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St Alban's Catholic Academy

St Alban's

Catholic Academy

First Avenue, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NP

Through God’s love we learn together, grow together and achieve together.


Please see our attached Knowledge Organiser please see the Home learning Menu  tab where you can download a copy  of the home learning menu as well as this half-term's spelling list.

Cartoon Tyrannosaurus rex fossil vector art illustration | Dinosaur  illustration, Dinosaur, Dinosaur skeleton

Topic: Finding out from Fossils - Dinosaurs. 

This half term Year Three will research about different types of dinosaurs and their characteristics as well as what the world looked like when they lived. They will also be looking at fossils, including how they are made, the different types and what they tell us about the past. We will also be looking at what makes us good learners and what we can do to help us learn better. We will look at growth mindset and how we can learn from our mistakes to make our work even better. We will also explore how our brains work and what happens when we learn something new and when we practise something often. We will also learn to challenge ourselves and think about how to approach challenges.



The areas which we will be covering are as such:

Revising place value and number facts in mental addition and subtraction 

  • Using multiples of 5 and 10 bonds 

  • Subtracting 1 digit numbers from 2 digits 

  • Comparing and ordering 2-digit and 3-digit numbers.  

  • Counting on and back in 10s and 1s.  

  • Add and subtracting 2-digit numbers 

  • Finding the differences between numbers using a number line (2 digit and 3 digit) 

  • Understanding place value in money 

Multiplication and division: 

  • Multiplication and division facts for the 5, 10, 2, 3 and 4 times tables 

  • Doubling and halving numbers to 100 using partitioning 

3D shapes 

  • Identifying, describing and sorting 3D shapes according to their properties. 


  • Telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes on digital and analogue clocks 

  • Knowing and understanding calendars, days, weeks, months, years 


  • Understanding fractions and fractions of numbers.  


  • Measurements of length, measuring and drawing to the nearest cm, measuring capacity in ml and l. 


This half-term the children will be using their skills from Year 2 to develop their descriptive writing by looking at the different ways we can describe dinosaurs and the different habitats that they lived in. This will then develop into creating fun poetry about the different dinosaurs we have learnt about; we will be focusing on the exciting poetry style of limericks. We will also use all of our research skills to use what we have learned about dinosaurs and create non-chronological reports.  Our Guided Reading book this term is 'The island where dinosaurs roamed' by David Blakesley.


In RE our topic is Homes. In this topic we will explore the joys and sorrows of family life and how God is present in every home. This is expressed in the love that binds the family together within the home through good times and bad times. The children will enjoy thinking about what makes their homes special and what home means to them.