Year 3 Curriculum Overview
WOW! Factor: Shocking Discovery of the Iron Man
Fantastic Finish: Iron Man Presentation
Book: The Iron Man Author: Ted Hughes
We will be reading the Iron Man and linking to Geography by locating countries and their capital cities as well as exploring and researching their human and physical characteristics. Our main focus will be Australia where the Iron Man and the Space-bat-angel dragon take on a challenge and test their strength. The children will be designing an Iron Man and making a junk model prototype by carefully selecting the correct tools to cut and join the different parts similar to the engineers who had to put Iron Man back together after flying him to Australia. In science the children will be investigating friction and magnetic forces, exploring how the north and south poles attract and repel.
WOW! Factor: Circus performance workshop
Fantastic Finish: Research and explore all about lions
Book: The Butterfly Lion Author: Michael Morpurgo
We will be reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. Bertie lives in Africa and takes in a white lion. However, when the lion grows too big and Bertie goes to England to a private school the lion is sent to live in a circus. This links nicely into our history where we will be exploring when the circus began and how it has changed over the decades.
Spring 1 - Beware of the King
WOW! Factor: A trip to the Tower of London
Fantastic Finish: A study of Tudor artefacts
Book: Beware of the King Author: Stewart Ross
This is a history led unit all about the Tudors. The children learn about Henry VIII's cruel reign and his influence on society and the country. The children learn Tudor dancing in PE. In Art, they create self-portraits and in History chose to study a topic of their choice relating to the Tudors.
Spring 2 - Hodgeheg
WOW! Factor: A visit from Teaching Talons
Fantastic Finish: Make hedgehog homes for the wildlife area
Book: Hodgeheg Author: Dick King-Smith
Children made comparisons during PSHE about well-being and feelings and how they related to them. In Art, children made hedgehogs using different materials and tools. In Literacy, children learnt the Green Cross Code and wrote descriptions of their local area. In Maths, the children learnt about shapes and shadows and how they related to time.
Summer 1 - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
WOW! Factor: Making honeycomb and chocolate tasting
Fantastic Finish: Publishing our amazing portal stories
Book: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Author: Roald Dahl
This story teaches children about good choices and through PSHE we investigated different families and different homes and the impact it has on individuals. We also began our enabling enterprise project called Number Crunching. This project encourages the children to work as teams to develop a chocolate bar, from this they have to work out the expenditure, income and profit along with designing packaging and marketing. This topic led us to investigate where chocolate comes from, Rainforests, deforestation and Fairtrade.
Summer 2 - Romans of the Rampage
WOW! Factor: Children will make Roman shields
Fantastic Finish: Trip to the Verulamium, St Albans
Book: Romans of the Rampage Author: Jeremy Strong
This hilarious story introduces the children to the life of a Roman family told by a friendly crow. In History, the children learn how the Romans conquered Britain in AD43 but faced strong opposition from Boudicca and her tribe of Britains. In Art, we have been studying mosaics and in Computing, we have been building Roman settlements using the Minecraft program.