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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3!

Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4  in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parents evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations


                      Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly

Spring Term Information

Around the World in 80 Days!

Year 3

Autumn Term

Welcome back to another year at St. Giles! I hope you and your children have all had a lovely summer and are now looking forward to starting Year Three. This is an overview of everything we will be studying throughout the Autumn Term.



In R.E. our first unit will be ‘Belonging’, in which we will be learning about the different ways in which we belong to the Church, including Baptism.

We will also be learning and thinking about Listening to God’s Word at Mass, Advent and Christmas.



All our learning in English will be linked to our topic of ‘Around the World’!

Our first book we will study will be ‘Baba Yaga’, the story of a wicked Russian witch! We will then go on to write our own versions of Baba Yaga using our best descriptive language. Before Half Term, we will also learn how to write an effective recount in the form of a letter.

After this, we will write adventure stories based on ‘The Tunnel’ and, using our studies of the Arctic climate, will create discussion texts based on the question ‘Should people travel to the Arctic?’

We will be practising all key Spellings, Punctuation and Grammar features to help us across the curriculum.




Class 3 will be continuing to use the Maths Makes Sense scheme to learn across five strands of Mathematics.

In Arithmetic 1, we will be completing vertical calculations and addition/subtraction of fractions and mixed numbers.

In Geometry, we will be practising measuring and labelling line segments, calculating distances, and distinguishing clockwise turns from anticlockwise turns.

In Data and Measure, we will be practising telling and writing the time in digital and analogue forms.

In Arithmetic 2, we will be calculating fractions of quantities.

In Reasoning, we will be calculating implicit information involving populations and distances by using vertical addition and subtraction.



Our first topic in Science will be Animals (including Humans), in which we will learn about balanced diets and the effects of eating different foods, as well as the structure of the mouth and the importance of caring for our teeth. We will also be studying bodies, including the function of the skeleton, and exploring what happens when we grow.

After Half Term, in Forces and Magnets, we will learn about different kinds of forces, including friction. We will use magnets to test our predictions about attracting and repelling.




We have an exciting Topic to start Year Three – ‘Around the World in 80 Days!’

We will learn the names of the continents and oceans of the world.

As well as this, we will study a range of cultural features of different countries from all around the world, having lots of fun along the way!




In Computing, we will be using the programme ‘Scratch’ to create and programme an animation. We will be learning about the importance of algorithms and using this knowledge to programme computers.



One PE lesson a week will be taught by Miss Smith and the other by Mr Hancock. The children will be taught a range of skills over the term from a range of outdoor and indoor sports, as well as the importance of keeping fit and healthy.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school every day.





We will be learning to appreciate and join in with some songs from other countries as part of our ‘Around the World’ topic! In addition to this, we will practise making music as a class, making, playing and combining sounds, experimenting with ways of producing sounds, and singing in tune with a limited pinch range.

We are looking forward to rehearsing for the KS2 Christmas concert and putting our musical talents into practice!



In line with the school’s Homework policy, your child’s homework will consist of a weekly Maths and English task. This is in order to help your child recap key areas of learning covered in class, and to help prepare them to access areas that are about to be taught.

There may be additional work sent home when necessary. If your child is unable to complete their homework, please come to see us or write a note in their diary.

Homework books will be given out on a Wednesday and should be returned to school, with completed homework, the following Monday.






We will be learning to speak French this term, which will complement our ‘Around the World’ topic in which we will learn about French culture, lifestyle and food!

Our first unit will be ‘Getting to Know You’, in which we will be learning how to greet each other and be polite in French.



Please try to read with your child every night for at least ten minutes. This will greatly benefit their reading progress and will help them in class when working independently. The children will be listened to every week and will take part in group guided reading sessions.

Any books that are sent home will be changed as necessary once they have been read.

Please keep a record of your child’s reading at home by writing in their diaries.




Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested on a Friday. These spellings will be in line with expectations of the Year 3 curriculum.

If your child achieves more than 5/10 in their weekly spelling test, they will have the chance to try 10 spellings the next week. If they achieve less than 5, they will remain with 5 spellings for the following week. This is to give them a chance to embed their knowledge and focus on more key words.


Times Tables

Times tables will be tested every week via the 22 Club. Please ensure that your child practises their times tables for at least five minutes a night – there are some fantastic online games that test times tables recall.




Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled, including PE kits, shoes and coats.

Your child will need a bottle of water in school, to stay hydrated and aid their concentration during lessons. Juice drinks can be consumed at lunchtime only, to protect the health of your child’s teeth. Please clearly label your child’s water bottle with their name.

Children may purchase toast from our kitchen every day. Toast costs 30p per day. Payment for the whole week must be made on a Monday morning – please make this payment in a sealed envelope labelled with your child’s name and the day(s) which they would like their snack. Thank you.


We look forward to working with you and your children over the coming academic year. Please do not hesitate to contact us if ever you should need to via the school office where an appointment can be made.


Yours sincerely,

Miss H Smith Mrs N Bradley

Year 3 Class Teacher Teaching and Learning Support



End of Year Expectations Year 3

Spring Term Information Jan 2017

Suggested Books for Year 3

Year 3 ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winners.

Year 3 ‘Design a Book Cover’ Competition Winners. 1

Making Roman Shields

Spring Term information January 2017


Year 3

Carol Singing at Homelink

16th December 2016