover how land is used in the locality.

One Planet.pdf


Contrast & Complement

This project teaches children about colour theory by studying the colour wheel and colour mixing. It includes an exploration of tertiary colours, warm and cool colours, complementary colours and analogous colours, and how artists use colour in their artwork.

Contrast & Complement.pdf


Prehistoric Pots

This project teaches children about Bell Beaker pottery. It allows the children to explore different clay techniques, which they use to make and decorate a Bell Beaker-style pot.

Prehistoric pota.pdf


Cook Well, Eat Well

This project teaches children about food groups and the Eatwell guide. They learn about methods of cooking and explore these by cooking potatoes and ratatouille. The children choose and make a taco filling according to specific design criteria.

Cook well eat well.pdf



Inspired by the composer Steve Reich, children will be composing their own minimalist songs using rhythm and layers.



Linking to our geography topic, children will listen to and appraise music from around the world.


Sound: Podcasting

In this podcasting unit the children will create and record a script as Stone Age experts. They will add sound effects for a purpose.


AR and VR - creating 360 images

In this unit the children will learn how to create their own digital 360° image and explore it in VR.


Core - Personal

This unit teaches children to develop coordination skills. Skills are developed through developing different footwork skills and balances.


Core - Social

Children learn how to cooperate and take part in small group tasks. Children use a range of dynamic balances to complete jumps and safe landing.



Forces & Magnets

This project teaches children about contact and non-contact forces, including friction and magnetism. They investigate frictional and magnetic forces, and identify parts of a magnet and magnetic materials.




More info to follow ...


Rocks, Relics & Rumbles

This project teaches children about the features and characteristics of Earth's layers, including a detailed exploration of volcanic, tectonic and seismic activity.




This project teaches children about artistic techniques used in sketching, printmaking and sculpture.



Urban Pioneers

Explore the culture and environment of city life. Children develop their knowledge of building design, urban art and photography, and learn how to improve urban environments.



Making It Move

This project teaches children about cam mechanisms. They experiment with different shaped cams before designing, making and evaluating a child's automaton toy.

Making it move.pdf



Linking to our book study, The Iron Man, children will improvise and compose a soundtrack to go with the story.


Programming - Scratch

Using Scratch, children will develop their coding skills. They will be able to design a program, create a sequence of code and evaluate their program.


Data Handling - Interactive Story Graphs

The children will create their own sorting diagram and complete a data handling activity with it using images and text. They will input simple data into a spreadsheet. The children will then use the class story to create a feelings chart to explore characters’ feelings.


Core - Cognitive

This unit supports children to use their cognitive skills in PE. Children understand how to judge performance and use this to identify parts to work on. Children can explain why someone is working well. In team games children begin to understand and use tactics of attacking and defending.


Gym - U1

In this unit children will be able to link actions and develop sequences. They will be able to change and adapt rules or tasks to make activities more challenging. To develop coordination, children will practise ways of sending and receiving.


Dance - U1

In this unit the children will learn how to combine turning, jumping and moving with a partner to create and perform a sequence of moves.



Plant Nutrition & Reproduction

This project teaches children about the requirements of plants for growth and survival. They describe the parts of flowering plants and relate structure to function, including the roots and stem for transporting water, leaves for making food and the flower for reproduction.

Plant Nutrition.pdf


Light & Shadows

This project teaches children about light and dark. They investigate the phenomena of reflections and shadows, looking for patterns in collected data. The risks associated with the Sun are also explored.



Emperors & Empires

This project teaches children about the history and structure of ancient Rome and the Roman Empire, including a detailed exploration of the Romanisation of Britain.



Roman Empire

More info to follow ...


Beautiful Botanicals

This project teaches children about the genre of botanical art. They create natural weavings, two-colour prints and beautiful and detailed botanical paintings of fruit.



Mosaic Masters

This project teaches children about the history of mosaics, before focusing on the colours, patterns and themes found in Roman mosaic. The children learn techniques to help them design and make a mosaic border tile.




This project teaches children about the purpose, structure and design features of greenhouses, and compares the work of two significant greenhouse designers. They learn techniques to strengthen structures and use tools safely. They use their learning to design and construct a mini greenhouse.



Performing Roman Songs

Children will play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control. Children will learn and perform Roman themed songs.

Children will appreciate music from great composers and musicians. The children in Year 3 will be listening to The Planets by Holtz.



Children will appreciate music from great composers and musicians. The children in Year 3 will be listening to The Planets by Holtz.


Video Creations: Voicever Film

Linking to our learning about The Romans, children will be able to sequence clips of mixed media in a timeline and record a voiceover. They will be able to trim and cut film clips and add titles and transitions. They will be able to independently create a green screen clip.


Computer Networks

In this unit children will learn about computer networks. They will understand how and why computers in a school are connected together in a network. They will be able to explain the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW).


Core - Creative

This unit supports children’s creativity. Children will show an awareness of strength by developing a range of movements and skills with good body tension, this will be incorporated into effective techniques for running, jumping and throwing activities.

Children will be able to perform a sequence of movements with some changes in level, direction or speed.


Core - Physical

In this unit children will be able to describe the basic fitness components and explain how often and how long they need to exercise to be healthy. They will be able to record and monitor how hard they are working.

They will be able to describe how their body feels during and after exercise. Children will be able to use equipment appropriately and safely.

Religious Education - Love To Celebrate!

We look at six celebrations from across the major religions of the world


Anand Karaj

Summer 2

Before a Sikh wedding, the bride and groom may have a Kurmai engagement ceremony and receive a ring. Gifts are exchanged and many special preparations are made in the days and weeks before the wedding.

On the morning of the wedding, the bride and groom's family meet at the Gurdwara and share food before the ceremony. The Sikh wedding ceremony is called the Anand Karaj. The Granthi leading the service recites prayers and hymns and the bride takes hold of a scarf that the groom wears over his shoulder. Four wedding hymns, called Lavans are said and then sung. After each Lavan, the couple walk round the holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, which is witnessing their marriage. They also bow to the Guru Granth Sahib to show they agree with the readings. The Lavans act as the binding promises or vows.

Many Sikh weddings are followed by a reception where there is plenty of fun, food and dancing.



Autumn 2

Christmas is a Christian festival that marks the birth of Jesus Christ, over 2000 years ago. It is celebrated by billions of people around the world. Christians call the period before Christmas, Advent. The word Advent means 'coming' and is the time when Christians wait to celebrate the arrival of baby Jesus and think about the second coming of Jesus that they believe will happen in the future.

At Christmas time, Christians might attend special church services, remember the nativity story, buy gifts for loved ones, eat special food and spend time with family.

Christmas is also hugely popular secular celebration and traditions and stories that don't mark the birth of Jesus are popular.



Spring 1

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights that is celebrated every autumn in November or December. The festival celebrates the victory of Judah Maccabee and his Jewish followers over the Syrian Emperor Antiochus and the miracle of the lamp, which burned for eight days in the regained temple in Jerusalem, even though there was only enough oil for one day's light.

Lighting the Hanukkiah, playing the dreidel game and eating fried foods are Hanukkah traditions that help Jews to remember the story of the Maccabees, the lamp in the temple and the importance of religious freedom.



Summer 1

Jumu’ah are Friday prayers. Before Jumu’ah, many Muslims wash, put on perfume or aftershave and dress in clean clothes. Just after lunchtime, worshippers meet at the mosque to say special prayers and listen to a talk by the Imam. The importance of saying Friday prayers is mentioned in the Qur’an and Muhammad called Friday the best day.



Spring 2

The Tibetan Buddhist New Year holiday, Losar, starts on the first day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, which is usually in February.

The celebrations last between three and 15 days and are a mixture of early Bon traditions and later Buddhist traditions. Tibetan Buddhists may perform rituals and dances to ward off evil spirits, present offerings to Buddha's shrine and hang up new prayer flags during Losar.

Losar is also a family time when people clean their houses, wear new clothes, come together to eat, share in the traditions of the festival and spend time together.



Autumn 1

Navratri is celebrated for nine nights and 10 days. Hindus worship a different form of the mother goddess Durga every day, including Lakshmi (the goddess of good fortune and wealth) and Saraswati (the goddess of wisdom). In India, clay statues of Durga are placed in homes, temples and street shrines during the festival. On the tenth day (Dussehra) the statues are paraded in the streets and put into water to disintegrate.

Navratri is a time for new, colourful clothes, good food, dancing and families. However, it is also a time to fast, worship the goddesses quietly and take part in puja ceremonies every day. Navratri is also celebrated as a harvest festival. Many Hindus plant nine different grains at the beginning of the festival to celebrate a good harvest.

P.S.H.E - Personal Social Health Education (Including Relationships & Sex Education)

We follow six key themes in P.S.H.E. that are taught at the same time across the school, below is the specific theme covered.

Being Me In My World

  • Setting personal goals

  • Self-identity and worth

  • Positivity in challenges

  • Rules, rights and


  • Rewards and consequences

  • Responsible choices

  • Seeing things from others’


Celebrating Difference

  • Families and their


  • Family conflict and how to

manage it (child-centred)

  • Witnessing bullying and how

to solve it

  • Recognising how words can

be hurtful

  • Giving and receiving


Dreams & Goals

  • Difficult challenges and achieving


  • Dreams and ambitions

  • New challenges

  • Motivation and enthusiasm

  • Recognising and trying to

overcome obstacles

  • Evaluating learning processes

  • Managing feelings

  • Simple budgeting

Healthy Me

  • Exercise

  • Fitness challenges

  • Food labelling and healthy swaps

  • Attitudes towards drugs

  • Keeping safe and why it’s

important online and off line


  • Respect for myself and others

  • Healthy and safe choices


  • Family roles and responsibilities

  • Friendship and negotiation

  • Keeping safe online and who to go to for help

  • Being a global citizen

  • Being aware of how my choices affect others

  • Awareness of how other children have different lives

  • Expressing appreciation for family and friends

Changing Me

  • How babies grow

  • Understanding a baby’s needs

  • Outside body changes

  • Inside body changes

  • Family stereotypes

  • Challenging my ideas

  • Preparing for transition