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Year 3

Year 3 is an important transition year. Children move from KS1 into lower KS2 where expectations are higher and there is more of a focus of them moving towards being more resilient and independent in their learning. 

During the year we consolidate much of their KS1 learning, to deepen and strengthen their understanding as well as setting fast paced and challenging learning to enable children to feel comfortable during learning challenges. 


English Intent: To develop a love for reading through using tone and expression, deepen comprehension and build on key skills in writing whilst evolving ourselves as young authors. 

 In English, children are challenged through a variety of text including picture books and chapter books, where the skills of inference and comprehension are further enhanced. English lessons are often based around drama and sensory learning using the OMI room to build children’s experiences that impact their language acquisition. The texts used in literacy lessons include ‘The Iron Man’, ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ and ‘The Sheep-Pig’ as well as a variety of other genres with the aim to produce a variety of writing outcomes such as; a diary entry, persuasive letter, recount, narrative and biography. There is a great emphasis on building an appreciation for a higher quality of language and vocabulary choices. In year 3, the thesaurus and dictionary become integral tools to our writing. As well as developing the skill of self-editing, children will also learn to peer assess to produce cohesive writing which they are proud of. 

Writing assessment criteria


Maths Intent: To learn and apply skills in all mathematical areas whilst incorporating knowledge of the four operations and using this to answer fluency, reasoning and problem-solving questions. 

In Maths, children will build on their KS1 knowledge through the use of a CPA approach (concrete, pictorial and abstract approach). We begin each unit by securing their fluency knowledge and then deepening their knowledge and understanding through reasoning and problem-solving. Children are challenged during these activities by applying their prior knowledge by justifying and proving their reasoning and explanations in a variety of ways. Year 3 begin the year by focusing on number to ensure they have a clear understanding of place value and the four operations. We then build on number by transferring the skills to other units such as; measurement, fractions, data and geometry. 


IPC Intent: To consider what we can learn from the people who were apart of the ï¬Ârst great civilisations and their way of life through the things they left behind. 

Geography and History are taught through IPC units such as ‘Island Life’, ‘Temples, Tombs and Treasures’ and ‘Saving the World’. In these units children have the opportunity to develop the following skills; chronology of key periods in history using a timeline, comparing and contrasting over time, develop research skills, using primary and secondary sources for research, use geographical skills and key vocabulary, use an ordnance survey map, explain physical and human features and how they can make places difficult to live, can name the continents, oceans, major cities and rivers in the world. 


Science Intent: To understand how the world around us works through the eyes of a scientist. 

In Science children will investigate key questions through working scientifically to deepen their understanding of how science affects our world. The topics covered are ‘Light and Shadows’, ‘Animals including Humans’, ‘Rocks’, ‘Plants’ and ‘Forces and Magnets’. Children have opportunities to research, conduct fair tests, identify and classify and write up their findings through a re-run to ensure children understand the elements of a scientific enquiry.  


RE Intent: To understand our religions in relation to others.  

PSHE Intent: To explore their feelings and understand how their actions have a wider impact on society. 

Cross-curricular learning is encouraged throughout the year to ensure Art, Design and Technology, PSHE and RE are relevant to the children to engage and give purpose to the children’s learning. It is through this curriculum that children utilise all of their skills as they begin to become independent and resilient learners. 


Curriculum Outline

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