Each class follows a curriculum plan prepared for the year and term ahead.
Unicorns - Mrs Kermode
Dragons - Mrs Silman
This year in Year 3 we will be learning about lots of exciting things. In our Talk 4 Reading sessions, we will be looking at books such as I am Badger, ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars, The Promise and The book of Bees. We will be learning about how to retrieve information, infer from the text and how to justify our answers using evidence from the text as well as other important comprehension skills.
In our Talk 4 Writing sessions we will look at how to write in a range of genres such as information texts, explanation texts, transformation tales, recounts and warning tales. At the beginning of each new topic we have a hook lesson which is interactive and draws the children into the new genre of writing.
In our Core Knowledge Curriculum sessions we are exploring Mesopotamia, Life in Ancient Greece and how the Olympics originated before we move onto exploring how our area was created and how its changed over the years and finally the Chang dynasty. In Geography we will study Rivers, Coasts and The Great Wall of China.
Within our SMSC curriculum we will be learning how to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. We also wish to empower pupils by encouraging them to accept responsibility for their behaviour and actions therefore contributing positively to those in our school and our society.
Phoenix - Miss Kitchell & Miss Petruso
Pegasus - Mrs Thorogood
In Talk for Reading, we explore a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. These sessions encourage children to understand how to apply the key reading skills of retrieval, inference and justification, vocabulary understanding, predicting, summarising, and considering the authors intent. Our Talk for Writing sessions give children the opportunity to study a range of genres, working their way through the stages of imitation, innovation and independent application to deepen their understanding of using literary features to write for different purposes and audiences.
Maths skills are developed through the teaching of Effective Maths, where children learn to solve both fluency and reasoning mathematical problems across all areas of the mathematics curriculum.
Our year 4 Core Knowledge Curriculum covers the exciting topics of Ancient Rome, volcanoes, The Byzantine Empire, migration, Islamic civilisation, the Middle East and South America. These topics aim develop children’s skills as geographers and historians, by encouraging them to make connections between historical facts and to understand how ideas cause change.
In Science, children explore the topics: the human body, sound, states of matter, astronomy, light, and living things and their habitat. They will be encouraged to ask questions; seek answers through studying, and to collect, count and measure and observe.
In RE, children learn about the religions of Hinduism, Christianity, Humanism and Islam. These topics aim to encourage children to celebrate our difference and the importance of respecting different religious beliefs.
We follow the Jigsaw curriculum as part of PSHE to help children develop their sense of self-worth, self-esteem and self-believe. It also encourages them to think about their dreams and goals, how to be healthy and understand different relationships in their lives.
Our curriculum is also enriched with computing, DT, PE, French and art lessons.
Niffler - Miss Roberts
Griffin - Miss Hynd
Through studying our History focus unit about early civilisation in America, the children will develop an understanding of the importance of significant events that have shaped our history.
They will begin to discuss who the Mayan people were and where they originated from, identifying their way of life and beginning to understand when the Maya civilisation began. An important part of this unit is helping the children understand the social structure in the Maya Empire, discovering that this was a very rigid social system in which you are born into.
In our Science unit of work, children will be learning about the Human Body with a particular focus on the importance and function of the heart. They will also be learning about the circulatory system, understanding the role of many vital organs and parts of our body to keep ourselves alive and healthy.
Within RE, children will understand who the Buddha is and how he gained his title. They will be discovering the Buddhists following the eight fold path and will be able to explain some of the stages involved. In addition to this, children will identify features within a Buddhist worship and will be able to explain the importance and relevance of each of these features.
Valkyries - Mr Hamblin
Hippogriff - Miss Malt
As this is their last year before moving on to secondary school, we will make sure that the Year 6 children at Falconer’s Hill are prepared for their transition, emotionally and academically.
Part of their school year will be taking the statutory end of Key Stage 2 assessments - the SATs - and we will work hard to make sure that they are ready to sit them confidently and leave our school ready for Year 7.
‘Maths Mastery’ along with ‘Effective Maths’ are the programmes we follow when teaching mathematics. In our first term, the areas we will focus on will be Place Value and the four operations. In readiness for the end of key stage tests (SATs) there will be additional focus on arithmetic. The arithmetic paper will be the key paper in May, so times table knowledge and mental agility will be key areas of focus.
As with the rest of the school, we use Talk for Writing and Talk for Reading to deliver the English curriculum. This means that we use high quality model texts to study different genres and writing styles. Some of the units we will be exploring are entitled: ‘Devastated Landscapes’, ‘Survival’, ‘WW2’, ‘Mechanics’. Our aim is to engender a lifelong love of reading in all our students.
Our Science, History and Geography curricula have all been revamped to make sure that we are providing our students with a cumulative body of knowledge for each subject. The curriculum is structured carefully so that students are not only constantly exposed to new knowledge, but frequently revisit old knowledge to ensure that new ideas can be built upon the understanding of earlier ones.
The RE topics to be covered this academic year will research key aspects of some of the major religions in Britain today. These include: Christianity; Judaism; Sikhism and Islam. The children will draw upon several key themes, such as the similarities and differences between these religions; the importance of respecting and accepting the beliefs and values of other people and how we can work together to ensure that the society we live in is a harmonious one.