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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Year 3 Studies

    For Key Stage 2 Curriculum Framework please click here.

    For maths calculation guidance please click here.

    Term 6


                                    Extreme Earth

    Structure of a volcano.

    Investigation famous Volcanic eruptions.

    Create a volcano model.

    Tsunamis – research and produce an information leaflet.

    Climate change

    Focus on flooding in our local area.



    Identify and describe the functions of different parts of plants; roots, stem, leaves and flowers.

    Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth

    Investigate how water is transported within plants.

    Life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal

    Term 5


                                   Extreme Earth

    Earthquakes- tectonic plates

    Designing an earthquake proof building

    Using maps to plot locations of significant weather events.


                                      Rocks and Soils

    Structure of the Earth – produce a diagram and information on each layer of the Earth.

    Rock cycle.

    Soil profile and formation.

    Making compost.

    Investigation into soil permeability.

                         Term 4


    Place value to 1000.

    Revisit addition and subtraction strategies to solve problems.

    Calculating with money and finding change.

    Measures – using kilograms and grams.

    Multiplication and division strategies including dividing 2 and 3 digit numbers by a one digit number.

    Fractions – simple equivalent fractions, solving fraction word problems.

    Describing position and direction - Turns and angles.

    Time – reading analogue and digital clocks and solving time problems.





    ‘The Great Storm’by Terry Deary, – narrative work

    How to wash a woolly Mammoth - writing instructions.


    Stone age to Bronze age

    Understand how the introduction of bronze changed society.

    Bronze age burial practices and identifying what burial goods tell us about how they lived.

    Study of iron age hill forts.

    Overview of the significant achievements of prehistoric times.



    Compare how things move on different surfaces.

    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.

    Term 3


    Fractions – finding fractions of shapes and amounts.

    Positioning fractions on a number line.

    Shape – make and describe 3d shapes.

    Time to the nearest 5 minutes.

    Picture grams and bar charts.


    ‘Stone age boy’ by Satushi Kitamura – narrative work including setting descriptions, letters, story writing.

    Writing an Information text on the Stone Age.



    Stone age to Bronze age

    Creating a timeline of key dates during this period and understanding of its place in wider history.

    To use artefacts to find out about the past.

    Comparing the Stone Age period to the Neolithic period.

    Study of Skara Brae.



    Rocks and Soils

    Observing and describing different rocks.

    Sorting rocks according to their properties.

    Designing and carrying out investigations to test the durability and permeability of different rocks.

    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.


    Year 3 Terms 1 and 2 Curriculum

    Term 1


    • Place value to 4 digits – reading/writing numbers in words and digits.
    • Adding/taking away 1, 10 or 100.
    • Rounding to the nearest ten or hundred.
    • Column addition and subtraction.
    • Applying these methods to solve real life word problems.
    • Recognise coinage and  bank notes 
    • Add and subtract money to find totals and to give change to £2
    • Estimate, measure and compare length in cm, m and km.


    • Writing based on ‘Meerkat Mail’ – informal letter and a blog.
    • Zoo visit recount.
    • Note taking and research in order to produce a

    non-chronological report on Elephants.


    Africa ( Terms 1 & 2)

    • Labelling continents, the Equator, the Tropics and African countries on a map.
    • Physical and human features of Africa.
    • Exploring geography and climate of Tanzania.
    • Industry in Tanzania.
    • Comparing life here to life in a village in Tanzania.



    • Recognise that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light.
    • Notice that light is reflected from surfaces.
    • Recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by a solid object.
    • Find patterns in the way that the sizes of shadows change.

    Term 2


    • Multiplication by 1 and 2 digit numbers.
    • Division by a 1 digit number.
    • Write and calculate number sentences for 2x  ,3x  4x   5x, and 10x, tables and the related division facts.
    • Division and multiplication word problems.
    • Count  up and down in ½, 1/3  ¼, 1/10  to 10  
    • Recognise,  find and name fractions of a set of  objects- a  third, a  half , a quarter and  a tenth with whole number answers
    • Find ¾ of a set of objects  



    Narrative writing based on ‘The Hunter’ by Paul Geraghty.



    Africa Continued



    Animals including humans

    • 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 animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.