Welcome to Years 3 and 4


We hope you find the following information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please email:

suzie.mckenna@york.gov.uk (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

mary.mccormack@york.gov.uk (Thursday & Friday)

Autumn Term

Welcome to a new school year in Years 3 and 4. We hope you all had a relaxing summer and that the children are ready for new challenges and some fun. A special mention to our Year 3 children who have made the move from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, and a warm welcome to all of our new families. This year will be our first whole year in the new school building and we are really looking forward to having a proper playground again.

Welcome Meetings

There will be an opportunity to meet your child’s teachers on Thursday 14th September at 2:30pm for Year 4 and on Tuesday 19th September for Year 3. This is an opportunity to say hello, find out what your child will be doing in their year group and ask any general questions.


If you wish to talk to us about your child, feel free to pop in at the end of the school day, make an appointment via the planner, phone school or email.
For Y3 Miss McCormack and Mrs Jach, email mary.mccormack@york.gov.uk

For Y4 Mrs McKenna and Mrs Gulliver, email suzie.mckenna@york.gov.uk
There will be an opportunity for a parent/teacher meeting during the day on Friday 27th October. (This is a training day.)

The Curriculum

This term we are excited to be learning about the Romans and their influence on Britain and York. We will be using maps and atlases to identify countries within the Roman Empire, and using ICT to create animations linked to The Romans. Art will include Roman mosaics and in DT we will have fun making catapults. Science work in Y3 will focus on forces and magnetism, while Year 4 will be studying solids, liquids and gases. In RE, Year 3 will think about what it means to believe from the point of view of Christians and Hindus, and Year 4 will study creation stories.

Curriculum Overview Autumn 2017

English and maths are core subjects which are tested at Year 2 and Year 6. Use the following links to find out more.

‘How Can I help My Child’

Progression booklets

Y3 Maths Y4 Maths
Y3 Reading Y4 Reading
Y3 Writing & SPaG Y4 Writing & SPaG

The Primary National Curriculum

English in the National Curriculum – Spelling

English in the National Curriculum – Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation

Information on KS1 & KS2 SATs 2016


Years 3 and 4 are crucial in the development of children as readers. Many children have learnt the basics of reading by this point and will be leaving the security of a structured reading scheme. It is especially important at this time to ensure that they have access to books which interest and excite them, as well as continue to develop their language skills. Many children of this age require support from home and school to ensure good book choices and we would value your support in this.
It is sometimes assumed that, once a child can read, they no longer benefit from reading with an adult. However, research shows that children who continue to read with an adult are more likely to have better comprehension skills and be readers as adults. You are your child’s best role model and can have a great influence on their reading ability and understanding. Therefore we would encourage sharing a book, and talking about the content, with your child for a short time most evenings.
All children have a new Primary Planner and we would be grateful if you could initial whenever your child reads at home.

Library days are Friday for Year 3 and Wednesday for Year 4.

Top Tips for Reading

Great Reads for Years 3 & 4


Children usually make the most progress at school when they feel that the school and their families are working together. Therefore we encourage the children to show you their homework menu and to let you know what they have to do. We are happy for you to help when you feel it is appropriate and thank all parents for their support in ensuring homework is completed to a good standard. We expect homework to be handed in on time and appreciate your support in this. All homework will be relevant to work in school and the children will receive feedback.

Year 3 will take home spelling activities on Monday to be returned to school on Friday.On Wednesday, the homework will be given out to be returned to school on the following Monday.

Year 4 will take home spellings on Tuesday, to be returned to school ready for a test on the following Monday. Homework books will be given out on Thursday, to be returned to school by the following Tuesday.

Year 3 parents/carers

Please note that homework will no longer be sent out via ParentPay as it was in KS1. We now expect the children to be responsible to take their homework books between home and school themselves. Some children may need support with this at the start and it really helps if there is a particular place at home where homework books, spelling books and reading books can be safely kept. It also helps when parents ask to see the homework books on the days they are given out and remind the children when to put things back in their school bag. Please support your child if they are still learning organisational skills.


After advice from swimming teachers, we have taken the decision to make Year 4 the year in which we take children to swimming lessons. Therefore, there will be no swimming this school year, as the Year 4 children have already had lessons when they were in Year 3. The current Year 3s will have their swimming sessions when they are in Year 4.
Year 3 PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.

Year 4 PE is on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Y4 will be working with a PE specialist, Liam Holmes, on Tuesdays.
PE may be indoors or outdoors and we expect children to have their full kit as detailed on the website and in the planner. We recommend that PE kit is brought to school on a Monday and then left in school until Friday so it cannot be forgotten.  Earrings have to be removed for PE. If your child cannot remove their own earrings, please can they not wear them on PE days? If their ears have only recently been pierced, and therefore the earrings cannot be removed, please can your child bring some medical tape to cover them during PE sessions?

Forest Schools

Year 3 – Tuesdays first half term (starting 12th September)

Year 4 – Tuesdays second half term
We go outside whatever the weather. It is essential that children have warm and waterproof clothing and shoes.

End of the School Day

Just a reminder to the Year 3 parents that, at the end of the day, the children will come out of school into the playground independently. If they forget something, please send them back in to get it themselves. If a parent/carer is late, the children come back into school and a member of staff will take them to the school office to wait.

and finally…


This year, EY and KS1 will perform in a Christmas show as usual, whereas KS2 will be involved in a carol concert. KS2 will then perform in a show in the summer term.

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