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Year 3 and 4 Curriculum

Our Curriculum

In Year 3 and 4, we aim to deliver a creative curriculum that interests our children. We use the whole school termly topic to help us think of interesting titles and ensure we are covering all of the National Curriculum requirements. We then tailor these plans to suit our children. 

Maths

Throughout the week, children complete a Schofield and Sims test - section A, B and C for the first ten minutes of every maths lesson. This helps pupils to consolidate their knowledge and answer a wide range of questions mentally with speed and accuracy. Schofield and Sims has had a really positive impact throughout KS2.

We use the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning to structure learning in maths over the year. For each topic, pupils are first taught to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. They then practice reasoning mathematically, so that by the end of a unit they are able to solve a wide range of problems by applying their skills. Follow the link below to find out more about the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning. 

https://whiterosemaths.com/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

English

We love reading at Pentland, so we start our day with time to read our independent reading books, which might be scheme readers or freely chosen reading books, depending on the pupil's ability.

Our English lessons start with a 'Teaching of Reading' lesson. During this session we focus closely on vocabulary, fluency, reading skills including comprehension. We use selected texts and books which are appropriate to the pupil's stage. 

The second part of the lesson focuses on Writing. The children cover a wide range of genres. In order to show how much the children already know, the children first complete a cold task. A cold task is completed without any teaching to help understand how much the children already know and to find out the gaps in the childrens learning. The teacher then uses this information to help plan lessons that target the childrens gaps in learning and help them to make progress. After targetting all the gaps in learning the children complete a warm task. This is completed independently but using all the skills that the children have learnt. 

Some of our Year 3 and 4 pupils have created some fantastic pieces of writing this year and are making good progress. You can clearly see this in our books. 

During the afternoon, we make sure we have time to read for pleasure - this might be sharing an exciting whole class novel or reading non-fiction to help us in a fact-finding mission.

Our Planet Topic Spring 2020

All At Sea 

 Y3/4 will be studying the impact of ships as forms of transport/exploration on our lives today. They will look at the history of transportation and the development of sea travel – particularly how ship exploration/travel has made an impact of our daily lives i.e. foods from different countries. 

The children will then complete historical studies of sea explorers from 1066 onwards e.g Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake (with brief reference to Captain Cook). 

A local study will then be conducted into Hartlepool’s Trincomalee – a visit will enhance this topic considerably.  

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