Gods and Mortals

Cornerstones Topic

Our Cornerstones topic for the Summer term is Gods and Mortals. For our memorable experience we will Meet Zeus (Ζεύς)… king of all the gods, ruler of the skies, cloud gatherer and master of rain. Listen to his torrid tale of how he fought and conquered his father, Cronus, then drew lots with his brothers, Poseidon and Hades, to become supreme ruler of the gods. Find out about his deadly powers and his lightning thunderbolt which he hurls at those who displease him. Hear why he carries his sceptre and his regal eagle. God of Justice and Mercy, the protector of the weak, and the punisher of the wicked… What can we discover about the mighty Zeus?

Our topic includes a lot of history, geography, English, art and design and PE focuses.

During our Engage stage we will look at character profiles, features of human and physical geography, source material, significant figures and throwing techniques.

The Develop stage of our topic allows us to look at; instructions and commands, recounts, different types of relationships, sequences of movement, myths and legends and the mintaur.

Innovate stage – A mysterious box with a heavy lock is found. A sign on the box says ‘Do not open’. What should we do?

Throughout the Express stage of our topic, we will create movement patterns, draw sketch maps, use our modelling and making skills and make a PowerPoint Presentation to share with the rest of the class.

Power of Reading

Throughout the Summer term, we will be reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. First published in 1968, this modern fairy tale has become a children’s classic. The dramatic opening and memorable language instantly engage the reader. The book tells the story of a mysterious iron giant whose destructive quest for food alarms the local farming community. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy, Hogarth, who forms a friendship with the Iron Man. In time the Iron Man turns from villain to hero as the world faces a bigger threat. This version, with illustrations by Laura Carlin, provides opportunities to explore the ways in which illustrations can support the text, adding a layer of intrigue and suspense that captures the reader’s attention and supports a deeper understanding of the relationships within the story.

Our overall learning aims of this teaching sequence are:

To enjoy a story and discuss its meanings

To explore narrative plot, settings, characters and draw inferences to aid understanding

To broaden understanding of writers’ use of language and build a varied vocabulary

To write non-fiction texts based on fictional experiences

To write newspaper reports based on the narrative

This text can be linked to several aspects of the curriculum and several themes. Contexts of the book could be linked to aspects of the Mathematics and Science programmes of study to provide meaningful contexts for investigation for example: area and perimeter; shape and space.
Science: KS2 programmes of study links: Year 3: Forces and magnets (also being covered throughout the Summer term)
Geography: KS2 subject content: locate the world’s countries, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities; use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied.
Music: KS2 subject content: improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter- related dimensions of music.


In Maths, we will be continuing to learn all about fractions. We will also practise written methods for the four operations throughout the Summer term. We will continue to do CLIC daily and 5 a day on a morning. We will be covering properties of shapes, measurements and statistics. Please ensure the children complete their weekly My Maths homework.


In Year 3 Lime, we will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. We will be developing an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.

The KS2 objectives for Music are:
-To play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
-To improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
-To listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
-To use and understand staff and other musical notations
-To appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
-To develop an understanding of the history of music


In PE, in the Summer term, we will be doing athletics. We are so excited to get back into the outdoors for our lessons with Mr Corcoran and Mr Adams!


In Science, we will be completing ‘The power of forces’ unit from Snap Science.

Our key questions are:

How can you make it start to move?

What’s making it move?

How well can an object slide on different materials?

Which materials are magnetic?

What can magnets do?

How strong are magnets?

How do magnets affect each other?

Why do things slow down?


In RE, our key questions are:

How do families practise their faith and how does their faith influence their lives (emphasis on Christianity and Hinduism)?

What makes some books sacred and what influence do sacred books have on believers’ lives (emphasis on the Bible and the Qur’an)?

How and why do religions teach that people should care for others and the natural world?


In the Summer term, we will be completing digital resilience and then we will move onto working on numbers and data.


The focus of study in French will be on practical communication. We will be listening attentively to spoken language and show understanding by joining in and responding. We will engage in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions and respond to those of others; seek clarification and help.