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Toucan - Mrs Daynes

Welcome to Toucans!

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 *