Year 3 Long Term Plan

Year 3 2016/17 All About Us Light and Fire Our World Water and Ice Great Moments Power and Energy
Topic Title My Health Light Farming Ice Age Stone Age Iron Age
Science Humans:
Identify that humans and other animals need the right nutrition to survive. Identify the uses of muscles and skeletons in humans and other animals.
Pupils develop an understanding of the importance of light to human sight. Children think about how light travels and what causes shadows.
Soil and Plants
Children identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants.
Freezing and melting water
Children explore frozen and melting liquids and research polar regions of the Earth.
Create and group rocks based on their appearance.
Forces and magnets
Children develop an understanding of how forces transfer from one another including magnets.
Science investigation Heart Rates
Children investigate their own heart rates and the effect various activities can have on their body. Children consider how to plan and carry out a practical enquiry.
Length of Shadow
Children investigate the lengths of shadows linked to their topic work on Guy Fawkes.
How do plants use water?
Children investigate the way in which water is transported around plants.
Insulation and Waterproofing
Children investigate the properties of materials and link their findings to DT work on insulation.
Children make predictions about whether magnets will attract or repel one another based on their position.
History My History
Children consider their own timelines and the timelines of close family. 
Light Sources in History
Children look at how light has been used in different points throughout history and some of its more interesting uses.
Farming through History
Children look at what we farm and how we have farmed  has changed over time.
Ice Age
Children think about civilisations beyond reported history and what evidence we can use to build a picture of what it might have been like then.
Stone Age through to Iron Age
Children learn about how Britain has changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Children take on the role of archaeologists to investigate artefacts and make predictions about what they might be made of and used for.
Geography Locating our Home and
4 compass points
Children use maps and compass directions to develop an understanding of the area in which they live and the use of local land.
Light Distribution
Children use aerial images to discover how light, both natural and man-made, is distributed around the world.
Land Use in the UK
UK Settlements
Children locate cities and regions of the UK and describe how the land is used in different ways in different places.
UK the islands and the seas and oceans
Children use maps and pictures to learn about the location of major bodies of water and their importance to the people that live near them.
Locating Historic Sites
Children use maps to locate significant sites relating to their topic work.
Map Symbols
Children learn how to identify settlements and sites on maps.
Computing Online Safety
Children think about what information is and is not acceptable to share online and what to do when confronted with situations that make them feel uncomfortable online.Media
Children look at how to combine different audio and visual elements to create animations and videos.Computer Science
Children develop an understanding of algorithms as well as input and output devices as they develop their ability to write and debug scripts.
Data Handling
Children record information then interpret and analyse it using computers.Information Literacy
Children use digital resources to produce, improve and combine digital content.
Art and Design Self Portraits/ Firework Painting
Children develop their use of pencil techniques to produce accurate and intricate representations of themselves, their families and fireworks.
Children look at how 2 artists (Constable and Lowry) depict landscapes and then create their own depictions based on their learning.
Salt Painting Ice Structures
Children use salt and  ice to create patterned images.
Stone age art
Children research and learn about different forms of Stone Age art and then aim to recreate them.
Celtic design
Children research and lean about different forms of Celtic art and then aim to recreate them.
Design and Technology Healthy Lunches
In relation to their work on Stone Soup, the children plan and make healthy soups and breads.
Shadow Puppets
Children design and make shadow puppets and experiment with them.
Farming Food
Children look into the seasonality of food and think about how foods are farmed, reared and processed for consumption.
Water bottle cover
Children design and make a cover for a water bottle that reduces heat loss.
Design, make and evaluate tools for a specific purpose.
An Iron Age Fort


Opportunities for English Diaries and Autobiographies
Children write about themselves to reflect the history work they have done.
Narrative Children use Diwali and the story on which it is based for story writing. Fiction

Fantastic Mr Fox play scripts.

Explanation of the life cycle of a plant.



Reports about animal adaptations for extreme weather.


Little Penguin story.


Non-chronological reports.


Re-tell ‘Stone Age Boy’

Opportunities for mathematics Dates
Children relate dates and measurements to their own lives and bodies.
Children use measuring skills and their knowledge of units of measure in conducting science investigations.
Area Temperature
Children develop skills in reading temperatures and comparing different temperatures with one another.
Periods of time
Children look at period time lines and where different periods of time fit in relation to one another.
Children look at repeated patterns and tessellation within patterns.
RE Our religions
Children look at the religions and cultures represented in the class and find out more about each other.
Children think about festivals and draw links between light and religious celebrations such as Diwali.
Pastoral Symphony

Right and Wrong
Children look at the concepts of right and wrong and think about how we can help ourselves and others make the right decision.


Special books
Children compare different special books.
Early Religions
Children develop an understanding of the religions and cultures around in the time periods being studied
MFL French
Children learn about simple greetings in French. 
Children develop their understanding of French classroom commands.
Children extend their vocab to include colours and the names of countries as well as learning time vocabulary
Children learn about French food and food related vocabulary.
Children look at vocabulary related to family and friends and use it within simple sentences
Revise areas taught to date and look at combining areas of learning into longer conversations.
Music Charanga Unit 1 Learning Song

3 Little Birds-Bob Marley

Charanga Unit 3 Charanga unit 4 Charanga Unit 5 Charanga Revision Unit
PE Ball Skills
Children use catching, throwing and dribbling activities to develop this core skill.
Throwing and Catching
Children use skills to play NAK and target games
Children use the context of water and ice to produce themed dance pieces.
Ancient Sports and Games
Children look at older sports such as Javelin and archery.
Celtic Games
Children aim to replicate elements of historic sporting events.
Children look at what rules we should keep when we are in school
Children understand that risk can come from a variety of sources, including people they know. 


Our visitor brought in his huskies and a malamute. These are dogs adapted to live and work in the polar climate. We learned lots of interesting information – they would happily run 100 miles a day.

We have been working on our calculation skills this half term. Here are some examples of how we multiply and divide.

Museum of Untold Stories

Our visitors from the Museum of Untold Stories helped us to create fantastic tales for objects that had lost their own stories.

We looked at work by famous landscape artists John Constable and L.S. Lowry. We tried to recreate their pictures using oil pastels and charcoal.

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Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed learning about life in, and exploration of, the Polar Regions. They researched the animals living at both Poles, learned about the daring expeditions undertaken by Scott and Shackleton and were delighted to meet a Husky and a Malamute. They thought of really interesting questions to ask and found out how these dogs are adapted to life in the freezing climate of the Polar Regions.



Year 3 have focused hard on their handwriting and have made great progress at joining their handwriting in everything we do. The children have really enjoyed improving the presentation of their work and the staff are getting better too!

We are still working on calculation methods and the children have now completed all 4 number operations. We will work on these throughout the year and have been very practical this term. They have impressed us immensely.

Before half term we completed our work looking at the artist Henri Matisse. He was a famous French artist who continued to work even when he was very sick. He could no longer paint but used scissors to cut out shapes. His pictures were very big. We made art in the same style and here are some of our examples:

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He also drew his grandchildren’s faces on the ceiling to make him happy as he fell asleep. We tried to do this too and discovered how hard it was! Have a look at our attempts:

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Half Term 1 Update for Year 3

We have had a great start to the year. Everyone returned to school looking ready and refreshed after their summer break. Everybody was buzzing and excited about the new challenges, especially about going swimming.

The children have been exceptionally well behaved on our trips to Richard Dunn and have thoroughly enjoyed beginning their journey towards swimming and water safety. They have shown great determination and not been at all nervous. The staff at the swimming pool are always saying how good our pupils are, which is lovely to hear each week.

We began our English activities this year with the book ‘Stone Soup’. It was a surprise to find the characters making soup using a stone but we soon found out there was more to the story than that! The children learned and acted out the story and adapted it to create their own text in the same style. Later in the term, we will be creating our own recipes for soup and trying to make them. Hopefully, no stones though!

In maths we are well on with tackling new ways to add and subtract that will help when we try to record by the end of the year. The children are really enjoying the practical maths and have taken on the new methods brilliantly.

Year 3 Team