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Gladstone Primary Academy

Welcome to Year 3

Year 3 is the first year in Key Stage 2 and are the youngest children on the Bourges Boulevard site. This is an important year as it introduces children to more grown up lessons and styles of learning. Children in Year 3 are 7 and 8 years old. In Year 3 there are 3 classes:

3T – Mr Tariq was once a pupil at Gladstone Primary School and has now been at Gladstone for 2 years BUT this time as a teacher. His specialist subjects are Drama and Maths. He believes education is the MOST powerful weapon for changing the world
3W – Mr Well’s class
3S – Mr Pearson’s class

Children stay in their class with their regular class teacher for all subjects. All classes are mixed ability.  Mr Fountain, our Deputy Headteacher, currently leads Year 3.

The day in year 3 is different from the day in Key Stage 1. As the children are older they do not have a set afternoon playtime. However, Year 3 have access to the Quad, a courtyard outside 3W and 3S. Classes use this for learning and break times, if needed. All the classrooms are down stairs and have doors out onto the playground or into the Quad.

Here is an example of a day in Year 3:

09:00 Guided Reading
09:25 Maths
10:10 Break
10:25 Phonics
10:50 Literacy
11:55 Lunch
12:40 Handwriting
1:00 Mental Maths skills
1:20 Theme

Children have PE on Mondays (indoor) and Friday (outdoor). On these days they will need to bring their PE kit.  Children may keep their PE kit in school all week in a named bag.


Children in Year 3 are set homework. The most important part of homework is reading.  Every child has a book bag and brings a book home every day. We expect children to read at home for at least 30 minutes every day. Other homework is set on a Monday and includes maths skills, phonics/spelling learning, optional research projects set via class teacher.


Year 3 follow the National Curriculum. English and Maths are focussed on securing basic skills in Reading, Writing and Maths


  • I can read a wide range of books including fairy stories, myths and legends and retell them
  • I can work out what a character in a book is feeling by the actions they take and explain how I know
  • I can predict what might happen from clues in what I have read
  • I can use non-fiction texts to find out information on a subject


  • I can draft and write descriptive work that creates settings, characters and plots
  • I can proof read my work by reading aloud and putting in full stops. I can also add commas, question marks and speech marks where needed
  • I can understand when to use ‘a’ or ‘an’ in front of a word
  • I can use headings and sub-headings


  • I can add and subtract numbers in my head, including a three digit number and ones, tens or hundreds
  • I can recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 times tables
  • I can count up and down in tenths
  • I can identify and show equivalent fractions
  • I can measure, compare, add and subtract lengths, mass, volume and capacity
  • I can tell the time on a clock face
  • I can spot right angles
  • I can interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables

The rest of the curriculum is taught through thematic topics.

Autumn 1

Tribal Tales (Stone,Iron,Bronze Age)

Spring 1

Predators (animals, food chains, etc)

Summer 1

Mighty Metals (science focus)

Autumn 2

Scrumdiddlyumptious (healthy eating, lots of cooking activities)

Spring 2

Gods and Mortals (Greek and Roman history)

Summer 2

Tremors (history focus)

Tests and Examinations

There are no national tests or examinations in Year 3. However children are regularly assessed and tested to help teachers to decide what children need to learn next. 

The expected standard of writing in Year 3 is like this: