Curriculum Overview

Year 3 - Summer 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.

Emperors and Empires****

Unit Overview

Let’s discover a fantastical world of mythical creatures and heroes!

This half term, we’ll learn about Apollo and the other gods who reign from Mount Olympus and create a crown, shield or sword fit for a god or goddess. . We’ll explore the land of Greece, where the sun scorches the wings of Icarus and Helen of Troy inspires the launch of a thousand ships. In PE, we’ll take part in athletics and practise synchronised battle movements just like the ancient Greeks. Using historical source materials, we’ll research daily life in ancient Greece. We’ll write diaries as Daedalus or Icarus and learn about epic battles. In art we will Look at images of Greek plates, pots and patterns and draw or paint a scene in ancient Greek style for a vase or plate based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur . We’ll read Theseus and the Minotaur and create amazing labyrinths, using positional language to guide others around the maze. On maps of Greece, we’ll plot the journeys made by ancient Greek characters.


We will be visiting Touchstones in Rochdale to take part in a Greek workshop and become ‘history detectives’! We will look carefully at their exhibitions, artefacts and museum signage and listen to experts talking about the topic.


Reflection time - What have I learnt?

Children will open a gallery to showcase their work from this term.


The driver subject for this unit of work is History.

The unit will be enhanced through Art and design and Design Technology.


The class will be reading Theseus and the Minotaur.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing Character profiles of our favourite God or Goddess. An imaginative diary account from a day in the life of Icarus or Daedalus and a description of a new deity, explaining who they are and what they represent. Are they a god or goddess of one thing or many, like most of the Greek deities?


In this unit of work we will...

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Listen and respond to the instructions, contributions or viewpoints of others.
  2. Describe the achievements and influence of the ancient Greeks on the wider world
  3. Make choices about the best ways to present historical accounts and information.
  4. Explain the cause and effect of a significant historical event
  5. Analyse maps, atlases and globes, including digital mapping, to locate countries and describe features studied. (Geography)