The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Year 3/Year 4

Welcome to Years 3 and 4!

Year 3 Team (Cherry Class)

Year 4 Team (Lemon Class)

Welcome to our Year 3 and 4 page! If your child is in Year 3 or 4, please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed below. We will post  the termly Curriculum maps here. 



Please come to school in your kit - for outdoor PE sessions please bring appropriate clothing for the weather (suitable coat/ shoes for cold and wet weather).


Key information:

 Year 3Year 4
Start of day8:45am8:45am
End of day3:15pm3:15pm
PE day Thursday and FridayThursday (outdoor) and Friday


This Week's Timetables


Please see below class timetables to show what we will be learning this week.

During the school day we frequently discuss concepts such as growth mindset and Life building skills and how these can support your children in life, to try challenges that may they have previously given up on. We hope to see evidence of this during the year and will be referring to good examples and using language to support this. Within these life skills we hope your children will increase their resilience.


Classroom code of conduct


This list was agreed by the pupils themselves during the first few weeks of the year. The ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.


In Year 3 we agree to:


Keep everyone safe.

Be kind and helpful.

Show respect and be sensible.

Listen and work quietly in class.

Be responsible for your drawer.

Walk quietly in a socially distanced line.

Wash hands regularly.

Talk to adults if anything is wrong.


Our main topics this half term in Year 3 will be the Ancient Egyptians and Rivers.  Please see our curriculum map below for more detail about the areas of learning this term.


In Year 4 we agree to:

  • Take care of each other
  • Put our hands up when we want to share
  • Keep the classroom tidy and organised
  • Be kind, friendly and welcoming
  • Be supportive and help anyone who asks
  • Do our best
  • Be happy and have fun!


As a class we ask Miss Perham to:

  • Always be here to listen
  • To look after the class and keep us safe
  • Help whenever we need it
  • Make our learning as interesting as possible




For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below.


Reading Recommendations

Below is a link of books recommended to children of various ages


In Years 3 and 4, key comprehension skills are covered using the Vipers reading programme. 


Our main topic in Year 4 this term will be The Romans. Also the Golden Threads for this term will be Equality & Social Justice and Freedom, Rights and Responsibilites. The children will be encouraged to conduct their own research into the topic, and will represent this information in various ways, including writing and art.

Throughout the term the children will be developing their core life skill of empathy through the exploration of a range of literature. 




Please try to hear your children read most days and record it in their red reading record book. For some more independent readers, this may be less. Please discuss the book with your child and ask some questions to check their comprehension and understanding of the plot.  Reading records will be checked regularly to ensure there is some evidence of reading to an adult.  The number of times reading is recorded will depend on your child's reading ability. 


Spelling lists will  be sent out every Friday for the children to practise ready for a spelling test the following Friday. We will also be testing children on the times table they are learning each Friday.  In preparation for the government times tables speed test, Year 4 will be practising their tables using this format. All of Years 3 and 4 will be using Times Tables Rock Stars online to help them prepare for this in a fun way too. We will also set project homework at the beginning of each half term to work on throughout the half term. The homework will be clearly detailed in an information sheet which will be sent home at the beginning of term. Sometimes extra maths or SPAG work will also be sent home. 


Activities outside the classroom


Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE will be outside for the time-being as we cannot risk children moving around in different directions in an indoor space, increasing risk of infection.
  • We will be visiting the Wild Woods on several occasions to support our learning.
  • We are investigating ways in which educational visits can happen under the current climate and will keep you informed of the situation, but we hope you understand that these are very difficult to carry out at the moment.

If your child develops an interest in any of our topics we would love to see the result of any independent or parent-led projects. The Cherry Hinton library and local museums are extremely helpful and have wonderful resources.


Classroom activities


The children will have several whole class guided reading sessions  per week, where we will be looking at settings, expressing views about the text with evidence and using punctuation to guide expression. They will also have the opportunity to practice their independent reading and reading comprehension.  Some children may be part of an extra reading comprehension, handwriting, maths, spelling or social group if we feel they need further support.