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Year 3 - Curriculum

Dear Parents,

Below you will find the curriculum your child will be covering this Spring term (2024).  Not all subjects are taught each term but are covered throughout the year. As a result of this planner, you may be able to discuss the areas with your child or do research together.

Spring Term


  • Christmas – The children will look at the story of the shepherds and how it provides a focus to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ and who he is.
  • We listen to God’s word at Mass – The children will be thinking about, listening to and finding out about the Liturgy of the Word at Mass. Through this topic they will explore the value and the importance of listening to the Word of God in the scriptures.
  • Lent - This unit will help the children appreciate that during Lent, Christians resolve to change and try to become more like Christ. The children will be introduced to new Gospel stories about Jesus bringing change into the lives of people he encountered.
  • Holy Week - The children will deepen their knowledge of some of the events of Holy Week and deepen their understanding of the foundation of the Church’s celebration of the Mass.


  • Instructions
  • Play scripts
  • Persuasive letter
  • Stories


  • Number: Multiplication & Division - Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables. Write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental methods and progressing to formal written methods. The children will also work on multiplying and dividing 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number as well as exploring multiplication and division through scaling.
  • Money – The children will learn about the value of each coin and how to convert pounds into pence. The children will also focus on adding and subtracting money and giving change.
  • Statistics - The children will focus on understanding, drawing and analysing pictograms, bar charts and tables.
  • Measurement – Length and Perimeter - The children will focus on measuring and comparing lengths in metres, centimetres and millimetres. They will understand how to convert lengths into different units of measurement and adding and subtracting lengths. The children will also focus on measuring and calculating perimeters.
  • Number: Fractions - Recognise that tenths arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit numbers or quantities by 10.
    Recognise, find and write fractions of a discrete set of objects: unit fractions and non-unit fractions with small denominators.


  • Light – In this unit the children will be able recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They will observe that light is reflected from surfaces. They will recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object. They will observe patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.


  • Plants – This topic will allow the children identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers. They will explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant. They will investigate the way in which water is transported within plants. They will explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal


  • Gymnastics


  • Hand ball

Thematic Curriculum

(includes: History, Geography, ICT, Music, Art, D+T and PSHE)


  • Sewing- Key rings/Decorations


  • Rivers


  • Landscape and symmetry

  • Mythological paintings


  • Relationships a community of love, how do I love others, exercise, sleep, respecting myself and others

  • Healthy me sharing and chatting online, drugs, alcohol and tobacco, first aid heroes


  • Families of instruments 

  • Writing music down


  • Our school


  • Families and friends


Maths missions

Sacrament preparation



Homework is given out on a Friday and should be handed in on Friday.


Spellings are given out on Monday and tested on Friday.


Year 3 Class Blog

23rd Jun

Hello and welcome to year 3’s Twitter takeover!

Well done children for leading a lovely thanksgiving Mass this morning. Thank you to our families and friends for supporting us.


We have had a fantastic afternoon celebrating our First Holy Communion. We showed off our dance moves!


We have been learning about the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. We created our own models inspired by the Sagria familia.


We had so much fun completing our final fitness assessment during our Wow Active session.


We have been solving problems about time in maths. We love a maths challenge!


In PRE, we have been discussing the importance of healthy living.

Thank you for joining us today. See you soon!


27th Apr

Hello everyone Year 3 have had a wonderful week and we are so excited to share what we have done with you all!!

In English this week we have been innovating the story of the Three Little Pigs, we have written the True Story of the Three Little Pigs.


In PRE this week we finished our unit about Dreams and Goals. We discussed the job we would like to do when we are older and the skills we need for that job.


In Maths we have started to learn about money and to help us understand money in context we had a special visitor from HSBC bank. Anne taught us how to spend our money wisely and how to plan a party.


Year 3 were very proud that St Joseph’s won the 2023 Smart Money Award!! What a great week it has been.



9th Feb

Hello! Welcome to year 3’s Twitter takeover. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been doing in class.

We have had lots of fun in P.E on the apparatus. We have been working on balancing and controlling our bodies.


We have been praying for the people of Turkey and Syria during this hard time. We have also been praying for anyone who has been impacted by this devastating disaster. We asked God to give people strength at this time.


We have been so busy in computing. We have been using PowerPoint to create slides.


We welcomed a lovely visitor from the RSCPA into our class. We explored the importance of recycling and how materials have an impact on the environment.


Thank you for joining us for our takeover! Year 2 will be here next week to show you their learning. 😄😄😄


1st Dec

Welcome to year 3 ‘Twitter takeover’. We can’t wait to tell you what we have been doing in school 😀

We have been enjoying our hands on maths sessions, helping each other to solve problems! 📏🧮


We love our creative writing, trying to be as descriptive as possible, self editing with our purple pen; we work hard on our wonderful handwriting too!📝🖋


We loved multicultural week, learning about other cultures and faiths and getting the chance to be creative


In our PSHE sessions it was great to celebrate each other. We had different partners and we shared gifts from God and talents we all have and love about each other ❤️


We are having great fun in our woodland adventure sessions this half term. We love making things and exploring the outdoor! 🧤🌎


We have welcomed the season of Advent in our classroom. A time to prepare for Christmas and the birth of Jesus. We got excited when we finally seen the Christmas tree in school!

We hope you enjoyed a sneaky peak into year 3. See you soon! 👐😊



Welcome to the year 3 ‘Class Blog’! We hope you enjoy a sneaky peak into our school day

We started our day with our guided reading session, followed by our English lesson exploring persuasive writing looking at the ‘dragon catcher’. We are proud of our hard work with our writing and presentation of handwriting!

We created art work linked to our persuasive writing. We love being creative and I hope you agree, we are a VERY talented and artistic class!

Our class saint this year is St Vincent de Paul. We picked him because of the compassion and humility he showed to others. We will offer prayers to him each day and hope he guides us this year. We researched and wrote fact files along with some more art dedicated to him

Finally, we had a great session during PE learning to rules to a new ball game called tchoukball (fun to play, hard to spell!). We loved it! Cant wait to learn more about this game in our next session