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Autumn Term Year 3




Fractured Stories (Autumn 1) –

A fractured story is a story that uses traditional stories and fairy tales as a basis for retelling and changes something such as character, setting, plot or viewpoint. Fractured stories are a favourite genre with pupils, as many are amusing and slightly subversive of the genre. As well as helping pupils to deepen their understanding of different story elements, fractured stories provide motivating reasons to write. Pupils can let their imaginations run wild.


An Introduction to Journalistic Writing (Autumn 2) –

This unit is constructed around a central theme of ‘Bears’, real and fictional. Pupils are invited to produce a new magazine for a toy shop. This involves them in reading and writing for ‘real’ purposes and enables them to further develop their knowledge and understanding of different text types within an engaging context.


Refer to the route through calculation policy.

Topics covered in the Autumn Term are:

  • Place value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division


Light –

Pupils learn to distinguish a light source from reflected light.  They learn that light travels in straight lines, study how we see and are taught how to protect their eyes. They investigate the transparency of fabrics and carry out some experiments to find out about shadow formation.


Rocks –

Pupils explore the characteristics of rocks and learn their names.  They carry out simple tests on different rocks.  They explore the composition of soil and think about how soil is made. They learn about the formation of fossils. They look at pictures of dinosaur fossils and try to come to some conclusions about the living dinosaurs the fossils came from.


In Geography, we will:

  • Know about the connections we have with different places in the world
  • Locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities.
  • Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics and key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers).
  • Identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle.
  • Use the eight points of a compass, four grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world.


Being Me in My World –

  • Getting to each other
  • Our dream and nightmare school
  • Rewards and consequences
  • Creating our learning charter


Celebrating Differences –

  • Families
  • Conflicts
  • Bullying
  • Compliments


Pupils take part in activities to help them answer the following questions:

  • How do we know how to be good? (10 commandments & 5 Pillars).
  • How can good overcome evil? (Diwali)


During PE, children will learn to develop their co-ordination, balance and accuracy through a number of different lessons.


Swimming – Pupils will work towards the national curriculum standard at an external swimming baths.


Pupils will learn how to stay safe on the internet and how to use computers appropriately.

Creative curriculum

Art and D&T

  • Look at primary and secondary colours.
  • Design and make a diva lamp.
  • Design a monument for their new country and evaluate it.



In music we follow the Charanga scheme called ‘Let your Spirit Fly!’.


Children complete activities based on saying hello and goodbye and counting up to 20.

Peterbrook Primary School, High Street, Solihull Lodge, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 1HR

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