Through the Ages

Year 3

Unit Overview

Let’s travel back to prehistoric times! This half term we’re going to be imagining our local area during prehistoric times by studying maps and researching online. Through our research, we’ll learn about the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age. What were people’s daily lives like and what epic battles did they fight? Using techniques such as cutting, scraping and mark making, we’ll make Stone Age tools. We’ll look closely at cave paintings and create our own. As we learn about the Bronze Age, we’ll plant grains and learn about plant life cycles. Copying the Beaker folk style, we’ll make clay containers. Then, we’ll travel to the Iron Age to learn about hill forts and the properties of iron.


Children will spend time in the school grounds imagining what once roamed the land, going back 1,000 years.


Throughout this unit of work we will be writing short non-fiction texts and captions which we will use in our Parkfield Museum.


In this unit of work we will be diving into the history of our school grounds, thinking about the surrounding landscape and imagining a time, thousands of years ago, when prehistoric man roamed the Earth.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Sequence dates and information from several historical periods on a timeline. (History)

  2. Describe how past civilisations or lives of people in Britain developed during the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. (History)

  3. Make choices about the best ways to present historical accounts and information. (History)

  4. Analyse primary data, identifying any patterns observed. (Geography)

  5. Describe the roles of tribal communities and explain how this influenced everyday life. (History)

  6. Describe the everyday lives of people from past historical periods. (History)

  7. Make choices about the best ways to present historical accounts and information. (History)

  8. Draw and label the life cycle of a flowering plant. (Science)

  9. Set up and carry out some simple, comparative and fair tests, making predictions for what might happen. (Science)

  10. Analyse maps, atlases and globes, including digital mapping, to locate countries and describe features studied. (Geography)

  11. Explain the cause and effect of a significant historical event. (History)

  12. Describe the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant. (Science)

  13. Explain the similarities and differences between two periods of history. (History)



Children will present their learning at the Parkfield Museum.


The class will be reading Stig of the Dump by Clive King.