Attenborough Class 


Wow, where did the spring term go? 

Time flies when we are having fun, and what a busy and fun term we had. 

We are now ready to tackle the summer with even more challenges and learning!

     Our main topic for the summer term is Athens and Central Greece in geography and Ancient Greece in history, dedicating a day to this later in the term.  Details will follow. 

     We will continue with Active Read, which explores a variety of texts to develop various reading skills and extension of vocabulary.  The children will also be sharing some Monty Reads with our early years’ children (our friend class). 

     Please continue to encourage reading at home, listen to your child read and ask them about the Vipers for reading, as well as working on fluency if required. Adults and children should record reads in journals and ensure that this is brought in every day. We ask that you and your child continue to keep track of the reads by numbering them so that we can check when your child reaches their Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum award.  We will continue to record in the journal when we have the opportunity to hear your child read, as long as they have it with them.  After morning registration, daily phonics sessions will continue for our children who require these. 

     In English, we will continue with Rainbow Grammar which is a fun, practical and colourful way of learning how to build different types of sentences.  Revision sessions are required to consolidate previous learning.

As a reminder for Rainbow Grammar, there are eight colours and each colour represents a different part of a sentence.

The children will learn:

  • How the different parts of sentences work.
  • What different types of words and parts of sentences are called.
  • How to join the different parts of sentences together.
  • How to improve their sentences.
  • How to punctuate their sentences.

     Attenborough will also be studying a poetry unit titled ‘The Magic Box’ in English lessons as well as a beautiful year 3 text called ‘The Last Garden’.  Our class reading books for the adults to read will be 'Gangsta Granny' followed by 'Oliver and the Seawigs'. 

     Spellings will continue with new words set after a test on Fridays.  Please see homework books for the weekly words as well as the 3A half-termly overview.  As soon as we have completed the 2B half term words, we will be setting an extra two words per week to include the CEW (common exception words), to support pupils learning the year 3 list before the end of the school year. 

     We will continue with our handwriting sessions, as we are always looking to improve letter formation and presentation.  

     In mathematics, we still have weekly arithmetic lessons and send the test papers home.  Summer KIRFS, (Key Instant Recall Facts) are based on learning the time. 

     Power maths begins by focusing on mass; working out different intervals on a scale, measuring mass in kilograms and grams, adding, subtracting and comparing masses and solving problems involving mass.  We will move on to capacity; measuring capacity in litres and millilitres, converting between litres and millilitres, comparing and ordering capacities, adding and subtracting capacities and solving problems involving capacities.  Moving towards the second half of the summer term, Attenborough class will extend their learning on fractions, money, time, angles and properties of shape, finishing with statistics.  Keep an eye on Google classroom, as there will be an explanation when we start a new unit to help with understanding and support at home.  

    Maths homework will continue to be the weekly mental maths sheets and Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) 15-minute sessions to develop multiplication and division instant recall.  Please encourage your child to log on to complete their homework as this really supports the multiplication fact learning required by summer of year 4 when the children are required to sit a test and meet a national expectation. 

     In science, our topic will be plants; discovering how plants absorb water, learn about their life cycles, different parts of plants and what they do.  Finally, we will study the process of pollination and how plants share their seeds.  We look forward to a fun visit to Wat Tyler Country Park during the second half of the summer term- the details shall be sent home early in this half term. 

     Our final unit will look at light; recognising that light is needed in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light, to notice that light is reflected from surfaces, to recognise that light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect our eyes.  The children will recognise that shadows are formed when the light from a light source is blocked by an opaque object and find patterns in the way that the size of shadows change.

     Attenborough will also be covering the following units in other areas of the curriculum;

     Music – Traditional instruments and improvisation

     Personal, Social. Health Education – Completing Healthy Me work and Relationships block of work. 

     Physical Education – Athletics, Dodgeball, then Tennis and Cricket. 

     Religious Education – Hinduism focus - Beliefs - how can Brahman be everywhere and in everything?  In addition, would visiting the Ganges feel special           for a non-Hindu?

     French - In a French classroom work will be continued with a greater focus on recording work (writing in French)

     ComputingSpreadsheets and Video trailers - previously known as digital literacy.

     Design Technology and Art – carrying on with our pneumatic toys work then learning about artists. 



  • Extended learning (homework) will be set on a Friday and books should come back into school on Wednesdays for review.
  • P.E days are Monday and Thursday for the Summer 1 half term. Please ensure that extra PE kit is navy blue only.  (We will inform you should there be a change of day in for the summer half of the summer term).
  • Ties must be worn with uniform please.
  • A named water bottle should come into school every day with fresh water only (no juice).
  • A healthy snack can be brought in for break time. We ask for fruits and vegetables please. 

     If you would like to speak to one of the teaching team, this can be arranged via the school office or by speaking to us at the door to arrange a mutually convenient time. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

     The Attenborough Team