Year 3 Spring Term

Ancient Civilisations - Spring 1
We will start this Egyptian topic using a TEEP approach to find the learning objective, which will be cut up and placed around the classroom for the children to find. Working collaboratively, they will put the learning objective together to understand the main outcome. After, all children will also be given a piece of a map and they will need to carefully move around the classroom to find other children with the same map as them. They will need to work together to build the maps of Egypt like a puzzle and identify features on the map such as, the river Nile, Cairo, Luxor, the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Children will spend some time handling artefacts from the past and try to answer the question: 'What do artefacts teach us about how we can find out about life in Ancient Egypt?'   

At the end of the Egyptian topic, the children will take part in an Egyptian themed day were all staff and children will dress up. The children will engage in a range of different activities throughout the day such as, Hieroglyphs, Mummification (mummify a tomato), a typical ancient Egyptian diet and collaborative art. 


In English, we will be exploring the picture book ‘Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx’ by Joe Todd-Stanton. The children will write their own adventure story set in Egypt and use their new understanding of ancient Egyptian to include in their own story.  


In history lessons, we will investigate the ancient Egyptian civilisation by exploring ancient Egyptian houses, to understand the role of ancient Egyptian famers, the importance of the river Nile and to research the Egyptian pharaohs Tutankhamen and Nefertiti. 


In art lessons, the children will research artefacts belonging to Ancient Egypt, create observational drawings and produce their own clay sculptures, inspired by other crafts people in history. 


In science lessons the children learn about different forces magnets. Children will learn how to: compare how things move on different surfaces; notice that some forces need contact between 2 objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance; and observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others. Children learn how to compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials; describe magnets as having 2 poles and they learn how to predict whether 2 magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.


 At the end of this unit, we will create an Ancient Egyptian Museum. Parents and carers will have the opportunity to visit the museum and view the artwork produced by the children.