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Year 3


YEAR 3 Experimentation

YEAR 3 Science

YEAR 3 History

YEAR 3 Art

Working scientifically

(Y3 and Y4)

I can ask relevant scientific questions.

I can use observations and knowledge to answer scientific questions.

I can set up a simple enquiry to explore a scientific question.

I can set up a test to compare two things.

I can set up a fair test and explain why it is fair.

I can make careful and accurate observations, including the use of standard units.

I can use equipment, including thermometers and data loggers to make measurements.

I can gather, record, classify and present data in different ways to answer scientific questions.

I can use diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables; using scientific language.

I can use findings to report in different ways, including oral and written explanations, presentation.

I can draw conclusions and suggest improvements.

I can make a prediction with a reason.

I can identify differences, similarities and changes related to an enquiry.




I can compare and group rocks based on their appearance and physical properties, giving a reason.

I can describe how fossils are formed.

I can describe how soil is made.





I can describe the function of different parts of flowing plants and trees.

I can explore and describe the needs of different plants for survival.

I can explore and describe how water is transported within plants.

I can describe the plant life cycle, especially the importance of flowers.

Animals, including humans

I can explain the importance of a nutritious, balanced diet.

I can explain how nutrients, water and oxygen are transported within animals and humans.

I can describe and explain the skeletal system of a human.

I can describe and explain the muscular system of a human.

I can describe the purpose of the skeleton in humans and animals.


I can describe what dark is (the absence of light).

I can explain that light is needed in order to see.

I can explain that light is reflected from a surface.

I can explain and demonstrate how a shadow is formed.

I can explore shadow size and explain.

I can explain the danger of direct sunlight and describe how to keep protected.

Forces and magnets

I can explore and describe how objects move on different surfaces.

I can explain how some forces require contact and some do not, giving examples.

I can predict whether objects will be magnetic and when magnets will attract or repel.

I can describe how magnets work.

I can describe events from the past using dates when things happened.

I can use a timeline within a specific period of history to set out the order that things may have happened.

I can explain some of the times when Britain has been invaded.

I can explain the Viking and Anglo Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England.

I can research in order to find similarities and differences between two or more periods of history.

I can study a theme from local history.


YEAR 3 Geography

I can use the correct geographical words to describe a place.

I can use some basic Ordnance Survey map symbols.

I can use grid references on a map.

I can use an atlas by using the index to find places.

I can describe how volcanoes are created.

I can locate and name some of the world’s most famous volcanoes.

I can describe how earthquakes are created.

I can name a number of countries in the northern hemisphere.

I can name and locate the capital cities of neighbouring European countries.

I can use field work to help my understand the local environment.

I can show facial expressions in my art.

I can use sketches to produce a final piece of art.

I can use different grades of pencil to shade and to show different tones and textures.

I can create a background using a wash.

I can use a range of brushes to create different effects in painting.

I can identify the techniques used by different artists.

I can use digital images and combine with other media in my art.

I can use IT to create art which includes my own work and that of others.

I can compare the work of different artists.

I recognise when art is from different cultures.

I recognise when art is from different historical periods.


YEAR 3 Design and Technology

I can prove that my design meets some set criteria.

I can follow a step-by-step plan, choosing the right equipment and materials.

I can design a product and make sure that it looks attractive.

I can choose a textile for both its suitability and its appearance.

I can select the most appropriate tools and techniques for a given task.

I can make a product which uses both electrical and mechanical components.

I can work accurately to measure, make cuts and make holes.

I can describe how food ingredients come together and cook savoury dishes.





YEAR 3 Music


YEAR 3 Computing

YEAR 3 French

I can sing a tune with expression.

I can play clear notes on instruments.

I can use different elements in my composition.

I can create repeated patterns with different instruments.

I can compose melodies and songs.

I can create accompaniments for tunes.

I can combine different sounds to create a specific mood or feeling.

I can use musical words to describe a piece of music and compositions.

I can use musical words to describe what I like and do not like about a piece of music.

I can recognise the work of at least one famous composer.

I can improve my work; explaining how it has been improved.


I can throw and catch with control.

I am aware of space and use it to support team-mates and to cause problems for the opposition.

I know and use rules fairly.


I can adapt sequences to suit different types of apparatus and criteria.

I can explain how strength and suppleness affect performance.

I can compare and contrast gymnastic sequences.


I can improvise freely and translate ideas from a stimulus into movement.

I can share and create phrases with a partner and small group.

I can repeat, remember and perform phrases.


I can run at fast, medium and slow speeds; changing speed and direction.

I can take part in a relay, remembering when to run and what to do.


I am beginning to demonstrate some water confidence.

Algorithms and programming

I can design a sequence of instructions, including directional instructions.

I can write programs that accomplish specific goals.

I can work with various forms of input.

I can work with various forms of output.

Information technology

I can use a range of software for similar purposes.

I can collect information.

I can design and create content.

I can present information.

I can search for information on the web in different ways.

I can manipulate and improve digtal images.

Digital literacy

I use technology respectfully and responsibly.

I know different ways I can get help if I am concerned.

I understand what computer networks do and how they provide multiple services.

I can discern where it is best to use technology and where it adds little or no value.

Spoken language

I can name and describe people.

I can name and describe a place.

I can name and describe an object.

I can have a short conversation saying 3-4 things.

I can give a response using a short phrase.

I am starting to speak in sentences.



I can read and understand a short passage using familiar language.

I can explain the main points in a short passage.

I can read a passage independently.

I can use a bilingual dictionary or glossary to look up new words.



I can write phrases from memory.

I can write 2-3 short sentences on a familiar topic.

I can say what I like/dislike about a familiar topic.




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