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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 Autumn term 2019

Our ‘Vehicle’ through which the curriculum will be taught for the Autumn Term is:

Images of Leek.



The children will be exploring historical and geographical aspects of Leek and producing sketches and developing art works based on some of the historical buildings in the town centre.




Our Autumn Term Vehicle will culminate with an exhibition of the children’s artwork.

We also hope to achieve the ‘Discover’ Arts Award.




We have already been to an Art Exhibition at the Nicholson Institute and begun to consider what makes a successful exhibition. We were lucky to meet one of the artists, who talked to us about what had inspired his work.


We will be finding out about our Class Saint – Saint Peter.

‘Belonging – We Gather as God’s Family’ – Exploring the different groups we belong to,

- The Sacrament of Baptism,

- How Catholics celebrate their belonging to the family of God through the celebration of Mass.


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


‘Advent’ – The Bible stories of the Annunciation and the Visitation,

- How Mary and Elizabeth prepared to welcome Jesus,

- Advent as a time of preparation.


‘Christmas’ – The story of the shepherds provides a focus for the children to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ.



Our first English focus is: Poetry. The poems we will be sharing include: One for the cluck of the angry hen, The School Kids Rap, The Sound Collector.

We will be reciting and performing poetry, using intonation, tone, and action as appropriate. We will be exploring the structure of the poems and poetic devices including onomatopoeia, rhyme, similes and rhythm. The children will use the structure and poetic devices explored to write their own verses and poems.


We will also be sharing and exploring the story ‘Stone Age Boy’, and exploring the structure of diary writing. The children will then imagine they are a character in the story and write an imagined diary as the character. 



During Autumn Term, the focus in Maths is on the ‘Number’ aspect of the curriculum.

This includes: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.


In our daily Maths lessons, we will use ‘concrete’ resources, as appropriate. Concrete resources include: Base 10, Place Value counters, Place Value charts/grids, Counters, 100 squares, Number lines. We will also see and use ‘Pictoral’ representations of concrete resources, and ‘Abstract’ calculations, where only the numerals/digits are shown.


In order to master a skill, children need to be able to recognise and use concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.


Children should continue to practise and use their Times Tables.


Science in Year 3 will be taught by Mrs Johnson, a Science Specialist from Painsley Catholic College.

Our Autumn Term Science topics are: ‘Rocks’ and ‘Light’.



- Comparing and grouping rocks based on their appearance and simple physical properties,

- Describe in simple terms how rocks are formed,

- Recognise that soils are made from rocks and other organic matter

- Consider what local historic buildings are made from and why.



- Recognise we need light in order to see and that dark is the absence of light,

- Notice that light is reflected from surfaces,

- Recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and there are ways to protect our eyes,

- Recognise that shadows are formed when light from a light source is blocked by an opaque abject,

- Find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change,

- Consider how light and shadow affect art.


In History, we will be creating a timeline of art movements starting with Stone Age cave paintings. We will also explore how and why cave paintings were created in the Stone Age, and look at how art has changed over time.


We will be finding out about the historic buildings in Leek, researching the original purposes of selected buildings.

We will follow the Leek Architectural trail and sketch and photograph the historic buildings.


In Geography, we will start by looking at the bigger picture – using Atlases to look at world maps, name countries and continents.

The children will revise the names of the Continents and label them on a map. They will find the UK, and then name and label the countries and capital cities of the UK. We will explore what a ‘county’ is and which county we live in.

We will then study and label maps of Leek town centre. We will locate and mark the historic buildings that we will be finding out about.



Computing in Year 3 will be taught by Mrs Ottley, Computing Specialist.


In Year 3 we are looking at how we research and what skills we can use such as understanding ranking and using Boolean code. We will then be making Computer art using a variety of software. This will then lead onto using programming to make computer art, using if, when and repeat commands.


In Art and Design, we will be working with representatives of SMDC and the Nicholson Institute later in the term,

to study the work of LS Lowry and produce our own artwork.


The children will produce artwork based on historic buildings in Leek, inspired by the style of LS Lowry.


We hope to also explore some of the work of Andy Warhol and produce artwork inspired by his style.


We will be holding an Exhibition of the children’s work.


Details to be confirmed nearer the time!


In Design Technology we will be finding out about healthy eating, focussing on ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ snacks. The children will design healthy snacks, which would be suitable for the opening of an Art Exhibition.


In French, we are learning simple greetings and introductions.

Please find Optional Creative tasks for Autumn Term below.

PE in Year 3 is every Monday and Thursday.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit at school.



Homework is sent out every Wednesday in the children’s Home Learning Logs.

Home Learning Logs and completed homework should be returned every Monday morning.


In addition to Homework, there are weekly spellings and times tables.


Children should continue to read daily.

In Key Stage 2, there is much more focus on comprehension of what they have read.

In order to support your child, try the following activities:

- Ask them to summarise a section of what they have read in their own words.

- Ask them to predict what might happen next, and explain their thinking.

- Discuss why an author has chosen to use particular words and/or punctuation.


Spelling Tests are every Monday morning.




As the children are now in Key Stage 2, they are expected to wear a shirt and tie.

Please encourage your child to do up and undo their buttons themselves at home, as this will greatly assist them when getting changed before and after PE lessons.

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.



Children should bring a healthy snack, for example a piece of fruit, dried fruit or a healthy snack bar for break-time. Alternatively, they can purchase a snack from the kitchen at snack time.
Children need to be responsible for their own money, which must be kept in a purse or wallet with their name on it.


Water Bottles

Children should bring a water bottle to school every day.

This should be clearly labelled with their name, and should only contain water.


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

Many thanks for your support,

Miss Knobbs & Miss Ball 

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