Each topic that children study is supported by a number of resources. In addition to the resources that children will use in class, the resources below are also relevant to the topics being studied by children in Year 3 during the course of the school year. Making use of these resources as a home learning activity helps children to achieve their curriculum objectives for the year.

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Autumn Term: The Rainforest

Explore the animal and plant life of the world’s rainforests with these resources.

A mountain covered in rainforest

Topic Glossary

  • Biodiversity: the wide variety of living things on earth
  • Botanist: a person that studies plants
  • Camouflage: the way something changes to blend into its surroundings
  • Canopy: the very tallest layer of a forest
  • Carbon dioxide: a gas that is released when animals breathe and when things are burned by fire
  • Climate: the weather that is usually found in a particular area
  • Cloud forest: a forest that gets water from mist instead of rain
  • Colony: groups of animals that live and work closely together
  • Crown: the top of a tree
  • Deforestation: the removal of many trees over large areas
  • Drip tips: pointed leaves shaped to make water run off them
  • Emergent layer: trees that grow taller than the others around them
  • Equatorial: the area near the middle of the earth
  • Evergreen: a plant that has leaves all year
  • Extinction: an animal or plant that no longer lives or grows
  • Habitat: the place where a plant or animal makes its home
  • Hibernate: sleeping for a very long period
  • Humid: when the air contains a high level of water
  • Indigenous: a living plant or animal that occurs naturally in an area
  • Liana: long stemmed, woody vines that sometimes look like ropes
  • Monsoon: a seasonal wind that changes direction with the seasons
  • Temperate: a climate where it is neither extremely hot or cold
  • Tropical: the area around the equator where it is warm all year
  • Understorey: Rainforest vegetation below the canopy and above the ground
  • Vegetation: the plant life growing in a given area


Spring Term: The Stone Age

Travel back to prehistoric Britain and learn about what life was like as a Stone Age child.

A model of two neolithic men

Topic Glossary

  • Neolithic Man: a man who lived during the Neolithic time, betweeen 10,000 and 2000 years ago.
  • Neolithic Woman: a woman who lived during the Neolithic time, betweeen 10,000 and 2000 years ago.
  • Mammoth: a large animal, similar to an Elephant and now extinct, covered in fur and having long tusks and a trunk.
  • Fur Pelt: the fur and skin of an animal after it has been removed
  • Jewellery: decorative items worn by a man or a woman
  • Tools: items that help make tasks easier
  • Skara Brae: a large neolithic settlement in Scotland
  • Weapons: an object that can be used to attack or injure an animal or person
  • Spears: a weapon used for stabbing
  • Throwing Stones: a weapong used for hitting a distant target
  • Hand Axe: a tool with a sharp edge for working with materials like wood
  • Borer: a tool with a pointed end for working with soft materials like earth and clay
  • Antler: the horns from an animal, used for decoration
  • Hammerstone: a blunt stone used for hammering another object
  • Cave Paintings: decorations painted on wall with coloured powders


Spring Term: The Romans

Explore Roman times and culture and examine the impact the Romans had on Britain.

The Colosseum, Rome

Topic Glossary

  • Colosseum: a Roman amphitheatre built in the centre of Rome
  • Amphitheatre: an open air venue used for entertainment
  • Aqueduct: a bridge to convey water over an obstacle
  • Bath House: a place for people to wash and bathe
  • Mosaic: a piece of art made from many small, coloured pieces
  • Temple: a grand and ornate building dedicated to a deity
  • Villa: a country house build for wealthy Romans
  • Soldier: a member of the roman Army
  • Centurion: a Roman Soldier in charge of many other Soldiers
  • Shield: a piece of equipment used by a Soldier to protect them from an attacker
  • Chariot: a type of cart, pulled by horses
  • Standard: a flag or banner containing and image that represents a group of Soldiers
  • Toga: a piece of cloth often worn by people in Roman times
  • Boudica: queen of a tribe who challenged the Romans
  • Gladiator: a swordsman who entertained audiences, often in amphitheatres
  • Emperor: the ruler of the Roman empire
  • Roman Numerals: a way of writing numbers, devised by the Romans


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One or more copies of each book shown on this page is available for children to refer to in the school library.