Overview of topic for the term
Topic: Perilous Pompeii
Hooks: Trip to the Roman Museum and Mosaic Making, Roman Day
Key Text: Escape from Pompeii by Christina Balit, The Orchard Book of Roman Myths by Geraldine McCaughrean, The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer
Leading Subjects & Key Curriculum Links: English, History, Art
Overview: The children in Year 3 will start off the New Year by setting goals for their learning to encourage increased interdependence and reflection, key skills for any developing learner. These will be reviewed and revised over the subsequent weeks.
Besides this, Year 3 will continue to hone their investigative skills in our second historical topic of the year – The Romans. Watch and enjoy, as the children become absorbed in our very own Roman Day at the culmination of this topic, with chariot racing, shield making, the practising of Roman Army formations, food-tasting and the chance to play some authentic Roman street games. Furthermore, their understanding of this time period will be enhanced by our workshop at the Roman Museum and the chance to have a go at making some real-life mosaics.
Our topic will be interwoven throughout our English lessons, where we will start off with the myth about the founding of Rome (Romulus and Remus) before moving on to looking at the colourful picture book, ‘Escape from Pompeii’. This will inspire our writing about the catastrophic volcanic eruption as our Roman characters have to flee for their lives. In Science this term, we will be investigating and exploring forces and magnets, with lots of engaging and interactive activities lined up. We will also have a go at making our very own compasses. We hope the excitement of this topic which has stood the test of time, will lift the children out of their post-Christmas slumber and bring them in to the New Year with an explosive start that will capture their imaginations.