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. The children will explore through their core text for this half term ‘The Hunter’, which explores the issue of animal hunting around the world. This great book is about a young girl who discovers a baby elephant without its mother. They then go on a journey. This changes the girl’s perspective on animal hunting and the negative impact it has. As part of learning, we will be continuing to develop our history and geography skills by describing the structure of Africa as a continent and reflecting on human’s impact on the animals around the world. The outcome for this project is to create African-style wall hangings to raise money for a wildlife charity. 

English: In English, the children will be further inspired by our core text to write a first person narrative from the perspective of the main character. We will be using role-play to explore the emotions of the character and inspire our writing. In our narrative, we will be including vivid description through the use of noun phrases. 

Maths: This half term, the children will be continuing to explore addition and subtraction and applying their knowledge of place value from last half term. They will then be introduced to multiplication and division, applying their knowledge of times tables to solve problems using an efficient method.  

PE: The children will be developing the skills needed for a game of handball. They will learn about passing, attacking and defending and the rules in a game of handball. They will apply their learning to a game of handball. They will also be continuing to take part in gymnastics sessions, building on the previous skills learnt. 

Art: Year 3 are going to explore the fabric dying process. They will reflect on the sustainability of fabric dye and identify natural dyes. They will then begin to design their wall hanging. They will use natural dyes for their wall hanging and add on a design using printing.  

Science: Year 3 are continuing to learn about the human body. They will further develop their understanding of the human body by exploring the muscles in the body. They will also be identifying the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. 

RE: This half term we will be learning about key beliefs held by Christians. They will explore the importance of the bible, the ten commandments and begin to compare the old and new testament. 

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 the Autumn 2, the learning in Year 4 will be based around the global theme of 'Peace and Conflict' & ‘Social Equity & Transformation.’ The focus of the term is the equity and transformation of Sierra Leone. Over the course of the term the children will be learning about the democratic elections in May 2002 and the significance of these elections and the impact it had on transformation of Sierra Leone. The project outcome for the learning journey will be setting up a stall in Woolwich market and selling key rings that the children have designed and created. 

Maths: In Maths, this half term Year 4 will be focusing on addition and subtraction through use of the column method. We will also be looking at length and perimeter and will be measuring in mm/cm. We will apply this knowledge in the design of our key rings. We will continue to review our learning of the grid method and chunking to support in our understanding of multiplication and division 

English: In English, this half term Year 4 will be reading our core text ‘Christophe’s Story’. We will be exploring and researching a range of motivational people and their speeches and how these have inspired others. We will be learning to develop and understand that you can still be an inspiration even in the face of adversity. We will build up to our writing outcome by exploring characters’ emotions and unpicking what makes an inspirational quote.

Science: In Science, we will be learning all about Electricity through identifying and exploring different appliances around the school. We will be designing and creating simple circuits that will incorporate the different components. We will explore questions: What is the difference between an insulator and conductor? What could prevent a circuit from working? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding. In addition, we will be attending a trip to the Science Museum where children will be able to engage in scientific enquiries/experiments. 

Geography: In Geography, the children will develop their key knowledge of the physical and human features of a locality. They will suggest different ways a locality could be improved and enhanced. As part of the learning journey, the children will create a leaflet about Sierra Leone to be handed out at the fundraising event.

History: In History, the children will develop their key knowledge linked to the history of the democratic elections in Sierra Leone. They will learn about the significance of the election of President Kabbah. They will consider the impact that this election has had on the transformation of Sierra Leone. The children will use historical sources to enable them to give reasons why the President had a landslide victory in the elections. 

RE: In RE, Year 4 are learning about the religion of Judaism. We will be examining the laws and rules followed in the religion and the importance of the Synagogue for Jews.  We will use RE artefacts to explore the importance of certain objects in the Jewish religion.

PE: In PE, the children will be developing their fundamental movement skills during their Multi-skills lessons. Gymnastics is also a focus for this half term. 

RSE: In RSE, the children will be exploring relationships and begin to understand the different types of families there are. They will also learn where they can find help and support.

French: In French children will be learning to verbally practising to tell the time.

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