Year 3

Year 3 at Paxton Academy of Sports and Science is a great time for pupils to develop their core learning after successfully completing their KS1 SATs.

In reading, writing and maths, pupils are encouraged to find their strengths but also to understand when they are in the ‘pit’ and how they will get themselves out.


We use the Literacy Tree to deliver a rich, book based English curriculum that is in line with the National Curriculum objectives for English. Each scheme has been carefully designed to enable children to progress through their current year. The lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each class and specific pupils to ensure all pupils access the learning and succeed in every lesson. Opportunities for talk for writing, role play and drama, as well as extended writing, all go hand in hand to ensure pupils develop confidence and improve their literacy skills.

Guided Reading

Guided reading in Year 3 takes the form of a small group carousel.  Each week, our pupils complete a pre-read task to prepare them for the upcoming reading session which is teacher-led, and all pupils are heard reading independently, at their own pace. This is followed up with comprehension questions to assess their understanding. Additionally, pupils independently complete a grammar activity which is linked to the current story. The final activity gives pupils the opportunity to apply their reading skills to research.


Year 3 are taught to use a cursive script. We use Letter-Join as an online resource which provides interactive activities where pupils learn from each other. Pupils practise letter formation in both upper and lower case and numbers. We aim for all pupils to have legible handwriting which is pleasing to the eye by the end of year 3. As pupils meet this objective throughout the year, they earn the privilege of a pen license where they record their work using a handwriting pen.


In Year 3, writing is taught through The Literacy Tree schemes of learning. Sequences are designed with differing durations which enable pupils to progress through the National Curriculum objectives while enjoying fun and engaging lessons. Each sequence has a core text from which activities are drawn and clear outcomes from which pupils’ writing can be effectively assessed. Engagement in the text is established through an exciting hook which pulls the pupils into the learning, resulting in enthusiasm and lots of discussion on thoughts and ideas.

Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

Grammar is taught through our Literacy Tree sequences. The National Curriculum statutory requirements and those set out in Appendix 2 in the National Curriculum are embedded throughout our English lessons. Some areas are taught discretely within the sequences where new concepts are introduced.


White Rose Maths Mastery is delivered in all lessons. Our pupils’ understanding of the fluency required to master a topic is assessed each lesson and opportunities for deepening learning through reasoning and problem solving are readily available.

The key feature of White Rose is the progression from fluency to reasoning and problem solving with a strong emphasis on the use of the CPA model (concrete, pictorial and abstract). Our pupils have access to a wide range of concrete manipulatives to introduce new concepts and are moved onto recognising these concepts in pictorial form before using and applying their knowledge using the abstract form. Additionally, the small steps progression breakdown the National Curriculum objectives which allows for more focused teaching and learning which is effective at improving outcomes.

This methodology embeds new learning and takes children on a journey of exploration and discovery in maths.

Additionally, year 3 pupils have full access to the Mathletics app. Teachers select objectives for pupils to complete based on their success during lessons. The app is used to fill gaps and consolidate learning. To ensure our pupils are confident in the four operations, half termly arithmetic assessments are set, and a gap analysis is then used to inform planning to ensure no child is left behind. Live Mathletics is also enjoyed during 1 enrichment session a week.

The International Primary Curriculum

Our pupils are taught in line with the expectations set out in the National Curriculum, through the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). This is a thematic curriculum which allows our pupils to engage in the Foundation subjects of History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology and Music, with an extra focus on internationalism and society.

The International Goals of the IPC supports our pupils in seeing themselves as being a part of a global community and enables them to reflect on and consider the lives of children in other parts of the world.

We have high expectations of our pupils’ topic-based learning and promote the skills learnt in English within the IPC, whilst ensuring that the lessons are engaging, exciting, stimulating and relevant. The IPC provides a meaningful context for our pupils to learn about the world in which they live.