Years 3 and 4
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.
In Year 4, during the first half of Autumn Term our core text will be “A Child’s Garden: A Story of Hope” by Michael Foreman. This core text will enter children into a world where a little boy’s world is filled with ruin and rubble with a wire fence separating him from the cool hills where his father used to take him as a small child. When a tiny, green plant shoot gives him hope within his bleak landscape. This is the perfect introduction to our over-arching topic “Overcoming Social Injustice and Inequity” where we will be exploring human rights and democracy.
Children will use this core text as inspiration to write a recount from the perspective of the main character. Children will explore empathy through role play and word choices. We will then continue our interest of refugees through an information leaflet that will be published and handed out to members of the public. Children will research the journey that a typical refugee goes through, including a case study.
In Maths we will start off exploring how numbers can be broken apart in more than one way through partitioning. Shortly moving on to identifying the place value of each digit in three and four-digit numbers up to ten thousand. We will then apply their understanding to three digit numbers, focusing on the number of ones and rounding up or down to the nearest 10 and 100. Building on their Year 3 knowledge of numerals to 12, children will explore Roman Numerals to 100 and all children will have opportunities to show mastery within their learning through reasoning and problem solving challenges.
In Science this term, we will be learning about states of matter. The children will learn about different types of solids, liquids and gases. We will be getting hands on with different materials comparing and sorting, allowing us to identify their properties. We will also look at how temperature and pressure affect different states and how matter changes states. We will then look at the link between states of matter and the water cycle. Finally we will consolidate our learning by having the opportunity to take part in a scientific investigation.
For our new and exciting curriculum we will be working cross curricular for our topic lessons. Linking to our over-arching theme of “Overcoming Social Injustice and Inequity” we will use our computing skills to research different charities that focus on refugee children, we will decide through voting which charity we wish to raise money for. Once this has been decided the children will then have to analyse costs and agree on the most effective way to make and sell bags, for example using recycled material.
The children will incorporate design and technology skills within textiles to draw patterns and explore different stitches to make bags. The children will then interview office staff to find out what makes a good fundraiser, leading to the children learning the language of selling and how to entice a costumer.
Bringing this all together the children will sell the bags they have made to the public, pitching their sells and handing out the information leaflets made in English, which will share the ‘why’ we are raising money. All proceedings will be sent to the charity that was voted for.
Be sure to look out for more information leading up to this fantastic moment!
In addition to our topic, we also have weekly lessons in RE and Art. This term in RE, children in Year 4 will be broadening their understanding of Islam and the five pillars and in Art, we will be using different types of textiles to make layered pictures showing growth, using Angie Lewin as our inspiration.
Once a week when the year 4 teachers are out discussing and planning more exciting teaching and learning, we are thrilled to know that the children will be taught French, Music and Computing with specialist teachers.
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.
Year 4 team
Miss Nembhard, Mr Gold and Miss Reed
If you have any questions about our years 3/4 phase, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our phase leader Miss Nembhard.