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Years 3 and 4

In Years 3 and 4 the children enjoy an engaging and exciting curriculum with a strong focus on basic skills. We have daily literacy and maths sessions and these skills are also applied and developed throughout the curriculum. Our curriculum is topic led, with children being inspired by imaginative topics, for example 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' and 'Vicious Vikings'.

In Literacy, we read and write a range of high quality fiction and non-fiction texts which are linked to our topic. Strong links are made between reading and writing. In reading, children participate in both whole class and small group reading sessions in order to develop their key reading skills of decoding, retrieval, exploration, analysis and deduction. They also develop their skills in reading aloud. In writing, we write for a range of purposes and in a variety of genres, applying learning from our reading. Grammar and punctuation is taught explicitly and reinforced through reading and writing where children learn how to use it to good effect.

Teaching and learning in maths is based on the principles of a mastery approach to learning maths. Children are asked to show fluency in their knowledge and skills and apply these to problem-solving activities. Key areas of learning include use of the four operations, fractions, measure, shape and space and statistics. We also practise key mental maths skills daily. 

At the start of a topic children participate in a memorable experience, for example a trip, special event or visitor. Most curriculum subjects are covered through the topic, for example in our ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ topic children learnt about healthy eating in Science, where fruits come from in Geography, how to sketch fruit in Art and vocabulary for foods in French. Development of key skills and knowledge forms the basis of teaching and learning in these subjects. At the end of a topic, the children will show their learning in a variety of ways, for example a presentation to parents, concert or film.

If you would like to find out about our current topic then please look at our latest curriculum newsletter (below). If you would like to find out more information about the different subjects then please navigate to this using the curriculum subjects page.