Otter Class (Year 3/ Year 4) 2022 - 2023




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Welcome to Otter Class!

Dear parents and carers,

Welcome to the class page for Otter Class.

Here you will find what your child will be learning during this academic year. 

If you have any questions, please do message me on our Class Dojo page or come and see me at home time, I will be available after school and can be located at the side of the classroom.

Many thanks,

Mr. Dunning, Class Teacher.


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During Autumn term, we will be completing one English lesson a day and one Reading lesson a day.



In writing this half term, we are reading The Seal Surfer, by Michael Foreman.

Ben, a young disabled boy, loves the ocean. One afternoon, when he witnesses the birth of a seal, the boy’s bond with the sea grows even deeper. Season after season, Ben watches the young pup do many of the same things he loves to do: swim, fish, bask in the sun--and surf! Ben and the seal glide with the swells, watching for good waves together. But danger looms, and soon Ben will have to rely on his ocean friend not only for companionship but for his very survival


Seal Surfer: 1 : Foreman, Michael: Books

In our writing lessons, your child will have the opportunity to show off their creative flare and write for different purposes across the year. Writing in different styles will enable your child to become a better communicator and reader. During this book, we will be practising our noun phrases, preposition, fronted adverbials and letter writing skills.



During this term, we will be focusing on the book 'A book full of animal stories' by Angela McAllister'

Travel the world with 50 best-loved tales, featuring creatures big and small. This beautifully-illustrated collection of classic stories brings together favourite animal-themed fables, myths and legends including The Three Little PigsThe Ugly DucklingWhy the Swallow's Tail is Forked and the story of Ananse and the Python.

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There are 6 reading skills that we observe over the half term. These are know as the acronym VIPERS. Please see below for the reading skills your child will be focusing on.

Reading Vipers

'Reading for Pleasure' has great amounts of benefits for your child. During this year, we ensure your child has time to read for pleasure and each day, we set time aside to read our class book for pleasure. At the moment, we are reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, which we are absolutely loving. 

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In maths this half term, our topics are place value and addition and subtraction. 

If your child is in Year 3, they will be looking at representing and working with numbers up to 1,000. They will represent numbers in different ways using plave value counters, dene blocks and number lines. After place value, they will begin to add and subtract numbers upto 1,000.

If your child is in Year 4, they will be representing numbers up to 10,000 and exploring lots of problem solving and reasoning questions to enhance their knowledge of the topic.

Times Tables — Fazakerley Primary School

Please make sure your child is practising their times tables at home! We will of course be practising them every day but it is very beneficial if the children continue to practise at home. If your child requires any log in details, please feel free to message me on ClassDojo!

Science Activity Day at Local Secondary School - The SENAD Group

In Year 3, we will be exploring the topic of Animals including Humans and looking at the Human skeleton and Nutrition. 

In Year 4, we will also be exploring Animals including Humans but exploring how the Digestive system works and how it is important to look after our teeth.

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During our French lessons, we will be exploring how to greet each other and talk about feelings. These sessions will be speaking and listening so the children will have lots of practise learning a new language.


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In our Computing sessions during this term, we will be exploring how to create media and we will also look at computing systems and networks.

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, This half term, our question is "Why is water so important?". Your child will lead lessons with enquiring minds, whilst looking at rainforests to understand the importance of water. Your child will learn key vocabulary related to the layers of the rainforest, and will also lead discussions about what deforestation is and the impact it  has on our environment. 

Music Curriculum « Totley All Saints Primary School

We will have a music lesson each week where the children will learn to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression. They will learn how to improvise, and will devleop their listening skills by listening with attention to detail, before recalling sounds with increasing aural memory. They will also begin how to use and understand staff and other musical notations. They will listen to a wide range of high quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians, before learning about the history of music. 

PE Curriculum « Totley All Saints Primary School

Your child will have two P.E. sessoins a week with Mr. Barton. Please refer to the uniform timetable at the top of the page to check which days your child needs to be in their P.E. kit.

Forest School | St Stephen's C of E Primary School

Your child will have a forest school session once a week with Miss. Pagonis, Please refer to the uniform timetable to check when your child needs to be in their Forest school uniform.

Homework | The SGS Academy Trust

 Mondays- Each Monday, your child will be given 10 spellings to learn over the course of the week. They will complete a spelling test each Friday, and, if they receive a mark of 10/10,  they will get a Dojo point. They will have opportunities to learn their spellings each morning in class, however, extra practice at home is essential.

Thursdays- Each Thursday, your child will be given either maths or English homework (alternating weeks). Homework is expected to be in the following Tuesday via the portfolio section of our class Dojo page. Children who have completed their homework on time will be given a Dojo point. 

Every day- Your child should read as often as possible when not in school and this should be logged via the Go-Read app. 

Please note: I will often upload additional activities and links for your child to support their learning at home, however this is not specific homework, this is just a little extra for them. For example, I may upload interactive links to games that I know they will like. 

Other useful links:

Please see below links to useful websites for your child to use when they are at home. I will be adding to the list throughout the course of the year so please make sure you check for updated links.

Oxford Owl - Linked to our phonics Read, Write Inc programme   

Story Nory - A range of stories by classic authors as well as poems musicals and fairytales. 

Story Berries- Read along with audio clips.

Monkey Pen-  Free downloadable children’s books in PDF format.

Free Children’s Stories-

Keeping Safe Online- 

Newsround is a very good outlet for your child to watch each day to gain a wider understanding of what is happening not only in our country, but the rest of the world.

Thank you for taking your time to read our class webpage. I am very excited about the year ahead and if you have any queries, please message me on ClassDojo!

Mr. Dunning

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Sandyhill Road,
CW7 1JL,
and Darnhall School Lane CW7 1JR
Mrs Sarah Tomlinson, Headteacher
Mr Davie Kindon, SEN Contact