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Year 3

Year 3 parent/ carer expectation presentation for 2020-21

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Year 3

Autumn Term 1

Key Vocabulary


During Autumn Term 1, we will cover the following Year 2 objectives which were missed during the Summer Term. We will be reading the book ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne:

We will focus on writing skills such as:

  • Planning or saying out loud what we are going to write about.
  • Writing down ideas and/or keywords, including new vocabulary.
  • Evaluating our writing with the teacher and other pupils.
  • Re-reading to check that our writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently, including verbs in the continuous form.
  • Proof-reading to check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation [for example, ends of sentences punctuated correctly].
  • Reading aloud what we have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.

As part of literacy lessons we will also focus on:

  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar.
  • Improving reading comprehension skills.
  • Forming all letters correctly, spacing appropriately within words.
  • Forming lower-case and upper-case letters of the correct size relative to one another.
  • Using correct joins to link letters.

Illustration, question, emotions, cable, hot-seating, gorilla, businessman, herbivore, newspaper, celebrations, presents/gifts, chimpanzee, habitat, mammal, zoo, diet, prey, omnivore, predator, facts, homophone, sequence, adventure, conjunction, narrative.












During Autumn Term 1, we will cover the following Year 2 objectives which were missed during the Summer Term:


Place Value

  • Recognising the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones).
  • Reading and writing numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words using place value and number facts to solve problems.
  • Identifying, representing and estimating numbers using different representations, including the number line.


Addition and Subtraction

  • Recalling and using addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and deriving and using related facts up to 100.
  • Adding and subtracting numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and


  • Showing that addition of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) but subtraction of one number from another cannot.
  • Recognising and using the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and using this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
  • Solving problems with addition and subtraction.


Multiplication and Division

  • Recalling and using multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers.
  • Calculating mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and writing them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs.
  • Showing that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) but division of one number by another cannot.
  • Solving problems involving multiplication and division; using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.



  • Recognising, finding, naming and writing fractions 1/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • Writing simple fractions for example, 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognising the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2

Place value, tens, units, ones, dienes, increase, decrease, numerals, number line, column method

Add, subtract, count on, count back, more, less, plus, minus, total, sum, difference between, partition, round, inverse, number line, number facts, multiple of ten


Calculation, calculate, mental arithmetic, multiplication table, times table, odd, even, multiply, multiplication, times, product, repeated addition, array, mathematical statement, commutative, civide, division



×, ÷ and = signs














Over the course of the Autumn Term pupils will be learning about Forces and Magnets. Pupils will:

  • Compare how things move on different surfaces.
  • Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance.
  • Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
  • 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.
  • Describe magnets as having two poles.
  • Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.


In addition to this, pupils will develop their practical scientific methods, processes and skills through:

  • Asking relevant questions and using different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
  • Setting up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Making systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, taking accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.
  • Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
  • Recording findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Reporting on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.
  • Using results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions for new values, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Identifying differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
  • Using straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.

Magnets – bar and horseshoe Attract


North and South Poles Magnetic

Magnetic field


Our Computing topic for the Autumn Term is We are Network Engineers.

We will:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions.
  • Create and debug simple programs.
  • Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.



Data centre



In the first half of the Autumn Term our topic will be ‘Our European Neighbours’. 


We will be:

  • Finding out where Europe is and locating it on a map. 
  • Identifying European countries based on their geographic features.
  • Finding out about capital cities in Europe.
  • Comparing two European capital cities.



Identify, compare, similarities, differences, characteristics, evaluate, distribution, manufacture, weathering, resources

Physical and human features, population, climate zones, settlements, region,  environmental, vegetation,  digital map, aerial photograph

Art and DT

Our first topic in Art will be Famous buildings. Year 3 children will be exploring and examining buildings in a range of architectural styles and explore colour and pattern. They will also explore the design features of the Taj Mahal and design a building for a particular purpose.




Create, design, identify, evaluate, features, contemporary, architecture, building, function, architects, purpose, materials, sculpture, collage,  sketching, texture, patterns, curved, spherical, layered, aesthetics (decorative), lines, colours.


We have a lovely topic in PSHCE for the first Autumn half term, which is all about our Dreams and Goals.  During this topic, we will be discussing the dreams that we have for the future.  We will also be talking about ways to stay motivated when we face challenges.



Perseverance, challenges, success, obstacles, dreams, goals, ambitions, future, aspirations, garden, decoration, teamwork, enterprise, design, cooperation, product, strengths, motivated, enthusiastic, excited, efficient, responsible


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.









Ark, Ner Tamid, Ten Commandments, compare,

Bimah, Rosh Hashanah, Torah, similar, different, G-d, Seder, Plate, Yad, artefacts, Havdalah, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, celebrations, Hechsher, Shema, Zemirot, symbols, features

Judaism, Shofar, Kiddush cup, Sukkah, Kol Nidre, Sukkot

Kosher, Synagogue

Mitzwah, The Tenakh



During the first part of the term, we will focus on Athletics. We will:


  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance.
  • Compare our performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve our personal best.

 To achieve the above, we will be taught to:

  • Demonstrate good running posture.
  • Run fast over short distances showing awareness of others.
  • Accelerate and decelerate smoothly.
  • Maintain a good running technique when sprinting over obstacles.
  • Cooperate with others as part of a team.
  • Demonstrate a variety of jumping styles.
  • Jump for distance from two feet to two feet.
  • Perform hop and jump combinations with balance and control.

Posture, arm swing, high knee lift, opposite, vigorous,  angle,  accelerate,  stable, support leg, balance, extend, crouch, fake, change of direction, evade, drive, explosive, power, push, extension.




This term in French, we will be using the Euro Stars scheme of work and will focus on the topic “Moi” (All about me). Children will be introduced to some simple French phrases and greetings, to raise awareness of where French is spoken and to draw attention to some cultural differences.

Children will learn to:

  • Listen attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding.
  • Explore patterns and sounds of language through songs and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Appreciate songs in language.
  • Develop accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when we are using familiar words and phrases.


Salut! Ca va?

Ca va bien/mal

Et toi? Au revoir!


oui, non

Je m’appelle …

Comment tu t’appelles?


1-10: un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix

J’ai …

Quel age as-tu?

J’ai sept/huit ans.