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Class 8 – Year 3/4

Hi and Welcome to Class 8 - Year 3/4

Welcome to the learning journey for year 3/4, Class 8.

In English, Class 8 will learn to write in a variety of genres. We will be reading ‘Escape From Pompeii’ which tells the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the escape of two children. We will also have the chance to write a diary based on the children’s experiences and a non-chronological report on volcanoes. We will also cover a range of punctuation and grammar for the year group. Our class text is ‘The Nothing to See Here Hotel.’

In Maths, we will be looking at the place value of numbers up to 4 digit and comparing, ordering and rounding numbers. We will also be learning mental and formal written calculations for all four operations. In measure, we will be solving money, time, perimeter and area problems. We will be recapping the names and properties of shapes as well as symmetry in shapes and angles. We will also be learning about translations in the first quadrant in position and direction. In statistics we will be collecting and presenting data in bar charts and time graphs as well as interpreting data. We will recap the work we did last term on fractions and look at comparing and ordering decimals as well as adding and subtracting decimals in the context of money and measure.  In each unit of work, there will be opportunities for the children to apply their knowledge to solve reasoning and worded problems.

In RE, we will be finding out more about Pentecost, Reconciliation and the Universal Church. The children will also be involved in Prayer and Liturgy within classes.

In Science, we will be learning about light and electricity. Our learning will be enhanced through visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and having a visitor come in to help us work with circuits.

In the Spring Term, Class 8 will be learning about Volcanoes, Mountains and Earthquakes, in Geography. This unit is linked to the work we have already done in Geography on Italy and our work on the Romans, in History.

In History, we will be asking what did we learn from the Ancient Greeks? We will discover when and where the Ancient Greeks lived, what their daily lives were like, what they believed in and what exists today because of them.

Our Computing topics will be creating animations and exploring databases.

In PE, we will continue to have Premier Sports deliver our lessons. The children will develop their skills in Athletics with Year 4 learning how to play Kwik Cricket and Year 3 continuing with their Swimming lessons.

In Art, the children will be revisiting their painting skills to create a landscape. They will explore paint mixing to create texture in their work through different tints, tones and shades as well as experimenting with brush sizes and different paints.

During the Spring Term, we will continue to talk about making healthy eating choices and about our mental health and wellbeing, in RSHE.

In Spanish, we will be talking about school and the holidays.

In Music , we will be composing and performing Music based on our Volcanoes topic. Our Year 4 children will continue learning how to play their stringed instruments. Those children who have individual tuition will also continue with this, throughout the term.

As you can see, we have an amazing term ahead!

Our teachers in Class 8 - Year 3/4 are:
Mrs Boardman
Miss Isherwood
Mrs Boardman
Miss Isherwood

Typically, a day in Class 8 - Year 3/4 consists of:

Our doors open at 8.40 and your child will be welcomed with a smile as they enter class

Once in class, there will be morning work to be getting on with before we begin our Word Aware activities at 8:50am– please encourage your child to arrive at school as soon as possible as every minute counts.

English and Maths are taught daily and are followed by other exciting lessons: RE, RSHE, Computing, History, Geography, Science, Art, Design and Technology, PE, Music and Spanish throughout the week. Please see the newsletter to see our topics this term.

Break time – 10.00-11.15

Lunch time 12.30-1.15

The school day finishes at 3.20 when children can be collected from the classroom door.

Other general information:

P.E Days

Year 4 children have PE on a Tuesday and Wednesday. They can come to school in their PE kit – either navy shorts and a red t-shirt or a navy tracksuit and red t-shirt along with black trainers.

Year 3 children have PE on a Tuesday and can come to school in their PE kit – either navy shorts and a red t-shirt or a navy tracksuit and red t-shirt along with black trainers.

Year 3 have a Swimming on a Wednesday, after lunch. Girls need a one piece swimming costume and boys need swimming trunks or shorts. They will need a towel, goggles (if they need them) and a bag to put their swimming things in.

Library Days

Children can change their library books on a Friday.


Homework is handed out every Friday and needs to be returned the following Friday.

Each week the children will get Spellings, Maths and English/Reading homework. There are also times when projects linked to Science, Geography or History may be sent home.

We would like our class to be ‘Green Readers’; in order for that to happen we need to have over 90% of our class reading at least 3 times a week. Obviously, we would like to have 100% every week! Just remember to sign your child’s diary every time you hear them read.


I’m looking forward to an exciting year in Year 3/4 and am here to support your children in any way I can.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to me at the classroom door at the end of the day, via Class Dojo or phone the school office and leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

This year your child is lucky enough to have access to Wigan Music Service on a Tuesday afternoon, when they will be learning to play either the viola, violin or cello. Can we ask you ensure your child brings in their instrument every Tuesday and tries to practise whenever possible at home?

Mrs Boardman

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