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Church of England Academy

'Strength in difference, together we are one, together we fly high'

Courage – I rise to a challenge and I am brave.

Friendship – I encourage others and build them up.

Trust – I am honest and helpful and make the right choices.

Respect – I treat others how I would like to be treated.


Welcome to Cherry - Year Three and Year Four

Welcome to the Cherry Class page

We have 28 amazing pupils with a team of 4 adults helping us with our learning. We are the youngest pupils at Winterborne Whitechurch base but our aim for the year is to be the best spellers in the base. We are working hard to be 'Spelling Ninjas', using our phonic knowledge and our knowledge of spelling patterns to help us. 


Subject Focus for the Half Term 

Our class book is 'George's Marvelous Medicine' and various other texts. We are focusing on developing on our understanding of prosody and how to read to an audience. This will involve lots of focus on the punctuation used in the text. 

At Home: Discussing any new words and vocabulary that you come across and ensure when you are listening to your child that they are 'reading' the punctuation as well, pausing at full stops etc. 


In writing we are starting the term with a narrative text 'The Happy Prince'. We are focusing on encorportating good spelling habits when we write, using our knowledge of phonics, other similar words and spelling patterns we have explored. We will then be writing some poetry based on the poem 'Still I Rise'. 

At Home: Handwriting and spelling are a focus every day, helping your child think through the phonemes in the words carefully when spelling a new word and working on neat handwriting all the time.


Year 3 ~ This term we are establishing our understanding of numbers to 1000, this will involve understanding of place value, addition and subtraction. We are focusing on using our understanding of the composition of the number to add and subtract.  

At Home: Number facts within 10 - practise using programmes such as Numberbots or Hit the Button. When looking at numbers asking your child, what does this number represent, for example in 106, the one represents one hundred, the zero represents no extra tens (not no tens) and the 6 represents 6 extra ones.

Year 4 ~ This term we are moving on to focus on perimeter. 

At Home: Times tables practice using both the multiplication facts and the division facts for multiples of 2, 5, 10, 4 and 8.


RE this term is looking at the concept of the Trinity. We will be exploring what this means to Christians and what the implications are to the church .

At Home: Where do you see the trinity concept show? What symbols are commonly used to represent the Trinity. 


We are exploring electricity. Building on our knowledge from KS1, we will be looking at how we use electricity in everyday life and making simple circuits with bulbs, batteries and switches. 

At Home: Circuits are used so much around the home. Help the children to identify what is carrying the electricity, what is using the electricity (Bulb, speaker etc)  and what is the source of electricity (mains, battery etc)

Other Subjects.

Other subjects are taught in blocks throughout the year. This term we are focusing on the following. 

Geography ~ We are exploring human and natural features in the area around us and further a field. We will look at Durdle Door, Poole Harbour and Weymouth bay. We will also be exploring the impact on human and natural features through building work and natural impact such as flooding and landslides. 

At Home: When you are out and about think about the natural and human features of the location. Encourage the children to think beyond the plant life etc for natural features, look at the hills, flat fields etc and where they mix (wooded grove in between human defined fields).

Music ~ We are continuing to explore the 7 dimensions of Musical composition and performance. We will be looking at Structure, dynamics, pitch, tempo, duration, timbre and texture. 

At Home: Using words such as High and Low for pitch or forte or piano for dynamics, encourage the children to talk about any music that they are listening to. We are looking at performances, if the children have enjoyed on in school look it up together and ask them to talk to you about what they liked. 

DT ~ We looking at simple programming and control. We have been coding to operate sensors in the classroom and are working towards making a classroom sensor. 

At Home: Highlight to the children when you see coding being used in every day life? What does it do? how does it work? What input information does it need? What output does it have? 


We work hard as a team, not just because we are a class put together but because we learn best together, support each other best when we have respect for each other and are brave and courageous in our learning when we trust one another.