Year 3/4 - St Martin de Porres

Welcome to Year 4!

Class teacher: Mr Cooper.


Key Dates

PE: Tuesday

Swimming: Wednesday

Year 3/4C mass: 24th November


Spring 1 2023

Welcome back Year 3/4! Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a lovely break and are ready to tackle a very busy Spring term.


On our class page you will be able to find information about this half terms learning.

At the top of this page I have attached this years topic overview and this half-terms homework and spelling sheets along with some useful links to help you with your learning. 


In Literacy 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 the autumn term through texts such as non-chronological reports, diary entries, persuasive speeches and poetry. Key speaking and listening skills will be extended through role plays and drama. Our class read is The Girl Who Stole an Elephant by Nizrana Farook.


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. 





We will be continuing our learning of multiplication and division to begin the term, before exploring our length and perimeter unit, measuring in and converting different units of measure. We will then move onto our fractions unit, understanding what a fraction is, and being able to recognise equivalent fractions and converting them. At the end of this term, we will explore mass and capacity and decimals.




In Topic we will be focusing on the continental region of South America. We will explore lots of different physical geographical aspects of the continent, such as different landscapes, volcanic regions and rivers and lakes along with developing some of our historical skills of chronology. 




This term we will be exploring our living things and their habitats topic where will look at different ways in which we can group living things. We will extend this learning to include understanding and using different classification keys to identify various living things before we discover how different environments can change and think about how this can pose as a danger to living things. 



This term we will be exploring the theme of community, thinking about which different communities we belong to and what roles we have in these. We will then move onto our topic of giving and receiving where we look at various parts of the mass in more detail to understand what is given and received by us at each point. We will end the term when we reach the season of Lent. We will think about what this season of the liturgical calendar means for us as Christians and reflect on its importance.


Home Learning



Home learning to take place

How often

How to access


-Child to practice reading their banded book



-Reading eggs


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


Visit Mathseeds

TT Rockstars

Once a week




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.  

Learning logs

Child to complete project-based home learning

3 half terms across the school year


Aut 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

Your child will take home a learning log with the project overview stuck in.


This will also be uploaded to seesaw




This half term you will need to come into school wearing your PE kit on your PE day which is a Tuesday. In PE you will be working with Mr Berry outside for Games. 



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.


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