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Year 3

The Year Three Cornerstones topics are described below. Teachers will plan to use a selection of these topics, usually six – one each half term, from the programme. 

Gods and Mortals
Discover the fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Explore the terrains of Greece with its pure blue skies and scorching sun. Learn more about the legendary characters and decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found that stirs your mind.
Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets.
Learn about Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships, as well as the story of Daedalus and Icarus and what happened when they flew too close to the sun.

Our topic is Scrumdiddlyumptious where the children will taste fantastic fruits and other tantalising treats. They will develop their own recipes and create a number of treats including scrumdiddlyumptious smoothies. Throughout the topic they will be extending their knowledge of healthy eating.
The pupils in Year 3 will be tucking in and enjoying a yummy journey of discovery, tasting fantastic fruits, venerable vegetables and tantalising treats!
Pupils will work up an appetite with delicious stories about food, have fun with a vegetable orchestra and maybe become a fruity sculptor.
They will also read exciting recipes and write their own too!
Then they may also have the chance to get busy in the kitchen making tasty dishes from across the world also discovering how good food helps you grow fit and strong.

Our topic is tremors where we will focus on Mother Nature’s energies including where plates collide, lava spews, rocks rain down and mud slides which result in natural disasters. They will create a blistering explosion in model volcanoes and learn about volcanoes and earthquakes – how and why they happen and where in the world they are most likely to occur as well as learning about how scientists measure earthquakes using seismographs.
They will also investigate the effects of these natural phenomena examining the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and how it devastated the city of Pompeii.


Our topic is predators where we will learn about creepy crocs, amazing alligators, the deadly assassin bug and Venus fly trap. The final outcome will be to create the ultimate predator.
It’s time to take a walk on the wild side and find out who’s coming to visit…is it a bug munching lizard or an eagle – eyed bird of prey? Whatever it is do you think you can handle it?
Use what you know about the best of the beasts to create the ultimate predator: the apex of the chain. Cross your dad with a peregrine falcon or your nan with a great white shark!
Feeling peckish? Let’s jump aboard the food chain!


From humble beginnings the river flows down the mountain and into the sea.
Pull on your wellies and wade right in…How deep does it go and how fast does it travel? Which soil types can you find by the riverside? Which animals make their homes there?
Let’s go down to the riverbank and find out!
They will learn about rivers around the world such as the Nile, Amazon and Ganges and their journeys from source to sea.
Pupils will also get creative using the flow of rivers to inspire their poetry writing.
Our Year 3 pupil should have a great half term of learning as they meander through the world of rivers, taking a dip in to their watery world!

Heroes and Villains
Martin Luther, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks or Amy Johnson? Someone from your family of the local fire fighters? There are many heroes and heroines, but who do you admire the most?
Learn and sing songs about the infamous villains, Bonnie and Clyde and Cruella De Vil. Clap out a rhythm and get to a beat.
Write a riddle, a comic strip and change a traditional tale, develop dialogue and character and a biographical article.
How does it feel to do good things and bad? Which feels best and why? Can you do a good deed that changes the world?
Then let’s work together to write a really good rap to remember history’s greats. There are lots to include! Perform to an audience and teach them the words so that they can all rap along.
Perhaps we can be heroes – just for one day?

Mighty Metals

This half term Year 3 pupils will explore the scientific worlds of forces and magnetism, metals and materials. They will investigate forces at work, find out which metals are attracted to magnets and explore why magnets attract and repel. They will also read the story of ‘The Iron Man’ about a strange iron giant who mysteriously appears one night and begins devouring all of the metal around him.




Tribal Tales

Year 3 pupils are heading back to prehistoric times this half term to gather berries and hunt down dinner. They will learn about ancient objects and mystical monuments that reveal the secrets of an ancient time.
This half term they will learn all about how the people of Britain developed over thousands of years from the Stone Age to the Iron Age.




Urban Pioneers

Let’s get out of the classroom and walk into town- look around and explore the urban landscape. This topic uses geography (maps and the environment) and art to explore our local area. Can we create a sculpture or piece of art to decorate the wall? We can all be urban pioneers and write poems, leaflets and stories based on the locality. This topic has science links to light/dark/shadows and reflection.
Explore with fresh eyes the art of the city, then capture a moment in time – perhaps a reflection on a building or a shadow passing by. How could you improve the urban environment?