Years 3 and 4

Welcome to Year  3

We are Almond, Cherry and Oak Tree

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, this half term our core text will be ‘Rosie Revere Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty. We will be using this text to explore and challenge gender stereotypes within the workplace. This half term we will be working towards writing a newspaper report as our final outcome.

In our curriculum lessons, we will be continuing to look at gender equality with a focus on stereotypes present within the work the workplace. We will be examining our own aspirations and will be interviewing speakers from a range of career backgrounds at the Foxfield Careers Fair.

For our Maths learning this term we will be focusing on shape, in the form of length, perimeter, 2D and 3D shapes and angles. We’re very excited to be using that learning on our very first combined Maths/DT building project to make a working kite.

In Science, we will be looking at forces and magnets. We will be exploring different types of forces and will be accurately investigating a hypothesis around what makes a kite fly and using this knowledge to build our own kite buggies.

In PE, we will be composing a street dance style routine and developing our movement skills in Gymnastics. Almond class will be swimming every Tuesday until the summer term.

In RE, we are studying Buddhism with a focus on identifying the 8 fold path that a Buddhist has to follow in life and how children could adopt this and apply into their own lives. We will also be exploring the importance of Siddhartha Gautama to the Buddhism.

 

Welcome to Year 4

We are Acer, Cypress and Palm Tree.

Welcome to Year 4

We are Acer, Cypress and Palm tree.

During our English lessons this half term we will be using the core text ‘The One and Only Ivan’ to identify and discuss how captivity is often used for the purpose of entertainment. From the text, we will generate understanding as to how one would feel if they were isolated in a glass cage and ogled by passers by, especially for an animal who may not have the capacity to display their emotions as they have been taken at an early age. Our writing outcome will be to write a non-chronological report informing readers about the natural habitat of a gorilla as well as other key information.

At the start of the half term in Maths we are continuing with our unit of decimals from the end of last term in which we will add and subtract, order, round to the nearest whole number as well as converting to fractions. Afterwards, we will be collecting and interpreting data which will then be display in the form of various types of graphs. When generate our graphs, we will be focusing on the type of scales we would need to use for our axis to ensure the data is shown accurately.

In Science we are exploring our topic of habitats, in which we will research how why certain animals live in particular areas and how they adapt to the climate and environment. We will be using classification tables when looking in our local area to see which types of animals are most commonly found near our school and if there are common factors with the types of animals.

For STEM fortnight we are focusing on the global awareness concept of ‘Sustainable Development’. For this, we will be creating sustainable garden furniture made from plastic bottles in our new mindfulness garden area to show how we can use single-use plastics that aren’t recycled into something that could be used often around the school.

As part of our curriculum lessons we will be focusing on finance and enterprise by where we will learn about how food is locally sourced and the effects of farming within different environments. We will research whether how local is the food we eat being in an urban environment and where is the closest source of farming near our school. We will debate our opinions of dietary requirements of what we should and shouldn’t be eating and how our personal or religious beliefs may have an effect on what we eat. Our project will result in us cooking a small selection of meals involving locally sourced produce in which we will share with our year 4 parents to show how ingredients that we may not usually use or are aware of can be an effective part of our diet.

 

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.