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.

During our English lessons this half term we have been using the core text ‘Wonder’ to identify how diversity is a positive thing. We are looking at the various versions of the text in order to compare how the story is portrayed and discuss how each media type tackles diversity. Our writing outcome will be to write a soliloquy as the character of August’s to monologue his feelings of how he has been treated through the various stages of his academic year.

At the start of the half term in Maths we are focusing on the unit of fractions through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods; initially by understanding how to find equivalent fractions. Afterwards, we will be ordering fractions, adding and subtraction fractions and ending with finding fractions of various amounts and quantities. We will end our half term by looking at decimal numbers with a strong link to money.

In Science we are exploring our topic of sound, in which we will research how sound travels by understanding soundwaves, how distance can affect sound, ending our unit with an experiment to find what effects the pitch and volume of sound.

For Art we have been inspired by the artist Kimmy Cantrell. We are exploring our theme of valuing differences and ‘finding beauty in flaws’ by using the work of American artist Kimmy Cantrell to inspire us. We will be creating colourful faces that highlight different size facial features and colours to prove that point that we are all different as well as beautiful.

As part of our curriculum lessons we will be focusing on how we can treat other better by understanding how our words and actions can be perceived. We will then prepare for an assembly at the end of the half term to KS2 whereby we will showcase all of our learning. We are especially excited to perform the song, ‘This Is Me’ to the rest of the school by both singing and using sign language in order to include more diversities.

 

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.