Lower Key Stage 2

Welcome to Year 3

Creative Curriculum.

This half term in Year 3 we will be learning about The Stone Age in our topic: Who Rules The Tribe? We will be looking at Stone Age houses and clothing, how they survived and to compare and discuss how Britain has changed from The Stone Age to modern times. Children will have the opportunity to visit Creswell Crags and see how Stone Age people lived, including seeing the only known cave art n Britain. This topic has a history focus and children will be learning to ask insightful and challenging historical questions, looking at evidence and evaluating the impact of both these crucial stages in Britain’s history. As well as learning about history this topic will enable them to look at key aspects of geography, maths and D&T. We hope that the children will enjoy this topic and share as much of their learning as they can at home with you.

Topic.

Our topic in Spring Term will be Who Rules The Tribe? We will be making Stone Age themed shelters, investigating the food they would have eaten and investigating the different fauna that would have lived alongside our ancestors during the Stone Age.

English.

Children in Year 3 at Park will continue to develop and improve the skills that they started to learn in Year 4. Much of this half term will be spent encouraging children to engage with and develop their use of vocabulary to become more sophisticated writers. This will include adjectives, identifying, and applying expanded noun phrases and looking at extending and developing sentences using varied conjunctions, adverbs and fronted adverbials. We will also be revisiting basic skills such as sentence structure, punctuation and the use of adjectives and adverbs in sentences. In addition, children will be set weekly spelling homework taken from the Year 3 Spelling list.

Maths.

This term in maths we will be focussing on money, including recognising and using pence and pounds, adding money, subtracting money and giving change. Children will also begin looking at using statistics, including pictograms, bar charts and tables. In addition we will look at counting in 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 8s, 10s and 50s (these times tables will all be needed to be known by the end of Year 3). To assist with this, please ensure that your child is logging onto their Timetables Rockstars account to practice at home weekly. Finally, children will practice their arithmetic skills by doing lots of timetables practice.

P.E

P.E will take place on Friday morning. Please ensure that your child comes to school in appropriate P.E. kit (white top, dark bottoms, trainers), with their hair tied up and earrings either removed or covered.

Homework.

Children should read at least 3x per week and bring their reading record and book to school with them every day.

Children will need to practice their Timetables Rockstars weekly.

Spellings will be given out to practice every Thursday, with children being tested and given new spellings to learn the following Thursday.

Welcome to Year 4

Did the Punishment Fit the Crime?

The topic Did the Punishment Fit the Crime allows the children the opportunity to develop and build knowledge over a period of time as we look at the issues of crime and punishment from the Romans through to Modern Day. This allows us to make many cross curricular links and explore themes and issues that continue to modern day Britain.

Please see the Year 4 Curriculum Map for further details.

English

As part of our English lessons this term we will be looking at writing for different purposes and extending our understanding of different writing genres.

Our first piece of work will be a persuasive letter written to the Sheriff of Nottingham to plea for the life of the notorious outlaw Robin Hood. Alongside this, we have also been writing a description of him to add to our ‘Wanted’ posters that we have created in Art.

Our second piece of writing will be based on the Pendle Witch Trials in the 17th Century. We will be using our historical knowledge and english skills to write a newspaper report all about the events of the trial.

Finally, as we move through our topic, we will be completing a diary entry using the book, Street Child. We will explore the character and the conditions of the workhouses as a form of punishment in Victorian England.

Maths

Year 4 Overview WRM.

In Maths, we continue to look at our 4 key operations as part of arithmetic. We do an arithmetic task each morning and the children continue to work on their skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

We are following the White Rose Maths scheme for Year 4.

This term we have focused on multiplication, division, area, fractions and decimals. The White Rose Maths scheme enables children to practice their fluency skills and then embed and deepen their learning through mastery and reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Music

Last term we learned the beats in notes and musical notation including, minims, crotchets, quavers, rests. We looked at E.G.B.D.F. and F.A.C.E to read and write music on a stave. We learned key terminology and used the Garage Band App to play a simple tune on a piano keyboard.

We will be continuing our appreciation of music by looking at Jazz music for the remainder of the Spring Term. We have already been looking at Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

We will also be learning to play our recorders this half term and hope to have mastered this skill by the end of the Year.

Art

In Art we have been looking at portraits and learned to sketch using a pencil to create tone and definition. We have focused specifically on facial features and you can see some of the examples below.

We will continue this theme but will be focusing on Fauvism as a style of art and the work they did from 1905 – 1910, including the works of Henri Matisse and Derain. This focusses on portraits using fierce brush work and colour (which builds on the colour work we did in Autumn).

PE

See below for the Year 4 PE Curriculum

YEAR FOUR

Autumn 1

Outdoor Activities

and Gymnastics

Autumn 2

Invasion Games and Dance

Spring 1

Invasion Games:

Tag Rugby

Circuit Training

Spring 2

Net and Wall Games: Badminton

Summer 1

Striking & Fielding: Cricket

Summer 2

Athletics

PE takes place on a Friday for Year 4.

Please wear PE Kit:

  • Dark bottoms, white t shirt and trainers.
  • Hair should be tied up
  • Earrings and watches removed prior to coming to school.

This half term some children are taking part in the Kixx after school sports club, this is on a Wednesday.