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Leiston Primary School

Gecko - Miss Gissing

Welcome to Gecko Class!

Gecko class will be taught by Miss Gissing and will also be supported by...... I am really excited to be coming back to school and getting to know my new class.


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! 

Overview of class expectations


Reading: There will be an expectation that reading will be done regularly at home, either supported by an adult or independently. This will be checked and encouraged at school as well and regular readers will be rewarded. Reading for at least 10 minutes a day, or at least four times a week, has a massive impact on the confidence and fluency of the child reading. It also helps develop their vocabulary and understanding!

Let's see if we can be brilliant bookworms this year!


Homework: There will be weekly maths, English and spelling homework that will come home for your child to complete. This will be to support and reinforce learning that has happened in class that week and so is really important in helping your child make progress. 


PE: There will be two PE sessions in a week:......... Please ensure your child always has a full P.E. kit in school. Long hair should be tied up and earrings will need to be removed or covered with tape. 


PERSONAL BELONGINGS, PE KITS AND WATER BOTTLES: Please ensure that all children's belongings are clearly named/labelled so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child. This will help us to encourage children to be responsible and independent in looking after their own belongings

English - Reading and Writing

We will be focusing on two texts during this term - 'The Worst Children's Jobs in History' by Tony Robinson and ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty.

We will be using the Power of Reading and Talk for Writing approaches whilst exploring these two fantastic books which will provide us with many opportunities to learn about language, purpose, text features and styles of writing as well as develop our subject knowledge in an interesting and exciting way! 

In our writing, we will use the information we gather from these books to create our own pieces of writing. This will include diary entries, autobiographies, stories with issues and dilemmas, poetry and even having a debate!



We will be following the White Rose Scheme for maths, we will cover the following topics during the Autumn Term -

  • Number: Place Value
  • Number: Addition and Subtraction
  • Number: Multiplication and Division

We will also be working hard at developing our fluency with numbers, mental calculations, reasoning and times tables practise!


The Wider Curriculum:


  • Living Things and their Habitats and Animals (including humans) – the digestive system and food chains.


  • The rights and experiences of children during the Victorian period.


  • Painting, using the pre-Raphaelite artist Ford Maddox Brown as inspiration.
  • Textiles

Design and Technology:

  • Textiles – making 2D into 3D by designing a hanging Christmas decoration.


  • We are Researchers
  • We are HTML editors


  • Bringing Us Together
  • Three Little Birds

Physical Education:

  • Invasion Games
  • Dance

Religious Education:

  • Islam: Submission and Jihad
  • Christianity: Reconciliation and Discipleship

Modern Foreign Languages:

  • Les Animaux
  • Mon Corps – parts of the body


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;