Year 3

The Year 3 Topics

Our curriculum is taught through three main topics (one per term) and cross-curricular links are utilised wherever possible. We follow the National Curriculum, full details of which can be found HERE. 

All Year 3 children receive Spanish and music lessons once a fortnight, taught by specialist teachers and the children also receive 2 hours of PE each week. Class activity days are organised to enhance a topic and support the learning taking place at school, and we hope to be able to offer school trips again soon.

Click here to see basic year group information and click the links below to see the Parent Overview for each topic:


Objectives for Year 3

At the end of year 3, in order to achieve Age Related Expectations, children need to be able to:


  • Apply their growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes.
  • Read common exception words.
  • Identify and discuss themes and conventions in a wide range of writing. 
  • Use dictionaries to check the meaning of words that they have read. 
  • Draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.
  • Justify their inferences with evidence.
  • predict what might happen from details stated and implied. 
  • Retrieve and record information from non-fiction. 


  • Be able to spell most words in the Year 3 spelling list.
  • Place the possessive apostrophe accurately in words with regular plurals.
  • Join letters using the correct strokes and understand which letters are best left unjoined. 
  • Develop narratives by creating settings, characters and plot.
  • Use simple organisational devices including headings and sub-headings. 
  • Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.
  • Use a wider range of conjunctions including when, if, because, although.
  • Use the correct form of ‘a’ or ‘an’.
  • Choose nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition. 


  • Read and write all numbers to 1000 in digits and words.
  • Recognise place value of any 3-digit number.
  • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.
  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100.
  • Add and subtract mentally 3-digit numbers and ones; 3-digit numbers and tens; 3-digit numbers and hundreds
  • Add and subtract numbers with up to 3-digits using written column method.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables.
  • Use written methods for multiplication and division. 
  • Count up and down in tenths.
  •  Recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object, one-digit numbers or quantities into 10 equal parts. 
  • Recognise and show equivalent fractions with small denominators. 
  • Measure and compare lengths, mass, volume and capacity.
  • measure the perimeter of simple 2D shapes.
  • Add amounts of money and subtract money to give change. 
  • Use both £ and p.
  • Tell time to the nearest minute from an analogue clock.
  • Identify right angles and whether angles are greater than or less than a right angle. 
  • Recognise that two right angles make a half-turn, three make three quarters of a turn and four a complete turn. 
  • Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables.