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Cardinals (Year 3/4)

Welcome to Year 3/4


Our class is called Cardinals.  We are taught by Mr Milbourn (Mon-Weds & Fri) and Miss Ward (Thurs).  We are also supported by Miss Devlin and Mrs Walters. 

PE lessons will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mr Milbourn or Rising Stars.  Please come into school wearing your PE kit on Tuesday and Thursday.  There is no need to bring a change of clothes.

It is expected that children are reading for a minimum of 10 minutes daily at home and this should be recorded by child or parent in their reading record. Please note only one read per day will go towards the Give Me Ten scheme. If possible, please try to talk to your child about what they have read, exploring characters and storylines. Cardinals class will visit the library on Friday afternoons.

Week 1


We have enjoyed a fantastic first week back in the classroom and the children have worked very hard settling into a new routine and getting used to their new timetable. We have produced some amazing writing, including a recount and diary entries linked to our whole school text 'Lift' by Minh Le and Dan Santat. The children have worked hard practising their place value skills in Maths. We have now learnt about Anglo-Saxon settlement in Britain and the Viking invasion that followed as well as developing some great netball skills in PE. Please take a look at the curriculum newsletter in the above curriculum star for full details of our learning this term. 


Please ensure that all children adhere to the school uniform policy, including PE kit which is to be worn to school on Tuesday and Thursday. 


Unfortunately we said 'Goodbye' to Mrs Serafin this week. She will be missed in class and we wish her well for the future.


Well done Cardinals! Keep up the good work.



Week 3 and 4

We have been very busy over the last couple of weeks in all of our classes. In guided reading we have been learning a lot of new vocabulary to help us with our comprehension tasks. This week we have work on our summarising skills. In MATHS we are using a range of techniques to help us add numbers up to four digits, including regrouping, rounding and estimating. 

We have had a fun week in ENGLISH producing riddles and kennings and are now working towards an explanation text based on the book 'Rosie Revere, Engineer'.

The children have made great progress in their netball skills. In PE we have learnt a range of passing techniques and are working on attack and defence strategies on court. We have made electrical circuits in SCIENCE and explored the difference between the conductivity of materials. In TOPIC we are writing about the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for early Britain and have focussed on Alfred the Great this week. RE has seen some great class discussions about prayer and places of worship with a focus on Hinduism over the last two weeks.

We are all looking forward to a great last two weeks of the half term.

Week 5 and 6


Cardinals have been busy in English producing an explanation text. The children have used a range of techniques to advertise an invention from the book 'Rosie Revere, Engineer'. We have had a lot of fun being creative. Some of the techniques used include; paragraphs, headings, fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases and rhetorical questions. 

We have had a busy few days in maths, revisiting regrouping methods, this time in subtraction. We have found some exciting games to help us add and subtract mentally. The children could try these at home, all you need is a pack of cards!

The children have used great scientific vocabulary while building electrical circuits. We introduced buzzers this week and had a quiz in class using our circuits. Mr Milbourn enjoyed being the game show host!

PE skills have progressed well since the beginning of term and the children are now involved in the invasion element of a netball match, making decisions about finding space, attacking and defending.

We have just finished our class book 'How to train your dragon' and will be moving on to study some works of Shakespeare in the final week of term.


The children have now received spelling homework, which will be sent home each Friday. The homework is due back each Friday morning for marking. Don't forget parent consultations in the final week of term. We look forward to welcoming you into the classroom!

Autumn Term 2


The second half of the autumn term has flown by. The children have shown a great deal of motivation to learn and progress in all subjects.

In English we have read two books (written by Cressida Cowell and Michael Morpurgo), linked to our class topics. The children have found lots of ways to discover new vocabulary and incorporate it into their own writing. The class were excited to produce a narrative based in a fantasy world with mythical creatures. We were fortunate to meet a published author, G.B. Strong, who visited our class and explained how he used his imagination to produce his book. We have read fiction and non-fiction texts to inspire our writing and examine how authors use grammar and punctuation to improve their texts and excite the reader.

We have been very busy in Maths, working on learning a variety of techniques to help us with mental calculations. Our daily Maths meetings help re-inforce the skills we are learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Please encourage your children to use TTRockstars at home. We are seeing amazing progress when children regularly practise their times tables.

We have been studying sound in Science this half term. It has been great fun to use musical instruments and large spaces in our experiments to grasp how vibrations cause sound. We have based our experiments on the scientific model, making predictions before we discover results and thinking about how our experiments will be conducted. The children have embraced the scientific vocabulary they have learned.  

Our topic subject this term has been European geography. The children have very much enjoyed researching the differences in countries across Europe and finding cities, landmarks and facts relating to those countries. We have looked at human and physical traits of the countries in Europe. P.E. lessons have focused on handball. This follows on from the skills we developed in netball last half term and introduced some variations in techniques while remaining focused on the principles of invasion games. We have been learning about the internet in Computing and the children have enjoyed exploring some web pages, discovering how they are shared, who owns them and what users are able to access. We have continued to compare religious practices in R.E. with a focus on Hinduism. We have studied prayer, symbols and places of worship. We have been working towards a performance of ‘Last Christmas’ in music and you will soon be able to hear how we got on. French lessons have been fun this term, working on spoken language, concentrating of pronunciations of vowels and key vocabulary. Words such as ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Salut, Ca Va?’ are regularly heard during the daily register!

From all the staff in Cardinals, we would like to wish all our children and families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are very proud of everything you have accomplished this term and can’t wait to see you all again in 2022!