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Puffins (Year 3/4)

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Spring Curriculum Overview

Year 3 and Year 4


This term our topic is Europe and Rivers.


Teaching and Learning

Parental Involvement


Year 3

This half term, the children will be multiplying and dividing 2 numbers by 1 number and problem solving using scaling and related calculations. They will also be looking at the length and perimeter of shapes, investigating mass and capacity and comparing and understanding unit and non-unit fractions.

Year 4

This half term the children will practice their multiplying and division skills including multiplying a single digit by a 3-digit number. They will also be exploring fractions including the use of mixed numbers and improper fractions.

Encourage your child to investigate fractions using toys and food. What fraction of your smarties are red? How many do you have altogether?


Practise problem solving e.g. We have 16 biscuits to share between 4 of us. How many do we get each?


Your child can practise times tables on TT Rock-stars. Also test them when you’re in the car or walking to school. Little and often makes a big difference! There are lots of fun games and songs available online too.


This term, the children will be look at a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. In Spring 1, the children will be writing setting descriptions, focusing on their use of prepositions (e.g. next to, towards, beneath) and expanded noun phrases (e.g. a tall chimney with thick smoke billowing out). In Spring 2, we will be writing a narrative story and a recount. The children will learn to use fronted adverbials: giving extra detail at the start of a sentence about when, where or how something happened (e.g. Later that day... / Far in the distance... / As quick as a flash... etc).

Find ways for your children to write for a purpose e.g. write a letter to a relative, write a shopping list or a story based on their favourite toy.


During guided reading sessions, the children will all read the same text, discussing the storyline, characters and settings, as well thinking about decisions the author has made when writing.

Please listen to your child read at least 3 times per week. Children who read regularly at home make the most progress, not just in reading, but right across the curriculum. Please ask us if you need any support.


In the first half term, children will be learning about teeth and digestion, identifying the organs that are used with digestion as well as the process of digestion itself. We will also be looking at the different types of teeth and their uses as well as comparing human teeth to other animals.

In the second half term, the children will be studying food and nutrition looking at key food groups, understanding the use and the importance of the skeleton and the role of muscles in the body.

View videos: Digestion on BBC Bitesize about digestion and Teeth about teeth with your child and take part in the quizzes.

View videos: Skeleton and Muscles on BBC Bitesize about Skeltons and Muscles.


In computing, the children will be continuing to learn about the importance of being safe online.  In Spring 1, the children will learn about effective searching, making sure that they are using safe and reliable websites, and they will be creating their own animation based on their setting description in English. In Spring 2, the children will be learning how to use computer programmes to write for different audiences.

To support your child with typing skills, please use the following website - Typing



In French, we will be continuing to review greetings, numbers and colours. In year 3, we will be looking at food and be able to express likes and dislikes. Year 4 will be learning to discuss pets and speak and write in full sentences using the conjunctions ‘and’ and ‘but’.

Check out the Blabber Beasts videos on You Tube e.g.




In art, the children will be learning to use shape, tone and texture in observational drawings. They will be creating images of plants using a range of equipment and resources. They will create abstract artwork using flowers as their inspiration.

Why not practise sketching different fruits or plants at home?


In design and technology, the children will be making their own cushion. They will research, plan, design and make their cushion using a range of techniques including applique.

To support your child, practise threading a needle and tying a knot.



For Geography we will first be studying Europe by comparing the climates and features of different countries. The children will have to study and identify similarities and differences between countries using their geographical skills and knowledge.

After half term the children will be studying rivers, the features of a river, how rivers change landscapes, and how rivers can be useful.

Explore a map of Europe with your child. Which places have you been to? Which was the furthest? Were these places similar or different to Royston?

If possible, visit a local river and see if the children can identify features or animals that live there.



In PE, the children will be taking part in both team and individual sports. They will learn how to play basketball and tag rugby with the help of the Royston Town coaches. Each lesson will focus on a new skill and each lesson will end with a game in which children can practise the skill learnt. The children will also be learning gymnastics and then tennis after half term.

If your child is active and sporty out of school, we would love to hear about it! Feel free to share photos (email to office) as we will display these on our Sports Noticeboard. Please note that photos must be of your child only.


In RE, the children will be exploring morality and beliefs.

In Year 3, children will be investigating beliefs, ideas and scriptures focusing on the Abrahamic religions. They will consider what different people think about scripture and how these beliefs may be demonstrated through rituals and practices. They will make links through their own experiences when exploring the main concepts of scripture, revelation and value.                                                                                                         In Year 4, children will be looking at different sacred texts and scriptures and how their importance is shown. They will also be considering how actions and practices demonstrate the importance of beliefs and whether we can tell what a person believes from the outside.

Read about Judaism and complete the online activities: Judaism


We follow the Jigsaw approach and this term the children are learning about ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Celebrating Differences’. The PSHE ethos remains at the core of our curriculum.

Here is some key vocabulary we will be using with the children this term. It would be helpful to talk through these words with your child at home.

Y3: healthy, relationship, assertive, peer pressure, anxiety, opinion

+ for Y4: perseverance, disappointment, resilience


In this unit the Doot, Doot song has a summery and relaxed swing feel. It is based on a typical song structure and uses C major, A minor, and F major chords. During the unit, pupils learn to sing and play the song, develop technical skills on tuned percussion, learn about chords, ‘doodle’ (improvise) with their voices and experience playing in a class band. Playing, singing, and improvising is supported by listening to, and appraising music based around the acoustic guitar, comparing and contrasting different artists’ styles.

Have a look at the activities here:

How do we talk about music?