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Westover Green Community School

Year 3 Silver Birch


Y3 Newsletter Term 1

Letters and Information

Y3 - End of Year Expectations for English and Maths

Topic Overviews

Topic Overview - Term 1


In RE we have been learning about Christian beliefs. We thought about Jesus and the type of person he must have been. We all had different ideas about the many parts of his character.

We worked in small 

groups to order the 

character traits.

Finally the pieces are

beginning to come


At last the final piece.

We are all happy

with the outcome.

We began our addition focus with some revision of key facts. We enjoyed adding multiples of ten and creating a family of facts.

We worked in groups of 

three to create a number


We then showed everyone

how to create a family

of facts.

We all chose different

number sentences

to work with.

 To help us write a diary as the character of Little Evie we focused on key parts of the story and considered what Evie would think and feel. We then stood by Evie and spoke out her thoughts and feelings.

I wonder what animals I 

will see in the wild wood


I think that the wolf will

be pleased with the

gift I have for her.

I am sad to say goodbye

to my friend the wolf

after such a happy day.

 We have been studying a book by author illustrator Jackie Morris called 'Little Evie in the Wild Wood'. As part of our learning with frieze framed parts of the story to help us understand the structure. We went into our wild life area to create a more authentic setting.

Little Evie waits for the wolf

whilst other animals watch

and wait.

Tired after a day of 

excitement the wolf takes

Evie home on her back.

Little Evie greets her mama

as the wolf returns to

the wild wood.

 As part of our learning about Africa we created a map. Whilst we were working we talked about the many different countries and cultures in Africa.

We each took a small part

of the map of Africa.

We matched the colours

and took care placing

the tissue.

Finally we put each part

together to create

a map of Africa.

 During our creativity week we studied Africa - we looked at African patterns.

First we painted the 


Then we printed the 


Finally we put the strips

together to create a


Spelling is never boring when you have words to read and sort into families. Our learning was focused on the suffixes ed and ing.  Did you know there are different rules for adding these suffixes?

We worked in teams to

find word families.

Everyone worked together.

We enjoyed the challenge

of finding the suffixes

ed and ing.

We worked individually to design and make dragon eyes from clay. We used a marble to represent the centre of the eye. Once the clay was dry we focused on painting a detailed design to make the eye come to life.

We shaped the clay into

our dragon eye shape.

We used different tools

to create different


We made sure the marble

represented the eye.

Once the dragon eye was 

we very carefully painted it.

We worked really hard to

recreate the detail of our


Here are some of the 

eyes. Which eye do 

you like?

 We worked in small teams to dramatise the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood is

picking some flowers.

The wolf is watching her.

Grandma is in the wardrobe.

Little Red Riding Hood

is asking the wolf questions.

Little Red Riding Hood is 

home drinking tea with her


 During an RE lesson thinking about God and the Bible we acted out the parable of the Lost Sheep.

The shepherd was looking 

after the sheep.

The shepherd was counting 

the sheep. One was 


Finally the shepherd

found the lost sheep.

 The Dragons are back!! Y3 were tasked with investigating the Forest School Area for evidence of dragons!  We found foot prints and eggs.   

A large wet foot print was 

found in the entrance to the

Forest School Area.

On the ground among the 

ivy a magical dragon

egg was spotted.

A dragon egg was

even found among a

pile of twigs and branches.

 A dragon reading zone appeared in the Library. This was very fortunate as we have been studying the Jackie Morris book 'Tell Me A Dragon'.

We sat and listened to the


The flames coming from

the dragon's mouth

appeared to move!!

We really did not like the

look of the spiky tail.

 On the European Day of Languages we all took time to learn words in a variety of languages.

We picked a flag and said

'Hello' in the language the 

flag represented.

Some of the languages 

were quite tricky.

We enjoyed playing a 

matching game and 

then finding out a fact.

Learning to use a dictionary is very important. In Silver Birch class we are determined to improve and extend our vocabulary.  

We began by learning

about the layout.

We each had a word to


Finding the right page

could be a challenge.

 We worked in teams to assemble a skeleton. It was quite challenging putting the bones together.

Firstly we assembled the 

ribs and pelvis.

Next we added the legs,

arms and skull.

Finally we added labels.

 We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the human skeleton.  We started by thinking about the bones we could already name.

First we drew around 

one of us.

Then we worked together

to add the bones we 

could name.

Finally we looked at the

results and discussed

the next steps.

 We took advantage of the autumn sunshine to work in the Forest School area drawing leaves.

We took our sketch books and 

found a good spot to 

look closely at the leaves.

Some of us decided to stay

in the story telling area.

The dappled sunshine

brought out the many

colours of the leaves.

Gymnastics was great fun with Mr Hammond. We revised four basic shapes and then we worked together to create a sequence of moves.

The warm up was very 


What sort of shape are we 

practising here?

What sort of shape is this?

 As part of our Science topic on 'Animals including Humans' we used the ipads to research the foods different animals eat.

First we found a website 

lots of interesting information.

We worked together to

read the information.

Finding out about foxes 

was very popular.

In English we have been learning a local Somerset legend - The 'Gurt Wurm' of Shervage Wood. It tale begins during the Bridgwater Fair. We acted out buying and selling at the Fair and told our stories about the 'Gurt Wurm'.

Would you like some freshly

baked bread?

Here is your change, I hope

you enjoy the pies.

A basket full of lovely 

juicy whortleberries.

 In Science we are thinking about food groups and the importance of a healthy balanced diet.

We sorted the food into

different food groups.

We found lots of healthy

fruit and vegetables.

We successfully managed

to sort all the food.

Our first PE lesson of the year was great fun!  Mr Hammond reminded us how to use the Active Inspire Playground markings.  We had a wonderful time jumping, running, skipping and so much more.  

Jumping in and out of the 

shape was hard work.

Remembering all the muscle

strengthening exercises was

so much fun!

High knees was exhausting

but so much fun to do!

Silver Birch Spent the first week of term exploring different areas of Maths as part of a mindfulness unit to help us to understand how are brains 'grow' when we learn. 

We worked with four 

triangles to create different


We had to follow a set of 

rules which made the 

activity far more challenging

We still thought about 

presentation and used a

ruler whenever possible.