Y3 History

History lessons take place fortnightly on a Monday afternoon with Miss Powell.

Year 3 History Overview

Term/Unit Topic Overview/Objectives
Autumn How did the lives of ancient Britons change during the Stone Age?
  • Describe the ways of life which are typically associated with the Stone Age period of history and identify and give reasons for those which are likely to be accurate and those that are anachronisms – simply could not have occurred then
  • Recognise that the Stone Age in Britain is a period of prehistory which began when the first modern humans arrived in Britain between 850,000 and 950,000 years ago and ended approximately 4,500 years ago with the beginning of the Bronze Age
  • Describe and suggest reasons for the presence of a small family group of people from the Old Stone Age on a beach in Norfolk and compare and contrast this with how most people use beaches today
  • Describe and explain how archaeologists use a great variety of artefacts, including monuments, to try to understand how ancient Britons lived during the Stone Age
  • Describe the likely features of Stone Age summer and winter camps in Britain and offer reasons and explain why they were required
  • Recognise, describe and compare and contrast the difference between historical facts (what we know for certain) and historical supposition (assumptions we make about the actions of people and events without certain knowledge or evidence)
  • Identify, describe, compare and contrast and explain some of the important ways in which life for ancient Britons changed during the Stone Age
Spring What is the secret of the standing stones? (Bronze Age Britain)

Based on their knowledge with additional research, identify, describe, explain and justify the choice of 10 artefacts to be placed in the grave of a Bronze Age warrior chief

Summer How do artefacts help us understand the lives of people in Iron Age Britain?
  • Identify and describe the common features of the archaeological remains of Iron Age hill forts found around Britain today
  • Suggest how an Iron Age hill fort might have appeared when first constructed, giving reasons to justify the choice of features which have been included
  • Compare and contrast their reconstruction with that which professional archaeologists have produced based on available evidence
  • Describe the main features of an Iron Age roundhouse and identify and suggest reasons for the purpose of artefacts found within them
  • Interpret a range of evidence to generate reasons, and then explain, why Iron Age Britain was often a violent time
  • Recognise and describe the importance of Iron Age staters and understand through explanation how archaeologists suggest they were used by people over 2,000 years ago
  • Recognise a range of reasons for a magnificent Iron Age shield being in the River Witham and synthesise these reasons into an explanation
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