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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 3

Please see the attached curriculum map for details on the topics your child will be learning at school. If you have any queries about any of the topics, please feel free to contact the school or speak to your child's class teacher to find out more.

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Curriculum Letter:

Please see the below information for more detail about what your child will be learning this term.


Year 3

Autumn Term 1

Key Vocabulary


During the first few weeks of Autumn 1, we will be focussing on Poetry. Pupils in Year 3 will look at poems from the anthology ‘A Caribbean Dozen’ edited by John Agard & Grace Nichols. Main outcomes will be: 

  • To experience poetry as pleasurable and meaningful.  
  • To compare how a common theme is presented in poetry. 
  • To explore the language and style of poetry through talk, performance, visual art, reading and writing.  
  • To learn how to bring out the meaning of a poem through performance. 
  • To learn more about writing poems (as a class, group and individually) based on observation and experience. 
  • Write and perform our own poems, based on the themes/forms in the anthology – write two poems. 

We will then move on to 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.

Alliteration, onomatopoeia, blank verse, personification, stanza, rhyme, poet, poem 


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 objectives:

Number: Place value

Our main outcomes will be to:

  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones).
  • Read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words.
  • Identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.
  • Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 1000.
  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.
  • Solve number problems and practical problems involving these ideas .

Number: Addition and Subtraction

  • Add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three digit number and ones; a three-digit number and tens; a three-digit number and hundreds. 
  • Add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction.
  • Estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers.
  • Solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place value, and more complex addition and subtraction.


Place value, Digit, Hundreds Tens, Ones, Estimate, Number line, Scale, Multiple, More, Less, Positive, Number line


Calculation, Calculate, Addition, Subtraction, Sum, Total, Difference, Minus, Less Column addition, Column subtraction, Exchange, Operation, Estimate, Inverse Operation 



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.

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 


Topic: Geography

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


Our topics for the term will be ‘Dreams and Goals’. Pupils will:

  • Tell someone about a person who has faced difficult challenges and achieved success.
  • Identify a dream/ambition that is important to them.
  • Enjoy facing new learning challenges and working out the best ways to achieve them.
  • Be motivated and enthusiastic about achieving their new challenge.
  • Recognise obstacles which might hinder their achievement and take steps to overcome them.
  • Evaluate their own learning process and identify how it can be better next time.

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:

  • Discuss a variety of Jewish festivals and special days (Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Shabbat) and talk about the stories that relate to these days.
  • Look at a variety of Jewish artefacts, discuss how they are used and why. 
  • Learn about the importance of the Synagogue and how Jewish people express their beliefs there.
  • Write about what we have learnt about how Jewish people celebrate Shabbat. 
  • Create a guide book for children to use as they visit a synagogue. 


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 Invasion games. We will: 

  • Use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination.
  • Play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.
  • Compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

We will then move onto ‘Net/wall games’.

Attacker, defender, possession, dodge, try, ball carrier,  tagging.




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.


During the Autumn Term 1, our theme in music will be ‘Let your spirit fly’. 

In music sessions, we will: 

  • Use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

We will study the following composers/musicians:

  • Joanna Mangona
  • Kenneth Alford
  • Lionel Bart (‘Oliver’)
  • Marvin Gaye

Composition, improvisation, band, dynamics,

ending, introduction, melody/tune, notation,

original, performance, pitch, pulse/beat, rhythm,

solo, style, tempo, verse, chorus.