‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Beech Class 2021 - 2022



Class teacher - Mrs M Savage


Learning Support Assistants - Mrs J Metcalf and Mrs A Smith


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This term, we are explorers … adventuring into The Wilderness - South America

Hello and welcome to Beech class!  Wow, we are in the last term of year 3 already! 

We are explorers...adventuring into... The Wilderness - South America. This term, our topic is all about studying South America. We will be looking at the geography of South America including physical and human features of the continent and comparing it to the UK and Italy. We will be learning about the Amazon rainforest and the pros and cons of deforestation. This will drive our 'One Unselfish Act' and link to art this term where our focus is on the artist Henri Rousseau and his rainforest paintings. In geography we will also be looking at how volcanoes and earthquakes occur. 

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Our first focus text in English will help us delve deeper into the contrasting environments of a city and a rainforest as well as taking us back in time to the Victorian era. We will be writing setting descriptions, stories and non-chronological reports on the rainsforest and it's inhabitants. Our second focus text will highlight the devestating impact of deforestation and encourage the children to debate and persuade. 

In maths, our focus will be on fractions and measures; using the children's understanding of multiplication and how this can unlock other areas of maths as well as revisiting number and place value.  

This term, our science focus links in perfectly with our main topic; Animals including humans and Plants.

Music will play a big part in our term as we will be learning the recorder, finding out more about folk music alongside our Maypole dancing and performing as part of a Samba band!  

We are very excited to be going on our residential this term too! Please keep a look out for the date of the residential meeting for parents. It's going to be a fantastic experience for the children and staff!

Reading continues plays a fundamental part in all areas of the curriculum. We have really filled up our reading display with the many, high quality texts we have immersed ourselves in. In class we have access to a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books which we are able to use not only within our Guided Reading sessions, but also when appropriate in our curriculum lessons to support our learning. Each term we have a spotlight author who has been chosen for their high-quality texts. Over the course of the term we will have to opportunity to listen to, read and learn more about these fantastic authors. This term our spotlight author is the fantastic Gill Lewis. Having this literacy-rich enviroment will encourage a positive culture of reading within our class and promote the children's enjoyment of reading. 

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PE will be on Monday afternoon and Thursday morning.  Please can children come into school on Mondays and Thursdays already dressed in their PE kits. 

Homework will be set from Friday 29th April and each Friday after that. Homework is due in the following Wednesday. Homework can be found on the VLE. 

Please ensure your child reads at home at least 4 times per week.  In Year 3, we expect the children to be reading aloud to someone at home and for this to be recorded in their Home – School contact books.  

TT Rockstars and the children's individual spellings should be practised regularly and either handed in, if written, or a note left in the home-school diary to say they have practised.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 


Mrs Savage 




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