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Sycamore Class – Years 3 & 4

Sycamore Class – Years 3 & 4

We are Sycamore Class! We are Year 3 and 4 children and here on our page you can have a little peek at the brilliant things we get up to. We strive to be inspiring, exemplary learners and caring members of our school and local community. Happy browsing and we hope that you feel as proud in our learning as we do.

About us!

This is the web page for Sycamore Class and we are a mixed age class of years 3 and 4. We are part of a wonderful class family that includes Mrs Elliott, our Teaching Assistant who is with us all day Monday to Thursday. On Mondays and Tuesdays we are taught by Miss Hynam and on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays we are taught by Mrs Warren. We are lucky enough to have high quality PE sessions and lunchtime activities taught by Premier Sports on Fridays. The adults in Sycamore work very closely together to ensure that all learning and transitions are seamless. We try our very best in all aspects of our learning, show care and compassion for each other and take pride in our class family.

Term 3!

This term we are focusing on our team bee power, helping us to work together. We will also be focusing on our whole school value of hope.

Team Worker Bee

What will our learning look like this term?


This term we are focusing on the book ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ by Joe Todd-Stanton in our English lessons. We will use this book to help us write a narrative. We will also be writing a persuasive holiday brochure linking to our geography topic ‘Where in the world?’.

This term’s class novel is Charlotte’s Web by E. B White.


This term we continue to become experts with multiplication and division, as well as length, perimeter, fraction and area.


In geography, in terms 3 we will be learning about the world. We will look at maps and locate different countries in different parts of the world! We will focus on a country to research which will help us in English when writing a holiday brochure.


As scientists, we will be learning all about living things and their habitats. We will recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways and explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment.


This term in Fench we will be continuing to learn conversational language, as well as family members and parts of the body.


In music, we will be learning to play different songs on the glockenspieles.


In art we are going to be learning about the artist Andy Warhol. We will start by learning about Warhol before we make pop artwork in his style as well as using digital media.


Friday is our PE day with the visiting sports coaches. Please make sure that the correct PE kit is worn. This term as sports people we will be learning some gymnastics.

In Thursday’s session, we will be focusing on Yoga.


Our RE focus in Term 3 is ‘What do Christians believe about the gospel?’

We will look at different stories in the bible that show Jesus’ love and how we can show love towards others in our day-to-day lives.

Helping your child with reading

Reading isn’t really just one skill- it’s a whole collection of skills- that children must learn to become fluent and independent readers. When hearing your child read at home it is important that you share books together and talk about what they might be about, by looking at the front cover and illustrations. As well as asking their opinion of the story. These conversations help to give them a sense of what is inside the book before they start to read it and preparing them for some of the vocabulary they come across. This means you are setting your child up for success right from the start.

Identifying vocabulary your child does not know is essential to help them become fluent readers. If there are more than five words on a page, or in a passage, that your child is unable to identify they will not be able to comprehend the text. This means that the text is too difficult for them. Therefore, it is important to consider the vocabulary in a book and have discussions around this. Encourage your child to be independent by looking up the word in a dictionary, discuss what specific words mean, and relate them to real-life to build an understanding for your child. Thus, helping them to comprehend the text.

Model reading with your child or taking turns to read is great to build up confidence. For example, modelling a sentence that they may have misread is a good way to support this, and then ask your child to reread the passage ensuring they address what they have learnt.

Additionally, it is important that they read the punctuation, pausing where appropriate and adding expression. If your child has enjoyed a book, encourage them to recall what has happened so far, can they remember the key events. This helps showcase their understanding of what has been read.

Lastly, praise is crucial to foster a love of reading. Notice what your child has done well and tell them, often.

Please see below for a helpful video which shows Mrs. Warren reading with a child.

Please see our Sycamore welcome letter to find a more information about our expectations for the year.

SYCAMORE welcome letter

Useful Links

These are recommended, high quality learning resources which we will use in school, but will also be very useful at home.




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