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Term 1 2020

Welcome back, we hope you all managed to enjoy summer in one way or another and are ready for the new academic year, we are so pleased to have all of the children back as I am sure you are too.  We hope you are all looking forward to settling into the term.  Our welcome meeting this year will be a digital handout plus a video to welcome you to the Y3&4 team.

This term our main topic will be Healthy Humans.  This is a science topic where the children will learn about the bones, muscles and teeth in their bodies as well as gaining an understanding of how to be a ‘Healthy Human’ We would love especially to hear from any parents who are dentists as having an expert in to talk to the children is always so beneficial.

Our English focus this term will be non-fiction.  We will be writing instructions and creating a non-fiction text linked to our science topic.

For more details of the other subjects see our yearly overview.

This year the children will have their French, PE and music lessons on a Thursday afternoon.  They will, therefore, need to wear their PE kit on this day each week. They will also have a second PE lesson taught by the class teacher these will be on a Tuesday for Balloons, Dragonboats and Kites and a Friday for Harbour and Carnival. They will once again need to come into school in their PE kit on these days. 

 At the start of the new year would really appreciate it if you could ensure all of your children’s uniform is labelled with their name.  You would be amazed at how many children constantly lose their clothes, it is almost impossible to find it if there is no name. I am sure it is frustrating for you also when a new jumper disappears.  Coats also need names, please.

Nicky Ricketts

Y3/4 Year Group Leader


Term 5

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 5! We hope that you are all well and despite it being a rather strange Easter holiday, we hope that you enjoyed being with your families, the glorious weather and some time away from work.

Learning does look rather different for all of us at the moment but we have lots of things planned for you to enjoy. Our new topic this term is Flower Power.  The clue is in the name, we will be looking at flowers and their different parts, which helps them grow and much more. Our writing will be based around a great book by David Almond; Bird, Mouse, Snake, Wolf.  We hope to get lots of creative writing from the children through this.  As well as this there are lots of other curriculum activities including art, music and French.

We have tried to be very clear in how we have labelled the Google Classroom folders and hope it is easy to follow. We will be expecting you to complete a Maths and English lesson each day (Mon-Thurs) and some reading tasks across the week. These are your key lessons. These will be accompanied by a minimum of two Topic lessons that you can choose over the week. Instructions for these lessons are on the Topic grid and please read these very carefully before starting any tasks. Don’t rush through all of the work in the first few days but spread it out and make sure you find time for exercise, time with family and things that you enjoy most.

We will be checking what you ‘Turn in’ each day and really look forward to seeing your work. Please remember, that in these very challenging times, the only thing we ask is for you to try your best and to get in touch if anything is worrying you or we can help in any way.

We miss you all dearly and cannot wait to be back together again.

Thank you

Nicky Ricketts

Y3/4 Year Group Leader

Term 4

Welcome back to a rather chilly new term.  Our topic this term is The Victorians as part of this topic the children will be covering:


The Great Exhibition

Isambard Kingdom Brunel


Dr. Barnardo and the children act

The children will also be visiting the Suspension Bridge to find out about both the engineering and history of the bridge.  We will link our DT teaching to the bridge also.

In our English lessons we will be reading a book by Berlie Doherty called: Street Child.  The children will work on extending their vocabulary as well as working towards writing a historical recount.

In maths we will be looking at fractions, multiplication and measure.  Please continue to work on times tables with your children, we are currently on x6 and will move onto x8 next.  We will always update Mathletics and will send home make it stick homework too.

All children will have PE on a Thursday afternoon.  The rest of the time may vary so please make sure the children have a correct PE kit in school all week.   Please make sure the children are wearing appropriate school uniform PE clothing as the weather gets colder.

This term also brings with it Authors’ Week, look out for information related to this.

Term 3

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all. We hope you have all had a fantastic break and look forward to hearing all about what your children have been up to!

Term 3 kicks off with Culture Week where the whole school will be focusing on Japan, specifically. We have many exciting things planned to immerse ourselves in Japanese life, including dance and creating some traditional Art pieces.

Our topic this term is The Circus is Coming to Town.  This science topic looks at forces and magnets. The children will investigate friction and will understand more about the magnetic poles.  Through investigation, they will identify that magnets attract some materials yet repel others. We will launch this topic with an exciting visit from Professor Elfic who will run science and circus skills workshops.

PE will take place on a Thursday and Friday for all children.  They will need to have a correct PE kit including warm layers as they will go outside for one of these lessons.  Check on the school website if you are unsure of the correct PE kit.  Please make sure all kit is named.


Term 2

Welcome back. We hope you have had a wonderful half term. We are looking forward to another exciting term ahead.

Our topic for this term is Snap, Crackle and Pop.  This is a science topic where the children will be looking at properties and changes of materials.  They will:

  • Compare and group materials together, according to whether they are solids, liquids or gases
  • 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)
  • Identify the part played by evaporation and condensation in the water cycle and associate the rate of evaporation with temperature

A very exciting topic I’m sure you will agree.

The children will be developing their sewing skills by designing and making a Christmas decoration, they will discover how a stuffed felt decoration is made and then design and make their own.

In English this term the children are using the book The Iron Man in their lessons.  They will work on writing both narrative and non-fiction linked to the book.

Our computing topic this term is ‘We are opinion  pollsters.’  The  children will be  taught how to use Google Forms to collate some information for their class.

As we approach Christmas the Y4 children will begin to put together their small production for the Carol service at All Saints on Thursday 19th December.

PE this term will always be on a Monday for Dragon Boats, Harbour and Carnival and a Tuesday for Kites and Balloons.  All  children will  have PE on a Thursday.  As  the weather gets colder please ensure your child has the correct PE  kit including jogging bottoms and a school jumper.

Term 1

Welcome back. We hope you have had a wonderful summer. We are looking forward to another exciting year ahead.

This term our topic is ‘To the UK and Beyond’. This topic explores countries, counties and continents and looks in particular at the differences in countries in terms of climate and the environment. The children will also look more close to home too in the UK.

Our English will look at shape poetry, using autumn as inspiration. We will use our local area to look at the environment in autumn. We will also look at stories from other cultures based on the text The Village that Vanished.

The children will become travel presenters in their computing sessions as well as using computing across the curriculum making use of our laptops and iPads.

Our art focus this term is mixing colour and creating a montage.  The children will work on their brush techniques for different effects.

PE this term will always be on a Thursday, and one other day, this will most likely be a Monday or Tuesday but we recommend the children have their PE kit in school the whole week and take it home to wash at the weekend.

Just a reminder that Y4 camp is on Monday 16th September until Wednesday 18th September.  A reminder email about kit, timings and medication will come out soon.


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