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Year 3 & 4 Curriculum Overview

Year 3/4 Autumn 2023

 

  • In English, the text, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ is taught, which is about a young boy and his grandad who win tickets to tour Willy Wonka’s amazing chocolate factory, written by the renowned author Roald Dahl. Pupils will write a setting description of the factory, developing their descriptive techniques using adjectives, adverbs, senses and similes. They will also use the story as a starting point for non-fiction writing, forming a chocolate-based recipe. We link our reading lessons to the text, where we use our DERRIC model to decode, explain word meaning, retrieve information to answer questions, interpret characters feelings and thoughts, review sections of the text and discuss why authors have used certain techniques in our choice lessons. A video-based story called ‘Gerry’s Game’ is then studied from the Literacy Shed. It is a silent short film, and enables pupils to add speech to a narrative, focusing on how to punctuate the dialogue. Pupils then revisit setting descriptions. In handwriting lessons, pupils embed the joins that have been introduced during Year 2. Year 3 and 4 pupils spend time developing their penmanship, focusing on legible, cursive writing using letters that are correctly formed and sized. Finally, SPaG is a key focus within English lessons, focusing on adding detailed descriptions, using past and present tenses consistently and writing multi-clausal sentences by including fronted adverbials and conjunctions in their writing. They study a progressive programme of punctuation, including using inverted commas for speech, commas and apostrophes.

 

  • For Numeracy lessons, we split into year groups. In Year 4 Maths, we explore place value as well as addition and subtraction to 1,000 initially before progressing and applying this to 10,000 using thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. Estimation on a number line, comparing numbers and ordering numbers to 10,000 are revisited as well as the introduction of rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of 10. Roman numerals are also introduced. Addition and subtraction moves to two 4-digit numbers, initially with no exchange but progressing to one (and then more than one) exchange using efficient, formal methods, encouraging estimation and checking strategies for pupils’ accuracy. Finally, multiples of 3 support pupils’ understanding of multiples of 6 then 9 before pupils learn the final multiplication tables for 7, 11 and 12, all of which are required by the end of Year 4. In Year 3 Maths, we explore place value as well as addition and subtraction to 100 initially, before progressing and applying this to 1,000 using hundreds, tens and ones. Estimation on a number line, as well as comparing and ordering, develop pupils’ understanding of number. Number bonds to 10 are used and applied as well as place value addition and subtraction of 1s, 10s, 100s within and across multiples of 10, supporting pupils to make connections. Methods to add and subtract to 100 are also explored and inverse operations are introduced. Multiples of 2, 5, 10 and 3 are developed through sharing and grouping with the introduction of the 4 and 8 times table as well.

 

  • In Science, the topics of forces, magnets, animals and skeletons are studied. Furthermore, pupils explore through practical investigations, making predictions, selecting materials, recording results and drawing conclusions for themselves based on their enquiries.

 

  • Through the topic of “Brilliant Blighty”, Year 3 and 4 undertake historical and geographical learning. In history, pupils will find out about changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. In geography, they study modern-day UK, with a particular focus on the Black Country.

 

  • In PE this term, pupils will be receiving lessons on netball and tag rugby from their teachers and hockey and football through the support of Soccer 2000.

 

  • In Art, pupils will be looking at prehistoric cave art using charcoal and sculpture using wire and clay.

 

  • In Computing, pupils learn about computer systems and networks, focusing on inputs, processes and outputs in digital systems. They then use capturing and editing within digital still images to produce stop-frame animation based around their topic, ‘Brilliant Blighty’.

 

  • In Jigsaw, we are covering the topic “Being Me in My World” where pupils have the opportunity to develop their understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the class and the school, exploring the ideals of democracy, decision making and having a voice in a community. They then move on to “Celebrating Differences” where pupils consider how to challenge assumptions based on appearance, and reflect upon bullying, how to deal with this and realise how special and unique we all are. We use Project Evolve to deliver linked lessons on online safety based around the themes of self-image, self-identity and online bullying.

 

  • DT this term has a focus on mechanical systems, where pupils make pneumatic toys that can go into London’s largest toy store, Hamley’s, and learn how to use thumbnail sketches and exploded diagrams. DT explores the design, plan, make and evaluate model.  

 

  • In Music, Year 3’s learning focuses around a unit called ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’ in the first half term. Pupils will be given the opportunity to listen to and appraise the songs, considering their own likes and preferences as well as comparing music to other, similar songs with a focus on not only the melody and instruments but also the lyrics. Pupils will learn to sing songs and play instruments. An instrumental focus continues in the second half term, with a module on learning how to play the glockenspiel. Year 4 are having lessons delivered by Wolverhampton Music School teachers. They are teaching pupils to begin to learn how to play string instruments such as the violin.

 

  • Language lessons begin in Year 3 and 4 and, at Dovecotes, we study French. There is a focus this term on basic French vocabulary and phonics, as well as a unit about animals.

 

  • In RE, we will be exploring a Christian unit based around the question, “What do people believe about God?”

 

  • Reading a variety of genres regularly at home as well as keeping up-to-date with homework (which will provide opportunities to share and practise what has been taught in class) will support pupils’ development. Furthermore, all pupils have access to a Times Tables Rock Stars account, which they can access from home to help them learn and recall their times tables. We thank you for your support with this.

Year 3/4 Spring 2024

  • In English, the text, ‘The Silence Seeker’ is taught by Ben Morley. In the story, a new family moves in next door to Joe and his mum explains that they are asylum seekers. Joe hears that they are silence seekers, especially as Mum adds that they need peace and quiet. In writing lessons, pupils write a diary entry, and then write a non-chronological report, about refugees. A video-based story called ‘The Present’ is then studied through the Literacy Shed. It is a silent short film, and enables pupils to add speech to a narrative, focusing on how to punctuate the dialogue. We undertake this narrative learning over a number of weeks to develop the ability to write a number of chapters. We link our reading lessons to the class text, where we use DERRIC to help us to decode, explain word meaning, retrieve information, interpret characters feelings and thoughts, review sections of the text and discuss why authors have used certain techniques in our choice lessons. Joined handwriting is introduced in Year 2, so Year 3 and 4 pupils spend time developing their penmanship, focusing on legible, cursive writing using letters that are correctly formed and sized. Finally, SPaG is a key focus within English lessons, focusing upon adding detailed descriptions, using past and present tenses consistently and writing multi-clausal sentences by including fronted adverbials and conjunctions when writing. Pupils study a progressing programme of punctuation, including inverted commas for speech, commas and apostrophes.
        

  • For Numeracy lessons, we split into year groups. In Year 4 Maths, we build upon the topic of multiplication and division that was started in the Autumn Term. We learn about multiples and factors, how to use mental and written methods to multiply 2- and 3-digit numbers by a single-digit and how to divide larger numbers up to 3-digits by a single-digit number. We then undertake a fractions block where we learn what fractions are using differing models including number lines; we consider equivalence, what improper fractions are and how to convert them to mixed numbers and think about how to add and subtract a variety of fractions. After half term, we move onto decimals, considering how decimals relate to fractions. We work with decimals up to three decimal places.
     

  • In Year 3, again the unit of multiplication and division that began in the Autumn Term is built upon. There is a focus on the links between multiplication and division, scaling, and learning how to multiply and divide two-digit numbers by a single-digit number. We then undertake a unit related to measures, with a focus upon length and perimeter, comparing and measuring lengths in millimetres, centimetres and metres. After half term, we learn about fractions, and understand what numerators and denominators are, how to compare and order fractions, including on a number line, and how to work out equivalent fractions. In the final unit, we go back to measurement, but this time there is a focus upon mass and capacity, using grams, kilograms, millilitres and litres to measure and compare.
     

  • In Science, we have moved onto the White Rose Science scheme of learning and will be studying the topics of fossils, rocks and light. Pupils explore through practical investigations, making predictions, selecting materials, recording results and drawing conclusions for themselves based on their enquiries.
     

  • Through the topic of “Extreme Earth”, Year 3 and 4 undertake historical and geographical learning. In history, pupils will find out about Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. In geography, we study natural disasters including volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.
     

  • In PE this term, pupils will receive lessons on dodgeball and dance with Soccer 2000 coaches, and gymnastics and yoga with their teachers.
     

  • In Art, we will be undertaking two units. The first is a drawing-based unit called “Power Prints” where we consider tones and textures to make objects appear 3-dimensional on the page. The second is a project based on the painting “The Great Wave” by the artist Hokusai. In this unit, we learn how to use watercolours to make shades of a base colour.
     

  • For computing, we study programming where we learn how to sequence sounds and study data and information where we learn how to use and design branching databases.
     

  • In Jigsaw, we are covering the topic of ‘Dreams and Goals’ where we think about how to create realistic dreams, achieve goals, build resilience and overcome disappointment, celebrating contributions. After half term, our second unit is ‘Healthy Me’ where we learn about healthy friendships, the impact of smoking and alcohol, assertiveness, peer pressure and celebrating inner strength. Our Project Evolve E-safety lessons revolve around privacy and security, health, wellbeing and lifestyle.
     

  • Design Technology this term has focusses upon electrical systems, where we design and make a working torch. DT explores the design, plan, make and evaluate model.  
     

  • In Music, Year 3’s learning focuses around ‘Stop!’ in the first half term and ‘Lean on Me’ in the second half term. Pupils are given the opportunity to listen to and appraise songs, considering their own likes and preferences as well as comparing other similar songs with a focus on not only the music and instruments but also the lyrics. Pupils will learn to sing and play instruments, including the continued development of the glockenspiel. Year 4 receive lessons delivered by Wolverhampton Music School teachers. They teach pupils how to play stringed instruments: the violin.
     

  • Modern Foreign Language lessons begin in Year 3 and 4 and, at Dovecotes, we study French. There is a focus this term on basic French vocabulary and sayings, using the topics ‘I Can’ and ‘Fruits’
     

  • In RE, we will be exploring the question, “What is it like to be a Hindu?” and we will be exploring key leaders from the Sikh and Hindu religions.
     

  • Reading a variety of genres regularly at home, as well as keeping up-to-date with homework, (which will provide opportunities to share and practise what has been taught in class) will support pupils’ development. Furthermore, all pupils have access to a Times Tables Rock Stars account, which they can access from home to help them to learn and recall times tables facts.

Year 3/4 Summer 2024

  • In English lessons, the text, ‘The Creakers’ is taught by the author (and famous McFly popstar!!) Tom Fletcher. The story is about Lucy, a natural-born leader, as well as an instinctive problem solver. Lucy takes it upon herself to investigate and locate the missing parents. In her quest for answers, she discovers a mysterious creature called Woleb hidden under her bed! In writing lessons, pupils write a character profile of the Granny, using descriptive techniques, as well as a persuasive letter using the text as a starting point, and then also write a police report detailing the criminal activity. A video-based story called ‘The Dream-Giver’ is then studied from the Literacy Shed. It is a short film, based on the BFG by Roald Dahl, where silently a group of orphans sleep in an orphanage. Quietly, the window shutters open and in crawls a mysterious creature to hand out dreams. We then write a character description based on this mysterious dream-giver and write a newspaper report alerting the public to these mysterious incidents. We link our reading lessons to the texts, where we use our DERRIC model to decode, explain word meaning, retrieve information to answer questions, interpret characters feelings and thoughts, review sections of the text and discuss why authors have used certain techniques in our choice lessons. For handwriting, we spend time focusing on joined writing using letters that are correctly formed and sized within sentences, sayings and proverbs. Spelling Punctuation and Grammar is a key focus within English lessons. By now, our non-negotiable expectations within writing are spelling most Year 3 and 4 common exception words correctly, using prefixes and suffixes to support spelling, maintaining the use of basic sentence punctuation (including full stops, capital letters, question marks, exclamation marks, commas in a list and apostrophes) throughout a piece of extended writing using the correct tense, including the present perfect tense. In terms of genre-specific expectations, we focus on ensuring writing pieces have a detailed beginning, middle and end, include interesting plots and are developing a sense of pace. We use a wider variety of conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to show time, place and cause, and learn how to vary the position of conjunctions to add interest. We use techniques such as fronted adverbials to link ideas and events and we add detail and description using ambitious vocabulary. Our Year 3 and 4 proof-reading expectations involve evaluating and editing our own and others’ work, making additions and revisions and checking for spelling and vocabulary errors.

  • For Numeracy lessons, we split into year groups. In Year 4 Maths, we study the units of decimals, money, time, shape, statistics and position and direction. In decimals, we learn about tenths and hundredths, and learn what halves and quarters look like as decimals. We also round decimals to the nearest whole, as well as comparing and ordering decimals. In the money unit, we convert between pounds and pence, compare, estimate and calculate with money and solve problems including money amounts. When studying time, we learn about years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds. We also learn how to convert between digital and analogue times, including the 12 and 24-hour clock. Within the shape unit, we learn about angles, triangles, quadrilaterals and polygons, as well as learning about symmetry. In the block on statistics, we learn about charts and line graphs and how to interpret data presented on them. Finally, in the position and direction block, pupils learn about plotting co-ordinates and shapes onto grids and learn how to translate (move) these plottings. In Year 3, the units of fractions, money, time, shape and statistics are studied. Within the fractions unit, we learn how to add and subtract fractions and learn how to reason about fractions. When learning about money, we find out about pounds and pence, converting between them and adding and subtracting amounts, also calculating change. In the time unit, we learn about Roman Numerals, how to tell the time to each one-minute interval, read times on digital clocks, use a.m. and p.m. and understand years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds. In the shape block, pupils find out about turns and angles, different lines and learn to recognise a variety of 2d and 3d shapes. During the statistics block, we study pictograms, bar charts, and tables.

  • In Science, the topics of plants and forces/magnets are studied across the term. There is also a mini-unit based on sustainability to be undertaken, which focusses on biodiversity. Furthermore, pupils explore through practical investigations, making predictions, selecting materials, recording results and drawing conclusions for themselves based on these enquiries.

  • Through the topic of ‘Empire and Globalisation’, Year 3 and 4 undertake historical and geographical learning. In history, pupils will find out about the Ancient Romans, focussing on the impact that the Roman Empire had on life in Britain. In geography, we study globalisation.  

  • In PE this term, pupils will be receiving lessons on cricket and tennis through the support of Soccer 2000 and athletics and rounders from their teachers.

  • In Art, we will be focusing on a textiles project where we will be tie dying and weaving. We will then undertake a project called ‘Zentangle’ which centres around fabric printing.

  • Computing includes the topics of ‘Desktop Publishing’ where we create documents by modifying text, images, and page layouts for a specified purpose. In the unit ‘Repetition in Shapes’, we focus on using text-based programming to explore count-controlled loops when drawing shapes. In terms of online safety, pupils will use our Project Evolve scheme to learn about online relationships and their online reputation.

  • In Jigsaw, we are covering the topic ‘Relationships’ where we think about jealousy, love and loss, memories, getting on and falling out, and learning about boyfriends and girlfriends. After half term, our second unit is ‘Changing Me’ where we learn about how bodies change as we grow, being unique, accepting change and why people have babies. Year 4 girls will have a talk from the school nurses about menstruation.

  • Design Technology this term has a focus on structures with a project where we have to create a stable, decorated Roman pavilion. Design Technology explores the design, plan, make and evaluate model.  

  • In Music, Year 3’s learning focuses around ‘Blackbird’ in the first half of the term and ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’ in the second half term. Pupils will be given the opportunity to listen to and appraise songs, considering their own likes and preferences as well as comparing similar songs with a focus on not only the music and instruments but also the lyrics. Pupils will learn to sing the song and play instruments, including the glockenspiels. Year 4 are having lessons delivered by Wolverhampton Music School teachers. They are teaching pupils how to play the violin.

  • Language lessons begin in Year 3 and 4 and, at Dovecotes, we study French. There is a focus this term on basic French vocabulary and sayings, using the topics ‘Presenting Myself’ and ‘Family’.

  • In Religious Education, we will be exploring the extended unit, ‘What do we celebrate and why? Christian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu celebrations.’

  • Reading a variety of genres regularly at home as well as keeping up-to-date with homework (which will provide opportunities to share and practise what has been taught in class) will support pupils’ development. Furthermore, all pupils have access to a Times Tables Rock Stars account, which they can access from home to help them learn and recall their times tables facts.

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