FOR MORE DETAILS ON OUR LEARNING SEE THE  Year 3 Autumn curriculum map

TOPIC Our main topic focuses on the changes to societies in Britain during the Stone Age. Some of the areas that we will cover will be:

  • role of archaeology in historical knowledge
  • Timeline activity to understand term ‘pre-history’
  • late Neolithic hunter-gatherers and early farmers, e.g. Skara Brae
  • tools and weapons used in hunting; domestication of wild dogs for hunting
  • Nomadic versus settler life including buildings and structures (look at ‘Henge’ on Hilly Fields locally)
  • tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture
  • Visits to Butser Ancient Farm / Museum of London

Art  We will look at prehistoric cave paintings and how they were used as a means of communication. Using different materials and textures, we will be creating our own replicas of some of the paintings found in the Lascaux caves in France. In DT we will make our own stone age breads, creating our own flour from seeds.

In computing we will be programing an animation. We will:

  • Find out about animations
  • Create a storyboard, characters and a background.
  • Animate and add sounds to you animation
ENGLISH Fiction writing

Characterisation. Writing in role. Mapping the story. Retelling own version focusing on an innovative change to life.

Non-fiction writing:

Writing to Inform:

– Recounts (trip, interviews with visitors, newspaper report)

– information linked to the living museum

– Explanations

Key books : Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura, Stone Age, Bone Age by Mick Manning

Your child will read with an adult at school at least twice a week. It is essential that your child brings in their book bag everyday so we can write in their reading record, communicate with you and change their books on a regular basis. Please read with your child EVERYDAY.

MATHEMATICS Autumn 1: Place Value – 3 weeks: numbers to 1000, partitioning, numberlines, number value; Addition and subtraction – 5 weeks: three digit numbers, formal column methods – expanded.

Autumn 2: Addition and subtraction – 1 week: estimation, inverse operations, missing number problems and problem solving. Multiplication and Division – 3 weeks: 3,4 and 8 times tables, problem solving, missing number problems, scaling. Measurement – 3 weeks: measure , compare and calculate length, mass and volume. Add and subtract money to give change.

SCIENCE Rocks: Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties. Describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock. Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Humans:  We will look at stone age diets to identify nutritional needs and compare these to diets today.

PE Your child will have one session of PE a week on a Wednesday morning. This term they will be developing their skills and applying these to games of TAG RUGBY. Please make sure your child has a PE kit EVERY WEEK. Your child’s PE kit should include a pair of shorts/jogging bottoms, a t-shirt and trainers.
MUSIC Children will have a music lesson by the specialist music teacher on a Wednesday morning. This term they will be creating simple melodies on percussion and recorders.
RE  Lewisham agreed syllabus: Christianity Y3 unit 2: Peace; Unit 1 The bible. Christmas in other countries.
HOMEWORK Homework is linked to our overall topic.
TRIPS We are planning a variety of trips to aid your children’s learning-details to   follow.