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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


Myths and legends: children explore a range of Roman myths and legends. Children will plan and write their own myth.

The Children will write their own story based in the historical setting of Ancient Rome.

Non Fiction:

Newspaper reports: Children read ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and write a newspaper report.

Information texts: children explore a range of texts, identifying features before writing their own text about Ancient Rome


Year 3 Spring Term




Learn about the different parts of the mass.

Learn various parables and their meaning including The calling of Samuel

Learn the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Gloria.

On Thursday 2nd March our First Holy Communion lessons will begin with Father Michael and Deacon Stephen. These will take place every Thursday from 1:15-1:55. On Wednesday 1st March the children will participate in the Ash Wednesday Mass. During the next half term the children will also learn about Lent, what happens during Ash Wednesday and what the Ash represents.


The children will continue with our Maths Makes Sense. Looking at multiplying using the grid methods, using all 4 operations for 1/5 and 1/7 fractions and become fluent in column addition and subtraction. They will use these skills to solve word problems and investigations.


The Roman Empire / Ancient Rome.

The beginnings and expansion

of the Empire

Children explore when in history Rome was founded and how the Empire expanded over a period of time. They use

maps to locate the countries of the Empire.


Ancient Rome: Children explore aspects of life in Ancient Rome,

including, homes / buildings / entertainment / gladiators / chariots/ roads / baths / worship /



Invading Britain: Children

learn about the Roman invasion of

Britain, exploring the clothes and life of a Roman soldier. They learn about Queen Boudicca and the resistance to the Romans in

Celtic Britain. They go on to explore changes to Britain as a result of the Roman invasion, identifying Roman roads and Hadrian’s Wall

on a map of the UK



Recap and consolidate learning so far introducing self and others, asking how someone is and replying.

Continue to learn numbers to 30.

Learn names for clothes, fruit and vegetables.

Know how to say what we like or don’t like



Rocks and Fossils (including volcanoes)

The Children will create an amazing rock and fossil museum. Each session they will build up their knowledge to become expert museum curators and make exhibits, quizzes and activities for your exciting pop-up museum.


Children explore a range of different music and decide which are best for marching to.

Explore beat and rhythm, clap beats / pulse of

music. Link to marching Roman army.

Children work in small groups to compose their own marching music



The Children will be swimming this half term on a Thursday.


Investigating and making mosaics: children

investigate Roman Mosaics before planning and making a mosaic for display.



Mr Andrew Newton of the British Scientific Society is in need of your help. Are you up to the task of developing some exciting activities on the theme of Magnetism to delight visitors at their annual science fair? If the answer is “Yes” – it’s time to have some fun with magnets whilst learning at the same time! During this topic, the children will learn about different forces and how magnets act through hands-on fair testing.




Homework 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 Wednesday afternoon.


Reading books can be changed any day.

Please make sure that your child diary is signed each night.



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.


Any new information will be added to this page, along with any photographs that will allow you to see what we have been getting up to in class.


Thank you!

Miss Blood smiley & Mrs Turner smiley

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