Year 3/4 Phase Team page


Teachers: Mrs Smith (3S), Mr Dodgson (3D) and Mrs Gabriel and Mrs Essex (3EG)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Keane (3S), Mrs Thomason (3D), Mrs Bird (3EG)


Welcome back to a brand new year with a brand new team! We are all looking forward to working with the children and with you as parents/carers, to support the children in their learning journey at St Mary’s. We hope that you had a restful and peaceful Christmas holidays.

Our new Year 3/4 topic for this term is ‘Victorians’. 


We continue to follow the National Curriculum and have lots of exciting learning planned.  In maths, we will continue to follow our new scheme, ‘Busy Ant Maths’.  Just a reminder that all children should be practising their Times Tables (up to x12) at home to support their maths learning in school, so please continue to support them with this. In Literacy, we will focus on recount writing, story writing, and writing instructions as well as Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.


Our RE learning will be taught through RE lessons, Collective Worship and Gospel assemblies. The theme we will explore in RE this term will be ‘Revelation’. The theme in Collective Worship in January is Democracy followed by Love in February.


Please continue to read as much as possible with your child. Bug Club continues to be a fabulous resource for your children to further support their reading, so we encourage the children to take advantage of this free resource as much as they can.


There will be a slight change to homework set this term. Please see the attached homework timetable. We will continue to send home maths homework once a week and we will also be beginning to send home new Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling books once a week. The book supports National Curriculum expectations incredibly well.  We would be very grateful if you could send in a voluntary contribution of £3 to cover the cost of these books in a named envelope by Friday 12th January. Thank you in advance. Spellings will continue to be given out on a weekly basis and will be used in class to monitor spelling progress.


Just a reminder that children are encouraged to bring in a pencil case from home in Year 3/4. The pencil case should include a blue handwriting pen (for children with a pen licence!), a pencil, colouring pencils and a ruler – however, please ensure that the children only bring in one pencil case and that it is small enough to fit in their drawer!



PE kits and daps/trainers should be in school all week. Please ensure that this is all named. If you are unsure of the correct PE uniform, please ask for a kit list from the office.


Thank you to the children for looking so smart to begin the new term and a big thank you to parents for labelling new belongings. Please continue to encourage your children to bring in healthy snacks and water bottles for break times as well as healthy lunch boxes.

If you have any questions for us or there is anything you would like to clarify, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Please look out for our updated class pages over the next few weeks.


YEAR 3 AND 4 HOMEWORK 2017-2018





Grammar Punctuation and Spelling book



Mental Maths book

The following Monday





Children are expected to practise these at home during the week. All spellings come from the Year 3/4 National Curriculum objectives and suggested spelling lists. Spelling of high frequency words will continue to be supported in class.

The following Friday



Reading – as often as possible please Image result for smiley face

Please note that in Year 3/4, all children will read to an adult weekly in a guided reading group.



Year 3 Reading

  • I can comment on the way characters relate to one another.
  • I know which words are essential in a sentence to retain meaning.
  • I can draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions.
  • I recognise how commas are used to give more meaning.
  • In my reading I recognise:
    • plurals
    • pronouns and how they are used
    • collective nouns
    • adverbs
  • I can explain the difference that adjectives and verbs make.

Year 3 Writing

  • I can use conjunctions (when, so, before, after, while, because).
  • I can use adverbs (e.g. then, next, soon).
  • I can use prepositions (e.g. before, after, during, in, because of).
  • I experiment with adjectives to create impact.
  • I correctly use verbs in 1st, 2nd & 3rd person.
  • I use the perfect form of verbs to mark relationships of time & cause e.g. I have finished my homework.
  • I use speech marks for direct speech.
  • I group ideas into paragraphs around a theme.
  • I can write under headings & sub-headings.
  • I use legible, joined handwriting.

Year 3 Maths

  • Compare & order numbers up to 1000.
  • Read & write all numbers to 1000 in digits & words.
  • Find 10 or 100 more/less than a given number.
  • Count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 & 100.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts for 3, 4, 8 tables.
  • Recognise PV of any 3-digit number.
  • Add & subtract:- 3-digit numbers & ones
  • Add & subtract:- 3-digit numbers & tens
  • Add & subtract:- 3-digit numbers & hundreds

Year 3 Maths (Cond.)

  • Add & subtract: Numbers with up to 3-digits using efficient written method (column)
  • Use inverse to check.
  • Multiply: 2-digit by 1-digit.
  •  Count up/down in tenths.
  • Compare & order fractions with same denominator.
  • +/- fractions with same denominator with whole.
  • Know pairs of fractions that total 1.
  • Tell time using 12 and 24 hour clocks; and using roman numerals.
  • Tell time to nearest minute.
  • Know number of days in each month.



Year 4 Reading

  • I can give my personal point of view on a text.
  • I can re-explain a text with confidence.
  • I can justify inferences with evidence, predicting
    what might happen from details stated or implied.
  • I use appropriate voices for characters within a story.
  • I can recognise how sentence type can be changed
    by altering word order, tenses, adding/deleting words or amending punctuation.
  • I skim and scan text to locate information and/or answer a question

Year 4 Writing

  • I can vary my sentence structure using different openers.
  • I use adjectival phrases (e.g. biting cold wind).
  • I can make appropriate choices of noun or pronoun.
  • I use an apostrophe for singular & plural possession.
  • I can use a comma after fronted adverbial (e.g. Later that day, I heard bad news.).
  • I use commas to mark clauses.
  • I use connectives to link paragraphs.
  • I demonstrate legible, joined handwriting of consistent quality.

Year 4 Maths

  • Count backwards through zero to include negative numbers.
  • Compare & order numbers beyond 1000.
  • Compare & order numbers with 2 decimal places.
  • Read Roman numerals to 100.
  • Find 1000 more/less than a given number.
  • Count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 & 1000.
  • Recall & use multiplication & division facts all tables to 12x12.
  • Recognise PV of any 4-digit number.
  • Round any number to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000.
  • Round decimals with 1dp to nearest whole number.

Year 4 Maths

  • Add & subtract: Numbers with up to 4-digits using efficient written method (column).
  • Add & subtract: Numbers with up to 1 decimal place.
  • Multiply: 2-digit by 1-digit
  • Multiply: 3-digit by 1-digit
  • Divide: 3-digit by 1-digit
  • Count up/down in hundredths.
  • Write equivalent fractions
  • +/- fractions with same denominator.
  • Read, write & convert time between analogue & digital 12 & 24 hour clocks.