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YEARS 3 AND 4

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

In English we will be reading the core book ‘Fortunately the Milk…’ by Neil Gaiman. The children will then be writing a recount of one of the many adventures that the Dad goes on when he pops to the shop to get some milk!
 
This half term in Maths the children will begin by continuing with measure and shape, recapping written methods using the four operations then move onto data and statistics later on in the term.
 
In Science we will be looking at magnets; which materials are magnetic and how magnets attract and repel.
 
In humanities this term the children will be finding out about the Mayans and learning how they lived, what they did and who they were.
 
In Art we will be making a 3D crocodile, and sketches and collages linked to the ‘Green’ theme for Arts Fortnight. In DT the children will be planning and creating packaging for a healthy breakfast product.

This half term in PE we will be focusing on Athletics, Tennis and Dance linked to Arts Fortnight.

In RE the children will be learning about Sikhism; where and how they worship and the Holi Festival.

In our French lessons this term the children will learn numbers up to 20, colours and days of the week/months of the year.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Anthony Browne, best known for books such as ‘Voices in the Park’, ‘Gorilla’ and ‘Willy the Wimp’.

Every child in Year 3 will read with the class teacher 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 signing their books in and out of the book corner. The children will continue to receive a range of homework tasks based on points. In Year 3 we ask for children to try to complete enough tasks to earn 15 points.

Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day, taking children to the local library to read about our topics, and by practicing the times tables with them.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you would like to come in to visit to see our learning, please contact your child’s class teacher.

Year 4

After Arts Fortnight, we will begin to explore our new core text which is ‘Christophe’s Story’ by Nicki Cornwell. Christophe is an 8-year-old Asylum seeker from Rwanda. He has a story inside him and this story is waiting to be told. But with a new country, a new school and a new language to cope with, Christophe can’t find the right words. This thought provoking short novel will encourage the children to think about the role of our values and our cultural beliefs and how we can help build a better future for all.

In English the children will first, during arts fortnight, use ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ as a stimulus to create a description based on ‘The Chandelier’ in order to explore our mono chromatic theme. We will then move on to ‘Christophe’s Story’ where we will use drama techniques to explore the story. This will result in a retelling of the story from another character’s point of view.

In Maths we will be recapping mental and written calculation methods. We will also focus on interpreting and presenting data using appropriate graphical methods, including bar charts and time graphs. During maths week we will have the opportunity to explore maths in real life and become little entrepreneurs.

In RE the children will be learning about the teachings of Buddhism. They will be thinking about what the fundamental values of Buddhism are and how they link with our school values.

In Geography the children will be comparing the UK to Rwanda. They will look at the physical features of Rwanda and think about the impact that has on the culture there. They will also explore what life is like for a Rwandan child.

In Science the children will be learning about sound. We will start with exploring how sound travels by photographing painting with music. In DT the children will be designing their own cultural fruit salad, inspired by the Rwandan fruit salad, which is the culmination of every Rwandan meal.

Each week the children will have an outdoor and indoor PE lesson with Miss Fonseca. The children will be doing dance and athletics in preparation for Sports Day.

This half term begins with Arts Fortnight. The children will be creating art based around a colour theme. Year Four’s colour is monochrome. We will be creating Venetian masks to represent the Phantom of the Opera.

Every child in Year 4 will read with the class teacher once a week in their guided reading groups. During this session the class teacher will ensure the children change their reading books and will check that one of the books chosen addresses their reading needs. Children are encouraged to read every night and record this in their reading record books. All children have access to a wide variety of books in classrooms and are encouraged to choose a book of their choice and also a book levelled at their ability. Children are also encouraged to take responsibility for changing their books as often as possible which they can do by using the signing out book in the reading corner. The children will continue to receive a range of homework tasks based on points. In Year 4 we ask for children to try to complete enough tasks to earn 15 points.

Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day, taking children to the local library to read about our topics, and by practicing the times tables with them.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you would like to come in to visit to see our learning, please contact your child’s class teacher.