Year 3

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Year 3 Curriculum Statement

English- In English in year 3 we concentrate on consolidating the children’s writing skills, their vocabulary, their grasp of sentence structure and their knowledge of linguistic terminology.

In reading the children should be able to read books written at an age appropriate interest level. They should be able to read them accurately and at a speed that is sufficient for them to focus on understanding what they read, rather than on decoding individual words. They should be able to decode most new words outside their spoken vocabulary, making a good approximation to the word’s pronunciation. As their decoding skills become increasingly secure, teaching will be directed more towards developing their vocabulary and the breadth and depth of their reading, making sure that they become independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers who read widely and frequently. They should be developing their understanding and enjoyment of stories, poetry, plays and non-fiction, and learning to read silently. They should also be developing their knowledge and skills in reading non-fiction about a wide range of subjects.

In writing we will be teaching them to develop as writers which involves teaching them to enhance the effectiveness of what they write as well as increasing their competence. We will be making sure that the children build on what they have learnt, particularly in terms of the range of their writing and the more varied grammar, vocabulary and narrative structures from which they can draw to express their ideas.

The children complete the following writing units across the year:



In SPaG the children’s spelling of common words should be correct, including common exception words and other words that they have learnt. Children should spell words as accurately as possible using their phonic knowledge and other knowledge of spelling.

The children have; 5 guided reading sessions, 5 spelling lessons, 5 English lessons and 1 handwriting lesson each week.

Maths- In maths in year 3 we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that the children become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that the children develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.

Children should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching will also ensure that the children draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. Teaching will also ensure that the children can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.


The children cover the following units across the year:


Other Subjects: The children cover the following topics across the year:



Objectives for the above topics are taken from the National Curriculum.






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