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 Summer term, our core texts will be ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry, and ‘Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward. Our core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During the first term we will be mastering the skills needed to write a first person account on the impact of deforestation, given from the perspective of an exotic animal. Our second core text will inspire us to describe our own dreams and aspirations, and what perseverance and resilience can achieve. Our core texts for the Summer term will enable us to consider the human impact on the globe and how we can accomplish our ambitions.

In Science, Summer 1, we will be learning about animals, including humans. We will be identifying what differentiates and links us with other animals in the world, including anatomy, diet and exercise, and muscle and bone structure. Within this period, we will be visiting the Natural History Museum to take part in a workshop that will allow the children to physically handle the bones of animals. In Spring 2, we will be using our learning from both core texts over the term to explore plants and their anatomies. We will be identifying the features of plants and what they need to grow, including what makes each different plant unique.

 In PE, we will be learning ball handling skills and team skills through rugby, and body co-ordination and balance through dance. In rugby, we will be practicing catching and throwing, footwork and effective communication. In dance, we will be exploring movements through the medium of exotic animals, to enhance our understanding of speed, level and dynamics. In RE, we are studying Christianity with a focus on the Ten Commandments. The children will also be applying their learning in a philosophical format, exploring issues around deforestation and its impact.

Over the course of the Summer term, we will be learning how read and write animals names in French. Across the entire term, we are going to be involved with the London Symphony Orchestra, learning and developing our knowledge of classical instruments.

In Maths we will be continuing our unit on fractions, learning to identify equivalent fractions, and to find fractions of amounts. We will also be learning how to tell the time by reading in analogue and digital formats, as well as learning some Roman numerals. Summer 2 will be dedicated to geometry, such as shape and angle, and measurement, including mass and capacity.

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.

Year 4

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 4, during the Summer Term our core texts will be ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B White and ‘Emil and the detectives’ by Erich Kastner. These core texts will serve as an inspiration to explore various areas of the curriculum in an exciting and creative way. During the term we will be learning the skills to write a persuasive letter and a newspaper report about a key event.  Children will also be learning the difference between fact and opinion.

In Science this term, we will be learning about both, living things and their habitats and sound. Throughout our ‘Living Things’ learning journey, we will be identifying and constructing different food chains and describing the roles of different animals within them. We will also be exploring the impact of environmental changes on a variety of animals. During our sound learning journey, we will be looking at how sound is created and changed. In addition, we will be using our knowledge to create investigation to prove our scientific ideas.

In PE, we will be developing our teamwork and map reading skills in orienteering. We will be developing our understanding of using a key and its importance in map reading. This will closely link to and support our learning during Maths in the following half term when we will be reading and plotting coordinates. For our indoor PE, we will be further developing our body awareness and control in gymnastics using a range of apparatus on which we will be creating sequences and balances.

During Summer 1, we will be using our programming skills to create a game using the ‘Scratch’ software in our computing lessons. This term in RE, children in Year 4 will be broadening their understanding of Buddhism even further by exploring the Buddhist community and learning about following the Buddhist teachings. In DT, we will be designing and constructing model farms that promote the health and wellbeing of livestock. In Art, we will be creating Charlotte’s Web with a variety of different media.

Over the course of the term we will be learning the French vocabulary for school subjects and to describe our personalities and height.

In Maths we will be focusing on applying the four operations. We will be mastering decimals, data and statistics. Children will be using and applying these skills in a variety of real-life situations. Following on from this, children will be learning about shape and geometry; they will be identifying 2D and 3D shapes and applying this learning to increasingly difficult problems. 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.