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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


We will be creating a story book to match our Stone Age topic.

We will be learning how to embed our sentences to add detail continuing to use fronted adverbials and learn about subordinate clauses. We will learn how to write a list of three descriptive sentences. Alongside this, the children will recap the skills in writing up to now.


Towards the end of the topic, we will be writing a non chronological report using our knowledge of the Stone Age.

Year 3 Summer Term




We will be finding out about Easter symbols, particularly the Paschal candle and water. We will be learning about the Bible stories: the road to Emmaus and Breakfast at the shore, when the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples. We will also be looking at the link between Jesus sharing food and the celebration of communion.

The Eucharist as a thanksgiving to God

We will be preparing for receiving the Sacrament of Holy Communion (the Eucharist); looking at the words and meaning of the Eucharistic prayer said in Mass, making links between The Last Supper and Mass.


We will be finding out about the change that receiving the Holy Spirit brought to the lives of the disciples.


The children will continue with our Maths Makes Sense. They will use maths stories with negative numbers. They will also calculate answers for maths stories using the four functions written as fractions and decimal fractions.

They will calculate vertical additions and subtractions with decimals.

Write squares and square roots using multiplication.

They will use compasses to help draw triangles by co-ordinates, comparing them to see if they are congruent, and use axes draw triangles congruent to others.

The children will reason through shading fractions and write the sum of two fractions that total one.

They will also learn how to use bar charts from data they collect and calculate totals and differences of prices.



We will:

  • Find out what happened in the Stone Age.
  • Know what people ate in the Stone Age and how their diet changed.
  • Develop a chronologically secure knowledge of events in the Stone Age.
  • Find out about Skara Brae.





Light and Shadow

We will be finding out about light and dark, identifying light sources, investigating reflection and reflective surfaces. We will be finding out why mirrors are good reflectors and experiment with using mirrors to reflect light onto different objects.


We will be finding out about sun safety; the benefits and dangers of the sun and think about ways to protect ourselves from the dangers of the sun.


We will be creating shadows, finding out how light travels and investigating ‘opaque’, ‘transparent’ and ‘translucent’.


We will be investigating how shadows change and observing patterns in the way they change size.


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

Learn names for fruit, vegetables and other foods.

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

Taste some French foods.




The children will design and create a simple tally sheet for data collection, collect and organise data and draw initial conclusions from said data.


Children will learn to identify obvious errors in data and block graphs and explain how errors can occur when collecting data.


Children will use digital tools to carry out data collection and graph creation.


Children will research a topic, create a presentation and deliver it to their peers.


The children will continue to learn the ukulele with Mrs Medley (our music specialist) to play songs. We will learn music notation, pitch and tempo.


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


They will have ASM sports on a Wednesday afternoon.


Create pictures in the style of cave paintings.

To create different homes from the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic times.


Ephiphany Cakes

Ephiphany Cakes 1
Ephiphany Cakes 2
Ephiphany Cakes 3
Ephiphany Cakes 4
Ephiphany Cakes 5

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