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Year 3

In Year 3 we have two major historical foci - one in the autumn term - Ancient Civilisations which build from our geography focus on the River Nile and one in the summer term focusing on our local history of Lowestoft. 


Autumn  - Why did they choose to live there?



Launching with an extended project that starts with a geography focus to learn about rivers of rivers and their importance on human geography of settlements.  Using this knowledge of rivers focus on the River Nile and why was it crucial for the development of the Ancient civilisation of Egypt? Becoming a historian and take an opportunity to focus on life in Ancient Egypt – who were important; how did they show their importance; life as an Ancient Egyptian.Using their knowledge of ancient civilisations children will compare and contrast the achievements of other ancient civilisations  - Indus Valley; Shang Dynasty of Ancient China; Ancient Sumer. Focusing on Ancient Sumer will discuss the fertile crescent and it’s importance in the world.  How was life similar and different?

Summer Term - Is Lowestoft the place to be?



Building on from our local studies in Key Stage 1 pupils will focus on the fishing history of Lowestoft and how it shaped our communities.  Asking questions about how Lowestoft has changed over time. How vital has the decline of the fishing industry been to the future development of Lowestoft? Using our geographical skills consider what is this place like and why?  How important is tourism to us now. Compare and contrast other regions in the UK with fishing industries – how did they regenerate? What is happening in Lowestoft now?