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Year 3

Welcome to Year 3




Portraits - influenced by the artist Edvard Munch, pupils focus on colour mixing and the use of different backgrounds to reflect the mood of the portrait.
Weather and Art - pupils create landscape collages of weather scenes. 
Cityscapes - pupils learn about the work of Stephen Wiltshire and use this as inspiration for their own pieces.  


Pupils use the Purple Mash scheme of work and cover topics such as coding, online safety, spreadsheets, databases and word publishing skills. 


Shell Structures - pupils design and create their own gift boxes.
Mechanical Systems - levers and linkages.  Pupils design and create their own pop-up poster or leaflet.
Food Technology - a healthy and varied diet.  Pupils design and make a healthy snack which would be suitable to take on a school trip.



Every classroom strives to create and uphold a strong writing culture. In Y3, children continue to develop their familiarity with a range of genres and styles by exploring features commonly found in different writing types. Our writing sessions help children to fluently compose sentences following a variety of different structures, and begin to organise these into paragraphs by theme. Children explore a range of organisational devices in non-fiction genres. By the end of Y3, we expect our writers to be developing their editorial skills, keeping their eyes peeled for errors of spelling or punctuation and even beginning to comment on the effectiveness of their chosen vocabulary. 

Genres covered in Y3 writing may include: non-chronological reports, poetry, diary entries, explanation and instruction texts, character and setting descriptions, balanced arguments and stories.


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Why are rainforests important to all of Earth’ people? Children learn about the rainforests of Brazil and how people depend on them.
How and why is my local environment changing? Children learn about their local area and investigate some of the changes that have happened over time.
How have megacities evolved over time? Pupils learn about the increasing population of Milton Keynes and what makes a megacity.  


We learn about the earliest people known to have lived in our country and how people survived. We investigate what the world was like during the Stone Age and the  Bronze age. We also learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain.  




Areas of study include:

  • Number; number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry; properties of shapes
  • Statistics



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Numbers 0-10; greetings and asking how someone is; asking someone’s name and age; colours; extended range of classroom instructions; some food words (fruit and common ingredients); days and months; introduction to some weather vocabulary. 

Equal allocation of speaking, listening and reading and writing skills - children begin to notice how the sounds correlate to spelling in short common words and phrases. 


Pupils use the Charanga scheme of work to learn the songs:
Let your spirits fly.
Ho! Ho! Ho!
Three Little Birds 

Pupils also have the opportunity to use the glockenspiels to create melodies.


Children develop their gymnastic skills using symmetry and changing face and direction in their routines on and off apparatus.  They also learn to respond and move to music to form different dance routines. For outdoor PE, children develop the skills they learned in key stage one and begin to learn how these fit into balls skill invasion games, net, wall and court games, striking and fielding games, football and athletics. 


Autumn 1 - athletics; yoga

Autumn 2 - basketball; gymnastics

Spring 1 - dodgeball; orienteering

Spring 2 - fitness; hockey

Summer 1 - dance; football

Summer 2 - tennis; cricket




Mental Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing) – pupils learn about recognising and managing their feelings.
First Aid - pupils learn how to call for help during an emergency, details to give on a 999 call, in addition to some basic first aid for dealing with bites and stings.
Online Safety – pupils learn about sharing personal information, online protection, consent, stranger danger, bias and the digital media.
Physical Health (Health and Wellbeing) - pupils learn about life routines, healthy eating and hygiene.
Friendship (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of friendships, anti-bullying, stereotypes and keeping and maintaining friendships healthy.
Family (Relationships) - pupils learn about different types of families and what makes a family, relationships within families and family diversity.
Living in wider world (Community) – pupils learn about the make-up of their community, belonging, how to help others, prejudice and finances. 


We follow the Discovery scheme of work for RE. Y3 focus on:
Religion: Hinduism (Diwali, Hindu beliefs and pilgrimage to the River Ganges)
Religion: Christianity (Christmas, Jesus' Miracles and Easter - forgiveness) 


Rocks and Soils
Forces and Magnets
Animals Including Humans
Plants ​​​​​​​

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