Summer Planning Intentions 2016/17 Year 3/4

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‘Planet Earth’


Language Literacy and Communication



  • The children will be preparing an oral presentation about an area of interest to them.
  •  We will be taking part in discussions based on environmental themes.
  • The children will be learning about a balanced argument and understanding the difference between fact & opinion.
  • We will be learning about standard forms of English and when they are used.

Reading: the children’s work will focus on the following genres: Poetry, Reports and Discussion texts. This work will be closely linked with our theme. The children will be working on improving their strategies to read independently and establish meaning. They will be focusing on fiction and non-fiction information texts and improving their research skills/techniques. We will be working on comprehension skills and finding evidence in texts.

 Writing: Our writing this term will focus on the following genres: Poetry, Reports and discussion texts.

  • Poetry – we will be exploring a range of poetry. We will be creating our own ‘Haiku’ poem. We will be focusing on choosing words for variety & interest. We will be using adjectives and adverbs to expand simple phrases.
  • Reports – We will be exploring the features of report writing and creating our own non-chronological report about a plant of choice. We will be working on using connectives for causation & consequence. We will be using an introduction and conclusion in our report and will include relevant details, info & observations in our writing.
  • Based on an environmental theme, we will be learning about the difference between fact/opinion. We will be exploring the key features of discussion writing and creating our own arguments for/against a chosen topic.
  • We will be continuing to improve our grammar and punctuation, using full stops, question marks, exclamation marks and commas in lists.
  • We will also be looking at a variety of poetry and creating some of our own.


  • The children will continue to learn high frequency words.


We will be learning the following spelling rules/patterns:

There will be spelling tests on a weekly basis.

Handwriting: Practise will focus on correct formation, orientation and joins and will be linked to weekly spelling patterns.



The children will continue to make progress in Oracy, Reading and Writing. 

The children will learn how to ask and answer questions about themselves and others, talking in the first and third person and in the present and past tense. We will be paying particular interest to the topics Hobiau, y Tywydd and Bwyd. Children will be encouraged to use everyday language in the classroom and around the school.



Mathematical Development 


This term the children will work on the following areas:

  • Number – number sequences & patterns

Addition & subtraction strategies – numbers with at least 2 digits.

Finding the difference within 100

Multiplication & division with remainders.

Use a calculator to check results.

  • Shape – Learning to classify 2d & 3d shapes in various ways. Recognise that perimeter is the distance around a shape.
  • Measure - Length – using & converting standard units of measure (mm/cm/m/km)  Estimation & Measuring accurately to the nearest half cm.
  • Weight/mass – using & converting standard units of measure (g/kg) Use 5g/10g & 100g weights. Estimation and measuring.
  • Position & Movement – using the four points of a compass to describe direction.


Through all topics there will be a focus on ‘Reasoning’ - solving real life problems and applying knowledge & skills to solve Maths puzzles.

Children will be encouraged to practise their Mathematical skills at home through ‘Mathletics’ and homework.

There will be times table/mental maths tests on a weekly basis.



Knowledge and Understanding of the World 



Our Science this term will be centred on ‘Plants’

Pupils will use and develop their skills; knowledge and understanding by investigating how plants are independent yet rely on each other for survival. Through fieldwork, we will explore plants found in two contrasting local environments, e.g. identification, nutrition, life cycles, and their place in the environment. We will investigate the environmental factors that affect what grows and lives in these two environments, e.g. sunlight, water availability, temperature. We will consider how humans affect the local environment, e.g. litter, pollution, destruction etc

Our investigation this term will focus on investigating different types of soil and their ability to retain water. Like animals and humans, plants need water, air and food to grow. They get all of these from their growing medium – the compost or soil that they grow in. This experiment looks at the effect that different growing mediums – sand, soil, compost, and bark – have on the plants, as well as what happens when plants get too much water.



We will be focussing on environmental geography this term.

‘Living in my world, caring for places and environments and the importance of being a global citizen.’






  • We will be using the WWW to find information from a range of given sources. This will be closely linked to our literacy, science work.

Use JIT and J2E to plot graphs based on classroom data Spreadsheet games through Wizard’s Apprentice on Crystal ICT. Each game to target specific area of spreadsheet management.

Create a spreadsheet of information Use Logo through Sherston Crystal ICT and create patterns and shapes iPad ongoing development- word processing, presenting through different platforms, handwriting development, spelling development, maths skills, links across the curriculum.

We will be continuing to use ‘J2e’ to further develop our ICT skills:


  • ‘J2e5’ – Organise words/images to present ideas & information.
  • ‘J2data – Branching data bases & data bases.
  • ‘J2code’ - Logo



Religious Education and Values


Islam (sacred books, places and people)

Pupils will be given opportunities to develop their skills, and their knowledge and understanding of the Muslim religion, and use these to raise and respond to fundamental human and religious questions. These will be carried out through the interrelationship of the three core skills of the subject.

  • Engage with fundamental questions
  • Explore beliefs, teachings and practice
  • Express personal responses




Sustainable development

Children will develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to understand individual and collective decision-making, both locally and globally and how that will improve the quality of life now without damaging the planet for the future. Our work will centre on waste and recycling.

 Children will be given opportunities to:

 • appreciate the natural world as a source of inspiration.

 • take an active interest in varied aspects of life in school and the wider environment.

 • how the environment can be affected by the decisions we make individually and collectively.




Creative Development

Art and Design

Environmental Art

This term we will be exploring environmental art. We will be looking at a selection of work from Andy Goldsworthy. We will be discussing his work in terms of the 7 elements of art. (line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern and colour) Children will be learning how to identify these elements in his work & order the elements in terms of visual importance.

We will be using our local environment to find interesting natural objects to create our environmental art.

We will assemble, sketch and then photograph our finished pieces.

We will then work with the visual image in ‘Photoshop’ to manipulate colour and enhance visual image. The children will evaluate their work.




The children will identify a variety of sounds in the environment, discuss the sounds using appropriate terminology and identify whether they are a product of human production or the natural environment. They will also identify the purpose for the sounds such as communication. The children will describe sounds using appropriate terminology with particular focus on the musical elements pitch, dynamics, tempo and duration




Summer Term 1- Athletics (running, jumping, throwing)

Summer Term 2- Rounders, Cricket and Tennis

Pupils will be given opportunities to develop, consolidate and then apply the skills and techniques needed to take part in a variety of competitive activities including sending (throwing, tossing, bowling); receiving (catching, fielding); striking (hitting, batting, volleying, serving); travelling (with a ball or other equipment); running (different speeds); jumping (for height or length); and throwing (for distance)

Health related fitness and the effect of exercise on the body will underpin all PE activities.