Year 3 & 4
Please click on Curriculum under the 'Our School' Menu tab for details of our St Loys Curriculum as well as our wonderful Creative Curriculum Topics.
In Y3/4, we love to share all the different activities and learning that happen within, and often outside, our classroom walls! For this reason, we have created sharing pages for each term's topics, where teachers regularly upload photos of the children's learning and information relevant to our current topic. The links to these pages are included in the relevant paragraphs below.
Homework this week...
As the play is fast approaching, please can children learn their lines with expression and consider their drama movement during their scenes (especially when they are not delivering their line).
For maths, please continue to complete activities from the Summer Blocks on mathletics.
Spellings will be tested next week from a selection from the statutory spelling list, which was sent home 2 weeks ago.
Our Y3/4 curriculum is centred around exciting and stimulating texts, which capture the children's imagination. In Terms 1 and 2, we explored the classic fantasy story, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Through this, we looked at different genres of story writing, culminating with the creation of our own mini fantasy novel with illustrations, which we shared with children in other classes. Our RE focus built upon this novel, as it serves as an allegory for Christ's life, whilst also digging into a second text, Diary of a Disciple. Our Art complimented these 2 stories as we created Shoe box dioramas of a scene from the story. Our history and geography learning focused on the Second World War, including a 'Jitterbug and Jive Session' at Banbury Museum and understanding key map skills and creating our own topographical map of the fantasy land. In computing, we developed our coding skills to create our own Lion, Witch and Wardrobe themed games. For further information, look at our pictures on the Padlet link here. From our brilliant first and second term.
In terms 3 and 4, we are leaving lions behind and setting off on a dragon adventure! Our text this term is How to train your dragon by Cressida Cowell. It leads us into the fascinating world of Viking adventures, which has inspired our History focus this term. Our Art lessons explore Vikings patterns and DT models of long ships, before culminating in a cross over Art/DT/English creation, where the children make their own non-fiction books about dragons. In Computing and English, the children are developing their skills using iMovie and camera apps to summarise the story so far.
By collaborating across subjects, the children's learning can flow throughout the days, weeks and term, developing their sense of excitement and accomplishments. However, certain subjects are best taught discreetly, such as French, RE and Games.
In RE, the children are exploring the 5 pillars of Islam.
In French, the children are regularly taught finger rhymes, allowing them access to text level language from an early age, stories, where they love spotting familiar words and interpreting the pictures and word level learning, such as animal vocabulary, allowing them to develop sentence level learning as the year progresses.
Please see the overview for this term for more information.
As always, regular photos and information about learning journey this term is shared on our special Padlet page,
Parents are always welcome to pop into school either before the start of the day or at the end, to share in their child's learning journey through the books or celebrate the work currently on display.
Have a look at our Galleries (under the News and Galleries Tab) for some fantastic photographs of what our children get up to!