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Year 3 and 4 (Nightingale, Attenborough and Hawking)


Key Stage leader: Mr Clark-Keen
Teachers: Mrs Felton (Nightingale), Miss Durie (Attenborough) and Mr Dix (Hawking)
Cover Supervisors: Mrs Malins and Mrs Stevens
Teaching assistants:  Mrs Reed, Mrs Murray and Mrs Fuggle


Global Learning Theme: Identity and Diversity.

The next two terms will see us covering various genres in English and we will begin with a study of the books 'Ossiri and the Bala Mengro' and 'Yokki and the Parno Gry.'

In Global Learning, we will start Term 1 by learning about our local and wider community.  Our theme of 'Identity and Diversity', will teach the children about belonging and community.  We will learn about the Travelling community and how this has changed over the years. Through History, the children will learn about local fruit picking and throughout Kent.  During term 2, we will learn about Family Traditions in different cultures, where we will learn about the dynamics of our own families and family diversities.  

What will my child be studying next term?


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Global Learning - Identity and Diversity

Through our learning, we will explore the local geography and the wider area which was rich for fruit picking. The children will begin to understand the culture of the Travelling community and the similarities and differences between different cultures.  Library books will help give children an understanding of these cultures, while the internet will also provide lots of information to help your child's understanding.  

In term 2, it would be helpful if you could discuss your own family history with the children, so that they can begin to understand their own roots and where their family originated.  The children will enjoy finding out how different it was when you were their age to now.  They will be learning about families now and those of the past, therefore an insight into how things have changed over generations will be really beneficial to their learning.


General Information

Homework is set every Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday of the following week. Homework is differentiated to enable different ability groups to access the same homework. Our homework follows a cycle of English, Maths and Global Learning and this cycle is repeated. As well as the homework, times tables are expected to be practised at home, as there is a weekly times tables test. Find out your child’s times tables colour by asking them or looking in their reading record/homework book. Reading frequently is also part of homework in addition to times tables practise and the set homework.  Children should read at least 3 times per week if they are in Year 3 and at least 4 times per week if they are in Year 4.  Homework should take up to 90 minutes.

Latest homework 

As well as being given a paper copy, children's weekly homework will be added to the website.

Please see below for this week's homework.


Please name all your child’s clothes.

Please write in your child’s reading record book to show if you have read with them at home.  Children are able to write their own entries into the reading record, although please check that they are adding a comment to explain what they enjoyed about the reading. Please ensure that your child brings into school a named water bottle, so that they can have water to drink throughout the day. 

PE kits should remain in school so that they are available for each PE session.  Earrings must be removed before PE lessons and long hair must be tied up.  

Writing Journals

This purple book is something that children can write in to express their feelings, draw pictures to accompany their writing and to write anything that they wish e.g. stories. Writing journals will be used every Friday for our 'Free Write Friday' which enables the children to write about a given stimulus in their own choice of genre. 


Read as frequently as possible with your child at home. Ask them questions about what they are reading so that they develop their inference and deduction skills. Reading frequently will also help with the development of their fluency and expression.  Encourage the children to use the Times Tables Rockstar app.  It really can improve their mathematical knowledge.

Times tables information

All Year 3 children begin their times tables at the same stage (2x Jade). Year 4 children will begin their times tables where they finished at the end of Year 3. Children can bring home their marked test to show their parent's their score. After the weekly test, if they have achieved 100%, they receive a certificate and move onto the next stage.

The times tables below identify which times table children are working on in each colour. Please refer to this if you are unsure about which times tables your child should be learning.

Jade 1

= 2 x (30 questions in 5 minutes)

Jade 2 = 5 x (30 questions in 5 minutes)
Jade 3 = 10 x (30 questions in 5 minutes)
Ruby = 2x and 10x (30 questions in 5 minutes)
Topaz = 2x and 5x (30 questions in 5 minutes)
Sapphire = 2x, 5x and 10x (36 questions in 4 minutes)
Crystal = up to 5x (36 questions in 4 minutes)
Emerald = up to 8x (36 questions in 4 minutes)
Diamond = up to 10 x 10 (50 multiplication and division questions in 4 minutes)
Bronze = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions in 8 minutes)
Silver = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions in 5 minutes)
Gold = up to 10 x 10 (100 division questions in 3 minutes)
Platinum 1 = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions with remainders in 6 minutes)
Platinum 2 = up to 10 x 10 (100 multiplication and division questions with remainders in 5 minutes)

















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