Primary 3 Curriculum

Primary 3 Curriculum



Reading In Primary 3 pupils read stories, poems and informational texts regularly for enjoyment, showing through discussion and writing that they understand the main ideas. With teacher support, they explore a range of reference sources to find information specific to their needs. They are introduced to terms such as author, title, chapter, index and contents. Simple dictionary work is introduced. Pupils work in small reading groups to allow for group discussion work.

Writing There is increased emphasis on writing consistently in sentences, using simple punctuation. A spelling programme is followed to assist the pupils in their writing tasks, and a linked script is learned. Writing tasks are extended, with pupils being encouraged to sequence events appropriately and be aware of the purpose of their writing.

Listening and Talking Activities are extended to encompass listening for more than one piece of information, instruction or direction, and responding appropriately. The importance of listening carefully in all situations is emphasised. Pupils are encouraged to develop their talking skills through a variety of tasks. They are challenged to become increasingly aware of their audience.

Modern Languages

With a Modern Languages specialist, girls are introduced to short sessions of different languages tied in with their topic work. The girls learn simple vocabulary and greetings and learn an awareness of different types of languages, building their confidence in and enthusiasm for language learning.  


Number, Money and Measurement Pupils extend their knowledge of numbers to 1000, and learn strategies for adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers and finding change from £1. They use their 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10x tables for multiplication and division and find halves and quarters. The range of units for measurement is extended. Pupils learn to tell the time in quarter hours and record this in words and as digital time.

Information Handling Pupils consolidate their skills in creating bar charts and use the graphs to answer a variety of questions. They have further experience in using a simple database.

Shape, Position and Movement Pupils learn to identify shapes from descriptions and use flat shapes to make tilings. They learn to use grid references to plot location. They learn to recognise right angles and symmetrical shapes.

Problem Solving and Enquiry Pupils begin to use diagrams to solve problems and the range of problem-solving strategies is further extended through active learning.

Social Studies

In Primary 3 the Social Studies programme aims to develop knowledge, understanding and enquiry skills through the following topics: -

  • The Victorians
  • Recycling
  • A Walk Through Time
  • Edinburgh: A Local Study


In Primary 3 scientific ideas are developed through play, investigations, first-hand experiences and discussion. A highlight of the first term is a visit from the Royal Observatory's mobile planetarium, Starlab.

Topics covered are Sun, Moon, and Stars and Forces.

Health and Wellbeing


In Primary 3 pupils explore the three areas of Health Education, Physical Health, Social Health and Emotional Health through discrete topics or as a link to another curriculum area.
The topics include:

  • Caring for our bodies;
  • Family and Friends;
  • Caring and Sharing;
  • Road safety;
  • Keeping Myself Safe;
  • Feeling Safe in the Home.

Physical Education

Primary 3 has 3 x 40 minutes per week.
The Physical Education Programme in Primary 3 sees the introduction of Swimming in addition to Gymnastics, Dance and Games. Pupils extend the range of skills that they can perform and now focus on linking movements.
Pupils are introduced to:

  • More complex and precise skills
  • More demanding competitive, co-operative and observational tasks
  • Recognised games in 'mini' and modified form

Throughout the course, pupils are encouraged to:

  • Sustain energetic activity for a set period of time.
  • Use their imagination to express ideas and feelings.
  • Use given criteria to describe simple activities and share their ideas with their peers.
  • Show understanding in answering questions.

Personal and Social Development

Personal and Social Development is encompassed within the teaching of several subjects,
notably, Physical Education, Religious and Moral Education and Health and a number of cross-
curricular themes. It is an integral part of the whole curriculum.

Religious and Moral Education

The programme in Primary 3 covers the following areas -

  • Christianity: Abraham and Joseph, Christmas, Easter, the Church, Baptism.
  • Other World Religions: Islam, Allah, Qur'an, The Mosque, Key figures, Customs and Ceremonies.
  • Personal Search: Nice or Nasty, Friends, Rules, Important Things.

Expressive Arts

Art and Design

Throughout the Junior School a programme of skills is taught and practised, and a range of art activities allows the children the opportunity to experience different materials and media. The art activities in Primary 3 are taught through team teaching with a specialist teacher and support much of the cross-curricular work undertaken during the year. Our budding artists can always take advantage of the facilities in our new Art Room.


At all levels pupils improvise and experiment with movement, speech, space, physical objects and sound, showing imagination and inventiveness appropriate to age and stage of development. As they progress through the levels, pupils develop their understanding and control of the media and processes of drama.

In Primary 3 pupils are encouraged to listen attentively to others and to speak clearly and
audibly in group activities. Pupils take on a variety of roles in classroom drama activities where
they are encouraged to use mime and movement.


At St George's we aim to give every pupil the opportunity to take part in music-making, to invent music and to listen and respond to music. Over the course of their time in Junior School, pupils will learn to understand the building bricks of music i.e. structure, texture, duration, tempo, pitch, dynamics and timbre.
The programme in Primary 3 covers the following areas:

  • Singing unison songs, rounds and part-songs.
  • Playing simple melodies on classroom instruments.
  • Learning the recorder.
  • Inventing music to a variety of stimuli: poems, pictures.
  • Sharing musical ideas through performance.
  • Working co-operatively in a group.

Girls can choose to receive individual music tuition in strings and piano.


Craft and Design

Pupils design and make a simple pull-along toy using a mixture of materials. Careful attention is paid to evaluating and improving its operation.


Pupils work cooperatively to raise funds for materials, which are used to design products to sell at the Festive Fundraiser.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

In Primary 3 the pupils develop their ICT capability in the following ways:

  • They learn to tidy their file space.
  • They write poems and stories, create treasure maps, design tiling patterns and create 3D shapes.
  • They use the internet to find facts and learn to copy pictures for use in other work.

They learn to use a simple database.

Support for Learning

The Additional Support Needs department has a broad role which allows it to support pupils with specific learning difficulties, general academic difficulties and general academic guidance. This allows the department to be committed to encouraging and promoting the creation of successful learners, responsible citizens, confident individuals and effective contributors.

In order to maximise the individual’s potential it is considered important to develop support strategies that complement their learning requirements.  At this stage, pupils are carefully monitored for progress by staff and through the school’s monitoring process, which involves standardised testing in Primary 1, Primary 3 and Primary 5. The aim is to help pupils meet their long term targets in the Primary curriculum. Ongoing liaison between class teachers, Learning Support staff and parents is an essential part of this process.

In Primary 3, pupils identified as requiring support in meeting their long-term targets, are taught either individually or in small groups by the Learning Support staff. This means that pupils in Junior School with identified additional support needs have access to a specialist member of staff who works in conjunction with their class teacher to ensure that their individual needs are met.

International Education

Primary 3 have links with St Mildred's Lightbourn School, Toronto, Canada.


Homework is very much a part of our school programme and it helps to foster a link with parents in their support of the girls' learning throughout the Junior School Years. As the pupils progress, they are acquiring individual study skills beyond the classroom which in turn contribute to the development of independent learning as they mature. We always appreciate interest and support in this essential aspect of the learning process. The time required for individual tasks may vary. However, please let your daughter's teacher know if she is regularly
taking longer than the guide times. Homework is generally given on 4 evenings each week (Monday - Thursday).

In Primary 3, there is approximately 30 minutes per night. Generally 2 items are selected from:

Mathematics, Spelling, Reading, English Language (grammar, comprehension, handwriting),
Topic work