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Years 3 & 4


This half term our learning will all be based around the topic Tremors. Art and Geography will be the focus curriculum areas for this topic.

In English, we will be writing for a range of purposes linked to our Geography. We will be starting with descriptive writing based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and then moving on to create newspaper articles. We will take part in role play and hot seating to help understand how people and characters in stories might be feeling to help support our writing.

We will work in different groups for Maths and the focus of our learning this half term will be place value. We will be revising number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 as well as recalling basic number facts. In Year 3, we will also be working on the recall of the 5, 10, 2 and then moving on to the 4 times tables so they can be recalled in order as well as out of order quickly. Year 4 will be working on all of their multiplication tables.

In Geography, we will be learning about the layers that make up the Earth, volcano formation and location around the world. We will use our Geography to inspire our Art. We will be making clay models and create volcano art using sewing and collage.

Our Science learning will be focused on learning about light and dark, rocks and soils and magnets. We will carry out investigations based on different soil types and look at what makes soil.

We will continue to complete weekly R.E learning based on different themes and religions answering key questions and also complete weekly PSHE sessions starting with the theme Being Me In My World.

Here are some things you might want to do at home:

  • With a parent or carer, create a mini erupting volcano using baking soda and vinegar. Wow! Take photographs to show how you made it.
  • Design an earthquake-proof house. How could you prevent the building from collapsing during an earthquake?
  • Find out why people still live close to volcanoes despite the risks. Think about soil, new land, building materials, mineral deposits, hot springs and spas, electricity and tourism.


We will be setting homework the week beginning 13th September. It will be set on a Thursday and needs to be handed in on a Tuesday. The expectations are:

  • Reading with your child, your child reading aloud to you at least 5 times a week
  • Maths work every week (up to 30 minutes)
  • Learning multiplication table facts – 2, 5, 10, 4, 8 and the division facts (Year 3)
  • Learning the rest of the multiplication table facts to 12×12 – 3, 6, 9, 7, 11, 12 (Year 4)
  • Spellings (weekly)
  • Other subjects work throughout the year

Important information

Please only bring essential items to school on a daily basis ie: reading book, spelling book, reading diary, lunch box (if not having hot school meals). Pencil cases and equipment are provided in school.

Your child needs a refillable water bottle that is taken home daily for washing before returning to school the next day.  Please ensure sun protection is applied before coming to school if it is necessary.


P.E Days

Lions: Monday and Friday

Giraffes: Wednesday and Friday

Zebras: Tuesday and Thursday

The teachers in Lower Key Stage 2 are:

Miss Hunt – Zebras

Miss Stankowski and Mr Tearle – Lions

Mrs Lockley- Giraffes

The adults supporting in Lower Key Stage 2 are:

Lorna Smith, Mrs Fox, Sarah Briggs, Charlotte Fisher, Becky Wickham and Mrs James


Supporting Your Child at Home