Year 3/4

Otter & Koala trip to Laverstoke Farm 16th October

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Otter class & Koala class

Autumn Term Curriculum 2018-19

This term we are delving into a big question as a lead for our learning journey:

How does being ‘inquisitive’ shape who we are?

Geography (UK vs Italy, volcanoes)

-Compare similarities and differences of human geography between the United Kingdom and Italy

-Understand how Italy and the UK farm and produce food

-Describe and understand key aspects of physical and human geography

-Identify the layers of the Earth and how volcanoes are formed

-Study the features of tectonic plates and the features of extinct, dormant and active volcanoes

-Find out about the geography behind volcanoes

History: (Roman Britain)

-Use and identify ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’ information sources relating to the Roman Empire/Roman Britain

-Investigate why some attempts at invasion of Britain failed, and why others were successful

-Explain how Boudicca was important to Britain’s resistance

-Explore the ‘Romanisation’ of Britain and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity

Science: (Rocks, fossils, soils)

-Observe rocks closely and discover that they have different qualities and features and group them accordingly

-Understand that rocks are formed in 3 different ways

-Devise comparative tests for rocks, record and evaluate observations and results

-Collect evidence of the local bedrock and other rocks in the local area by doing a rock survey

-Use knowledge of the properties of rocks to determine why particular rocks were selected for different tasks

-Understand the process of fossil formation and be able to describe it in simple terms

-Investigate, discover and classify the different components of soil


In English and SPAG lessons this term (and applied throughout the curriculum), the children will:

-Build vocabulary and use ambitious words

-Develop understanding of scene setting and story starters (based on the beautiful Stephen Cosgrove books)

-Increase their range of sentence structures (ask the children about Alan Peat and ISPACED!)

-Explore information /explanation texts (based around the Ricky Gervais Flanimal books)

-Explore poems from around the world

-Write reports about an exciting event (the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius)

-Write in context as both a geographer and a historian and develop writing techniques for non-fiction


The children will be developing their confidence with:

-Typing and word processing (using a variety of word processing programmes)


And creating databases by:

-Using search tools to answer questions relevant to an investigation

-Producing graphs from data

-Creating a data file and enter data


-Number and Place Value(including number lines and decimals)

-Addition and Subtraction (with perimeter and money context)

-Multiplication and division (with area and shape context)(including times tables)



-Geometry and Shape (properties, 2D & 3D, angles, position and direction, coordinates)

-Problem solving/reasoning


Cooking/food technology:

As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. They will:

-Understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet

-Prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques

-Understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed (linked with the Romans and Italy)

CAD (computer aided design):

-Explore a collection of different shell structures including packaging.

-Analyse: Purpose of the shell structure (protecting, containing, presenting); Material; Construction; How it has been stiffened i.e. folded, corrugated, ribbed, laminate; Size/shape/colour; What information it shows and why

-Come up with a purpose, audience and a design for their own shell structure (for example a food storage box or an equipment container.)

-Develop techniques of scoring, cutting out and assembling using pre-drawn nets and practise constructing

-Use different ways of stiffening and strengthening their shell structures e.g. folding and shaping, corrugating, ribbing, laminating.

-Discuss and explore the graphics techniques and media that could be used to achieve the desired appearance of their products.

-Practise using computer-aided design (CAD) software to design the net, text and graphics for their products according to purposes.


Outdoor basketball: the children will develop these skills:

Ball familiarity; Catching; variety of passes; Dribbling; Shooting; Co-operation

Indoor: The children will be making up a gymnastic sequence using small apparatus including the below:

-Clear beginning, middle and end; Link different actions and balances smoothly; Mirror movements with a partner.

PSHE & Citizenship –The children will have opportunities to:

-Know the rules, and understand expectations for Key Stage 2

-Know where to get help in school

-Develop an emotional 1st aid kit

-Appreciate home and school values

-Express positive things about themselves and others

-Recognise and be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others

-Form reasoned opinions

-Develop resilience, assertiveness and mindfulness strategies

-Know about bullying, why it happens and the effects it has on people

-Think about how to deal with bullying and how to stop it happening (including e-safety)

Religious Education

The children will:

-Explain how ritual is expressed by some Christians and Jews

-Evaluate the significance of ritual, its importance to Christians and Jews and by identifying some issues raised

-Explain own responses to ritual

-Explain examples of how their responses can be applied to their own and others’ lives

-Discuss their own and other peoples’ ideas of what constitutes faith

-Describe why faith is important to themselves and to others

-Describe ways that faith makes an impact on people

Useful information and dates

Please make sure children have named PE kits in all week.

Please ensure children have a suitable reusable plastic drinking bottle, named, that they can keep in school.

We will keep you posted about an exciting trip we are planning for this term!

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