Over the next 15 weeks those of us in Year 3 and 4 will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘How things work’ and people who have made a difference to the world today.
This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculumsets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:
1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the curriculum taught in your child’s own country. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.
Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.
During this unit we will be focusing on History, Technology, Science, Art, Society and International
In History, we’ll be finding out:
• About significant inventions and inventors of the last 100 years
• About inventions in the way we communicate
• About the history of flight and associated invention
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• How to make a pinhole camera
• How levers, gears and cams work
• How to make a moving toy
• How to invent and build something to solve a problem
In Science, we’ll be finding out:
• About the air around us and the science of flight
• How to make a paper glider
• About man-made materials and their properties
• How to carry out a scientific test
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
• How technology has been depicted in art
• About techniques in traditional and modern art
• How to create digital art
• How to make a print
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
• How technology and inventions affect people’s lives
• How inventions have made life easier or harder
• About inventions in the home and host countries
• Why some countries have fewer or more technologies than others
In International, we’ll be finding out:
• How the invention of the Internet has changed the way we communicate
• How the world’s scientists are sharing knowledge about inventions and the latest Technology.
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is most important.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child has achieved all of the learning targets. We hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom. And we hope you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.
If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.
In Literacy the main areas of learning will be :
Based on the Roald Dahl book Georges Marvelous Medicine and will include;
Fiction – Poetry and
Non Fiction – Explanations, Instructions (Year 4 and 3/4)
In Numeracy the focus will be on:
Place Value, understanding the value of digits knowing that it will depend upon their position in the number. Using place value to add and subtract mentally, and in written using column methods. In Year 3 children will be working with 3 digit numbers whilst the Year 4 children will work with 4 digit numbers
I would be grateful if you could help your children by:
- (e.g. Supporting them with their homework (this is given each Thursday and needs to be completed, handed in and signed off by the children on the following Wednesday.)
- Reading with them every night.
- Doing mental addition and subtraction sums, practicing all times tables and playing board games and simple games involving money.
- Making sure they have their full PE uniform. Can we suggest that your child brings their kit in every into school and leaves it in school until the end of the half term. PE lesson times often have to change due to other events taking place in school and by leaving their kit in school your child will not miss out on valuable PE lessons
- Year 4 children will need to bring in swimming kit including a towel every Thursday morning. In addition they need to ensure their hair is tied back if it is long, both boys and girls, no earrings or jewellery is worn, boy swimming shorts and trunks must be above the knee and girls need to wear a swimming costume not a bikini. Also no toiletries, snacks/drinks are permitted.
- Collecting any materials that can be used for our Design Technology work e.g. making a model dinosaur.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Wood, Mr Jones & Mr Erskine