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Year 3

Main Theme: We are Scientists

End project: Designing and creating a puppet show

Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?

  • Working as part of a team
  • Reasoning
  • Ability to show leadership
  • Information gathering
  • Making links
  • Confidence

Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?

  • Where does light come from?
  • How does light travel?
  • Sources of light
  • Reflective materials
  • Identifying objects which are opaque, translucent and transparent
  • Experimenting materials which are opaque, translucent and transparent
  • Experimenting with shades of colour
  • How are shadows formed?
  • Silhouettes
  • Design and make puppet show
  • Life of Thomas Edison

Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop Literacy and Numeracy skills?

  • Timeline of the life of Thomas Edison
  • Evaluation of investigations
  • Fact file of Thomas Edison

Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?

  • Evaluating which material worked the best, opaque, translucent and transparent
  • Evaluation of puppet show
  • Evaluation with reflective materials

Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Subject Knowledge/Skill Curriculum Areas Covered
I recognise that I need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. Science
I can notice that light is reflected from surfaces. Science
I can recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect my eyes. Science
I can recognise that shadows are formed when light from a light source is blocked by a solid object. Science
I can find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. Science
I use search tools to find appropriate information and decide whether I can trust it Computing
I can improve my mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (e.g. pencil, charcoal, paint, clay). Art
I can use timelines to place events in order and can show changes based on this History
I can use a variety of different sources to collect information about the past. History
I can use research and criteria to develop products which are fit for purpose Design Technology

Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Learning Skills Statements


  • I can cope with changes to my routine.


  • I can follow instructions without support from others.


  • I can put across my ideas to others.


  • I'm curious about new things and prepared to ask questions.


  • I understand when a task has been completed to the best of my ability


  • I can check and edit my work


  • I can listen and follow instructions independently

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Reynolds Academy Principal

Rebecca Scott