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Year 3/4


Autumn Term 2020



Welcome back to the Autumn term!  We have really missed the children and are enjoying exploring new topics in the classroom.  Things may have changed a bit but the children are all doing really well and engaging with the learning opportunities.


This half term's learning is based on the rainforest. We are using the following texts to help inform and explore this interesting topic: 'The Rainforest grew all around', 'Rainforest rough guide' and 'The Green Ship' by Quentin Blake. This last text will also be used for our whole class reading sessions. Our science lessons will be based on the life cycle of plants. We hope the children enjoy the term.

Spellings, homework and reading 

Homework is set on a Friday via Seesaw. Please sign in and check the activities area of the site where you will find the instructions each week.  Homework should be uploaded by Wednesday each week onto Seesaw.  This allows us time to check and respond before the next homework task.


We encourage reading to happen regularly at home, ideally every day.  We understand this isn't always possible however reading at least 3 times a week and being able to discuss the book with someone at home will really help develop not only their technical reading skills but also their comprehension and, even more importantly, their enthusiasm for reading.  Please use Seesaw to update us about home reading. You can post a video of your child reading or talking about their favourite part of the book or leave a note to explain where you are up to.


Key information for Year 3/4



Our Year 3/4 Teachers:

Miss Murray in Hazel 

Mrs Herselman in Elm (Mrs Baxter on Mondays)

Mrs Gallois in Sycamore 

Mrs Pooley in Sycamore & Elm (PPA cover)

Mrs Hailstone in Sycamore (PPA cover)


Our Year 3/4 Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Coney

Ms Hamilton

Mrs Hicks

Mrs Lewin

Mrs Lovell (2 days a week)


PE days

Tuesday - Elm (Mrs Herselman)

Wednesday - All classes

Thursday - Hazel (Miss Murray) & Sycamore (Mrs Gallois)


Children are expected to wear their PE kits to school for these sessions.  As the days are now turning cooler, it would be useful if your child could have a jumper and tracksuit bottoms on as sessions are taught outside.  Children should ensure that long hair is tied back, no jewellery or watches are worn and earrings are removed for any PE sessions.  If children need to remove earrings during the day, then they should be able to do this themselves and have a suitable container to store them in.



We are always happy to answers any queries that you may have but we would request that you contact us via the class email addresses or via the school office.

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We have used these websites in the classroom to help children's understanding and hope they will be of use to you at home.  

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