Year 3 Autumn Term – A Blast from the Past

A historical journey from the Savage Stone Age to the Ruthless Romans

Art and Design

We will improve our mastery in a range of media, producing art work reflective of the periods we are studying. At the start of the term, we will investigate and replicate Stone Age cave paintings combining both sketching and painting techniques. Later in the term, we will research, design and make Roman mosaics and make 3D models of typical Roman shields. Additional art will be completed during our Project afternoons.

Design Technology

During the first half of the term, we will investigate Stone Age tools and the function of each. We will then choose our own tools to create soap sculptures before evaluating the effectiveness of our work. Later, we will research, design and create our own Roman chariots; we will identify components required to create a product that is fit for purpose before testing our completed projects.


We investigate various aspects of life during these significant historical periods with a focus on the impact on Britain.  Topics we cover include the following:

· Learning the chronology of the different Stone Age periods—Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic

· Learning about Stone Age settlements such as Skara Brae

· Plotting how land use and settlements changed through the Stone Age to the Iron Age

· Investigating Stonehenge

· Exploring the Roman Empire and the invasion of Britain

· Study of the Roman army and reasons for its success

· Investigate the life and achievements of Julius Caesar

· Find out about Hadrian’s wall and the reason behind it

· Explore the impact the Roman occupation of Britain had both then and today

· Study different sources of evidence about Boudicca’s revolt thinking about the reliability of each source and the best way we can get an accurate picture of the events of the past


During this term, we will learn the SMART rules and understand the importance of staying safe online. We will learn why it is important to show respect online and find out how to create safe passwords. We will also investigate information that is presented online, in a variety of formats, and will investigate trustworthy and untrustworthy sources.


We learn about the interrelated dimensions of music using the appropriate terminology including pitch, tempo and rhythm. We will then create our own music for a range of purposes.

We are also going to begin to earn the basics of the ukulele with our specialist music teacher.


This term, we will investigate why people would choose to invade other places and how this links to resources, defence and settlement. We will plot main settlements in Britain and suggest reasons for specific locations.  We will also study significant settlements through place names  and learn about why they were important then and now. During our Roman study, we will also plot Roman roads and study the links with the modern transport system.


In the first half of the term, we will learn about skeletons and muscles and how we need them for support, protection and movement. We also learn about different types of skeleton using the correct terminology (endoskeleton, exoskeleton and hydro skeleton). We will also find out how joints work and we will identify the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates

In autumn 2 , we will focus on what animals and humans need to grow and stay healthy with a focus on nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet.


To start our year, we will reflect on our ‘Zones of Learning’ and the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ and remind ourselves of strategies we can use to regulate our own emotions.

We will then learn about ways to keep ourselves safe, especially online, as we become more reliant on technology in our everyday lives.


In the first half of the term, our focus is Hinduism.  We investigate Divali and find out how celebrating Divali at home and in the community helps to build a feeling of belonging.

As Christmas approaches, we will investigate the meaning behind the celebration and ask the question  – Has Christmas lost its true meaning?


We are going to start by learning about France and French speaking countries . We will then start to learn how to  recognise and say some basic words and phrases for the following topics:

· Simple Greetings

· Introduce classroom commands

· Colours (red, yellow, green, blue and orange)

· Christmas Nouns (reindeer, present, Christmas tree, snowman, Father Christmas, Sleigh)

· Numbers 1 -12


Indoor – This term, we will learn how to link movements, with increased control,  to create simple routines in both gymnastics and dance.

Outdoor—Throughout the autumn, we will focus on invasion games and will learn the skills required to play simple versions of hockey and flag football.

In addition to the taught aspects of our curriculum we also provide children with many other opportunities to develop and extend their learning. Please click on one of the following links to find out more.