Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

Year 3

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 make their own rock buffet. We will be looking at how minerals combine to make rocks. We will move onto creating different rock types in our rock buffet-sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We then get to eat our rock buffet!


We will create our own rock buffet menu with how each rock has been made.


In this unit of work we will explore how different rocks are used, e.g. chalk, slate.

Unit Sequence: 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)


Groups will create a working model volcano, labelling the different parts. We will then take part in a quiz all about what we have learnt.


The class will be introduced to The Firework Maker's daughter by Philip Pullman.