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Year 3 and 4

THIS TERM AT A GLANCE

This term our topic is all about Rainforests! This is a wonderful topic with lots of learning opportunities in many different subjects. We will be writing stories based in other cultures, learning about the science of plants, the geography of rainforests and the issues surrounding deforestation and Fairtrade. We will be doing some cooking and writing our own recipes using Fairtrade ingredients! There will also be some great opportunities for art work.

As part of this topic we are aiming to show some of the BBC’s Planet Earth series (specifically the episode on Jungles). This programme was shown on TV before the 9pm watershed, but is classed as a PG. If you do not want your child watching this in school, please let their teacher know so that we can give them an alternative activity at this time.

Our work on PSHE this term revolves around Conflict Resolution – we are aiming to equip the children with the necessary skills to sort out some of the friendship difficulties they face on a daily basis, whilst allowing them to understand the difference between more serious issues which they should tell adults about.

In RE, we will be learning about the concept of ‘fairness’ and how this links to different groups of people around the world (with regards to wealth, religion, gender, etc)

SPRING TERM 2017

This term, our topic was the Roaming Romans, reflecting the fact that we were not just focusing on Roman lifestyle and culture, but on the spread of the Roman Empire and the effect that Romans had on countries where they settled. Our science work focus was on light and reflection, which we also linked into our work on the Romans. We went on a wonderful trip to Verulamium in St Albans to further explore our understanding of Roman life.

 

In RE our focus was on pilgrimage and how this is used by people in various religions as a spiritual journey.

In PSHE we learned about citizenship, respecting diversity and challenging stereotypes.

 

At the end of term we put on a wonderful production of 'Grandma's Button Box'. The children throughly enjoyed writing their own playscipts for this production and learning songs from all around the world.

AUTUMN TERM 2016

This term, our topic was ‘The Groovy Greeks’. We learned about the ancient Greeks with a focus on Greek myths and legends. We started by reading a version of Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ which the children enjoyed immensely. The topic also led us into some science work on animals (Aristotle was the first person to attempt an animal classification system) and sound (Greek theatres were designed to allow the best acoustics possible!)

In PSHE, we learned about our emotions and also covered a unit on Sex and Relationships Education.  

In RE, we learned about prayer and its place in all religions, and about the creation story and what different people around the world believe.