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Year 3

We have two Year 3 classes

Mr Rogers Miss Tookey
3R Class 3T Class

Topic Autumn 1 - Tribal Tales

Let’s travel back to prehistoric times!

This half term we’re going to find a prehistoric site in our local area by studying maps and researching online. Through our research, we’ll learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight? Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll build monuments and investigate their shadows. In science, we’ll plant grains and learn about plant life cycles. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. Then, we’ll travel to the Iron Age to learn about hill forts and the properties of iron. We’ll also make Iron Age jewellery. During an exploratory dig, we’ll find all sorts of objects and creatures. What will we uncover?

At the end of the ILP, we’ll write performance poetry to insult our enemies! We’ll use the internet to research Celtic beliefs, and hold a ‘Celtic Gods and Goddesses day’.

Help your child prepare for their project
It’s amazing to think that Stone Age people were alive 2.5 million years ago! As they used to paint on walls, why not create a painting on an old roll of wallpaper or a smooth stone from the garden? You could also visit your local library to research the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age history of your local area. Alternatively, visit a site from one of these time periods and imagine what it would have been like to live there.

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Stig of the Dump – Clive King

Memorable experience Visit a prehistoric site
Innovate challenge Construct a monument
English Information texts; Adventure narratives; Fact files; Letters; Poetry
History Prehistoric Britain – Stone Age to Iron Age
A&D Neolithic art; Clay beakers; Iron Age jewellery
D&T Designing and making tools; Building structures
Geography Fieldwork; Human and physical geography; Using maps and aerial images
PSHE Lives of others
Science Plants; Light; Working scientifically
Science investigations Do plants have legs? What are flowers for?

Topic Autumn 2 - Scrumdiddlyumptious!

We’re going to enjoy a yummy journey of discovery, sampling fantastic fruits and tantalising treats!

This half term, we’ll visit a local supermarket to find out about the food sold there. We’ll bring back samples of fruits and vegetables so we can investigate them using our senses. Will we like everything we taste? We’ll try different types of bread, and maybe even bake our own. In art and design, we’ll look closely at fruits and vegetables and sketch what we can see. We’ll follow recipes and learn about foods from around the world. Our science work will focus on food groups and how food can be altered. Will we be able to create bouncy eggs, edible slime or exploding chocolate drops? Using fruits and vegetables, we’ll make musical instruments and sculptures. We’ll also learn about the fascinating discoveries made by the physicist James Lind.

Finally, we’ll invite you to sample some of the delicious foods we’ve made. We hope you’ll like them! We’ll sing songs about food and play our vegetable musical instruments.

Help your child prepare for their project
This is a perfect opportunity to taste new foods and have a go at following recipes. Why not bake healthy muffins or prepare a slow cooker stew together? You could also sample adventurous foods from around the world. Alternatively, you could read the packaging of foods in your fridge to find out where they have come from.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Memorable experience Visit a local shop or supermarket
Innovate challenge Invent a smoothie
English Recounts; Recipes; Poetry; Non-chronological reports; Adverts
D&T Cooking and nutrition
A&D Sculpture
Computing Web searches; Emails
Geography Food miles and fair trade
History Significant individuals – James Lind
Music Playing instruments; Performing
PE Exercise
Science Nutrition
Science investigations Which is the juiciest fruit? Is it safe to eat?

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