Year 3 Autumn Curriculum

A Time Travelling Term

Successful Learners

Areas of learning

As historians, we will:

  • Be discovering what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians, finding out about the impact of significant individuals, seeking to understand the actions and beliefs of civilisations from the past and realising how the future has been shaped by that time.

In English, we will:

  • Be looking at the features of non-chronological reports and will write our own about the discovery of Tutankhamen. We will also focus on using ambitious vocabulary to write a time-travelling story!

As scientists, we will:

  • Investigate the history of the planet’s geological progression with a focus on fossils and rocks. We will also explore magnetism and how we use magnetics.

In RE we will:

  • Consider the creation of stories from different religions. We will be reflecting upon the responsibility that we have in taking care of our earth.

Confident Individuals

Cooking and Nutrition

  • We will be learning about basic food preparation and safety in the kitchen.

Responsible Citizens


  • We will explore natural phenomena around us such as magnetism and rock formation. We will explore how rocks have preserved history through fossils.

Spiritual & Moral

  • This term we will be looking at a range of symbols in Christianity. We will be exploring how symbols represent meaning and identifying symbols that are significant to us.


  • In PSHE we will be agreeing on a class charter to help us follow the school rules. We will consider rules in our wider society and why they are necessary for our safety.

Year 3 Subject Skills


  • ‘Flat Stanley and the Great Egyptian Grave Robbery’
  • ‘Time Machine’ story writing, non-chronological reports
  • Performance poetry


  • Read further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word
  • Listen and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction
  • Read books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • Identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • Prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Check that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction
  • To participate in a discussion about both books that are read to them and those they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say.


  • Spell words that are often misspelt
  • Write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far
  • Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
  • Increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting, e.g. by ensuring that the downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant; that lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch
  • Organising paragraphs around a theme
  • In narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  • In non-narrative material, using simple organisational devices such as headings and sub-headings
  • Assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing and suggesting improvements
  • To extend the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, e.g. when, if, because, although
  • To using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause
  • Using commas after fronted adverbials • using and punctuating direct speech


  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and can find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
  • To recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones) • compare and order numbers up to 1000
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations
  • Read and write numbers to 1000 in numbers and words
  • Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas
  • To add and subtract numbers with up to three digits using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction
  • Estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check the answer
  • Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value and more complex addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract numbers mentally, including a three-digit number and ones
  • Count up and down in tenths and know that tenths are made from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10
  • Find and use fractions of numbers such as ¼ of 8 =2 and ¾ of 8 = 6
  • Identify and show equivalent fractions
  • Compare and order fractions with the same denominator
  • Add and subtract amounts of money to give change, using both £ and p in practical contexts


‘Rocks and Soils’, and ‘Magnets’

To compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties

  • To describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • To recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter
  • How magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • To observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • To compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • To describe magnets as having 2 poles
  • To predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing


‘The Ancient Egyptians’

  • To place events, people and changes into correct periods of time
  • To use dates and vocabulary relating to the passing of time, including ancient, modern, BC, AD, CE, BCE, century and decade
  • To explore ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past • to describe and make links between main events, situations and changes within and across the different periods studied
  • Use a variety of sources to find out about events, people and changes
  • Ask and answer questions; select and record relevant information
  • Use dates and historical vocabulary to describe the periods studied
  • To communicate their knowledge and understanding of history in a variety of ways.

Religious Education

Christian Creation’ and ‘The Trinity and Christmas’

  • Children will discuss the creation of stories from different religions
  • Explore what the Trinity represents
  • Look at ways in which the Trinity is used in worship
  • Explore the Christmas story

Art & D.T.

  • Identify primary, secondary and tertiary colours on the colour wheel
  • Learn about the artist Mark Rothko; to study his paintings so as to inspire ‘warm’ and ‘cool’ colour images
  • Design and create artefacts taking inspiration from Ancient Egypt.

Physical Education

Football Gymnastics Circuits

  • Children will continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and link them to make actions and sequences of movement
  • They will learn to communicate, collaborate and compete with each other
  • They will develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success

Pupils will be taught the following through gymnastics and football:

  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • Understand the link between exercise and good health
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best


‘Living in the wider world’ and ‘Health and Wellbeing’

  • Learn about the ways in which rules and laws keep people safe
  • Take part in making and changing rules
  • Learn what anti-social behaviour is and how it can affect people
  • Learn how to get help or support
  • Learn about managing risk in familiar situations and keeping safe
  • Learn about the role of money and ways of managing money (budgeting and saving)
  • Learn about what is meant by ‘interest’ and ‘loan’


  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • Use search technologies effectively


  • Sing songs in unison and 2 parts with clear diction, accurate pitch
  • Add percussion to songs
  • Improve their work


  • Greet and say goodbye to someone
  • Ask someone’s name and say their own name
  • Ask how someone is and respond to the same question
  • Learn the names of musical instruments
  • Count 1-10
  • identify classroom objects
  • Identify colours
  • Say their age
  • Recognise and repeat classroom instructions

Autumn Overview – Nelson (002)

Welcome Letter Year 3 2019 – Nelson (002).doc