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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 3

Autumn Term 2018


We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child this term and hope it will be an exciting and rewarding experience! This letter outlines the Year 3 curriculum for the Autumn Term 2018.



During the first half term we will be reading ‘Into The Forest’ and ‘Gorilla’, both written by the popular children’s author Anthony Browne. Other books of his which can be used to support learning at home (and which are available from most libraries) include ‘Voices in the Park’, ‘Little Beauty’ and ‘The Tunnel’. We will be reading ‘Pebble in My Pocket’ during the second half term. This story links in nicely with our science topic for that term, Rocks and Soils.


We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Identifying word classes.
  • Using illustrations to inspire writing.
  • Editing, redrafting and proof-reading pieces of writing.
  • As part of literacy lessons we will also focus on
  • Spellings, punctuation and grammar.
  • Improving reading comprehension skills.



Over the course of the Autumn Term, Year 3 children will be consolidating their knowledge of the number system, looking at place value and counting and comparing numbers. Later in the term, we will be looking at strategies to help with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


We will focus on these key concepts:

  • Recognising the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones)
  • Reading and writing numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
  • Identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations
  • Solving number problems and practical problems involving these ideas
  • Comparing and ordering numbers up to 1000
  • Counting from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number
  • Adding and subtracting numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones; a three-digit number and tens; a three-digit number and hundreds
  • Adding and subtracting numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction



We are introducing a new topic this half-term: working scientifically. Children will plan, realise and evaluate various experiments using a range of resources.


They will focus on:

  • Soap powered boats.
  • Dissolving eggs.
  • Creating various colours using food colouring.
  • In the second half of the Autumn Term, we will be looking at Rocks and Soils. As part of this topic, the children will: 
  • Investigate on the constituents of the soils.
  • Discover the differences between rocks.
  • Discuss how rocks and soils are used in present day structures and objects.



Our Computing topic for the whole of the Autumn Term is We Are Programmers. We will be using a variety of programmes (including Scratch) during our Computing lessons. The children will create an animated cartoon using characters they design. They will use a paint tool to create characters and backgrounds. They then will create an animation by translating a storyboard into a series of scripted instructions (program) for graphic objects.


The unit will ensure the children are able to:

  • Create an algorithm for an animated scene in the form of a storyboard
  • Write a program in Scratch to create the animation
  • Correct mistakes in their animation programs.



In the second half of the Autumn Term, our topic will be Countries of the World. During this term, we will learn:

  • The differences between continents and countries.
  • To identify the main geographical features and countries of each continent.
  • To be able to locate countries on a world map.
  • To locate major capital cities of the world.
  • To use a variety of sources to identify human and physical features in a particular country.
  • To be able to find similarities and differences between different countries.



Our topic during the first half term will be Prehistoric Britain. Children will be learning about early humans in the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages.


As part of this topic, the children will focus on:

  • Identifying on a time line the different periods of Prehistory.
  • Exploring the time scale of human Prehistory.
  • Discussing the tools and life of Prehistoric Britons.
  • Designing and creating their Prehistoric village.


Art/ DT

Our first topic will be Journeys in which we will be learning about Aboriginal art and the work of Paul Klees. After half term, our topic will be Famous Buildings.


We shall explore:

  • The use of symbols in Aboriginal art.
  • How to create a piece of artwork in the style of an Aboriginal journey.
  • The work of Paul Klee.
  • Buildings in a range of architectural styles.
  • Colour and pattern in the design of St Basil’s Cathedral.
  • A design for a building for a particular purpose.



The children will be playing invasion games, which include football and handball. They will explore the key skills and aspects of these games. Later in the term, children will be looking at health and fitness, especially focusing on why it is important to live a healthy lifestyle.




Our first topic in PHSCE is Being Me.

Throughout this term, the children will join in activities and discussions to:

  • Learn about each other’s strengths and aims.
  • Design their dream school.
  • Understand how to take responsibilities for their actions and words.


This will be followed by the topic Celebrating Difference. This topic will provide them with the opportunity to:

  • Discuss how to solve conflicts.
  • Give and receive compliments.
  • Develop their collaboration skills.




During our RE lessons in the first half term, children will be learning about how Jews celebrate their beliefs at home and in the Synagogue.


As part of this topic, they will:

  • Discover traditional Jewish stories.
  • Create a Sukkot.


During the second half term, we will be learning about special symbols and signs used in religions such as Christianity and Islam.


  • During this term, the children will have opportunities to:
  • Make connections between different religious signs and symbols.
  • Discuss the symbolism behind the Muslim and Christian prayer.