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 summer 2, children will be reading the book ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’ by Elizabeth Lair. They will explore Peace and Justice through walking in the character’s shoes.  In the book ten-year-old Ayesha has been living in the bomb-ravaged city of Beirut with her granny and her two younger brothers. The city has been torn in half by civil war and a desolate, dangerous no man's land divides the two sides. When Granny falls desperately ill, Ayesha sets off on a journey to reach a doctor living in enemy territory. Will Ayesha make it? Will the doctor, living on enemy territory, help her? The children will write a predictive chapter, using the author’s style to convey a range of emotions, adventure, fear and empowerment. Inspired by our core text the children will explore Peace and Justice through walking in the character’s shoes. The term will culminate in an exhibition of all our learning to the parents.

Maths: This term the children will explore equivalent fractions as well as adding and subtracting fractions and will solve real life problems involving fractions.

Science: In Science, we will be identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers and exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.  

PE: In PE the children will start to develop their tennis skills and will be able to play against a partner. We will also be practising our athletic skills ready for Sports day.

Art: Inspired by the theme from our core text, the children will be creating relief paintings using papier mache. They will create a mud roc half sphere mounted on canvas with barbed wire and bird detail. The barbed wire will be turning into flying birds as a symbol of hope and freedom

RE: In our RE lessons the children will learn about weddings in different religions and the symbols involved in each ceremony.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Francesca Simon.

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 4’s global theme is sustainable development. We will be focusing on Animal rights which links to our core text ‘Charlotte’s Web’ E.B.White. This beautiful book tells the story of Wilbur, a pig who was born the runt of the litter and finds an unlikely friend in a spider named Charlotte. Charlotte ends up saving Wilbur from the slaughter house by spinning messages into her web. This links to our curriculum learning where we are thinking about farming and how it affects the environment but also how the animals are treated. We will be learning about sustainable food and will be researching different recipes that use sustainable foods. Towards the end of the year, we will be cooking and tasting the chosen recipe.

Maths:  This half term in Maths we will be learning about time, position and direction and properties of shape. Children will build on their prior knowledge and continue to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Children will also continue to practice their times tables to 12.

Art: This half term we will have Arts Fortnight, children will work collaboratively to create a canvas using different materials to paint and mix colours. The finished piece will be a gorilla in a colourful jungle. Children will also individually create a drawing of a gorilla and will experiment with different ways to add colour to their drawing.

RE: This half term in RE we will be exploring Hinduism. We will learn about the different beliefs, religious practices and ceremonies.

PE: In PE, we will be playing cricket and preparing for sports day events.

Science: Our science lessons this half term will continue to focus on Living Things and their Habitats. We will be grouping living things using different properties and we will think about how environmental changes affect living things and their habitats.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Kaye Umansky.

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.