Years 3 and 4

Year 3

At Woodhill 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 Autumn Term, our core texts will be ‘Grandfather Gandi,’ written by Arun Gahndi and Bethany Hededus and ‘The Patchwork Path’ by Bettye Stroud. Our core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During the Autumn Term we will be mastering the skills needed to write a diary entry from the perspective of the main characters. Our second core text will inspire us to write a speech based upon the values of freedom and equality. Our core texts for this term will enable us to use an increasingly varied and developed vocabulary whilst developing our speaking and listening skills.

In Science, we will be learning about Rocks in Autumn 1. In Autumn 2, we will be looking at the topic of light. We will be identifying different rocks and their properties. We will be conducting a range of science experiments to further and deepen the understanding in this area as well as our scientific investigation skills.

 In PE, we will learn the fundamental skills required for movement. In Autumn 2, we will also be football. In RE, we are learning about the important beliefs and concepts in Judaism. We will continue this learning into Autumn 2, where we will be developing our knowledge and understanding of Jewish festivals and beliefs. We will be taking our prior knowledge and our own beliefs to find links between different religions.

Over the course of the Autumn term, we will be learning how to introduce ourselves along with simple conversational topics such as family in French. Across the entire term, our computing learning will be focused on programming and creating our own informative videos about the importance of diversity within and beyond our community, and blogging about our own, and our community’s, experiences. This project falls in line with our topic exploring rights and freedoms, themes addressed in both texts across the term.

In Maths we will be focusing on developing our knowledge of number, concentrating three digits numbers and identifying the values of hundreds, tens and ones up to one thousand. This will lead in to a focus on addition and subtraction in Autumn 2, crossing tens and hundreds boundaries to explore subtraction and addition in a real-life context, including problem solving skills. Parents can help their children over the course of the year by regularly practising their times tables. 

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 Woodhill.

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 Woodhill.

Year 4

Our learning during the Autumn Term will have an overarching theme of Human Rights. This is will be explored through the first half term in which we will reflect on ‘War and Conflict’, and will do so though our core text: ‘Azzi in Between’ by Sarah Garland. In the second term, we will focus on the theme of ‘journeys’ through the core text, ‘A story like the Wind’ by Gill Lewis. We will use both of these inspiring novels to explore various areas of the curriculum and the global learning goals in an exciting and creative way, giving our pupils opportunities to grow and develop via relatable experiences that will allow them to reflect on their own choices and identity how their current decisions can impact their future.

Over the first half term in English, we will be developing our fictional writing, through our core text, ‘Azzi in Between’. We will be using this to develop further our vocabulary and word choices to create a powerful setting description as well as immerse ourselves in the role of Azzi and write an informal letter to Grandma. The second half term, we will be exploring the text, ‘A story like the Wind’ by Gill Lewis. In which we will be learning the skills required to write an emotive diary entry.

In the first half term of Maths, we are focusing on developing our knowledge of place value. This will include looking at numbers up to 1000 and identifying the value of each digit within a four-digit number. We will apply our knowledge of these methods to solve a range of real-life problems, involving two of the four operations (addition and subtraction). Additionally, we will look at how numbers can be represented and use estimation and rounding to solve problems. We will also learn to identify numbers through a variety of ways including roman numerals. In the second half of the Autumn term, we will continue our learning of addition and subtraction through a variety of contexts, using concrete and pictorial methods.

In Science, to begin we will focus on the topic: ‘States of Matter’. We will be investigating how and why objects change state when you add or remove heat. We will be conducting lots of experiments considering variables and the effects they have on the properties.

This year, we will continue to develop a curriculum based around global learning. Through this, we want to help children make sense of an increasingly globalised, complex and rapidly changing world. This style of curriculum will enable critical thinking about world issues, develop awareness of how our own actions can have on others and the wider community as well as help children to develop attitudes and dispositions to make a positive contribution to the world.

Each half term pupils will undertake Diversity, Community & Global Learning Project linked to seven global themes. This first half term, Year 4 are looking at the global theme of Human rights, with a focus on, ‘War and Conflict’. Our final project outcome will be raising money for the shoebox appeal to help those most in need. In the Second half term, we will be creating a performance based on music and poetry which will be shared with the Woodhill community.

In Music, we will be developing our understanding of rhythm: Full notes, minims, crotchets and quavers, how they are divided in a bar.

In Art, we will be taking on a refugee perspective and will be creating a landscape scene using coffee and watercolours. We will be considering textures and patterns which can convey our emotions through our landscape.

Through our Geography lessons we will be exploring which countries may require aid and will be considering their locations around the globe using map work and atlases and thinking about some of the natural disaster that occur due to their location in the world.

In Year Four, pupils are able to change their reading book each week.  Parents can support their child's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics.  

In line with the weekly theme, there is regular homework, which consists of Maths and English tasks, and occasional project work linked to our topic.  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.