Curriculum Guides Year 3



  • Use knowledge to read ‘exception’ words
  • Read range of fiction & non-fiction
  • Use dictionaries to check meaning
  • Prepare poems & plays to perform
  • Check own understanding of reading
  • Draw inferences & make predictions
  • Retrieve & record information from non-fiction books
  • Discuss reading with others


  • Use prefixes & suffixes in spelling
  • Use dictionary to confirm spellings
  • Write simple dictated sentences
  • Use handwriting joins appropriately
  • Plan to write based on familiar forms
  • Rehearse sentences orally for writing
  • Use varied rich vocabulary
  • Create simple settings & plot
  • Assess effectiveness of own and others’ writing


  • Use range of conjunctions
  • Use perfect tense
  • Use range of nouns & pronouns
  • Use time connectives
  • Introduce speech punctuation
  • Know language of clauses

Speaking and Listening

  • Give structured descriptions
  • Participate activity in conversation
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints.


English homework will be set once a week. This may take the form of a comprehension, spelling, handwriting or grammar exercise. The children might also be asked to plan a story or add a paragraph to a story; prepare a topic to speak about in class; learn by heart some vocabulary, spellings or poetry. The Homework should take no longer than half an hour. It is also expected that some time will be set aside each day for reading with an adult.


There will be an assessment at least once a term in English. This will consist of a reading comprehension test and a grammar, punctuation and spelling test. Writing is continually assessed throughout the year and the children have specific writing targets they are working on.



  • Learn 3, 4 & 8x tables
  • Secure place value to 100
  • Mentally add & subtract units, tens or hundreds to numbers of up to 3 digits
  • Written column addition & subtraction
  • Solve number problems, including multiplication & simple division and missing number problems Use commutativity to help calculations

Geometry and Measures

  • Measure & calculate with metric measures
  • Measure simple perimeter
  • Add/subtract using money in context
  • Use Roman numerals up to XII
  • Tell time
  • Calculate using simple time problems
  • Draw 2-d / Make 3-d shapes
  • Identify and use right angles
  • Identify horizontal, vertical, perpendicular and parallel lines


  • Use & count in tenths
  • Recognise, find & write fractions
  • Recognise some equivalent fractions
  • Add/subtract fractions up to < 1
  • Order fractions with common denominator


  • Interpret bar charts & pictograms


There will be Maths Homework once a week. This will take the form of an exercise which should be familiar to the children in the form of revision of a concept already covered in class. The children are expected to play the online maths games on a regular basis to practise skills. The children will also be learning and practising the multiplication tables with help from an adult.


Maths will be assessed on a regular basis, usually once every 5 or 6 weeks. These assessments will be on the material covered during those weeks and are designed to inform the teachers whether the child has grasped the concepts or whether more work is needed. There will probably be multiplication and/or Mental Maths tests on a weekly basis. All of these test results, alongside the teachers’ knowledge of the child’s progress, will form the basis of the Grades on the school reports.



  • Plants, incl. parts,lifecycle and requirements for life
  • Animals: skeletons & nutrition


  • Classification of rock types
  • Simple understanding of fossilisation


  • Sources of light; shadows & reflections
  • Simple forces, including magnetism


Homework for Science may take a variety of forms. The children may be expected to comment or answer questions on an experiment carried out in class; they may have to research a famous scientist; they may be asked to carry out an investigation of their own; label a scientific diagram or to learn the definitions of scientific vocabulary.


Teachers are constantly assessing the children on their knowledge and interest. However there will be a short, written test at the end of each scientific topic in order for teachers to pinpoint areas for improvement.



  • Leer textos breves sin silabeo, con pronunciación, ritmo y fluidez adecuados, respetando los signos de puntuación.
  • Leer en silencio un texto y dar cuenta oralmente de su contenido.
  • Descifrar por el contexto el sentido de palabras desconocidas.
  • Distinguir textos en prosa de textos en verso.
  • Conocer y utilizar el vocabulario específico de la lectura ( texto, página, frase, personaje, etc.).
  • Participar en lecturas compartidas y comentar su contenido.


  • Cuidar la presentación y la caligrafía.
  • Copiar textos cortos, respetando tildes, signos de puntuación y mayúsculas.
  • Escribir al dictado textos, utilizando conocimientos gramaticales y ortográficos.
  • Concebir y escribir textos cortos y coherentes, tanto narrativos como explicativos.
  • Usar el diccionario para confirmar ortografía.
  • Componer textos asociados a imágenes.
  • Usar comas en las enumeraciones, puntos, interrogaciones y exclamaciones.
  • Releer producciones propias con el fin de evaluarlas y corregirlas.

Conocimiento de la lengua

  • Reconocer nombres, adjetivos y verbos.
  • Distinguir nombres comunes de nombres propios.
  • Usar sinónimos y antónimos.
  • Establecer concordancias de género y número.
  • Distinguir el tiempo verbal ( presente, pasado y futuro ).
  • Usar conectores de tiempo.

Comunicación oral

  • Describir objetos, personas, animales y lugares.
  • Narrar sucesos de manera comprensible y estructurada.
  • Participar en conversaciones proponiendo temas, aportando opiniones, respondiendo a preguntas, y valorando y respetando los puntos de vista de los demás.


Habrá deberes una vez a la semana, consistentes en práctica ortográfica y cuya duración será inferior a media hora. También se espera la lectura diaria en compañía de un adulto.


La evaluación será continua, complementada con pruebas trimestrales específicas de comprensión lectora, puntuación y ortografía.


Stone Age to Iron Age Britain

  • Hunter-gatherers and early farmers
  • Bronze age religion, technology & travel - Iron age hill forts

Roman Empire & impact on Britain and Spain

  • Julius Caesar’s attempted invasion
  • Roman Empire & successful invasion - British resistance, e.g. Boudicca
  • Romanisation


There will be History homework set on a regular basis.


There will be no formal assessment test.


  • Locate world’s countries, focussing on Europe & Americas focus on key physical & human features
  • Study a region of the UK (not local area)
  • Use 8 points of compass, symbols & keys
  • Describe & understand climate, rivers,mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes,settlements, trade links,etc.
  • Use fieldwork to observe, measure & record


There will be Geography homework set on a regular basis.


There will be no formal assessment test.

Art, Design and Technology
  • Use sketchbooks to collect, record and evaluate ideas
  • Improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials
  • Learn about great artists, architects & designers
  • Use annotated sketches and prototypes to explain ideas
  • Evaluate existing products and improve own work

  • Design & write programs to achieve specific goals, including solving problems
  • Use logical reasoning
  • Understand computer networks
  • Use internet safely and appropriately
  • Collect and present data appropriately



At Runnymede the pupils develop their understanding and enjoyment of music by learning how it is constructed, produced and influenced. The aim in key stage 2 is to extend pupils' musical experience and knowledge, and develop their appreciation of the richness of different styles of music. Music appreciation is a part of class music and pupil performances are staged within the school. A wide variety of instrumental classes are available including piano, violin, viola, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone and percussion. Runnymede is a recognised centre for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams and pupils who wish to take these exams can take them in school on two occasions during the school year.

The pupils understanding and enjoyment of music is developed through activities that bring together requirements from Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising. Pupils are taught to:

  • Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhyme
    Here we use songs from different parts of the world to begin to experiment with the voice and continue to develop perceptions of pitch, rhythm and the control of dynamics
  • Play tuned and untuned instruments musically
    The school has a resource of untuned percussion instruments from clave through to rainstick and boomawhackers. The children can explore the sounds made by these instruments and the part they can contribute to plying in a group. After initial work with untuned percussion chime bars, glockenspiels and xylophones are introduced as we continue our work with pitch and its combination with rhythm.
  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
    There are concerts arranged by visiting artists during the course of the year and the children get the opportunity to see concerts performed by children as well as top professional performers through videos and recordings from our music library.
  • Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music
    Using recorded music as a stimulus for creating soundscapes as both an individual and in a group. Recording sounds that are made and listening to the work completed . Working with video stimulus and interactive programs to extend the children’s awareness of outside sources and their influence on music making.


There is no homework in this year group.


Assessment is on a half termly basis working in class on an informal basis.

Resources and Materials


Internet based resources including, Grovemusiconline (,,


The Music express, Opus and Cambridge Music series of books


Instruments: piano, keyboards, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, ukuleles, violins, recorders (bass, treble and descant), percussion from drum kits to clave, tuned percussion including glockenspiels, xylophones and chime bars

Physical Education
  • Use running, jumping, catching and throwing in isolation and in combination
  • Play competitive games, modified as appropriate
  • Develop flexibility & control in gym, dance & athletics
  • Compare performances to achieve personal bests