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: Powerful Settlers

Norsemen are seen here aboard their small ship in a historical painting by Oscar Wergeland.

Norsemen aboard their small ship

Topic Glosary

  • Civilization: a human society with its well-developed organisations.
  • Chronology: the order in which a series of events happened.
  • Furthark: the Viking alphabet.
  • Invaders: people who enter a country with the intention of ruling it.
  • Settler: a person who arrives from another country in a new place in order to live there and use its land.
  • Whetstone: a stone which is moistened with water and used to sharpen metal blades.
  • Insulator: Prevents or reduces the transfer of heat.


Spring Term: Explosive Journeys

An erupting volcano

Topic Glosary

  • Tectonic plate: Earth's outer layer is made up of large, moving pieces called plates. All of Earth's land and water sit on these plates. The plates are made of solid rock. Under the plates is a weaker layer of partially melted rock. The plates are constantly moving over this weaker layer.
  • Dormant: This volcano has not erupted recently, it could still erupt in the future. This volcano will not have erupted in the past 10,000 years but it is expected to erupt again.
  • Extinct: This volcano hasn't erupted in a very long, long time and is not expected to erupt ever again.
  • Active: Eruptions can be anytime and often. It has erupted within the last 1000 years.
  • Conductor: A material that allows electricity to pass through it.
  • Insulator: A material that does not allow electricity to pass through it.
  • Lava: Lava is liquid rock (magma) that flows out of a volcano. Fresh lava ranges from 1,300° to 2,200° F (700° to 1,200° C) in temperature and glows red hot to white hot as it flows.
  • Crater: Mouth of a volcano - surrounds a volcanic vent.
  • Mountain Range: These are long chains or groups of mountains. Ranges are usually 1,000 or more miles long. The Rocky Mountains and the Himalayan Mountains are examples of mountain ranges.
  • Summit: Top of a mountain


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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.