Pendennis Road, Downend, South Gloucestershire, BS16 5JJ

01454 866516

Christ Church CofE Junior School

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Lower Band

Welcome to the Lower Band! 

Please follow these links for the latest news:

Lower Band Letters

Year 3 Parents Meeting

Please follow the links below for more information about your child's class.

Starling Class (Year 3 - Mrs Groves)

Swallow Class (Year 3 - Mrs Knott)

Woodpecker Class (Year 3/4 - Mr Desmond)

Wagtail Class (Year 4 - Miss Harris)

Robin Class (Year 4 - Mrs Elliott)

Home Learning

Our termly home-learning projects can be seen below - this term we will be holding a poetry competition so every child needs to find a poem they love or write their own and then practise reading it with expression. Children should also choose two other tasks from the menu.

Maths tasks will be set by your child's class teacher and will be sent home every Thursday. Maths homework should be returned each Tuesday.

Please find this term's spellings below. Please note there are separate lists for year 3 and year 4.

Y3 Spellings term 4.pdfDownload
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Our topic this term...

Do plants have skeletons?

This term we have a Science focus and the Lower Band will be comparing plants and animals and learning about how they both need each other to survive! We will look at how animals, including humans, stay healthy and what types and amount of nutrition they need. We will be finding out about how skeletons and muscles give mammals support, protection and movement as well as identifying and describing the functions of different parts of plants and exploring what they need to grow, flourish and reproduce. As part of our topic, we will also be designing a healthy and delicious food product and some sturdy packaging to put it in!


This term we will be learning about how to create great characters and settings in our writing. As part of this, we will be looking at how to use alliteration, similes and hyperbole to create interesting and varied descriptions. Texts we will be reading include Varjak’s Paw by SF Said and The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. Later in the term, we will also be writing, learning and performing our own pieces of poetry.


This term we will be continuing our focus on fractions and year 4 will also be covering decimal numbers. Later in the term, we will be learning all about money and solving real-life problems using all four calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Please check your child’s class page for more information about what is being covered week-by-week and the homework which has been set.

Religious Education

Our focus this term will be on answering the question ‘Why do some people think life is a journey?’ We will also be exploring the meaning of Lent in preparation for Easter.

Personal, Social and Health Education

Our value this term is hope, which we will be exploring in assemblies and class services. We will also be looking at how to keep healthy, linking with our work in Science.


We are now moving on to learning days of the week, the names of countries and numbers between 11 and 20. We will also be practising describing what we like and dislike. Ask your child what they have learned each week!


In computing, we will be learning about how to use databases. We will learn about how to create questions to find information, which can be recorded, presented and analysed in drawings, pictograms, bar charts and tables.


Indoor PE this term will be dance, where we will be learning how to develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance. We will also be covering netball as part of our outdoor games. Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school every day.

Don't forget to check out our class pages for more information about what happening in your child's class.

What's on this term...


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