Year 3 and 4

Welcome to Year 3/4


Welcome to the wonderful world of KS2, Year 3/4!  Mrs Bradwell, Mrs Bell, Miss Steward and Miss Danks are the year 3/4 teachers. Mrs Wilkinson will also be helping out and so will Mrs Haywood and Mrs Ashton in a morning.  In Year 3/4, we teach children how to become responsible and independent little(ish) members of Deepcar St John's Primary School, learning new skills along the way! Of course it is important that we have LOTS of fun as we learn, and we have some exciting topics to help us do so as well as a range of engaging subjects to broaden our knowledge! Throughout Year 3 and 4 we aim to collaboratively learn, share and explore the world around us. We continue to build friendships, make good choices and show KS2 how truly amazing we are!

Summer Term 2 - News and Updates 

When school reopens on the 7th June, we will be continuing to follow the latest COVID-19 operational guidance, which requires us to continue to maintain our bubble system, staggered timings throughout the school day and restricted movement around the premises. Our pupils will be very familiar with these arrangements from Spring term. 


As school reopens again for the Summer term may we remind you of the part that we must all play in keeping each other safe, therefore, we would like to remind parents and children of the following points:

 Please adhere to the staggered times to minimise congestion at the school gate.

 Please social distance (i.e. stand at least two metres) from people you do not live with

 Collect/ drop off children and leave promptly

 Please ensure pavements are clear for children to approach the school gates safely without them having to pass you within two metres.

 Where it is difficult to stay two-metres apart, please wear face coverings.

 If entering the school boundaries please wear a face covering

 Please ensure your child does not arrive any earlier than their time slot as this can lead to groups of children congregating outside the school building. If Y6 are walking to school without an adult, please ensure they do not leave too early.

 Where timings for collecting siblings cross the schools, staff at Deepcar will supervise the elder child in the school car park until collection.


Please can we also remind you of our PE days this half term.  Children are required to wear their school PE kit to school on the following days only:

Latest Covid-19 Guidance

Schools need to continue to follow the guidance from the DfE and will to continue the bubbles and track and trace when necessary. Please do not send your child to school if:

 your child is presenting with any of the main symptoms of coronavirus

 anyone in your household is presenting with any of the main symptoms of coronavirus

 your child or anyone in your household is waiting for a test result

 your child or anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19

 your child has been identified as a contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

What we are learning during Summer term 2 (In the process of being updated) 



Theme - Invaders and settlers 


In science we are starting a new topic of 'In a state' where we will  learn about types of solids, liquids and gases, how temperature and pressure affect substances in different states and how matter changes state. We will also learn that a reversible change is a change that can be changed back again. For example, if an ice-cube is melted it becomes water but we can freeze it again to become an ice-cube so it can return to its original state. Melting and heating are examples of reversible changes. We will also learn about irreversible changes, which are a change that cannot be changed back again. For example, if a cake mixture is baked it becomes a cake and we cannot turn it back into a mixture. The change is irreversible because a chemical reaction has taken place. Burning or mixing a liquid with bicarbonate of soda are examples of irreversible changes. 

We will also learn that:

  • Filtering and sieving are methods of separating mixtures of solids and liquids.
  • Dissolving is a way of mixing a solid and a liquid. When a solid dissolves in a liquid it creates a solution, for example when sugar dissolves in water.



In French this half term we will be learning - 

Definite (le,la,les) and indefinite (un, une, des) articles Je voudrais (I would like) 

We will also be learning how to extend sentences with mais C’est and with auss. We will also be learning how to say numbers from 1 to 15 and the days of the week. 


Orienteering (Mr Priest) 

Orienteering is a competitive sport that appeals to all ages. It involves running around using a map to find your way around a set course. Orienteering requires physical fitness, skill in map reading, compass work, mental alertness and decisiveness. Orienteering teaches the participant to assess, understand and "read" their surroundings. 

Gymnastics (Flight) - Class Teacher

flight element in gymnastics, is a skill where the gymnast is suspended completely in the air without her hands or any other part of her body touching the floor or apparatus.  Initially, they will be learning jumping and landing safely on a mat before jumping off the equipment. 

How to Support your Child's Learning at Home

The Government expectations for attainment have risen over the last few years and in order to help your child reach Age Related Expectations, we will be setting homework each week, which is expected to be completed for the following week.  The homework will be followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school.  Each week we would like your child to: 

1. Read for at least 10 minutes everyday if possible. 
2. Practise times tables using TT Rockstars.
3. Practise weekly spellings. 
4. Complete any additional homework that has been set. 

Due to Covid 19, where possible, we aim to set homework online using Seesaw. Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom and gives children a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Please make sure that your child has the most recent version of the Seesaw CLASS app download on their home device or if they are using a computer they need to go to -  ​ For more information on Seesaw please visit their website - For further help you can visit -  You can also find a parent help sheet at the bottom of this page. This is to limit the amount of paperwork coming home and returning to school, therefore reducing the risk. We will provide alternatives for those where working online is not an option. 


A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes. We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child. Parents are the most important educators in a child’s life.

Why is Reading so Important? 

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to a children's educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.  In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.


2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.


3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.


4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.


5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It is important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking. 


6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.


7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.


8. Reading is fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.


9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.


10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.It is a well known fact that good readers make good writers. 

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.

To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

 1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns. 
 2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests. 
3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle. 
4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good. 
5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone. 
6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond. 
7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery. 
8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence. 
9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child. 
10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words. “We need

Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

A list of the top 100 books to read to children in year 3 and 4 can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Reading Diaries 

We ask that you support your child by listening to them read every night for at least 10 minutes. A Reading Diary is given to each child at the start of a new academic year to record what they have been reading each night.  A photo of the signed Reading Diary can be taken and uploaded each week onto Seesaw or the diary can be returned to school for signing. Children can select a reading book from school to bring home along with their diary, however due Coronavirus we will be sending them home in a zippy plastic wallet which needs to be used to return the book and diary. 

Reading Comprehension 

We would like your child to log on to First news ihub on a weekly basis. The iHub is a digital reading platform that is updated weekly with topical debates, polls, comprehensions, word puzzles and writing challenges based on what is happening in the news. Please can they complete the activity set by their teacher each week or if non has been set, choose an activity from the menu.


We will be using The ‘Spelling Shed  - which is a spelling platform designed by a team of Primary School teachers. It is built with primary school pupils, teachers and parents in mind and aims to make spelling fun for children. Each class and the school have a league against schools nationally and internationally. This can be a huge incentive to pupils. The programme is free for computers, however, if you want to access using an app you would need to pay a small additional cost. For more information, see the attached link We will be setting spellings via Spelling Shed each week for your child to practise.  Spellings will also be going on to Seesaw each week. 


Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out. Please make sure your child practises as home at least once a week. 

During last half term, children have been shown how to use Times Tables Rockstars and should have brought home a login and password. TT Rockstars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times table practice.This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools.  Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home. Click here for more information on TT Rockstars. 

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, should you need them, including flip/flap cards and times table grids. 

The year 3/4 age related maths expectations and year 3/4 maths mastery, term to term can be found at the bottom of this page.

Knowledge Mats 

Children will be given either one or two documents called a Knowledge MatThese documents contained the essential knowledge children needed to know as part of the topic they are studying in class.  These Knowledge Mats are designed to be used at school during lessons and at home and parents can help children learn the information contained on the mat at home We want every pupil to be able to recall the information on these sheets off by heart or in their own wording by the end of the topic. The best way to use the Knowledge Mats at home is as follows –

Children read the information from the section to be learned (possibly with an adult)

They then try and recall the information (this can be written down or verbally)

An adult tests them on the information

The key to success is to repeat this regularly

It is also important to keep revising the information that has already been learned to keep it fresh in the memory.

We are confident that Knowledge Mats will help our children to develop knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary. This, in turn, will make them more confident in class and help to develop their reading and writing skills. Knowledge Mats for our science and theme topics can be located by clicking here

The age related expectations for Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation and Spellings for year 5/6 can be found in the documents below. Additionally, there is definitions of Grammatical terms, which we hope you will find useful. 

Full details of our Curriculum can be found here

Summer Term 1 - News and Updates

Today sees the start of the final half term break before we finish for the summer holidays. It looks as though the weather is going be glorious next week. Make the most of it, have fun but stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all back in school in a weeks time for the start of a very busy final half term.

What we are learning this half term - Summer Term 1 -  A long term topic overview can be found at the bottom of this page


During the first week back after the Easter break, we will be continuing with our work on multiplication. After this, we will be then moving on to division. Initially, looking at mental methods before moving on to learning formal written methods. 

English - 

This half term we are going to try to link our English lessons to a science topic of Human Impact. Over the coming weeks, children will learn about the negative impacts they can have on the environment within our local area and the damage that litter can cause to habitats, plants, animals, humans and the planet. We will be writing a non-chronological report about litter and then a persuasive piece of writing. 


We will be finishing our work on the digestive system, teeth and food chains when we return to school after the holidays. We will then be starting a new topic of Electricity. We will learn how to construct a simple series electric circuit and be able to identify and name the basic parts, including cells, wires bulbs, switches and buzzers. We will also be learning about common conductors and insulators and carrying out experiments to establish what metals are good conductors. 

Theme  - We we be continuing with our theme of Invaders and settlers this half term. 

Year 3 and 4 News and updates - Spring Term 

As we reach the end of yet another unprecedented term, we would like to take this opportunity to express our pride and admiration in how brilliantly everyone in our school community has continued to work together in the face of the continuing immense changes to our lives that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused.

Our focus over the past few weeks has been on helping children settle back into school, support their wellbeing and catch up on missed opportunities such as catching up with friends etc. We are delighted to say that the quality and quantity of work carried out a home during the recent lockdown has really helped children make a positive start to being back in lessons and ensured the gaps have not grown further.

Thank you to all parents, carers and grandparents for supporting your children so brilliantly at home. We know for some of you this been a challenge. We will continue to keep you updated of everything that is happening over the coming months and we are all looking forward to an exciting, busy and very productive term.

We wish you all a restful Easter break. Do take care and we look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday 19th April 2021.

Bubbles Closing
Both schools have been very lucky with bubbles closing due to Covid. We would like to thank parents and carers for the support we have received we had to close bubbles at Deepcar St John’s. We had to do this at short notice and everyone was so understanding.
Thank you.

After-School Clubs - Summer Term

You will be aware that we have sent out letters offering sporting afterschool clubs. At Deepcar St John’s we will be tracking attendance and if numbers are large we will separate them into two smaller groups following class bubbles wherever possible. All clubs will be taking place outside so please ensure your child comes to school that day ready for outdoor physical activity. Children may bring trainers/football boots to change into before the sessions start. Unfortunately, we have no places left at Den Building, football only has a few spaces left but there are places left on the other clubs. Please contact the school office to book a place once school reopens on 19th April.
Thank you

A plea to all parent/carers to please ensure your child continues to read over the Easter holiday. If you have a Lexia account continue to use this everyday for short periods. It really does make a difference. Thank you.

New lunch menu, which comes into force after the Easter holidays.

Start and End Times

School will reopen following the latest COVID-19 operational guidance, which requires us to continue to maintain our bubble system, staggered timings throughout the school day and

restricted movement around the premises. Our pupils will be very familiar with these arrangements from the Autumn term. On Monday 8th March 2021, the timings for school will

return to what they were before lockdown. Children need to arrive and leave via the same route as in Autumn term.

School Attendance

The Department for Education have stated that school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from Monday 8th March 2021. This includes the ability for the Local Authority to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices. Please note: In circumstances where pupils cannot attend school due to COVID-19, for example they are self-isolating in line with public health advice, a specific code is used on your child’s register to ensure this non-attendance does not count as an absence (authorised or unauthorised).


We must all play our part in keeping each other safe, therefore, we would like to remind parents and children of the following points:

 Please adhere to the staggered times to minimise congestion at the school gate.

 Please social distance (i.e. stand at least two metres) from people you do not live with

 Collect/ drop off children and leave promptly

 Please ensure pavements are clear for children to approach the school gates safely without them having to pass you within two metres.

 Where it is difficult to stay two-metres apart, please wear face coverings.

 If entering the school boundaries please wear a face covering

 Please ensure your child does not arrive any earlier than their time slot as this can lead to groups of children congregating outside the school building. If Y6 are walking to school without an adult, please ensure they do not leave too early.

 Where timings for collecting siblings cross the schools, staff at Deepcar will supervise the elder child in the school car park until collection.

PE and Uniform

Children are required to wear correct school uniform. Please ensure they have their school sweatshirt/cardigans as classroom windows will be open to ensure rooms are ventilated. Children are required to wear their PE kit to school on the following days only:

Latest Covid-19 Guidance

The schools will continue to follow the guidance from the DfE and will to continue the bubbles and track and trace when necessary. Please do not send your child to school if:

 your child is presenting with any of the main symptoms of coronavirus

 anyone in your household is presenting with any of the main symptoms of coronavirus

 your child or anyone in your household is waiting for a test result

 your child or anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19

 your child has been identified as a contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19

After School Clubs

We are hoping to begin the clubs after Easter. A letter has been sent home asking for parents to register as we will need to evaluate if the clubs will be viable from a demand/cost perspective.

This lunch menu will be in force until the Easter break. 

News and Updates - Autumn Term 2 

Party time 

17th December 

Children take part in a weekly "Active" lesson. This is where children can either walk, jog or run for 15 minutes. Alternatively children can take part in specific 1 minute exercises which are positioned around the playground and include exercises such as star jumps, toe taps, high knees etc. This week, we have taken part in a national "Hit the Ground Running Christmas Challenge" which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

16th, `7th and 18th  December 

During the last week of term, the whole school comes together for The Christmas Show, which is a morning filled with fun and games hosted by Miss Jones. This year, we didn't want children to miss out but we had to do things in a Covid secure way to keep everyone safe. The children in Miss Steward's class had a fabulous time this morning.

15th December 

Fun and laughter with Mr Priest this week in PE 


Art week - 14th to 18th December

During the last week of term, children across the school have enjoyed an Art Week.

Thank you to Trish and Gaynor, our school catering staff, for preparing a delicious Christmas lunch today.

Parties We will still ensure that each class can still enjoy a Christmas party this year. However in view of Covid-19 no food can be shared amongst the children. Please therefore ensure that you pack a goody bag with treats for your child to enjoy. This food will be additional to their lunch. Please do NOT send in any products that contain nuts. The dates of party dates are listed below for each class
Y3/4 Mrs Bradwell Friday 18th December Y3/4 Miss Danks Thursday 17th December Y3/4 Miss Steward Thursday 17th December

Amazing Stone Age homework is now on display around school.


From the 2nd November, we are moving to having class bubbles while the infection rate is higher in this area and the country going into Lockdown again. This will mean that we will no longer be one bubble made up of 3 classes but three separate class bubbles.  If we do need to close a bubble due to a positive case this will have less impact educationally for other children with them being able to continue coming to school rather than isolating. This will be reviewed regularly in line with PH guidance.

Miss Danks’ class will be entering and leaving the building by a different set of doors. They will now be entering the set of doors immediately prior to the ones they are currently using. The children will be leaving their bags and coats in the music room and using the toilets next to this room. These are located very close to the classroom. This will ensure that Miss Danks’ and Miss Steward’s class will have less contact in a shared cloakroom/ toilet area.

Start of day

Please stick strictly to your times as the children are entering the building in a similar area. Please wait outside the school gates if you arrive early. If you are late please see Miss Jones in the car park or take your child to the office. We have seen an increasing number of children arriving late this week as well as having an increasing group of Y6’s that arrive early every day. These children are being supervised at the moment but we cannot guarantee this everyday if we have staff absence.

End of day

If you cannot make pick up time due to collecting another child at Royd, the class teacher will remain with their class in the school car park until you arrive. Parents please control younger siblings whilst waiting outside the school gate. We understand that parents are collecting children from Royd and then need to wait for older siblings but younger children should be standing with the parents. Please bring something to occupy them while they are waiting. Parents that are waiting also need to ensure social distancing at all times. If there are any issues with timings please do give us a call.

New start and finish times.

PE days Autumn term 2 

Each bubble will be doing PE (Games) on a specific day. On the specified day children need to come to school in clothes for PE; trainers, shorts and/or tracksuit bottoms and a PE top or their normal school polo shirt and sweatshirt .PE lessons will be taking place outside whenever possible. 

The PE days are as follows:

What we are learning during Autumn Term 2 


This half term we are continuing our focus on place value in our maths lessons, looking at rounding, ordering and comparing numbers. 


We have just started reading The Nothing to See Here Hotel, which is a hilariously funny book by Steven Butler -  A hotel for magical creatures, where weird is normal for Frankie Banister and his parents who run the hotel. When a goblin messenger arrives at The Nothing to See Here Hotel, announcing the imminent arrival of the goblin prince Grogbah, Frankie and his family rush into action to get ready for their important guest. But it soon becomes obvious that the Banister family are going to  have their work cut out with the demanding prince and his never-ending entourage, especially when it turns out the rude little prince is hiding a secret. We will be using this book as a basis for writing a character description, using 'Show not Tell' This is a form of writing with an emphasis on using and showing actions in order to convey the emotions rather than saying them. 


Our new topic is 'Who am I'. Over the half term, we will discover that animals can be divided into groups or 'classified' by looking at the similarities and differences between them and that animals are divided into two main groups. Animals that have a backbone are called vertebrates and animals that don't have a backbone are called invertebrates. Delving into this further we will learn that Vertebrates and invertebrates are divided into smaller groups. Vertebrates, for example, are divided into fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and that there are many different groups of invertebrates too. They include invertebrates which have soft bodies such as jellyfish, worms and molluscs (like slugs and squids). There are also groups of invertebrates with hard bodies, such as insects, crustaceans and spiders.


We are continuing to learn about the Stone Age this half term. Learning how life has changed as we travel from the Stone Age to the Bronze Age and finally on to the Iron Age, a period of time covering over a million years. As well as understanding the chronology of this fascinating time, we will learn about the food, religion, homes, technology and art and how each of these area developed and changed over time. Discovering that the period of time from the start of the Stone Age to the Iron Age was one of immense change.   


Last half term we started looking at Microsoft Paint, which is a simple programme that allows users to create basic graphic art on a computer. We will be continuing to use Paint this half term to finish our wrapping paper designs. 


We will be continuing with our Dance lessons in PE this half term. We will be following the Imoves programme, which will be linked to our theme of the Stone Age.  Children from Year 4 will hopefully be starting their our swimming lessons, which will replace our second PE lesson. 


In our RE lessons this half term we will be looking at the symbolism of water in faith, Christian baptism and that Christians worship God as a trinity (God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit). We shall also spend some time exploring the Muslim faith.

More information on what we are learning in year 3/4 will be added during the course of the term. Please check the Newsroom page of our website for general school updates and information.

What we are learning - Autumn Term 1


Our main focus in maths for this term will be Place Value. Place value is the value of each digit in a number. It means understanding that 582 is made up of 500, 80 and 2, rather than 5, 8 and 2. Over the coming weeks we be teaching the children the value of the digit in a four digit number. They will be partitioning numbers, finding 1000 more and less than a given number, estimating, placing and comparing numbers to 10,000 on a number line. 


Information to follow later this term once our initial assessments have taken place. 


Our science topic for this half term is 'Good Vibrations'. During this coming weeks, we will be investigating - how we hear sounds and what is the difference between sound and vibrations. We will also be exploring making sounds with our bodies and carrying out a ear gong investigation.  additionally, we will be learning how to change the pitch of an instrument and will be making our own panpipes. With the help of a String Phone investigation we will be learning how sounds travels over a distance. Our final investigation will be to find out which material absorbs sound the best. 


At Deepcar St John's we take a Thematic approach to our curriculum which involves integrating curriculum areas around topics or themes.  Thematic planning seeks to view teaching and learning in an interactive and holistic way. The teachers decide on what the theme for the term and then plan how this can be integrated across the curriculum. This term, our theme is The Stone Age. 

We find that using the thematic approach, improves the quality of teaching and learning in many ways:

  • It increases the children’s interest
  • Helps the children to make connections with their work
  • Keeps children engaged
  • Compacts the curriculum
  • Draws on connections from the real world and life experiences

The school prides itself on this thematic approach to education.

During our thematics lessons we will be discussing if the Stone Age man was just a simple hunter gatherer and only interested in food and shelter. Additionally, we will be finding out how life changed when man learned how to farm. We will also be asking the children what can we learn about life in the Stone Age from a study of Skara Brae. Finally, we will be looking into why they built Stonehenge. We will then be moving on to learn about what life was like in the Iron age.


In RE this half term, we will be looking at Creation and Fall. This will involve us looking at the meaning behind the Lord's and the school prayer and creating a prayer area in the classrooms. We will also be looking at the story of Adam and Eve and discussing temptation and sin and talking about how a sin can make you feel and making links between stories in the Bible and real life. Finally, we will be looking at the 10 commandments.


In computing we will be exploring 'Paint' and using this to learn how to make a repeated pattern. Our repeated pattern designs will then be used to create a sheet of wrapping paper.


PE lessons will be resuming and where possible will be taking place outside. PE lessons will be taking place on a Thursday and Friday this half term. For the time being children will be wearing their school uniform for PE lessons as per the Department for Education guidelines. Please ensure that they wear or bring with them appropriate footwear on the day they are having their PE lesson. Alternatively, they could bring a pair of trainers and pumps and leave them in school for the duration of the half term. 

This will be reviewed later in the term. Thank you.

Thursday's PE lesson will be taught by Mr Priest, our Sports Coach from Sheffield Wednesday. This term, he will be teaching the children rounders and cricket. In this lesson they will learn how to

 play the different roles of bowler, backstop, fielder and batter. They will also acquire and
 develop a broader range of skills such as running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination and develop overall fitness and strength.

In all games activities, children have to think about how they use skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition. In striking and fielding games, like cricket and rounders, players achieve this by striking a ball and trying to deceive or avoid fielders, so that they can run around bases to score runs. When fielding, they try to prevent runs or points being scored.


On a Friday, the PE lesson will be taught by your child's class teacher. This term, the topic is dance, which will be linked to their thematic topic for this term. The physical health benefits of Dance for Young Children are - 

  • Improved condition of heart and lungs.
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and aerobic fitness.
  • Better coordination.
  • Better agility.
  • Better flexibility.
  • Healthy blood pressure.
  • Improved overall balance.
  • Improved spatial awareness.



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