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Birch (Y3)

Birch Class - Weekly Bulletin


Term 5 Week 1:

We have had a busy first week back. We have started our unit of work on the text 'Cinnamon'. The children enjoyed stepping into the Indian Princess' shoes, they put on her crown and took on her role brilliantly! The children used some wonderful vocabulary in our thought tapping activity to explain how frustrated they were about not being able to see or speak. 

We also enjoyed a visit to the school pond to see the tadpoles. We will keep a close eye on their growth over this term.  


Term 5 Week 2: 

We have been exploring friction in Science this week, we have learnt that a force is needed to make something move or speed up, like pushing your feet down on a bike pedals. Friction is a force which can slow something down. I have asked the class to see what happens when they pedal their bike or push their scooter, then stop pedalling/pushing. Maybe you could try this out over the weekend. 

We have also finished our unit of work on the text Cinnamon. Ask your child to tell you about the story plot. We loved it!


Term 5 Week 3:

We have concluded our learning journey on the text Cinnamon this week by changing the characters and the main plot to make the story our own. We have worked hard on adding dialogue to our stories and started to organise our writing into paragraphs. We have learnt about magnetic field through a hands on investigation using a bar magnet, piece of paper and some iron filings. What a busy week!


Term 5 Week 4:

Monday morning was full of nervous children and suspense after we received a message about some strange goings on in our school grounds... On closer investigation the children unearthed a single dragon egg! We have become 'Dragonologists' who are searching for answers about the dragon's habitat, diet and special powers which this mythical creature may have.


We have also made our voices heard by taking part in 'The Big Ask' questionnaire which will highlight the views of our children following the Covid 19 pandemic with the Children's Commissioner for England.

Classroom pictures

Welcome to the Summer Term!

Hello Birch Class, we all hope you had a wonderful Easter break and have had lots of opportunities to soak up some sunshine! This term we will be comparing Carterton to a village in India, learning how to use the computer program 'Scratch', becoming athletes in PE and being inspired by Andy Warhol in Art! Our learning overview for this term is attached below so you can find out what else we will be exploring! 


The Birch team:

The Birch team this year are:


Mrs Wiltshire - Year 3 teacher and RE Lead 

Teaching Monday to Wednesday


Mrs Taylor - Year 3 teacher and Science Lead

Teaching Wednesday to 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 aim for two P.E sessions during the week (Tuesday and Friday). On PE days please send your child in their appropriate PE kit for an outdoor lesson. We will not be changing for PE in the classroom due to COVID-19 restrictions. 


Termly timetable, termly learning overview and homework

Your child's timetable will be on this class web page. Home learning will be primarily set via Google classroom each term – where possible submission should also be on Google classroom (unless something more tactile like a model/cooking etc). As with previous years the homework will be based on the 100 point challenge. If at any point you would like extra support work for your child please contact us.

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 3.10pm.



If you have any queries about the daily routine or what your child is learning then do not hesitate to get in touch. We will circulate our contact details 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 Wiltshire and Mrs Taylor

Birch Class timetable 2020-21

100 Point Project Term 1

100 Point project Term 3

100 point project Term 5