Sacriston Academy main school

Year 3/4

This year is going to be full of new and exciting adventures. We start our year exploring ‘Mighty Metals’ where Iron Man is joining us on our journey of discovery.

We are starting our Summer term in the Misty Mountains, exploring hills, upland areas and noticing how the weather changes. We will use a range of maps, books and websites to find out all about our landscape and how it’s formed. We’ll find out where the highest mountains are,  how to use a compass and make 3-D mountain models. Inspired by the magnificent mountains, we’ll complete graphs showing heights, look at webcam and satellite images and create wonderful weavings. Using our literacy skills, we’ll write mountain-shaped poems and compose songs about the water cycle. We’ll also examine how mountains are displayed on a map, and build a water cycle to look at changing states of matter. We’ll think about our personal ‘mountains’, our goals and how will we achieve them?

Within our writing this half term, we will be writing diary entries from the perspective of a mountain climber venturing to the top of Mount Everest. We will also be writing a narrative based on a Yeti. To finish the half term we will look at a number of poems to better understand the poetic vocabulary and layout changes depending on the poetic style.

In Maths, we will continue to look at time, specifically learning how to tell the time using analogue, digital and 24 hour time. We will also move on to our next chapter which is statistics. We will look at picture and bar graphs and interpret data to solve word problems. Towards the end of the half term, we will start the topic of fractions.

Our final half term will be based on the topic urban pioneers. We’ll hop on the bus and take a trip downtown, where every street has a story to tell. We’ll visit the city of Newcastle and look at important buildings. We’ll photograph urban art including graffiti, murals and statues. Using digital mapping tools, we’ll identify the streets and buildings that we saw. We’ll investigate cities around the world and find out how they’ve changed over time. We’ll have questions for you about where you work or places you often visit, and we’ll present the data we have collected. As part of our design work, we’ll build a model urban landscape, create dramatic light effects and find out how light is used to keep people safe at night.

In Maths No Problem we will finish the chapter fractions and then look at angles. We will begin by making and finding angles in shapes, then learn how to name certain angles, specifically right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles. Our focus will then move to geometry as well as position and movement. During these chapters pupils will use symmetry, describing angles and movement.

Other aspects of the curriculum, which do not form part of the topic/theme are also taught as separate subjects. Year 4 will continue to have music lessons on a Tuesday with Mr Wilkinson, who teaches brass. Our RE focus this next half term will be on Islam.

What their teacher says:

I feel thrilled to be part of Sacriston Academy, a school rooted in ambition and high expectations, where everyone is encouraged to be a Sacriston Star! I have the privilege to watch each child learn, succeed, grow, inspire and develop on a daily basis.
Miss Smith

What the children say:

"I love coming to school and learning new things with my friends and teachers" (Oliver) "Our new class is brilliant - we get to solve tricky problems and work hard together." (Aimee) "Maths - No Problem is helping us learn new things in maths - we have a new challenge every day!" (Leo)