Years 3 & 4

Main Theme: Amazing Earth

End of Theme Project: An information brochure about different aspects of the Earth and a TV programme example to send.

Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?

  • Problem solving
  • Working as part of a team
  • Reasoning
  • Ability to show leadership
  • Information gathering
  • Making links
  • Confidence

Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?

  • Understanding what our Earth is made of – investigating rocks and soils
  • Locate mountains, volcanoes etc in the world
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • How volcanoes, earthquakes etc occur
  • Create a soundtrack for tv programme
  • Understand about charities and disaster funds etc
  • Create a survival guide / piece of equipment to protect
  • Design and build a working volcano
  • Look at animals and plants that live in those areas
  • Design and build a structure to survive an earthquake (shared learning day)
  • Teamwork – creating a water cycle model

Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop literacy and numeracy skills?

  • Children will write scripts for their tv programme
  • Statistics on data from natural disasters
  • Explanation text
  • Fact file
  • Descriptive paragraph
  • Measurement – comparing heights etc of natural landmarks

Intent: Cross-Curricular links: Which curriculum areas will be covered during this theme, developing cross-curriculum knowledge and skills?

  • English
  • PSHE
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Computing
  • Art
  • DT
  • History

Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?

  • Explanation on how a volcano erupts
  • Persuasive writing for charity response
  • Instructions for building a volcano
  • Fact file on an animal

Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Subject Knowledge/Skill Curriculum Areas covered
I can use a variety of sources including documents, printed sources, the internet, databases, pictures, photos, music, artefacts, historic buildings and visits to collect information about the past. Computing and reading
I can choose the most appropriate way to present information to an audience. Writing, speaking & listening
I can identify some social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversities of societies studied in Britain and wider world. PSHE, RE
I can use logical thinking, imagination and creativity PSHE, Art, DT,
I can improve my mastery of art and design techniques (drawing and painting). Art and DT
I can listen to detail and recall aurally Speaking and listening
I can compare and group together different kinds of rocks, on the basis of their appearance and simple physical properties Science
I can compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases Science
I can observe that some materials change state when they are heated or cooled, and measure or research the temperature at which this happens in degrees Celsius (°C) Science
I can describe and understand key aspects of rivers, mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes Geography, History, English, computing, DT

Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Resilience
• I can work to my own targets
• I can learn from a mistake
Resourcefulness
• I can organise myself and resources when working independently or in a group.
• I can debate issues until a sensible compromise is reached.
Reflectiveness
• I can break my learning into manageable chunks.
• I can recognise how my attitude and behaviour impact my learning.
Reciprocity
• I can take on a range of roles within a group
• I can motivate people to contribute more effectively.
Confidence
• I accept the fact that I can try and fail
• I can share my ideas and thoughts with the whole class

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