02380 227692


Juniper Road,

SO18 4EG

08:00 - 16:30

Monday to Friday

Year 3

Dear Parents/carers,

Welcome to Beechwood Junior School! Firstly, we would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your
child. We realise that starting a new school can be daunting and the Autumn Term will be focussed on
ensuring your child settles into life with us feeling happy and safe in their new environment. The children will learn new rules, routines and will become more independent as they grow with us. We are so excited about the journey the children will take and the amazing things they will experience along the way.

We have really enjoyed our first full week back at school and have launched straight into all of our autumn term learning. This half term, we will be studying a geography unit in which we will study our local area(Bitterne); the concepts of Location and Land Use will guide our learning. We are very excited to be taking the children on their first trip before half term; if you missed the letter, please ask for another. In Science, we have begun studying forces (in particular magnetism); in this half term, we will also be making our very own mechanisms as we learn about levers, flaps and sliders (a perfect link to pushes and pulls). In R.E. we are thinking about the concept of messages whilst exploring families in PSHE. After half term, we begin a History unit focusing on farming in the Bronze, Stone and Iron Ages.

If you would like to know more about what we will be learning in school this term, we now have our Curriculum Maps on the school website in the Curriculum section.

As you are probably already aware, our P.E. days are on Mondays and Wednesdays this term. Please
remember that on our PE days, children need to come into school wearing a PE kit that consists of their
house colour t-shirt and dark coloured bottoms (please ensure they wear their school jumper or cardigan
and not a sports top on these days). If your child has long hair, please ensure it is tied back on these days
and where possible, remove earrings or cover them in advance.

With regards to supporting your child at home, we would love for you to hear your child read as often as
possible (and record this on BOOM Reader – our Reading Log APP). Please also encourage your child to
switch to the child profile to log their own reads as well (we are working on developing independence).
Times tables practise is also very helpful and your child will bring home a login for TTRockstars very soon. In Year 3 we have a homework station by the doors where we provide a selection of different activities to choose from. This is entirely optional and there is no requirement to hand this in although we love seeing what the children have been up to with you at home. In addition to this, we set topic homework termly.

Below is the topic homework for this term. We cannot wait to see what exciting projects the children
produce from it. We do not mind how this work is presented- it can be a presentation, a letter, a recorded video, sculpture, model or a piece of artwork. If you need to send in your homework via email, please drop us a message at info@beechwoodjuniorschool.co.uk with your child’s teacher and child’s name as the subject.
If you have any questions please contact your child’s class teacher or Miss Coomber.

Thank you for your ongoing support.
Best wishes,
The Year 3 Team: Miss Coomber, Mrs Crook, Mrs James, Mrs Raja, Mrs Butterworth, Miss Paulina and Miss Marieta.

Year 3 Autumn 1 Curriculum Homework – Due in Monday 16th Oct
● Science Study : Forces
You could create a project about:
– Different forces in action in your home
– A particular force you are interested in such as gravity or magnetism
– How forces work
– Forces in sport
– You could carry out some mini experiments at home like the car experiment we did in school
– Making rockets
Forces and Motion Experiment Ideas – What is a Force? (science-sparks.com)
This website has lots of ideas for things you could do

Year 3 Autumn 2 Curriculum Homework – Due in Monday 11th Dec
History Study: Bronze, Stone and Iron Age
We are focusing on the development of farming but you are welcome to explore the Ages as interests you.
You could create a project about:
● A particular period that interests you: Neolithic, Iron, Bronze or Stone Age.
● You could also compare them all.
● You could try writing a story set in that time.
● You could make a model (perhaps to show what homes looked like in these times).
● You could read some non-fiction and present some information in a way you choose (poster, leaflet,
power point).