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 Woodhill we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

In Year 3, during the first part of the summer term, our core texts will be ‘The Mystery of Harris Burdick’ by Chris Van Allsburg, and ‘The Chronicles of Harris Burdick’ by various authors. Our core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During this first term we will be mastering the skills needed to write a third person narrative that evokes suspense for the audience. Our second outcome will build on from the first where we will be examining the character by creating a transcript of a new report from the mysterious events told in the narrative.

In Science, Summer 1, we will be learning about light. We will be identifying different light sources and learn how shadows are formed. The children will be able to apply their scientific knowledge when developing a puppet show that will be performed by shadows.

In PE, we will be learning about net and wall game skills through tennis and team skills through basketball. The school is also lucky enough to have its very own yoga teacher! Year 3 will have a session every 3 weeks to help with mind, body and wellbeing. In RE, we are studying Hinduism with a focus on Hindu life. The children will learn about why the natural world is important to Hindus and how Hindu beliefs about creation lead them to vegetarianism and ahimsa. Music will be one of the driving subjects for year 3 year half and we have worked closely with Laura Crocker our music specialist to put together some exciting music lessons to match the core text. During these sessions the children will learn the basic skills of how to play percussion instruments and link sounds together to great a sound scape to match images from the book. In art, the children will be using view finders to draw scale pieces and enlarge parts of the drawing. 

In Maths we be learning about fractions, including equivalent fractions, fractions of amounts and fraction problem solving. During all lessons, the children will develop fluency and reasoning skills. 

Year 4

At Foxfield 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 the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield, we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

In Year 4, during the Summer Term our core texts will be ‘Planet Earth II’, the BBC documentary series. This core text will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During the term, we will be learning the skills to write a persuasive letter and a non-chronological report about an endangered animal.  Children will also be reviewing the differences between formal and informal writing

In Maths we will be applying our knowledge of fractions to support the introduction of decimals. We will be mastering identifying and manipulating decimals, as well as their application when using money. Children will be using and applying these skills in a variety of real-life situations. Following on from this, children will be further applying their skills of using decimals by converting units of measure. We will look at the various units of measure for length, mm, cm, m and km. Finally, we will end the term focusing on time. The children will master how to calculate durations of time, converting between analogue and digital clocks, and applying those skills in real-life situations.

In Science this term, we will be learning about animals and humans. This topic focuses on teeth and the digestive system, and provides a relevant link to our work on endangered animals. The children will learn the names of the different types of teeth as well as which types of animals they belong to. We will then learn about the digestive system in its entirety, including the function of each organ form beginning to end. We have a fantastic practical exercise which demonstrates this perfectly and will be a memorable, if rather mucky, lesson for them to enjoy and bring the learning to life.

Our main driver subject is Geography where we will be learning all about the impact of humans on the planet, in line with our topic this term. We will start with map reading skills and apply those when looking at the island of Singapore. We will do a case study on Singapore, analysing the changes in the natural environment and its impact on the wildlife there. Thankfully, Singapore is a place where changes have been made for the better and is a positive way of showing the children that it is possible to do something good.

Our secondary driver is French and we will be consolidating the knowledge we have learnt so far while building on it with new, purposeful information. We will look at numbers, greetings, how to describe ourselves, colours, plus the days of the week and months of the year. Our focus is on building the speaking and listening first so the children are confident and familiar with the language before introducing written work.

In addition to our driver subjects, we also have weekly lessons in RE, Music and Art. This term in RE, children in Year 4 will be broadening their understanding of Buddhism even further by exploring the Buddhist community and learning about following the Buddhist teachings. In Music, we are looking at song writing by analysing the structure of a song and how the lyrics fit the rhythm of the melody. All the children will take part in composing their own songs. In Art, we will use endangered animals as our inspiration and complete close observational drawings of our favourites in pencil and charcoal.

In lower Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to read every night and record this in their books. All children have access to a wide variety of books. Children have the opportunity 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, taking children to the local library to read about our topics, and by practicing the times tables with them.  For some information on how to help your children at home, and also to download another copy of your childrens homework, please click here

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

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If you have any questions about our years 3/4 phase, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our phase leader Miss James.