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Year 3

Autumn 1 - Footprints from the past

Dinosaurs lived millions of years ago – long before people lived on Earth. No one has ever seen a dinosaur so how do we know anything about them? Fossil evidence and dinosaur bones provide our only clues. 

We will be learning about what dinosaurs looked like, what they ate and what might have happened to them in the end. To do this we will need to become palaeontologists! We will need the skills of a scientist, historian and geographer combined to explore the Mesozoic Era successfully and the talents of an artist to sketch and model our finds. 


Autumn 2 - Living Together

We all belong to different communities - groups of people that come together for different reasons such as sports, interest groups, learning groups etc. We will be thinking and learning more about how our own communities are made up and sharing how we contribute towards our communities and how we can support and work with others to become valuable contributors to the communities we are a part of. We will be learning how important it is to respect each others’ different communities. 


Spring - Vanishing rainforests

In Vanishing Rainforests, we will be learning about how diverse, wonderful and unique our rainforests are as well as what we need to do to ensure their survival. Did you know that rainforests once covered 14% of our world’s surface? Now sadly they cover between 3-4% of the world. Why are they vanishing? During the unit, you will need to be geographers, scientists including being botanists who explore the plant world to find out the answers to critical real-life problems. If we don’t act soon it could be too late!


Summer 1 - Temples, Tombs and Treasures

The people who helped create the first great civilisations were not unlike you and me. Today we can learn a lot about these people and their way of life through the things they left behind- from everyday objects to magnificent and rare treasures.

We will be learning about who the first Ancient civilisations were, where they settled in the world and why they chose that particular place. We will look at how these civilisations grew rapidly and lasted for thousands of years. We will explore what their family life was like, how they communicated their life, their religion, traditions and beliefs, who ruled these civilisations, their tombs- how they were built, why they were built and the process of making a mummy! We will investigate the treasures and paintings left behind in these tombs and how this can tell us about life in the past. We will look at their stories and retell these stories with music and compare life in the past to life today. We will need to be historians, artists, geographers and musicians.


Summer 2 - Island life

Geographers and explorers estimate that there are over one million islands on earth! In this unit, we will be learning about the islands of the world, how they are formed, what life is like on some islands, as well as some of the threats to people’s lives and their unique cultures. We will explore how islands range hugely in shape, size, location and climate but that they are all surrounded by water. We will need to be geographers and cartographers as well as artists and musicians. As almost one in ten people on earth live on an island, let’s explore what some islands are like across the globe! Can you imagine what life would be like to live on a small island?