Ferney Lee Primary School

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Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848


Welcome to Year 3

Our Class Library

Below are the core texts and literature we will be using in Year 3 to support the delivery of our curriculum. 

What Year 3 are learning about this half term?

Autumn 2



Our key Historical enquiry question is : How did life progress throughout the Stone Age?

Here are some of the main objectives we will cover:


  • How long did the Stone Age last?
  • Time Line of the Stone Age
  • What are the three periods of the Stone Age?
  • What were early humans like?
  • What was life like during the Stone Age?
  • How did they get their food and what did they eat?
  • What is Skara Brea and why is it important?
  • How did life change throughout this period?


In English,  our core texts for this half term are: 

The Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura 

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs  

Woolly Mammoth by Brita Granström


Here are the independent writing outcomes we cover:

Writing to Entertain: Historical Narrative 

Writing to Entertain: Character Description

Writing to Entertain: Free verse Poem

Writing to Inform: Non-chronological report - Woolly Mammoth 


In Science, our unit is Animal including Humans.

Our key enquiry question is: Are all skeletons the same?

In the unit we will:

  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Identify and classify bones in the skeleton.
  • Describe the function of the skeleton in the bodies of humans and some other animals.
  • Explain how muscles help us move.  


In Art,  our unit is Painting with mixed media: Prehistoric Art.

In the unit, we will:

  • Discovering how and why our ancient ancestors made art
  • Experimenting with natural materials to make homemade paints
  • Experiment with scale to paint on a range of surfaces.


In Computing, our unit is Programming - Scratch

In the unit we will:

  • Explain what some of the blocks do in Scratch.
  • Explain what a loop is and include one in their program.
  • Suggest possible additions to an existing program.
  • Recognise where something on screen is controlled by code.
  • Use a systematic approach to find bugs.
  • Explain what an algorithm is and its purpose


In French, our unit is French adjectives for shape, colour and size.

In the unit we will:

  • Recognise and name colour words
  • Describe shapes by their size and colour
  • Give and receive instructions that include shape, size and colour vocabulary
  • Create an original piece of artwork in the style of Matisse, following instructions in French
  • Create and describe a festive picture


In RE, we will continue our unit on How do Jew remember God’s convent Abraham and Moses?

In the unit we will:

  • Re-tell some Jewish stories and consider their importance.
  • Discover how Jews express their faith through rituals and actions.
  • Express ideas about the rituals and practices which demonstrate  belonging to a  community


In Music, we are learning how to play the Ukulele with Miss Morrison


In PE, our unit is Dance

In the unit we will:

  • Improvise freely and translate ideas from a stimulus into movement
  • Share and create phrases with a partner or small group
  • Remember and repeat dance perform phrases
  • Coordinate different body parts at the same time to create a dance.
  • Create shapes at different levels to ensure a varied routine. 
  • Use everyday movements (running, jumping etc) to create dance moves


In RHE, our unit is Similarities and difference

In the unit, we will learn:

  •  To value and respect differences
  • About our school community
  • To Value one another and considering people’s feelings 




Our previous learning

Autumn 1


Our key Geographical enquiry question is : What physical features make Britain a good place to settle?

Here are some of the main objectives we will cover:


  • What did early settlers need?
  • What are the countries and regions of the UK?
  • How is different land used in settlements?
  • What human and physical features are located in the UK?
  • How can we show features of a settlement on a map?
  • Why is Todmorden a good place to settle? 

In English,  our core text for this half term is 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes.          The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (9780571226122/Paperback) | LoveReading4Kids   

Here are the independent writing outcomes we will cover:

Writing to Entertain: Retell chapter one from the view point of the main character.

Writing to Entertain: Performance poetry - The Coming of the Iron Man by Brenda Williams

Writing to Entertain: Blackout poetry

Writing to Inform:  Ted Hughes - Biography

Writing to Inform: Instructions: How to trap the Iron Man.


In Science, our unit is Forces and Magnets.

Our key enquiry question is: Are all materials magnetic?

In the unit we:

  • Compare how things move on different surfaces
  • Notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance
  • Observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others
  • Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials
  • Describe magnets as having two poles
  • Predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.


In Art,  our unit is Growing Artists.

In the unit, we will:

    • Use simple shapes to form the basis of a detailed drawing.
    • Use shading to demonstrate a sense of light and dark in their work.
    • Shade with a reasonable degree of accuracy and skill.
    • Blend tones smoothly and follow the four shading rules.
    • Collect a varied range of textures using frottage.
    • Use tools competently, being willing to experiment.
    • Generate ideas mostly independently and make decisions to compose an interesting frottage image.
    • Make considered cuts and tears to create their ideas.
    • Understand how to apply tone, with some guidance about where to use it.
    • Draw a framed selection of an image onto a large scale with some guidance.
    • Try a range of drawing materials, beginning to demonstrate expressive marks by trying tools in an interesting way.

In Design and Technology, our unit is Mechanical Systems: Pneumatic toys

In the unit we will:

  • Draw accurate diagrams with correct labels, arrows and explanations.
  • Correctly identify definitions for key terms.
  • Identify five appropriate design criteria.
  • Communicate two ideas using thumbnail sketches.
  • Communicate and develop one idea using an exploded diagram.
  • Select appropriate equipment and materials to build a working pneumatic system.
  • Assemble their pneumatic system within the housing to create the desired motion.
  • Create a finished pneumatic toy that fulfils the design brief


In Computing, our unit is Networks and the Internet

In the unit we will:

  • Recognise that a network is two or more devices connected.
  • Explain how information moves around a network and the role of the server.
  • Understand that networks connect to the internet via a router.
  • Explain some of the journey a website goes through to reach your computer.
  • Explain that websites are split into small pieces (packets) to be sent via the internet.


In French, our unit is French Greetings.

In the unit we will:

  • Look carefully at the speaker and respond confidently with the appropriate gesture and phrase.
  • Begin to recognise how some sounds (‘on’, ‘ou’, ‘et’ and ‘oi’) are represented in written form.
  • Link actions or pictures to the new language, both in spoken and written form.
  • Imitate the pronunciation of sounds.
  • Take turns to speak and use appropriate intonation.


In Music, our unit is Ballads

In the unit we will:

  • Identify the key features of a ballad.
  • Perform a ballad using actions.
  • Sing in time and in tune with a song and incorporate actions.
  • Retell a summary of an animation’s story.
  • Write a verse with rhyming words which tell part of a story.
  • Perform their lyrics fluently and with actions.


In RHE, our unit is Healthy and Happy Friendships

In the unit we will learn:

  • · what the different qualities of a healthy, happy friendship are
  • · why listening is an important part of a healthy friendship
  • · the importance of keeping ourselves safe and understanding personal boundaries
  • · how some touch and space boundaries will not be appropriate and how to identify these
  • · how to show respect for people’s personal boundaries
  • · what resilience is, and how we can develop our own resilience
  • · how we can help other people develop their resilience in challenging situations.


In RE, our unit is How do Jew remember God’s convent Abraham and Moses?

  • In the unit we will:
  • Re-tell some Jewish stories and consider their importance.
  • Discover how Jews express their faith through rituals and actions.
  • Express ideas about the rituals and practices which demonstrate  belonging to a  community


In PE, our unit is Invasion Games: Hockey

In the unit we will:

  • Learn how to play an invasion game fairly (Hockey Rules applicable to Y3)
  • Learn how to keep and win back possession of the ball in a team game.
  • Learn how to dribble and pass with a hockey stick
  • Learn how to defend and shoot using a hockey stick




Meet the staff...

Mrs Whittem (class teacher)

Miss Rachel (teaching assistant)

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848