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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 4 classes:

Mr Oldaker - Year Group Lead
3T - Mr Thomas
3Z - Miss Nargis
3N - Miss Naeem
3B - Miss Bolton

Children stay in their class with their class teacher for most subjects (except for English lessons which will be in groups).

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 3R. 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:

08:50 Register and Handwriting
9:10 English
10:10 Break
10:25 Guided Reading
10:50 Maths
11:55 Lunch
12:40 Personal Reading
1:00 Topic
3:10 End of the day

Children have PE throughout the week. It is best for them to bring in their PE kits on a Monday and take them home on a Friday. Individual items and PE bags need to be labelled with their full name and class.


Children in year 3 are expected to read for at least 15 minutes a day. This can be their reading book or library book or another appropriate book.

Children in year 3 are also expected to practice their times tables for 15 minutes a day and practice their spellings and phonics for another 15 minutes.

Throughout the year, there may also be optional themed research projects.


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 nonfiction 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

(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

(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.