Great Sankey Primary School

Hazel Tree- Year 3/4 2023 - 2024

Mr Johnson



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Welcome back! 

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break and are looking forward to the new term ahead! Please refer to the welcome letter and curriculum overview below for further details about some of the things we will be learning this term.

On this page, you will find some useful information about the term ahead and any key messages that you need to be aware of. To the side of the page you will see our class X (Twitter) feed and link to Google Classroom. We love to use X (Twitter) to share some of the excellent things going on in Hazel Tree Class and will use Google Classroom to support learning at home - spellings, homework and useful documents will be uploaded and made available on there each week.

We are set to have a great term and have some really exciting things planned and lots of new things to learn about. As always it is important that we work in partnership to ensure the very best for your children. If you have any queries or need some support, please do not hesitate speak to me at the end of the day, phone or arrange an appointment. 

Don't forget to follow @hazeltreeGSP if you are on X (Twitter) for regular updates. 

Kind regards,

Mr Johnson


Our Curriculum


In English, the children will use a variety of different stimulus throughout the term to engage and inspire the children’s writing.  The children will begin the term by looking at the book The Lion & The Unicorn and cover a range of writing such as a setting description, historical stories, letters and poetry.  Children will also focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar throughout their daily English lessons.

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In Maths, children will be studying formal written methods for multiplication and division.  We will also focus on mental arithmetic and reciting times table facts.  In Year 4, children are expected to know their times tables up to 12 x 12, ready for their mutiplication check in June.  To help the children practise their times tables, they need to be using TTRS at least 3 times a week at home. 
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Children will begin the term by learning about the differences between solids, liquids and gases. They will invesitgate how states of matter can be altered and whether these changes are reversible or non reversible.

After the February half term break, the children will then focus on the water cycle. They will learn about how water can evaporate and condense and that the water cycle is a constant, neverending and natural cycle.

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Our enquiry question for this term is 'Why Is RAF Burtonwood so Important to Warrington?'  In this topic, the children will learn about WWII and the impact that it had on Warrington.  They will learn all about the American airbase, why Warrington was chosen to house this and the impact it had on WWII.  Through a visit to RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre, the children will discover what it would have been like to live in wartime Warrington (Britain).

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Our enquiry question for this term is 'How Has Warrington Changed Over Time?'  In this topic, the children will take a look at the geography of Warrington – from the physical features to the manmade landmarks that are synonymous with Warrington. They will find out how the landscape has changed over time; how the city has grown and how the population has changed throughout the course of history.

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Key Messages



Remember to read for around 10 minutes a day, at least three times per week. Please leave a note in your child's planner so we know how they have got on.

Times Tables:

Children should try to use TTRockstars and NumBots regularly at home to help with their recall of times tables and basic skills. Login details for these websites can eb found at the front of your child's planner.


Spellings will be uploaded to Google classroom on a Friday. Children should practise these throughout the week ready for their spelling test on the following Friday.


Homework will be uploaded to Google classroom on a Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday at the latest. Homework will alternate between a maths or English task each week and will be linked to the unit of work children are covering in class.


Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child comes into school wearing their PE kits as they have done last year. Please remember to tie back long hair and wear no jewellery for safety reasons. 


Swimming sessions will take place on a Friday morning, starting from Friday 05th January. Children should come to school wearing their PE kits and bring with them a small bag containing a swimming costume, towel and/or goggles. Please remember to tie back long hair and wear no jewellery for safety reasons. If you are able to volunteer your time on a Friday morning to help us walk the children to the pool then we would be very grateful for your support. Please just speak to myself or a member of the LKS2 team for more information. 

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