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Year 3 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum

In Year 3 we work hard to ensure the transition from Strand Infants is a seamless one before making sure basic skills are in place. The curriculum is designed to allow plenty of time for practice so new skills become embedded. Fluency is our aim.

Click on the links below for more details about what your child will learn in Year 3 and the milestones they may pass as they progress from being novices to experts.

Year 3 Curriculum Overview


Curriculum Framework PDF 

For a PDF version click here 

Autumn Term Curriculum

Rock sorting

Our first topic, Juniorassic Parkcombines an induction module ‘Passport to the Juniors’ followed by a science focus on rocks and fossils. Throughout the term, the personal and social elements of handling change, building friendships and new experiences will be celebrated as we chart the successful transition from Infants to Juniors.  Scientific knowledge about different sorts of rocks, soil types and how fossils are formed (particularly dinosaurs!) form the core content of this unit. Alongside this, they will develop their locational knowledge of UK seas and coastline, including the Jurassic coast, location of many of the UK's best dinosaur finds. 

After half term Year 3 will begin the geography topic Nordic Noir.  After learning about the UK and other European locations, we focus on the country of Norway. They will look at the Scandinavian tundra region and learn about the people and animals that live there. 

Spring Term Curriculum

Celtic Settlements

The Nordic Noir theme continues with scientific knowledge taking the lead when learning about light, including the spectacular Northern Lights. A scientific enquiry into magnetism leads back to the poles to further deepen understanding.  Scientific skills and knowledge will be consolidated when learning about light. Packed with exciting experiments, the topic will encourage children to investigate how light is reflected from surfaces and examine how shadows are formed. Opportunities to work scientifically will be provided by looking for patterns in what happens to shadows when the light source moves or the distance between the light source and the object changes.

The second half of the term sees our first history topic Through the Ages where we begin to explore the historical question "What is the story of our Islands?". Beginning with an overview of the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages and ending at Julius Ceasar's invasion this unit explores the key concepts of settlement, invasion and human advancement. Answering big questions about our past, children will learn about the transition from a simple hunter gatherer society to communities focussed around farming, identifying the key advances in technology which shaped this era.

Summer Term Curriculum


Useful Bags

Summer term begins with our science unit  Fit for Purpose which explores plants and animals (including humans). Building their knowledge children will identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants, exploring the things plants need to live and grow, how water is transported within plants, investigating pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal. A visit to Kew Gardens supports this topic. The children then move onto animals, exploring how skeletons and muscles are used for support, protection and movement before investigating nutrition and how to ensure a balanced and healthy diet. 

The summer term ends with The Eagle Has Landed a history topic. Building on the Through the Ages study and broadening the view, the children will explore the second strand of our history curriculum; "What is the nature of civilisation?" by looking at the Roman Empire in detail. Studying Ancient Rome will lay the foundations of understanding the concepts of civilisation and empire. Previously introduced concepts such as progress, continuity and change will be developed from the Stone Age to Iron Age topic, and further concepts such as expansion, trade, governance etc will be introduced. The impact of an expanding empire will be considered when looking at the influence Rome had on Europe and further afield. We will consider what Rome was able to take from its empire such as food, slaves, materials etc, and consider what it ‘gave’ to the people of the empire such as leadership, development, new ideas etc. The topic can be looked at in 3 interweaving strands: Leaders, Learning and Legacy and will be concluded with a celebration of learning by creating a living museum and holding a Roman banquet. The end of the Roman rule in Britain will provide a launching point for the Year 4 topic of Rulers and Raiders.

Year 3 Maths

To see the Maths overview for Year 3 click here


Year 3 Milestones

 Click on each image for more information about the milestones your child will pass as they progress from being novices to experts in Year 3