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Year 3

Year 3 Rationale

Autumn 1

In Year 3, pupils continue to develop the key skills of History and add to their subject knowledge. Here, using the skills of communication, enquiry and interpretation of sources, pupils investigate about the past of their local area (Blackburn). Pupils make links between and across periods, noting connections, contrasts and trends over time. They use sources to start devising historically valid questions about change, cause, similarity, difference and significance in their local area, analysing how our school has changed and why our local area might have changed. Pupils experience what it was like to be in a ‘Victorian classroom’ and write a diary entry in the point of view of a Victorian child.


Spring 1

In the Spring term, Year 3 pupils understand some significant aspects of the Stone Age, Stonehenge and Ancient Britain. They are required to use specialist terms and vocabulary linked to the chronology of the Stone Age and make some links and connections across periods. Pupils learn about Historians, Archaeologists and understand some of the methods of historical enquiry, and how evidence is used to make detailed observations, finding answers to questions about the Stone Age. Children write an interview with a Stone Age man, with a focus on using historical vocabulary and facts within their work. Pupils end the sequence of lessons with an end of unit quiz and by creating a presentation in groups to demonstrate what they have learned about the Stone Age.


Summer 1

To begin the summer term, pupils compare the life of the Celts before the Romans invaded Britain with after and consider how the Romans have impacted the way that we live today. Year 3 pupils continue to compare their knowledge about the Celts, Romans and the Iron Age, with prior learning, for example, with their knowledge of the Victorians and of the Stone Age. Children are encouraged to begin to consider the reliability of evidence.