Year 3

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 3
Spring Term 2022

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to Spring term 2022. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September with lots of Covid related bumps along the way!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2022 is a good one for our whole school community. Together we can get through anything!

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 from the Christmas break. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

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

Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which continues to maintain a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact, I was chuffed to bits!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). Goodness knows we all need cheering up from the awful times that this new Omicron variant is giving us at the moment.

Our teachers have lots of interesting activities 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.

Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to everything!

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. Especially as the children lost so much formal education time during their two lockdown periods. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)

Here’s to a really positive Spring term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

English
Our writing, this term will be inspired by the author’s Oliver Jeffers and Phillip Pullman. We will be reading The Fate of Fausto and The Firework Maker’s Daughter. We will be writing a range of different genres from diary entries, story writing and information leaflets.
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
Much of our homework is now set on our online platforms.  We encourage your child to visit Seesaw regularly.  This is our home learning platform where you and your child should be able to access all our homework and talk with their teachers regularly.
Please see attached letter for details of how to log access your child’s online learning platform.
Please see your class teacher if you cannot access it online.
Please check Seesaw each week to access homework.  It will be refreshed each Thursday.

Maths
This term we will be learning multiplication and division, money, statistics, Length and perimeter and fractions. We will also keep checking in on our understanding on place value and number 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 ‘Rocks, soils, and fossils’. The children will be investigating natural and manmade rocks and how they are formed. They will also find out about fossils, and how they were created.

Topic
Tremors
A geography focus, pupils will learn about natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. They will learn about the ring of fire and what volcanoes are made of. In history, the children will find out about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and its impact on the people of Pompei.
I am Warrior
This is a history topic where the children will learn about the culture of the Ancient Greeks. They will compare their society with our own and learn about how element from Ancient Greece has influenced the way we live today.

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
Spring Term:    Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Friday 8th April 2022
Half Term:        Monday 21st February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022