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Year 3 & 4

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  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
  Buildings Land of Hope and Glory Short Circuit
Key Themes Study changes in buildings throughout British history and in some ancient civilisations. Study the United Kingdom
Study its main physical and human features
Look at changes over time
Explore similarities and differences from other European countries
Study one area (different to that studied in Key Stage 1) in some depth.
Learn about electronics
Explore how to combine our knowledge of electrical circuits with design to create a variety of fun and useful products
History The children will begin by looking at some of the most famous and fantastic buildings from around the world as it is today:
  • The Shard
  • The Gherkin
  • The Colosseum
  • The leaning tower of Pisa.
We will then use this to compare the similarities and differences throughout the ages. We will explore materials used – glass, metal, mud, wood, tile, slate, brick, and some of the designs that were used – shapes, sizes and amount. We will discuss the difference between what is modern and what is ancient. We will look at the rise and fall of Roman buildings as Romans invaded, settled and then left Britain by looking at the Celtic design of buildings – the roundhouse and the Roman style Villas. We will study the amazing buildings of ancient civilisations: the ziggurat temples of the Ancient Sumer; the basic buildings of the Shang Dynasty; the pyramids of the Ancient Egyptians; the pyramids of the Mayans and make comparisons through history and develop a timeline.
Geography The children will use their prior knowledge of using maps and atlases to locate continents and countries. When looking at the historical buildings the children will be able to find which continent the building is on – Mesopotamia, Iran and Iraq – Africa, Egypt – Europe, England, Italy, French (Following the rise of the Roman Empire), America, central America, Mexico, Guatemala – Asia, China. Which hemisphere it lies on and discuss the geographical features (desert, forest, hot cold). We will explore some of the changes that have taken place in the UK over time by looking at the industrial past of the railway network and the canal network. We will look at the start of these resources and how they impacted the UK. When they were built, what they were used for, and how they built Britain. We will look at the local area, The Mablethorpe loop railway service which ran through Theddlethorope and the canal that was built connecting Louth to the sea at Tetney Haven, at the mouth of the Humber Estuary. We will explore how Industrial sites can change over time. We will look at the locality of the former Conoco site.

We will compare human and physical features - Venice, Italy spanning the Grand Canal, Millau Viaduct in France – the tallest bridge in the world and another joint British/French design, and the Trans-Siberian railroad, the longest in the world which starts in Moscow, near St Basils. Physical features – Italy – Mount Vesuvius and look at the different classifications of volcanoes, Louth Navigation and looking the classifications of rivers and canals and comparing English Canals with Venice and mountains – Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Carrauntoohil – this will provide more opportunity to study the UK.

We will also compare and contrast the cultures and practices of these countries: UK (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), France, Italy and Russia by looking at: Food; languages; governments and monarchies; national days and festivals; weather and climate.
Design Technology     We will combine motors with other materials to create an ‘Art Bot’ which will dance around a piece of paper, drawing as it goes.

We will discover Potato Power – how potatoes may be used to create electricity that can power a small LED. We will combine our knowledge of mechanisms with our knowledge of circuits and create an electric car. It will be put through its paces, having to climb steep slopes, so we will need to use our knowledge of friction to make sure it meets the challenge. As we learn more about electricity from a scientific perspective, we will apply our knowledge of circuits to make an intruder alarm. Throughout all of our design challenges we will need to consider the purpose of our work, make and constantly evaluate and refine our products so that they improve over time. We will also use a range of practical skills and improve the presentation of our products.
Art The children will draw and paint images of some of the wonderful buildings they will look; at both ancient and modern. They will produce sculptures in the style of some ancient artefacts. They will also look at the work of artists from different periods in time who have captured some of the magnificent buildings in their work.

We will make sketches of famous buildings – Ziggurats, Chichen Itza. We will use art techniques and learn about techniques from different eras – stain glass, pastels, sculptures, mosaics from Roman Villas. We will create and combine shapes to create recognisable forms. We will use layers of two or three colours and we will replicate patterns observed in natural or built environments.
We will draw and paint images of the cities and landscapes we study; Rialto Bridge late 1400’s – wooden – Vittore Carpaccio.and a more modern Rialto Bridge – 1780 - by Francesco Guardi. Look at Monet, Constable and Kandinsky’s Winter style landscapes and paint a mountain landscape.

After collecting sketches and learning different styles, the children will create their own piece of landscape art inspired by the Spring term.
We will also create a sculpture of: Millau Viaduct. We will look at the design features and try to recreate them using different materials – such as art straws and spaghetti
The children will draw, paint, sculpt, create textiles and digital media, as appropriate, to give good quality finishes to their products.
Music Baroques – Handle’s Water music. Prokofiev - Peter and the wolf. Christmas Carols Stop! - All the learning is focused around one song: Stop! - a rap/song about bullying. Lean on Me - We will learn about the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments through this song and other soul/gospel songs. Blackbird - All the learning in this unit is focused around one song: Blackbird by The Beatles - a song about civil rights. Reflect, Rewind and Replay - This Unit of Work consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year
Science States of Matter
Children will look at different materials and investigate how they change when heated or cooled. We will look at the water cycle and how evaporation and condensation play their part.
Living Things
Evolution and Inheritance
We will investigate living things and begin to understand evolution and inheritance.
Sound and Hearing and Electrical circuitsWe will investigate sound and hearing and develop our understanding of electrical circuits.
Computer Science Collaborative Learning - Learning to work collaboratively in a responsible way using tools including Google Docs and Sheets. How the Internet Works - We use the Internet every single day, but 30 years ago, it didn’t exist. In this topic, pupils learn how data is transferred around the world using the world wide web. Website design - Pupils design and create their own websites, considering content and style, as well as understanding the importance of working collaboratively. HTML - Pupils explore the language behind well-known websites, while developing their understanding of how to change the core characteristics of a website using HTML and CSS. Investigating Weather - Children investigate the role of computers in forecasting and recording weather as well as how technology is used to present forecasts. Computational Thinking - Through developing their understanding of the four pillars of computational thinking, children learn to identify them in different contexts.
RE How do Hindus reflect their faith in the way they live? Devotion to Brahman; respect for mother and mother earth; respect for father, ancestors and family; respect and care for all living things. What does the Qur’an teach Muslims about how they should treat others? – Five Pillars of Islam – keeps things as Allah intended them to be; binds the global Muslim community together. In what way does the Bible teach Christians to treat others? - Looking at the Ten commandments, The Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount Christianity and Judaism: Big Questions – Why do we celebrate?
- Consider different ways in which we celebrate – birthdays, events of national significance (e.g. royal weddings), sporting events (e.g. the football World Cup, the Olympics), key religious festivals, the birth of a new baby, the celebration of the life of someone who has just died, etc.
Focussing on relationships we have with our VIPs. Looking at friendships and how they are formed and maintained, and the qualities of a good friend. Looking at disputes and bullying, addressing strategies for coping with each of these.
Be Yourself
Be Yourself Identifying our strengths and achievements and recognising different emotions we experience. Exploring how to express our thoughts and feelings respectfully and how to be assertive when in uncomfortable situations. Looking at the influence media has on how we view ourselves. Learning from mistakes we make.
Learning about the importance of reusing and recycling; considering groups in the local community; understanding why we have rules and the consequences of breaking them; knowing about the rights that children have and human rights in general.
Economic Wellbeing
Considering spending decisions; learning about how to create a budget; recognising that money affects how we feel and how we feel when money is lost; exploring jobs available; learning about gender stereotyping in the workplace.
Health and Wellbeing
Learning about how to stay healthy and how our diet affects our bodies and our teeth. Identifying our strengths. Learning how to celebrate mistakes and develop a growth mindset. Considering how we can increase our happiness.
Safety and the changing body
Learning about being kind and staying safe online. How to identify and deal with cyberbullying. Understanding the difference between secrets and surprises. How to treat bites and stings. Who influences our choices? Learning about road safety and how to call the emergency services.
French Je Me Présente (Presenting Myself) En Famille (The Family) Les Habitats (Habitats) Au Café (At the Cafe) En Classe (In the Classroom) Boucle d'Or Et Les Trois Ours (Goldilocks & The Three Bears)

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