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The following is a summary of the Year 3 curriculum for 2016/17.


For more information, including overviews for subject areas, download the full Year 3 learning plan (PDF 281kb).

Term titles and English texts


  • Autumn 1
  • Autumn 2
  • Spring 1
  • Spring 2
  • Summer 1
  • Summer 2


  • The Arts
  • Scrumdiddlyumptious
  • Tomb Raiders
  • Land of Hope and Glory
  • Ancient Greece
  • Royal Palaces in London


  • ‘Katie…and the British Artists/Meets the Impressionists’ by James Mayhew
  • ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl
  • ‘There’s a Pharaoh in Our Bath’ by Jeremy Strong
  • ‘Belonging’ by Jeannie Baker
  • The story of Odysseus
  • ‘Paddington…at the Tower/in London’ by Michael Bond

Writing year objectives

  • Use and punctuating direct speech (inverted commas)
  • Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense
  • To extending the range of sentences with more than one clause by using a wider range of conjunctions, including when, if, because, although
  • Chooses nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition
  • Use the correct form of ‘a’ or ‘an’
  • To use conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause (and place)
  • In non-narrative material, use simple organisational devices (headings and subheadings)
  • In narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
  • To organising paragraphs around a theme
  • Use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters
  • To write from memory simple sentences, dictated by the teacher, that include words and punctuation taught so far
  • To place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals and in words with irregular plurals
  • To use the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling in a dictionary
  • To form nouns using prefixes (super-, anti-)
  • Word families based on common words (solve, solution, dissolve, insoluble)

Reading year objectives

  • Can apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words they meet
  • Can read books that are structured in different ways and reading for a range of purposes
  • Can listen to and discuss a wide range of fiction, poetry, plays,
  • Can listen to and discuss nonfiction and reference books or textbooks
  • Can identifying themes and conventions in a wide range of books
  • Has increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, myths and legends, and retelling some of these orally
  • Can prepare poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action
  • Can check that the text makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context
  • Can ask questions to improve their understanding of a text
  • Can identifying the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph and summarising these
  • Is able to use dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read
  • Can make inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from actions, and justifying inferences with evidence from the text
  • Can predict what might happen from details stated and implied
  • Can discuss words and phrases that the author has chosen that capture the reader’s interest and imagination
  • Can identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning of the text
  • Can retrieve and record information from nonfiction
  • Is able to participate in discussion about books read to them and those they read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • Can identifying how language, structure, and presentation contribute to meaning