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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


Please find below an overview of our learning for this half term


Religious Education

Learn about our Class Saint – St Peter.


Belonging – We Gather as God’s Family (taught by Mrs Turner).

Exploring the different groups we belong to. Study the Sacrament of Baptism as a Sacrament of Belonging to the Church.


Reconciliation: Exploring human choices, the consequences of sin, Christ’s teaching on forgiveness and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.



Poetry: Read and join in reciting a range of poems; read aloud and perform using: intonation, tone, volume and action; identify and use: rhyming words, nouns, adjectives, similes and onomatopoeic words; plan, write, edit and improve a poem, using the structure of lines and verses.


Narrative (Hansel and Gretel): Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including fairy stories, and retell orally; identify themes in books; discuss their understanding and explain the meaning of words; infer characters feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions; predict what might happen next; plan their writing; draft and write by organising paragraphs around a theme; create setting, characters and plot; evaluate, edit and improve.




Place Value. Addition and Subtraction. Fractions of quantities.


Data and Measures:

Draw and measure line segments. Time using analogue and digital clocks.


Geometry: (taught by Mrs Turner)

Recognise and name a range of 2D shapes. Draw axes and plot points according to their coordinates.



Calculate distances, and answers to word problems.


(taught by Mrs Eyre)



What is light? What is dark? Identify light sources. How does light travel? Which materials reflect light well? Test reflective materials. What is a mirror? How does a mirror reflect light? Benefits and dangers of the sun. Why is UV light dangerous? How are shadows formed? Which materials are opaque, translucent, transparent? Creating shadows and shadow puppets



Song: ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’:

Pulse, rhythm, pitch, singing.


(taught by Mrs Ottley).


Local Area

Geography: Locating countries and cities of the UK. Ask and answer geographical questions about the physical and human characteristics of the Leek area. Describe how the locality has changed over time.

History: Research historical buildings in Leek, particularly focussing on Nicholson War Memorial and Brindley Water Mill.


Art & Design


Create self-portraits in pencil, add shade and tone.

Sketching skills:

Sketch local area, using pencil and charcoal.



Getting to know you:

Saying hello and goodbye.

Introducing ourselves. Saying and asking how old.

PE in Year 3 is taught by ASM Sport on a Monday afternoon and a Wednesday afternoon.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit at school every Monday and Wednesday.


Homework and spellings are handed out on Tuesdays.

Completed homework should be returned the following Monday.


Anyone who has not completed their homework will go to Homework Club on a Tuesday lunchtime.


Spelling Tests are every Monday morning.

Times table tests are on Thursday mornings.


                                                   that...…... earrings and hair gel are not part of school uniform.

Please ensure that your child does not come to school wearing earrings or hair gel.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Many thanks for your support,

Miss Knobbs & Mrs Coleman

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