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Class 3 – Year 3 / 4

Teacher: Miss Taylor and Mrs Spencer

Wishing you a warm welcome to Sycamore Class and the summer term. This is the home of our year 3 and 4 children.

Summer Topic: Celebrating World Religions

In this topic we are going to learn about different religions around the world including Christianity, Sikh Dharma and Islam. We will learn about each religion's key beliefs and values and where these come from. We will explore what makes a devout follower and describe practices which are followed. We will use atlases, globes and Google Earth to locate the countries where religions originated and how far they have spread around the world.

In English writing we will read and explore Manfish by Jennifer Berne and The Journey by Francesca Sanna. We will learn a variety of writing techniques and practise these to develop our writing styles with the aim of producing our own invention narratives, biographies, refugee narratives and diary entries.

In Maths, we will continue to use Power Maths which prompts pupils to Discover, Share and Think Together about various mathematical concepts. This term we will be looking at fractions, time, money and statistics.

Please see our Topic Web below for more information.


What is the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check?
The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.
What to expect:
The MTC is an online test where the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.
How to prepare:
A good way to prepare is to start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practice children will learn all the questions and gain confidence. We suggest practising 10 to 15 minutes a day for optimal results. Use the web links below.

Times Table Resources:
Times Table Rockstars – (soundcheck, at least 4 times a day)
Multiplication Tables Check – 2022 –
Times tables Speed Test X –
Times tables games – Learn them all here!
Times Tables Games for 7 to 11 year olds (
Test your Multiplication – Times Tables From 2 to 15 (
Multiplication Tables Check – Mathsframe

Important Notices:

Please read with your child 4x a week and record this in their diaries. Reading at home makes an enormous difference to their comprehension and writing work in school. Children receive house points when they read 4 times or more a week at home.
Please practice your timetables on TT Rockstars for 30 minutes a week.

Weekly homework will be:

  • One writing task given on Friday to be handed in on Wednesday
  • a maths question a day from Monday to Thursday
  • a weekly spelling test on Tuesday.
  • 30 minutes a week on TT Rockstars
  • Reading 4x a week.

PE will be on a Monday and a Wednesday. Swimming is every Tuesday.

Useful website links:
RECOMMENDED READING LISTS FOR YEAR 3 & YEAR 4 (this is an excellent resource) 
Online Reading Games 
TT Rockstars
Online Spelling Games
Topmarks – Maths

Raising the profile of reading:
We want the children at Calveley to develop a genuine love of reading so we are raising the profile of reading across the school. The library area has never looked so inviting and exciting, the new variety of books on offer will stimulate the imaginations of all the children and we will deliver a reading-rich curriculum for all of our pupils. With that in mind, below is a list of all the books we will explore in guided reading this term. You may wish to continue the learning at home by borrowing one from the library or purchase one. These books have been specially selected for your child's age range and for their literature, text features and design.

Sycamore's guided reading texts:
The Travel Book by Lonely Planet
Survivors by David Long
The Dragon of Krakow by Richard Monte
The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Legend of Podkin One Ear by Kieran Larwood
Werewolf Club Rules by Joseph Coelho

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