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St Joseph the Worker

Catholic Primary School

Year 3


An overview of some of the work being carried out in Class 3 during the Autumn term

In English we will be working on:

  • using knowledge of root words to help identify new words
  • reading and discussing a range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction as a class and individually
  • predicting what happens within stories
  • composing sentences orally before writing
  • using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time within their writing
  • using simple organisational devices such as sub headings for non- fiction writing
  • discussing and recording ideas in plan form following correct writing structure
  • using and punctuating direct speech
  • Explanations
  • Recounts
  • Shape poetry
  • Myths.

In Mathematics we will be working on:

  • mental addition and subtraction using known number bonds to 10 and 20 and number facts
  • comparing and ordering 2 and 3 digit numbers
  • rounding 2 and 3 digit numbers
  • partitioning 2 and 3 digit numbers for addition and subtraction
  • addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers including money
  • multiplying  and dividing two digit numbers using our knowledge of 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • doubling and halving 2 digit numbers
  • doubling and halving fractions
  • measuring length and capacity
  • Shape – recognising, naming and describing 3D shapes and their properties
  • Time- telling time to the nearest 5 minute interval
  • Tables and division facts including remainders


In Science our topics are:

Food and our bodies –

  • We will identify and learn about the 5 food groups and, in turn, how to use these to have a balanced, healthy diet.
  • Working upon previous learning we will identify and name bones in the human skeleton. We will explore the important functions of the skeletons such as protection, movement and support. We will learn how muscles and joints work.
  • We will work scientifically to observe and measure using simple equipment to make a prediction and to collect and record data to help answer questions.

Rocks: Earth rocks-

  • We will distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made; identify and name a variety of everyday materials; describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials and we will compare and group together a variety of everyday materials.
  • We will work scientifically to observe things using simple equipment; to identify and classify; to plan and perform fair tests; to use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions and to gather and record data to help in answering questions.


In R.E. our topics are:


  • We will explore the joys and sorrows of being a family at home and reveal God’s vision for every family.


  • We will explore how belonging to a group involves promises and rules and reveal the meaning of the promises made at Baptism.


  • We will explore the demands and joys of visitors and reveal that Advent is a time of waiting to celebrate Jesus’ coming at Christmas.


  • We will explore the special places: the synagogue and its importance especially for the community.


In Computing our topics are:

We are Safe –

  • We will carry out e-safety activities.

We are Researchers –

  • We will research the Stone Age by exploring, exchanging and sharing information found on the internet and create and deliver a short multimedia presentation on what they have found.


In Geography our topic will be Climate Zones. Through this topic we will begin to identify key features on a world map and features of the different hemispheres. We will also be able to identify key features of climate zones for a range of places and how human and physical environments interrelate these places.


In History we will be learning about the Stone Age and how it affected Britain today. We will link this to our Computing topic by researching the Stone Age in a variety of ways.  


In Art we will be studying observational drawings focusing on patterns. Children will begin to use drawing, sketching and painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination for patterns whilst developing a wide range of art and design techniques.


In Design and Technology we will be learning about pneumatic systems. Children will create a design for a pneumatic monster; make their product and evaluate their chosen idea. We will link this to our fiction and poetry topics in English.


In Music we will be exploring sounds, using duration, tempo, structure, beat and rhythm.


In P.E. we will be studying swimming, football and fencing. Within swimming children will continue to practise and improve upon their different strokes whilst improving stamina for distance. To broaden our PE curriculum Year 3 will be studying fencing which will improve agility and their decision making skills.


In French we will be learning simple greetings, counting in French up to 20. Saying our names and how we are feeling. We will be asking and answering questions.


Each week your child will be set homework linked to subjects covered in class that week. It would be great if you could support the children in practising these new skills.

Year 3 Autumn Term                           September 2016