Year 3 Curriculum Overview
Autumn 1 – The Vanishing Rainforest
WOW! Factor: Amazon Rainforest Day
Fantastic Finish: Aztec printing
Book: The Vanishing Rainforest Author: Richard Platt
In this unit, we focus on the Amazon Rainforest and the impact of deforestation as well as investigating how water travels through plants in our Science topic. In Geography, there is a focus on climate zones, biomes and earthquakes, where we will explore mas with symbols and keys. We will explore the history of Mexico, looking at the Aztecs and comparing it with life in Britain at the time.
Autumn 2 – Hodgeheg
WOW! Factor: Teaching Talons
Fantastic Finish: Baking Hedgehog Cakes
Book: Hodgeheg Author: Dick King-Smith
In this unit, we study Hodgeheg which is an important text focusing on the importance of road safety. We have a fantastic WOW visit from Teaching Talons who will bring along hedgehogs and other woodland creatures to meet! It is a very hands on half term where we design and create frames in Design & Technology as well as putting our hands to weaving, in Art. In Science, we explore light and discuss how shadows are formed.
Spring 1 - Down With the Romans
WOW! Factor: Trip to Verulamium Museum
Fantastic Finish: Roman Feast
Book: Down with the Romans Author: Stewart Ross
In this unit, we investigate the Roman invasion of Britain, the Roman army, Boudicca, Roman baths, food, mosaics, and religious beliefs. We visit St. Albans/Verulamium to consolidate our learning and have a Roman Day, involving dressing up, food tasting and Roman-themed games.
Spring 2 - The Iron Man
WOW! Factor: Junk Modelling Workshop
Fantastic Finish: Iron Man Movie Experience
Book: The Iron Man Author: Ted Hughes
In this unit, we create pneumatic toys from basic equipment and instructions as well as enjoy a magnificent Junk modelling session. In Science, we explore forces and magnetism and carry out an investigation looking at how surfaces affect movement.
Summer 1 - Cool
WOW! Factor: Visit from St John’s Ambulance.
Fantastic Finish: Healthy eating and Dogs Trust
Book: Cool! Author: Michael Morpurgo
In this unit, we look at narrative texts and use drama to explore issues raised by the story. We also consider healthy eating and the function of teeth and the heart during this topic. We end the topic by making a healthy snack.
Summer 2 – Anglo Saxon Boy
WOW! Factor: Anglo Saxon Workshop
Fantastic Finish: Sword and Shield Craft
Book: Anglo Saxon Boy Author: Stewart Ross
We begin this unit by immersing ourselves in Anglo Saxon history, exploring clothing, the life of the rich and poor as well as important rulers. This unit covers many aspects of geography and science including rocks, soil and how fossils are formed.