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Gecko - Miss Gissing

Welcome back after half term! We hope that you have had a restful week and are ready to complete some more super learning! We have been so impressed at how well you hapve been getting on with all the challenges we keep setting you and how supportive and caring you have been towards each other. So many of you are showing such maturity and resilience and we are proud of each and every one of you!!


Below is a table of what we are learning this half term...


If you complete any extra research or work at home we would love to see it! Please share it with us via SeeSaw. It has been great to see all the fantastic work you have been doing. 


Please remember to also read at least 4 times a week and to practise your times tables on the new APP, 'Times Tables Rockstars'...


Year 3

Year 4


‘Street Child’ by

Berlie Doherty

Identifying the features of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Answering questions based on what we have read (retrieval of information)

Making predictions about the text and the author’s choices using clues from the text.

Reading with increased fluency and expression.

Increasing our vocabulary by finding synonyms (words that mean the same) and antonyms (words that mean the opposite) and using them in our own creations.

Identifying the features of fiction and non-fiction texts.

Answering questions based on what we have read (retrieval of information)

Making predictions about the text and the author’s choices using clues from the text.

Making inferences based on our

Knowledge of the text.

Using reading strategies such as skimming and scanning to find information in a text.

Developing understanding of new vocabulary - by using dictionaries, Thesauruses and finding synonyms and antonyms.

Reading with fluency and expression and talking about our enjoyment of a text. 


Linked to Power of Reading text

‘Street Child’ by

Berlie Doherty

Using adverbs to describe how, when, where an action (verb) is happening.

Using a range of conjunctions to join sentences and add detail (and, but, or, because, while, although).

Using commas in lists.

Using different pronouns (I, me, she, he, we, they, his, her) to avoid repetition in writing.

Grouping sentences into paragraphs.


Looking at different narratives

and writing recounts and diaries based on knowledge of character and plot,

Exploring character, setting and plot linked to the text ‘Street Child’.

Writing letters and having debates using persuasive language.

Looking at figurative language in poetry.



Looking at different narratives

and writing recounts and diaries based on knowledge of character and plot,

Exploring character, setting and plot linked to the text ‘Street Child’.

Writing letters and having debates using persuasive language.

Looking at figurative language in poetry.

Extending  sentences using conjunctions: when, if, because, although.

Choosing nouns or pronouns appropriately for clarity and cohesion and to avoid repetition.

Using conjunctions, adverbs and prepositions to express time and cause.

Using fronted adverbials and using commas to demarcate different clauses.

Using adjectives, noun phrases and expanded noun phrases.

Learning how to identify and punctuate direct speech using inverted commas, commas and the correct start and end punctuation.

Showing singular and plural possession, using a possessive apostrophe.

Investigate and spell words with the prefixes - un, dis, mis, re, sub and inter

Investigate and spell words with the suffixes - ation, ly, sion, ture and ous



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


Place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers and finding different ways of partitioning them.


Addition and subtraction - Column method

-Using a place value grid as a tool to help to introduce and use column method


Multiplication and Division


Multiplying equal groups…

  • Multiplying by 3, 4 and 8
  • Dividing by 3, 4 and 8

Addition and Subtraction

Use 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.

Solve 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.


Measurement - Length & Perimeter

Recognise that 100cm = 1m and 10mm = 1cm and convert between them.

Multiply & divide by 100 to  convert between km and m.

Use knowledge of addition and subtraction to add lengths together. Use knowledge of fractions to find fractions of kms.

Subtract to find the difference between lengths.

Calculate the perimeter of rectilinear shapes.

Calculate the lengths of missing sides on rectilinear shapes.


Multiplication & Division

Multiply and divide by 10 and 100.

Multiply and divide by 1 & itself.

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


Animals and Humans - The digestive system, teeth and food chains.knowledge of the

-The different parts and basic functions of the digestive system

-Diets of animals in comparison with humans (carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.)

- Food chains (producers, predators and prey) and the impacts of changes to a food chain


Completing our history topic of Victorians:

  • Understanding how individuals, like Lord Shaftesbury, helped improve the lives of Victorian children.
  • Looking at the Victorian children’s clothing and how that would often reflect the children’s life experiences.

Design And Technology

Making a 3D hanging decoration (joining two pieces of material together, using sewing and enhancing it with additions).

  • Exploring existing products
  • Designing our own
  • Learning how to thread a needle, and complete a running stitch.
  • Learning how to add detail for effect by adding decorative features.


We are HTML Editors

-Understand what the world wide web is and how the internet makes the web possible.

-Learn to edit and write HTML (Hypertext mark-up language), the language in which web pages are written.

Edit existing web pages. 

Use HTML tags for elementary mark-up and write a simple web page in HTML with useful content.

  • Use hyperlinks to connect ideas and sources.
  • Understand some of the risks in using the web.


Look at a wide range of different techniques in painting and mark-making.

Explore the work of key artists including the portraits of Pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Maddox Brown

Develop practical skills by experimenting with and testing the qualities of a range of materials and techniques

Select and use appropriately a variety of materials and techniques in order to create their own work.

Apply technical skills to improve quality of work, combined with beginning to listen and trust “instinct” to help make choices.

Apply and build upon colour mixing and mark-making skills previously learnt, thinking about how certain colour ranges/combinations affect the outcome

Explore painting on new surfaces using colour as decoration

 Combine art forms such as collage, painting and printmaking in mixed media projects

Develop understanding of key vocabulary such as Paint, colour, mixing, tone, shade, shadow, primary colours, opaque, transparent, wash, landscape, portrait, figures.


Celebrating difference

-Understanding that everybody’s family is

different and important to them and to appreciate my family/the people who care for me

-Understanding that differences and conflicts sometimes happen among family members and to know how to calm myself down

- To know what it means to be a witness to bullying and know some ways of helping to make someone who is bullied feel better

-To know that witnesses can make the situation better or worse by what they do and problem-solving a bullying situation with others

- Recognising that some words are used in hurtful ways and to try hard not to use hurtful words

- Talking about times when my words affected someone’s feelings and what the consequences were, giving and receiving compliments and how this feels



Identify parts of the body

Describe eyes and hair appearance

Recognise days of the week

Give basic character descriptions. 


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;