Years 3 and 4

Year 3

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all 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 the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

In Year 3, during the second part of the autumn term, our core text will be ‘Will We Miss Them?’ by Alexandra Burke. Our core text will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way, which will link to our topic theme of how human behaviour impacts wildlife populations. During this second term we will be mastering the skills needed to write a persuasive letter. We will learn all about how humans use animals to make a variety of products that are for sale all over the world. Our letter will be to a major retailer to try and convince them to reconsider which products they sell. To prepare for this, we will be writing poetry to help develop our emotional and descriptive language.

In our Curriculum topic lessons, we introduce our children to wider global issues and encourage our children to believe that they can make a difference. This term the children will learn about the reasons why animals become endangered and how human behaviour can negatively impact wildlife populations. The children will take their inspiration from animal prints to create artwork and scarves to raise money for a wildlife charity. We will need to assess profitability and use the design cycle to ensure we create a quality product

In Maths we will be continuing our learning on addition and subtraction problems before moving on to multiplication and division. We will consolidate our knowledge of different methods, evaluating which are the most efficient. We will then explore multiplication and develop their understanding by applying our skills to problem solving and investigation tasks.

Our Science topic this half term is Rocks. We will be learning about the composition and properties of different natural substances, and how these are formed over time. Our trip to the Natural History Museum will support the learning by focusing on what fossils are and how they are made.

In PE, we will be learning about working as team and ball handling skills through our tag rugby and handball lessons. Oak class will continue their swimming lessons on Tuesday afternoons until Christmas.

In RE, we are studying Christianity with a focus on the Bible. The children will learn about the Old and New Testaments, the Gospels and the Ten Commandments. We will use drama and storytelling to bring the teachings to life.

In lower Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to read every night and record this in their reading record books. All children have access to a wide variety of books in classrooms and are encouraged to choose a book of their choice and also a book levelled at their ability. Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day and taking children to the local library to read about our topics.

Year 4

In Year 4, during the second half of Autumn Term our core text will be “Christophe’s story” by Nicki Cornwell. This is the story of a young Rwandan refugee now living in the UK. Christophe has to face many adversities on his journey and when he finally shares his story, his new classmates are spellbound. But when his teacher asks him to write it down and read it out in assembly, Christophe is horrified. With the help of his new friends, his family and the memory of his beloved grandfather, Christophe finds a way to break through the barriers - and share his story with everyone. This is the perfect story to show how no matter your background with resilience you can inspire someone.

Children will use this core text to write an inspirational speech.  Children will learn the skills of taking into account the feelings of others, exploring reasons for why people may have negative feelings in new or difficult situations and how to work cooperatively to solve problems or achieve goals.  Children will think about the consequences of words and actions identifying solutions to achieve a growth mind-set.   

In Maths we will start off with addition and subtraction. Looking at how we can add and subtract up to 4 digit numbers with and without exchange. They will also explore mental arithmetic strategies to aid their fluency. We will then move on to length and perimeter where the children will need to find the perimeter of shapes and be able to convert units of measure. Children will explore the real life connection of an architect, finding the perimeters for the layout of a house or building. Towards the end of the term the children will be using their skills to multiply and divide. They will consolidate their learning through investigations and problem solving. 

In Science this term, we will be learning about electricity. Our journey will start by identifying common electrical appliances and how we can work safely with electrical equipment. We will then explore how to construct and draw a simple electrical circuit. After this we will take part in an investigation exploring which materials are conductors and insulators. Once we have investigated good conductors we will identify different ways a lamp will light through a complete loop and switches. We will end our learning journey by creating light up quotes that will be a part of our display outcome.

In curriculum we will be learning the skills needed to work towards an inspirational week. This will be where year 4 will do something inspirational every day for a week.

In the run up to this fantastic week, we will identify the reasons people need to be inspired and explore ways to motivate them. We will look at language choices and use positive emotive language to create acrostic poems and inspirational quotes.

Children will take these skills learnt and identify what the needs are in their own environment and work towards finding the resolution to inspire the children of Foxfield. Children will record an inspirational video, share their poems and quotes with the school, link with the local library and take over twitter with their inspirations.

In lower Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to read every night and record this in their reading record books. All children have access to a wide variety of books in classrooms and are encouraged to choose a book of their choice and also a book levelled at their ability. Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day and taking children to the local library to read about our topics.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school and will be holding regular open mornings to showcase how we learn at Foxfield. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you

Year 4 team

Miss Nembhard, Mr Gold and Miss Reed