Years 3 and 4
The focus for our English learning this half term is based around our core text ‘Will We Miss Them?’ by Alexandra Wright. This links to our topic of endangered animals and the children with be working towards writing a persuasive letter to a retail company. We want to encourage them to stop the production of items made from animals and to seek other alternatives. We have begun to look at the features of persuasion and have begun to explore the importance of using emotive language to have greater emotional impact on the reader.
The focus within maths this term is place value. We have started to look at the value of each digit represented in two digit and three digit numbers. We have been practising representing numbers using concrete resources and symbols to ensure we have a secure understanding. We have also been recognising links between our 5 times tables and counting in 50s and using this to make connections in our learning. Further to this, we have been justifying and explaining our thinking around a problem. Throughout our maths journey, we will be challenging ourselves with various question styles to develop our fluency and reasoning to encourage depth of learning.
Our Science topic this half term is Animals and Humans. We have begun to learn about the human body and why our bones are important within our body. We consolidated this by creating our own jointed puppets. We are looking at the difference between vertebrae and invertebrates within humans and animals.
In our Curriculum topic lessons, we have been introduced to a wider global issue. Our focus this term is endangered animals and we will be exploring the reasons why animals have become endangered and how human behaviour can negatively impact wildlife populations.
The focus of our English learning this term will be to reflect on the concept of peace and conflict, as we explore the impacts of life around war through our core text 'A Childs Garden'
Already we have formulated interesting questions and predictions based on the books title, cover, blurb and imagery. Now we are currently looking to immerse ourselves i nto the story through engaging activities, such as 'role-play' and 'roll on the wall' that allows us to explore the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Furthermore, we will be expanding on the knowledge acquired to plan and write various setting descriptions linked to the text. This will allow the children to expand on their ability to generate and incorporate descriptive features into their writing. Finally, as our outcome, we will be writing and publishing a diary entry from the perspective of the main characters and their perception on war and placing this work on display for the school and visitors to explore.
As part of our maths learning we have already began to establish a strong foundation by exploring the concept of place value. Building on this, we have also been focusing on our ability to round numbers to their nearest tens and hundreds. Our studies will then turn to adding and subtracting three digit numbers using our previous knowledge of place value. The next steps will be learning to add the number 25 up to 1000 and counting in 1000s. We then move on to comparing and ordering roman numerals linking tens and hundreds to make a thousand. From this we will learn how to round up and down to the nearest thousand. Throughout this journey, we will be challenging ourselves with various question styles to develop our fluency and reasoning in all areas and to encourage depth of learning.
During our Art learning journey we will be experimenting expressing our feelings through pencil sketches and mood boards. We will reflect on these pieces to improve our work and will consistently be reminded of the purpose of our work. We will be extending our mood boards using paint and shading to add texture and tone. We will be linking this to our science topic by observing the different states of matter in various paints to deepen their learning.
The focus for science this term will be to deve lop an understanding of the different states of matter. This will allow us the opportunity to identify different objects and determine whether they are solid, liquid or a gas. Then we can begin explore the properties of these different shapes and what causes different states of matter based on the arrangement of atoms that make up each.
Throughout curriculum we will be working collaboratively to generate strategies for managing, resolving and preventing conflict, including ‘win-win’ solutions by evaluating the consequences of words, actions and choices on others. This will support the learning in English as we research and investigate various wars throughout history and the aftermath on the people, the environment and the future.