Welcome to Beech class!
Year 3/ 4 are taught in Beech class by Mrs. Madin (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and Miss. Orritt (Thursday, Friday) assisted by our fantastic team Mrs.Walker, Mrs Farr and Mrs Hulme.
Yay – the Summer Term! We love it… the chance to get out and about and do things… watch tadpoles turn into frogs… daffodils bloom… practise our swimming. Yes, we’re off to Oswestry School swimming pool for 10 weeks! By the end of that we should all be swimming as well as the tadpoles, if not better!
Please remember your kit every Monday, April 23rd – July 9th. It’s no fun swimming in your uniform …
Also we’re having the chance to do Bikeability. This will improve our cycling skills and help keep us safe on the road. It is a one off session on Wednesday 25th April, more details to follow.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’re starting our brand new topic… the Romans are coming! Please read all about it in the topic plan below:
Look out for information about our trip to Wroxeter Roman city Wednesday 27th June. You’re going to love it!
The Spring Term is going to be amazing – we’re off to the Land of Oz! Well… hopefully it will feel like that anyway! We will be finding out all about Australia, the country, culture, myths and animals. Simon Airey (the Animal Man) will even be in to show us some fantastic creatures and talk to us about how we can look after our precious earth. Take a look at our topic plan below:
Also we will be having Border gymnastics coaching for 10 weeks – can’t wait!
We have an exciting Autumn term planned in Beech class. Our topic this term is Sticks and Stones in which we will be travelling back in time to discover how life changed from the Stone age to the Iron Age. We will also be finding out about different types of rocks and soils and what exciting fossil discoveries there have been.
We will hopefully be bringing our topic to life with a trip to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms.
For more details of what we will be studying in all subject areas this term please see our curriculum plan.
Reading with your child:
Please can you hear your child read as often as possible. The children have a reading record for you to record the date and title of book and any comments you wish to make. Please continue to sign your child’s reading map challenge at the back of their reading diary.
Some children in Y3 may be reaching the end of our colour banded scheme to become ‘free readers.’ This means that they have demonstrated a good level of competence in both decoding and comprehension and are now able to choose from a wider selection of non-scheme books, which are often longer and more complex.
We have put together a suggested list of fiction books as a guide.
PE sessions will take place on Tuesdays with Mr. Hughes Coaching Team and Wednesdays with Mrs. Madin or Mrs Owen.
Your child needs to bring pumps or trainers as well as shorts/ tracksuit and t-shirt in order to participate. Please can all items be labelled and P.E kits be in school at the beginning of each week.
If your child wears earrings please can they be removed on these days or have tape to cover them up. If your child cannot take part in P.E please let us know.
Please bring a named drink bottle or cup so that your child can have water to drink throughout the day
Children can bring a healthy snack to eat at break time or 20p to spend at the tuck shop. It makes a huge difference to children’s performance levels between 11-12 p.m.
Children will be given homework each week to help practise what we have been doing together in class.
Spelling and handwriting
The children will continue to develop their phonic and spelling knowledge through regular sessions each week in class. Please help your child to learn any words, spot patterns and know their meanings. Spelling tests will take place every weekly.
A lot of work will continue to take place on improving handwriting which now needs to be joined.
If you have any resources e.g. books, DVDs, photos or personal experiences which would link to the topics and benefit the children, we’d love to hear from you. Also, you would be most welcome to come in and help, regularly or occasionally!