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Leiston Primary School

Tiger - Miss Robertson/Mrs Loxley

Welcome back Tigers! 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: Please continue to read with your child regularly, ideally at least 3 times a week. We will be checking your reading records daily and working towards a class reward scheme...the more you read, the further we travel through space and earn ourselves treats!


Homework: Homework will be set on a Friday. Please return your homework by Thursday morning the following week. This can be done via the homework book or our online learning platform SeeSaw.


PE Days:


Year 3: Monday and Wednesday

Year 4: Monday (PE), Tuesday (Swimming)

Summer Term


Our topic this term is 'The Show Must Go On!' 

We will be exploring the magical world of the circus, the history of entertainment and leisure, our local area and so much more. 

Please see the document below for a detailed outline of our curriculum this term. 


Homework will be set on Seesaw each Wednesday and we continue to expect the children to read at least 4 times per week and continue to practise their multiplication and division using Times Table Rockstars. 

Tiger 10's reading certificates will continue to be awarded to those who are reading regularly as well as being entered into the draw every Friday!  

Spring Term


Welcome to the Spring Term! Although it has started very differently to how we had hoped we still have a full term of fun-packed learning for you to enjoy, even if it is remotely!


Please find below the Year 3 and 4 curriculum overview for the Spring Term...

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 Tiger Class

We are your teachers Miss Robertson and Mrs Loxley. We are really looking forward to our exciting year together and know we are going to have lots of fun. Miss Roberston will be teaching on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Mrs Loxley will be teaching on Wednesdays, Thursday and Fridays. We will be very well supported by our fantastic teaching assistant Miss Meikle and also by our year group colleagues Mrs Daynes and Miss Gissing. P.E will be taught by the brilliant Mr Calver.


You can look at some of the exciting topics we will be learning this term on the attached Year 3/4 Long Term plan. As you can see our first topic is the Vile Victorians - where we will be learning what it was like to be a child in the years between 1837 and 1901 (over a 100 years ago!!) when Queen Victoria was on the throne. We will be reading some wonderful books about this fascinating period of history, and finding out what was the same and what was very different for children in the past. 



Find out a little bit more about us by clicking on the links below:

English in Autumn term


Did you know? In 1890s London, a hundred tons of horse dung were scraped off the city streets every day, and guess who carried out this 'pongy' job? You've guessed it - young children!!! 


In the first Autumn Half term we will be reading the fascinating non-fiction book; 'The Worst Children's Jobs in History' by Horrible History super-author, Tony Robinson. We will be learning all about the many unpleasant, unusual and sometimes down-right dangerous jobs children were expected to do in the Victorian times. 


After Half-term we will be reading the gripping adventure story, 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty, based on the true life story of Jim Jarvis, a young boy who found himself all alone and fighting for survival  on London's lonely streets. 


We will be using these Power of Reading texts to support the children's writing this term. Amongst other things the children will be learning how to write a Diary entry, looking at autobiographies, writing stories with issues and dilemas, creating poetry and even having a class Debate.


Maths in Autumn Term


In Maths we will be following White Rose planning and covering the following units;

Number - Place Value

Number - Addition and Subtraction

Number - Multilication and Division

One of the areas we will be concentrating on is multiplication. You can support your child's understanding of Times Tables with lots of rapid recall practice and fun games. Great online games can be found on the following sites;


Top Marks - We use Daily 10 and Hit the Button in school.

Maths Games - Lots more fun Times Tables games.


Science in Autumn Term


There will be lots of excitement in Science this term. The children will be learning about Living Things and Habitats and then looking at Humans and investigating the digestive system, teeth and food chains.


BBC Bitsesize is great for supporting children's learning across the whole science curriculum. As well as information, it has fun animations and quizzes to support knowledge and skills.


Foundation subjects in Autumn Term


The Autumn term is going to be jam-packed with fun, learning and excitement!

 In Modern Foreign Languages we will be focussing on the topics of Animals and the Human Body. In Art we will be looking at the beutiful portrait paintings of Victorian artist Ford Madox Brown and then trying our hand at textiles; making 2D and 3D Christmas decorations. In R.E we will be finding out about Islamic traditions and in History we will be deepening our learning of the Victorians; focussing on the similarities and differences in children's lives then and now. In Computing we will be using 21st Century skills;  working on two exciting topics; 'We are Researchers' and 'We are Hotmail Editors'. In Music we will be learning songs that bring us together!

Finally we will be getting fit and active - learning Dance and new Invasion Games in P.E. 


We can't wait!


Year 3/4 Long Term Plans

Children's Learning


Homework and Spellings will be sent home weekly - Please check back for more information about this in the Autumn term.  In addition children will be expected to read regularly at home and have reading recorded in their Diary. We passionately believe that reading 4 times a week helps children to become excellent, fluent readers with strong comprehension skills. Home reading will be recorded on our class chart and children will be rewarded for their excellent efforts.


The following websites have some great ideas and tips for supporting children's reading 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;


Day to Day


Children will have two PE sessions a week. Please make sure children always have a full PE kit in school. Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own PE belongings. Please support your child to do this by ensuring that all of their clothing is fully named.


PERSONAL BELONGINGS, PE KITS AND WATER BOTTLES: Please ensure that all children's belongings are named so that any misplaced items can be returned to your child.