St Peters Catholic Primary School

St Peters Catholic Primary School


Year 3 Curriculum Overview


Locate the world's countries, with a focus on Europe and countries of particular interest to pupils.

Locate the world's countries, with focus on North and South America and countries of particular interest to pupils.

Identify key geographical features of the countries of the United Kingdom, and show an understanding of how some of these aspects have changed over time.

Locate the geographic zones of the world.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.


Changes in Britain, from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.

The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain.

A local history study.

History of interest to pupils.

Art & Design

Use experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and ideas as inspiration for artwork.

Develop and share ideas in a sketchbook and in finished products.

Improve mastery of techniques.

Learn about the great artists, architects and designers in history.

Design & Technology

Use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups.

Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes, pattern pieces and computer-aided design.

Select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks, such as cutting, shaping, joining and finishing, accurately.

Investigate and analyse a range of existing products.

Evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet.

Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.

Understand seasonality and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed.


Look at the function of parts of flowering plants, requirements of growth, water transportation in plants, life cycles and seed dispersal.

Look at nutrition, transportation of water and nutrients in the body, and the muscle and skeleton system of humans and animals.

Look at changes in animals over time.

Identify and name plants and animals.

Look at the life cycle of animals and plants.

Look at the effect of diet, exercise and drugs.

Compare and group rocks and describe the formation of fossils.

Look at contact and distant forces, attraction and repulsion, comparing and grouping materials.

Look at poles, attraction and repulsion.

Work Scientifically

 Physical Education

Play competitive games, modified where appropriate, such as football, netball, rounders, cricket, hockey, basketball, badminton and tennis and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending.

Take part in gymnastics activities.

Take part in athletics activities.

Perform dances.

Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.

Personal Development

Study role models who have achieved success.


Engage in meaningful discussions in all areas of the curriculum.

Listen to and learn a wide range of subject specific vocabulary.

Through reading identify vocabulary that enriches and enlivens stories.

Speak to small and larger audiences at frequent intervals.

Practise and rehearse sentences and stories, gaining feedback on the overall effect and the use of Standard English.

Listen to and tell stories often so as to internalise the structure.

Debate issues and formulate well-constructed points.


In the chosen modern language:

  • Speak
  • Read
  • Write

Look at the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.


Count and calculate in increasingly complex contexts, including those that cannot be experienced first-hand.

Rigorously apply mathematical knowledge across the curriculum, in particular in science, technology and computing.

Deepen conceptual understanding of mathematics by frequent repetition and extension of key concepts in a range of engaging and purposeful contexts.

Explore numbers and place value so as to read and understand the value of all numbers.

Add and subtract using efficient mental and formal written methods.

Multiply and divide using efficient mental and formal written methods.

Use the properties of shapes and angles in increasingly complex and practical contexts, including in construction and engineering contexts.

Describe position, direction and movement in increasingly precise ways. Gather, organise and interrogate data.


Read and listen to a wide range of styles of text, including fairy stories, myths and legends.

Listen to and discuss a wide range of texts.

Learn poetry by heart.

Increase familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths and legends, traditional stories.

Modern fiction, classic British fiction and books from other cultures.

Take part in conversations about books.

Learn a wide range of poetry by heart.

Use the school and community libraries.

Look at classification systems.

Look at books with a different alphabet to English.

Read and listen to whole books.



Write stories set in places pupils have been.

Write stories that contain mythical, legendary or historical characters or events.

Write stories of adventure.

Write stories of mystery and suspense.

Write letters.

Write plays.

Write stories, letters, scripts and fictional biographies inspired by reading across the curriculum.


Write instructions.

Write recounts.

Write persuasively.

Write non-chronological reports.

Write biographies.

Write arguments.

Write formally.


Learn by heart and perform a significant poem.

Write poems that convey an image (simile, word play, rhyme and metaphor).