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Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

Welcome to

Bickershaw Church of England Primary School

‘Valuing the past, inspiring the present and ambitious for the future.’

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’ Hebrews 13:8
(Father, Son and Holy Spirit – The Trinity)

Year 3/4

Welcome to Year 3/4's page!

2020 - 2021


Take a look at the video below to see some of the wonderful work we have been doing during Summer 1.



Cultural Week

During 'Cultural Week' we have been learning about Polynesia. We were fascinated by the islands, traditions and different ways of life. It inspired many of us to want to visit a Polynesian Island one day, to experience the culture for ourselves. 

Watch the video below to see what we have learnt:

Mental Health Week 

Science Week

During Science Week, we learnt about materials. We explored different types of materials, identified these around our school and explored why these materials are suitable for their uses. 


World Book Day

On World Book Day, we learnt about Roald Dahl! We explored Roald Dahl's life and found out about how he became a world famous writer. 


We also learnt how to draw just like illustrator and author Quentin Blake.

Below you can find links to the Knowledge Organisers for our topics this term.

Geography          Science          History          Computing          Design & Technology          Art


Autumn 2 Celebration Assembly

What another fantastic half term! The children have learnt about Village Settlements in Geography, Light in Science and how God is with us in R.E. Take a look at the video below to see some of the other wonderful work we have been doing. 

Below you can find links to the Knowledge Organisers for our topics this term.


History            Geography             Art & Design           Computing           Design & Technology        Science - Aut 1          Science - Aut 2


Swimming - Monday (Currently cancelled until further notice) 

Homework and Spellings - Set via SeeSaw each Wednesday 

P.E - Thursday 


Links to useful web pages are available at

This is a video of the highlights of our year, so far. The children have settled wonderfully into Year 3/4, have worked incredibly hard and produced some fantastic pieces of work already.



 In R.E, we have been learning about prayer. We have learnt about why Christians pray and how people of other faiths pray. We spent time exploring different prayer and reflection activities. 


Rocks and Soils

We are geologists! In Science, we have been exploring different types of rocks and how they are formed. We have enjoyed classifying, sorting and grouping rocks and investigating their properties. 

Art and Design

In Art and Design, we have been using a range of media and collaging techniques to create self-portraits. We have learnt about famous artists, such as Frida Kahlo, and taken inspiration from nature. 

2019 - 2020



In Art, we have been learning about nature inspired art. Firstly we identified patterns in nature and then learnt about British artists and designers who have taken inspiration from nature, such as Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely and William Morris.

We have been inspired by nature ourselves by designing, making stamps of leaves, bugs, flowers, shells and fruit which we used to print 2 coloured overlay patterns. 

NSPCC Number Day

On Friday 7th February, we took part in the NSPCC Number Day. We came dressed in number themed clothing and took part in number activities all day!


We began by solving different number problems and puzzles before taking part in a class Number quiz. 

In the afternoon, we completed a 'calculation circuit'. We had to solve the calculation at each station to work out how many of each exercise needed to be done. 


In Year 3/4, we were really excited to take part in an archery session led by the Wigan Outdoor Adventure Team. 

Throughout the session, our aim got better and better and some children hit the bulls-eye more than once! 


In Year 3/4, we have been learning about how transport has changed over time.

We have been particularly finding out about how locomotives have developed and how they were used in Britain. 

During the 1800's, steam engines were developed. This meant that machines could be powered by steam. Steam engine locomotives were invented and transport was never the same! 

We have been fascinated to learn that the North West played a huge part in railway advancements, including the Rainhill Trials and Britain’s first major passenger rail, the Liverpool to Manchester Line.

After learning about the The Rainhill Trails and wrote newspaper reports about what it would have been like to witness Stevenson's victory. 

Through research, completing homework and from talking to our older relatives, we have discovered that railways were key to Bickershaw’s past. Historically, trains were used to transport coal from the mines and there was even a passenger train station here in Bickershaw. We enjoyed comparing maps of today to maps of Bickershaw in the 1800's. 


Our Finished Pencil Cases

Stonehenge Artwork

Using what we have already learnt about water colours, we created backgrounds for our artwork. We explored tints and shades of colours and mixed them with white and black. We painted a light centre and gradually mixed in paint to build up the colour. 


Then, we enjoyed exploring collaging techniques. We used ripping, tearing, crumpling and overlapping to create the Stonehenge foreground of our art. 

Designing and Making Pencil Cases

We began by exploring and evaluating existing pencil cases to learn about the useful features, materials and designs. 


Then, we practiced different stitches, including cross stitch. 

Harvest - Sukkot 

We have been learning about the Jewish Festival of Sukkot in R.E. This is when Jewish people like to thank God for looking after them.  Sukkot is celebrated in the Autumn and is similar to the Christian festival of Harvest.  It is a time to remember the time the Jewish people spent in the wilderness, led by Moses, when they escaped from Egypt.

We learnt that some Jewish people build a sukkah during Sukkot.  A sukkah is a special hut with a wooden frame. The roof is made from branches and leaves because the stars can still be seen through them. They can be nicely decorated with candles and fruit. People like to hang fruits from the roof and hang pictures and decorations on the walls. During the Sukkot celebrations Jews like to spend as much time as they can in their sukkah. 

We used what we had learnt about Sukkot to design and build a model sukkah. Some of us chose to use craft materials, some chose Lego and others chose both! They turned out brilliantly and we were able to see the features of a sukkah in them all. 

Rocks and Soils

We have been investigating the properties of different rocks. We wanted to find out which type of rock would make the best roof.

We did this by carrying out a permeability test to see which ones let water pass through. These rocks would not make a very good roof! 

Instruction Texts 

In English, we are learning to write instructions. We have been finding out about the features of a good instruction text. 


We followed instructions to make our own woolly mammoth models. 

Rocks and Soils 

In Science, we are learning about rocks and soils. We have been investigating types of rocks and sorting them based on their properties and appearance. 

2018 -2019 

Summer 2

Still life and Observational Art

In Year 3/4, we have been learning about still life and observational art. 

We learnt about Paul Cezanne and recreated some of his famous artwork using oil pastels. We have also explored different media for sketching,  including; charcoal, graphite and different pencil gradients. 

Using watercolours, we carefully painted up-close pictures of flowers and plants. 

We applied our knowledge of shade to mix the colours together. 

Whole School Coding Day 

We used Scratch to program our own adventure games! 

Summer 1

Outdoor Classroom Day

This half term, we have enjoyed 'Outdoor Classroom Day'. 

We got to spend some time on our school's wonderful new train-themed outdoor classroom. 

We also explored photography angles and skills, which we then used to take photos around our school grounds. 

Whole School Art and Design Week - Graphic Art!

During Art Week, we have been learning about Graphic Art. We looked at some examples of graphic art and realised that lots of them are collages of words and pictures. We found out that words on pieces of art are called ‘typography’. 

We planned the themes for our graphic artwork, choosing colours, images and fonts. To make our plans even better, we carried out research amongst other children. 

Next, we used an online computer program to create the background and selected clipart to print out. 

Finally, we layered our images and words to create the foreground using collage techiqnues. We are very proud of our work! 


Spring 2 


We have been learning all about South America and its rainforests. We completed homework projects, choosing how to present our information. They turned out incredible and look wonderful on our display! 

We have been exploring how rainforests are changing due to deforestation, the reasons for cutting down rainforests and the effects it is having. 

Chocolate- From bean to bar!

After learning about the history of chocolate through our Aztec topic, we have learnt about the history of chocolate. Then, we learnt about how rainforests have the perfect conditions to grow cocoa beans. 


We find out about the surprisingly long process of making chocolate from bean to bar.


We enjoyed tasting and evaluating the different types of chocolate and ingredients which can be added. 

Finally, we designed, created and evaluated a chocolate for someone special. 

Spring 1

Printing Patterns

In Art, we have been exploring printing and patterns. We began by identifying patterns around us such as those on clothing and in nature. We used marbling to create patterns for our display.

We learnt about the famous artist, William Morris who was known for his nature-inspired pattern artwork. We recreated his work using sketching techniques. We also discovered how patterns can be made through rotation and reflection using stencils.

Then we created an impressed stamp using string and cardboard. We used these to explore printing into our sketchbooks, applying what we had learnt about patterns. Using polystyrene, we created our own relief stamps, by carving into the material. We used both our stamps to print a two coloured overlay pattern. We really enjoyed this and were all very proud of our work!

Autumn 2

Rocks and Soils

After learning all about rocks and soil, we were very excited to become paleontologists and discover our our fossils! Then, we found out about how fossils are formed. 


This half term, we have really enjoyed learning how to Fence! We have learnt how to use the equipment safely and effectively to score points and win matches. 


Understanding the rules has been very important, as we have even been refereeing our own matches! 

Autumn 1

Prehistoric Stuffed Toys

Linked to our History topic, we read the story ‘Cave Baby’. We decided that Cave Baby may not have gotten into so much trouble if he’d had toys to play with.

In Design and Technology, we each evaluated, designed and made a stuffed toy. Then we have used felt, embellishments and different types of stitching to add detail. 


We hope our stuffed toys will keep Cave Baby entertained and out of mischief!

Summer 2

This half term we have also really enjoyed Mountain Monkeys. The climbing wall and toasting marshmallows were our favourite parts. It was hard to complete some of the team building challenges but we learnt that we have to talk to each other and work together.

We have also learnt about Paul Cezanne during our French afternoon. Paul Cezanne was a French artist who was famous for his still life paintings. After imitating his most famous pieces of artwork, we had a go at doing our own.


 Each table had an arrangement in the middle, including fruit, cups and plates on a cloth. Then each child sketched exactly what they could see from their seat, remembering proportion, shading and shadow.

Summer 1 

On Thursday 3rd May, Year 3/4 visited Tatton Dale Farm at Tatton Park.

The children had a fantastic day experiencing life as a WWII evacuee on the farm. We were met by one of the Women’s Land Army workers who took us to Aunt Mary’s cottage. The children cooked toast on an old range (remembering not to use all of their rations!), played 1940’s games, fed the hens and learnt how to milk a cow.

We even experienced an air raid. After hearing incoming planes, we sounded the siren and made our way to a shelter. Inside the shelter, we sang war times songs.

Children from the North West were evacuated to the farm during World War II. The children enjoyed seeing the cottage just like it used to be in the 1940’s.

Spring 2

We were very excited to be invited to plant trees at Bickershaw Country Park.

The City of Trees team met us at the site and explained how to use the tools safely and how to plant the young trees correctly to give them the best chance of growing. 


We were told that all our hard work would have a positive, lasting effect on the environment for over the next 100 years! 


Spring 1

In Design and Technology, we will be designing and creating our own pencil cases. Before designing our own, we have evaluated lots of different types of pencil cases. We talked about which materials they were made of, who the target audience was and decided what we liked and didn't like about each one.

This half term we will be learning all about what life was like for the Ancient Greeks, including what they ate, wore and did for fun! 

Autumn Term 2 

Our class were very excited to find an egg in our classroom. We then received a letter from Professor Quinn, the only Dragonologist in the UK. He told us we had found a DRAGON EGG!


We wrote our own non-chronological reports about which type of dragon we thought would hatch from the egg.


We gathered all of our reports and created a ‘Guide to Dragons’ book. 

Over the past term, Year 3/4 have been completing the Archbishop of York's Young Leaders Award. Each week we have completed tasks which helped us recognise what it takes to be a good leader.

We have raised money for a range of charities and for our school fund. 


For our community project, we invited Elderly people from the community to visit our school and have Christmas Lunch. Our class sang them Christmas carols and hymns. We then gave each of them gifts we had wrapped and cards we had made ourselves. 

Autumn Term 1 

Our topic for this half term is The Stone Age. We will be learning all about the first people who arrived in Britain and what life was like during prehistoric times.