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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

English: This half term we shall be studying ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. It is a fictional story about a man who comes to chop down a tree in the Amazon rainforest but the animals plead with him not to destroy their world. It also highlights the very real and current problem of deforestation and the effect it is having on our environment and the animals in the rainforest. Our written outcome will be a narrative story about deforestation in the Amazon. 

Maths: This half term we will be looking at fractions: working out fractions of amounts and recognising equivalent fractions. We will also be looking at time including telling and writing the time from an analogue clock and using Roman numerals from I to XII and 12 hour and 24 hour clocks.

Science: The children will be exploring the function of muscles and skeletons in different animals including humans, looking at what makes a healthy diet and why we need to eat and drink to stay alive.

Geography: This half term we will be looking at the impact of deforestation on our environment, focusing on the Amazon rainforest. We will also be looking at ways we can fundraise and support the WWF charity to see how we can help. 

RE: This half term we will be looking at Christianity, including the story of Noah’s Ark and Pope Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

Art/Music: The children will be doing observational drawings of a butterfly in art and will be creating rainforest landscapes in music.

PE is every Monday and Wednesday. On Monday Year 3 will be working with Mr Baker and on Wednesday they will be creating dance sequences linked to the rainforest. 

Our Author Focus for this half term is Francesca Simon.

All children take part in a guided reading session daily. We shall also be continuing the Reading Challenge we began last year - hopefully the children have been busy reading during their spare time! Please make a note in your child’s contact book when they have read with you, writing down the name of the book and your initials. 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.

Any reading at home is great, it doesn’t need to be a long session – 10-15 minutes a day is fine; once this is established as part of a child’s routine, it quickly becomes a very enjoyable part of the day for both child and parent.

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.

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.

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

 

Year 4

English: This half term we shall be studying ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B.White. We will be exploring animal welfare and the difference between factory and free-range farming. We will be working towards writing a persuasive letter.  

Maths: The children will continue to study fractions and will begin to learn about the relationship between fractions and decimals. We will also be solving problems involving money and interpreting information from graphs and charts. 

Science: The children will be exploring different food chains, thinking about providers, prey and predators. We will be learning how to classify animals in different ways.  

DT: This half term in DT, we will be building our own model farms. We will be planning our design and thinking about the products that will be needed. When we have our finished product, we will evaluate the process and product. 

RE: In our RE learning, we will be exploring Buddhism. We will be learning about the Buddhist community and exploring the life of a monk. 

PE lessons are every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Jeremy Strong.

All children take part in a guided reading session daily. We shall also be continuing the Reading Challenge we began last year - hopefully the children have been busy reading during their spare time!

Each child has a reading grid in their contact books; please remember to make a note on that grid of what the children have read and initial it as those books will contribute to the children’s Reading Challenge totals. All children are welcome to exchange their books with one from the book corner when they have finished.

Any reading at home is great, it doesn’t need to be a long session – 10-15 minutes a day is fine, but once this is established as part of a child’s routine, it quickly becomes a very enjoyable part of the day for both child and parent.

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.

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.

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