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Gecko - Miss Gissing

Welcome to Gecko Class!

Gecko class is taught by Miss Gissing and will also be supported by Mrs Dale.


The Year 3/4 team have been working hard to create an exciting and interesting curriculum for this year which will engage and motivate you in your learning! You can find an overview of our topics across the year in the document below. Make sure that you check this page regularly as it will be frequently updated with new information and dates. To find out a little bit more about myself, Miss Gissing, please click on the link below to see my profile! 

Welcome back Geckos. We have a busy half term ahead of us - our topic this half term is called 'Here, There and Everywhere!' and you can find out more about what we are learning about by clicking on the link below! 



Useful information: 


Reading: There will be an expectation that reading is done regularly at home, this can be with an adult or independently. This will be checked and encouraged at school and regular readers will be rewarded! Reading for at least 10 minutes a day, or at least four times a week, this has a huge effect on the child's fluency and confidence in reading. Regular reading also supports the development of children's vocabulary and their comprehension. 


Homework: There will be weekly Maths, English and spelling homework for your child to complete at home. These tasks will support and embed the learning that has been going on in class.


Personal belongings, clothing and water bottles: Please ensure that all children's belongings are clearly named/labelled so any misplaced items can be returned to your child.This helps us to encourage the children to be responsible and independent in looking after their own belongings.


Autumn Term topic:

Our learning so far...

This term we will be learning...


Reading: Our text is called - ‘Into The Forest’ by Antony Browne.

We will be exploring the themes of the text, using our inference skills to make predictions, learn about character and settings and use all our knowledge to inform our writing. 



We are using ‘Into The Forest’ to act as a stimulus for our learning. We will learn to write in role, to write based on fictional experiences and to write a narrative from a character’s point of view.


We will also be developing our awareness of spelling, punctuation and grammar; including, spelling patterns, curing our knowledge of nouns (including pronouns), verbs, adverbs and adjectives and extending this into expanded noun phrases, adverbial phrases and fronted adverbials. 


In our spelling lessons we will be looking at suffixes - spelling patterns added to the end of a word. These will include common suffixes such as ‘tion’, ‘sion’ ‘ly’, ‘ure’ and we will find out how we need to double a consonant (letters that are not vowels) before we add a suffix when the last sound in the word is stressed e.g. forgot - forgotten, begin- beginner. We will also look at the spelling of common homophones - words that sound the same, but are spelt differently e.g. accept/except, affect/effect, ball/bawl, berry/bury, brake/break, fair/fare, grate/great, groan/grown, here/hear.



In our Oracy lessons this term we will be developing our speech, language and communication skills. We will be performing poetry out loud; reciting poems linked to our Science learning on protecting the ocean from plastic pollution. We will be looking at how we can use tone, pace, expression and volume to communicate our thoughts, feelings and ideas. We will also learn how to use our voice to deliver presentations to an audience; focusing on communicating with passion and enthusiasm. Year 3 and 4 will take part in a whole-school poetry recital.

Underpinning our Oracy work will be an emphasis on enriching our vocabulary; learning new words to help us speak, write and understand with clarity and interest.



Year 3 - 

  • Place value: We will be securing our knowledge of tens and ones before exploring three digit numbers to 1000. We will learn to represent three digit numbers, compare and order these numbers and find 1, 10 and 100 more and less than.

         We will practise counting in different multiples (2s, 5s, 10s, 3, 4s) - identifying patterns to           help our confidence.

  • Addition and subtraction - We will be learning column method to add and subtract using a place value grid as a tool to help.
  • Multiplication and Division - Multiplying equal groups…

         Multiplying by 3, 4 and 8

         Dividing by 3, 4 and 8


Year 4 - 

  • Place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers

        We will begin by spending time on three digit numbers within 1000 to ensure pupils are                  secure before moving on to numbers within 10’000,

        Our number work will include securing our understanding of the value of each digit within a          number, rounding to the nearest 10 and 100, counting in 1000’s and working on a number line.

  • Addition and Subtraction

        We will be using column method to calculate addition and subtraction of 4 digit numbers;

        Using place value counters to begin with to support the understanding of making exchanges          within the column method;

       Solving addition and subtraction problems including missing number problems and spotting             the mistakes.

       Using knowledge of rounding and near multiples to estimate answers for calculations and               word problems.

  • Multiplication & Division

        Multiply and divide by 10 and 100.

        Multiply and divide by 1 & itself.

        Multiply and divide by 3, 6, 9 and 7.


Times Tables practise will form a part of our daily routine. By the end of year 4, pupils should be secure in knowing their tables up to x12.


Science: We are very lucky to be working with Suffolk Wildlife Trust to learn all about the impact that litter has on the ocean. We have had a fascinating workshop, learning lots of facts and each class will get the opportunity to spend a day at Sizewell beach, looking at what we have learned, first hand.


Geography: We are learning about the UK - In particular we are learning about regions, counties and cities. We will be identifying some of the key physical and human features of the UK landscape and comparing key cities across the country, for example, their climate, landscape, trade and culture.


Computing: ‘We are Bug Fixers’ - In this unit, the children work with six example Scratch projects. They explain how the scripts work, finding and correcting errors in them, and explore creative ways of improving them. The children learn to recognise some common types of programming error, and practise solving problems through logical thinking.


Art: Using the work of Suffolk artist, Maggi Hambling, we will be developing and refining our drawing skills. We will learn the different ways in which we can mark make, the different tools we can use and how to use them for purpose. We will also be looking at our perseverance and resilience skills, becoming ‘critical friends’, evaluating our own and each other’s work and suggesting ways that our drawing could be improved. We will then use these skills to make accurate and detailed drawings of ‘ocean’ items that we collect on our beach trips.


Jigsaw/PSHE: ‘Being Me’ - We will be having weekly PSHE sessions, using our Jigsaw scheme of work. In these sessions, led by the class teacher, we will be learning the skills to work as a team, make everyone feel welcome, learn how we can improve our school community (including our own role in this), understanding everyone has a right to learn and how we can care about others feelings.



We will be learning how to greet others. This will include the vocabulary for saying hello and goodbye. Asking and saying your name and age.

Our French grammar work will introduce nouns as having different genders and exploring ways of identifying this such as ‘un’ and ‘une’

French is taught weekly and our language ambassadors within the class will lead a daily vocab session.

Handy Links to support your child's learning at home


BBC Bitesize is an invaluable resource, with lots of support for parents;


The BookTrust are experts in children's reading and can help with all your queries;


Oxford Owl is a wonderful source of information on children's learning across the curriculum. On this website you can find information, help and resources on reading, phonics, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as Maths.


Ideas for parents for supporting their children with Maths is available from the charity National Numeracy;