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Whitelands Park Primary School Better never stops

Larch - Y3

Class Teacher:

Miss A Smith


Teaching Assistants:

Mrs Harle

Mrs Owens

Welcome Message:


Welcome to the Larch Class page! We hope you had an exciting Christmas holiday and are ready for a new term of learning! 



Our Topic: Shake, Rock and Roll


Our topic this term is Shake, Rock and Roll.

In this unit, we will become a team of geologists, palaeontologists and seismologists finding out about rocks and fossils in a variety of forms.

We will investigate the structure of Earth, how volcanoes are formed and what causes earthquakes. We will look at rocks in their local environment and explore changes over time. 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.


(Please see the curriculum map below for more detail)

PE Sessions:


For all our PE sessions children will need to bring their full PE kit - blue/black shorts, white T-shirt and trainers (including tracksuits for colder days). Children with ear-rings will have to remove them or cover them with tape - to be provided by home. 


PE Session 1: Tuesday

PE Session 2: Thursday




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 to go on one of the Doodle apps and Times Tables Rock Stars too. These are great opportunities to challenge your Maths and English 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.

Year 3 Home Learning Pack