Year 3 Curriculum Information

Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit (linked to Geography topic on Volcanoes)


Text Types: Diary entries, character descriptions, stories, setting descriptions


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


Handwriting- Write neatly- increase legibility, consistency and fluency

We are encouraging a love of reading through Destination Reader. The children will learn valuable skills for understanding texts and strategies for working well with a reading partner. They will also develop their oracy skills as the sessions encourage talking about the text, predicting content, clarifying key words and summarising chapters read together.   

The Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme is used throughout the school to support our teaching of reading. A variety of other schemes support this including Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Oxford Project X.


We are working through the Maths No Problem Singapore Maths scheme.


Measuring length in centimetres, metres and kilometres, solving word problems


Reading weighing scales and solving word problems


Measuring capacity in millilitres and litres, solving word problems

Times Tables

Pupils should know times tables: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11s by the end of Year 3. 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.



In science this half term, we will be comparing rocks based on their appearance, grouping rocks together by their physical features, investigating fossils, investigating Mary Anning’s contribution to palaeontology and recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter. 


In computing, we will be looking at Presentation Skills- and learning how to 'Make a Powerpoint'  Year 3  will also be learning about how to keep safe online. 



Topic 4- Journeys- Year 3 will be learning about their own journey and the liturgical life of the church. We will also be learning about Mary and the mysteries of the rosary. The experience of community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of a year and the span of a lifetime contain occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises, when people want to celebrate with family, friends and communities.

 Topic 5- Listening & Sharing- Year 3 will be learning about the Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper, the breaking of the bread, Holy Sacrifice, Holy Communion and Holy Mass. Believers who respond to God’s word and become members of Christ’s Body become intimately united with him: “In that body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe, and who, through the sacraments, are united in a hidden and real way to Christ in his Passion and glorification.’ This is especially true of Baptism, which unites us to Christ’s death and Resurrection, and the Eucharist, by which ‘really sharing in the body of the Lord, we are taken up into communion with him and with one another.”


Catholic Social Teaching:

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.


Dance- we will be linking our dance topic with our geography unit “Natural Disasters” and dance in the form of a volcano.



Natural Disasters or Phenomenon?

We will be investigating various natural disasters including volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding. We will be linking this topic to our English unit “Escape from Pompeii.”



Making a Volcano

In Design and Technology, the children will be planning, designing and making their own erupting volcano using recycled materials, Papier Mache and paint.


Key Dates

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