4E Miss Townson

Unit 3 have explored how fairytales are presented through different media.  Our friends at Rochdale Music Service helped the children to try to interpret Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and try many of the instruments used

Unit 3 – Autumn Term

Welcome back to another action-packed academic year. We begin the term with a topic on landscapes.  Pupils will study the landscape around them through all of the curriculum areas.  There will be a particular emphasis on Art and Design and Technology.  This will culminate in a visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park to explore the work of Barbara Hepworth and Sir Henry Moore.  See below for our learning challenge questions and watch out for our new Task Bank Challenges!

In English, we will be using our new writing strategies from Jane Considine’s ‘Write Stuff’ materials as a stimulus for persuasive writing and story creation. The pupils will also learn elements of grammar and punctuation (such as the use of subordinate clauses and apostrophes) both discretely and in context.  Daily reading sessions at school and home are an essential component in developing a firm understanding of reading strategies.  Spellings will be sent home each Friday – which will be tested the following Friday.

In Mathematics, we will focus heavily on elements of place value, addition and subtraction. Our Visual Calculation Policy (which may be accessed through this website) demonstrates the progression in methods which the pupils are taught.  It is highly advantageous if pupils are encouraged to learn their times tables up to 12 x 12.

In the second half of the autumn term our topic work will focus on Food Glorious Food – further details will follow

Unit:   3                                                                                                         Theme: Landscapes
Expectations to be met LC1 What makes mountains?



Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns;


Describe and understand key aspects of: physical geography, including: vegetation belts, rivers, mountains and the water cycle.

Use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate countries and describe features studied


Art & Design

To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

About great artists, architects and designers in history. (Moore and Hepworth)


Y3 – Compare and group together different kinds of rocks on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties

Recognise that soils are made from rocks and organic matter.

Y4 – Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways

Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Y4 – Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases

Observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C)

Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature.

LC2 Why does it rain a lot in Rochdale?
LC3 Who was Henry Moore?
LC4 Why is Barbara Hepworth famous?
LC5 Are all rocks the same?