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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary Academy

An academy 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.

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    We hope your child has settled in well and is enjoying Year Three. Your child has been assigned a reading book and we would kindly ask that you hear your child read regularly. We will be introducing a new reading challenge this year and will advise you of the details shortly. Many of the books at each level vary so some may seem easier than others; we will allow a few weeks before considering moving your child up a level. Homework will be given out on a Friday and returned on a Wednesday.
    English homework will follow the same format each week and will involve practising spellings and writing these in sentences. The sentences will have a particular grammar focus too, which follows the work completed in class that week. For example, if adjectives have been a focus, the homework will ask for an adjective in each sentence. The activity will be clearly explained on their sheet and the sentences are to be completed in their English homework book. Your child has been set English homework today.
    Maths homework will start next Friday and will be completed online using a new program called ‘Mathletics’. Your child will be given a letter next week explaining how the program works, together with their log in details. We will talk through and demonstrate the program in class next week and will be happy to discuss any issues you may have once this is up and running.
    Thank you to those parents that have offered to help in class and we would gladly welcome any more volunteers, especially with reading.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Year Three Team

    Year 3      Terms 1 and 2 Curriculum

    Term 1


    • Place value– identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations.
    • Find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.
    • Recognise the place value of each digit in a three digit number.
    • Compare and order numbers up to 1000.
    • Read and write numbers in digits and words.
    • Solve practical number problems.
    • Add and subtract multiplies of 100.
    • Add and subtract numbers in different combinations of numbers up to 3 three digits.
    •  Add and subtract numbers that cross the 10s and 100s.



    • Stone Age Boy’ by Satushi Kitamura – narrative work including setting descriptions, letters, diary writing and a story inspired by the book.
    • Writing an Information booklet on The Stone Age.


    Stone Age to Iron Age

    • Create a timeline of key dates during this period and understand how it fits into wider history.
    • To use artefacts to find out about the past.
    • Compare the Stone Age period to the Neolithic period.
    • Study of Skara Brae and the Orkney Islands.


    Forces and magnets

    • Compare how things move on different surfaces.
    • Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others.
    • Devise and conduct and investigation to compare the strengths of different magnets.
    • 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 2


    • Recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
    • Write and calculate mathematical statements for these tables.
    • Multiply a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number both mentally and using a written calculation.
    • Solve multiplication and division problems.            


    • ‘The Great Storm’ by Terry Dreary – setting, character description and writing a story based in The Stone Age.
    • Instructional writing based on the book, ‘How to wash a woolly mammoth’.


    Stone Age to Iron Age

    The introduction of bronze – how did it change people’s lives?

    Bronze Age burial practices- identifying what burial goods tell us about how people lived.

    Study of Iron Age hill forts.

    Overview of the significant achievements of prehistoric times.



    • 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.