Overview of Year 3/4 learning

Welcome to Year 3/4B - St Bernadette

Teacher: Miss Butler


Key dates

PE: Tuesday

Year 4 swimming: Wednesday




Spring 1 2024

Welcome to Year 3/4B! I am very excited to be working with you all this year and to start working on all our fantastic topics. We are going to have a fabulous Spring term. 


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.


In English, we will be developing our reading, writing, spellings and grammar skills through a range of fiction writing and non-fiction opportunities. The focus this half term will be on strengthening our learning from this year through texts such as auto-biographies, retells and diary writing. Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays and drama. This half term we will be looking at the book Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura. Our outcome piece will be a narrative/ descriptive piece.



For our Guided Reading sessions, we will be focusing on applying 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 checking that the text makes sense and discussing our understanding and explaining the meaning of words in context. 





This half-term, we will be learning about division. We will use different manipulatives to help divide as well as learn new strategies to support our learning. We will:

  • divide a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number
  • divide a 3-digit number by a 1-digit number

We will then move on to learning about fractions. 


Throughout the year, we ask that children try to play TT Rockstars for a minimum of 5 minutes a day. The year 4 children will be having their times table end of year quiz in June. 

All children should have been provided with logins for TTRockstars and My Maths which will also have math activities for your child to complete.



Topic - History

In History, we will be studying Settlers: Stone Age - Iron Age. We will place the stone age period on a timeline, research what life was like in the paleolithic (old) stone age, explore what life was like in the neolithic (new) stone age, identify the impact of the bronze and iron age tools on the way people lived, and understand the effects of invasion by placing ourselves in the shoes of Julius Cesare. 





This term we will be exploring rocks and soil. We will learn:

1. To be able to identify naturally occurring rocks and explore their uses.​

2. To be able to group rocks according to their characteristics.​

3. To be able to plan, carry out and evaluate experiments to compare rocks (erosion of rocks)​

4. To identify rocks that are used for particular purposes.​

5. To explore soil and how it is formed.​

6. To explore what fossils are and how they are formed.​

7. To be able to identify fossilised remains.






This half-term, our topic is Eucharist. We will be exploring what it means to be a good listener and the value of sharing with one another, we will explore the importance of listening to the word of God and sharing in Holy Communion.



Home Learning



Home learning to take place

How often

How to access


Child to practice reading their banded book



-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


Child to complete weekly task set by class teacher



TT Rockstars

Once a week




Once a week


Child given a list of spellings for each week at the beginning of every half term.

Practice weekly

Sent out in book bags at the start of a half term and put on class pages on our school website.


Spelling tests are every Friday.  




This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on your PE day which is a Tuesday. You will have 2 PE sessions each day: one in the morning with me and one in the afternoon with our sports coach.



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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