Tadley Community Primary School

Tadley Community Primary School

Year 3/4

Welcome to Year 3 & 4


Swordfish Class - Mrs Taplin


Manta Ray Class - Miss Culver


Sea Otter Class - Miss Rieland


Turtle Class - Miss Baptist & Mrs Ullman


Please follow this link to find our homework:


If you would like any help with your homework, please remember to ask your teacher smiley

Monday 11th November - Maths


In our maths lesson today we explored perimeter. We were provided with a variety of 2D shapes made out of masking tape and then we used a ruler to measure and then calculate the perimeter.


Perimeter is the distance around the edge of a shape.




Monday 4th November - Maths


In our maths lesson today we created our own colourful metre sticks. First, we had to estimate how long we thought a metre was and then use a 30cm ruler to create our own one.

We then went into the hall and compared our metres to see who was the closest to 1m.

We talked about why it is important to be accurate then adjusted our metre sticks so that they accurately showed 100cm.


Thursday 17th October - Science!
Following our experiment on how water changes, this week we have investigated the water cycle. We talked about how water evaporates and forms clouds. We also discussed how and why it rains, snows, hails and sleets. We drew pictures of what we had learnt and used scientific vocabulary. In year 3/4 we are becoming great scientists! 
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Maths - Bar model and number lines
In Maths this week, year 3/4 have been working really hard on showing addition and subtraction in different ways. We have worked on using structured number lines, unstructured number lines and the bar model. This has helped us picture one problem in lots of different ways. 
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Thursday 10th October - Science!
In Science we have been looking at solids, liquids and gases. We have been talking about how the particles are different in each of these and acting this out. We also conducted 2 different experiments! We looked at how raisins and plums act when they are put in lemonade and we looked at how water changes its state. Maybe you could ask your child what happened ... 
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Monday 30th September - Dragonology
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In English we have been working really hard on expanding our vocabulary. We have used our vocabulary to describe different dragons and new breeds of dragons. 

Wednesday 25th September - Learning behaviours


This week we have been focussing on our six school learning behaviours. These help us to achieve our best and become life long learners.


  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Reflection
  • Resilience
  • Teamwork
  • Independence


We have discussed what these words mean to us and how we demonstrate these at school and also at home. 

Tuesday 24th September - Maths (addition)


In our maths lesson today we used place value counters (concrete resources) to help us with our addition.

Year 3 solved given addition problems using 2 and 3 digit numbers whilst Year 4 created their own number sentences using 3 and 4 digit numbers.



Monday 23rd September - Suspicious activity spotted!


Something mysterious is going on at Tadley Primary School! When we went outside this morning, we discovered some unusual tracks leading from the playground into the trees...





scorch marks on the ground

- scratches on the fence

- the wood chips had all been scattered over the playground

- there were broken sticks

- deep grooves that looked like something had been dragged through the bushes

- large scratches on the tree trunks

- a burning smell in the air

- black marks on the posts

- a suspiciously big footprint


Friday 20th September - Maths


Year 3: In our maths lesson today, Year 3 explored number using dienes.  The children built their names and then calculated how many dienes they had used in total.

For example: I have used x tens and x ones. The value of my name is x




Year 4: In our maths lesson today, Year 4 were detectives using their reasoning skills. They followed clues to eliminate numbers and solve the problem.


A week in the life of Year 3 & 4 ... 16th-20th September


This week has flown by so quickly! We have been sketching eyes in our Art lesson, pretending to be scary dragons in Guided Reading, rounding numbers in Maths and using different sentence structures in our English.


Reminder: Spelling tests have been sent home with homework today. The words that are highlighted are the words that the children can spell. Please practise the words that are not highlighted.


Staying safe online...


As part of our Computing & PSHE lessons we have been learning how to stay safe when using technology. We first thought about all the different ways we can use the Internet and different devices we can use to access information and communicate.


We thought about the following questions and then created mind maps for positive and negative effects of the Internet.


Q – What devices do you have that can access the internet?

Q – What games do you play that can go online?

Q - Do you have a social media account? Can you talk to people online?

Q – What are the age restrictions on social media platforms? (for example Facebook, Instagram etc.)





We also watched the following video:

Wednesday 18th September - Maths


We have been practising rounding 2 and 3 digit numbers to the nearest ten.


Eg. 34 rounds down to 30

      187 rounds up to 190




Times tables...


Every day in Year 3 and Year 4 we are practising our times tables. Today we used the counting stick to chant the multiples of 3 and 4 out loud.



This is something that you can practise at home too!


For example: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30

Monday 16th September - Guided Reading


In our Guided Reading lessons we are exploring the book "LOOK OUT, It's a Dragon!" by Jonny Lambert. We have been writing predictions about the story, clarifying what different words mean and using our inference skills to determine how Saffi the dragon feels when all the other animals run away from her.




We have acted out and drawn images to represent the following words from the story:

squeaked | swooped | lumbering | plodded | drooped | loomed | scorched | singe


A week in the life of Year 3 & 4... 9th-13th September


What a lovely week we have had! We have been busy learning about place value and numbers in our maths lessons. We have also been practising our times tables every day.


Year 3 have been:

Counting from 0 in multiples of 4

Finding 10 or 100 more or less than a given number (2 and 3 digit)

Recognising the place value in a 3 digit number

Practising the 3 and 4 times table


Year 4 have been:

Counting in multiples of 25 and 1000

Finding 10 and 100 more or less than a given number (3 and 4 digit)

Recognising the place value in a 4 digit number

Practising different times tables


In our English lessons we have been focussing on non-negotiables for writing. These include using full stops and capital letters consistently. Today we practised writing compound sentences using and, but or so. We also had our first Friday P.E lesson outside where we had the opportunity to play team games with our new class mates. The children have received their first piece of homework today which their teacher has explained to them.


Reminder: P.E is on a Tuesday and Friday.


Thank you to all parents who attended our Meet the Teacher presentation last night. Our Year 3/4 newsletter can be found at the bottom of this page. It has also been sent home as a paper copy today (Friday 13th)


Friday 13th September - Roald Dahl Day


Today is a day we celebrate Roald Dahl and his wonderful books (13th September was his birthday).


  • Can you tell someone at home all about your favourite Roald Dahl book?
  • Who is your favourite character? Why?
  • Perhaps you could draw a picture of your favourite Roald Dahl book or character to share with your class?



Popular Roald Dahl books include: 

James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and The BFG



Thursday 12th September - Maths


In our maths lesson today Year 4 were given five minutes to complete as much of  the times table grid as they could. We talked about different ways to fill it in and decided to try all of the times tables that we were sure of first.

Well done Year 4, we are sure you will get quicker each week! This is something that you could practise at home too!


Welcome to Year 3 & Year 4


This year we have four Year 3/4 classes...


Swordfish Class - Mrs Taplin


Manta Ray Class - Miss Culver


Sea Otter Class - Miss Rieland


Turtle Class - Miss Baptist & Mrs Ullman


There are also some other adults in our team who help across the year group...


Mrs Carr, Mrs Wescombe, Mrs Rawlings, Miss Kelly, Mrs Pugh, Mrs Hughes & Mrs Batson.

Dates for your diary...


Thursday 12th September                       Meet the Teacher presentation in the school hall.


Monday 14th October 1:40pm                   Harvest Festival at St. Paul’s Church

Wednesday 23rd October 3.30-6pm         Parents Evening

Thursday 24th October 4-7pm                 Parents Evening

Monday 28th - Fri 1st November                Half Term

Wednesday 13th November 2:15pm           Mrs Taplin & Miss Rieland Sharing Assembly

Thursday 14th November 2:15pm              Miss Culver & Miss Baptist/Mrs Ullman Sharing Assembly

Monday 25th November                             INSET day