Years 3 & 4

At Mulgrave Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for in a cross curricular way, this ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through high expectations of everyone at Mulgrave we aspire to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Autumn Term

Year 3

English & History

In Year 3, the children will be using Eleanor Coerr’s book ‘Sadako and the thousand paper cranes’ as their core text. They will be exploring the historical significance of the aftermath of the nuclear bomb being dropped in Japan by the Americans.

The themes we will be exploring are those of war and peace and how innocent civilians were caught up in a war that affected thousands of innocent civilians.

We will also be exploring how radiation contaminated Japan many years after the war that lead to children developing leukaemia.

Who was to blame for this and why? Those are the questions we will be exploring through debate and discussions through the outcomes that we will be producing from the text ‘Sadako’s Thousand Cranes’.      


In Year 3, we e are beginning the term by consolidating and deepening the children’s understanding and subsequent mastery of place value of 3 digit numbers. When the pupils have mastered place value at a greater depth we will then move on to using addition and subtraction and how our place value skills can help us in our method strategies.

We will also be looking at strengthening our recall facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables, as well as number bonds, doubles, near doubles before along side moving on to the 4 times table                                 


This term in Science we are looking at animals, including humans, we will identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat. We will identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.


This term in RE we are learning about Buddhism, to explore what peace can mean to those who believe in the religion and how it affects their lives, as well as looking at peace in an international context and recognising peaceful resolution after conflict. We will learn who Buddha was, the 4 noble truths and the story of Siddhartha and the swan.


In Year 3, children will be choosing their own reading book with some guidance and the children will be changing their books once they have finished.

The expectation is that children will read for 30 minutes every night and write in their reading journal something they liked or enjoyed about what they have read. This will be checked and acknowledged daily please encourage your child to do this.

If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.


In Year 3 we will be sending weekly spellings home on a Friday and the children will have a spelling test the following Friday. They must practice their spellings every day as they need this to successfully reach the expected level at the end of Year 3.

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Year 4 

Spring Term

Our learning this term will be based around our core text ‘The Last Wild and we will use this text in our English lessons. We will be spending some time immersing ourselves in the book to become familiar with the characters, key events and setting of the book. Over the course of the term we will begin to build up to exciting writing outcomes such as writing a narrative.


This Spring Term’s topic is based around Geography focusing on ‘All around the World’. This will allow us to take a closer look at where the countries of the world are located, and some of the ways geographers describe locations.  We will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude, and find out about some of the important lines that delineate specific areas of the Earth - the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics. Finally, by looking more closely at the lines of longitude, we will develop our understanding of time zones

In science this Spring half-term, we will explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things. We will learn how animals are split into ‘vertebrates’ and ‘invertebrates’ and begin to consider the differences between living things within these classifications. We will use and create classification keys to group, identify and name living things from the local habitat and beyond. This Science topic will also introduce to us the idea that environments are subject to man-made and natural changes and that these changes can have a significant impact on living things. Throughout this, we will work scientifically by gathering, recording and presenting information in different ways.