Years 3 and 4 for single and mixed cohorts
Below is an overview of the Year 3/4 curriculum for the term. Some subject areas include a link to relevant websites that you and your child may find useful. If you have any queries about any area of your child’s learning, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
All pupils will be developing their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in all aspects of the Literacy curriculum. This term, Year 3 will be focussing upon Poetry and Stories with familiar settings. Year 4 are currently working on Stories set in other cultures and will be moving onto Images through Poetry.
After the huge success of the Reading Rollercoaster last year we have decided to run the scheme again this academic year. The children will all start working towards their bronze certificate, needing ten stars to achieve the award.
In Year 3 the children will be expected to read their school reading book twice a week and have a signed and dated comment from an adult. They will also need to have their reading book in school every day.
In year 4 the children will need to read their school reading book twice a week and something of their own once a week in order to move on to the next level. Please record this in their reading record along with the dates when they read.
Children will continue to progress through the National Curriculum Unit A1-E1. They will be introduced to a variety of mental and written strategies to work out calculations for all four operations (+, -, x, ÷). Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of 2D and 3D shapes (faces, edges, vertices and right angles). They will carry out investigations and solve word problems.
The children will be learning about the Stone age and Bronze age through an enquiry based approach starting with the question ‘Who invented the knife?’. Through research and investigation they will find out about the way people lived during this time, including the tools they used. The new National Curriculum framework requires children to learn about history and chronology. We will be using timelines to develop their understanding of these periods in History.
Children in Year 3 will be investigating forces, including attraction and repulsion between magnets, materials attracted to a magnet and strength of magnets. They will carry out experiments where they will continue to learn about the importance of fair testing and will present their results in a range of ways before explaining what they have found out.
In Year 4 the children are learning about feeding and the digestive system. During this unit the children will look at how the digestive system operates in humans. They will focus on the role of teeth in the feeding process and how these should be looked after. In addition, the will look at the feeding relationships in a variety of food chains.
ICT (E safety)
The children will learn the importance of E safety and ways that they can protect themselves whilst using the internet. They will then move on to develop their internet research skills.
This term the children will be looking at portraits. They will be learning about complementary colours on the colour wheel and then creating a self-portrait collage. The final piece will be a clay self-portrait.
In D.T. the children will be designing and making a moving monster. They will develop their skills in measuring and cutting. They will also learn about pneumatics and incorporate this in their design before evaluating their work.
Modern Foreign Languages
During the Autumn term, the Year 4 children will learn to describe how they travel to school in French. They will begin to talk about places and objects around school, their favourite lessons and will be introduced to telling the time in French.
During the Autumn term, the Year 4 children will continue to develop their skills of pitch and rhythm using the tin whistle, beginning to read actual musical notation. They will also learn songs from memory, as part of the Christmas performance.
Swimming at Whittonstall is on a Thursday afternoon and at Broomley on a Tuesday morning. This will start from the 12th September. All classes will develop their skills in invasion games and other multi skills activities. Indoor and Outdoor PE kits must be brought in every Monday and will be sent home on a Friday. Please make sure that children have appropriate waterproof shoes for outdoor PE. Year 3 will have outdoor games on a Thursday afternoon and Year 4 on a Wednesday afternoon, then PE on the following days:
During the Autumn term, the Year 3 and 4 children will be learning about the importance of the Bible to Christians. They will also learn about Hindu festivals, such as Divali.
Children will receive one piece of English and Maths homework each week. Year 3 and 4 will get Maths homework on Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday. English homework will be handed out on the Wednesday to be returned by the following Tuesday.
The children will continue to follow the RWI spelling programme. Each child has a spelling log book which they will bring home daily to practise. This book needs to be brought back to school each day and the children will be tested every other week. Please could children practise these at home on a separate piece of paper rather than in their log books.
Number facts will be given out to both year groups on a Monday and will be tested on the following Friday.