Roald Dahl Class - Year 3

Topics for the year


Autumn Term: Who’s the Mummy?


The Autumn Term has a historical focus of Ancient Egypt. The children will be exploring the location of Egypt, comparing it with the UK. We will also be learning about the daily life of the Ancient Egyptians, discovering how they wrote messages, used a shaduff system to collect water and how they built the pyramids. The children will also enjoy discovering how the mummification process happened and why this was important to Ancient Egyptian culture.



Spring Term: River deep, Mountain high


The Spring Term sees more of a geographical focus, looking at rivers, coasts and mountains. The children will become familiar with how to use an eight point compass, using this to notice landmarks during trips in the local area. We will be looking at examples of different pieces of artwork including waterways, using what we learn to create our own pieces of artwork of the local river. We will also be looking at the life of John Bunyan this term and his connections to areas in Bedfordshire. This term will hopefully conclude with a trip to the seaside to enable us to complete a fieldwork project at the coast.    



Summer Term: Yabba Dabba Do!


The Summer Term will mainly be focusing upon the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will be using this as an opportunity to look at how rocks and fossils are formed, and how we can use these as evidence for different time periods. As part of this we will learn about earthquakes and volcanoes, understanding how they are formed/happen and how these can impact upon the environment. We will get the opportunity to make clay pots, weave paper and look at cave paintings, learning different pictographs to include within these.  

Dahl Class have made a super start to Year 3!

During ‘Well-Being’ weeks we spent time reading The Enormous Crocodile, doing some art work linked to this as well as retelling the story – I was very impressed with writing produced! The children made crocodiles with Mrs Lane using paper – they look really tricky and I believe took a great deal of concentration and patience but they look great on top of Roald Dahl’s shed that we have in our classroom … yes we really do have his shed in our room! Well a cardboard version of it! We went on to learn more about Road Dahl himself – did you know his favourite colour was yellow?

We also celebrated his 101st birthday with a ‘party’ – the children made the food – Snozzcumber Sandwiches, George’s Marvellous Medicine Jelly Pots, Mr Twit’s Hairy Scary Beards and Oompa Loompa’s Fruit Dippers! The children changed into their party clothes and we played party games and ate food … ALL of the food!

The following Friday we had out Topic introduction day. We set up activities in both classrooms allowing the children to mix and work with each other. Some of the activities included making Pitta Bread and Fattoush Salad (I was very impressed that every child in Dahl Class tried both things even if they thought they wouldn’t like it.) We had research tables, a painting table, secret messages written in Hieroglyphics, building pyramids outside using different construction kits as well as broken terracotta pots (Delivered that morning from Howard Carter himself!), unfortunately the pots had got broken in transit and the children were challenged with rebuilding them in the ‘tomb’ we had set up outside. A fun day was had by all!

“if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl