During the Autumn term, the Through the Ages project focuses on British prehistory from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, including changes to people and lifestyles caused by ingenuity, invention and technological advancement. We will also learn about our world in geography in the One Planet, One World project. This project teaches children to locate countries and cities, and use grid references, compass points and latitude and longitude. They learn about the layers of the Earth and plate tectonics and discover the five major climate zones. They learn about significant places in the United Kingdom and carry out fieldwork to discover how land is used in the locality.
In RE, children will learn about Christian signs, symbols and parables. Science will focus on nutrition and the skeleton and in art, we will be painting with watercolour and considering colour theory. In RSHE, we will learn about digital literacy and how to keep ourselves safe online.
Our English texts will include Stone Age Boy which we will use to explore word classes and sentence structure. In whole class reading lessons we will study the text The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Reading skills will be further developed, including fluency, literal retrieval skills and inferential skills. Encouraging your child to read at home, and to enjoy sharing stories will help to develop a lifelong love of reading - whether it is a school book, magazine, graphic novel, online news or anything else that is age appropriate! Enjoy!
In writing, we will focus on developing sentence structure using Rainbow Grammar, and enhancing vocabulary including through dictionary skills. We will continue learning Year 3 and Year 4 Read Write Inc. spellings this half term. Children will have 10 spellings to learn linked to the weekly spelling theme.
In maths, formal calculation will be the focus, ensuring children work towards fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Mental fluency is the key to independence and confidence in maths, so children will practice counting forwards and backwards, revisit number bonds, mentally add and subtract, and accurately and quickly recall times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars homework will be set to support the learning of times tables and there are a number of other websites and apps that are free that can be used at home to support learning such as Hit the Button, Topmarks and URBrainy website.
It's going to be a fabulous half term!
Many thanks, Mrs Wass