Y3/4 Animal Kingdom

Science

We are learning about animals including humans and living things and their habitats, and in particular:

  • To identify that animals need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition form what they eat;
  • To identify that some animals have skeletons, like humans, and muscles for support, protection and movement;
  • To explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment;
  • To identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions;
  • To recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to animals;
  • To construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

We are learning about rocks and in particular:

  • To describe in simple terms how fossils are formed when things that have lived are trapped within rock.

Geography

We are learning about where different animals can be found and in particular:

  • To locate the world’s countries, using maps to focus on Europe (including the location of Russia) and North and South America, concentrating on their environmental regions, key physical and human characteristics, countries, and major cities;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied;
  • To describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts.

Art

We are learning about animals in art and in particular:

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences about animals;
  • To become proficient in drawing animals and other techniques for example: painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques about the study of animals;
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works, on an animal theme by other artists using the language of art, craft and design, focusing on Gormley;
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, especially Henri Rousseau, and how they portray animals in their work.

Design Technology

We are learning about making a model of an animal that has moving parts controlled by pneumatics. In particular:

  • To investigate how toys move (without electricity);
  • To develop understanding of control through investigating simple pneumatic systems;
  • To design and make a model of a monster that has moving parts controlled by pneumatics;
  • To develop skills in working as part of a team;
  • To evaluate the design and how it could be improved.

Cooking

We are learning about cooking with an animal theme (but ensuring that there are vegetarian and vegan options) and in particular:

  • To understand seasonality, and know where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed;
  • To understand and apply the principles of a healthy and varied diet;
  • To prepare and cook a variety of predominantly savoury dishes using a range of cooking techniques.

Religious Education

We are learning and about signs and symbols and in particular:

  • To understand the difference between a symbol and a sign;
  • To discuss how some people use signs and symbols to express their religious identity through outward means, e.g. the way they dress and through the use of food;
  • To be able to relate the use of signs and symbols to their own lives.

Year 3 Computing

We are learning about communications / collaboration and productivity and in particular:

3.5 We are communicators – To communicate safely on the internet by learning:

  • To develop a basic understanding of how email works;
  • To gain skills in using email;
  • To be aware of broader issues surrounding email, including ‘netiquette’ and e-safety;
  • To work collaboratively with a remote partner;
  • To experience video conferencing.

3.6 – We are opinion pollsters – To collect and analyse data by learning:

  • To understand some elements of survey design;
  • To understand some ethical and legal aspects of online data collection;
  • To use the web to facilitate data collection;
  • To gain skills in using charts to analyse data;
  • To gain skills in interpreting results.

Year 4 Computing

We are learning about communications / collaboration and productivity and in particular:

4.5 We are co-authors – To producing a wiki by learning:

  • To understand the conventions for collaborative online work, particularly in wikis;
  • To be aware of their responsibilities when editing other people’s work;
  • To become familiar with Wikipedia, including potential problems associated with its use;
  • To practice research skills;
  • To write for a target audience using a wiki tool;
  • To develop collaboration skills;
  • To develop proofreading skills.

4.6 We are meteorologists – To present the weather by learning:

  • To understand different measurement techniques for weather, both analogue and digital;
  • To use computer-based data logging to automate the recording of some weather data;
  • To use spreadsheets to create charts;
  • To analyse data, explore inconsistencies in data and make predictions;
  • To practice using presentation software and, optionally, video.

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