Year 3/4 - Birch, Elm, and Willow

                      Summer – Curriculum Newsletter – Year 3/4








Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a great Easter. This half term the children in Year 3/4 will be following a topic entitled:  THE VIKINGS


In English we are looking particularly at poetry and instructions. We will learn how they are organised and how we can use them to find out lots of things about our theme. We will be writing our own poems and instructions. We will also be looking at narrative stories from the Viking times There are lots on the internet if the children wanted to get a sneaky peek.

We have been doing a lot of work on our handwriting to get it neat and joined. We can see some children are practising this at home, which is great!


Throughout this term your child will be learning about the place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers. They will be adding and subtracting numbers mentally and also learning formal written methods of addition and subtraction. They will also be recognising fractions of amounts and estimating answers to questions. The work is different for the year 3 and the year 4 children. It is really important that the children practise counting and tables regularly, there will be a half termly test. The table below shows what we are covering.


Year 3 Counting

Year 4 Counting

  • count   from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a   given number
  • Count up and down in tenths; recognise that tenths   arise from dividing an object into 10 equal parts and in dividing one-digit   numbers or quantities by 10
  • All children should be able to use and recall   their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100.


  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000
  • find and count 1000 more or less than a given number
  • count backwards through zero to include negative numbers
  • count using simple fractions and decimal fractions both forwards and backwards
  • count up and down in hundredths; recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten.

Year 3 Times Tables

Year 4 Times Tables

  • Recall   and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication   tables
  • Recall   multiplication tables for 2, 4 & 8 using doubling


  • recall multiplication and division facts for multiplication tables for 10, 5, 2, 4, 8, 3, 6, 7, 9


In History, we will be finding out about Vikings and about their lifestyles.

  • To know where they came from and why they came.
  • How the Vikings travelled from place to place.
  • Vikings Runes
  • Vikings Houses and Viking Gods.


In Science, we’ll be finding out about the Viking artefacts and the environment.

  • Classification keys
  • Water cycle
  • Environments can change.

In Technology, we’ll be using different tools and techniques to make Viking boats and houses using different ways. E.g. cutting, shaping, joining and finishing.   

In Computing we are learning why and how we use surveys and facilitate the data.

Bonjour - In French we are learning the colours progressing onto writing 2 sentences. 

Don’t forget there are year group competitions for Mathletics and class rewards for pupils who read three times a week. Homework will be sent out on a Friday and will be due in the following Thursday.

PE days are as following –

Willow - Monday and Wednesday

Elm and Birch - Wednesday and Friday

The children need FULL PE kit on both days including outdoor trainers. The children will go outdoors if the weather is suitable.

Thank you for your support. As always, if you have any concerns or just want to know something please arrange to come and see us after school.

Miss Cowan, Mrs Jackson and Miss Reid