Year 3 Curriculum Map
We respect each other
Term 1: Let there be Light!
Inquisitive minds and observant scientists at the ready to explore the wonder and importance of light! Through scientific enquiry, we will investigate how light enables us to see, how shadows are formed and how light is reflected. We will make links between light and religion as we explore the role light plays in the Hindu celebration of Diwali. We will take our exploration of light further as we identify why light is important to plants. During our study of plants, we will use our scientific enquiry to learn more about the parts of a plant, what plants need to grow and the life cycle of a plant. We will demonstrate our understanding of our Science learning by creating and performing a shadow puppet show telling the life cycle of a plant. Our topic will draw to a close with an art study of Klimt’s Tree of Life painting and the wonderful works of impressionist artist, Claude Monet.
Term 2: We respect each other
Term 3: We take pride in our learning
Themes: Equality and Curiosity
Terms 3 and 4: Stone, Fire, Ice
Join us as we go back in time to early civilization. A time when only the prepared and equipped would survive! We will examine pictures and artefacts from the Stone Age to draw conclusions about what it was like to live during this time period. We will develop our historical enquiry and research skills as we find out more about the homes that people lived in and the types of clothing that they wore. Practical skills at the ready as we apply the knowledge gained through our research to develop practical skills of knot tying, den building and embracing a hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Finally, we will draw together all of our learning to create a Stone Age Survival Guide. Rocks were fundamental to the Stone Age, so we will explore different types of rock, their properties and use before making our own Stone Age tools. We will also explore the significance and history of Stonehenge and the historical importance of Cave paintings.
We take pride in our learning
Term 4: Ancient World (Egypt)
Archaeologists are required as we examine the Ancient Worlds starting with the Ancient Egyptians. We will continue to develop our historical enquiry skills by examining the artefacts that tell us about life in Ancient Egypt. Exploring the wonders of the pyramids, amazing hieroglyphics and the fascinating Egyptian burial process are just some of the areas of study. Alongside this, we will study animals including humans as our Science topic - looking at skeletons and naming the bones and learning about healthy nutrition.
We care for our community
Term 5: Ancient World (Greece)
Our Ancient World learning journey will progress after half term onto a study of the Ancient Greeks, where we will discover who the Ancient Greeks were and the impact they had on the world especially in their influence on politics, sports and the arts. We look forward to looking at the works of Exekias and in turn creating our prints in his style. Our learning will draw to a conclusion with a geographical study comparing England with Greece as well as exploring Europe as a continent, the ever changing European Union and the role Greece plays in Europe today.
We care for our community
Term 6: Poles Apart
Join us as we travel around the world, exploring the geography of our amazing planet, Earth. We will explore the northern and southern hemispheres as we learn about the different climatic zones and the adaptations that people, plants and animals have to make in order to survive the varying conditions. We will journey to both the North and South Poles, exploring the Arctic and Antarctic Circles and considering what it would have been like for Shackleton to tackle a polar world. We remain in a water world as we learn about the major rivers of the World, including a study on the River Ganges. Having explored the North and South poles, we will take this learning journey further with a Science unit on magnets and forces with some exciting investigations to challenge our scientific thinking and investigation skills.