Year 3/4 Maple, Elm & Oak 2023 - 2024

Mr Aspinall

Miss Caldwell

Mrs Graham

Welcome to Maple, Elm and Oak's class page! 


Our Year 3/4 team:


  Mrs Graham - Maple Class Teacher  

Mr Aspinall- Elm Class Teacher

Mrs Caldwell- Oak Class Teacher

Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Lee

Miss Gregory

Mrs Cocker


Below is some useful information for this term:


Home Learning Challenge:

Our Home Learning this half term will be to access Numbots using your TT Rockstars log ins.  These will be redistributed to you over the next week.  It is essential that you all practise these skills.  This is in addition to times tables and weekly spellings.  It is also very important for you to read every night and for a parent/carer to log this on the reading app.



In English we will be looking at the book The Journey by Francesca Sanna.

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Based on her own interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.

With haunting echoes of current affairs this beautifully illustrated book explores the unimaginable decisions made as a family leave their home and everything they know to escape the turmoil and tragedy brought by war. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned.



In Maths this term we will be looking at length and perimeter, mass and capacity and Fractions. 



In our science lessons this term we are looking at the subject of sound. This ‘Sound’ unit will teach the children about how vibrations cause sounds and how sounds travel, as well as how sounds can change pitch and loudness.
The children will learn about how sounds are made, carrying out demonstrations of vibrations, and completing a sound survey of their school. The children will work in a hands-on way to explore pitch, and will use their understanding of how high and low sounds are made. They will have the opportunity to make a string telephone, and will use this to investigate how sounds change over distance and through different materials. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the best material for soundproofing. 



This term Year 3/4 are learning all about Roman Britain, In this unit about the Romans, we will learn about the spread of the Roman Empire out of Italy and across large parts of Europe, parts of North Africa and West Asia. We will learn how Britain changed after the invasion and conquest by the Roman army in AD 43 and about the impact on daily life. We will learn about the Roman legacy and will explore key historical terms such as 'empire', 'invasion' and 'conquest'. We will learn about the origins of the city of Rome and about its growth and position at the heart of the Roman Empire. We will have the opportunity to study written primary sources and to explore why the Romans invaded Britain. 
This topic also includes looking at the building of a network of roads, the construction of new towns and the development of agriculture and countryside villas. By learning about
Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe, children will explore British resistance to Roman rule and consider the events of the rebellion from different perspectives. The building of Hadrian’s Wall (in AD 122) allows children to explore the diverse nature of the Roman
army, the expertise they had in building and engineering and the struggles involved in controlling the northern border of the empire.
We will also be visiting the historic town of Chester and will spend the day as a Roman soldier. 



During this half term we will be exploring our creative sides in Art looking at 3D sculpture and Mega Materials. We will Try drawing in an unfamiliar way and take risks in
our work. Use familiar shapes to create simple 3D drawings and describe the shapes we use. Draw a simple design with consideration for how its shape could be cut from soap.
Transfer a drawn idea successfully to a soap carving.
Make informed choices about their use of tools. Successfully bend wire to follow a simple template, adding details for stability and aesthetics.
Create a shadow sculpture using block lettering in the style of Sokari Douglas Camp.
Show they are considering alternative ways to display their sculpture when photographing it.
Explore different ways to join materials to create a 3D outcome, making considered choices about the placement of materials.
Describe how their work has been influenced by the work of El Anatsui.



This half term we will be learning all about  the theme: How did Jesus teach
about Go and values through parables?  



Children are to still come to school in their PE kit for the day they are doing PE. PE kit consists of black shorts/tracksuit bottoms/leggings, a red t-shirt, their school hoodie and black trainers/pumps.

Mrs Caldwell - Monday

Mrs Graham - Tuesday

Mr Aspinall - Thursday


This term we will be learning skills related to athletics. The unit of work will develop pupils’ ability to develop their own sprinting technique, analysing their own performance. Pupils will compare sprinting to running for distance and pacing. The unit will introduce throwing for distance with javelins and explore the triple jump. 


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