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Sir John Heron Primary School

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Year 3

Year 3

Autumn Term 1&2


During the first three weeks in literacy we will be looking at poetry from around the world. In lessons they will look at the key features of poems and analyse poems in detail, whilst unpicking the key features that have been used. Pupils will have the opportunity to write their own poems using the features they have learnt about. During the first half term we will be reading ‘Gorilla’, written by the popular children’s author Anthony Browne.  Other books by Anthony Browne 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’.  During the second half term, we will be reading ‘Pebble in My Pocket’ . The text covers a fascinating history of the earth and takes the reader on a scientific adventure through time and across the globe, all by following a single pebble over millions of years. 


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:

  • Spelling, 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.
  • Visualising and constructing shapes, paying close attention both 2D and 3D shapes.


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.


Our Computing topic for the Autumn Term is We are Network Engineers. Pupils will find out how computers are connected in school, how data is passed across networks, test computer connections by ‘pinging’, find out the routes that packets of data take, look up IP addresses, create a poster on data safety. Pupils  will also produce a short movie explaining their learning to the rest of the school via Trilby TV.


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.



Our topic under study during the second half of the Autumn 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 timeline 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 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. 


Later on in the term, we will be making photograph frames. Children will investigate free standing structures and how to make them stable, find different ways of strengthening and joining paper and card, investigate ways of making free standing structures, design a photograph frame for a particular purpose and make a stable photograph frame from a design. 


We have a lovely topic in PHSCE 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. Following this, in the second half term we will be studying the Keeping Safe. In this topic we will learn about ways to keep ourselves safe in different situations. 


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. 


Our first unit in music will be “Let your spirit fly”.

Children’s learning is focused around one song: Let Your Spirit Fly. The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc), singing and playing instruments are all linked.


Later in the term, our unit will be “Glockenspiel Stage 1”.

This exciting topic introduces children to learning about the language of music through playing the glockenspiel.

The learning is focused around exploring and developing playing skills through the glockenspiel.


This term in PE Year 4 pupils will develop their sport skills in invasion games, focusing mainly on Tag Rugby. This will link to the Rugby World Cup 2019. 

Children will be learning:

  • To pass and receive the ball accurately and safely on the move.
  • To pass and receive the ball accurately and safely in a game situation.
  • To be able to evade and tag opponents.
  • To be able to work as a team and support my teammates.
  • To apply learned skills in a game of tag rugby.


In addition to this pupils will take part in two weeks of swimming sessions in the first half of the Autumn Term. During the second half of the Autumn Term learning in PE will be based around health and fitness, where pupils will take part in circuit training. 


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.


Later in the term, our topic will be “On fait la fête” (celebrations). In this unit, children will learn to talk about their achievements in games and activities. They will learn the names of the months, as well as a birthday greeting. 


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.