Overview of Year 3/4 learning

Welcome to Year 3/4B - St Bernadette

Teacher: Miss Butler


Key dates

PE: Tuesday

Year 4 swimming: Wednesday




Summer 1 2024

Welcome to Year 3/4B! I am very excited for our final term of this academic year. We have lots of interesting topics to cover and we are going to learn lots of exciting information before we finish for the summer. 


On our class page, you will be able to find information about this half term's learning.

At the top of this page I have attached this year's topic overview and this half-term's spelling sheet (Term 3a).


We started the half-term by editing and publishing our amazing non-chronological reports on Dragons.

Next, we will be exploring The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We will be using descriptive language, including similes to write a character description. After that, we will compare the Iron Man with the Iron Woman. Inspired by our reading, we will then write a persuasive letter to the Prime Minister asking the government to take action on climate change.



For our Guided Reading sessions, we will continue to focus on our VIPERS skills. We will continue to apply our growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes, both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words that we discover. We will also be reading further exception words, noting the unusual correspondences between spelling and sound, and where these occur in the word. An important focus of our sessions will be discussing our understanding of the key 'Wh' questions and summarising what we have read.





This half-term, we will be finishing off our Fractions unit, before moving onto Decimals, Money and Time. We will look at lots of real-world problems that require reasoning and problem-solving skills.

As ever, knowing your multiplication and division table facts will help you to be an efficient mathematician who can notice connections and patterns.

Throughout the year, we ask that children try to play on TTRockstars each week. Even 5 minutes 3 times a week can make a huge difference to your times table recall.


All children should have been provided with logins for TTRockstars and My Maths which will also have maths activities that your child can complete. If you have lost your logins, please see your class teacher.


Topic - History and Geography

First of all, we will complete our learning about Mountains, begun in the Spring term. We will compare different mountainous regions and learn about how mountains are formed. Then, we will plan a route to climb the Three Peaks and learn about the climate of mountainous regions.


In the summer term, we will be completing our Local Area study.

In Geography, we will find out about the human and physical features of our local area. We will develop our map-reading and navigation skills by drawing our own maps of routes we have experienced. We will discuss how our local area has changed over time and how Withington has grown from a rural village to an urban village, an extension of the city of Manchester.

In History, we will study Withington now and then. We will learn about how the Industrial Revolution caused Withington to become an urban area. We will learn about the lives of child apprentices and consider whether their rights were respected.

We will go on a field trip to Quarry Bank Mill to complete Geography fieldwork on the River Bollin and to learn about the lives of child apprentices who worked at the mill.





This term we will be exploring plants.

We will:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant
  • investigate the way in which water is transported within plants
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.





This half-term, our Pentecost-themed topic is Energy. We will learn about how Pentecost transformed the lives of the apostles and how they were empowered by the Holy Spirit. Following that, our final two topics will be Choices and Special Places. We will also celebrate Other Faiths Week in June, where we will learn about Hinduism.






Home Learning

Please focus on the tasks in black. The tasks in red are extras that will support your child to do well in school.

Homework book:

All Y3/4 children bring home their red homework book on a Friday. Homework should be returned by the following Thursday.

- 1 spelling sheet to practice this week's words

- I times tables activity sheet




Home learning to take place

How often

How to access


Child to practice reading their banded book and record in their reading record.




Reading eggs or Reading Eggspress


10/15 minutes per night






Once a week

Children choose from the school library and take home in their book bag





TT Rockstars




Child to complete weekly task set by class teacher

2-3 times per week




Once a week



Every other half-term, we also send home a Learning Log project with a range of creative tasks for children to work on at home.



This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on your PE day which is a Tuesday.





All Year 4 children will be swimming every Wednesday - children should come to school dressed in their school uniform on this day.

Clothing requirements for School Swimming are as follows:-



  • One-piece swimming costume – no bikinis*
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel

* Please note that in order for your child to benefit from the swimming lessons appropriate aquatic clothing must be worn. Should your children wish to wear items of clothing that cover up parts of the body, there are specific aquatic clothing designed for this purpose. Cotton leggings are detrimental to teaching and are a risk to health and safety.



  • A pair of traditional swimming trunks
  • A swimming hat is required to be worn if the hair covers the eyes or airways
  • A towel 


No Bermuda or long shorts are allowed, as these can be dangerous - for reasons of safety the swimwear should be sufficiently tight fitting to allow the freedom of body and limb movement without causing unsafe water resistance.  


Jewellery of any description should not be worn in the School Swimming lesson.  It is important that earrings in particular are removed.


Goggles are only permitted for medical reasons.  Parents must produce a letter from either a Doctor or Optician to state that your child has a medical condition and is required to wear goggles in the school swimming lessons.


Additional activities and resources

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