Year 3 Curriculum

Key Topics

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
  • Fragile Earth (Volcanoes and Earthquakes)
  • Ancient Greece
  • Road Trip UK
  • Life through the ‘Ages’ (Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age)


Year 3 – English

Year 3 introduces pupils to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for English.  Pupils will build on the reading and phonics skills gained in Year 2 to read more complex and a wider range of texts, including to support that study of other national curriculum subjects.  Pupils will write with greater fluency and coherence for different purposes, including consistent use of punctuation and tenses.  They will begin to follow the school’s Key Stage 2 Scheme of Work for Spelling, including the Year 3-4 spelling lists.


Pupils in Year 3 build on their reading and phonics skills gained in Key Stage 1 and begin to read a wider range of longer and more complex texts. There is less focus on guided reading in Year 3 and more focus on whole-class and small-group comprehension work to develop a range of reading skills, including inference.

Shared Texts 

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
  • Escape from Pompeii (linked to Geography – Volcanoes)
  • Snow Dragon
  • Theseus and the Minotaur
  • Stone Age Boy
  • The Tunnel


In Year 3, we expect pupils to create pieces of writing which are more complex and longer than those written in Year 2.  For example, we would expect Year 3 pupils to be able to:

  • use capital letters and full stops accurately
  • begin to use paragraphs to separate ideas in a narrative or explanation text
  • use a wider range of vocabulary, including verbs, adjectives, adverbs and nouns


Year 3 – Mathematics

In Year 3, pupils are introduced to the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum for Mathematics.  This includes a greater understanding of place value and the number system, and measurement, statistics and shape.  In summary, pupils will be taught to:

  • recognise the place value of each digit in a 3-digit numbers
  • compare and order numbers up to 1000
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words
  • solve number problem and practical problems
  • add and subtract numbers mentally, e.g. a 3-digit number and hundreds
  • add and subtract number with up to 3-digits using formal written methods (columnar)
  • estimate answers to calculations and use the inverse to check
  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3,4 and 8 multiplication tables
  • count up and down in tenths
  • recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects
  • recognise and show, using diagrams, equivalent fractions with small denominators
  • measure, compare, add and subtract lengths, mass and volume/capacity
  • measure the perimeter of simple 2-D shapes
  • add and subtract amounts of money to give change
  • tell and write the time from an analogue clock
  • estimate and read time with increasing accuracy to the nearest minute
  • draw 2-D and make 3-D shapes
  • identify right angles and angles which are more than or less than a right angle
  • identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular and parallel lines
  • interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables

Of importance in Year 3 is …

  • learning number bonds
  • learning multiplication and division facts
  • telling the time to the nearest minute
  • understanding fractions as a part of a whole


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