Year 3/4 Mrs Colclough 2019 - 2020

Mrs Colclough

Mrs Nicholson

Mrs Pirie

Welcome to Year 3/4

Our topic this term is
 World War II

Our wow starter!

World War 2  Evacuation begins on Monday 6th January – children and staff will arrive back in school after the Christmas break dressed in period costume and ready for evacuation!

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‘London’s burning. London’s burning! Fetch the engines, fetch the engines!

Fire! Fire!

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We will write:

[see weekly planning]

Letters, diary entries, character and setting descriptions, non-chronological reports and a short historical narrative.

Weekly comprehension. 

We will be using short films from the Literacy Shed –War and Peace Shed

Beyond the lines

The Piano

 Germans in the woods

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Our author of the half term was an RAF pilot in WW2;

Roald Dahl

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We will continue to read for pleasure and share our reading with our Reading Buddies in years 5 and 6

Rehearse and Perform in our Key Stage Two Play Keep Smiling Through.

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Our Autumn Term focus is Place Value, Addition and Subtraction.

50 + 17 = 67

Add together the ones first then add the tens. Use the Base 10 blocks first before moving onto place value counters.

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Place value counters:

44+ 15=

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Class maths: 

We will be investigating shape. 

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We will be investigating coordinates 

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We will travel back in time to West Africa and the Kingdom of Benin!

We will make timelines of the Kingdom of Benin and compare artefacts and oral histories.  We will Learn about the Obas of Benin and finding out about the lives of craftsmen, builders and other ordinary people.  We will Investigate and explore their different trade routes. Finally, we will be exploring Benin’s ‘Golden Age’ and why the Kingdom of Benin collapsed after the Golden Age,



‘An Adventure with Mr Tea’

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What is Fairtrade and why is it important?

How can we support fairly traded goods?

To plan and carry out a project to encourage people in our local community to purchase fair trade goods.

Challenge children to identify, name and locate the 54 countries of Africa!

We will explore the human and physical features of West Africa, specifically Nigeria, North Africa, specifically Morocco, Eastern Africa and Tanzania, and finally Southern Africa and South Africa.

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Autumn 1

What is happening to our World? Environmental change.

We will complete a habitat survey and create a habitat/ecosystem collage displaying African ecosystems

We will find out about and understand climate change and conduct a greenhouse gas investigation

 We will look at how humans affect habitats – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We will work collaboratively to create a group presentation on an endangered African animal

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Autumn 2

The Circle of Life!

We will make a working model of the human digestive system showing peristalsis.

We will design, perform and narrate a dance to show the basic function and parts of the digestive

We will use mirrors to make a playdough model of our teeth – label and explain the function of each teeth type

We will use drama and performance to understand and interpret food chains, showing producers, predators and prey

 We will construct food chains.

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Art of Africa!

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We will recreate natural animal print patterns choosing the most suitable medium to suit each pattern.  We will recreate art in the style of Tingatinga paintings.


The sounds of Africa!

We will investigate African instruments by finding out how they make their sound.  We will design and make our own kalimba and shekere by choosing our materials carefully. We will use and evaluate our instruments by creating and performing an African-music-inspired composition!

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Who's got Talent?

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Through weekly music lessons and assemblies with our peripatetic teacher and class sessions we will:

-learn a variety of songs to sing as an ensemble choir for our termly performance to the residents of Mayfields residential home for the elderly

-in groups, compose a short piece of music influenced by the traditional music of Africa which can be joined together in a whole class performance

-understand the history and significance of  Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika and,taking inspiration from the Anthem Project  by the Ndlovu Youth Choir of South Africa, phonetically learn the song.


Dance - Autumn 1

-perform dances using a range of movement patterns

Gymnastics - Autumn 2

-develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through gymnastics]

Games - Class based

-play competitive games, modified where appropriate and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending

Swimming Year 3 - Autumn 2

swimming instruction- In particular, pupils should be taught to:

- swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

- use a range of strokes effectively (e.g. front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke)

-perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations.


Autumn 1 

Islam. We will create a map to show where Islam is founded and explain who the key prophet was. We will use calligraphy to list the main Muslim beliefs and investigate Muslin worship in a mosque. We will create a mobile using the symbol for Islam and finally use all of this information to create a group presentation about the Muslim holy book.   

Autumn 2

Creation- We will sequence and retell creation stories chosen from Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism –understanding the similarities and differences

We will learn about the Yoruba Creation story from the Kingdom of Benin and produce collage and watercolours depicting the Yoruba story. Finally, we will compose a piece of group music to accompany the telling of the Yoruba creation story through pictures.


Through our Africa topic and wider subject areas the children will be introduced to the basics of online searching, including how to use effective keywords. They will also learn to conduct searches that provide them with the most helpful and relevant information

 Online safety using the EAWARE programme.


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