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Y3: What are we learning this term?

At St Michael’s our aim is to provide a rich curriculum and a wide range of opportunities that will build the habits of ambitious, capable learning. We will do our very best to give the children the best experiences and to ensure they continue to flourish in their potential at school.

Year 3 have hit the ground running and made an excellent start to life in the Juniors.

Below you will find an outline of what Year 3 will be learning during the Autumn Term.


We will be developing the children’s reading comprehension skills by using a whole class reading approach. The two books that we will cover this term are: ‘Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf‘ (by David Almond) and ‘The Twits‘ (by Roald Dahl).

In writing, the children will be writing a fictional ‘journey tale’ (based on the Freedom Bird) and non-chronological reports (based on the ‘Time Travelling Elephant‘).


In addition to embedding the children’s mental maths skills, through our daily CLIC programme and BMBT (Big Maths Beat That), we are following the White Rose Maths curriculum, which covers the whole content of the National Curriculum. This term the focus will be:

  • Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Multiplication & Division.

This term, the children must learn the x3 times table so that they know it off by heart.They should also know their x2, x5 and x10 off by heart.

Topic (History/Geography)

In Geography, as part of our whole school theme of ’Seven worlds, one planet’, Year 3 will study of the continent Oceania. Our starting point will be to learn, and locate on a map, the 7 continents and the 5 oceans in the world – please reinforce this learning at home. Over the term, we will use different types of maps to focus on key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities. Ultimately, our aim is to develop a better world view and to foster an appreciation for the complexity of our world as well as the diversity of cultures across continents.

Science (light)

We want the children to learn about light, reflections and shadows, about different sources of light and that we need light to see. When investigating reflective materials, the children will also have the opportunity to develop their scientific enquiry skills by making observations, predictions and drawing conclusions.  They will be testing which objects are opaque and finding out how shadows change when the distance between the object and light source changes.


In RE, we learn about the 6 main religions in the world, and this term our focus is on Christianity. As part of our topic, our learning will include

  • Main beliefs
  • Special places
  • Special friends
  • Holy book (the Bible)
  • Symbols and meaning.


This term the children will be focusing on Hockey. They will be learning to pass receive and travel with the ball as well as tackle and shoot. They will also develop their understanding of the principle of attacking and defending in invasion games.

Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kit, tracksuit and trainers on Mondays.

creative curriculum

In addition to all the learning already outlined, the children will also be given ample opportunity to do Art and DT (linked to their topic, but also a whole school art project), to participate in Music lessons, to take part in drama & dance activities, to develop their relationships and health education (RHE), to learn computing skills, including online safety and to learn a language other than English, which will be Spanish. Now that the children are in the Juniors, they will have Spanish lessons.

Home learning

  • Mathletics (login and password card will be given to them)
  • Weekly spelling words to learn (children will be tested on a Friday)

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