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)

Spring Term

A very Happy New Year to all of you.

We hope you had a peaceful and relaxing Christmas holiday. This term is going to involve a lot of change and we are working hard to ensure that everything will run as smoothly as possible for the children. At half term, we are making the move from our old school building to our new one, and at the end of term Mrs Powley will retire and Mr Rourke will become the new head teacher at Lord Deramore’s. It’s an exciting time for all of us!
We are also delighted to welcome back Miss McCormack from her maternity leave. Miss McCormack will teach Year 3 for two days each week and Mrs Jach will teach Year 3 for three days each week.

Last term we were very pleased with the hard work of the children in Years 3 and 4 and wish to thank all of you for helping to keep the children organised with their belongings, reading regularly and completing homework on time. These things make such a difference to the children feeling happy and settled in school, and show we are all working together to help all our children be ‘the best that they can be’.

The Curriculum

This term, we are going back to the time of the Vikings.

In history and geography, we will find out where the Vikings came from, why they came to York and how they travelled. We will find out about their daily lives, traditions and gods.   We are also working with Jorvik on a creative project to help develop their resources for their re-launch in the spring.

In science, we will be studying electricity and magnetism and in RE Year 3 are investigating the question ‘What do different people believe about God?’, while Year 4 are looking at ‘Journeys’. During art lessons, we will focus on the Art Gallery challenge the children were set for homework as well as experimenting with different painting techniques. Year 3 children will learn the violin with Mrs Martin and Year 4 will have a forest school session every week on Mondays. Both classes will practise their rugby skills with Adam Prentice from York City Knights.

Curriculum Overview Spring 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



As children move through Years 3 and 4, they become less dependent on the book boxes to guide their reading. Rather than having a ‘reading book’, many children, particularly in Year 4 as they reach the end of the reading scheme, just have a ‘book’. This might be from the school library, the classroom or from home. As a result the children are required to develop skills in choosing their own books. Many children need some support at this crucial stage as the range of books available can be daunting. This term, we will be focussing on how to choose books and authors; identifying the style of different authors so the children have an idea which books to try, and being open to trying new authors.

Our aim is to encourage a love of books and reading for enjoyment and information. Therefore, children read most days at school and we would encourage all parents to continue to read with their child for a short time each evening. Even fluent readers benefit from reading aloud to an adult and talking about what they have read.

All children have a Planner and we would be grateful if you could note when your child has read, either with you or independently. Please remember that it is more important that a child understands and enjoys a book rather than ensuring they get to the end of the story in one sitting – little and often can be more successful with some children.

This term, Year 3 will visit the library on Friday and Year 4 on Tuesday. The children may also visit the library independently one lunchtime per week.

Top Tips for Reading

Recommended Reading

Homework Changes

Last term, we changed the weekly homework to a menu system. Thank you for your feedback about this, which was overwhelmingly positive. This term we are making a change to the maths homework: Each half term your child will be given a maths objective from the curriculum to work on. These skills should be practised regularly so the child improves their speed and understanding. We will provide ideas and websites to help. As always, we welcome your feedback about this at any time in the term.
Spelling homework will continue as before. Here is a reminder about the routine:

Tuesday: Year 4 children will take home spelling activities to be returned to school ready for a test on the following Monday.

Wednesday: In Year 3, the homework book with the menu and maths target will be given out, to be returned on Monday.

Friday: Year 3 children will take home spelling activities to be returned to school ready for a test on Thursday.In Year 4, the homework book with the menu and maths target will be given out, to be returned the following Tuesday.

Last term, it was very noticeable that nearly all of the children handed in their homework on time. Thank you again for your support in developing the organisational skills of the children. Evidence shows that children make the most progress at school when they feel that the school and their families are working together.

PE – Please note change of days

Year 3 PE is on Mondays and Thursdays.

Year 4 PE is on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

PE may be indoors or outdoors and we expect children to have their full kit as detailed in the planner. We recommend that PE kit is brought to school on a Monday and then left in school all week, 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?

Year 3 Pedestrian Training

This term, Year 3 will undertake Pedestrian Training with City of York Road Safety Instructors. During the training, children are helped to recognise dangers and hazards and identify alternative crossing places. They are also taught about using different crossings correctly. Pupils are taught to use the Green Cross Code, with the key words being Stop Look and Listen. They are also encouraged to wear something bright when crossing roads, particularly on dark mornings and after school.

For more information on road safety visit http://www.itravelyork.info/journey-planning/road-safety-and-skills/

Year 3 Pedestrian Training will take place on the afternoons of 8.3.17 and 15.3.17.


Year 3 class assembly is on Thursday 9th February.

Year 4 class assembly is on Friday 3rd February.

We hope you will be able to join us at 2:45pm.

If you wish to see us about any aspect of your child’s life in school, please pop in at the end of the school day or make an appointment via the planner. Alternatively, you can email suzie.mckenna@york.gov.uk or mary.mccormack@york.gov.uk about anything to do with Year 3 or 4.

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