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Whitelands Park Primary School Better never stops

Maple - Y3

Class Teacher:

Mr J Blaber


Teaching Assistant:

Mrs H Dodds


Welcome Message:


Welcome to the Maple Class page! We hope you had a fun, relaxing half term break and are ready for another exciting term of learning! 



Our Topic: Shake, Rock and Roll


This term's topic will be 'Shake, Rock and Roll!' 

In this topic, we will become a team of geologists, palaeontologists, seismologists and jewellery experts finding out about rocks and fossils in a variety of forms. We will investigate rocks in the local environment and explore changes over time, as well as investigating rocks by searching for crystals and fossils within. We will make links between rocks and volcanoes and later, rocks and soils based on our own questioning and research. We will find out about how living things can be ‘turned to stone’ as fossils and will make our own fossil cast. We will consider fact and fiction, when investigating stories about the world’s most famous and infamous diamonds. An inquiry will help us find out about gems, precious stones, fossils, crystals and minerals.


Key questions:

What is a rock?

How is a fossil formed?

What happens to rocks over a period of time?

How do living things turn to stone?

Where are fossils found?
How is soil formed?

What is the difference between a rock and a precious stone?

(Please see the curriculum map below for more detail)

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PE Sessions:


As of the week commencing the 25th February, PE sessions will take place on a Monday and a Tuesday. Children will need to bring their full PE kit, including appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. 


PE Session 1: Monday

PE Session 2: Tuesday


School Council Reps:


Coming soon...



English and Maths homework is set on a Thursday and is due back in on the following Tuesday.


New spellings are set on a Friday and should to be practiced at home each night in preparation for a spellings test the following Friday.


Don't forget Doodle Maths and Times Tables Rock Stars too. These are great opportunities to challenge your maths skills at home!

Daily Reading

In Maple class we are very excited about improving our reading and comprehension by reading every day both at home and at school.

Some of year 3 have started using a new program in school to help improve their reading comprehension. This program is called Accelerated Reader.Accelerated Reader helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Students can choose a book that is perfect for their current reading level and then read it at their own pace. When finished, they take a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that they have understood what they read.


There's more information below.