Benjamin Hargreaves C.E Primary School Voluntary Aided

Every child, every day, to learn, to laugh, to love and pray.


Welcome to Sycamore


I hope that everyone had an exciting summer holiday. I would like to welcome you to our newly named class.  Each class now has the name of a tree and ours is Sycamore.




I would like to introduce myself and our team, I am Mrs Robinson and Mrs Whittaker and Mrs Smith are the lovely TA's who work in our class.

For those new to KS2 I will give you a bit of an overview of our day as this will be different to KS1. 

In the morning, the children are taught in year groups for English.  I teach the Year 3 children and Mrs Whittaker will teach the Year 4 children.  In Maths, the children are streamed into groups so some children in Sycamore will be taught by myself or taught by Mrs Whittaker. 

If there are any 'new to KS2' parents who would like to come and ask me any questions about KS2 please feel free to arrange a meeting or ask me at the end of the school day. 





Year 3 with Mrs Robinson


In English, we will be starting the year reading a book called 'Shifty McGifty and Slipper Sam' by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton.  This is an exciting story all about two cheeky robbers, who want to steal everything from their neighbours.


We will then be reading some classic poetry and performing it.  Our focus will be the classic poem 'The Spider and The Fly'.  We will be showing off our performance skills and learning some new vocabulary.

Our grammar focus for this half term will be:

-noun phrases


-powerful verbs


Our class novel for this term is an Enid Blyton classic.

Year 4 with Mrs Whittaker


This half term we will be focusing upon:


Reading the Fantasy story ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman and writing our own fantasy stories using a similar model. We will learn to draw inferences about characters and justify with evidence from the text. We will analyse and evaluate use of noun phrases, fronted adverbials and inverted commas and learn to use these in our own writing. We will also be reading persuasive adverts and leaflets. We will evaluate language, structure and presentation before writing our own persuasive advert.



We will focus on different spellings each week. Each Friday they will bring spellings home.

Please encourage your child to learn and practice these.

Every Friday there will be a spelling test in class.




Mrs Robinson’s Group

This half term we will be focusing on place value and our number skills. We will be looking at the value of some 3 and even 4 digit numbers.  Then we will develop our knowledge of addition and subtraction including adding and subtracting multiples of 10 and 100. 


Every Friday there will be a times table test. This will focus on the 2, 5, 3, 4 and 6 times tables this half term so make sure you are practicing them.  


I would encourage the children to practice their times tables on ‘Times Table Rock stars’. If you have any questions about how this works please ask.


Mrs Whittaker's Group


Each week we will focus on a multiplication table in mental/oral starters.

Please also encourage your child to learn at home.

Every Friday there will be a tables test in class.


This half term we will be focusing upon:

Fractions – Counting in fraction steps, finding fractions of amounts, recognising equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions. Decimals – Recognising decimal equivalents of fractions, solving problems involving two-decimal places. Multiplication – Recalling multiplication facts up to 12 x 12 and the related division facts. We will also learn to multiply two-digit and three digit by one-digit numbers using formal written layout. Division – Understanding division as grouping and sharing. We will also learn to use formal written methods to solve problems. Measurement Volume/Capacity – measuring, comparing, adding and subtracting volumes and capacities.


The main focus this half term will be History.  We will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and what it would be like to live in Anglo-Saxon Britain.


In Science we will learning all about our Skeleton. We have already started to create our own paper skeletons, which we will be labeling with the names of our bones.




- Make sure your child has their reading book every day and they read regularly at home.  Reading books need to be signed by an adult so that we know the children have been reading at home.

-Practice your times tables on 'Times Table Rockstars'

- Indoor PE this half term will be on a Monday. 

-Outdoor PE will be on a Friday.

-Please have indoor and outdoor PE kits in school all half term.


Meet our class

Look who got caught reading! In our class we love reading so every time we are caught reading we get our name in a jar. At the end of the week, we randomly pick our star reader.

Have a look at the pictures from our school trip to Gazegill Farm and Bolton Abbey

Here we are enjoying our homemade ice cream

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