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 learning about gender and diversity, through exploring our core text ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine. The children will discuss the importance of their own identity and will learn about gender prejudice and how to challenge stereotypes. They will also make connections between personal decisions and issues affecting gender. Throughout this theme, we will be learning that it is everyone’s responsibility to challenge prejudice and discrimination and that we value differences. In the book, Bill Simpson wakes up to find he’s a girl, and worse, his mother makes him wear a frilly pink dress to school. How on earth is he going to survive a whole day like this? Everything just seems to be different for girls . . . Inspired by our core text, the children will create their own narratives where gender has changed the way someone behaved in a certain situation. Our termly global learning project will be a Careers Fair at a local Community centre, where the children will be able to guide others on future careers.

Maths:  This half term, the children will continue to use multiplication and division strategies to solve real life problems and investigations. They will also be looking at fractions and time towards the end of the term.

Science: In Science, the children will explore sources of light and how important it is to us. They will investigate how shadows are made, focusing on how the shape and size of shadows can be changed.

Art: In Art we will be learning about Keith Haring, the children will create some gesture drawings in their sketchbook of people in action poses. Then they will use their drawings to create a positive and negative cut paper design of people in action in a simple style showing movement.

RE: In our RE lessons the children will explore the main beliefs in Sikhism. They will explore the contribution of the Ten Gurus to the Sikh religion, including Guru Nanak and the Guru Granth Sahib.

PE: In PE we will continue to develop our gymnastics skills and will also introduce the children to street dance.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Lauren Child.

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 Four will be continuing to focus on the global theme of identity and diversity. We will be exploring this through our new core text, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This incredible book tells the story of a young boy called Auggie who has a facial difference and his struggle at school to be accepted by his peers. We will be writing a soliloquy using effective emotive language. Our curriculum learning links to our global theme and we will be focusing on how we treat others and how we expect to be treated ourselves. This also links to our school values and we will show this by designing and delivering workshops to raise the awareness in the school of the impact of treating people differently including bullying.

Maths: This half term in Maths we will be learning about fractions, we will be covering equivalent fractions, finding fractions of different quantities and we will be adding and subtracting fractions. We will be working on our depth of learning by drawing on previous knowledge to help us.

Art: In our art lessons we will be looking at the artist Kimmy Cantrell. We will be exploring his art and practising the skill of observational drawing. We will be creating 3D masks in his style of art.

RE: We will be learning about Buddhism this half term in our RE lessons. We will be looking at some of the key beliefs, religious stories and the religious practices. We will be thinking about why these are useful and making connections between these religious practices and our own lives.

Science: In our Science lessons this half term our topic is sound, with this topic we will learn about how sound travels to our ears and how we can manipulate objects to change sounds. We will do this through a range of practical activities, working on the skill of enquiry. This will include making instruments.

PE lessons will take place twice a week.

Our Author Focus for this half term is Ian Whybrow.

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.