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 2
This half- term, the children enjoyed reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. Known as a modern day fairy tale, the book contains lots of descriptive language and character development. Children completed character profiles, a wanted poster for the Iron Man and planned, wrote and improved their own Iron Man adventure. The children thoroughly enjoyed the book this was evident in their writing.
Following work on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction, the children moved on to Multiplication and Subtraction this half term. Children have learnt about multiplicative structures, exploring various methods of calculation, and have developed an understanding of inverse operations using division facts.
This half term, children developed gymnastics routines using a sequence of movements and enjoyed learning about tag and target games. They practised a range of tag and target games and designed their own version based on what they had learnt throughout the unit.
Linked to our English unit, children created a mechanism to be used in a moving picture book based on ‘The Iron man’ story. Children explored and evaluated a range of levers and linkages before making their own and using it in their own moving picture page.
Music lessons at OLCHS
During our Music sessions at Our Lady’s High School, children learnt how to play the ukulele. Children learnt how to hold the instrument correctly with correct finger placement and learnt the basic chords and strumming techniques. This progressed to playing Frère Jacques independently and the results were outstanding. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the results were fantastic.
Children used maps and atlases to locate the North West region of England and to identify counties in the North West. They investigated physical geographical features of Preston and compared these to the Lake District. Children used compasses to explore the local area, investigating safety measures on Cadley Causeway, drew sketch and field maps of the area and conducted traffic surveys. This information was used to write a report on pedestrian safety on Cadley Causeway.
We started PSHE this half term with a lesson on the COP26 climate change conference. This led into discussion how it is everyone’s responsibility to take care of the planet and looked at ways we can influence climate change. Our main unit was based on communities, families and friends and bullying. We discussed ways to maintain and develop good, positive, trusting relationships and strategies to use when relationships go wrong. Children developed a greater awareness of bullying (including cyber-bullying), that all bullying is wrong, and how to respond to bullying.
Children explored still motion animation and used iPad software to create their own version of a well-known story.
The first unit this half term was on choices and reconciliation. Children retold the story of the Prodigal Son and discussed questions related to the parable involving reconciliation, forgiveness, the importance of saying sorry and how beliefs as Christians affect our actions. Children also learnt about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and looked at teachings in the Bible related to how to live as a good Christian. In the run up to Christmas, children refreshed their knowledge of the birth of Jesus. They retold the nativity story and compared different versions based on the gospels.
In Science, children learnt about the importance of nutrition and described the functions of the basic parts of the digestive system in humans. Children also identified the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
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.