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Welcome to Year 3
Autumn Term

Year 3 Chad: Nikki Latham

Year 3 Vale: Louise Wood and James Fenech


The children will use ‘The Write Stuff’ in order to study new texts. The texts will cover a range of genres and types such as information, persuasion and a variety of stories. Each unit will span across approximately 3 weeks and children will produce a piece of independent work once they have learned about features and grammar structures. The first piece will centre around the book, Little Red Riding Hood written by Lucy Rowland. After half term, we will write a set of instructions.



Phonic skills are not taught in key stage two, and children will take part in whole class reading lessons. A range of rich texts will be used across the term including stories, non- fiction and poetry. Children will cover all of the necessary skills for reading including predicting, summarising, inferring, making links and retrieving information. A strong focus will be placed on inference skills during these lessons and this can be aided with reading at home. In addition to this, children will listen to books being read to them by an adult for approximately 15 minutes per day.


In Year 3, we continue to build upon the skills taught in Year 2.  In autumn, we focus mainly on number, place value addition and subtraction. The rest of the year will be built upon these building blocks. Other areas of maths will be planned and delivered after Christmas. In year 3, children need to know: 2x, 10x, 5x, 3x, 4x, 8x and 6x tables. We strongly recommend daily practise of these, as they will need to know all times tables by the end of Y4!


In science, we cover a number of topics throughout the year.  (Please see the curriculum overview in the link on the right).  Throughout the key topics this year, the focus will be on scientific inquiry, investigation, prediction and questioning skills. In autumn, we begin with learning about forces and magnets.


The children learn about the Stone, Bronze and Irone Ages during the autumn term. They will study the chronology of these periods, key facts and learn how to ‘think like a historian’ through investigation of historical sources.


Topics to be covered in autumn will include:, methods of communication, programming. Various programmes will be used to help deliver this and children will learn how to add detail and attachments to emails this year!


Art in the autumn term links to our history topic and children learn about cave paintings! They will study the techniques used by stone age people and recreate them in school.

Design Technology

In DT lessons, the children will undertake a number of exciting projects.  To link with our science learning, children learn all about nutrition and healthy eating.  The class will design and make a healthy soup. 


The children learn to sing a number of different styles of music including rock, R and B and songs to celebrate traditional festivals.  Children will also have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of instruments. 



Children will learn about the UK in more detail. Learning will cover the major cities in the UK and their links to the wider world, other areas of the 4 countries and how they differ from one another and about some of the physical features of the topical geography.


In Year 3, the children begin by amassing a vocabulary of nouns and basic greetings. They learn about what the language sounds like, what it looks like and about Spanish culture. There is a key focus on speaking and listening, which develops a confidence in the subject, before the children move on to more advanced learning in Year 4.  


PE for both classes will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. On these days, the children should come to school wearing their PE kits. The children will learn a variety of skills under the topics of gymnastics, games, dance and athletics. 

Please find the topic overview link to the right of this page to see what will be covered in more detail.

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