Year 3/4 Mr McEnroe 2020 - 2021

Mr McEnroe

Miss Plested

Welcome to Year 3/4

Our topic this term is
Who put the “Great” in Great Britain?




Our wow starter!

Stone Age Week!
The children will take part in Stone Age week, were they will make

  • Cave Paintings
  • Tool/weapon making
  • Stone Age Necklaces

They will also dress up, investigate Stone Age poo and watch the film Early Man





The first drawing by Mordicai Gerstein

In 1994, the Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc was discovered, filled with the oldest known drawings in existence at that time, made 30,000 years ago. In that same cave, prehistoric footprints were discovered: those of an 8-year-old child and a wolf. From these astonishing facts, THE FIRST DRAWING was born.

Using the text as a focus the children will explore the Stone Age and original cave paintings.

They will:

  • write diary entries,
  • explore the conventions of speech,
  • create character descriptions
  • write recounts of events
  • write their own historical narratives


Group comprehension. Stone Age Boy.


An amazing thing once happened to me – I tripped and fell and found myself in a place where everything was different, where the people wore animal skins and hunted and fished for their food …



Using this comprehension text, the children will learn about the life of a Stone Age boy and compare that with modern day life.

They will:

  • Write instructions on how to make Stone Age tools/hunt and skin animals.
  • Make inferences about a character
  • Retrieve key information to write a non-chronological report
  • Using a storyboard recount key events from the story.





Savage Stone Age!

  • Make stone age weapons
  • Draw and label a stone age man
  • Design and create a stone age cave
  • Draw and label Stonehenge


The Bronze Age!


  • To learn about the bronze smelting process.
  • To learn about the life of a Bronze Age person.

The Cut Throat Celts!


  • To explore and learn about the great female warrior: Boudicca.
  • To become a Celtic warrior by painting our faces blue!
  • To act out and write about the story of Boudicca.
  • To learn about a day in the life of a Celt.


The Rotten Romans!


  • What did the romans ever do for us? – Learn about all of the amazing things the romans provided for us e.g. roads, cities etc.
  • To learn about the Roman Empire and how powerful it was.
  • To make Roman money purses.
  • To learn about Roman Gods and create a fact file about a chosen God.

The Smashing Saxons!

  • To learn about Saxon laws and create their own Saxon law using Horrible Histories.
  • To learn about Anglo Saxon Britain and the seven different kingdoms: Northumbria, Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia, Kent, Sussex & Essex.
  • To learn about Alfred the Great – why was he so great? What did he achieve?


The Vicious Vikings!

  • To learn about the life of a typical Viking warrior.
  • To design and create a Viking long ship.
  • To learn about Viking Runes and create our own secret messages and name tags.
  • To design and create a Viking shield in pairs and compete in a shield wall!


The Battle of Hastings!


  • The topic will finish in 1066 with The Battle of Hastings. We will learn about the famous battle and create a whole class Bayeux Tapestry.


Key Vocabulary

Settlement, tools, tapestry, weapons, smelting, runes, laws, monarchy, invasion, warrior, battle, voyage, empire






This half term the focus will be on multiplication and division

Grid method

Short Division

Bar modelling and number lines can support learners when solving problems with multiplication alongside the formal written methods.






Class Maths

We will investigate both measurement and time throughout the term by looking at and converting measurements of everyday objects

  • Key Vocabulary

    Centimetre. Millimetre, Metre, conversion, multiply, divide, perimeter, area, rectilinear



Looking closely at our area comparing Ellesmere Port with rural areas [Lake district] and an area outside of the UK.

  • Look at the land use of our area and research how it has changed over time.
  • Design a type of settlement based on the needs of characters.
  • Use maps and atlases to locate the source of popular food products from a typical shopping list.

Trade links


Key Vocabulary

Mountains, river, human, physical, economic, energy, atlas, map, district, urban, rural,






Design Technology

Throughout the term we will make, design, and evaluate


Cave drawings

Stone age weapons


Roman money purses

Viking shields







Spring 1- Rocks

The children will become scientists and get hands on with different types of rocks!

They will observe, investigate, compare and group rocks based on their findings.

Fantastic Fossils! The children will explore the fossilisation process and use their investigation skills to work out which living things are trapped inside!

The children will discover who ‘Mary Anning’ is and why she is so famously linked to fossil finding!


They will explore soil and how it is formed and work together to make their own compost bins complete with worms!


Key Vocabulary

Rocks, igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary, fossil, soil, examine, observation, group, compare, natural, human made, Mary Anning



Spring 2- Light

The children will explore the absence of light using ‘feely bags’ to understand they need to use other senses when they can’t see!


They will explore materials to find out which ones best reflect the light in order to be the most effective.



Key Vocabulary

Light, dark, reflect, torch, sun light, shadow, blocked,



The children will create posters displaying why light from the sun is dangerous and what we can do to protect ourselves!




We will be creating shadow puppets in order to explore how and why shadows are made!


Key Vocabulary

Light, dark, reflect, torch, sun light, shadow, blocked,


Weather permitting, we will explore shadows outside and investigate how we can change the size of our own shadows.



Spring 1- Sikhism

The children will develop an understanding of ‘where’ Sikhism began and learn about the founder- Guru Nanak.

The children will learn about a variety of Sikh festivals!

We will look further into religious symbols and understand the meanings of ones associated with Sikhs.


Key Vocabulary

Sikhism, Guru Nanak, Gurdwara, Guru Granth Sahib, festival, symbol



Spring 2- Christianity- Easter

The children will begin the unit looking at comparing Christianity to what they learnt last term about Sikhism. This will include, places of worship, holy books, symbols and special festivals.

The children will explore the Easter story through drama and story boards. They will learn the events of the story and gain an understanding of why we celebrate Easter today. The children will then retell the Easter story in their own words.


Key Vocabulary

Christianity, crucifix, cross, bible, church, Easter, died, reborn



Children will have weekly music sessions taught by a specialist music teachers. The activities and songs will link closely to our topic: Who put the ‘Great’ in Great Britain?

They will:


  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments in a group
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music




Kwik Cricket

Our games sessions will be centred around the children learning skills/rules on how to play ‘Kwik Cricket’

The children will also explore an amended version of the original game- ‘Kick it cricket’.


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