Year 3 Long Term Plan

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Year 3 2017/18HT1HT2HT3HT4HT5HT6
Non-chronological report
Non-chronological report
Play script
Non-chronological report
Paragraphs & headings
MathsNumber & place value
Data Handling
Addition & subtraction
Symmetry & reflection
Place value
Multiplication & division
Addition & subtraction
Addition & subtraction
Multiplication and division
Doubling and halving
Addition & subtraction
Multiplication and division
Number & place value
Addition & subtraction
Mental maths skills
Identify that humans and other animals need the right nutrition to survive. Identify the uses of muscles and skeletons in humans and other animals.
Pupils develop an understanding of the importance of light to human sight. Children think about how light travels and what causes shadows.
Soil and Plants
Children identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants.
Freezing and melting water
Children explore frozen and melting liquids and research polar regions of the Earth.
Create and group rocks based on their appearance.
Forces and magnets
Children develop an understanding of how forces transfer from one another including magnets.
Science InvestigationHeart Rates
Children investigate their own heart rates and the effect various activities can have on their body. Children consider how to plan and carry out a practical enquiry.
Length of Shadow
Children investigate the lengths of shadows linked to their topic work on Guy Fawkes.
How do plants use water?
Children investigate the way in which water is transported around plants.
Insulation and Waterproofing
Children investigate the properties of materials and link their findings to DT work on insulation.
Children will conduct experiments to classify rocks.
Forces & Magnets
Children will explore pushes and pulls produced by magnets.
HistoryMy History
Children consider their own timelines and the timelines of close family.
Thomas Edison
Children will learn about Thomas Edison and his inventions.
Ice Age
Children think about civilisations beyond reported history and what evidence we can use to build a picture of what it might have been like then.
Stone Age through to Iron Age
Children learn about how Britain has changed from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Children take on the role of archaeologists to investigate artefacts and make predictions about what they might be made of and used for.
Iron Age
Children will learn about life in Britain during the Iron Age
GeographyLocating our Home and
4 compass points
Children use maps and compass directions to develop an understanding of the area in which they live and the use of local land.
Land Use in the UK and map symbols
Children locate cities and regions of the UK and describe how the land is used in different ways in different places.
Arctic and Antarctica
Children will learn about the geography of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. They will also learn about what humans need to survive there.
Locating Historic Sites
Children use maps to locate significant sites relating to their topic work.
Ancient settlements and monuments
Children learn how to identify settlements and sites on maps.
Children think about what information is and is not acceptable to share online and what to do when confronted with situations that make them feel uncomfortable online.
Computer Science
Children develop an understanding of algorithms as well as input and output devices as they develop their ability to write and debug scripts.
Children think about what information is and is not acceptable to share online and what to do when confronted with situations that make them feel uncomfortable online.
Children look at how to combine different audio and visual elements to create animations and videos.
Data Handling
Children record information then interpret and analyse it using computers.
Information literacy
Children use digital resources to produce, improve and combine digital content.
Art and DesignSelf Portraits
Children develop their use of pencil techniques to produce accurate and intricate representations of themselves
Firework Painting
Children develop their use of pencil techniques to produce accurate and intricate representations of fireworks.
Constable and Lowry
Children look at how 2 artists (Constable and Lowry) depict landscapes and then create their own depictions based on their learning.
Camouflage working in white
Children will create 3D camouflaged art work using white paper.
Stone age art
Children research and learn about different forms of Stone Age art and then aim to recreate them.
Celtic design
Children research and learn about different forms of Celtic art and then aim to recreate them.
Design and TechnologyHealthy Soup
In relation to their work on Stone Soup, the children plan and make healthy soups.
Shadow Puppets
Children design and make shadow puppets and experiment with them.
Water bottle cover
Children design and make a cover for a water bottle that reduces heat loss.
Iron Age crafts
Children will explore
weaving (iron age bracelets) and making flour
Children will learn about creation stories from the Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish faiths.
Right and Wrong
Children will explore the teachings and stories about right and wrong from the Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish faiths.
Special Books
Children will learn about the special books used in the Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish faiths.
MusicLet Your Spirit FlyLightGlockenspiel Stage 2Ice Age Extravaganza!Three Little BirdsSummer
Children will develop their aiming and striking skills.
Children will practise running, jumping and throwing skills.
Children will explore gymnastic actions and still shapes. They will develop balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities.
Children will perform dances using a range of movement patterns.
Children will play competitive team games and learn skills for attacking, defending and scoring.
Games – striking and fielding
Children will develop their striking and fielding skills through competitive team games.
Children will learn about some legal and illegal drugs and how to keep themselves safe. They will also learn how bacteria can be spread and cause illness.
Children think about money and its importance and why it is important to look after it. They will also explore how to be enterprising.
Children will explore strategies for keeping physically and emotionally safe.
Relationships, identity and citizenship
Children will learn team work skills and strategies for conflict resolution. Children will reflect on and celebrate their achievements. Children will learn about human rights and topical issues.
MFLGreetings and introductionsClassroom instructionsColours and countries
Trips and experiencesRoad safety
Drawing on the ceiling
Shadow puppetsMOUSPolar fun day
Archaeological dig
National Coal Mining Museum
Portals to the past-Iron Age Visitor


Year 3 pupils have been learning about Antarctica.  As part of our learning we investigated how animals in Antarctica keep warm using blubber.  We made gloves using vegetable fat and testing them in ice cold water.


We had a visit from some huskies. We learned all about how they are adapted to life in a cold climate. We learned about their lives as working dogs and how they are suited to this.

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Life Cycle of Flowering Plants

Year 3 pupils have been learning about the life cycle of flowering plants. When learning about pollination we dissected a plant to identify its various parts. We also investigated how water is transported through plants by putting flowers in a vase of food colouring and observing what happened.


The Museum of Untold Stories

In January, we were visited by agents from ‘The Museum of Untold Stories’. They assisted us in exploring ideas for stories. We invented characters, settings and exciting events for our stories which we wrote about later in class. This led to some really high quality writing.

Human Body

Year 3 pupils have been learning about the human body. We have learned about the skeleton and muscles and why they are important. We learned about the heart, its function in the body and conducted an investigation into what effects heart rate. As part of our science work they also got the chance to investigate a sheep’s heart so that they could identify some of the features we had been learning about.


We have been learning about healthy foods and what makes a healthy meal. We tasted and evaluated soups. We made our own soups and wrote some recipes. We read the story of stone soup and wrote our own version of this classic tale.



Our half term 2 theme was ‘Light’. In yr3 pupils enjoyed participating in a drama workshop where they were involved in creating shadows to retell the story of Divali.  In the afternoon this lead onto pupils working in small groups to make their own puppets to retell parts of the same story.


Henry Matisse

Yr 3 have learned about the life and works of the famous artist ‘Henry Matisse’.  They have been inspired by his art work and as a result  have created their own beautiful art pieces. They also have used their computing skills to present what they have learned.


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