Children in Year 3 start each term with a new topic which begins with a Wow Factor experience and ends with a Fantastic Finish. Children will enjoy books throughout each topic, with two that they will become very familiar with. The unit plans set out how subjects are woven throughout the topic.
Autumn- Under the canopy
Sensational Start: The Living Rainforest Visit/ GeoBus Earthquakes Workshop
Fantastic Finish – Mayan Civilisation Day
Children will visit London Zoo with a workshop on the rainforest. They will feel the humidity of a rainforest environment and learn about the animals suited to this habitat. In Geography the focus will be on the Amazon rainforest and in science, the areas of light and plants will be studied. Children will look at the work of artist Rosita Gottlie.
Spring- What Is Your Superpower
Sensational Start: Mini First Aid Workshop Green and White Pakistan Day – dress up, try Indian food, art techniques, dancing
Fantastic Finish – Celebration of real-life superheroes – My Hero presentations
The topic will begin with an opportunity for children to participate in a First Aid Workshop. Children will conduct research into a range of historic, modern and personal heroes. They will read the fantastic picture book Malala’s Magic Pencil, which promotes personal strength and a growth mindset in the face of challenges. In art children will study Pop Art and how popular figures were featured in this style. Children will end the topic with presentations about their own personal heroes.
Summer - Archaeologists At Work
Sensational Start: Celtic Harmony Camp Visit / Verulamium Museum Visit/ Luton United Synagogue Visit
Fantastic Finish – Time Capsule
Stepping into the shoes of archaeologists children will investigate the time period from the Stone age to the Romans. They will learn about the significance of Stonehenge and Skara Brae and what life would have been like in the Stone Age, Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman Britain. Children will create mosaics and study the popular art of stone stacking. In science the focus will be on rocks and soils. To begin the topic, the children will visit Celtic Harmony Camp which is a reconstructed prehistoric settlement within a beautiful woodland setting complete with Iron Age roundhouses. They will celebrate the end of the topic with an archaeological dig.