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Year 3 mathematics planning

Planning structure for Year 3
Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating

(6 weeks)

Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape

(9 weeks)

Block C: Handling data and measures

(6 weeks)

Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape

(6 weeks)

Block E: Securing number facts, relationships and calculating

(9 weeks)

Unit A1 Unit B1 Unit C1 Unit D1 Unit E1
Unit A2 Unit B2 Unit C2 Unit D2 Unit E2
Unit A3 Unit B3 Unit C3 Unit D3 Unit E3

The planning structure for Year 3 is organised into five blocks. The structure is the same for each year group. A block is designed to cover the equivalent of 6 or 9 weeks of teaching. Each block has incorporated into it objectives from the Using and applying mathematics strand and from two or three of the other core strands. The blocks are:

  • Block A: Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Block B: Securing number facts, understanding shape
  • Block C: Handling data and measures
  • Block D: Calculating, measuring and understanding shape
  • Block E: Securing number facts, relationships and calculating

Each block is made up of three units. A unit represents 2 or 3 weeks of teaching. For each of the 15 units that cover the teaching year there are overviews of children's learning, assessment questions and suggested resources. These are intended to provide you with support when planning the children's learning and reviewing their progress.

The units are designed to be used independently when planning a period of 2 or 3 weeks' work. However, when mapping out the blocks and units over the term or year the inter-relatedness of the content and pitch of the units needs to be taken into account. There are various ways that the units can be pieced together to provide children with a coherent learning experience and the example provided can be adapted to suit your own circumstances and the children's needs.

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