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Larch - Y3

Class Teacher:

Ms A Smith


Teaching Assistant:

Mrs J Shrivell

Welcome Message:


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



Our Topic: From Source to Sea.


This term we will explore the course of a river from source to sea and look at the importance of water for plant and human life. We will discover how the water cycle works and, in science, we will look at the requirements of plants for life and growth, moving on to explore water transport within plants.


Key questions:

What is the name of our nearest river and where does it go?

How is a river able to flow constantly?

Why do plants have flowers?

What are the roles of different parts of a plant?

How does the sea not overflow?

Why is there a water cycle?

Where do rivers begin and end?

When does a stream become a river?

What does a plant need for life and growth?

What is a vegetation belt?

(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:


Emily Valentine-Selsey and Connor Rabbits continue to represent year 3 brilliantly in the school council. 




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 Larch 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.