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


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.