Curriculum Overview

Year 3 - Autumn 2

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.

Mighty Metals

Unit Overview

Mighty metals are everywhere! From earrings to rockets, metals have shaped the world we live in today.

This half term, we’re going to become fantastic physicists, exploring the world of forces, metals and materials. At a playground, we’ll explore the forces that help us to slide and swing. Then, we’ll bring toys from home to investigate how they work. We’ll look closely at levers and explore how they help us to lift heavy objects. In maths, we’ll have fun investigating where we need to sit to make a seesaw balance. To learn more about forces, we’ll make spinners, play with parachutes and make magnetic games. We’ll also investigate iron, think about why some metals rust and discover the properties of different metals. Using pots, pans and other metal objects, we’ll compose a metal musical extravaganza and use our artistic skills to create embossed patterns and pictures.


We will visit a local playground with a wide range of play apparatus. We will explore, thinking about how the equipment works. For example, what makes the swing move to and fro? Do all things slide down the slide at the same speed? What prevents you from being flung off the roundabout?


Make a metal companion for the Iron Man. Including various metal objects; lighting up, speaking or buzzing; moving around and being magnetic.


The driver subject for this unit of work is Science

The unit will be enhanced through Design Technology


The class will be reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing: How a Robot Dog Works - a non fiction explanation.


In this unit of work we will explore a playground and investigate forces and magnetism.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Set up and carry out some simple, comparative and fair tests, making predictions for what might happen.

  2. Compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials.

  3. Take measurements in standard units, using a range of simple equipment.

  4. Investigate and compare a range of magnets (bar, horseshoe and floating) and explain that magnets have two poles (north and south) and that opposite poles attract each other, while like poles repel each other.

  5. Set up and carry out some simple, comparative and fair tests, making predictions for what might happen.

  6. Gather and record findings in a variety of ways (diagrams, tables, charts and graphs) with increasing accuracy.

  7. Use suitable vocabulary to talk or write about what they have done, what the purpose was and, with help, draw a simple conclusion based on evidence collected, beginning to identify next steps or improvements.

  8. How Mighty are Magnets? Investigation

  9. What does Friction do? Investigation