Our Curriculum This Year
We redesigned the school curriculum plan last year hoping that, while it is still based on the National Curriculum, it better reflects our ethos and values. One of the main changes is the addition of planned enrichment and am emphasis on Values-based Education and developing a Growth Mindset (a belief that everyone can learn and improve). We want our children to have aspirations for the future, but believe that in order for that to happen, we need to give them different experiences so that they know what they might aspire to.
Click here to see what we'll be studying in Year 3&4. There will be changes and additions as we go along, so check in regularly to see what's happening.
Helping at Home
In Year 3 children are expected to:
- Know all the addition and subtraction number facts to 20 such as 9 + 8 = __, 7 + __ = 18 and ___ - 12 = 7. To know their number facts they should be able to answer questions quickly without having to work out the answer.
- Begin to become confident working with numbers up to 1000. Children in Year 3 need to be able to recognise and name all the numbers up to 1000 first and understand the place value of each digit.
- Be able to count in multiples of 2, 5, 10, 3, 4, 8, 50 and 100 and know the multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5, 10, 3, 4 and 8 times tables. Questions could include; saying how many 3s make 18, __ x 3 = 18, 18 ÷ __ = 6.
In Year 4 children are expected to:
- to add and subtract two digit numbers in different ways, e.g. 24 + 38 = 20 + 30 plus 4 + 8, 76 – 39 = 76 – 30 then -6 then – 3 etc. Year 4 are expected to know their x2, x3, x4, x5, x6 and x8 times tables - begin by counting in 2s, 3s, 6s, then learn them in order, then try them randomly. Don’t forget to go back and check that they have remembered tables they learned earlier.
- link table facts to division, i.e. if your child knows 6 x 7 = 42 can they tell you that 42 pencils shared between 6 children would give them seven each?
- Year 4 children should also be able to tell the time and this is something they could practise at home. Let them work out how long until dinnertime or how long an event lasts.
Some websites that are great for practising number facts at home:
We need to be able to spell the first 300 commonly used words and the National Curriculum 'exception words'. Click below to see what these words are:
(You will see that there is quite a over lap and that the exception words are part of the first 300 words, so at school we focus on those)