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Curriculum Coverage

Language + Questioning = Communication


These three words sit at the heart of our curriculum.

Children need to have:

  • a good grasp of language
  • be able to question and reason

We achieve this by using the principles of Philosophy for Children to become: critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers; this will allow our children to become good communicators which is an essential life skill.


Autumn Term - Reading stimulus

This term Year 3 are looking at books by Oliver Jeffers and will be reading 'Stuck', 'The Day the Crayons Quit', 'Leon and the Place Between' by Angela McAllister. 

After half term we will be reading ‘The Polar Express’ by Chris Van Allsburg as the stimulus for our English. The plot is about: When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. We will also read 'Jumanji'  The plot is about: Thirty years ago, Peter and Judy first found the game - Jumanji - with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on forever. 

Spring Term 

Reading Stimulus

'The Nothing to See Here Hotel' by Steven Butler is a story about a hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. When a goblin messenger arrives at The Nothing to See Here Hotel, announcing the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, Frankie and his family rush into action to get ready for their important guest.

Summer Term Reading Stimulus

This term we will be reading 'The Witches' by Roald Dahl. The story is set partly in Norway and partly in England, and features the experiences of a young English boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating societies of witches secretly exist in every country.

We will use this text to develop our narrative writing skills, descriptions of characters and their feelings.

We will be reading Tuesday by David Wiesner, a fantastically detailed picture book that will give us lots of opportunities for writing. This book will also help us improve our reading skills, as there is lots to be inferred from the pictures.


Autumn Term 2019

This term, Year 3 have focused on George's Marvellous Medicine and The Polar Express. We have done lots of exciting work including making our own marvellous medicines and riding on our very own Polar Express (complete with delicious hot chocolate)!


We have also been on a thrilling trip to the ThinkTank in Birmingham to experiment with scientific ideas. We saw lots of interesting technology, including a programmable robot drum machine! We also explored their Science Garden, finding out about things like pulleys, pressure and centrifugal force! 


Pupil comments include:

"The ThinkTank was really fun because we got to see how water was moved through canals, old technology and space-age things like a singing robot!"
"My favourite thing this term was reading George's Marvellous Medicine because we got to make the medicine. The Polar Express day was fun because we got to wear our pjs and drink hot chocolate."

"The books we have read this term were spectacular! I enjoyed the adventure, and learning the morals of the stories. George's Marvellous Medicine was funny and used good language."