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**Half Term Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020**

January 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all, we hope you had an enjoyable holiday. This letter will give you an insight into what your child will be studying this term. We are happy to answer any questions if you would like to pop in and see us.

Focused Topic Work

Extreme Earth

We will be introducing the three different types of rocks; sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. We will learn the difference between natural and man-made rocks. We will be designing our own scientific investigations exploring the permeability of rocks.

We will be finding out about the life and times of Mary Anning (The Fossil Lady) and discovering how fossils are formed.

We will be learning about the earth’s structure and its layers. We will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes and extreme weather such as tornadoes and tsunamis.




On Tuesday the children will take part in outside team games on a rotation basis. Please remember to provide your child with the appropriate kit. They will need to be prepared for the colder weather (track suit/ jumper) and are allowed trainers/ football boots.

Mrs Tong’s and Miss Wright’s class will be learning the Dance of the Earth by Stravinsky and The Planets by Holst. Miss Watson’s class will be starting swimming at Medway Park.


As you are aware each Friday the children in year 3 have a times tables test. So far these have been a single times table each week. In January this will change to a mixed times tables test each Friday meaning that all times tables 1-12 will be tested, a total of 25 questions will be asked. Please ensure your child continues to practice their times tables at home and makes use of the Times Tables Rocks game online (please ask if you require login details again). The results of these tests will then inform the 100 club.


The authors of the term will be Sam Gayton (Hercufleas) and Meredith Hooper (The Pebble in My Pocket). We will be learning how to create letters, reports, story writing and diary accounts. Please encourage your child to read every day and record this in their reading contact book. Good readers make for good writers, so please help us to get the children to develop a love of books.

Spelling tests will be held on Monday and Spellings Homework must be completed in the Red book by Monday.  Our Creative Curriculum homework Blue book will go home every Thursday.

Finally, if you have any worries, concerns or questions about your child and their learning please do not hesitate to come and speak to us.

Miss Watson, Miss Wright and Mrs Tong