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Year 3/4

This year is going to be full of new and exciting adventures. We start our year exploring ‘Mighty Metals’ where Iron Man is joining us on our journey of discovery.

The term continues as our topic transforms us into ‘Warriors’, and we travel back over 200 years to face the Romans. In the spring term we must grab our wetsuits as we’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures in our topic ‘Blue Abyss’. Later in the term we travel back in time to the Stone Age and look at ‘Tribal Tales’.

In the Summer term we will follow the water cycle’s course from peak to valley and meet the exceptional tribes of the hostile Himalayas in our ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’ topic. To end our exceptional year we will become Urban Pioneers… so get ready to go! We will take a trip downtown, where the lights are bright and every street has a story to tell.

In mathematics we use ‘Maths No Problem’, which builds children’s mathematical knowledge alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. Children will experience maths through a real-life approach and use concrete apparatus to solve a range of problems. There are many opportunities for children to work together and discuss their findings which allows them to achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.

A range of stimulating and topic-based texts are used to teach English. Reading and studying various genres, including poetry and non-fiction books, provide a stimuli for children to write their own versions using their own imagination. Pupils will develop their writing skills alongside spelling, grammar and handwriting.

In reading, we are using Accelerated Reader. The children will read at least one book a week and take a quiz based on this to demonstrate their comprehension skills. Books are carefully matched to the reading ability of the children with a stronger focus on their understanding of the texts they have read.

What their teacher says:

I feel thrilled to be part of Sacriston Academy, a school rooted in ambition and high expectations, where everyone is encouraged to be a Sacriston Star! I have the privilege to watch each child learn, succeed, grow, inspire and develop on a daily basis.
Miss Smith

What the children say:

"I love coming to school and learning new things with my friends and teachers" (Oliver) "Our new class is brilliant - we get to solve tricky problems and work hard together." (Aimee) "Maths - No Problem is helping us learn new things in maths - we have a new challenge every day!" (Leo)