Lower Key Stage 2

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In Lower Key Stage 2 we continue the process of developing children’s social and educational progress. There is a focus on independent work, encouraging group and partnership working and developing working relationships with their peers. Basic skills are further embedded and new learning introduced to develop writing, maths and reading skills within the creative curriculum.

With inventive and enjoyable topics, in fabulous classroom environments, Lower Key Stage 2 is a fun, stimulating and enjoyable place to be.

Year 3

In Year 3, the children undergo the transition from Key Stage 1. A focus on independence and a variety of fun topics make Year 3 a happy, positive place to be.

Beginning with an adventure with master storyteller, Roald Dahl, the children in Year 3 develop a wider understanding of his stories, characters and the ways he brings them to life with humour, excitement and a whiff of cheekiness. We then move through history, from the Dinosaurs to the Mayans, via the Stone Age, with a look at the geography of natural disasters on the way.

Here is a list of the Year 3 expectations for English and Maths.

Here is the Year 3 Curriculum Overview

Year 4

In Year 4 the children are taken on a global learning challenge via Ancient Rome, the major cities of the world and under the sea. Learning is fun, exciting and focused on introducing the more complex elements of the Lower Key Stage 2 curriculum, across all subjects.

With wonderful wow days, tremendous trips and a focus on developing a mature attitude to learning, Year 4 is a fabulous place to be.

Here is a list of the Year 4 expectations for English and Maths.

Here is the Year 4 Curriculum Overview

Year 3 Topics

Autumn 1, What make Roald Dahl so delumptious?
(Science/English focus)

In this topic we channel the spirit and awesomeness of Roald Dahl. We investigate science and history, using his stories and autobiographies as a stimulus. Whether it’s George and his Marvellous Medicine, The Grand High Witch or Red Riding Hood in Revolting Rhymes, we pick out what makes his books so loved around the world.

Autumn 2, How did the dinosaurs become extinct?
(History focus)

Prior to the Christmas break, we take a leap back to the time of the dinosaurs, focussing on the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. We investigate the creatures, their habitats and food chains to develop our understanding of the Earth as it was hundreds of millions of years ago.

Spring 1, What was Life like for the Croods?
(History focus)

Moving a few million years on from the dinosaurs, we look back at the life and ways of early man. We will be plotting their existence on a historical timeline, discovering their unusual customs and finding out how they developed into man as we know.

Spring 2, What makes the Earth angry?
(Geography focus)

In this explosive topic we start with a bang. Looking at the way that volcanoes and other natural phenomena work, we develop an understanding that the earth is not simply a lump of rock, but a bubbling, erupting, exploding mish mash of different rock types.

Summer 1, What puts the wonder into Wonderland?
(Science focus)

Using the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party as inspiration, we investigate the different groups and features of food. We will be looking at diet and the processes of living creatures, the skeleton and muscle systems and at how we are all interconnected, relying on each other to maintain a habitat.

Summer 2, What have the Mayans done for us?
(History focus)

The marvellous Mayans is the focus of our final topic. We will investigate where they lived and their strange (and often gory) customs, religions and diet, comparing them to our own.

River- “Year 3 is fun because I have a fun teacher and some great learning topics.”

Harrison-  “I like maths the best because we are using bigger numbers. I love the school trips.” 

Max- “I like being in Year 3 because of all the exciting activities we do.”

Poppy – “I like how there’s 3 areas to play in on the playground. The sports pitches, the tower and swings and the pixie hut area are fun.”

Isabelle- “I like coming to Priory because the staff are lovely.”

Evie- “I like Year 3 because of the fun Jigsaw PSHCE lessons and when you have a problem, the teacher sorts it out.”

Year 4 Topics

Autumn 1 & 2, What made England so interesting to invaders?
(History focus)

In Autumn 1 we look at the invading Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and how they affected Britain around 2000 years ago. We compare them to the Celts with battle drama, creating shields and gladiator role play adding to the fun.

In the second half term, we move onto the vicious Vikings and interesting Anglo-Saxons, looking at how the Vikings invaded across the North Sea. We research their customs, weapons and how they terrified those who heard their roars.

Spring 1, Where would you choose to build your city?
(Geography focus)

In this topic we look at what a city needs to survive and flourish, planning and then building our own 3D buildings in our classes. We look at different cities around the world and their features, choose the best anthems for our own cities and work on the famous landmarks that make them stand out.

Spring 2, What lurks in the depths of the oceans?
(Science focus)

Prepare for a voyage under the sea! We look into the wonderful creatures that live under the sea, from the terrifying sharks to the beautiful coral reefs. Understanding food chains, eco-systems and threats to sea life, this is a fantastic topic.

Summer 1, What happens to the food we eat?
(Science focus)

With an in depth look at the human digestion system and the types of food we eat, the Summer starts with a gross-out feel. We will also look at the different foods eaten through the ages and the functions of human teeth. 

Summer 2, Could you cope without electricity?
(Science and ICT focus)

What a terrifying thought… In the final topic, we look at the different appliances that are controlled using electricity and the way that the electricity is conducted around them. We will be building our own electrical circuits. By looking at the prospect of a world without electricity, we think about the impact creating electricity has on our planet.

Chester- “I like ‘What lurks beneath the sea?’ because we get to explore the sea and find out about new creatures.”

Kyra- “I like the City Building topic because I’m a creative person and we got to be creative.”

Finnley- “I liked the Roman topic because we got to learn about a new era in the world.”

Reuben-  “PE in Year 4 has been terrific.”

Nieve-   “Year 4 has been very educational. I have enjoyed learning all about the Romans and Vikings.”

Skye-   “I enjoyed the art in Year 4, especially shading.”

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