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Ocean Curriculum News Summer 2013

Ocean Phase - Curriculum Newsletter - Summer Term 2013

 

LITERACY

Year 3:  We will be looking at quest stories.  We will read them, ‘story map’ and action them, ‘box up’ the story and then compose our own, using elements of the story to guide the children.  The children will be trying to use paragraphs, commas, question and exclamation marks and complex sentences using subordinate clauses.  We will be learning to use information books to make notes for the children to create their own information booklet; this will be completed on rivers.

Year 4:  We are using the history topic of Romans in our literacy lessons. We are learning about different aspects of grammar (such as fronted adverbials, prepositions and definite and indefinite articles) and consolidating our knowledge of main and subordinate clauses. We will also be reading stories set in imaginary worlds as a stimulus to creating our own “imaginary world” stories.

NUMERACY

Year 3:  We will be using maths natural powers to enable the children to become more confident with the four operations.  We will be trying to give the children open investigations to solve too.  We will also be studying; shape, weight and measure and data handling.  We will also be continuing to practise counting and looking at number patterns.  This term we will be taking part in the EADT Maths Challenge. This year’s challenge is centred on exploring different continents around the world. This will incorporate lots of different mathematical topics, including the four operations, shape, weight and measure.

Year 4:  We are continuing to practise our counting, but this term we are challenging ourselves by counting in decimal numbers. We are continuing to provide independent investigational opportunities within various topics throughout the term as well as collecting and representing data. This term we will be taking part in the EADT Maths Challenge again (as the children would have experienced in Year 3).  This year’s challenge is centred on exploring different continents around the world. This will incorporate lots of different mathematical topics, including the four operations, shape, weight and measure.

SCIENCE

Year 3: Firstly we will be continuing our project on the characteristics of materials, followed by Light and Shadows and finally investigating how plants grow.  We will be investigating how shadows are formed and changed, we will be learning about what a plant needs to grow successfully.

Year 4:  The two main science topics this term will be “Solids and Liquids” and “Keeping Warm”. During the “Solids and Liquids” topics we will be learning about melting, solidifying, evaporation and filtration and how to classify different materials as liquids or solids. Included in the “Keeping Warm” topic will be: temperatures, thermal insulators and thermal conductors.

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY

Year 3 and 4:

History

We are continuing to study the Romans. We will be learning about gladiators and there is an exciting trip to Colchester castle planned for later on in the term. We will be continuing to learn how the Romans influenced life and the legacy they left behind.

Geography

We will be learning about rivers and their formation from the source to the mouth, the water cycle and the routes of two of the main local rivers: the Gipping and the Orwell.  

ART & DT

Year 3: Art this term is painting.  We will be looking at Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, investigating colour and creating shades of a colour.

Year 4:  Art this term is painting.  We will be looking at Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers and J.M.W. Turner’s technique using wet on wet and watercolour paints. Later on this term we will have a DT day where the children will be learning about mechanisms and we will be making our own mechanisms from different construction kits, such as Lego, Mechano, Tactic and Mini Quadro. At the end of the day we will be evaluating our work using tree frog language.

IT

Year 3:  The children will investigate creating music using computer software.  They will also be using the internet to help with their research for their information booklet.

Year 4:  We will be using Paint Shop Pro to create images of still-life.  We will also be creating collages using photographs of things we like and scanning them into the computer. 

MUSIC

Year 3:  The children will be beginning to learn how to play a recorder and learning to read notes.

Year 4:  We are continuing to learn the notation of music and playing our brass

instruments with a music specialist.

RE

Year 3:  The children will be finishing Hinduism and then exploring Islam.

Year 4:  Our RE topic this term is Sikhism and we will cover the themes of guru (teacher) and Ik Onkar (this reflects a belief that there is one God). We will be learning about the five Ks and the importance of community in the Sikh religion.

FRENCH

Year 3: The children will be learning the days of the week, to be able to say the date, moving on to animals and finally brothers and sisters to lead to conversations about these subjects.

Year 4: The children will be learning about polite table talk, moving on to exploring ice-cream, leisure activities, school subjects and clothes.

PE

The children will continue to swim every week and compete in a Sports Day towards the end of the school year.

Year 3:  The children will be learning skills to play Tennis, leading to a phase tournament.  We will also be participating in different athletic events, such as sprints, long distance running and relay races. We will also be involved in a new initiative called “Skip to be Fit”.  

Year 4:  We are improving our tennis skills, which we began to develop in Year 3. We will also be participating in different athletic events, such as sprints, long distance running and relay races. We will also be involved in a new initiative called “Skip to be Fit”.

PSHE

Year 3:  ‘Going for Goals’ thinking about aspirations and moving onto year four.  This will also link with the Young Carers day.

Year 4:  We are learning about the dangers of non-prescriptive drugs, smoking and alcohol.

 

 

Phase Leader:  Miss Charmaine Evans

 

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