Year 3

Beech Grove Primary School

Summer Term 2024

Head Teacher Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2024. Let’s hope this terrible wet weather from over the Easter holidays disappears soon and Mr sun comes out to play!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2024 is a good one for our whole school community.

As Head teacher of your school, I continue to be so proud of all of the children and the way they have started back since returning in September 2023. Their resilience, adaptability and hardworking attitudes to learning remain outstanding. It is such a pleasure to see the children care so much and take pride in all of their work and the school environment.
They are certainly living up to the schools “NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR QUALITIES” that we have of:

  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Kindness

Along with our 5 Golden Rules. The “Next Door Neighbour Qualities” is something that is really important to our school and encourages everyone to be a good citizen within our school and wider community. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour qualities’ on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day.

The children’s corridor manners and the way they conduct themselves around school is wonderful.
I also love it that so many children are eager and keen to show me their work in their books. This sense of family and belonging warms my heart also. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter with our children achieving good progress within their core subject areas of Reading, Writing and Maths, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely summer sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful summer flowers for us all to enjoy. Especially when it comes to our summer attendance reward ice-cream and ice lolly parties!!

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities and trips planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings/phone conversations, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

AS ALWAYS Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to unlocking the world!

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development. We can’t stress this enough. Thank you for your huge efforts last term in trying to really improve our punctuality. Keep up the great work. WELL DONE!

Don’t forget those children who have a 95% and above attendance in school for the term get an invite to their key stage’s attendance parties. This term its ice cream treats and ice lollies in the secret garden. Please help your child achieve this reward. Not forgetting also, the BIG attendance prize where we have bikes and scooters (all with helmets to go with them) to give away in our attendance prize draw. As well as the seasonal family hamper.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
Our writing, this term will be inspired by the author’s Satoshi Kitamura and Jon Scieszka. We will be reading The Thames and Tide Club by Katya Balen and the Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley. We will be writing a range of different genres such as news reports, poetry, non-chronological reports, explanations, and instructions.

Reading
In year 3, the children are encouraged to take control of their own reading choices. They will be choosing their own books from the book corner and will bring them home. Most children will bring home chapter books which they may keep at home for as long as they are reading them. In Y3, the children are expected to read at home 3 times each week.

Spelling
Each child has access to our online spelling scheme of work. Your child has been set spelling tasks, individualised to their own needs. Please allow your child to access spelling shed at least once a week.

Homework
Homework is set weekly and covers the learning done each week.   Homework for Year 3 provides pupils with a chance to revisit learning done that week.
Check Seesaw each week to access online learning. It will be refreshed each week.

Maths
This term we will be learning about, time, geometry, money and measure. We will also keep checking in on our understanding on place value and number fluency to ensure a secure understanding.

Times tables
In Year 4, every child takes a times table test. We aim to support them to know all the multiplication and related division facts to 12 x 12 by the end of Y4. In Y3 we begin to practice their times tables and regularly assess their progress in preparation for Y4.
Please allow your child to access TT Rockstars at least once a week.

Science
Our Science this term is Helping Plants Grow Well and Light. The children will be investigating what plants need to grow well, survive, and thrive. They will also get the opportunity to investigate light sources and find ways of protecting their eyes from the sun.

Geography
Our geography topic this term is Tremors. We will be learning all about how the Earth is built up of layers and learning all about how and why volcanoes and earthquakes occur.

History
In history we will be learning all about the Ancient Greek civilisation. Finding out about how they lived and how the way they live has influenced our lives today.

Topic
Flow
A geography focus, pupils will learn about rivers. The key features of a river, flooding, pollution and river safety. Our art focus will also concentrate on landscape paintings inspired by the river.
Tribal Tales
This is a history topic where the children will learn about life in Prehistoric Britain. They will get the opportunity to look at settlements, examine prehistoric artefacts and develop their artistic skills at cave drawings.

PE
Much of our PE takes place outside in the Summer Term and will involve team sports and Athletics. Please ensure that your child brings a suitable kit to school to wear.
Y3W   – Tuesday
Y3S    – Wednesday

Keeping Safe and Healthy (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
In PSHE, we will be looking at what it is like being part of a class team, and being a citizen. In the second half of term, we will be looking at how we can celebrate people’s differences, and what makes us all so special.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:     Monday 8th April 2024 – Monday 22nd July 2024
Half Term:            Monday 27th May 2024 – Friday 31st May 2024
May Day:              Monday 6th May 2024