History & Geography Year 3

Year 3 Knowledge, skills and understanding in History

Chronological understanding

  • Can they describe events and periods using the words: BC, AD and decade?
  • Can they describe events from the past using dates when things happened?
  • Can they describe events and periods using the words: ancient and century?
  • Can they use a timeline within a specific time in history to set out the order things may have happened?
  • Can they use their mathematical knowledge to work out how long ago events would have happened?

Knowledge and interpretation

  • Do they appreciate that the early Brits would not have communicated as we do or have eaten as we do?
  • Can they begin to picture what life would have been like for the early settlers?
  • Can they recognise that Britain has been invaded by several different groups over time?
  • Do they realise that invaders in the past would have fought fiercely, using hand to hand combat?
  • Can they suggest why certain events happened as they did in history?
  • Can they suggest why certain people acted as they did in history?

Historical enquiry

  • Do they recognise the part that archaeologists have had in helping us understand more about what happened in the past?
  • Can they use various sources of evidence to answer questions?
  • Can they use various sources to piece together information about a period in history?
  • Can they research a specific event from the past ?
  • Can they use their ‘information finding’ skills in  writing to help them write about historical information?
  • Can they through research identify similarities and differences between given periods in history?

Year 3 Knowledge, skills and understanding in Geography

Geographical Enquiry

  • Do they use correct geographical words to describe a place and the things that happen there?
  • Can they identify key features of a locality by using a map?
  • Can they begin to use a 4 figure grid references?
  • Can they accurately plot NSEW on a map?
  • Can they use some basic OS map symbols?
  • Can they make accurate measurement of distances within 100Km?

Physical Geography

  • Can they use maps and atlases appropriately by using contents and indexes?
  • Can they describe how volcanoes are created?
  • Can they describe how earthquakes are created?
  • Can they confidently describe physical features in a locality?
  • Can they locate the Mediterranean and explain why it is a popular holiday destination?
  • Can they recognise the 8 points of the compass (N,NW, W, S, SW, SE, E, NE)?

Human Geography

  • Can they describe how volcanoes have an impact on people’s life?
  • Can they confidently describe human features in a locality?
  • Can they explain why a locality has certain human features?
  • Can they explain why a place is like it is?
  • Can they explain how the lives of people living in the Mediterranean would be different from their own?

Geographical Knowledge

  • Can they name a number of countries in the Northern Hemisphere?
  • Can they locate and name some of the world’s most famous volcanoes?
  • Can they name and locate some well-known European countries?
  • Can they name and locate the capital cities of neighbouring European countries?
  • Are they aware of different weather in different parts of the world, especially Europe?

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