Y3/4 The Countryside

Science

We are learning about plants and in particular:

  • To identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem, leaves and flowers;
  • To explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant;
  • To investigate the way in which water is transported within plants;
  • To explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal;
  • To identify and name a variety of plants in the local and wider environment, using classification keys to assign them to groups;
  • To recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

We are learning about states of matter and in particular:

  • To identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

History

We are learning about the countryside and in particular:

  • To know about a brief history of places visited, the buildings and how the settlement developed.

Geography

We are learning about human geography and physical features in particular:

  • To describe and understand key aspects of:
  • physical geography, including: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes, and the water cycle;
  • human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.

We are learning about Geographical skills and fieldwork in particular:

  • use the eight points of a compass, four and six-figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom and the wider world

Art

We are learning about nature sculptures and in particular:

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in sketch books and through collage and sculpture;
  • To become proficient in drawing their ideas and other techniques for example: painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques using nature as a stimulus;
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works, by Andy Goldsworthy using the language of art, craft and design;
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, especially Andy Goldsworthy who creates pictures and sculptures using nature.

Design Technology

We are learning about stiffening materials and making stable structures through the context of free-standing photograph frames and in particular:

  • To know why it is important for structures to be stable;
  • To experiment with different ways of making stable structures and strengthening paper;
  • To evaluate different joining methods;
  • To consider who they are designing for;
  • To make drawings with labels when designing;
  • To evaluate their product against their original design criteria

Cooking

We are learning to grow our own vegetables to make a healthy salad 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 about festivals of light and in particular:

  • To investigate the different religions that celebrate a festival of light;
  • To identify some of the stories connected to the festivals;
  • To name some of the artefacts associated with the festivals.

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 produce 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 – Presenting 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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