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)

Alternatively, you can phone school and leave a message via the office or pop in and see us at the end of the day.


At the start of each term, we will send out a Year 3/4 Newsletter via ParentPay. The newsletter outlines the curriculum and relevant information for that term. Here is our Summer 2018 Newsletter.

The Curriculum

For more detail of our curriculum for this term, follow the link below.

Curriculum Overviews

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.

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 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.

End of the School Day

At the end of the day, the children will exit the classroom and walk around the path to the playground independently. If they forget something, please ask them to come 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.

Remember you can also keep up to date with what is happening in school on Facebook and Twitter.

Useful Links