Green Room – Year 3/4
Reading and Phonics
Throughout the school we have a comprehensive school system to teach reading and phonics.
The extensive range of guided reading books are book banded, these include quality picture and chapter books as well as a range of schemes. At the beginning of each year the teachers have reading meetings that all parents are invited to attend.
If knowledge of phonics and words still need developing into Key Stage 2, we have a learning support assistant who specifically targets children weekly to support them. This is the same system throughout the school and is also linked to the teaching of handwriting.
The curriculum for this class is taught over a two year cycle, with topics which develop learners opportunities to ask and formulate questions, debate and have fabulous experiences!
Year A – Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Saxons
Stories, songs, traditions, customs, religions, multicultural mix of people, food and geography of the countries in UK.
Year B – Around the world
- including Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Egypt Planning Web
- Bunda’s Dreaming (Literacy Goes MADD – music, art, dance and drama)
- Australia planning web
- 50 year treaty – should we mine or not?
- Antarctica Planning Web
In year 3&4 the children learn all about the driest, windiest, coldest place on earth; Antarctica. We kick off the term by sharing a story called Ice Trap which tells the adventurous story of the famous Shackleton and his crew. All subjects are taught through this overarching topic, many of which were science-based and the children even have the opportunity to plan and carry out their own science experiments on reversible and irreversible changes. They also complete some work on the water cycle and learn about solids, liquids and gases through drama. Focused French lessons have been take place on a Monday, along with PE and Music from outside specialists, all of which are a hit with the children. We are also lucky to have a visit from John – one of our dad’s from school, who has actually been to Antarctica and shares his experience with the children. We end the term on a high by visiting The Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge where the children are able to see real artefacts used by Scott and his crew.