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

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

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


Year 4

During Spring 1, the learning will be based 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 be learning about the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King and the introduction of anti-discrimination and civil rights laws. We will be looking into the history of these laws and the important historical events that led to change. The children will make connections with the history of identity and their opinions on their own self-identity and the importance of this. Our learning will lead to the exciting 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 ‘Wonder’. We will be exploring identity and diversity through a focus on the main character August and his battle with Treacher-Collins syndrome. We will look at how our character overcomes challenges with the help of his friends and family, and through this, the children will learn how important it is to not only accept, but to celebrate each other’s differences.

Maths: In Maths this half term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division, using a variety of strategies. Our learning journeys will begin with pictorial representations of multiplication and division, and then move to abstract methods such as column method, bus stop method and chunking. Children will also build on their previous knowledge of measurement by learning about the area of shapes.

Science: In Science, we will be learning all about sound, beginning with identifying and describing a variety of sounds. 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 ask scientific question such as, “How can sound be manipulated?” and “Which material will make the best insulator for sound?” Children will explore the topic through 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 Christian places of worship, such as churches and cathedrals, and the importance of the Bible and other artefacts in the Christian religion. Children will be given the opportunity to visit a local church in Greenwich and build on their previous knowledge of this topic from the previous year.

PE: In PE, children will be completing outdoor and adventurous activities as well as developing and consolidating a range of multi-skills.

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 will be learning to talk about festivals, read and record instructions and consolidate their knowledge of telling time.

Art: In Art, we will be researching the work of Kimmy Cantrell. Kimmy creates clay pieced collages and the children will be taking inspiration from his work to create their own collage of a face. 

Music: In Music, we will be learning how to play the ukulele.

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