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Summer Term 2017

Spring Term

Year 3


Curriculum Overview


In English this term we have been focusing on explanations, newspaper reports and narrative writing. The children have loved exploring aliens, space and spaceships to give them the ideas to write creatively!

As part of World Book Day, we chose to focus our writing on ‘The Midnight Gang’ by David Walliams, focusing on the characters in the book, looking at vocabulary and key words to help them understand the characters’ feelings, actions and motives and making predictions as to what they might do next.

We have had a particular focus on reading in Year 3 this term, in line with whole school priorities and the children are becoming more confident in applying the reading strategies to help them to understand the texts. We have re-timetabled reading to take place first thing every morning as this is when we have the most staff available within our classes to support teaching and learning. The children are enjoying these more focused lessons and are having more time to work on the class novel as well as the guided reading books

So far, children have worked hard to develop their scanning, inference and deduction, prediction and visualisation skills. Since receiving the guided reading workbooks, the children are taking more pride in their work and they are clearer as to the assessment focus they are working on.



In mathematics, we tailor our teaching to the gaps in the children’s learning as detailed in the ongoing Assertive Mentoring assessments. A particular focus in Year 3 is the reasoning and problem solving element of maths which we teach as a discrete lesson each week. It is taught practically through investigation and discussion in order to engage the children in such a difficult skill.

This term we have continued to develop written methods of calculation and have tried to build on this with cross-conceptual links with a particular focus on money. The children continue to use the school’s Visual Calculation Policy which are included daily (as a model/image) for them to access on their learning objective slip.

We provide opportunities for extension and challenge in each session in using the ‘White Rose Hub’ maths resources which the children are also enjoying. Progress data as evidenced in pupil workbooks is strong.



Our topic for the first half term was ‘Planet Earth and Beyond’ where we focused on looking at space and making a silk painting using a range of materials to create different effects on the silk paints. In Spring 2 we have moved on to Extreme Earth where we are looking at volcanoes, earthquakes and structure of the Earth. We will then move to a specific artist study linked to the topic.


Pupil Premium Provision & Impact

We have a number of successful interventions which target both disadvantaged pupils and those at risk of not meeting ARE. Interventions include, Get Writing, Project X and Number Sense and adult-focus groups during English and Maths sessions. These are led by teaching assistants Miss Aminah and Mrs Akhtar and teacher Mrs Cryer.


The children continue to enjoy these interventions and as such are more able to access whole class teaching, allowing for another group of ‘at risk’ children to access the intervention groups.


Pupil Premium Children

  • 27/60 (45%) of the children in Year 3 currently receive FSM

  • 12/27 (44%) of the pupil premium children in Year 3 are involved with our school family worker Mrs B. Knox.

  • 7/27 (26%) of disadvantaged pupils receive additional reading intervention.

  • 5/27 (19%) of disadvantaged pupils receive additional writing intervention.

  • 7/27 (26%) of disadvantaged pupils receive additional mathematics intervention.


Most Able Provision & Impact

The children are challenged through the variety of texts we now read and the reading strategies they are exposed to in English sessions and are always upstaging their vocabulary. The class novels are now challenging and exciting for the children to read, exposing them to new vocabulary which they are then able to apply in their writing. Grammar sessions are taught discreetly and the children are expected to apply this learning to their day to day writing. Our weekly ‘Cracking Comprehension’ sessions are also giving the children the exposure to more challenging texts and question types.


In maths, as mentioned above, we are using the ‘White Rose Maths Hub’ resources to challenge and extend the children’s mathematical thinking by applying their knowledge and understanding to reasoning and problem solving work.




British Values

In RE our topic is currently ‘Symbols and their meanings’ and focuses on the significance of different religious symbols to the people who practise that religion.

PSHCE has contributed to the children understanding each other’s beliefs and being accepting of them.





  1. Cryer/Mrs Howarth (3B) %

Mrs Hall

  1. %

6th January 2017



13th January 2017



20th January 2017



27th January 2017



3rd February 2017



10th February 2017



17th February 2017



3rd March 2017





97.1 %


The children in 3A enjoyed receiving attendance certificates and free tuck, whilst the children in class 3B are aiming to be above 97% each week, in line with school expectations.

Autumn 2016

Summer 2016

Year 3 has continued to work effectively this term, with Mrs Hall and Mr Walker as class teachers, and Mrs Pridgeon also teaching Literacy.

This term we have been developing our narrative skills in writing quest stories. This has seen the children look in great depth at an example of a quest story, analysing its structure, imagery and the vocabulary used. In particular we have looked in detail at the use of adjectives, similes, effective sentence openers, and the use of special sentences [outside/ inside [On the outside Arthur was happy and smiling, but on the inside he was worried and afraid], 3ly [Nervously, cautiously, timidly…], and 2A [the sparkling, glittering trident]] to add to dramatic effect. The children then used the skills they had developed in these areas to create their own quest adventure, producing some excellent examples of independent work.

After half term we have moved onto poetry, with a particular focus on figurative language – alliteration, similes, metaphors and onomatopoeia. Again the children have analysed examples of poetry and practised developing the skills of creating their own examples of figurative language, before moving on to creating their own dragon poems and applying these skills.

Mr Walker has continued working with a group of children who find Literacy challenging, including some children who are new arrivals to the country, and therefore have very little experience in reading, writing and speaking English. The group have been using the Get Writing scheme to develop their basic phonic knowledge, then applying this to producing short pieces of writing linked to the book they have read. Because the children have made excellent progress following this scheme, after half term the children are now using this scheme less, and beginning to study topics of work similar to that in the classes taught by Mrs Hall and Mrs Pridgeon, with the aim of developing their reading and writing skills further, closing the gap to age related expectations.



Mrs Hall’s Numeracy class has changed this Summer Term and we have made a positive start looking at what we need to do to help us move from a Stage 2 to a Stage 3. All the children have target sheets in their books so that they can see what they need to work on achieving to help them progress in their learning, these are updated weekly after a focus unit of work and the children are enjoying seeing how they are performing. We have been working with resources to help us understand the steps that need to be taken to help us answer the four operations of calculation. This has strengthened our knowledge of place value and enabled us to work at a quicker pace as we are visually able to see what is happening to the numbers, consequently developing our confidence and enjoyment in the learning of Maths!

The children have begun their final year 3 topic – The Tudors. They have made an enthusiastic start to this topic, developing expert knowledge in Tudor crimes and punishments in particular! The children have also all had a topic day, which has seen them researching and creating recipes for bread so that they can make a loaf of bread that is ‘Fit for a King’. Steve has supported us in this, allowing us to cheat and use his kitchen so that we did not need to resort to Tudor methods of baking bread.


Pupil Premium
Throughout this year all year 3 children have been given the opportunity to learn a brass instrument. This has been met with great enthusiasm, and Mr Lewis has developed a real passion in some children for playing and performing. A group of children took part in the recent Musical Evening, performing a number of pieces and warm ups, including Eminem and Hot Cross buns. We were very proud of them!

Recently it was year 3’s turn to participate in the Outdoor Pursuits curriculum. This saw them travelling up to Hollingworth Lake over two Fridays, and taking part in raft building activities, with varying degrees of success. All the children really enjoyed themselves, coming back to school with a greater level of water confidence, and some wetter than others!

A number of year 3 children have accessed the Project X intervention, developed by Edge Hill University. This involves children going out with a teaching assistant [Mrs Quiney of Mrs Clarke] specially trained in the intervention, and receiving short, intensive sessions of phonics, reading, and later writing. The idea is to develop their basic skills and encourage them to become more confident and secure in Literacy. Final assessments will take place at the end of June, and the reports available in September.

Spring Term 2016


Curriculum Overview
There has been a focus on aliens and Harry Potter in Literacy this half term. Mrs Pridgeon’s literacy group have looked at the book ‘Aliens Love Underpants’, and have produced some explanations and newspaper articles based on the story. Mrs Hall’s class have continued their study of Harry Potter, and have also produced newspaper articles based on the story. Some of this work is being displayed on the year 3 and 4 corridor. As part of World Book Day, year 3 have been studying the book ‘Mr Stink’ by David Walliams and have done some follow up work based on character descriptions of Mr Stink, focussing in particular on the language and imagery used by the author.

In topic lessons the children have been looking at a variety of elements of Space. These have included some descriptive writing, timelines of space travel, the life of Tim Peake, and also producing some silk paintings of space. 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
Four children have been taking part in one of the Edge Hill interventions – Project X, led by Janette Clarke. This is aimed at raising performance in basic levels of phonics, reading, and comprehension, with the aim of narrowing the gap between where the children are, and age related expectations. There are a number of levels to this intervention, so it is able to run for varied amounts of time, depending on the cohort of children. A second group of children are also due to start this intervention, led by Paula Quiney. The performance of the group is being closely monitored, with a variety of entry assessments carried out so that a really accurate overview of performance by the children can be established at the end of the intervention.

All the children across year 3 are also receiving brass tuition this year. The first group have just completed their sessions – 1 lesson a week for 1 ½ terms. The second group are due to start this week. The children have all really enjoyed the sessions, and those due to start are very excited that their turn has finally arrived! The lessons involve some very enthusiastic performances by the children, with some children showing a particular flair for playing the instrument. It is a fantastic opportunity offered to the children, as they each have their own individual instrument, so maximum opportunity to participate is possible.

Most Able Provision & Impact
The children in year 3 continue to be ‘streamed’ for Literacy and Numeracy. This means that they are taught in ability groups so that the lessons can be personalised to the pace and skill of the children so that maximum attainment and progress can be achieved.

British Values
Daniel Pauley has delivered the British Values element of the curriculum to year 3 over the last term. This term year 3 have been looking into 'Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith'.

In the first half of Spring Term, the children looked into different beliefs before having open discussions about their beliefs. We moved on to the different symbols and the children looked at different meanings of each religious symbol.

The children then looked into a main focus on Christianity and retold the Easter Story of Jesus Christ's Crucifixion.

In Spring Term two, the children had a major focus on Islam. Firstly the children gathered a basic understanding of the beliefs of Muslims. They looked at the differences between Islam and Christianity before moving on to look at more important views that Muslims follow.

To celebrate the children's work in this topic, a scroll has been made and put on display in the school hall.

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Autumn Term 2015


Curriculum Overview
During the Autumn Term we have been studying the Ancient Egyptians which began with visiting Manchester Museum. We have since looked at the different Gods that were worshipped by the Ancient Egyptian people and have produced a piece of Foil Art during our topic lessons. This involved us looking closely at the style of Art that the Ancient Egyptians used called ‘Frontalism’ where the upper body of the person faced forward but the head, legs and feet face sideways in the same direction. We then continued our learning on how important the Gods were to the Ancient Egyptians by looking at different ancient civilisation creation stories. We improved the Egyptian creation story after that and then finally for our assessment piece of writing we came up with our own creation story!

Our other units of work in Literacy so far this term have included Recounts. This was taught through the book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ by J.K.Rowling - the author we have been studying. We received a letter to attend Hogwarts and had to write a diary of our journey and experiences there. The children enjoyed our novel study so much that they asked if they could read the second book ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, we are eagerly awaiting their arrival!

Our current unit of work in Literacy is cross curricular and links to our topic as we are learning all about Mummification. The children received a coded letter in hieroglyphics and they had to work out what it said. They discovered that Ankanet the embalmer needed help on how to mummify King Tutankhamun. The children are now learning all about the mummification process and are writing a set of instructions to send to Ankanet.

Our final unit of writing in the Autumn Term will involve the children looking at non-chronological reports and their features. They will be studying holiday brochures for Egypt and writing an information page about Egypt including a persuasive hotel information page too. Their Autumn 2 assessed writing will be based on the same structure where the children will be writing an informative page all about Egypt’s tourist attractions. Work on money will be taking place during this unit of work leading to the children costing up excursions and a holiday.

In Numeracy we have been working hard to secure the children’s understanding of place value and have completed work on addition and subtraction strategies. We have then applied our learning to Egyptian word problems. We have also completed a unit of work on fractions. Over the rest of the term we aim to move on to multiplication and division strategies, data handling and money.

During topic lesson we will be moving onto our Design Technology unit of work all linked to the mummification of pharaohs in Ancient Egyptian times where the children will be making a canopic jar out of clay.

In Science we have been learning about how to plan and conduct a fair test within a science investigation. We have investigated the absorbency of different paper and recorded all of our results in tables and graphs so that we could draw conclusions from these. We have focused on what plants need to grow well and have successfully grown our own butter bean plants. Over the coming weeks we will be moving on to animals including humans and rocks. 


Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
41% of the pupil premium children in year 3 are involved with our school family worker Mrs Knox. Within this we have one child who also has support from our Learning Mentor Ms Regan who helps ensure that she is in school and on occasion will go and collect her from home.


All of the children who are entitled to pupil premium provision are receiving brass instrument music lessons from a qualified, specialist music teacher from Rochdale Music Service.

During Autumn Term we went on a school trip to Manchester Museum and we are also attending the cinema as part of PSHE, these trips were all subsidised by school.

Most Able Provision & Impact
The children in Year 3 are streamed for Literacy and Numeracy sessions. During afternoon sessions a TA3 works with the most able to push those children who need further extension challenge (S3D/S) and also to address any misconceptions from the morning sessions so that they do not become a barrier to learning.


British Values
This term in our RE/British Values lesson we have been focusing on:
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
To make this accessible to all the children and so that they understanding these complex issues we have been using drama techniques such as hot seating and role play to make their learning engaging and understandable.

Percentage Attendance By Week 
W/E                 Class A     Class B
 05/11/2015       96.9          92.1
22/10/2015        93.1          97.9
15/10/2015        97.2          97.5
08/10/2015       98.6          99.3
01/10/2015        99.6         96.4
24/09/2015       100          99.1
17/09/2015        97.9        98.6
10/09/2015       96.4        96.4
Average        97.46     97.16

We continue to work hard on praising the children each day on their attendance. Class dojo points for attendance are awarded on a weekly basis and keeping attendance a high profile has result in use staying above the 96% target.