Year 3/4 Curriculum Overview
Our curriculum is bespoke for the children at St. Anthony’s. We have developed an imaginative, broad and balanced programme containing links across the curriculum to ensure a deep and rich learning experience, relevant to the world we live in and our locality. Our curriculum meets the developmental and learning needs of all pupils and is designed to motivate all children to achieve, thrive and to enjoy learning.
All areas of the Lower Key Stage 2 National Curriculum are covered over the course of a two-year cycle. Each year, children build on prior learning and we ensure that they are able to apply the skills they have learnt independently before moving on. Teaching staff collaborate with subject leaders and the leadership team to ensure the curriculum is inspiring, relevant and focused on the needs of our pupils.
Our 3/4 curriculum can be viewed below.
Y3_4 Curriculum Map 2021_23
Autumn Term 1
We have had a fantastic start to the year in 3/4. It is wonderful to have the children back and we are incredibly proud of how they have transitioned into their new classes. Below, you can see what we have been working on this half term.
In Maths, children have learnt about place value of numbers up to four digits. Children explored comparison, ordering, roman numerals and negative numbers and investigated problems in various contexts with opportunities to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.
Before the end of the half term, we moved onto addition and subtraction. Children have learnt about addition and subtraction of multiples of 100, adding and subtracting 1s and adding and subtracting 3-digit and 1-digit numbers using various strategies. Next, children will move onto addition and subtraction using column method.
The children thoroughly enjoyed our English unit last half term, which was based on the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate factory. Children developed descriptive writing techniques through setting description, a diary entry, character profile and more. The end of unit task was to write their own chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate factory and the outcome was outstanding. Children created some excellent chapters and blew us away with their creativity and enthusiasm.
Our first unit this year was titled Homes – Domestic Church – Family. Children reflected on what makes a home and thought about how we can have a loving heart in our home and school family. Children discussed when we pray and why we say particular prayers. Children reflected on readings from the Bible and considered how Catholic beliefs influence our actions. Children also explored the customs and features of the Catholic Church and discussed the reasons for particular actions during mass.
In PE, children developed their throwing and catching skills and learnt sport specific invasion techniques in our Invasion Games unit. Children also explored and improvised a dance based on superheroes working in small groups and with the whole class.
Linking to our English unit, Art this half term was based on the work of Quentin Blake. Children researched Quentin Blake and explored the techniques used in his work. Children sketched their own artwork based on his drawings and experimented with different techniques to produce their own painting. In addition, children created a digital version of their work on Paint and created a Modroc sculpture of a character/object from a Roald Dahl book.
Children developed their historical enquiry skills last half term in our Monarchy unit. The overarching enquiry question was ‘What was the most significant impact a monarch has had on Britain?’
Children learnt about various monarchs through exposure to various sources and by devising and answering questions about the past. Children also developed their understanding of chronology by creating timelines and researched how the actions of monarchs influenced Britain today.
Children explored how to be a good friend, learnt about trust and online safety. Also, children discussed that through prayer, the Sacraments and our friendships and relationships with others, we can be closer to God.
Children compared digital and non-digital devices, and were introduced to computer networks that include network infrastructure devices like routers and switches.