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 Three will be focusing on self-identity and diversity. The children will discover, through their core text for this half term ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’, similarities and differences between self and others. They will begin to identify and value what contributes to own identity. This book is about a boy, a mole, a fox, and a horse who encounter each other on their journeys and develop an unlikely relationship. The dialogue between the characters offers beautiful, uplifting messages of hope. The learning opportunities emerging from this magnificent book are endless. After immersing ourselves in this core text and exploring the themes of identity, diversity, friendship, hopes and dreams we will be celebrating our learning by creating a ‘Museum of Hope’. This is will be our project outcome where we will share all our successes in our learning achieved over the half term.

English: In English, the children will be exploring the characters of the story through role-play. They will use the images from the text to create a detailed setting description. After this, the children will begin to think from the boy’s perspective about his journey. Their outcome for this half term will be a reflective letter that the boy writes to his younger self, explaining what he has learnt on his journey.

Maths: Maths lessons this half term will focus on the children developing their understanding of place value of numbers to 1000, as well as adding and subtracting numbers in a variety of ways. Our maths learning journey consists on children becoming fluent mathematicians who can reason and apply their knowledge to different contexts.

Science: Our science topic this half term is, ‘Rocks’. The children will learn the different ways in which rocks can be classified and explore how rocks are formed by creating chocolate rocks. They will be able to classify rocks by their different properties. The children will also begin to explore how fossils are created and formed.

Art: The children will be creating art through observational drawings and using shading techniques to create texture. They will be focusing on trees using images from our core text as inspiration.

PE: Over the half term, the children will be developing their skills in dance. They will work collaboratively to create a sequence of movements. This sequence will go alongside their project outcome and be presented during their ‘Museum of Hope’.

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.


Year 4

During the Autumn term, the learning in Year 4 will be based around the global theme of 'Identity & Diversity’. The focus of the term is about reflecting on personal experiences and sharing hopes for the future. Over the course of the term the children will be learning about how to manage complexity and uncertainty and to express themselves in a fluent and confident manner by developing their oracy skills. The project outcome for the learning journey will be a video that will be shared across the school and local community where children will be discussing their thoughts and hopes for the future. This will also be shared at our ‘Museum of Hope Exhibition’ which is a celebration of all year groups’ learning journeys across the school.

Curriculum: In our Global Curriculum Project, we will be exploring famous and influential quotes from various people across the world and discuss why they have such a positive impact on our own lives and on those around us. The children will then use these quotes as inspiration and ideas to create their hopes for the future as well as creating their own personalised quote. We will then capture this in the form of a video that will be shared with the school community at the end of the term.

Maths: In Maths, we will be focusing on ‘place value’ where we will identify the value of numbers up to 4-digits and also rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We will also be looking at Fractions where we will revisit learning from Year 3 which includes recognising a unit and non-unit fraction, using a number line and fraction wall to find equivalent fractions and comparing and ordering fractions. We will continue to review our learning of the 3,4 and 8 times tables.

Science: In Science, we will be learning all about ‘States of Matter’. What is the difference between a solid, liquid and gas? How does something change state? These are all questions we will explore in this exciting topic to improve our understanding. Additionally, we will be focussing on our working scientifically skills and carry out an investigation where we change the state of many different objects.

Art: In Art the children will be exploring the art work of both Pablo Picasso and Charlie Mackesy. As part of the art learning journey the children will be creating continuous line drawings of a chosen animal that they will then use as the new character in their writing outcomes in the English learning journey.

PE: In PE, the children will be practising their fundamental movement skills through a socially distanced scheme of lessons.

RSE: In RSE, the children will be developing their well-being through mindfulness and relaxation activities. The children will also be exploring how they can develop their relationships with their peers through various team building exercises.

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 adult will change their home reading books when they have finished. Unfortunately, the book corners are being controlled as each book needs to be left for 72 hours and sanitised after use. However, your child can also read a book from home which will 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.