Doves is a mixed year 3 and year 4 class taught by Mr Honman (Mon/Tues/Weds) and Mrs Mayhew (Thurs/Fri). Mrs Baker and Miss Chaplain also work in Doves. Please read on to find out what Doves are learning about this half term…

Summer Term 1

English: we will be focussing on adding adverbs, adverbials and fronted adverbials to a variety of sentence types using the book ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman as a stimulus! We will use our newly learned skills to write a 5 part narrative and an explanation text linked to Volcanoes. We will continue extending our Reading VIPERS skills during our reading lessons.

Maths: We will start the term by continuing and consolidating the children’s knowledge of fractions. Following on from this, Year 3 will be moving on to a unit on Mass & Capacity whilst Year 4 will be learning about decimal numbers, linking this new learning to what they learned about fractions last term.

Science: Doves will discover the different types of rocks and how they are formed. They will compare and group rocks based on appearance and simple properties. They will learn how fossils are formed and learn about the contribution of Mary Anning to the field of palaeontology. They will understand how soil is formed and then investigate the permeability of different types of soil.

Geography: Linking to our past learning of Mount Vesuvius, this half term we will learn about the destructive powers of nature, from volcanoes and earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes. Through discussion and practical tasks, children will learn about how and why these natural phenomena occur, and the ways in which they affect people and the environment.

Computing: The children will be learning about desktop publishing in Computing this half term. They will learn to add text and images to create their own pieces of work using desktop publishing software, making careful decisions about style, size and colour. They will also consider how and why desktop publishing is used in the real world.

RE: Our RE unit this half term is called ‘The Kingdom of God’. In this unit, the children will be learning to make links between the story of the Day of Pentecost and Christian belief about the Kingdom of God on Earth. They will be thinking about the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God, and how Christians live their whole lives and in their church communities. They will be attempting to answer the big question: When Jesus left, what was the impact of Pentecost?

Music: In Music lessons, the children’s learning will be based on a song called ‘Bringing us Together’. This is a disco-style track about friendship, peace, hope and unity. The children will learn about the typical features of disco music through singing and performing.

Art: This half term, the children will be learning about Andy Warhol and the wonderful world of pop art. They will start by studying his piece entitled ‘Vesuvius’ and comparing it their own Vesuvius compositions from last term inspired by David Hockney. They will then be creating some Pop Art of their own with a special Coronation Day twist.

For our Monday PE lesson, we will develop basic running, jumping and throwing techniques.

Our second PE lesson of the week will be on Wednesdays when we will continue going swimming.

In French, the children will learn to talk about animals and describe their colour and movement, while listening and responding to a story.

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