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Autumn Topic

Through the Ages!

Welcome to our topic for the Autumn Term... Through the Ages!


In this project, your child will learn about three different periods of British prehistory: the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. They will discover terminology relating to time and sequence dates to make a timeline. They explore the changes to people, homes and lifestyle throughout the different periods and investigate examples of prehistoric settlements, monuments, burials and artefacts in detail. They will also study how technology improved over time, including how the discovery of different metals changed the way that people lived.

Reading and Writing


We will be looking at the 3 texts below which all relate to our topic! We start with 'Stone Age Boy' and 'Ug', but will also be using the text, H'ow to wash a woolly mammoth' when we learn about instructional writing. 


We will be looking at a variety of different writing styles, such as...

  • Narratives
  • Chronological Reports
  • Instructions



Our Maths journey begins in Year 3 by looking at ‘Number and Place Value.’  We will be writing and recognising numbers up to 1000 in both words and numerals. The children will explore counting in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100 and understanding how these skills and number facts can help them solve worded problems.


As the term progresses, we will move onto looking at ‘Addition and Subtraction'. The children will be learning and practising mental calculations and how to use inverses for addition and subtraction. They will be introduced to mental and written methods for calculation and learning how to use these methods to solve number problems with growing confidence and independence.

Additional Learning Opportunities


As well as focusing on the core subject areas we will be looking at key foundation subjects. The focus will be on the skills which link to our topic. Here's what we will be focusing on...



We will be focussing on the Stone Age and how this progressed into the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Children will explore timelines and ordering events chronolgically aswell as researching into everyday life and how this evolved through the ages.



Our focus will be looking at Stone Age monuments, such as Stone Henge.



Understanding colour theory and looking at the colour wheel. We will make our own colour wheel, identifying warm and cool colours. We will also be looking at prehistoric pots and researching Bell Beaker culture.



We will be using Purple Mash to learning about coding, online safety and spreadsheets.



We will be learning new skills in basketball and football, whilst we work and play as a team. We will also be using the gym apparatus to create sequences in pairs.



Autumn 1 Concept: Symbols

  • Theme:  Hinduism / signs & symbols

Autumn 2 Concept: Ritual

  • Theme: The Bible



Families and Friendships - What makes a family and features of family life.

Safe Relationships - Personal boundaries; safely responding to others and impact of hurtful behaviour.

Respecting Ourselves and Others - Recognising respectful behaviour; the importance of self-respect and courtesy and being polite.

How you can help at home


Parents can support by encouraging children to read lots of information books about Stone Age history, and a life through the ages! Below are some useful websites which the children may want to explore...



As well as this, it is important that your child reads their book at least twice a week and brings it back to school so we can monitor their progress. Reading at home will help enhance children’s reading skills as well as their writing.  Homework will be given out every Friday and asked to be returned on Tuesday.  It will be linked to what your child has been learning about in school that week so discussing their home learning with them would be a great way to help with their speaking and listening skills too!  Alongside this, spelling tasks will be sent home for children to practise. 


Thank you for your support, any questions please ask! smiley