Year 3 / 4 Curriculum
In year 3/4, we aim to create fun and engaging lessons in a more formal setting as the children
begin, or continue their time in Key Stage Two. Our mornings will consist of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (S.P.A.G) and then English. This is then followed after assembly and break by Guided Reading where children will read once a week with the class teacher and then carousel through a variety of reading activities. Guided Reading is then followed by Maths.
Each term we will focus on a different topic within English where the children will develop an understanding of both fiction and non-fiction texts. Please see the document attached below for more detail about which topics we’re focusing on each term.
Through engaging hooks, experiential learning and giving the children a clear purpose for each piece of writing, we will explore the structure, vocabulary and grammar in these texts to allow the children to enjoy developing their writing skills.
In maths, using the comprehensive White Rose scheme, we will use varied mental and written methods for all four operations to enable the children to become more efficient when calculating. The children then spend a larger part of the lesson working on wide-ranging reasoning and problem solving questions so as to prepare them with learning skills for the 21st Century information economy.
CREATIVITY – COLLOBORATION – COMMUNICATION – PROBLEM SOLVING
Our afternoons will allow for creative curriculum opportunities incorporating all aspects of our core
curriculum in Science, History, Geography, Art, D+T, Music, Information Technology (I.C.T), Religious
Education and French. Children are given ample time for discussion and asked to present their findings and thoughts in numerous ways, supporting our learning completed in the first part of the day.
The children will also all have a weekly PSHE, (Physical, Spiritual, Health and Emotional) and Physical Education lesson. We use ‘Jigsaw’ at JHN, an excellent whole school approach to teach the children about different life skills such as empathy and resilience and our PE HLTA has been trained to offer the children meaningful and bespoke sport and physical education.
In Year 3/4, we will continue to focus on Handwriting and further Spelling techniques using phonics and mnemonics in the afternoon. We will also strive for the children to have daily opportunities to read books for enjoyment which helps enable their reading skills to develop throughout the year.
Furthermore, we have created specific intervention programmes that run concurrently for identified children across the spectrum of learning, to maximise individual progression.
Our teachers are dedicated to creating a safe, secure and enjoyable atmosphere and community within the individual classrooms, so time is also set aside for class discussions in circle time, assembly performances and team building games.