Year 3

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 3
Summer Term 2022

Head Teacher Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2022. The time has raced by since the children started the new calendar year in January with lots of Covid related absences along the way for both staff and children! The spring term was certainly a challenging period indeed for the school in that respect. However, in true Beech Grove fashion we all stuck together as one big family and got through these trying months. As we’ve always said. Together we can get through anything!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2022 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 2021. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter 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 continue to be amazing which maintains a lovely atmosphere around school. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour’ qualities of respect, tolerance and kindness on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day. What kind and caring children we have in school. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

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 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 covid. (96% and above is GOOD attendance).
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.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

Our writing, this term will be inspired by the author’s Satoshi Kitamura and Jon Scieszka. We will be reading The City of Secret Rivers by Jacob Seiger Weinstien 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.
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.
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.

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.

Check Seesaw each week to access homework. It will be refreshed each Thursday.

This term we will be learning fractions, time, geometry, and measure. 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.

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.

A geography focus, pupils will learn about rivers. The key features of a river, the uses of a river, habitat and looking after our waterways. 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.

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 25th April 2022 – Monday 25th July 2022
Half Term:                     Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June 2022
May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2022