Curriculum Overview

Year 3 - Spring 1

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.

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

Unit Overview

In the Rocks, Relics and Rumbles project, your child will learn about the different layers of the Earth, including plate tectonics and their potential effects on the Earth's surface. They will investigate different types of rock to learn about their uses and properties. They will also investigate soil and fossils, including learning about the work of Mary Anning. They will have the opportunity to use maps to learn about the lines of latitude and longitude and a compass to learn about the cardinal and intercardinal points. They will also learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis and the long and short-term consequences that these can have.


Our Parkfielders are going to become Geologists for the day! They will be testing samples of rock to find out if they are sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic. They may even venture into the local environment!


Groups will create a model volcano, labelling the different parts. They will then film a presentation about volcanoes for another class to watch.


The driver subject for this unit of work is Geography.

The unit will be enhanced through Art and Design completing a topic called Ammonite.


The class will be reading The Firework-Maker's Daughter by Phillip Pullman.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing a non-chronological report and also a narrative.


In this unit of work we will be searching different types of rocks and soils in the school grounds and completing a range of investigations.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Name and describe properties of the Earth’s four layers.
  2. Name and describe the types, appearance and properties of rocks.
  3. Compare and group rocks based on their appearance, properties or uses. (Science)
  4. Describe simply how fossils are formed, using words, pictures or a model. (Science)
  5. Devise historically valid questions about a significant historical figure and suggest or plan ways to answer them. (History)
  6. Investigate soils from the local environment, making comparisons and identifying features. (Science)
  7. Describe the activity of plate tectonics and how this has changed the Earth’s surface over time (continental drift).
  8. Name and locate significant volcanoes and plate boundaries and explain why they are important.
  9. Describe the parts of a volcano or earthquake.
  10. Locate significant places using latitude and longitude.
  11. Classify, compare and contrast different types of geographical feature.
  12. Describe how a significant geographical activity has changed a landscape in the short or long term.
  13. Explain the cause and effect of a significant historical event. (History)
  14. Make deductions and draw conclusions about the reliability of a historical source or material. (History)