Year 3
Happy New Year to everyone.

We are pleased to be working on exciting topics with you both in school and at home.

Spring term Learning:


Maths: Throughout the term we will be developing the children’s skill with reasoning challenges in multiplication and division. We will be learning about measures involving money .Later in the term we will be  working with statistics  ,looking at reading bar charts and pictograms.


English: We will learn be learning about instructions , explanation text of how  a volcano works. We will be reciting poems by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson and write our own poems linked to the theme of volcanoes and earthquakes. In connection with our Inspire Curriculum theme Artist on Our Doorstep : we will read and write a biography of a famous artist.


Science:  Linking with our Inspire themes we will be learning about the earth’s crust, learn about the properties of rocks and minerals recognise . We will also research facts about fossils and how they are formed.

Inspire Themes * This term we will be exploring three exciting Curriculum themes. The first: Shake, Rock and Roll will focus on earthquakes and volcanoes.

In the second theme: Around the World in 20 days we will study France and America.

In the final theme :Art on your Doorstep will focus on learning about the Artwork created in Cornwall such as artist Barbara Hepworth who lived in St Ives and the Newlyn school painters.

Art & Design is  also  linked to Inspire themes, with exciting work creating textures, collage and prints of fossils.

In P.E Year 3 will learn to develop their skills with throwing catching and balance.


R.E: Using the agreed Cornwall syllabus, we deepen our learning of Christianity through creation stories and  compare  the beliefs of the creation in Hinduism. We also look forward to learning about St Piran in March.


*Theme activities include the National Curriculum subjects of Geography, History, ICT, DT, Art, and Music. Not every subject is taught every week but will be fully covered over a key stage.

For children learning in  the school setting:

PE will take place on Wednesday, when the children can wear their PE kits into school.

It would also be helpful if children attending school could bring in wellies or old trainers  to keep in school for playing on the field during the wet winter and spring months.

Weekly homework as usual is given on a Friday and will include Maths activities to help reinforce the weeks learning in class tailored to your child’s ability.

English homework will involve Reading, Spelling and Grammar activities.

This should be returned on the following Wednesday.
Ms Speight
Year 3 Teacher
Year 4

In Year 4 we are using Google Classroom to provide remote learning for those children at home and this mirrors the learning covered in class so that all children are working together on the same tasks. Google classroom is a great platform for the children to feel engaged with each other and children are encouraged to share any special learning and activities they get up to at home. I am also reading a class book, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, each day and sharing this with everyone so they can almost feel like they are in the classroom! 

In addition to this, I post a daily announcement to communicate the learning tasks for each day; the children are expected to complete a maths task, an English task and a topic task.  

This first half of term, we are looking at the topic ‘Sound.’ This topic is a great opportunity for the children to make music and do science experiments at home alongside improving their understanding of how sound is made, how it travels, how we hear sound and different types of sound. 

We will be using Oak Academy to deliver our English lessons – this is a great resource of videos that enable children to access the learning in an engaging way with the support of a teacher. We will be exploring the poetry of John Lyons, Philip Pullman’s ‘I was a rat’ and writing an explanation text. Grammar, spelling and comprehension lessons will be threaded through these units. 

In maths we are continuing to work through the White Rose resources staying fulling in line with the curriculum. Alongside the White Rose, I will be setting weekly online quizzes to check to see how the children are getting on with the learning each week. The class will also be encouraged to access Sum Dog and TTRockstars including taking part in inter-class and inter-school competitions and challenges. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back into the classroom and in the meantime, and wish everyone all the best with their learning at home. 
Miss Auster
Year 4 Teacher

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