Year 3

Stone Age to the Iron Age

Could you survive the Stone Age?

This half term Year 3 will be going on a journey from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. They will discover the prehistoric eras and gain an understanding of the meaning of the word ‘prehistoric’. They will conduct their own archaeological dig to understand the role of an archaeologist. The children will learn to understand how early humans lived in the Palaeolithic period before moving on to understand the Mesolithic period and how people lived. The children will be very hands on creating their own cave paintings and Stone Age jewellery. They will learn to recall people who lived in the Neolithic period, also explaining what Stonehenge is and how it was developed. Once they have survived the Stone Age, they will be able learning to recall how people lived in the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

We’re ready for our historical journey to the Stone Age!

Mapping the World – Autumn 2 Geography

This half term Class Three are mapping the World with a focus on the United Kingdom! The children will discover how to use maps, globes and atlases. They will be learning how to use a compass and identify that a compass has eight points. They will be learning about the counties in the UK, the regions and also the main beauty spots within those regions for e.g. gaining knowledge about the Lake District in Cumbria and how it needs to be conserved. The children will make links to their history knowledge by identifying which region the Mesolithic settlement Star Carr was found and that Skara Brae is located in the Scottish region of the United Kingdom. The children will finish their Geography learning by identifying that the West Midlands has five areas of outstanding beauty including: the Wye valley, the Shropshire hills, Cannock Chase, the Malvern hills and parts of the Cotswolds.

The Potteries – Spring 1 

To begin the first half of the spring term Year 3 will be learning about the Potteries. They will learn all about the history of Stoke-on-Trent. The children will be digging deeper into the history of Stoke-on-Trent by exploring how the Potteries was put on the map, how the environment changed for e.g. canals and bottle kilns. The will learn why James Brindley was significant, the transport changes in Stoke-on-Trent, the child labour that took place and how it became better and they will learn all about the milestone of the Clean Air act and how it impacted the use of bottle kilns. They will learn about the famous potters: Josiah Wedgwood, Josiah Spode, Moorcroft, Doulton and Emma Bridgewater. They will discover their different styles of pottery and how they were made. The children will also discover the local artist Sid Kirkham through their art lessons by creating their own landscape of Stoke-on-Trent inspired by his art work.

Fairtrade – Spring 2

This half term Year 3’s main focus in geography is Fairtrade. Their new unit of learning will teach them all about trade and help to gain the knowledge about why it is important. The children will be learning about a global supply chain and the journey in which products go on to go from source to sale. The children will also learn about the roles in which transport vehicles play in making Fairtrade successful around the globe, before exploring the role farming plays in supporting Fairtrade and how Fairtrade supports farms too. Did you know that Fairtrade supports 1.7 million farmers and farm workers in 71 countries?

The children will discover the requirements needed to make trade fair, they will then compare this to unfair trade and its impact. The children will then discover countries that lie near the equator and what produce they supply around the world (there will be some food tasting in this lesson, yum!) Once discovering the countries that lie near the equator they will discover how differing climates affect produce. Towards the end of their learning, the children will have an opportunity to create a poster to share their knowledge about why people should choose Fairtrade.

Mayans – Summer 1

This half term Year 3’s main focus in history is the Mayans. Their new unit of learning will teach them all about who the Maya people were and where they were located. The children will be learning about the highlands and the lowlands of Mayan territories and what the climate was like in these areas (this links to our Fairtrade learning about climate too!) The children will then learn about how the Spanish invaders took over Mayan territories and how this impacted and changed the lives of the Mayans. Year 3 will be learning about how the Mayans were skilled in adapting to their surroundings just like people in the Stone Age! We will discover famous Mayan ruins and how these have supported archaeologists in understanding what life was like in Ancient Mayan societies. Year 3 will learn that the Maya people were deeply religious and that they had over 150 gods! We will also ancient Maya inventions and discover how they traded just like the UK does with other countries. To end our unit we will create a poster highlight the wonders of the Mayan ruins.

Oceans and Continents – Summer 2

This half term Year 3’s main focus in geography is ‘Oceans and Continents’. Their new unit of learning will teach them all about the different oceans and continents around the World. The children will be learning about marine biomes including: oceans, coral reefs and estuaries. They will learn that an ocean is a large body of water that covers 70% of the Earth’s surface. The children will about the seven continents of the World, exploring facts about each. The children will dive deeper into learning about the different oceans in isolation: Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean. To end the unit of learning the children will build on their prior learning of climate change by discovering how the changes of environment are having an impact on rising sea levels.