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Children in primary curriculum Year 3 have opportunity to work using a variety of materials and styles through topic work such as

  • relationships in portraits
  • observation of work of famous artists
  • sculpture and pattern

Children use sketchbooks to record and experiment in. They are also used to track progression and skills development.
In design and technology they design and make a sandwich and a moving monster.



During primary curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) pupils investigate a variety of people, places and environments at different scales in the Cyprus and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world.
They find out how people affect the environment and how they are affected by it. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions, and use geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.
In primary curriculum Year 3 they learn through the following topics:

  • Rocks and Fossils
  • Weather Around the World



Fluent Greek speakers in primary curriculum Year 3 follow the Ministry of Education Greek curriculum taught in all the government Primary Schools.
Our aim for children learning Greek as an additional language is to provide them with vocabulary and give them the confidence to use it.
Using songs, games, rhymes, flash cards, vocabulary with pictures and lots of oral work and projects we build on the work in Year 2 to

  • Increase vocabulary
  • Use adjectives, nouns and verbs
  • Build short paragraphs

We cover topics such as

  • Rooms in a house
  • Sports
  • Four seasons
  • Once upon a time
  • Jobs
  • Food



During primary curriculum Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Cyprus and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.
In primary curriculum Year 3 they learn through the following topics:

  • The Stone Age 8000-3900 BC
  • The Bronze Age 300-2500 BC
  • Florence Nightingale
  • The Romans



At the American Academy Nicosia we teach English (Reading, Writing and Grammar) based on the outlines given in the English National Curriculum. In addition we follow a grammar scheme of work which builds skills year on year. Guided reading is also an aspect of our curriculum which supports the English National Curriculum objectives.
In primary curriculum Year 3 the children are taught:


  • Use knowledge to read ‘exception’ words
  • Read range of fiction & non-fiction
  • Use dictionaries to check meaning
  • Prepare poems & plays to perform
  • Check own understanding of reading
  • Draw inferences & make predictions
  • Retrieve & record information from non-fiction books
  • Discuss reading with others



  • Use prefixes & suffixes in spelling
  • Use dictionary to confirm spellings
  • Write simple dictated sentences
  • Use handwriting joins appropriately
  • Plan to write based on familiar forms
  • Rehearse sentences orally for writing
  • Use varied rich vocabulary
  • Create simple settings & plot
  • Assess effectiveness of own and others’ writing
  • Develop a voice as a writer
  • Using a variety of strategies
  • VCOP, story mountains, talk for writing, WOW words





  • Use range of conjunctions
  • Use perfect tense
  • Use range of nouns & pronouns
  • Use time connectives
  • Introduce speech punctuation
  • Know language of clauses

Speaking & Listening

  • Give structured descriptions
  • Participate activity in conversation
  • Consider & evaluate different viewpoints




Use and Apply Mathematics

  • Solve number problems and practical problems
  • Interpret and present data using bar charts, pictograms and tables



Understand and count in tenths
Recognise and find fractions of sets and objects
Recognise and use fractions
Show equivalent fractions using diagrams
Add and subtract fractions with common denominators
Compare and order unit fractions and those with common denominators


Number Facts 

3,4 and 8 times tables
Estimate the answer to a calculation and use inverse operations to check answers



Add units, tens and hundreds to a 3-digit number mentally
Add and subtract numbers with up to three digits, using formal written methods in columns
Write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know, including for two-digit numbers times one-digit numbers, using mental and progressing to formal written methods
Write and calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division using the multiplication tables that they know
Find unit fractions of numbers and quantities, e.g. 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 and 1/6 of 12 litres



  • Students measure, compare, add & subtract using common metric measures
  • Tell time to nearest minute and use specific vocab: seconds, a.m., p.m., etc.
  • Use Roman numerals and 24-hour clock
  • Know the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in each month, year and leap year


  • Data Handling

  • Solve one-step and two-step using information presented in scaled bar charts and pictograms and tables



Music is essentially a practical subject. Children are encouraged to sing, compose and use musical instruments in order to develop their creative and performance skills. Through active listening, children’s awareness and understanding of different periods, styles and genres are developed.
In Year 3 children’s skills are developed in these areas: pulse and rhythm, phrases, notation, patterns and accompaniment. Recorder skills are developed.


PE (Physical Education)

We aim to develop agility, co-ordination and confidence through physical activity. Year 3 children have two sessions of P.E. a week. Ball skills, dance, athletics and gymnastics are taught during these lessons. A short, intensive programme of differentiated swimming lessons takes place in the summer.
We encourage a competitive spirit and recognise the value of co-operation and fair play with others. We have a football team, a basketball team and a volleyball team comprising of pupils from Years 5/6 and occasionally Year 4.
There is an annual sports event held in the Spring Term for either athletics or marathon running. We also have a cycling day and a Fun Sports Day held in the Summer Term.


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

We follow the SEAL (Social, Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme, which helps to improve behaviour thereby improving learning.
Children have a chance to discuss topics which help them to develop social skills; become aware of their own personalities, strengths and weaknesses; become aware of the subject of bullying and know how to avoid it or what happens if they come across it; set goals; make and keep friends; how to prepare and cope with changes.
Themes throughout the year:

  • New Beginnings focuses on developing children's skills in four key areas: empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation.
  • Getting On and Falling Out focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: empathy, managing feelings (with a focus on anger) and social skills.
  • Say No to Bullying focuses on what bullying is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent and respond to it, and how children can tackle this problem.
  • Going for Goals aims to develop children's self-awareness and promote goal-motivated behaviour.
  • Good to Be Me focuses on developing children's skills in three key areas: self-awareness, managing feelings and empathy.
  • Relationships explores feelings, including loss and embarrassment, within the context of our important relationships with family and friends
  • Changes aims to give children an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and equip them to manage their feelings.
  • Each theme begins and ends with a whole school assembly and each class follows the theme at their level using circle time and any class opportunities that arise naturally.


Religious Studies

Using the NIV Adventure Bible children explore some of the characters from the Old Testament and their stories such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Jonah and Ruth



The study of science at the primary curriculum covers the following three main areas:

  • Life processes and living things
  • Materials and their properties
  • Physical processes

The new 2014 primary curriculum helps children develop a hands on experiential knowledge of science in the following topics:

  • Living and growing
  • Friction
  • Magnets and springs
  • Characteristics of materials
  • Rocks and soils
  • Helping plants grow well


See an Overview of the Primary curriculum 3rd Year 


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