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Garden Suburb Junior School

Year 3

Curriculum map 

Click below for an overview of the topics covered in Year 3: .

Curriculum Overview 2021 - 2022


Click below for an overview of the English Curriculum in Year 3: 

English Overview 2021-2022


Click below for an overview of the Mathematics curriculum in Year 3:

Mathematics Overview 2021-2022



plA    Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Science in Year 3.


Pupils will be taught to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal


Ani      Animals, including humans

Pupils will be taught to:

  • identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat
  • identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement



Pupils will be taught to:

  • compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties
  • describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock
  • recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter



Pupils will be taught to:

  • recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light
  • notice that light is reflected from surfacesl
  • recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect their eyes
  • recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object
  • find patterns in how the size of a shadow changes


Forces and magnets

Pupils will be taught to:

  • compare how things move on different surfaces
  • notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet and identify some magnetic materials
  • describe magnets as having two poles
  • predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing



Year 3

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Computing in Year 3.

We are meteorologists

This unit brings together data measurement, analysis and presentation, as the children take on the role of meteorologists and weather presenters.

We can sequence and use animation

In this unit, the children will use Espresso Coding to learn how to make things happen in a sequence, creating simple animations and simulations.

We are communicators

This unit allows the children to learn about a number of e-safety matters in a positive way. They will learn how to use email and video conferencing safely.

We can select events

In this unit, the children will use Espresso Coding to learn to code with 'if statements', which select different pieces of code to execute depending on what happens to other objects.

We are opinion pollsters

In this unit, the children create their own opinion poll, seek responses, and then analyse the results.

religious education & British Values 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Religious Education in Year 3.

Why are some places considered to be special?

In this unit children will begin to understand the importance of signs and symbols and how they are different from each other. They will understand what the main symbols in a church are and what makes this building special for Christians.

What makes a time special?

In this unit of work children will be able to identify features of a celebration and appreciate that there are special events in their own lives that they all celebrate. In particular children will be learning about the following special times: Diwali, Harvest, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Wesak and Hajj.

What is life like?

In this unit children will begin to observe an aspect of their environment and pose questions about it and consider whether all questions can be answered. They will also learn about the differences and similarities between the main creation stories.

How do I care and how am I cared for?

In this unit the children will identify people, places and activities within their own experiences and identify some of the rituals that go on in these places. The children will make simple links between the role of the home and the beliefs which underlie them. The children will also gain an understanding of the ways of belonging to different religions and what this involves.

Rules and respect for different beliefs 

The children will learn that the freedom to choose and hold other faiths and beliefs is protected in law. They will also be encouraged to appreciate that other people who have different faiths or beliefs to oneself (or having none) should be accepted and tolerated and should not be the cause of prejudicial or discriminatory behaviour.


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in History in Year 3. 

Ancient Egypt

This unit introduces children to Ancient Egypt. The children will begin to develop their analytical skills by learning about primary sources and how we can use them to find out about the past. They will focus on different Egyptian artefacts, using them as a tool to find out more about ancient Egypt. Later, they will use secondary sources to learn about mummification, the Pyramids and beliefs about the after-life.

The Stone Age

Children will use timelines to place the Stone Age  period within a context. They will use their enquiry skills, posing their own questions and completing research before comparing pre-historic life with today. They will then go on to learn about cave paintings, a Stone Age diet and ancient dwellings. As part of the unit, the children go on a trip to Chiltern Open Air Museum to find out more about life in the Stone Age.


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Geography in Year 3. 

Weather and Climate

Children will:

  • use atlases to compare the weather in different parts of the world and the reasons why it might be different

  • investigate the effect of the weather on human activity

  • create and film their own weather broadcasts


Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Children will:

  • learn what the earth is made of and how the tectonic plates fit together

  • learn what earthquakes and volcanoes are

  • investigate how volcanoes can affect humans

design technology 

Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Design Technology in Year 3. 

Photo frames 

In this unit, children will design and create their own photo frame, linked to   the Year 3 English reader; The Enormous Crocodile. 

Pupils will be taught to:

  • evaluate a range of different photo frames and discuss how designers suit a target market i.e. bright colours for children

  • design and annotate their own photo frame for a chosen audience

  •  develop their cutting and sticking skills as well as accurately measuring their photo frames and stands


Moving Egyptian Sarcophagus

In this unit, children will create their own moving sarcophagus which         includes a pneumatic system. This links to the Year 3 Ancient Egyptian topic.   

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand and explain how pneumatic systems work

  • create a pneumatic system to make a moving monster

  • design and annotate a moving sarcophagus using pneumatic systems, developing their cutting and joining skills 


Granola Bars

In this unit, children will design and create their own healthy granola bar.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • understand the key principles of a varied and healthy diet

  • compare the nutritional value of different granola bars

  • prepare a sweet dish whilst developing cooking skills


Below is an overview of the topics that are covered in Art in Year 3. 

Unit Title: Investigating patterns

Children learn about the work of William Morris and how he incorporates nature into his patterns. They then replicate one of his patterns choosing different mediums in the form of a jigsaw.

Pupils will be taught to: 

  • compare differences in textile pattern from different cultures
  • develop art vocabulary
  • explore ways of making and creating patterns
  • increase control and confidence in using materials, making changes
  • use technical language related to craft and design
  • understand more about patterns and how they can be used in contemporary textile design


Unit Title: Portraying Relationships

Children create a line drawing of a friend and themselves to portray their relationship. Children use acrylic paints and pastels to create a 3D effect.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • reflect on individual relationships using visual stimuli

  • become aware of historical periods, fashion, time and culture and identifying the relationships

  • develop use of language and confidence in expressing observations

  • interpret aspects of style, content and composition, use of materials, processes and techniques

  • understand portrayal of relationships in pictures, developing use of artistic language

  • develop drawing skills, with emphasis on line drawing, proportion, pose and positions within a picture

  • extend knowledge of colour mixing  and application using different layers of materials


Unit Title: Sculptures

Children will use clay to create sculptures that represent different clan members, linked to the Stone Age.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • have an understanding of what environment means and how it can affect our lives

  • know how sculptures can improve the environment

  • explore elements of line, texture and pattern

  • work with and manipulate a range of materials to make a sculpture

  • develop constructing skills of joining and fastening

  • understand what 3-D forms are and how they are used as a means of improvement for the environment

  • gain confidence in the knowledge of working in 3-D with a wider range of materials


Below is an overview of the skills that are covered in Music in Year 3.

Singing and Performing

♫Children will be encouraged to sing with increasing confidence and technique, by expanding their known repertoire across diverse genres and cultures. They will learn to read and write rhythms and notes in the treble clef, playing pitched and non-pitched instruments in ensembles. Students will also be learning to work together through singing and dancing a variety of folk and world-music dances. Students will also be encouraged to share their own instrumental of vocal studies during music.


Listening and Aural Awareness

♫ The children will develop the ability to listen with attention to detail by learning to recognise (by name, sight and sound) the inter-related dimensions of music (such as pitch, tempo and dynamics). They will develop an understanding of the history of music by studying music drawn from different traditions, and from great composers and musicians. They will learn aural skills through echo-singing and playing and singing in a variety of music ensembles.


Improvising and Composing

♫ Children will listen to a variety of compositions, from Renaissance to Contemporary, to develop an understanding of form, melody, rhythm, tempo, style, modes and timbre. The children will compose by using rhythmic notation to compose in groups within the un-tuned percussion section. Children will use xylophones to compose using the pentatonic scale, and to arrange and improvise known songs by ear.

Here is the Year 3 class assembly song to practise at home


Autumn 1:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:



Class instructions


Autumn 2:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:


Numbers (1-12) and age (cross-curricular link to Maths)

School equipment


Spring 1:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:


Numbers (13-31) (cross-curricular link to Maths)




Spring 2:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:



Nouns - genders

Definite articles

Indefinite articles

Spanish traditional song “Tengo, tengo, tengo”


Summer 1:

In this half term students will cover the following topics:

Spanish traditional song “En la granja de mi tío”

Story “Oso pardo, oso pardo” by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle (“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Can You See?”)

Names of fruit

“Una oruga muy hambrienta” by Eric Carle (“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”)


Summer 2: 

This unit introduces students to the names of snacks in Spanish.

We will revise definite and indefinite articles and we will learn about Fairtrade.

physical education 

Below is an overview of the units that are taught in PE and Games in Year 3. 


Gymnastics (stretching and curling)

The children will be developing sequences of stretching and curling movements using low level apparatus.


The children will learn a Chinese dance linked to Chinese New Year. In the following half term, Pupils will be taught how to perform dances using a range of movement patterns based around their ancient Egyptian History topic.

Gymnastics (Balancing)

In this unit, the children will developing balancing techniques using different parts of their bodies.


Pupils will be introduced to athletics activities and a range of exercises from sports day as well as competing in track and field events such as long jump, sprints and relay races in preparation for athletics tournaments.




The children start to develop their hand-eye coordination in order to improve their catching and striking skills.

Creative games

In this unit, the children create their own games including rules and a scoring system.

Invasion games

Basketball- Pupils will learn the learn different types of passing skills and shooting skills.

Adventure/co-operation games

Children will be introduced to using a map and learn how to orientate it to find locations.

Sports Day Preparation

The children practise the activities they will be competing in, in preparation for sports day.


Pupils will be taught a range of techniques in order to bat and field successfully.

Year 2 to year 3 curriculum talks 

personal, social and health education  

Year 3


Children can demonstrate that they recognise their own worth and that of others. They can express their views confidently and listen to and show respect for the views of others. 

· Differences: male and female

· Personal space

· Different family structures

Health and Wellbeing

Children can make choices about how to develop healthy lifestyles

Living in the wider world

Children can explain how their actions have consequences for themselves and others.

They can describe the nature and consequences of bullying, and can express ways of responding to it. They can show how they care for the environment (e.g. animals and school grounds).