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Year 3

Autumn Term 2023


How did people from the past shape the world?

This term we will have a large focus on history and we will look at how the world has changed. We will be looking at Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age and the Romans. We will investigate how they have had an impact on our world today and how life has progressed. We will also be looking at the lives of significant individuals from the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

How we'll be doing it...

Wow Day

Our wow day this year will be a Stone Age day! The children will participate in a range of activities including cave art style paintings and making stone age jewellery.

Authentic Outcome
Our authentic outcome this term will cooking old recipes and creating our own recipes for others to try.

Autumn Trips

This half term we will have our first trip to Ribchester Roman baths to explore all things Roman days!




In maths we will be focusing on place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We will be focusing on numbers to 1000 in our place value unit and will be adding three digit numbers. The children will be developing their multiplication and division recall skills in 3s, 4s and 8s. They will also be multiplying and dividing 2 digit by 1 digit numbers.


Our focus this term will be on rocks and light. We will investigate the different types of rocks and how they are formed and will carry out some investigations surrounding this. When looking at light, we will be discussing how light works and travels and will be investigating shadows.


Growth mind-set unit- To identify characteristics of growth and fixed mind-sets. To suggest ideas to help develop a growth mind-set.

Family and Relationships- we will be looking at healthy family and friend relationships, how to deal with conflict in friendships, conflict vs bullying, effective communication, learning who to trust, respecting others differences and stereotypes.


Children will be going swimming in the autumn term. Children will be taught to; swim competently, confidently and proficiently. They will use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke] and there will be a large focus on water safety.  Swimming will take place again when the children move into year 4 and year 5.


Through our RE days at school, the children learn about their own and other’s beliefs. Our question this year is ‘who should we follow?’

Over the term we will cover:

Christianity and Judaism


Computing systems and networks – connecting computers, develop understanding of digital devices, including inputs, processes and outputs. Understand that a digital device is made up of several parts and recognise that computers can be connected to each other. The children will also learn a range of ways that computer networks can be used for communication.

Creating media

Stop-frame animation- the children will learn to understand how animations are used to enhance a presentation and that planning is a pivotal part of the design process, understand that still images are used in animations and how to take images appropriately.


This will be the first year the children will be learning French as they go in to KS2. They will focus on the simple introduction to French and learn greetings, colours and numbers in the first term.

They will: Listen to and enjoy short stories, nursery rhymes & songs. Recognise familiar words and short phrases covered in the units taught. Communicate with others using simple words and short phrases. Read familiar words and short phrases accurately. Write familiar words & short phrases using a model or vocabulary list. EG: ‘I play the piano’. ‘I like apples’. Start to understand and use the concept of noun gender and the use of articles. Use the first person singular version of high frequency verbs.


The children will be investigating prehistoric paintings linked to their stone age topic. They will learn how to work with natural materials, make their own paints, make tools and paint on different surfaces

In the second half term, we will be focusing on cooking in DT. We will create recipes and practice cooking skills using recipes that originated in the past.

The children will learn:

Conserving and preserving food and resources. Children will work safely with others hygienically. Focus on seasonality of fruit and vegetables, understanding the healthy eating choices and will join and combine ingredients. Children will analyse taste, texture, smell and appearance of a range of foods.

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