Below you will find information about what the classes in Year 3 and 4 are learning about this term.  You might also like to view our Homework page for ways that you can support learning at home.

Autumn 2022

English

This term Years 3/4 will start with a story based unit. The children will study a story with a familiar setting, focusing on the key features of story writing. They will study and write character descriptions, create their own setting for a story and finally create their own story. Next, children will complete story from another country. The children will build on the key features of this genre from the previous unit to work on their description.

In the second half of the term, we will be writing a non-fiction text using instructions. Children will become pirates and write instructions to find Tom Flint’s treasure. Finally, the children will study a new country using a story as a stimulus.

Maths

The children will be studying a range of concepts and calculations focused on number. These will include; place value, different methods for addition and subtraction, word problems, methods for multiplication and division, number puzzles, doubling and halving and fractions. In addition to the number focus; children will also work on 2D and 3D shapes, handling data, measure activities and presenting data.

Topic

During the first half of the Autumn term, the children will be learning about what it is like to live in another country. They will be focussing on Italy, looking at geographical regions, physical features and map work. They will also draw comparisons between England and Italy. In the second half of the term our topic will be DT based. The children will be able to experience making and cooking an Italian meal, preparing the ingredients and tasting their dishes.

For more detailed information about Topic learning for this term please see the Topic work page here.

Science

We will begin the year with a study of Animals (including humans). We will look at food chains, the human digestive system and teeth. Our second unit is States of Matter. Children will learn to recognise the difference between solid, liquids and gases. They will continue to work practically, carrying out experiments focusing on fair testing and learning and using appropriate scientific vocabulary.

Computing

Our first unit focuses on Basic Skills. Throughout the course of this unit children will create and organise folders for their work, develop their word processing skills and document editing skills, learn about the importance of E-Safety and access the internet for research to support their learning. During the second half of the term the children will continue to learn and develop their coding skills by accessing the Espresso Coding units.

P.E.

We continue to work on our core scheme of Real P.E. focusing on teaching integral skills to support children’s development. The two units covered this term focus on balance and its importance in moving, running and jumping. This then links to our second unit on movement. In addition, we will be focussing on invasion games, learning the skills associated with handball and football

 

Life Curriculum

During the first week of term we will focus on new beginnings, creating and developing friendships and working together. During the first half term we will be focussing on new beginnings and move on to keeping safe.

Music

In the first half of the term we will use the Charanga program by studying the unit “Lean on Me.” The second half of the term will be devoted to learning and performing songs for our Christmas show and learning to play boomwhackers and handbells.

French

Initially, the children will learn French phrases describing themselves in a unit called ‘Moi’. The children will also learn French vocabulary for animals.

R.E.

In R.E. our first unit looks at the covenant of Abraham and Moses and look at how Jewish people remember the covenant. We then move on to learning about important events in different faiths including Hanukkah, Diwali and Inti Raymi.