Years 3 and 4

Year 3

At Woodhill Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for 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 ‘Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears’ by Emily Gravett and ‘Black Dog’ by Levi Pinfold. Our core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During this term we will be mastering the skills needed to write a newspaper report and a suspenseful story in English. Our core texts for the Autumn Term will enable us to explore fears and phobias as well as how people can overcome these.

In Science we will be learning about rocks in Autumn 1 and light and shadow in Autumn 2.  We will be identifying different types of rocks and running scientific investigations to test rocks and their properties. During our learning about light and shadow, we will investigate how the position of the Sun impacts the length of the shadow created. In PE, we will learn the different skills required for gymnastics; we will be developing our confidence when using a range of apparatus as well as using our bodies to create imaginative balances independently and in a group. In outdoor PE we will be playing a range of team games to build cooperative learning. In RE, we are learning about the important beliefs and concepts in Judaism; we will learn about ‘Shabbat’ and different festivals in the Jewish year. Over the course of the Autumn Term, we will be learning how to introduce ourselves and different ways to greet people in French. As part of our Music learning, we are going to be using a range of techniques to create a suspenseful piece of music. Continuing with our theme of creating suspense outcomes, we are going to be creating digital posters warning about fears and phobias using collage techniques. We will build on this in Autumn 2 by developing trailers for a suspense story. Our learning in Art will also encompass fears, phobias and suspense. We will be creating charcoal sketches and monster art.

In Maths we will be focusing on developing our knowledge of number and place value, mastering written methods for the four operations and problem solving. Children will be using and applying these skills in a variety of real-life situations. Parents can help their children over the course of the year by regularly practising their times tables.

Year 4

In Year 4, during the Autumn Term our core texts will be ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister and ‘The Wolf Story’ by Toby Forward. These core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During this term we will be learning the skills to write a personal recount of events in a diary entry and our own alternative endings to a popular story.  Children will also be writing letters from the main characters in the core texts and exploring the characters varying emotions.

In Science this term, children will be learning all about states of matter and investigating how temperature effects solids, liquids and gases. Children will then go on to learn about electricity during Autumn 2; they will be building simple circuits and investigating changes in a circuit when you add or remove components. In PE, we will be learning the different skills required for gymnastics; we will be developing our confidence when using a range of apparatus as well as using our bodies to create imaginative balances independently and in a group. In outdoor PE, we will be playing a range of team games to develop team work, co-operation and leadership. Over the course of the term we will be enhancing our computing skills by recreating an image from our core text and manipulating it using elements of graphic design. This term in RE, children in Year 4 will be broadening their understanding of Hinduism and Christianity. In Art, we will be using images from the text ‘The Wolf’s Story’ to create our own perspective paintings using watercolour.

In Maths we will be focusing on developing our knowledge of number and place value, mastering written methods for the four operations and problem solving. Children will be using and applying these skills in a variety of real-life situations. 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.

Please click on the year group to view the helping your child at home leaflet Year 3 / Year 4