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, our core text for spring 1 will be ‘Bill’s New Frock’ by Anne Fine. 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 ‘Gender Equality’. During this term we will be writing a number of diary entries in the role of the main character Bill at certain events within the story. Our diary entries will then inform our writing for our narrative recount of a particular event in the story. Children will then adapt and innovate to make it their own.

In our Curriculum topic lessons, we will introduce our children to the concept of ‘Gender Equality’. We will be examining the different gender stereotypes that exist within our society and how to combat and challenge these perceptions. This will lead us on to the second half of the spring term, where we will be running a careers fair that challenges the gender stereotypes within our community.

In Maths we be continuing our learning on multiplication and division and developing our use of formal written methods. We will also be looking at money and interpreting tables and charts whilst applying our skills to real life problems.

Our Science topic this half term is ‘Light and Shadow’. We will be learning about what light is and how shadows are created. We will also be exploring sources of artificial and natural light and investigating what happens to shadows when a light source moves.

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 ter.

In RE, we are studying Sikhism with a focus on the 5 K’s; Kesh, Kara, Kirpan, Kangha and Kachera. We will also explore Sikhs uniform and the importance of it. We will be visiting a local Gurdwara to discover the importance of this place of worship within the Sikh faith.

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 first half of Spring Term, our core text will be “Secret Friend’s” by Elizabeth Laird. This is the story of a young girl called Rafaella, who starts a new school and struggles to make friends because of her unique appearance and her different sounding name. One girl, Lucy, notices that her ears stick out, so without thinking, calls her ‘earwig’. Other children overhear and the name sticks. Lucy feels terrible, and throughout the story she tries to fix her mistake and build a ‘secret’ friendship with Rafaella, but their relationship is full of ups and downs, and sadly ends when Rafaella mysteriously goes missing, and Lucy never sees her again.

Children will use this core text to write a response to a problem page in a magazine, written from the point of view of Lucy. Their response will give advice to Lucy with the purpose of informing people the importance of their words and how they can hurt, and to encourage people not to give in to peer pressure. Children will learn about the effects of bullying and also about the importance of accepting and valuing our differences and accepting people for who they are. As a class, we will be discussing and sharing our opinions about beauty and what it means for us, and for other cultures.

In Maths we will start off with multiplication and division and the relationship between them. We will learn the chunking method of division and use our learning and skills to solve reasoning problems across a variety of real life applications. We will then move on to finding the area of different shapes, including an investigation looking at tiles for a patio area. The children will apply their learning of areas to the real life task of mapping out a garden on a budget, to ensure understanding, consolidation and depth of learning

In Science this term, we will be learning about animals including humans. Our journey will start by distinguishing the function of the digestive system with an exciting and messy experiment! We will then move onto looking at animals and the food chain, the differences between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and the function of teeth in both animals and humans. We will conduct an investigation around tooth decay and finish the term with a visit from the school nurse who will discuss the importance of dental hygiene.

In curriculum we will be learning the skills needed to work towards an exhibition of our learning, which will include a performance of a song in sign language. The purpose of this will be to promote and celebrate diversity. We will begin this term by exploring different viewpoints and standards around the idea of beauty and what defines beauty in different countries and cultures. Children will have lots of opportunity to share and also challenge each other’s opinions whilst remaining respectful. We will then be looking specifically at disability, what defines disability and some laws and statistics. We will also explore mental health as well as physical, and different factors that can affect our mental health. Our learning will then move to focusing on the skills needed to present our learning to parents and the elements needed to promote and evaluate our celebration event.

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