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Year 3 Curriculum

 Autumn - Where on earth are we?

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve their locational knowledge through identifying the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night)
  • Practise geographical skills through using maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate features studied  Use the eight points of the compass to build their knowledge of the wider world.

Skills Objective:

  • Children will use maps, atlases and globes with an opportunity for making a map.
  • Children will be comparing how globes and different types of map represent our world.

Fieldwork opportunities:

Not in this unit

Cross-Curricular Opportunities:

English: writing text for a picture book or to recount as a story without words: writing game rules; listening to how John Harrison solved the problem of longitude

Maths: learning about scale, direction and compass points; learning about properties of a sphere; time and the 24-hour clock; angles

Science: seeing the Earth from space

Art & design: making a papier-mâché globe; an invented game

Computing: writing a new game Design & technology: making a papier-mâché globe; inventing a game.

 Spring - Is climate cool?

Learning Objectives:

  • Locate some of the world’s climate zones on a globe or map, name examples and have some understanding of them • Describe and give examples of the variety of biomes and vegetation belts •
  • Use appropriate geographical vocabulary to describe weather, climate, climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Skills Objectives:

Children will use, read, learn to extract information from a wide variety of maps of the world (accessible on the Internet) and interpret them. They will build on the previous Unit: Where On Earth Are We?

Fieldwork Opportunities:

Organise a visit to a deciduous forest or woodland and find out about the native trees of our temperate forest biome. Try to arrange a talk from a park or countryside ranger to discover more about the issues affecting the flora, fauna and countryside of, or near/nearest to, your local area.

Cross-Curricular Opportunities:

English: reading factual information; recording factual information in writing, on a diagram; writing a case study, a script; discussing ideas and information; practising presentation skills; speaking in an interview

Maths: learning about temperature; measuring in millimetres

Science: researching plant and animal habitats; learning about temperature, plant and animal life.

Art & design: creating a wall collage of visual material, an informational poster

Computing: writing a PowerPoint presentation.

Summer - Do you like to be beside the seaside?

Learning Objectives:

  • Extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom• Name and locate (some) counties and cities of the United Kingdom
  • Learn about key topographical features (including coast and rivers) to understand how some of these aspects have changed over time
  • Understand similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom (SW England) and a region in a European country (Costa Blanca, Spain)
  • Describe and understand key aspects of the human geography of coasts, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity etc.

Skills Objectives:

  • The children will use maps including OS 1:50000, atlases, Google Earth as appropriate to the task, making their own decisions about which to choose.
  • Use 8 points of compass, symbols & keys Map work using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.


This unit includes opportunities for fieldwork such as a fieldtrip to a coastal area

.Cross-curricular Opportunities:

English: using descriptive language; using persuasive writing

Science: learning about beach, cliff and sea habitats

Art & Design: designing and creating posters and presentations to promote a coastal location

Computing: using Google Earth to explore the world

Music: singing a song about the seaside