Our Learning

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3 at Samuel Lucas

Starting KS2 is a very exciting time for children, and the next major educational adventure! At this stage we aim to develop further the independent learning of your child. On entering the junior section of school, slightly different expectations will be required.

Elm Class

Miss Rigg & Mrs Farnell are the teacher’s for Elm Class.

Ash Class

Miss Shaw & Mrs Kinchin-Smith are the teacher’s for Ash Class.

Year 3 Spring Term 2024

Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 3!

In English, we are jetting off around the world with our text, ‘Atlas of Adventures’. Learning about places, festivals and animals all around the world through lots of different types of writing. Following this among lots of other writing, we are creating Newspaper reports about our History trip and writing limericks.

In Maths, we will be working on multiplication and division strategies. We will learn how to use short multiplication to solve problems that are more complex. We will also explore money and learn about statistics.

In Science, we are focusing on Rocks, soil and fossils this term. Investigating, grouping and classifying. This links nicely to our Geography, we are exploring natural disasters and physical geography, with a focus on volcanoes, earthquakes and tornados. In History, we are learning about the Bronze Age and have an exciting trip out for the day to go back in time and learn about what life was like then.

In Art, we are using close looking and the “Show Me What You See” technique to explore artwork from Henri Matisse. Children then explore how they can use shape and colour to simplify elements, inspired by the Cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Creating Paintings with scissors the children with build on their collages with printing techniques to show off their final pieces in a walking gallery. In DT we are looking at 2D to 3D creations. Designing, making, evaluating our own 3D shape to hold an Easter egg.

In Computing, we will be learning to touch type-using 2Type in Purple Mash. This is designed to help the children learn the basics of quick and efficient typing. The children will then go on to learn how to compose, attach, communicate and send emails safely.  In RE we are exploring the big question: ‘What does it mean to belong to a faith community.’ By looking at the Christian and Muslim faiths. We will also visiting places of worship to better explore the question. In PE we are learning about the skills of gymnastics, creating A-symmetrical balances on and off the apparatus.

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Spring Term 1 is “Dreams and Goals”.  In Year 3, our weekly sessions include:

  • becoming motivated and gain enthusiasm in overcoming difficult challenges in order to achieve success,
  • thinking about dreams, ambitions and new challenges,
  • recognising and trying to overcome obstacles,
  • evaluating different learning processes,
  • managing feelings,
  • Simple budgeting skills.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: perseverance, challenges, success, obstacles, dreams, goals,   garden, decoration, team work, enterprise, design, cooperation, product, strengths, motivated, enthusiastic, excited, efficient, responsible, frustration, ‘solve it together’ technique, solution, review, learning, success, self-review, celebrate, evaluate.

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Spring Term 2 is “Healthy Me”.  In Year 3, our weekly sessions include:

  • different exercise and fitness challenges,
  • understanding healthy food,
  • different attitudes towards drugs,
  • online safety-why it is important to stay safe on and offline,
  • respecting yourself and others,
  • Making good choices around health and safety.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: oxygen, energy, calories/kilojoules, heartbeat, lungs, heart, fitness, labels, sugar, fat, saturated fat, healthy, drugs, attitude, safe, anxious, scared, strategy, advice, harmful, risk, feelings, complex, appreciate, body, choice.

We are looking forward to a great Spring Term ahead!

Year 3 Autumn Term 2023

Welcome to Ash and Elm classes! Miss Shepherd will be teaching Ash and Miss Rigg and Mrs Farnell will be teaching Elm. Our TA team will be Mr Morley, Mrs Anderson and Miss Pike.

Year 3 will spend the first two weeks of term focusing on settling the children back into school, doing lots of PSHE and  learning about the Zones of Regulation, helping the children to identify how they feel and the triggers that may sent them into different zones.

In English, we will be beginning with poetry by exploring the poem, ‘The Magic Box’. After this, we will explore the story ‘Oi, Caveboy!’ which links with our Stone Age topic in History. Following this, we will explore instructions, fairy tales and persuasive writing. Alongside these genres, we will be improving our spelling and handwriting. We will have reading sessions every day in school which should be consolidated and enriched by reading daily at home.

In Maths we will be focusing on place value with numbers up to 3 digits long. We will be looking at methods for fluently adding and subtracting numbers up to 3 digits and developing our reasoning skills. By the end of Year 3, children are expected to know the 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10x tables. This will be addressed during lesson time and consolidated by regular practice. Please keep using Times Tables Rockstars at home.

In Computing we will be learning about e-safety using Purple Mash and will then move on to working with spreadsheets and coding. In Science, we will be learning all about animals including humans, looking at nutrition and the skeleton. In Geography, we will explore Europe by looking at both human and physical aspects of the different countries. Our History learning this term will span the Stone Age, we will investigate sources of evidence and develop our questioning skills.

In Art, we will be looking at painting and the different techniques we can use for effect. In DT we will be designing and making our own pencil cases using our sewing skills.

In PE we will be developing our football skills. Pupils will participate in music lessons music each week and Mrs Sewell is helping to develop their language skills through weekly French lessons.

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Autumn Term 1 is “Being Me in My World.”  Year 3, our weekly sessions include:

  • setting personal goals and understanding self-identity and worth,
  • understanding the positivity in challenges and making responsible choices,
  • understanding rules, rights and responsibilities, rewards and consequences,
  • Seeing things from other people’s perspectives.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: welcome, values, achievements, proud, pleased, personal goal, praise, acknowledge, affirm, emotions, feelings, nightmare, dreams, fears, worries, solutions, support, rights, responsibilities, learning charter, behaviour, rewards, consequences, actions, fairness, choices, co-operate, challenge, group dynamic, team work, viewpoint, ideal school, belong

In PSHE & RSE theme for the Autumn Term 2 is “Celebrating Differences”.  In Year 3, our weekly sessions include:

  • understanding families and their differences,
  • family conflict and how to manage it (child-centered),
  • witnessing bulling and how to solve it,
  • recognising how words can be hurtful,
  • Giving and receiving compliments.

Every lesson has a social and emotional development learning intention which focusses on either how we communicate or our feelings.

Vocabulary will include: family, loving, caring, safe, connective, difference, special, conflict, solve it together, solutions, resolve, witness, bystander, bullying, gay, unkind, feelings, tell, consequences, hurtful, compliment, special, unique, similarity.

We are looking forward to a great year ahead!

Core Subjects

Click on a tab below to read detailed information about how and what is taught in English and maths for Year 3 children. For an overview of the other subjects taught please view the Year 3 Curriculum Overview document.

Year 3 English


In English lessons, children are taught speaking, listening, reading and writing skills through studying a variety of styles of writing (genres). Teachers follow the Teaching Sequence for Writing, which means that children will firstly be taught to read and understand the text, then practise the skills of the style of writing (including grammar) and apply into their own writing.

The Primary National Curriculum statements will be taught through the modules below.

Y3  English Coverage

The year 3 English curriculum consists of the following modules:

Term OneTerm TwoTerm Three
NarrativeInformation Texts
Traditional Tales – Fables
Writing and performing a play
Traditional Tales – fairy tales (alternative versions)Adventure stories
Instructions – giving directions
Persuasion – persuasive letter writing
PoetryVocabulary building
Structure - limericks
Vocabulary building
Structure – haiku, tanka and kennings
Vocabulary building
Take one poet – poetry appreciation

Curriculum Content

Speaking and Listening

Children will be taught to discuss their learning and to develop speaking skills. They will become more familiar with and confident in, using language in a variety of situations, for a range of audiences and purposes. They will, for example:

  • Develop their understanding of a subject through discussions, learning to give their opinions and listen to other view points
  • Speak clearly and in different ways for drama, formal presentations and debate.


This part of the curriculum is broken down into ‘word reading’ and ‘comprehension’.

At this stage, word reading skills (including phonics) will continue to be taught, but the main focus will be helping children to understand what they are reading (comprehension).  In comprehension children will be taught key skills to enable them to read, understand and enjoy a wide range of books. They will, for example:

  • Listen frequently to stories, poems, non-fiction and other writing.
  • Ask and answer a range of questions about a text
  • Discuss ideas that are not obviously described in a text eg ‘Explain why the character behaved in this way.’
  • Describe characters, summarise plots and predict what might happen next
  • Explore themes and conventions in a range of books eg good versus evil
  • Consider the effect of the author’s choice of language
  • Offer opinions about  what they have read and justify their views

We are able to provide you with lists of age appropriate texts to support the learning

  • Traditional Tales – Fables
  • A Tale of Two Wolves – Kelly Susan
  • The Amazing Adventures of Idle Jack – Robert Leeson
  • Daedalus and Icarus – Geraldine McCaugrean
  • Rainbow Bird – Eric Maddern
  • Too much talk – Angela Medearis
  • The gift of the sun – Diane Stewart
  • The hare and the tortoise – Helen Ward
  • Rama and the Demon King, – Jessica Souhami
  • Tusk, Tusk –  David McKee

Traditional Tales – fairy tales (alternative versions)

  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
  • The Boy and the Tiger (and other stories for 9-11 year olds) – compiled by Pie Corbett
  • Ulf the Finger Eater – Dick King Smith
  • The Truth About Hansel and Gretel – Karina Law and Graham Philpot
  • The Truth about those Billy Goats – Karina Law
  • The Pea and the Princess – Mini Grey
  • Cinderboy  – L.Anholt
  • Mixed up Fairy Tales – H. Harrison
  • Eco Wolf and the Three Little Pigs – Laurence Anholt

Adventure stories

  • The Pirate Cruncher/The Pirate’s Next Door/The Jolly Roger and the Ghostly Galleon –  Jonny Duddle
  • The Invisible Boy (and others in the series) – Sally Gardner
  • It was a Dark and Stormy Night – Janet Ahlberg
  • Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
  • Charlie Small – Charlie Small
  • Tuesday – David Weisner
  • Dimanche Diller – Henriette Blandford
  • The Jaws of Doom – Alex Cliff
  • Jolly Roger  Captain Abdul’s pirate school
  • Black Queen  – Michael Morpurgo
  • Dominic’s Discovery –  Gervase Phinn
  • Gorilla City,  The perfumed Pirates of Perfidy – Charlie Small
  • The Speckled Panic – Hazel Townson
  • Shipley manor, – Tim Walker
  • The Great Smile Robbery –  Roger McGough
  • The Haunting of Pip Parker –  Anne Fine
  • Julian, Secret Agent –  Ann Cameron
  • The Secret of Weeping Wood – Robert Swindells
  • The Thing in the Basement –  Michaela Morgan


Writing is developed through teaching the following:


Children should learn to spell new words correctly and have opportunities to practise spelling skills.  They will begin to learn and use the words included in Appendix 1 of the National Curriculum for years 3 & 4. They will be taught spelling patterns and conventions, building on the spellings taught in Year 2.


This will continue to be taught, building on the joined writing started in Year 2 and with the aim of increasing consistency and fluency throughout their independent writing.

Composition (structure)

This includes vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. To develop their composition skills, the children will be taught to:

  • Plan, draft, compose, edit and evaluate their writing
  • Use an increasing range of sentence structures
  • Write sentences that include when, where and why something happens
  • Write for a range of purposes and audiences as part of their work across the curriculum. In year 3 this will include (cross curricular example, schools to insert their own)
  • Check whether their work makes sense

Grammar will be taught throughout the writing process and teachers will follow the terms and concepts of Appendix 2 of the National Curriculum.

Should you wish for a more detailed explanation, please follow this link to the Primary National Curriculum document.

Year 3 Maths

Working mathematically

By the end of year 3, children will talk about their mathematics using the numbers they are familiar with, applying their understanding of number, measures and shape to a greater range of problems. They will make decisions about calculations and information that is needed to solve problems, for example when a recipe for two people needs to be doubled to make a recipe for four. Children will be expected to prove their thinking through pictures, jottings and conversations. They will be encouraged to pose their own questions, working in an organised way to solve them which will help pupils to identify common patterns or any errors more easily.


Counting and understanding numbers

Children will be very familiar with numbers that have 3 digits and will have experienced many opportunities to order, compare and show them in different ways using apparatus such as a tape measure, a 100 grid or money.  Using their understanding of place value (how the value of each digit changes depending on its position in the number), children will be able to partition (break and make) numbers in different ways e.g. 234 = 200 and 30 and 4; 100 and 100 and 20 and 10 and 4; or 200 and 20 and 14.  They will develop a secure understanding of numbers up to 1000 and will count beyond it in 1s, 10s and 100s.  They will use this counting to help find 10 or 100 more than any given number.

Children will be introduced to numbers with one decimal place and will count up and down in tenths; share groups of objects or shapes into tenths and represent these in pictures and using hands-on resources.

Children will count forwards and backwards from 0 in steps of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and link this to multiplication and division. They will also count in 3s to help maintain their fluency from Year 2.


Children will continue to develop their mental calculation skills to add and subtract combinations of three-digit numbers e.g. 248 +/- 8; 319 +/- 40; 428 +/- 200.  They will develop their range of strategies using jottings (sketches and notes to help them remember the steps) and number lines to help them understand how each calculation works.  Children will share their methods with others to help them see which work best, are quickest and most accurate. Children will understand the importance of estimation when calculating to see if their answer is reasonable or not. They will recall their multiplication and division facts for 3, 4 and 8x tables and be supported to see the links between the 2, 4 and 8x tables. They explore patterns and rules for the times tables they learn and will use pictures and objects to support their understanding.  They will also learn that multiplication can be done in any order e.g. 3 x 4 x 2 = 2 x 3 x 4.

Children will be introduced to more formal methods of recording addition and subtraction, including column methods.  They will use hands-on resources to secure their understanding of these methods.  This will be applied to numbers up to three digits. Children who become very adept at these calculations will be stretched through problems such as those involving missing numbers so that they know when, if and why they need to use these methods.

Children will develop their understanding of multiplication and division and apply their times table knowledge to multiply 2-digit by 1-digit numbers using the skills of partitioning (breaking and making numbers). For example, 43 x 5 can also be thought of as 40 x 5 and 3 x 5 or (4 x 5 x 10) + (3 x 5). They will move from informal methods of calculating multiplication and division to formal written methods i.e. short column multiplication and be supported by using hands-on resources.


Children will develop their understanding of fractions and decimals and will be introduced to tenths.  They will count and understand tenths as ten equal parts as well as through dividing sets of objects into ten equal parts / groups.  They will find and write fractions of objects using their multiplication tables knowledge, e.g. 1/5 of a group of 20 buttons can be solved by 20 ÷ 5 = 4, and will continue to explore equivalent fractions using diagrams to explain their understanding e.g. 2/4 is equivalent to or of equal value to 4/8. They will also begin to add and subtract fractions where the denominator is the same e.g. 4/6 + 1/6 = 5/6.


Children will continue to measure, compare, add and subtract measurements and progress to mixed units e.g. expressing amounts as litres and millilitres – 2 litres 400ml.  They will measure the perimeter of 2-D shapes and will continue to add and subtract amounts of money including giving change.  Children will estimate and read time to the nearest minute on analogue and digital clock faces. They will be introduced to the Roman numerals I to XII to help with this.  Problem solving and calculating with time will involve comparing the duration of events such as the length of favourite television programme or journeys to school.  They will use language with increasing accuracy, such as seconds, minutes and hours; o’clock, a.m. / p.m., morning, afternoon, noon and midnight. They will need to recall the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year.


Children will accurately draw 2-D shapes with rulers measuring sides accurately.

They will make 3-D shapes to help them understand how they are composed and will recognise 3-D shapes in a range of places and contexts (e.g. buildings, packages) and use correct mathematical vocabulary to describe them.  They will learn what a right angle is and know that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn as well as identify whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle .  They will also be able to identify horizontal and vertical lines and pairs of perpendicular (ʟ) and parallel lines (=).


Children will collect, organise, answer and pose questions about information using bar charts, pictograms and tables to answer questions such as ‘how many more children prefer football to cricket?’.

Year 3 Learning Blog