Year 3 Curriculum




Reading and Comprehension (George’s Marvellous Medicine):

- Use knowledge to read‘exception’ words.

- Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes.

- Using dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read.

- Discuss words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination.

- Check that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context.

- Ask questions to improve their understanding of a text.

- Draw inferences such as inferring characters' feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justifying inferences with evidence.

- Predict what might happen.

- Summarise main ideas.

- Identify how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning.

- Skim and scanning.

- Retrieve information.


Composition: Non-Chronological Reports

Non-fiction: tenses, writing in the third person, organising paragraphs around a theme, time connectives, subordinate clauses, descriptive language

Grammar, vocabulary and punctuation:

Inverted commas, Homophones,


/u/ for ou

ei, eigh, ey


- Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters and understand which letters are best left un-joined,

- Increase legibility, consistency and quality of handwriting.


Measurement (Length):

- Measure, compare, add and subtract: lengths (m/cm/mm).


- Measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes.


Calling to Change (Lent)

- Prepare for Easter.

- Reflect on ‘Jesus in the Wildreness.’

Holy Week

- Perform an Easter production.

- Understand the Stations of the Cross.


Gymfit Circuits:

-Identify techniques to improve balance.

- Master basic movements.

-Develop balance, agility and coordination.

-Perform simple movement patterns.


World History: Egyptians

Achievements of the earliest civilisations: Ancient Egypt

Core knowledge:

What was the importance of the ritual of mummification in Ancient Egypt?

What is the importance of Tutankhamun?

How does Egyptian writing compare to modern day writing?

How do the powers of different Egyptian gods compare?

How is Howard Carter, from Swaffham, linked to Ancient Egypt?

Possible project pathways:

- A guided research project based on any chosen aspect of Ancient Egypt.

Chronological understanding:

- Use dates and terms related to the study unit and passing of time.

Range and depth of historical knowledge:

- Find out about everyday lives of people in time studied and compare with our life today.

Historical enquiry:

- Select and record information relevant to the study.

- Begin to use the library and internet for research.


Volcanoes and Earth Quakes

-Understand the structure of the earth.

-Describe and understand the key aspects of volcanoes and earthquakes.

-Use maps and atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate volcanoes and earthquakes around the world.

Geographical enquiry:

-Begin to ask/initiate geographical questions.

-Use atlases, pictures/photos and internet as sources of information.

Using maps:

-Locate places on larger scale.

Design &


Pencil cases

Design and Develop

-Look at existing products and evaluate design faults and successes.


-Know basic health and safety in the classroom when sewing.

-Know about the safe use of tools and machinery.

-Practise basic materials joins and develop an understanding of ‘How different materials can be joined’.

-Measure and cut accurately.

-Select their own tools and techniques for the task required.

-Think about ideas as they progress and make suitable changes.

-Make a design plan using drawings and annotations (smart labelling, Colour, size, material)

-Use a range of materials, where pupils can select their own appropriate joining method.


Singing for Easter Production

-Perform using their voices with fluency control and expression.

-Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds.

-Understand staff and other musical notations.

-Appreciate and understand a wide range of high quality music drawn from different traditions and from great composers.

-Develop and understanding of the history of music.


Chapter 2 Minimus

-Understand a few familiar spoken words and phrases (Listening).

-Say and repeat single words and short simple phrases (Speaking).

-Recognise and read out a few familiar words and phrases(Reading).

-Write or copy simple words or symbols correctly (Writing).