The Russell School

Aim High, Have Courage, Be Kind


Spring term 2017

Curriculum information

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Year 3. We look forward to working with you and your children during the coming year. This term we will be learning about a whole range of new topics, as detailed below.

Year 3 staffing

  • Mr Williams - Teacher (Monday, Thursday, Friday)
  • Mrs Sandoe - Teacher (Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • Mrs Emms - Teaching Assistant

Curriculum overview


This term we will be looking at traditional tales, vocabulary building, non-chronological reports and haikus.

Handwriting – Handwriting sessions take place 3x a week for 10 mins.

Guided reading - Reading will be taught 5 times a week for 30 minutes, with one group reading with the teacher and one group with the TA. Other groups will be taking part in comprehension activities.

Home reading books – children are able to change their books each day. If children are not free reader they must take their record to be checked when they change their books.

Please can you ensure that your child’s reading book and reading record/homework diary is in school every day.

Library books – We have a library session every Thursday afternoon.


  • Data & statistics
  • Written methods of addition & subtraction
  • Weight
  • Fractions
  • 2-digit multiplication
  • Division beyond the 12th multiple
  • Decimals
  • Place value
  • 3D shapes

Maths Week (problem solving) - we will have a strong focus on using and applying the skills children have learnt and will undertake problem solving investigations.


Forces and magnets


Volcanoes and earthquakes

Art/Design Technology (DT)

Volcano project


Bringing images to life



Physical Education (PE)*

Dance/gymnastics - Monday morning (please could children wear PE kit to school)

Games - Friday

*Please can full PE kits be in school every day – T-shirts, shorts and plimsolls.  All items of uniform must be labelled


Keep the learning positive and enjoyable. Have a go! Always try your best.

If there are problems completing the homework, please let your teacher know.

The Homework Diary MUST be brought into school every day, as we will use this to make any reminders and write in any homework tasks set.

Reading (daily)

Pupils need to read for a short time on a regular basis, both to themselves and to an adult. When sharing the reading with your child be patient and positive to ensure that you both enjoy the text. Encourage your child to:

  • decode unfamiliar words themselves
  • use expression
  • use the punctuation to aid expression and understanding

Also, ask them questions about their reading. Any reading should be recorded in the Homework Diary; parents are encouraged to comment in their child's Diary. On Wednesdays we will check with the children that reading is being completed and recorded appropriately. PLEASE check your child has always got a suitable reader and reads daily.

It is also useful to read books to your children (any age) - modelling expression and asking questions about the book.

English (2 or 3 times/week for 10 minutes)

Spellings will be tested in class; at home you may wish to spend time with your child learning and testing individual spellings.

Spellings will be learnt over a 2-week cycle. The children will take home spellings to learn on Monday of the first week and will be taught the rule or pattern in school. Children will be tested on these words through a spelling list on Monday of the first week. The children will then be tested on the Monday of the second week through a dictation.

There will also be words expected to be learnt in Y3 (Statutory Words), and 2 of your child’s own choice, or from errors during the week. The spelling book MUST be brought into school every Monday for the test. The test will be written at the back of the book so you can monitor your child’s progress.


Differentiated multiplication tables with related division facts. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 to the twelfth multiple. Times tables tests on Mondays.

Mathletics - up to 3 activities/tasks will be set weekly each Friday.

Extra tasks

Each term children may be given homework linked to a 'topic' or curriculum area as decided by the class teacher. Completion dates will be given when the project is set.

Additional homework

Children may be given different specific tasks to practise or complete with parents related to their particular needs.


As well as the homework described above, parents can also help children achieve their learning targets. Targets will be shared at termly Parent Conferencing sessions.

Year 3 Long Term Plan: 2016/2017



Rocks & soils



Light (continued)

Forces and Magnets

Animals including Humans





Roald Dahl


Kings, queens & castles



History (taught alongside geography as topic)

 Changes in Britain –

Stone Age to Iron Age




 Ancient Greece



Geography (taught alongside history as topic)

Locating the world’s countries



Map skills



Invasion games/


Invasion games/Gym

Net games


Net games

Striking & fielding


Striking & fielding


Art and Design

 Charcoal cave drawing




Observational drawing and architecture

Arts Week







Map skills


Stories of key religious leaders

Ways of describing God

Life of Jesus

Life of Jesus

Rules & how they influence actions

Special places, sacred spaces


Three Little Birds

Ho ho ho/General Christmas

Glockenspiel Stage 2

Benjamin Britten - There was a monkey

Let your spirit fly!

Reflect, rewind, replay


Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels

Language Angels



The Rule of Law

Mutual Respect

Individual Liberty

Tolerance of those with other faiths and beliefs

British Values  ‘Celebrations’