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Toucan - Mrs Daynes

Welcome to Toucans!


Welcome back to our final term for this academic year! We have lots of exciting learning and events coming up this term – the dates are listed below!


Tuesday 26th April – ‘Love to Learn’ event

Thursday 28th April – We have Suffolk Wildlife Trust visiting our class to help us learn all about swifts!

Thursday 19th May – Our class assembly (with a ‘live’ audience!)

Thursday 26th May – Jubilee parade

Thursday 7th July – London Trip for Y4s.

Week beginning: 27th June – Enterprise Week


Our Summer Term Curriculum!


Reading: We continue to practise our fluency in reading, making sure we use punctuation to help us read with accuracy and expression. We will be using a variety of texts, linked to our topic to further develop our predicting, inference, retrieval and vocabulary skills, as well as improving our understanding of our world.


Writing: We will be using a new ‘Power of Reading’ book, to not only enhance our enjoyment in literature but to increase our engagement, enthusiasm and progress in writing too.


Our book this half term is ‘One Plastic Bag’ by Miranda Paul. It tells the real life, inspiring story of Isatou Ceesay, from the Gambia, who decided to tackle her village's recycling problem when she noticed how many plastic bags were littering her local environment. We will be using this book to explore some very topical themes as well as developing our debating and letter writing skills.


Maths: This half term we move on to look at fractions. We will be learning about unit and non-unit fractions, making a whole, ordering and comparing fractions, equivalent fractions and adding/subtracting fractions.

Please continue to play Times Tables Rockstars regularly at home! I will be monitoring engagement weekly and there will be rewards for those who play regularly and challenge themselves to improve their skills.


Topic: It’s All Greek to Me!

This term our topic is the Ancient Greeks. We will be learning about the Ancient Greek civilisation and the legacy they have left throughout history. We will learn how they lived and learned - including their home life, language, food, clothes, schooling, leisure activities and art. We will also be reading some Greek myths and even having a go at creating and writing about some of our own in our fantastic homework project – due in Friday 20th May!


French: Quelle heure est il…

RE: Sikhism

PE: Our PE day remains Monday this term. The children will be learning striking and fielding skills using the game of rounders.

Swimming: Y3s will be swimming this term – you should have received a letter with which group your child is in and which dates they will be going. Please make sure your child has a full swimming kit – a one-piece costume for girls/trunks for boys, towel and swimming hat.



Love To Learn!

Spring Term!


We are very excited to welcome the children back to school, for what promises to be a fun-packed and very full term!


This term our topic is Romans - one we know the children will love! We will be looking at the impact of the Romans have had on our history and culture, and examine what life would have been like for ordinary citizens at this time. 


In our Power of Reading and Reading workshop lessons, we will be looking at a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts that focus on the Roman period of History. We will be developing our fluency and stamina for reading, as well as retrieval and comprehension skills.  


In addition we will be focusing on performance poetry through Valerie Bloom's excellent collection; 'Hot Like Fire'. We will be exploring different poetry styles, language techniques and performance skills. We will then be using this to write and perform our own poems.


Performance will also be a strong feature of our Oracy lessons. We have high expectations of the children's skills and are trying our hand at a children's version of William Shakespeare's 'Julius Caesar'. We have been practising their ability to speak to an audience and communicating with passion, interest and enthusiasm, by performing the famous 'Friends, Romans, Countrymen' speech from this iconic play.


In Maths this term, we will be further developing our understanding of the four main calculations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills and learning to use these skills for problems solving.


We will of course, be continuing to improve our rapid recall of times tables, with weekly targeted lessons and regular 'Times Tables Rock stars' challenges. Please encourage your children to engage with these activities - they are a vital part of the children becoming accurate, quick and confident with their Times Tables recall. This is especially important for the Year 4s, who will be among the first cohort of children in the country to sit the National Multiplication Tables Check in the Summer term. 


In Art and D.T we are focusing on Mosaics - and be using a wide variety of tools and techniques to explore this art form, which typifies the Roman period. The children will be designing and making their own Mosaics and will be collaborating in a school wide design Art project.


Science this term also promises to be lots of fun. We will be learning about 'Sound' and we have planned lots of practical experiments that will support the children's understanding of the topic and provide them with exciting opportunities for scientific inquiry and exploration.


We will of course, as always be looking after the children's physical and mental well-being. As well as our brilliant P.E lessons, the Year 4 children will continue to have weekly swimming lessons and continue to build the fantastic skills they are already developing. In our weekly Jigsaw lessons, we will be focusing on our hopes and dreams, as well as our well-being and developing resilience to cope with life's hurdles and challenges.


If this wasn't enough fun already, we are already planning an exciting itinerary of activities for World Book Day on the 3rd March (focus on stories from around the world) and Number Day on 4th February. Keep an eye on the newsletter for more details to follow.


Homework continues from Autumn term. Spellings and either English/Maths homework will be sent home every Friday and the children will be tested on their spellings the following Friday.


Reading was a fantastic focus during the Autumn - with many children making wonderful progress due to the time and commitment they put into practising at home - thank you so much for your help and support; it makes a real difference! Please continue to read with your child 4 x per week. All children who read regularly are entered into our Golden Ticket Draw at Celebration Assembly on a Friday morning, and we have our class reward chart as well.


We hope this gives you a little taster of all the wonderful learning opportunities on offer for the children in Toucans this term. I am always happy to discuss the curriculum, the children's learning and any aspects of their health, happiness and well-being - just speak to us on the playground or message us on the class email.


Keep up the hard work! smiley


Toucans - 2021/2022 - Welcome!


Welcome back Toucans! You have made such a positive start to this year, it has been a pleasure and a priviledge to see your fantastic learning attitudes and the enthusiasm you have for returning to school!! 


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)



It doesn't seem possible that we are now in our final term of this academic year! The children have all been settling back into the school routine well and I have been so impressed with their maturity and resilience. We continue to look at ways of understanding our emotions and coping with change and our emotional well-being on the return to school will stay a priority as well as continuing our amazing progress!


We have an exciting curriculum for you for this term! Our topic this half term is called 'The Show Must Go On!' where we will be exploring the history of leisure and entertainment. We are also learning about plants in Science and we will be moving on to learning all about the local area and the water cycle in Geography.  Please see the attached document for a more detailed description of all areas of the curriculum...


Homework will be set weekly using Seesaw, and we continue to expect the children to read regularly (at least 4 times a week) and use the 'Times Tables Rockstars' app to practise your multiplication and division facts each week too. There will be rewards in place for those who practise both these skills regularly.


The virtual worry box for children


Children are used to having a worry box in class or an adult on hand to talk to while in school. From today children can share their worries with an adult in school by sending an email to our virtual worry box to let us know who they would like to talk to.


We cannot promise to keep information secret but we can promise to always work to ensure the right support is available - please see the Children's Safeguarding Policy.


Children can talk to us about worries they might have including:

  • things that have happened to them or someone else
  • not knowing where to go when feeling scared
  • missing school 
  • what will happen in the future
  • coping with mental health.

Children can also contact Childline from 7:30am-3:30am every day, either online, by calling 0800 1111 or by sending a message from their website.



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 outline for the Spring Term...

Science Week!


Toucan classed enjoyed spending Science week exploring Space. We made some collaborative art by re-creating 'Messier' images using spray bottles and paint. It was great fun and the results were amazing!


We also explored chromatography. We were fascinated by the way the colours spread across the filter paper and used this to create our own planet pictures!



Toucan Class have been proving 'Toucan do it', even from home - here are some fantastic examples of the home learning you have been doing this half term...

Week beginning: 1st February (Home Learning)


This week in English we have been using a short animation of an air raid to inspire some descriptive language, poetry and artwork... Here are the amazing results! There are even some fantastic readings of the poems - listen to how confident and expressive they are! I am one very proud teacher! 

Listen to Joshua reading his fantastic poem...

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Keeley's reading of her poem is great too, lots of fantastic expression!

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Oscar has been using his senses to explore the theme...

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Mia has used great language to create a fantastic image in our minds!

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Here is our amazing Blitz Artwork!

Our Excellent English...

Listen to Charlie's fantastic poem using the synonyms and antonyms he found based on the 'The Lion and the Unicorn' book...

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Our Marvellous Maths...

Our Fabulous Foundation Subjects


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'...

Autumn Term Curriculum

Here you will find all the information you need about your new class and the learning taking place!


Your class teacher is Mrs Daynes and you will also be supported by Mrs Fisher. We are both really looking forward to teaching you this year! To find out more information about Mrs Daynes you can read her one page profile below!


As a 3/4 team, we have been working really hard to create an exciting and interesting curriculum for you this year, using all the different areas of the curriculum to engage and inspire you in your learning!


If you click the link below you will find the overview of our topics for the year 2020/21...



Class information:


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. These are on....? Full PE kit should be worn and kept in school all week, long hair should be tied up and earrings will need to be removed or covered. 


Belongings: Children are encouraged to be responsible and independent in looking after their belongings and resources. Please support us with this by making sure all water bottles, clothing and other 'loose' items are clearly labelled.


Key dates for the diary:

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Useful website to support learning:


BBC Bitesize

An invaluable resource, with lots of support for parents…


The Book Trust

Experts in children's reading and can help with all your queries…


Oxford Owl

This 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.


National Numeracy

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


Top Marks

Different games to support learning across the curriculum but is particularly useful for maths. ‘Hit the Button’ is very good for practising quick recall of number facts and times tables.



This ‘picture a day’ website is great for creative writing challenges from diary entries to sentence challenges.


Nat Geo Kids

A mix of games, quizzes, videos and free downloadable resources. You can watch animal web cams, learn interesting animal facts, see and share photos of nature, learn about different countries, try science experiments, and much more


British Museum

An opportunity to explore the collection in a beautiful interactive and engaging way. The kids enjoy playing it like a musical instrument and seeing how far back in time they could go.


Tate Kids

Inspiration to get creative but with a nod to styles of famous artists. You can find quizzes, craft activities, videos and art history, easy to find information and easy to use. Our first activity from here was to create Andy Warhol inspired selfies!


Harper Collins

It’s so much easier to engage children when the learning involves characters from stories they know and Harper Collins offers a wide range of free downloadable resources inspired by some of your favourite books. 


BBC Supermovers

Join the Super Movement! Keep your children active whilst learning with curriculum based song and dance routines. Such great fun, I had to join in with the routine about commas, dashes and brackets - the song was stuck in my head all evening.


Cosmic Kids

Engaging, bright and colourful with a great narrative, follow Moana on her adventures or become a Jedi Knight – just make sure you have enough space for the imaginary lightsabers.


BBC Good Food

Get messy in the kitchen and get together to cook some tasty treats. Use items from your cupboard to make yummy iced biscuits, or add the ingredients to your shopping list and get the kids to cook tea (fajitas are a winner in our house!).



Autumn Term- The Vile Victorians!

Enquiry question: What was it like to be a child in the Victorian Times? How does it compare to now?


English (Reading)

Our focus books this term are ‘The Worst Children’s Jobs in History’ by Tony Robinson and ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty.

‘The Worst Children’s Jobs in History’ is a non-fiction book that gives an insight into the different jobs and experiences children have had to do throughout history. It is a fascinating, sometimes gruesome text that gives us perfect opportunities to learn about the lives of different children and probably make the children very appreciative they are alive now, rather than then!

‘Street Child’ is a narrative text that explores the life of an orphan child in Victorian England – his experience of the workhouse and his wish for freedom.  

Using Power for Reading and Talk for Writing techniques, both books will give us a great opportunity to learn about language, purpose, text features and styles of writing as well as develop our subject knowledge in a fun and engaging way! 


English (writing)

Once we have explored the books above we will use what we have learned to create our own writing compositions. We will be exploring and writing diary entries, autobiographies, stories with issues and dilemmas, poetry and even having a debate!



We will continue to follow the White Rose Scheme for maths this year…

Topics for 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

Autumn Term 


* Check here regularly for updates on the learning and experiences taking place in class *