Years 3 and 4

For the first half of the spring term, we have fantastic topics with plenty of hands-on learning experiences, that we can’t wait to share with friends and family. This term year 3 will be learning about ‘The Natural World’ with a focus on Brazil and year 4 will be learning about ‘Into the Darkness’.

In year 3 our core text will be 'The Great Kapok Tree’. We will be writing formal letters to a cattle ranch that is responsible for deforestation. We will be posting them off to really bring the learning to life. We will then move on to write a persuasive brochure using the knowledge we have gained through our geographical learning. 

The main subject driver this half term is geography. Over the half term, the children will develop their understanding of continents, countries, oceans and seas. They will then specifically focus on Brazil. They will gain a real understanding into how the everyday culture differs to where they live. They will also explore physical and human features that are within the UK and Brazil. 


The second subject driver will be design and technology. The children will explore the food of Brazil and create some savory, vegetarian treats for you to sample at our wonderful celebration assembly.


In art, the children will be creating fantastic carnival canvases which is closely linked to the dance workshop that they participated in on the first day back. 


In RE, Year 3 are learning about the Jewish faith and will visit a Synagogue to compare it to their own personal place of worship. 


This term, year 4's core text is ‘Gregor the Overlander’. It is the story of a young boy that falls down into the depths of the earth and discovers a new world of humans and giant beasts. 

Year 4 will be examining feelings about being in the dark through free-verse poetry. We will then practise our persuasive writing by writing a travel brochure to convince people to visit the underground city of Regalia. Lastly, we will doing some creative writing where we use Gregor’s story as a model and write our own stories where the character is on a quest in the Underland. 

The main subject driver this term for year 4 is Science and the topic of electricity. We will be learning about being safe using electricity, all about each part of a circuit, how to construct circuits, and the role of insulators and conductors. 


The second driver is art and  we will look at the work of illustrator Jon Klassen and create a picture inspired by his work using watercolour and single-point perspective. 


In lower Key Stage 2, children are encouraged to read every night and record this in their books. All children have access to a wide variety of books. Children have the opportunity to choose a book of their choice and also a book levelled at their ability. Parents can support their children's learning through reading with them every day, taking children to the local library to read about our topics, and by practicing the times tables with them.  For some information on how to help your children at home, and also to download another copy of your childrens homework, please click here

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.

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If you have any questions about our years 3/4 phase, please do not hesitate to make an appointment with our phase leader Miss James.