Curriculum Overview

Year 3 - Autumn 1

Urban Pioneers

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Unit Overview

Hop on the bus and take a trip downtown where the lights are bright, and every street has a story to tell. 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. Make a map of your home town and find out how things have changed. Has time changed town life for the better? How could you improve the urban environment? Maybe add more colour? More light? More things to do, or perhaps a plaza with a comfortable bench or two? Or maybe, like Emil, the city astounds you with its sights and sounds and people rushing by. Now light up the city with creations of your own – a statue, a light show, a monument or street art. The possibilities are endless. What will you choose? You’re an urban pioneer, so get ready to go.


Use fieldwork to observe, measure, record and present the human and physical features in the local area using a range of methods, including sketch maps, plans and graphs, and digital technologies.


Children can make a large floor map, using small world items to indicate different features. Encourage children to apply what they have learned about the human and physical geography of their own local city or town to inform the design of their fantasy city.


The driver subject for this unit of work is History & Geography

The unit will be enhanced through Art and Design.


The class will be reading Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing stories, letters and newspaper articles.


In this unit of work we will visit our local area and observe significant buildings. We will undertake a simple survey and ask local people to take part.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. To use appropriate tools (software, websites and apps) to collaborate and communicate safely online
  2. To analyse primary data, identifying any patterns observed.
  3. To group and sort materials as being reflective or non-reflective
  4. What are sunglasses for? (Investigation)
  5. Why do shadows change? (Investigation)
  6. To analyse a range of historical information to explain how a national or international event has impacted the locality.
  7. To use appropriate tools (software, websites and apps) to collaborate and communicate safely online.
  8. To analyse maps, atlases and globes, including digital mapping, to locate countries and describe features studied.
  9. Describe the type and characteristics of settlement or land use in an area or region
  10. Use four-figure grid references to describe the location of objects and places on a simple map.