Year 3 Curriculum
Let’s discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and heroes! In Autumn 1, we’ll learn about Apollo and the other gods who reign from Mount Olympus and create a 3-D head of our favourite god or goddess. We’ll explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. Using historical source materials, we’ll research daily life in ancient Greece. We’ll write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. In D&T, we’ll design wings, just like Daedalus, and make Trojan horses. We’ll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths, using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we’ll plot the journeys made by ancient Greek characters. At the end of the topic, we’ll create our own gods and look forward to presenting these to you. We will also have the opportunity to try different Greek foods - including the olive!
During Maths this term, we will be focusing on place value and the four operations.
It's time to take a walk on the wild side! In Autumn 2, we’ll invite some amazing animals into our classroom to discover how they move, what they feel like and what they eat. We’ll also program a toy to move across a grid – will it be caught by a predator? We’ll learn about the different parts of a plant and how some plants are predators! From our investigations about the human skeleton, we’ll find out how muscle make the bones move. We’ll investigate food chains and learn about how animals find their food. Using the internet, we’ll research the majestic peregrine falcon and discover where crocodiles live. After our research, we’ll create an exciting aquatic animation. At the end of the topic, we’ll show you a range of animal fact presentations, make animal collages and learn about the interesting (and disgusting) world of parasites! Look out for what happens when you mix our faces with different predators to make the ultimate predator!
Mighty metals are everywhere! From earrings to rockets, metals have shaped the world we live in today. During Spring 1, we’re going to become fantastic physicists, exploring the world of forces, metals and materials. At a playground, we’ll explore the forces that help us to slide and swing. We’ll look closely at levers and explore how they help us to lift heavy objects. In Maths, we’ll have fun investigating where we need to sit to make a seesaw balance. To learn more about forces, we’ll make spinners, play with parachutes and make magnetic games. We’ll also investigate iron, think about why some metals rust and discover the properties of different metals. Using pots, pans and other metal objects, we’ll compose a metal musical extravaganza and use our artistic skills to create embossed patterns and pictures. We will also enjoy learning the story 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and creating metal men of our own.
Let’s travel back to prehistoric times! Spring2 we are going to find a prehistoric site in our local area by studying maps and researching online. Through our research, we’ll learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight? Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. In science, we’ll plant grains and learn about plant life cycles. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. We’ll also make Iron Age jewellery. During an exploratory dig, we’ll find all sorts of objects and creatures. What will we uncover? We are looking forward to a Stone Age themed day. Get creative as a caveman, a flintstone or even a stone age animal. We may even get to visit and experience a stone age site to find out more about what it was like.
Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright, and every street has a story to tell. During Summer1, we’ll visit our local town to look at important buildings. We’ll photograph urban art including graffiti, murals and statues and find out about local attractions and things to do. At school, we’ll write an information leaflet about our town. Using digital mapping tools, we’ll identify the streets and buildings that we saw. We’ll investigate cities around the world and find out how they’ve changed over time. We’ll have questions for you about where you work or places you often visit, and we’ll present the data we have collected. As part of our design work, we’ll build a model urban landscape, create dramatic light effects and find out how light is used to keep people safe at night. At the end of the topic, we’ll create a sign for our town, thinking about imaginative wording and appealing colours.
We’re going to enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, sampling fantastic fruits and tantalising treats! During our final half term in Year Three, we’ll visit a local supermarket to find out about the food sold there. We’ll bring back samples of fruits and vegetables so we can investigate them using our senses. Will we like everything we taste? We will also get the opportunity to visit Pizza Express to find out how they make their food and also get a chance to be a chef ourselves. We’ll try different types of bread, and maybe even bake our own. In art and design, we’ll look closely at fruits and vegetables and sketch what we can see. We’ll follow recipes and learn about foods from around the world. Our science work will focus on food groups and how food can be altered. Will we be able to create bouncy eggs, edible slime or exploding chocolate drops? Using fruits and vegetables, we’ll make musical instruments and sculptures. We’ll also learn about the fascinating discoveries made by the physicist James Lind. We’ll sing songs about food and play our vegetable musical instruments.