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Birch (Y3)

Birch Class - Weekly Bulletin - Term 1


Week 1: The children in Birch Class have been wonderful during the first two days of term. They have settled straight back after the long holiday with smiles on their faces. We have explored a text called 'Window' By Jeannie Baker which has no words. The children worked well with others to really focus on the images and talk about what they could see. We created our own window to look into using paper and our own illustrations and wrote about what we could see using some great adjectives to describe. 


Week 2: What an exciting week it has been. We received a letter from Professor Grimstone at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford asking for our help. It turns out that his missing Mummy was located by the children in the grounds of Carterton Primary School! The excitement has bubbled through the corridors, especially when the children were visited by none other than the Egyptian king himself...


Week 3: We have been learning about food chains this week in Science. The children had the opportunity to find out what different animals ate before creating their own food chains. They have been using the vocabulary 'producer', 'consumer', 'herbivore', 'carnivore' and 'omnivore'. I wonder if your children can explain what these words mean if you ask them?


Week 4: We have written a letter this week to Professor Grimstone to inform him that we found his missing Mummy at CPS. The children included interesting vocabulary, wrote in paragraphs and use conjunctions in their sentences. Let's hope he replies to us soon! We finished the week in the sunshine learning basketball skills. Nearly all the children could score a goal in the hoop and worked hard to improve their chest passes with the ball.  


Week 5: Birch Class have begun a new learning journey this week based on the text 'The Egyptian Cinderella'. We have explored different versions of the traditional story of Cinderella and made comparisons between them and The Egyptian Cinderella. We took on the role of the mean servant girls to explore and vocalise their feelings towards the main character Rhodopis. How unkind they were to her!


Weekly update 08.10.21 

This week in Birch Class we have been learning how to use different conjunctions in our sentences to make our writing more interesting. We have been using 100's, 10's and 1's equipment and number lines to help us to solve addition and subtraction calculations. We celebrated #HelloYellow campaign for mental health by dressing up in sunshine shades and talking about how to look after our mental health and ask for help if we need it. 

A big well done to Beth who has been awarded the Gold Award this week for her home based research into Egyptian burial masks.


Weekly update 15.10.21 

This week in Birch Class we have been editing our stories in order to improve our work. Our own version will be published in best next week.  We loved learning about how food passes through the digestive system in our Science investigation. It was messy and fun and we now know some great vocabulary which is specific to this process. 

A big well done to George who has been awarded the Gold Award this week for his attitude to learning, particularly in maths. 

Classroom pictures

Welcome to the Autumn Term

Hello Birch Class, we all hope you had a wonderful summer break and have had lots of opportunities to enjoy some quality family time. This term we will be learning about Egyptians in our new topic 'Walk like an Egyptian'. Our learning overview for this term is attached below so you can find out what else we will be exploring! 


The Birch staff team:


Mrs Hill - Assistant Head and Year 3 teacher

Teaching Monday & Tuesday


Mrs Taylor - Year 3 teacher and Science Lead

Teaching Wednesday to Friday 


Miss Muir - SCITT associate teacher

In class Monday - Friday


Mrs Lucas - Teaching assistant (mornings)

Mrs Kerry - Teaching assistant (afternoons)


What to wear and bring to school

All students should come to school in school uniform and with their lunchbox (if appropriate) Students should pack a water bottle and a fruit or vegetable snack for break time. Please make sure all personal items are labelled with your child’s name. We have two P.E sessions during the week (Monday and Friday). On PE days please send your child in their appropriate PE kit and footwear for an outdoor lesson.


Termly timetable, termly learning overview and home learning project

Your child's timetable will be on this class web page. Home learning will be primarily set via Google classroom, available to view on this class page and a paper copy will be sent home with your child. As with previous years the homework will be based on the 100 point challenge. 

The termly learning overview will be published on this class page at the start of each term so that you are aware of what your child is learning across all the curriculum subjects. 


End of the day

The school day ends at 3.05pm.



We will circulate our email contact details with you via Parenthub. We will always endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible, occasionally this may take longer than we would like but we will always aim to get back to you within 24 hours during the school week.


Whilst the start of the new school year is always busy, we hope you and your child are looking forward to the beginning of what we’re sure will be a very exciting year ahead.



Mrs Hill and Mrs Taylor

Home learning (100 point project)