Marcham Primary School | Morland Road | Marcham | Abingdon | OX13 6PY
01865 391448

Welcome to Kangaroos

Welcome back to school and to Kangaroo Class


Class teachers

Mrs Katherine Johnson (Monday and Tuesday)

Mrs Julia Davis (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)


Teaching Assistant

Miss Amy Metcalf


We hope you all have had a lovely, holiday and enjoyed time with your family and friends.

The ‘Mountains High and Rivers Deep’ topic continues to flow well and this term the children will be further extending their knowledge throughout the next stage of this unit. They will learn about the different types of mountains; where the different mountain ranges are found throughout the world; where the major rivers are throughout the continents of the world and how these have been developed overtime through human interaction, erosion, transportation and deposition. In literacy, we will be continuing to develop developing story writing skills, writing instructions and explanations, and studying poetry alongside the necessary elements of grammar, spelling and handwriting. In maths we will be introducing a unit on fractions and decimals alongside continuing work on multiplication and division. We will also start work on other areas of maths such as shape and area and perimeter. Within these topics we will also be developing the children’s problem solving and reasoning skills. In Science this term and linking nicely to the current topic of Rivers and Mountains, the children will complete a short unit on the Water Cycle. They will then move onto learning about Humans and Other Animals where they will study the human body and the similarities and differences between species in the animal world. This will include learning about the digestive tract, teeth and oral hygiene and food chains.. P.E will usually be on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, both inside and outside. Please make sure P.E kit, including trainers, is in school every day as we do have extra sessions. If your child is unable to participate in P.E lessons, please send in a note.

Homework will be set every Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. Homework will be set in maths, literacy or topic and will be an extension of the work in class. It will be in the form of worksheets, games or a project. Twice a term, (6 times a year) homework will in the form of a ‘Learning Log’ where children will be given an area to research, usually linked to work in class and they can present it in any way they wish over a double A4 spread. Children should spend between 20 to 30 minutes on their homework. Homework will always be explained in class.

Please let us know if your child has no access to a laptop, or if you are experiencing problems with the internet and we will make alternative provision for you if the homework requires internet access. Spellings will be given out on Wednesday and the children will complete a dictation activity a week later. Reading is an important part of your child’s learning. Each child needs to read at home to an adult at least 4 times a week for about 15-20 mins. Please sign the reading record book each time your child has read as well as encouraging your child to record their own reading.

Instant recall of times tables becomes more important as your child moves though the school. We aim, at the end of Year 4, for children to know all tables up to 12×12. So throughout year 3 and year 4, children will be given specific tables to work on and will be checked in class. Please support your child by revising their multiplication tables at home.

We are also looking forward to our visit to Youlbury in May where the children will have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting and challenging outdoor activities.

Year 3 children have the opportunity to learn a stringed instrument, violin, ‘cello or double bass. The lessons are on Wednesday morning and this year will be taught by Mr Mark Levy from the County Music Service. These lessons are paid for by the school and the children will be playing on school instruments. If your child has a preference for which instrument they learn, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.

If you have more specific questions please do not hesitate to catch us after school, email or telephone the school office and we will endeavour to see you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to working alongside both you and your child. Thank you for all of your support.

Katherine Johnson Julia Davis