At Rockliffe Manor Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Rockliffe Manor we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Year 3

This term, Year Three will be focusing on sustainable development, the human impact on the local environment and its animals. They will explore these themes through their core text for this half term, This Morning I Met a Whale. This book has a strong message of the need to look after the environment in order to protect life on Earth. The children will visit the River Thames where they will learn about human impact on the river through time. As part of their learning, the children will conduct a public campaign to support the cleaning of the Thames and they will create blogs and leaflets to document their journey.

As part of the campaign to keep the Thames clean, the children will go down to the riverside and promote responsible waste management. They will also visit the Thames Path and present findings and information to the public.

Our aim for the children is to understand that our behaviour affects the environment and as citizens of the world we can all make a difference.

Maths:  This half term, the children will be recapping place value in two and three digit numbers. They will also be using addition and subtraction strategies to solve real life problems and investigations.

Art: In our art lessons the children will be using water colours to experiment with and create water backgrounds. They will study Turner’s Art and will apply his techniques to create their own paintings.

RE: In RE we will be learning about Islam. The children will be able to explore the underlying values of Islam and compare them with our own school values.

PE will take place twice a week.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Michael Foreman.

Every child in Year 3 will read with the class teacher or TA once a week in their guided reading groups and will continue to take reading books home. We urge children to read at home as much as possible in order to continue to develop their comprehension and vocabulary skills. The children can change their books as often as they wish, and they take responsibility for writing the title of their books in their reading record books.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 3.


Year 4

This term, Year Four will be focusing on social justice and equity and how these themes impact on people’s lives. They will explore these themes through their core text for this half term, A Child’s Garden. This great book tells the story of a young boy who finds a small plant that brings him hope, even when his world seems bleak. The text explores the impact of war on this little boy and Year Four will be exploring how children are affected by this in the world today. The class will work together on a project, the outcome of which will be a class fund raiser to support refugees affected by war. Through DT, the children will design products that they will have the opportunity to make and sell. They will develop their skills in enterprise and finance, as well in teamwork and communication.

Maths:  Maths lessons this half term will begin by consolidating the children’s place value knowledge, this involves them partitioning, comparing and ordering numbers. The children will also be covering roman numerals and rounding.  The children will then apply their learning to real life contexts and develop their problem solving skills.

Art: In our art lessons we will be looking at the artist Angie Lewin. We will be using her work as inspiration and using string to create bright flowers on a dark background.

RE: We will be learning about Islam this half term in our RE lessons, exploring the different artefacts and learning about the five pillars.

Science: In our Science lessons this half term the children will be exploring states of matter. They will sort objects into solids, liquids and gases and develop their knowledge of the water cycle.

PE lessons will take place twice a week.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Jeremy Strong.

We will do guided reading every afternoon. The children will be working in groups, supporting each other. Each group will read with an adult once a week. Children will have an allocated day when they can change their books and their reading records will be looked at. Please ensure children have their book bags and reading records with them each day.

Please click here to view the Curriculum Framework for Year 4.