Year 3 Curriculum
In Year 3 we believe it is important to aid children in their transition into Key Stage 2 by promoting their independence and love of learning in a nurturing and positive way.
The year is specifically structured and planned in order for the children to gain the skills they will need to be successful and have an enjoyable experience during their time in Key Stage 2.
Year 3 is a key year in the children’s understanding and skill development as it is their first experience with formal written methods for all four operations. Times tables are key skills to learn over the course of this year as well as children’s comprehension of word problems.
The focus of their reading expectations is no longer on their ability to decode, but rather their deeper understanding of a text. Writing expectations include a more complex and accurate application of punctuation and their ability to write extended pieces which are well composed.
The children learn about Christian values and the importance of the Bible to the Christian faiths. Children also study other faiths and begin to reflect upon similarities and values. They also have the privilege of leading the Easter Service at St Michael’s Church.
In Year 3, where possible we try to link all of our subjects to one overarching topic to fully immerse the children in their learning and understanding. We aim to involve the children at all stages of the planning of these topics:
During this unit of study, children will explore a variety of UK castles with a focus on their location and how these iconic structures have changed over time. Some specific areas of study will include the Norman Invasion and landscapes features. This topic links in with our Quest Story and Non-chronological Report Writing. Children will also enjoy an exciting trip to the Tower of London where they will participate in a tour and interactive workshop.
During this unit of study, children will learn about the chronological history and ways of life during the Stone Age. Children will learn about significant achievements of people during the Stone Age and will specifically study Stone Age homes and important Stone Age discoveries in Britain. This also links to our science topics of rocks, as well as our English topics of Adventure Stories and Instructional Writing. The children will also enjoy a trip to the Natural History Museum to participate in a fossil dig! This topic will also be linked to art through the creation of cave paintings and building replicas of Stone Age homes.
During this unit, children will be studying the way of life in Roman Britain. They will specifically study the Roman Invasion and its implications for Britain today. Children will be fully immersed in Roman culture and life through a full-day Roman Workshop. This will link to art through the creation of Roman mosaics.