Year 3 AUTUMN Term Planning 2021

We have a busy term ahead, Year 3.  Here is what we plan to cover before the end of the Autumn Term.


In English, we will be using Talk for Writing approaches to develop our writing.  We will share high quality texts to engage the children with the reading and the writing of the text.  We will produce written work based around 'The Papaya that Spoke' written by Pie Corbett and 'The Boy with the Bronze Axe', written by Kathleen Fidler, will be read as our class reader.   We will explore Journey tales, as our fiction genre.  New texts will also be introduced to the class, but will be revealed as secrets... 

We will look at the poem 'The Magic Box,' by Kit Wright and use this poem to help create one of our own. In non-fiction, we will look at writing a recount in the form of a diary.  We will use the Talk for Writing approach to share a diary extract from the Farmer's Diary, who we meet in our fiction unit.  

In Reading workshop, we will look at fiction and non fiction texts, and the use of comprehension skills during discussion.  We will carry out reading tasks, and have time to read our book band books for enjoyment.  We will have 'Book Talk' sessions to share our experiences and opinions of books which we have recently read.  Children will have an opportunity to read everyday.

In Spelling we will use our Read, Write Inc practice books and spelling logs. We will also be making sure we can spell our Y1 and Y2 words and begin to learn spellings from the Year 3 and Year 4 word list.

In Maths, we will begin the year by working on Place Value.  We will read and write numbers in digits and words.  We will compare and order numbers and recognise place value with 3 digits.  We will also learn to count in 50s.  We will then move on to Addition and Subtraction where we will practise our mental addition strategies when adding 2-digit and 3-digit numbers to 1-digit numbers.   We will also work on using formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction with calculations involving 2 and 3-digit numbers.  Later in the term, we will move onto Multiplication and Division .  We will practise the 2x, 5x and 10x table and begin to learn the 3x, 4x and 8x table.  We will ensure we understand what is meant by multiplication and division.


This term, we will also be introduced to Times Table Rockstars to help our quick recall of times tables.  Please practise as much as you can, regularly at home......challenge yourself to improve your Rock Status! Just a few minutes, at least 4 times a week will really help.   Also, it is really good if you can practise regularly on Mathletics.  1000 points each week will earn you a Bronze certificate!

We will complete our daily maths tasks, and focus on times tables this term.  Children will bring the times table home as we focus on it in class, so that they can consolidate their learning at home.  We will reinforce the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, and begin to recall and use the 3 and 4 multiplication table.  We will also look at the relationship with division, and become more confident with division facts. 


In RE, we will be looking at three different topics - Homes, Promises and Visitors.

We will begin our first topic by exploring being a family at home.  We will look at God's vision through St. Paul's message about being a family and we will also look at the Holy Family and their example of how we should be trying to live. 

Promises will be our second topic where we will explore how belonging to a group involves promises and rules. We will look closely at the meaning of the promises made at Baptism.

Our Advent topic will be Visitors where we will explore the demands and joys of visitors in our own experience.  We will understand that during the special season of Advent, the Church waits and prepares for the visit of God in the person of Jesus.  We will look in detail at the Christmas story, beginning with the Annunciation and the Visitation.

Our first Science topic is 'Rocks, Soils and Fossils.'  We will compare and group different kinds of rocks, learn how fossils are formed and understand how soil is made.  

Later in the term, we will be looking at animals, including humans.  We will be constructing and interpreting food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.    

Our topic this term will have us finding out The Stone Age through to the Iron Age. As an historian, we will learn about what the Stone Age was, and how this developed from the Bronxe Age to the Iron Age.  We will sequence periods. We will identify key dates during this time period, and explain what is meant by Pre-History.  We will make curriculum links to this, during our time at Stockswood Forest School.


In Art, we will learn how to draw self-portraits and use pastels to colour them.  We will look at the work of the artist, Picasso and use some of his methods to create portraits. 

We will also make links to our History topic and create cave paintings and a silhouette painting of Stonehenge.  We will use pastel, charcoal and paint.  

In DT, we will use our sewing skills to plan and make our own seasonal stockings.

In Computing, we will be introducing Coding .  We will also complete a unit of work on E-Safety.

In PSHE, we will consider our Health and Wellbeing, specifically looking at keeping safe.  Children will also think about relationships, and the links to their feelings and emotions.  We will use PSHE themed comprehension tasks in Reading workshop.  Relax Kids will be part of life in Year 3. We will also have an active Class Council.

We will have a series of PE lessons delivered by a Community Coach from CUFC, focusing on attacking and defending during the first half term.  We will also work on skills for Cricket and Hockey.

Mrs Harris will also be teaching Music and French this term.