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Toucan - Mrs Daynes

Welcome to Toucans!



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...

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.



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'...


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. 


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 *