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Coppice Valley Primary School

Respect, Pride, Choice

Welcome to Sycamore Class

 Our topic for the whole Spring term is AFRICA: On Safari.

Start of the Day Please escort your child to the patio outside the classroom between 8.45 and 8.55, where they will be let in by a member of staff. If you arrive late, after 8.55, please go to the main entrance to sign your child in.

End of Day KS2 children finish at 3.30pm. Parents should wait outside the class door as usual. An adult will be about to make sure everyone is collected. If you want your child to leave the premises unaccompanied please put this in writing for us. If you are sending someone else to pick up your child, please call us in advance to let us know.

PE Days - Please make sure your child has full kit for the whole week. They need indoor and outdoor kit please – T-shirt, shorts, tracksuit and trainers are essential items.  Without the correct kit your child may not be able to participate. (See website for uniform & PE list).

Class Email Account

NB The class accounts should only be used for sending photos/homework etc. All communication regarding attendance, requests for appointments and general inquiries should go through

Swapping Books

Now your child is in KS2, it is their responsibility to change their own reading book. They can do this each morning, as soon as they come into the classroom. We don’t want the children to swap more than once a day as we want them to re-read books several times to increase their fluency and embed new vocabulary. Don’t worry if we send home the same book a few times. It is good to reread texts many times, to embed new words and deeply understand the content.

Playtime snacks and Lunchbox contents – All children need to bring a HEALTHY snack from home please. Don’t send chocolate and sweets in to school. At playtime kids need a healthy snack like fruit, veg, raisins or cheese for example.

Water Bottles – please send your child with a NAMED sports-style pull up lid bottle. Please do not send fruit flavoured water or juice in. Children are only allowed water.

HOMEWORK – Reading, Spellings and Maths Learn Its

Please use your Planner to learn spellings and record reading every week. Continue to learn your Maths Learns Its as you have done before. Please check planners for results of spelling tests.

This website, The School Run, explains the curriculum for Year 3 for parents. It will show you how we teach maths, English and science and how you can help at home. This information is FREE

Reading with your child is a crucial part of their homework. Please listen to your child every day and read to them every day as well. Discussing what your read together will make a massive difference over time to your child's education.


You could help at home with these topics:

  • multiplication (grid method) and division (short division method).
  • 3x 4x 8x tables (y3) and 6x 7x 9x tables (year 4)
  • Telling the time from an analogue clock (traditional clock with hands). Know how many days in a week, weeks in a year, months in a year, seconds in a minute, minutes in an hour, hours in a day.
  • Fractions – count in tenths and  hundredths. Add fractions with the same denominator, say which of 2 fractions is larger, order a set of fractions
  • Roman numerals
  • Geometry – recognise right angles, acute and obtuse angles
  • Shape – recognise 2D and 3D shapes by names and properties
  • Measurement – how many mm in cm, cm in m, m in km. (length) g in a kg (mass). ml in a l. (capacity)
  • Money – know all coins and notes. Add mix of coins and notes. Find change from £5 or £10.


This term we are all reading "The Butterfly Lion" and "Journey to Jo'burg",as well as non-fiction books on Africa. We will be learning how to answer comprehension questions from the text and writing descriptions. 




The Benin people of Africa


African geography


Electricity and Sound


Islam and Easter

Art & Design

Watercolour skills and studying famous artists

Design & Technology

Food technology

Music  (Active music)

Pitch and Pulse

MFL (French)   (Y3)

Alphabet    Numbers

Festivals & Easter


Programming and Research


Fielding and Striking



Healthy Lifestyles - Me and My relationships



We are teaching the children thinking and learning skills through a system called Empowering Learning”. Hopefully you will hear your child talking about how they learn this term. There are 6 areas we will cover over the year – Self-managers, Effective Participators, Resourceful thinkers, Reflective Learners, Independent Enquirers and Team Workers. We talk about all areas but this term we are focussing on Self-managers.

If you’d like to see your child’s work or have a chat with us about progress and ways to help your child at home, please just come and ask us after school, and we can arrange a good time for us all.


We are more than happy to arrange parent workshops on the curriculum and ways to help your child. Please ask us if there is something you would like us to do for you.

Information and advice for parents about the national curriculum including how we teach maths, grammar and punctuation at school.








Growth Mindsets: help your child try new things - CBeebies ...
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