Y3/4 Racing through Northolt


We are learning about electricity and in particular:

  • To identify common appliances that run on electricity;
  • To construct a simple series electrical circuit, identifying and naming its basic parts, including cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers identify whether or not a lamp will light in a simple series circuit, based on whether or not the lamp is part of a complete loop with a battery;
  • To recognise that a switch opens and closes a circuit and associate this with whether or not a lamp lights in a simple series circuit;
  • To recognise some common conductors and insulators, and associate metals with being good conductors.

We are learning about forces and in particular:

  • To notice that some forces need contact between two objects, but magnetic forces can act at a distance;
  • To observe how magnets attract or repel each other and attract some materials and not others;
  • To compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of whether they are attracted to a magnet, and identify some magnetic materials;
  • To describe magnets as having two poles;
  • To predict whether two magnets will attract or repel each other, depending on which poles are facing.


We are learning the history of Northolt and in particular:

  • To study how national history is reflected in the locality;
  • About an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality (the racecourse);
  • Changes in land use;
  • Changes in housing.


We are learning about our local area and in particular:

  • To recognise land use patterns;
  • To understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom;
  • To learn about 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;
  • To use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied;
  • To 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.


We are learning about collage in art and in particular:

  • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in sketch books and through collage;
  • To become proficient in drawing their ideas and other techniques for example: painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques about the study of Northolt;
  • To evaluate and analyse creative works, on a local history theme by other artists using the language of art, craft and design, focusing on the race course and local features;
  • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, especially Natasha Kerr, a unique kind of biographical textile artist.

Design Technology

We are learning about electric circuits and in particular:

  • To design and make something that will shine light eg lights to light up the playground, a table lamp, or one that lights up a poster or a Christmas tree;
  • To consider what kind of lights are switched on and off by remote control eg in a corridor or in a home so that it looks lived in;
  • To use ICT tools to support their research into a range of lights and to control their light, switching it on and off when required;
  • To define a set of clear specifications for the light by considering who will use it, and the conditions under which it might be used.


We are learning about cooking using local produce 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 places of worship:

  • To look at the internal and external features of several places of worship and relate them to the appropriate religion;
  • To identify some of the uses of religious buildings;
  • To consider some of their own special places and why these are important to them.

Year 3 Computing

We are learning about creativity and computer networks and in particular:

3.3 We are presenters – making a video performance by learning:

  • To gain skills in shooting live video, such as framing shots, holding the camera steady, and reviewing;
  • To edit video, including adding narration and editing clips by setting in/out points;
  • To understand the qualities of effective video, such as the importance of narrative, consistency, perspective and scene length.

3.4 We are network engineers – exploring computer network including the internet:

  • To understand the physical hardware connections necessary for computer networks to work;
  • To understand some features of internet protocols;
  • To understand some diagnostic tools for investigating network connections;
  • To develop a basic understanding of how domain names are converted to IP addresses.

Year 4 Computing

We are learning about creativity and computer networks and in particular:

4.3 We are musicians – To producing digital music by learning:

  • To use one or more programs to edit music;
  • To create and develop a musical composition, refining their ideas through reflection and discussion;
  • To develop collaboration skills;
  • To develop an awareness of how their composition can enhance work in other media.

4.4 We are HTML editors – To edit and write HTML by learning:

  • To understand some technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible;
  • To use HTML tags for elementary mark up;
  • To use hyperlinks to connect ideas and sources;
  • To code up a simple web page with useful content;
  • To understand some of the risks in using the web.

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