Year 3

A very warm welcome from Miss Pringle

Year 3 is a time of excitement and new beginnings as your child embarks on their journey into junior life and part of Key Stage 2. It is our priority to ensure that each child has a smooth transition into Year 3, so that we can seize every opportunity to embed progress and make sure that every child feels safe and happy in their new classroom upstairs! Year 3 is also a very special year, as it is when the children make their First Holy Communion, a very important occasion for the whole community!

In order to keep our cloakroom organised and manageable please ensure your child has a small bag.

Reading books and records only need to come in to school on your child’s reading day – this information can be found in their reading records. Please pack a pencil case, water bottle and snack (optional) daily. PE kits should be worn to school on Tuesday and Wednesday in Summer 1. Thank you.

Important dates and information will be added to our class page throughout the year.

I look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year.
Miss Pringle

Y3 Summer Term 2021 Curriculum Overview




Reading records and reading books are checked weekly. We provide opportunities for the children to change their reading books after checking that the records are signed. Children are expected to read at home regularly.

Guided reading – every child is heard read at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, we will be focusing on developing comprehension. Reading records must be in school every Thursday.
Please support your child by asking questions about their reading and hearing them read or read together.


Spellings are given to the children on Friday as part of their weekly Home Learning task. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context. Spelling is taught in class in addition to English. Lists are based on the National Curriculum with weekly sound patterns and technical words. The children are then tested on these words the following Friday.

Please support your child in learning the rules and patterns extending them by looking at other words with the same patterns, using them in writing tasks and developing dictionary skills.

Handwriting & Pace

Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace. Handwriting will be modelled  in your child’s home learning handwriting book.


Please ensure that children practise mental maths regularly at home for example recall of times tables and counting on and back in tens and hundreds within three digit numbers. It is best to keep practices short and as much fun as possible.

Home Learning

Home Learning is explained and given out each Friday. It is due back the following Wednesday. In the case that a project has been set, the children may get longer.  Mathletic usernames , passwords and reading days can be found inside your child’s home learning book. It is vital that Home Learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class. Weekly spelling lists can be found under the resource tab on our class page.

Please read with your child and sign their records once a week.

If your child has a specific target such as handwriting, punctuation, vocabulary, please remind them before they start and then to check over at the end. Children require adult support with home learning in Year 3, particularly with personal targets, so please support your child as necessary.

Dates for your diary


Year 3 meet the teacher

Curriculum Overview for Year 3

  Pope Paul Catholic Primary School Long Term Curriculum Overview

Year 3



Subject                                                                       Autumn 2020
  Autumn 1 Autumn 2

Year of Hope


Baptism and Eucharist focus

From Advent to Christmas



Place Value – order and compare numbers beyond 100; Rounding, Estimation and magnitude; addition and subtraction fluency; securing formal written addition and subtraction fluency; counting in multiples of 3,4 and 8 and 100; multiplication and division facts (times tables) alongside Year 2 Fluency revision.
Problem Solving Including Measures to apply Place Value, Mental Strategies and Arithmetic Laws;  Multiply and Divide a one or two-digit Number by 10 and 100; Measure – Conversion of Units; Measures – Compare, Estimate and Calculate; Discrete and continuous data (bar graphs, tally’s, pictograms),





Narrative using a book ‘The River Journey’ and ‘The Stickman.’

Non-Fiction: Letter writing based on the book ‘The day the crayon quit.’

SPAG: conjunction, use of adjectives and nouns, noun phrases and prepositions.


Free-verse poem.

Non-Fiction: Letter writing based on the birth of Jesus.

SPAG: synonyms, conjunction, use of adjectives and nouns, noun phrases and prepositions.



Animals including Humans

Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.

Identify that humans and some animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Forces and magnets


Compare how things move on different surfaces.

Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others

Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.



Creating digital content including text, images and sound


Develop an understanding of editing software to use technology creatively and safely.





Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?

Observe, describe and explain in basic terms the climate in the United Kingdom;

Identify, describe and begin to offer reasons for different types of climate around the world;

Compare and contrast the temperature and rainfall data in different climate graphs to reach conclusions about the climate in different locations in the world;

 Why are jungles so wet and deserts so dry?

Understand how climate affects both the landscape of different biomes and the plants and animals that can live there;

Observe, describe and explain why areas of tropical rainforest such as the Amazon have so much rainfall;

Describe the natural environment of the Atacama Desert and explain why the city of Arica is the driest inhabited place in the world;




To develop a range of painting techniques.

P.E. Multi skills:

running, jumping, throwing and catching, dodging.

Invasion games:

agility, control, movement, awareness, coordination, tactical awareness.


P.S.H.E. Wellbeing: Weekly focus

Anti-bullying Week: United Against Bullying.