Welcome to Year 3

In our 'Battle of the Bands' - Swifts v Goldcrests on TTRockstars we were narrowly beaten by Goldcrests. Lots of the class played which is fantastic.

I have set up a re-match so, there is a chance for Swifts to even things up!!

Please encourage your child to play on TTRockstars between now and the end of the school holidays and try to score as many points as they can. If they play in the garage or the studio, they will be challenged on the specific times table set for the class. If they play in the arena, they will be given random times table facts.

Get playing everyone and Good Luck!

What will be learning in class!


After the half term we will be carrying on with our current unit of addition and subtraction and we will be focusing on crossing and carrying over our digits. The Maths block will then move onto multiplication and division skills.


During the first week back, the children will be undertaking a week of planning and writing instructions as consolidation of their first English unit. You can help at home by perhaps, encouraging you child to think about the format of simple instructions - try looking at recipes or even Lego or game instructions.

Home Learning!


Reading every day is the most important part of learning at home. Children will be able to bring home books from the school library and we would ask that you encourage your child to read at home; it maybe a book, a newspaper, a magazine. It really doesn't matter as long as it is appropriate!

In the first week back children will begin to bring home banded books from our reading scheme; each child will be allocated a book banding appropriate to their age and reading ability. Please encourage your child to read these books to you or another family member or a family friend.


All pupils in Swifts Class have now been given a login for Diagnostic Questions www.diagnosticquestions.com

A big thumbs up to those children who have already started (and finished) the Maths questions that have been set.

Maths homework will be set weekly for the children to complete.

Please encourage your child to take ownership of their homework.


We will be continuing our journey through time in our topic 'Hunter Gatherers' and the children will be learning about how early man transitioned from a hunter to the pre-historic version of the farmers that we know today!



WEEK 1: adding a suffix

nicer, nicest, later, writer, playful, hopeful, careful, hopeless, careless,

kindness, sadness, happiness

WEEK 2: prefix mis and re

misbehave, mistake, mislead, misread, misspell, misplace

redo, rewrite, retake, rebuild, reappear, return

WEEK 3: Year 3/4 list

accident, accidentally, actual, actually, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe,

bicycle, breath, breathe

WEEK 4: The /ɪ/ sound spelt ‘y’

gym, gymnastics, pyramid, mystery, myth, Egypt, cygnet, mystic, synonym,

mythical, symbol, mysterious

WEEK 5: adding er to a verb

taller, smaller, rougher, smoother, fitter, hotter, bigger, madder, angrier,

earlier, hairier, dirtier

WEEK 6: Words ending with the /g/ sound spelt ‘-gue’ and the /k/

sound spelt ‘-que’ (French in origin)

fatigue, catalogue, league, tongue,

antique, unique, mosque, plaque, cheque, grotesque, picturesque, boutique

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch; either by person at the end of the day or by email mwalsh@bewickbridge.co.uk


Trip to Sedgwick Museum

Our visit to Sedgwick Museum will take place on Wednesday 30th October 2019 in conjunction with our new science unit of Rocks and Soil.

There is a cost of £4.25 per child and letters have already gone out.

Thank you, to all parents/carers who have promptly made the payment and completed the permission request.

PE kits

PE kits were sent home for a 'wash' on the last day of the half term - Please ensure that these are sent back into school on the first day of the new half term!!

PE will continue to take place twice a week; usually on a Tuesday and a Thursday for Swifts Class. However, this can change so please have PE kits in every day! As the weather starts to become a little cooler we will be making use of our dance studio or hall for PE.

Water bottles

Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day. We have drinking water in class for refilling.


If you are sending in your child with a snack, please make sure it is a either a fresh or dried fruit or vegetable option.

10th September 2019

Dear parents and carers,
We hope that you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holidays.
For the next 10 weeks, we will be embarking on our new unit called ‘Hunter gatherers’ in which we will be learning about our Prehistory. During this unit, we will be focusing on History, Geography, Science, Art, and Design & Technology.We already know the interest you take in your child’s work and we would like you to talk to your child about the Stone Age this week in preparation for next Monday. Please discuss the following:
What impressions do you have about this period in time? Can you choose one word that summarises the Stone Age?
Additionally, if you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Swifts and Goldcrests will be having a visit from Ely Museum on Thursday 3rd October where they will get to experience life in the Stone Age. You will be receiving a separate letter with more details nearer the time. We also have an exciting trip coming up in school in the second half term – again, more details will follow shortly.
Please, keep checking the website as this will be updated regularly with relevant information. Also, do not forget our weekly school newsletter!
Home learningYour child should choose one of the following long-term home learning projects, to complete over the next few weeks:Research information about: Must Farm (near Peterborough)WandleburySkara BraeCreate a tourist information poster or leaflet.
Design a model of Stonehenge / Avebury circlesDesign a model of a hillfort
Write a diary entry of a day in the life of a Stone Age child
Your child’s long-term home learning project should be brought into school by week commencing 4th November at the latest. Please help and encourage your child with this project, but without actually doing the work for them. Encourage your child to spend some time each week working on their long-term project.
Other key informationPlease continue to encourage your child to read regularly and continue to practise their times tables on TTRockstars.
As the weather gets more unpredictable please ensure that your child has a coat or waterproof jacket. Of course your child needs a water bottle (filled with water not juice please!) with them each day, along with a school bag to carry books and letters safely. Please ensure that all school uniform is named as it makes it much easier to reunite them with lost items!
Our PE day will continue to be twice a week, so please make sure you have a PE kit in school all week.
If you have any comments or questions about your child's learning, please do get in touch.Many thanks,
Mr Calle and Mrs WalshGoldcrest and Swifts Classes

Swift Class took part in Roald Dahl Day during their English lesson on Friday 13th September 2019 and were lucky enough to have a piece of their work displayed on the BBC Teach website - it went live across the country.

Ely Museum school workshop

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Over the course of the next few weeks, children will be given the opportunity to have 10 minute 'Soap Box' slot, where they can share with the rest of the class an interest that they have, or things they would like to tell the class about their family, or their home, their way of life, or a place they have visited or a particular person that they know. The children will be able to sign up for a 'Soap Box' slot from the w/c 30th September 2019 and these 'slots' will take place during our PSHE lesson.

To encourage them to talk we would like the children to bring in pictures, artifacts or props to help them illustrate their talk. You could perhaps support with making a PowerPoint presentation (it does not have to be formal or polished) or short video at home if they are not confident to talk in front of the class. (These can be zipped and emailed to mwalsh@bewickbridge.co.uk)

Many thanks

Key Instant Recall facts for Autumn term 2

Bewick Bridge KIRFs Year 3 Autumn 2.ppt