Year 3 denotes the start of your child’s journey into Key Stage 2. We aim to provide an exciting and memorable curriculum, which gives each child a range of experiences. Drama and practical activities are embedded throughout the year to provide the children with real life and first-hand experiences. During the year we aim to continue your child’s progress as a lifelong learner by providing opportunities for them to apply and extend their learning from previous years and develop new skills.
Please view the Year 3 Meet and Greet presentation for this academic year. The presentation provides you with key information regarding your child’s curriculum for the academic year.
If you have any questions regards the presentation, please email the school office so the questions can be collated and added to the Frequently asked Questions.
During the Autumn Term, pupils will learn about the changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age including key information about Neolithic hunter gatherers and early farmers. During our topic, ‘How has life changed since the Stone Age?’ pupils will use the text ‘How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth’, to create their own mammals using a range of materials.
In art, pupils will use a range of natural materials, pupils will explore the different colours they can make to create their own piece of Stone Age artwork.
During the second half of the Autumn Term, pupils will learn about the Victorian period through our topic ‘How was the life of a Victorian child different to ours?’
Through drama, pupils will learn about a Victorian school day, before learning about the many jobs that children had to do. In reading the text a Christmas Carol, pupils will persuade Scrooge to act on what he has seen and suggest ways that he could improve.
The Spring Term begins by pupils learning about the Roman invasion with our topic ‘What was the impact of the Roman Empire on Britain?‘
Pupils will take on the role of a Celt and decide if they should fight the Romans or live side by side with them. Pupils will learn about the Roman Empire and its impact on Britain and how this extended to Europe. Pupils will visit Fishbourne Roman Palace where they will learn about the Roman mosaics in preparation of pupils designing and making their own.
The second half of the Spring term starts with a bang as pupils learn about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 76 AD. Through reading ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and studying non-fiction texts, the children get a real feel for what life was like during this period in history and how the volcano once known as the ‘Gentle Giant’, changed the lives of thousands of people.
The Spring Term concludes by pupils learning about modern day Italy through our topic ‘What would it be like to live in Italy today?’, learning how its history and traditions make it a popular tourist destination. Pupils will be holding their own Italian café for parents to attend.
The Summer Term begins with the topic ‘Should we treat the sea with caution or curiosity?’. We start with a re-enactment of the sinking of the Titanic. The children use this personal first-hand experience, as well as facts gathered to work in groups to create their own diary entry on this historic moment. Finally, our topic ends with a study of the play ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, in which the children will have the chance to explore Shakespearian language and write their own narratives.
Pupils will visit the RNLI Station in Littlehampton to learn about ships in our local area and the precautions that are now in place to improve water safety measures.
Our Year 3 journey ends with the topic ‘Why are rainforests important?’. Pupils will focus on where our water comes from, before identifying where the largest rivers in the world can be located. Pupils will look at rainforests and what they provide to the plants and animals that live there. Pupils will use atlases to discover where rainforests are located. They will also consider: How does the temperature and climate affect where rainforests are positioned. To help deepen pupils’ understanding they will visit the tropical greenhouses at Staunton Country Park.