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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”

Year 3

Welcome to Year 3

Autumn 2017

Explorers around the Worl


The children will be exploring the world! They will learn about the position and significance of the Equator, the Northern and the Southern Hemisphere. They will be able to identify lines of latitude and longitude and use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries. The children will describe the key features of the Polar Regions and compare them to the UK.

Compare the climate of the tropics with the UK climate and explain the position and significance of the Prime Meridian. They will understand the position and significance of time zones.

Following this, we will focus on the journey Phileas Fogg took around the world and study the countries he visited.



We will begin again on our Maths Makes Sense journey and deepen our understanding of the key aspect:

Arithmetic, Geometry, Data Handling and Reasoning.

We will show greater depth by using and applying these skills each week.



Using stories from other cultures as a stimulus, the children will create their own narrative.

The children will create a quest story/Tale of defeating a monster In non-fiction. We will look at the skill of letter writing.

They will create a discussion text: ‘Should people travel to the Arctic?’

They will use adjectives, figurative language and adverbs to add detail to their writing; punctuate sentences correctly - including the use of dialogue and use sentences for an effect on the reader.



The children will begin with the topic of Belonging We Gather as God’s Family. They will encounter biblical stories.

They will learn about Reconciliation. Through this, they will prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.



The children will: Become a team of personal trainers for clients in need of expert health, dietary and training advice. In order to do this, they will develop specialised knowledge, skills and understanding in nutrition, muscles, bones and joints.


Art/ DT

The children will use African art as a stimulus to layer a painting using pastels and the skill of blending.

They will use water colours to recreate the famous The Great Wave painting from Japan; focusing on hot and cold colours.

In DT, we will look at Fruit from around the world, tasting these and designing our own fruit salad to keep our explorer going!



It will be set on a weekly basis- it will be sent out on a Wednesday to come back on Monday.

Spellings will come out with the homework and be tested each Monday.

Reading should take place every night and be signed by a parent/guardian. Please use the diary to communicate with Miss Blood. 



The children will begin PE this year on the Topic of Gymnastics. They will also be involved in invasion games.

PE kit should be in school every Monday for the week ahead - the kit needed will be;

Royal blue shorts, white T-Shirt with school badge, black indoor pumps and trainers.

Year 3 and Year 4 Curriculum and Expectations

With the new National Curriculum, the Department for Education has produced new expectations for the end of each curriculum year. These will replace the old system of levels and provide you as parents with a clear idea of what the children should be achieving at the end of the year.

Below you will find the expectations for Year 3 and Year 4  in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. We have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parents evenings during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations

·         Your child is on track to exceed the end of year national expectations


                      Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly