Year 3 Curriculum Information- Summer 1


I was a Rat! By Philip Pullman

 When a small boy turns up on Bob and Joan's doorstep unable to say much except 'I was a rat', the kindly couple adopt him. It seems strange but Bob reads about odder things every day in his newspaper. To them, the sunny little chap is Roger, and he's trying hard to adapt to human life. But when he gets lost and ends up on the run, other people, egged on by their newspapers, are quick to see him as the Monster, a rodent fiend who could terrorise the town. Only a friend in a very high place could save Roger from the authorities who are determined to exterminate him- Cleverly weaving elements of the Cinderella story into a subtle parody of modern times, master storyteller Philip Pullman has created a gallery of fascinating characters from the virtuous to the villainous, in a book which will grip every reader who picks it up.

Overall aims

  • To explore, interpret and respond to illustrations in a book
  • To enjoy a story and discuss its meanings
  • To build an imaginative picture of a fantasy world, based on real life experiences
  • To explore these through role-play and through writing in role
  • To write own stories based on the story read from another character’s point of view

Biography Unit


Year 3 will be learnign about Lubaina Himid,  (born 1954) is a British artist and curator. She is a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. They will learn about the features of a biography and then will write their own and one about Lubaina Himid. 


Grammar includes:

Conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because)

Adverbs (curiously, beautifully)

Prepositions (because of, under, by)

Adjectives (lovely, sunny, freezing cold)

Verbs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person (I am, you are, it is)

Inverted commas to punctuate speech e.g. “Hello, how are you?”

Group ideas into basic paragraphs

Write under headings and subheadings



Write neatly- increase legibility, consistency and fluency. We will explicitly teach when and how to join letters correctly.



Children should continue to focus on their 2, 10, 5, 3, 4, 6, 8 times tables Children must be able to answer related questions quickly and fluently. Please practise these at home with your child on a daily basis. Children will be tested weekly on their times tables- if they get 3 or more wrong, they will need to re-learn that times table before moving onto the next one.


Maths No Problem will be used throughout Year 3 and the children will be continuing to use Rapid Recall to develop and consolidate mental maths skills.


Most Maths No Problem chapters include problem solving activities where children will be consolidating and extending their use and understanding of bar modelling method. All children will be expected to complete reasoning challenges related to the topic of study.


Rapid Recall will be given out weekly.


MyMaths will be set every week and you will be reminded through Google Classroom. Times Tables Rockstars should be accessed regularly by the children at home as they all have a log in for this.


In summer 1, we will continue to work on multiplication and division and will then move on to:


Naming & showing amounts of money

Adding money

Subtracting money

Calculating change

Solving word problems



Telling the time

Measuring and comparing time in seconds

Measuring time in hours, minutes and seconds

Changing minutes to seconds

Finding number of days

Picture Graphs and Bar Graphs

Drawing Picture Graphs

Drawing bar graphs

Reading Bar Graphs





Trip to woods – rock scavenger hunt

  • compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.




Creating Graphs and links to The Wider Curriculum  


E-Safety-  Each half term we use Common Sense Media to teach the children about how to stay to safe online.




Topic 7- Energy

  1. Each of us, by the way we live our lives, the way we treat others, and by our words and actions, show if we have an attitude of service.
  2.  Often we are especially influenced by those whose actions speak powerfully of a life of service.
  3.  Christians believe that the Spirit of God is active in each person and, in a special way, in the community of believers, which is the Church. It is the work of the Spirit to enable people to hear God’s message and to live Jesus’ way of service.


Topic 8

  1. Ask and respond to questions about others and their own choices
  2. *And about what they and others wonder about how choices and made and why they’re sometimes difficult
    Make links to show how feelings and beliefs affect their own and others’ decisions about choices and their consequences.
  3. compare their own and other people’s ideas about questions of choices and their consequences and realise that these questions are difficult to answer


Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:

September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community

October- Rights and Responsibilities

November- Promotion of Peace

December- No CST- focus on Advent

January- Solidarity

February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

March- The Dignity of the Human Person

April- No CST- focus on Lent

May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers

June- We are Called to Stewardship

July- Recap

Please ask your child what we have discussed.



Agriculture (revisiting locational knowledge). Changing farming practices & impact on landscapes; arable and pastoral – overview;

Depth: Wales (hill-sheep farming, Snowdonia and revisit mountains).

Link to changes to food consumption including trends re local & organic food; Haringey example: vegetarian and plant-based diets; businesses & local markets in London: consumerism, people getting meals to work etc. Idea of ‘healthy shops’. Local fieldwork investigating shops.

This is the beginning of a sustained theme in relation to farming, across the globe: Where does our food come from? Why does this matter? How does food connect us across the world? What ecosystems do we affect when we buy and cook our food? We will be linking our art unit to The Stone Age and recreate Stone Age Cave Paintings



Ancient Egypt

Location, origin in settlements around the Nile, living by the Nile, the role of the Nile in developing belief systems as well as agriculture.

How the power structures (pharaohs, the double crown) were linked to the geography of Egypt; how they were sustained through art, writing, belief systems.

Ancient Egyptian religion, government, art, great monuments, beliefs about death, farming.

How Egypt changed through time - kingdoms, art, pyramids, beliefs and writing

Disciplinary focus: change/continuity analysis.

How much did Ancient Egypt change over time? Year 3 will be exploring how the people from the Stine Age lived and the different tools they used.


Lubaina Himid – art link


3D sculpture – clay

Link to (G) farming.


Art – Egypt  (hieroglyphics)


3D crowns for pharaohs



Miss Katsi & Miss Matthews: Gymnastics  - Year 3 will take part in weekly gymnastics sessions where they will learn to use a range of apparatus and new skills such as balancing, rolling and travelling.

Tommy- Athletics


Y3K PE Days: Wednesday & Thursday


Y3M PE Days: Tuesday and Friday



How you can help your children

In maths you can help your child by regularly practising times tables facts, doing additional tasks on My Maths, Rapid Recall targets and work with your child on any additional work sent home for consolidation.


Please continue to encourage your child to read EVERY DAY and to access a variety of authors and genres of writing - reading underpins all areas of the curriculum. If you need advice about books and authors please contact one of the Y3 team.


The BBC Bitesize website is worth having a look at for interactive games to support your child's learning:


Oak National Academy also has some fantastic resources to support your child's learning:




Pencil Cases: Please ensure that your child brings in a pencil case to keep in school.



Colouring pencils





Glue Stick


Fruit: Please remember to bring in fruit and a bottle of water every day.


School uniform:  It is important that the children are in correct school uniform at all times. No trainers or big bows please.


PE: Please ensure that your child is wearing their full PE kit on PE days.


Homework: We have gone paperless and all homework will be set on Google Classroom.


Punctuality: It is important that children arrive at school at 8:40am so that they do not miss out on vital learning time.


Seeing your teacher: We are happy to answer any queries or questions via email or telephone. Government Guidelines now advise that teacher-parent interaction on the playground will not be permitted. Please be mindful of this.

The Year 3 Team: Miss Matthews, Miss Katsi, Mrs Regis & Mrs O’Donnell