Years 3 and 4
Year Three – Summer Term
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 across their learning, as well as to their own lives and experiences. 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 high levels of excellence and outstanding outcomes.
Throughout the summer term year 3 will be exploring the theme ‘power and governance’. Our core texts, ‘Rules of Summer’ by Shaun Tan and ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ by Tom McLaughlin, will serve as inspiration to explore this theme and how it encompasses many aspects of our lifestyles. During Summer 1 we will use ‘Rules of Summer’ as inspiration to write an imaginative piece of text around the rules mentioned throughout the text and their importance to the story. In Summer 2 we will use ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ to write a political manifesto focused on the importance of decreasing obesity and increasing healthy lifestyles. The skills we will be applying throughout both terms will enable us to develop our vocabulary as well as honing our ability to listen and debate viewpoints.
In science we will be kick-starting the summer term with our annual ‘STEM’ week, where year 3 will be exploring toxicology and cryptanalysts to solve a mysterious crime. Following this, throughout the rest of Summer, we will be identifying different parts of a plant and their properties.
Over the course of the Summer term, we will be learning how to identify different animals and food, as well as ordering food, in French. Across the entire term, our curriculum lessons will focus on the role of politics and democracy in society as well as the history of politics across the United Kingdom. We will then use our knowledge to hold our own election, developing our debating skills and investigating the ability to create policies that appeal to the masses. This project falls in line with our topic exploring power and governance, themes addressed in both texts across the term. We will broaden this understanding by visiting the Houses of Parliament in the beginning of Summer 1.
In PE, we will be continuing with developing our orienteering skills, as well as preparing for sports day by developing our athletic games skills. In Summer 2, we will also be doing athletics as well as learning to play rounders. In RE, we are learning about the important beliefs and concepts in Hinduism. We will be developing our knowledge and understanding of Hindu festivals and beliefs. We will be taking our prior knowledge and our own beliefs to find links between different religions. Following on from this, we will be researching religious ceremonies, such as weddings, and their role and importance to religions.
In maths we will be continuing to develop our knowledge of fractions, identifying different ways of dividing a whole and using our previous learning through multiplication and division skills. Following this, in Summer 2 we will be exploring 2D and 3D shapes and their properties as well as developing our ability to tell time, both digitally and in analogue. Parents can help their children over the course of the year by regularly practising their times tables.
We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school and will be holding regular open mornings to showcase how we learn at Woodhill.
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.
Year Four – Summer Term
Our learning during the Summer Term will have an overarching theme of Identity and Diversity. This is will be explored through the first half term in which we will reflect on ‘perception and coping’, and will do so though our core text: ‘Sad Book’ by Michael Rosen. In the second term, we will continue to explore the theme through the core text, ‘Red Sky in the Morning’ by Elizabeth Laird. 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 identify how their current decisions can impact their future.
Over the first half term in English, we will be developing our poetic writing, through our core text, ‘Sad Book’ by Michael Rosen. We will be using this to develop further our vocabulary and word choices to create a powerful poem to describe the emotion of sadness and loss through writing skills such as show don’t tell and exploring our five senses of touch, taste, sight, hear and smell. The second half term, we will be exploring the text, ‘Red sky in the Morning’ by Elizabeth Laird, in which we will be learning the skills required to write a split narrative.
In the first half term of Maths, we are focusing on developing our knowledge of decimals. We will look at understanding and representing decimals on a place value grid, exploring the method of dividing 2-digit numbers by 10 and 100 and being able to add, subtract and round decimals. We will then be moving on to exploring money, time and statistic, where we can make connections to real life situations. The end of the summer term will be spent exploring properties of shapes.
The first week of term will begin with STEM week in which, the children will be exploring the career of a Botanist. In this, they have carried out various experiments, including extracting DNA from a strawberry and investigating the effects of natural fertiliser vs chemical fertiliser. They have been prepared job descriptions for a botanist and even been interpreting data from a line graph to understand further the growth of plants.
This year, we have begun 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 term, Year 4 are looking at the global theme of ‘Identity and Diversity’. With a focus on ‘perception and coping’. Our final project outcome will be to hold a number of well -being assemblies for the children informing them of the importance of mental health and providing a range of coping strategies to support the community of Woodhill.
Throughout our Topic based lessons, children will be exploring the historical aspect of childhood and researching how childhood has changed over the years. In Art, they will have the opportunity to study the artist Sam Cannon specifically his painting of ‘Tree’ in this we will be focussing on detailed drawings, experimenting with watercolours, and using monochromatic shades of blue to express emotion.
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.