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Year 3 and 4

In Years 3 and 4 the children enjoy an engaging and exciting curriculum with a strong focus on basic skills. We have daily literacy and maths sessions and these skills are also applied and developed throughout the curriculum. 

In Literacy, we read and write a range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts which are linked to our topic. Strong links are made between reading and writing. In reading, children participate in both whole class and small group reading sessions in order to develop their key reading skills of decoding, retrieval, exploration, analysis and deduction. They also develop their skills in reading aloud. In writing, we write for a range of purposes and in a variety of genres, applying learning from our reading. Grammar and punctuation is taught explicitly and reinforced through reading and writing where children learn how to use it to good effect.

We use the Literacy Tree scheme of learning as a curriculum which immerses children in a literary world, therefore creating strong levels of engagement to provide meaningful and authentic contexts for primary English. At our school, the Literacy Tree texts are mapped out to ensure progression and National Curriculum coverage across all year groups. For more information about Literacy Tree, click here.

Teaching and learning in maths is based on the principles of a mastery approach to learning maths. We use the White Rose Maths schemes of learning in Year Three and Year Four. For more information please click here.

Children are asked to show fluency in their knowledge and skills and apply these to problem-solving activities. Key areas of learning include use of the four operations, fractions, measure, shape and space and statistics. We also practise key mental maths skills daily. 

Development of key skills and knowledge forms the basis of teaching and learning in the wider curriculum subjects and links are made with a focus on local and nationwide events.

If you would like to find out about our current topic then please look at our latest curriculum newsletters and planning documents.

For more information on what is happening in the classroom, each class is on ClassDojo which parents are invited to join.