Here is our summary for Autumn 2:

This half term, Year 3 are exploring the topic of homelessness through our class book, Mr Stink. The story revolves around a girl called Chloe who is unhappy with her life until she meets Mr Stink who is a homeless man. They become great friends and have many adventures together. We will be using this book to write letters, diary entries and poems. Within maths, we will be exploring the topic of multiplication and division, in particular focusing on the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and their related division facts. In science, we are investigating the topic of light and will be finding out how we see things and how shadows are created. We are excited for a GREAT half term!



Our Curriculum Jigsaw:

Laura Kenny Curriculum Jigsaw

Here is our summary for Autumn 2:


This half-term we are reading the outstanding and thought-provoking novel, Pig Heart Boy, by children’s laureate Malorie Blackman. The novel is centred round a thirteen-year-old boy called Cameron who is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Unfortunately, he has already been let down three times and time is running out. In a bid to keep their son alive, Cameron’s parents allow him to be part of a pioneering, experimental treatment where their son is given a new heart which previously belonged to a pig, Trudy. The book follows the heart-breaking and difficult decisions made by Cameron and his family in order to enable him to become the teenager he so badly wants to be.
We will be closely following Cameron’s journey by learning about organ donation. We will be researching key myths and misconceptions relating to it in order to persuade others to sign the organ donor register and to help patients such as Cameron through writing and recording a persuasive text on our school radio station. We will also be sharing these with organisations such as the British Heart Foundation and the NHS – WOW, we are going to be real-life authors who will make a real difference to the lives of others. Isn’t that inspiring? Did you know that there are 6, 340 people on the waiting list for an organ currently? How about the fact that three people die each day waiting for an organ? We will be learning about this and much, much more over the course of the half term so please keep checking our class Twitter and school Facebook. We will also be considering whether using animals such as Trudy in order to sustain human life is morally right or wrong. We will do this through lots of discussion and debates using our mastery statements of ‘Convince me’ and ‘Explain it’. Towards the end of the term, we will be working with Year 5 to hold a fund-raising day for a heart charity in order to help others just like Cameron. Dates and times will be confirmed soon.
In science, we will be learning more about the body and, in particular, focusing on the circulatory system in order to understand how our heart pumps blood around the body. We will conduct an experiment into the effects of exercise on our bodies as well as using everyday materials to learn about the different components of blood and their specific roles: white blood cells, red blood cells and plasma. We are also working in conjunction with the British Red Cross in order to learn more about our body through becoming leaders in first aid during leadership week at school. During this session, we will learn key first aid skills that we need to be GREAT students and citizens beyond our school.
In maths, we are developing our knowledge all about fractions. We will understand how to compare and order fractions by finding common multiples as well as calculating with them using the four operations. This means that we will be practising our timetables daily in order to become efficient and accurate in our recall of them. This will result in an inter-class times table competition at the end of the half term. Who will win? Keep practising (to win!) and posted (to find out!)
Our Curriculum Jigsaw:

Fabrice Muamba Curriculum Jigsaw



Here is our summary for Autumn 2:

This half term, Year 4's learning will be based all around C.S. Lewis' novel, 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. In English, we will be exploring a range of text types such as narratives, newspaper reports, character descriptions and informal letters. Children will independently complete extended writing based on these text types, using a range of grammatical features from the Year 4 curriculum such as: adverbial phrases, subordinating conjunctions and dialogue. Alongside this, children will be using a range of sentence structures by using 'Alan Peat' sentences. This half term we will be using, 2A , double-ly, 3-ed and 'NOUN which, who were' sentences. In maths, we will be learning about simple multiplication and division. By the end of Year 4, the children need to know up to their 12 times tables. There are videos online that will help them learn them through song! ​We will also be covering perimeter and area, where the children can apply their GREAT place value understanding. In science, we will be learning about the 'States of Matter', where the children will discover the different properties of solids, liquids and gases. In R.E, we will be learning about why people follow Jesus and what makes a good leader. During P.E. the children will be covering dance and fitness.


Our Curriculum Jigsaw:

Adam Peaty Curriculum Jigsaw



Derby Research School at Wyndham Primary Academy

Illuminate     Disseminate      Accelerate

Derby Research School is based at Wyndham Primary Academy, an outstanding primary school serving an area of high social and economic challenge based in inner city Derby. Our transformation is characterised by being outward facing and engaged in evidence-based practice. Exploring what the research shows works best has allowed us to make a difference for our pupils in our context.

As the Derby Research School, we are keen to work actively within the Opportunity Area and shine a light on evidence to influence and inform teaching.

Our core purpose is to:


Shine a light on best practice rooted in evidence

Making it accessible for everyone


Inspire school leaders by sharing ‘what works’ to drive school improvement
Nurture evidence-based practice through training and modelling

Support schools in research-engagement to promote innovation

Brighten up the futures for children and families in Derby and make a difference

At Wyndham, we live by the value that ‘Together we aim high!’ and as the Research School for Derby, we are very proud to take a role in supporting a school led system. We will work collaboratively and in partnership with the George Spencer Teaching School Alliance and Transform Teaching Alliance together with other local teaching schools and networks. Together we will implement the best available evidence to ensure that teaching and learning across the city is the best it can be.

Our aim is to make Derby shine bright.

Angela O’Brien

Executive Principal

Director of Research School


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