Year 3 denotes the start of your child’s journey into Key Stage 2. We aim to provide an exciting and memorable curriculum, which gives each child a range of experiences. Drama and practical activities are embedded throughout the year to provide the children with real life and first hand experiences. During the year we aim to continue your child’s progress as a lifelong learner by providing opportunities for them to apply and extend their learning from previous years and develop new skills.
Autumn 1 – Our year begins with the topic ‘Our Town’ where the children will be encouraged to deepen their understanding of their local area. They will be learning about water safety and how to stay safe at the beach and by the river. They will have a visit from the local Coastguard and Harbour Master to extend their knowledge. We will be discussing tourist attractions in Littlehampton and persuading the Mayor about attractions we think Littlehampton should have! Also during our topic the children will be challenged to design, build and write instructions about their own magnet games.
Autumn 2 – After half term the children in Year 3 will learn about light, dark and shadows during our topic ‘Alladin and the Enchanted Lamp’. We may even be lucky enough to watch a performance at the theatre! They will explore the story of Alladin and use their knowledge gained in science to create shadow images to retell the story. The children will also design and create their own puppets to re-enact the story.
Spring 1 – Our spring term starts by exploring the wonders of nature through our topic ‘Spikey Spring’. We will be exploring the outside environment and learning about how to nurture and protect hedgehogs. We will support our learning through the texts ‘The Hodgeheg’ by Dick King-Smith and ‘Animals of Farthing Wood’. The children will challenged to design and build hedgehog homes, (may be with a little help from adults from home who will be invited in), and develop their computing skills to monitor any animal movements – just think Spring Watch! We will be learning about the skeleton structure of animals and humans.
Spring 2 – After half term the children in Year 3 learn about the Ancient Egyptians during our topic ‘Sands of Time’. This begins by them taking on the role of the archaeologist Howard Carter and discovering the tomb of Tutankhamen. The children will then have the opportunity to learn about the process of mummification and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the pyramids. During our art and DT lessons the children will learn about the importance of the River Nile and the process of flooding by constructing their own river and flooding it.
Summer 1 – Our final term ends with the topic ‘Knights and Castles’. The children will learn about the different roles and responsibilities within a castle and during their research will undertake Knight training. Whilst at Knight school they will have to train hard to pass the necessary requirements to become a fully fledged and qualified Knight. As part of their training the children will undertake vital survival skills such as fencing. They will design and make their own coat of arms, which might come in handy if they find themselves in a battle! We will learn about the mechanisms used to control a drawbridge and use our new found knowledge to create our own.
Summer 2 – Our Year 3 journey ends with the topic ‘Storms and Shipwrecks’. We start with a re-enactment of the sinking of the Titanic. The children use this personal first-hand experience, as well as facts gathered to work in groups to create presentations focusing on the condition and experiences of different types of people aboard the ship. Finally our year ends with a study of the play ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, in which the children will have the chance to explore Shakespearian language and even perform their own short scenes.