Autumn Term ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’
This term the children will look at what Britain was like from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The children will gain a greater understanding of what life was like during this time period, including daily life, homes and the movement of Celts across Europe. Linking this to geography, the children will develop their knowledge of European countries and their location by looking at atlases and ICT programs such as Google Earth.
Our English work this term will link with our topic and we will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction books to support our learning, including Cave Baby by Julia Donaldson, The Boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler and Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. Using our class novels we will be writing character descriptions, instructions, non-chronological reports and setting descriptions.
During maths lessons we will be covering a range of units including place value, 2D and 3D shapes, problem solving, angles and length. There will be a big push for the children to increase their confidence when using the four main mathematical operations this term and be able to use the correct vocabulary when referring to addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
Our science topics this term are animals including humans and plants. As part of our learning we will look at predators/prey, food chains, skeletons and muscles. When looking at plants we will label the different parts of the plant and find out why they are important. We will also think about what is needed to help a plant grow and carry out our own investigation.
Spring Term ‘Powerful Planet – Terrible Tectonics’
This term the children in year 3 will face the Terrible Tectonics! They will learn all about tsunamis, volcanoes and earthquakes and how these occurrences affect people around the world. This geography topic will build on the children’s map skills as they will be asked to identify and locate different places on the world map and contrasting locations. They will look closely at how these natural disasters affect people and the surrounding environment. They will also look closely at Pompeii and the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD.
During this term we will read a range of novels which link with our theme of weather, such as Escape from Pompeii and Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret. The children will improve their journalist skills and write newspaper reports about disasters around the world. They will also use first person perspective to write diary entries imagining they were a citizen of Pompeii in 79AD.
In science the children will be studying rocks and soils. They will look at the way rocks are formed and carry out scientific investigations to find out more about the permeability of different soil types. The children will also begin to investigate fossils and find out how they are formed.
During the term we will also be visiting Robinwood in Alston, Cumbria for a 3 day activity break. For more details please contact the school.
Summer Term ‘Ancient Egypt’
Our final topic of the year is Ancient Egypt. We will explore the Egyptians and their customs including mummification, beliefs and why they built the pyramids. We will make Egyptian masks and explore hieroglyphics by writing our own names.
In Geography we will be comparing Cairo to Durham and looking at why the River Nile is so important to the people of Egypt. The children will also mummify a banana and learn about the Egyptian after life.
The children will also make sure they are confident using all the basic skills we have been working on this year before moving into year 4.
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