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Langar Church of England Primary School

Year 3

Breadth of Study


Location and place knowledge

Use maps to locate the Equator, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. Consider the countries and climates that surround these lines and discuss the relationships between these and the countries.

Use the language of ‘north’, ‘south’, ‘east’, ‘west’ to relate countries to each other.

Study maps to make assumptions about the different areas of the focus country e.g. using map keys to identify mountainous areas, urban areas.

Identify hilliest areas and flattest areas as well as decide which rivers they think are the largest.

Identify features from photographs that show the country’s distance from the Equator.

Use photographic evidence to make statements about a country and its physical features.

Identify key landmarks of a country and separate man-made from natural.

Identify main trades and economy using a variety of sources

Analyse evidence and draw conclusions e.g. make comparisons between locations using photos/pictures, temperatures in different locations and population numbers.

Human & Physical


Locate natural features on a map of focus area.

Draw diagrams, produce writing and use the correct vocabulary to describe physical features

Discuss how physical features affect human life e.g. volcano - settlements and spatial variation.

Ask, research and explain the following questions: What makes a good settlement? Why have villages and towns grown where they are?

Identify trade links around the world based on a few chosen items e.g. coffee, chocolate, bananas.

Discover where food comes from.


Study maps and aerial photographs and use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

Draw own maps and construct basic symbols in a key.

Observe and record the features of a focus area.

Communicate findings in different ways e.g. reports, graphs, sketches, diagrams, pictures.