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 3 will be continuing to focus on Sustainable Development and will be inspired by their new core text, ‘Song of the Dolphin Boy’, as story about a young boy from Scotland who is trying to save his aquatic friends from the danger of being injured by plastic and other rubbish that floats out into the water. This will further inspire our learning about plastic pollution and to be change makers. We will be continuing to develop our history and geography learning all about the River Thames, reflecting on how it has changed over time and the impact of key events. We will then decide upon, plan and deliver out final project outcome, with the intention of being agents of change and reducing plastic pollution in the River Thames.

English: In English, the children will be further inspired by our core text to write a diary entry from the perspective of the main character. They will focus on expressing the characters emotions, which will be generated through the use of speaking and listening activities such as hot seating and role play.  

Maths: In this half term, the children will be reflecting on their prior knowledge of charts and graphs from Year 2. They will begin to build on this knowledge by generating their own questions from a graph. We will then move onto measurement, measuring objects in the classroom, converting between units of measurement and beginning to calculate perimeter. We will then link this to real-life learning by becoming interior designers and deciding on the most suitable furniture for a room, applying our knowledge of measurement. 

PE: The children will be developing the skills needed for a game of basketball. They will be learning a variety of passes such as bounce pass. They will build on a range of skills each week, leading to playing a game of basketball as a class.

SRE: The children will be continuing to explore how to overcome peer pressure and understanding different kinds of touch and personal space.

Art: This half term, Year 3 will be inspired by our global theme of Sustainable Development to create a piece of artwork using recycled products. We will also be inspired by our core text, linking to the theme of aquatic wildlife such as dolphins.  

Science: Year 3 are going to be learning all about light. They will identify how shadows are formed and altered. Alongside this, they will be learning about reflections, identifying how they occur and how they can be changed.

RE: This half term we will be learning about Buddhism. They will focus on the life of the Buddha. Researching his life, key beliefs and teachings. They will then present their learning verbally at the end of the half term.  

French: This half term, the children will continue to learn how to describe hair and eye colour and will be using noun phrases and adjectives to describe themselves.

We will complete whole class reading every day. The children will work in groups, reading books at the right level for them. Each group will read once a week with the class teacher.

The children will change their home reading books on a given day. Children will choose a book that they are able to take home to read.

Please try to read with your child every day at home for ten minutes. Please feel free to give feedback about how they got on. We appreciate all parental feedback.

Please click here to view the Year 3 Termly Overview for Autumn

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Year 4

During Spring 2, the learning will continue around the global theme of 'Identity and Diversity’ with a focus on self-identity and belonging. Over the course of the term, the children will continue to focus on anti-discrimination and civil rights laws, looking into the history of these laws and the important historical events that led to change. The children will also be unpicking and giving their opinions of the importance of different human rights laws and how they affect them.  We will also be completing our project outcome of a march, taking place in the local area, focusing on their human rights and what they believe to be important and necessary to fight for.

English: In English, this half term Year 4 will be reading the core text ‘The Eye of the Wolf’. We will be exploring Identity and Diversity through a focus on the relationship between the main characters: a boy from Africa and a wolf from Alaska. They both have different and extraordinary stories to tell so the children will explore both stories and then write a narrative of their own inspired by book.

Maths: In Maths this half term, we will be focusing on fractions, using a variety of strategies. Our learning journeys will begin with looking at equivalent fractions and then we will progress by adding and subtracting fractions to eventually being able to find fractions of a quantity. Children will also begin to look at decimals making connections with their prior knowledge of place value.

Science: In Science, we will continue to learn all about sound. Children will learn about how sounds are made and heard, and also what can have an effect on the different elements of sound, such as pitch and volume. We will be using our character skill of ‘wonder’ to explore different materials to create sound proof ear defenders. Children will explore the topic throughout with a variety of practical activities and scientific investigations.

History: In History, the children will develop their key knowledge linked to the history of anti-discrimination law and the changes that have been made by major political figures such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The children will build a timeline of major events starting from the slave trade (1619) to the events of Rosa Parks, Million-Man March and the introduction of the Civil Rights Act (1964). Children will also research the topic of segregation in the US in the 1950s and discuss why certain groups may have viewed segregation differently.

RE: In RE, we will be looking at Buddhism looking at their beliefs, teachings and sources. Ways of life; forms of expression and their identity and belonging. This will link into our Global curriculum theme so Year 4 will be making connections and showing the character skill of ‘wonder’ by discussing questions such as: ‘What are the key beliefs of Buddhism?’ and ‘Why do Buddhists value community?’

PE: In PE, children will be completing outdoor and adventurous activities as well as developing and consolidating a range of multi-skills. Also, they will continue to take part in gymnastics with our professional coach who comes to visit us on a Friday.

RSE: In RSE, children will develop their learning about gender stereotypes, discussing their previous knowledge on this topic and sharing their opinions. They will also be learning about how people grow and change, and about some differences between males and females.

French: In French, children continue to talk about festivals, read and record instructions and consolidate their knowledge of telling time through short activities.

Art: In Art, we will be researching the work of Rene Magritte to draw an image of an eye by applying different shading techniques using oil pastels and creating collage background on computers.

We will take part in whole class reading every day. The children will work on a range of reading skills and strategies including inference.

The children will change their home reading books when they have finished. They can choose a book from home to read or take a book from the book corner. It is important that the children try to choose books that stretch them and help to improve their vocabulary.

Please try to read with your child every day at home for 10 minutes. Please give feedback about how they got on, or the difficulty level of reading book so we can constantly track progress. We appreciate all parental feedback.

Please click here to view the Year 4 Termly Overview for Autumn

Please click here to view the Year 4 Termly Overview for Spring

Please click here to view the Year 4 Termly Overview for Summer