Welcome to our Year 3 curriculum page.
In Class 3 we want our children to be safe, happy, excited and challenged to be the best they can be. Our learning environment is shaped by an understanding of what children can achieve and by delivering teaching and learning opportunities that meet individual needs. We want to give the children the ‘best days of their lives.’
In our curriculum we teach to develop skills, knowledge, concepts, attitudes and creativity. We want the children to become critical learners and thinkers who are shaped to become lifelong learners. The topics show how we enable pupils to demonstrate progression of skills built on from previous years, as well as allowing the opportunity to teach and learn new subject knowledge.
This topic will dive straight into the prehistoric world, learning about when the ages were and what it was like to live during them. The main focus in this topic is history but geographical knowledge of settlements will also be explored. We aim to teach other skills during this topic through art,with the cave paintings and paper Mache axes, music, literacy and science. This topic is linked really well with rocks and fossils.
As part of this topic we immerse the children into the lives of the Stone Age by visiting York and tracing their footsteps at the Ryedale Folk museum. This gives our children first hand experiences and broadens their knowledge of the country they live in.
UK-Counties and cities
In this topic we will explore the United Kingdom as a whole, then magnify into the counties and cities in greater depth. This topic will focus heavily on Geography as this helps to provoke and answer questions about the natural and human worlds, encouraging children to develop a greater understanding of their world and their place in it. The children will name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns. We will also take a trip to North Yorkshire (Skipton Moor) to embed the learning that has taken place in the classroom and the children will experience travelling to a different county and explore the geographical features.
Africa (Egypt) and England
This topic will allow the children to build upon their learning in KS1 by looking at the continents and in particular Africa, they will then focus on Egypt and compare it with England. We will explore the differences and similarities of the two countries and locate the countries using maps and atlases. This will help to develop a range of investigation and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Geography is, by nature, an investigative subject, which develops an understanding of concepts, knowledge and skills. We seek to inspire in children a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people which will remain with them for the rest of their lives; to promote children’s interest and understanding about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes.
In this topic the children get to see who the Ancient Egyptians were, how they lived and how they created so many of the great inventions we have today. This topic aims to teach history and geography skills as well as art and DT. The children will be immersed into the Egyptian life and lifestyles by visiting Bolton museum to see the process of mummification and to see, feel and touch the artefacts. Children will locate Egypt on a map and find out facts about the river Nile using their ICT skills. We believe that children should learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
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