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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

This half term we shall be studying ‘Mirror’ by Jeannie Baker. It follows the typical lives of two families from different parts of the world - a town in Australia and a village in Morocco - through pictures. We will be looking at the differences and similarities between the two places. The children will be publishing their own diary entries comparing a day in the life of each main character.

In maths the children will be studying division and solving problems using written methods such as chunking. We will also be having maths week on the first full week back, with lots of fun challenges and real life problem solving planned linked to money.

This half term in science, the children will be exploring forces and magnets. They will be visiting Woodhill school to see Dr Ken, who will be performing circus tricks linked to forces. We will also be looking at which objects are magnetic and exploring the different uses of magnets e.g. recycling.

In computing, to tie in with our core text, the children will be researching Morocco and Australia and then creating information leaflets using the iPads. 

This half term in RE we will be looking at Islam and the importance of Ramadan.

In Art, the children will be creating desert scape collages using different materials and media. 

PE lessons are every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Humphrey Carpenter.

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

This half term we shall be studying ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ by Kate Dicamillo. It follows the journey of a china rabbit who finds himself suddenly lost and this is when his journey begins. We will be using this core text to inspire us to write biographies from the perspective of the protagonist, Edward.

In Maths, the children will be studying division and shape, including area and perimeter. We shall be using this learning to help us to solve multi-step worded problems.

The half term in science, children will be exploring the human body, getting the opportunity to find out more about specific body parts such as teeth. We will be conducting experiments to understand what affects our teeth and will also be learning about all different parts of the digestive system.

To tie in with our core text, ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’, we will be exploring the Human Rights Bill in our geography lessons. We will be learning about human rights in different countries and comparing these to the United Kingdom. We will use our learning to begin learning to debate in order to discuss issues around the world.

In our RE learning, we will be exploring Hinduism. We will be learning about the Hindu Creation Story. We will also be using ICT to research the three Gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

PE lessons are every Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Anne Fine.

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.