Curriculum maps autumn Abbey 2019 v2

The Federation of Abbey Infant & Junior School Curriculum Map for Year 3. 2019-20 - Autumn term For specific class information see For dates see



English is based around the topics we are studying. Character description and a newspaper report will have links to our topic ‘All About Me’, which focuses on the local area and themselves. Letter writing and an adventure story will be inspired by our second topic of the term; Light. Fronted adverbials, a ‘BOYS’ sentence (conjunctions but, or yet, so) and 2A sentences (two adjectives before the noun).

Music lessons will be based on enabling the children to identify the beat of a tune. They will be following instructions on how and when to sing and learning the basics of playing the recorder. The children will be learning songs for a performance at the church. Simple musical notation will be consolidated primarily through the use of a recorder. Bob Marley is studied as part of the singing unit. French This is a new subject taught in KS2 (Juniors) and introduced in Y3. This term children will start to learn simple French phrases, such as greetings and numbers. The focus will be to develop the children’s confidence to enable them to be able to have a short conversation with their peers. By the end of the term they will have experienced lots of oral rehearsal for numbers 1-20, months, days and main colours.

Our topic is All About Me (Autumn1) Festival of Light (Autumn 2).

Through this topic we will be linking our History, Geography, Art and Design and Design Technology. ‘All about Me’ is focused on how I fit into the world. We will be learning about our local history and finding out about our geographical influences. Art will be focusing on self-portraits. Our Autumn 2 topic leads to our Festival of Light celebration at St Hilda’s church and includes a variety of art, science and music lessons. In RE we will be looking at various religious festivals throughout the world.


The focus for this term will be learning about our ‘Amazing Bodies’ (including skeleton and organs) and what we need to do to be healthy including food tasting. Our topic of ‘Light’ will develop an understanding of how light travels, sources of light and reflections. Scientific working will enable children to make a skeleton model, food tasting, reflection of light and shadows.

Soft skills: Listening skills, Positive attitude, Conflict resolution

Life Skills: Playing a musical instrument, Performing in front of an audience Healthy eating

Bucket List: Hatton Farm, St Hilda’s Church, Fireworks/hot chocolate/hot dog


History Focusing on local history, we will be looking at the Black Country’s influence in the Industrial Revolution. We will be concentrating on learning about canals, bridges and the development of transportation over the centuries. James Brindley and Thomas Telford’s inventions will be used to look at how history shaped the landscape both in Birmingham and wider UK. This will help children develop a growing understanding of how a significant period in British history changed the world they now live in. Art & Design In Art we will be focusing on using a range of techniques, including sketching and painting, to create pieces of art based around ourselves. Children will use a six grid paper to help proportion the faces. We will also be exploring the Cubism movement with a lens on Picasso, Giuseppe Archimboldo to lead to a self-portrait in the style of Archimboldo. Skills include a range of pencils from soft to hard and a range of marks including cross- hatching with movements in the same or similar directions.



We will be consolidating the Year 2 written methods from the National Curriculum for addition and subtraction, as well as the mental strategies for addition and multiplication. Place Value will be the key element emphasised this term working on hundreds, tens and ones. Children will be exchanging hundreds for tens and tens for ones in subtraction. Another key foci this term will be ensuring that multiplication tables are learnt off by heart! It is expected that children will know their 2x, 5x and 10x tables, and these will be consolidated in the Autumn Term.

We will start by developing children’s geographical understanding of the children’s place in the UK, Europe and the World. We will then focus on the West Midlands area and find out why Birmingham is an influential city in the nation’s canal network. This will lead to pupils developing map work skills to use 4 co-ordinate grids. The map work will extend through canals into Europe and how the physical landscape has changed because of the canals.

Children will be continuing to develop their sense of e- safety related specifically to email. Pupils will use a safe mail platform (2Simple) to learn about safe use, do’s and don’ts and email etiquette. Children will continue to develop their touch-typing skills using 2Type.

Parents my like to log into Purple Mash to help pupils with their keyboard navigation on 2-Type.

Design Technology

Religious Education This term we will explore what it means to be a good citizen in our community and find out about the values of different religions. There is a focus on Christianity, Sikhism, and Judaism some of the core morals of these three religions and some simple compare and contrasting. The topic of light allows children to see how light is important to these three religions in different ways. Children also touch upon humanism and how core morals and values may also be similar.

In design and technology we will be linking to our History topic by constructing bridges. Children will; design, make and evaluate a range of joints and shapes for strength. Using accurate marking, cutting and sawing the children will make bridges inspired by Thomas Telford and other Victorian industrialists.

3x and 4x tables will also be taught during the Autumn Term.

It is advised that you regularly practise the times table with your child.

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