Three Interesting Facts:
- Mr Patchett is in a rock band called, ‘The Hand Me Downs’.
- Mr Patchett is a non-meat eater; his favourite dish is a jacket potato with beans and cheese!
- Mr Patchett has three wonderful children called: Arabella, Emmy and Bodhi.
Three Interesting Facts:
- Miss Daly loves cats and has two at home, they are called Coco and Oliver (Oliver is 22)!
- Miss Daly is an avid Harry Potter fan and has been to Harry Potter World twice!
- Miss Daly is engaged and is due to be married in 2018.
Three Interesting Facts:
- Has 2 Bengal cats and 1 Tabby cat (she’s 20, not quite as old as Miss Daly’s).
- Miss Simmons loves to sing!
- She listens to Christmas music all year long.
Three Interesting Facts:
- Miss Kerrison sang on a West End stage-wooooo!
- She loves New York.
- She has a degree in History.
Year 3 and 4 Teaching Assistants
Miss Beeton, Mr Huskinson, Mrs Spirrett, Mrs Satterley, Mrs Phillips and Mrs Bright.
‘Raiders of the British Isles’
Welcome back to the Summer Term! We hope that this information will help you to support your child’s learning and
enjoyment of their topic of ‘Raiders of the British Isles’.
At The Carlton Junior Academy we teach a ‘topic based curriculum’ and most subjects are taught in a cross curricular
fashion. Teaching in this way creates a more meaningful learning experience for the children as they can apply the
knowledge and skills learnt in one subject to others. This reinforces their learning and increases their understanding and
confidence. As part of our ‘Raiders of the British Isles’ topic, the following subjects are being taught:
In this topic the children will start off locating Anglo-Saxon and Viking invasions on a timeline. They will learn the reasons
‘why’ the British Isles were invaded and be able to identify the countries where the invaders came from. The children will
then learn about the Vikings’ way of life including: farming, trading, clothing, food and religion. Moving on to the first
Viking raids in Britain, the children will learn about the causes and effects of early raids on east coast monasteries such as Lindisfarne.
Art/Design and Technology
We are starting off by researching the artist Victor Vaserley. We are then studying Celtic/Viking art and recreating designs
that were used on Viking shields. Then the children will recreate a Viking shield design using the style of Victor Vaserley.
Finally the children will research Viking jewellery designs and apply their knowledge to designing and making their own
The children will learn that Friction is a force that exists between two surfaces. They will also learn how to make
predictions and how to carry out a ‘fair test’ when working scientifically. The children will then learn how air resistance
affects objects and how to write conclusions based on results. Finally, the children will learn about water resistance and
they will be able to explain why certain shapes can move more easily than others through water.
Each class is focusing on our class book ‘The Saga of Erik the Viking’ by Terry Jones. Children will produce several types of
writing including: poetry/language play, information texts, myths and legends, instructions, persuasion, and nonchronological reports.
Each child is allocated with a school reading book. This will be at an appropriate level for them. Any reading at home or
school will be recorded in their personal organisers. We ask that you share a book with your child each evening for ten
minutes. Please encourage your child to take care of their reading books and to return them to school when finished.
Spellings will continue to be given out on Mondays and the spelling test will be on Fridays. This year, spellings will be
taught daily and will focus on a specific sound/pattern/rule. Once every half term a whole school spelling event will take
place involving learning the spellings from the National Curriculum’s statutory lists.
We are using 2Animate software to create animations of Viking life. The children will first explore the importance of ‘what
makes an interesting animation?’ then design their own sequence of slides to create a full animation. They will learn how
to manipulate various tools to create appropriate detail. Finally, the children will review their work, and that of their peers,
to suggest improvements.
At The Carlton Junior Academy we follow the ‘mastery’ approach to teaching maths. Mastery is based on the idea of
children not moving on until they are secure in their understanding of a particular concept. The whole class is taught the
same thing, at the same time, with children learning at an appropriate level through support and enrichment. Challenge is
offered through higher order questioning and activities that develop deeper understanding, problem solving and reasoning
Our Maths lessons this term include the following topics: place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division,
fractions and decimals and measures. The whole school is continuing to focus on times tables and children will be
challenged to recall each times table (up to x12) in less than 20 seconds. Your help and support in working at home with
the children to develop their tables’ knowledge would be much appreciated.
PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education)
The children will explore feelings of guilt and learn skills to help them make amends if they have been cruel or unkind. The
children will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own actions and to tell someone if they feel ashamed about
something. During Sex and Relationship Education, Y3 children will be introduced to the human life cycle and learn the
basic differences between male and female. Y4 children will learn how humans grow and change and how some changes
are social, involving identity and self-esteem.
First the children will learn that Vikings worshipped more than one god and will then identify different Viking gods and will
be able to explain why particular gods were worshipped. They will then learn about Viking religious symbols and what
these symbols mean. Next the children will learn about Viking burials and will discuss similarities between these burials
and modern day Christian funerals. We will then move on to learn how faith affects lifestyle, in particular the relationships
within a family and the customs and ceremonies that families may follow.
This term Y3/4 will be enjoying: Athletics, Multi-skills, Lacrosse and Rounders. We will also be hosting our ever popular
annual sports day on 4th July.
Throughout our topic the children will learn the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty
and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The importance of laws and mutual respect
will be promoted continuously through the school’s behavior policy. Children will encounter the importance of mutual
respect when learning about how Anglo-Saxons and Vikings lived peacefully side by side. We will promote democracy
through learning how the Vikings were democrats who founded the world’s oldest surviving parliament. Tolerance of
those with different faiths and beliefs will be taught during RE lessons when discussing different ideologies.
Educational Visits and other Curricular events
Towards the end of this term we’re heading over to the Jorvik Viking Centre in York. As a celebration of this topic, Silver
Birch class will be holding a Viking themed assembly on Wednesday 26th June at 9am. We hope to see you there!