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Autumn Term 2019


During this autumn term, Year 4 will be learning about the different signs and symbols across a variety of global religions. We will be looking at each religion in detail, comparing their beliefs through symbols and understanding the meaning behind religious practices. The children will begin to make connections between their own beliefs and other religions around the world, including Christianity, Islam and Humanism.

Outdoor PE

This term Year 3 and 4 will be focussing on the invasion game tag rugby. They will learn how to catch and throw while both stationary and on the move. The children will also develop their skills of tagging and sidestepping as well as making tactical decisions about when to make passes and tags. They will also learn the skill of intercepting, and will be introduced to the offside rule.


In Computing this term, children will have many opportunities to become more confident and competent users of a range of programmes on different devices. Understanding how to stay safe online will be a key focus throughout all lessons. Whilst engaging in a range of tasks, children will develop a variety of key skills including: typing quickly and accurately, effective electronic communication, conducting suitable research, multimedia authoring and digital creativity.


This term we will be linking our art work with our science topic about Light. We will be developing our colour mixing skills with increasing accuracy and using a wide range of vocabulary. We will learn about light and shade and how artists use them to great effect. We will also make informed choices about 3D sculpture and have a go at creating some ourselves after looking at the work of accomplished artists. Finally, we will look at the phenomenon of The Northern Lights and develop our skills of using pastels to create our own magical skies.


In the Autumn term Years 3 and 4 will be learning about the Anglo-Saxon and the Vikings. Why they originally came to invade our country and why they decided to settle and make it their home too. We shall be looking at their everyday lives, comparing their lives to our modern ones in the 21st century. We shall be finding out: where the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings fit into British history and investigating the mysteries of Sutton Hoo. Our Anglo-Saxon WOW days will start the topic with a detailed insight into their world.


In Literacy we shall be investigating the ancient story of Beowulf, to link with our historical topic of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Beowulf is an Anglo-Saxon poem which tells the story of how Beowulf the hero, defeats the monster Grendel. Our grammar work will focus on a review of basic sentence structure and punctuation, connectives, adjectives and adverbs. Spellings will be focussing on the aw/au/augh word families, prefixes and root words, homophones and contractions and the statutory Year 3 and 4 spellings.


In Numeracy we shall start off the term by revising our skills in number and place value, we will apply this when revising the written methods for the four rules of number. Problem solving is an important skill in the mastery curriculum, this involves the application of the children’s knowledge to a variety of everyday situations, rather than just being able to work out a page of sums. We will be working hard on building up a quick and accurate recall of all the times tables up to 12x12. Knowledge of the division facts will be extremely valuable when we apply this to other areas of the curriculum such as fractions and decimals. We shall continue to use the ICT programme TT Rockstars to consolidate the children’s knowledge, which they really enjoy using.


Our Science topic is Light in the first half of the Autumn term. The children will discuss what prior knowledge they have about Light then learn and interpret the meaning of vocabulary about Light. They will recognise that they need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. They will understand that light is reflected from surfaces and travels in straight lines. They will also recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous, carry out experiments to understand this and learn how to protect their skin and their eyes. The children will also find out how shadows are formed and carry out an investigation to find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change across one day.


Across the whole school we will be discussing conflict resolution and how children can begin to sort problems out. They will also learn to consider the viewpoint of other people to enable them to solve conflicts.