Beech Class (Year 3)


Welcome to Beech Class

Hello, and welcome to our class web page.  Your teachers are Mrs Peatman (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Hathaway (Thursday-Friday), supported by  Mr Hartley and Mrs Durant.

The children have settled into the Summer term fantastically and are are hard working and fab bunch of year 3s!

Online Safety Message

If you are searching online for anything over the summer please remember to include ‘child’, ‘children’ or ‘kids’ in your search. This will help to filter out any adult/unsuitable content.

Don’t forget…

Always remember what KS says: If you have ‘yukky feelings’, then Say NO, Walk Away and Tell a Trusted Adult. The same rules apply online as in real life. Ask an adult if you are unsure about ANYTHING online. Make good, sensible choices and ask for help if something goes wrong.

We would always urge parents to carefully monitor what their child is accessing online. All links and videos provided are checked by staff to ensure their suitability, however links and suggestions will not have been. Please ensure your child is safe when accessing online material.



Reading and Writing

Reading at home

It is so important to read with your child as much as possible. At the moment we are only changing reading books on Monday and Friday. Your child needs to bring their books bags on these two days where we will change their books, spend some time reading with them and check that they are happy with their books. We have recently added some great books to our reading scheme so look out for some fantastic new books.

Oxford Reading Owl

You can access books on It is free to access Ebooks appropriate to your child’s level or age. You just need to create a user name and password.

Click these links to find some ideas for year 3 reading books 

Reading list for year 3

Reading at school

During their time in Year 3 we look at lots of different books together.

The book we are looking at this half term is ‘The Tin Forest’ . We will use this story for our writing and topic work this half term before we move on to exploring some non-fiction writing linked to our plants topic .

We also do daily reading in school where we explore a wide range of text. We use these for comprehension activities to and love to explore lots of different ideas about writing.


This half term we are focusing on speech marks, fronted adverbials and prepositions. All these skills will feed into our writing.

Follow these link for some online spelling and grammar games

The website below is great for looking up what some of the grammar terms mean, and shows how they can be used in writing.


We work on our spellings every day at school and are using a mixture of purple mash (who use the year 3 statutory spelling list) as well as recapping the correct spelling of HF (high frequency) words. Spellings will be posted on google classroom every Friday and then tested the following Friday.




This half term we are focusing on fractions and time. We are continuing to follow the White Rose Maths scheme and we are also hoping that the good weather means we can take our maths out doors a little bit more for some practical lessons.

Maths at home

Here are some useful websites that you might like to have a look at for some maths games. Don’t forget when you sign in to purple mash you also have lots of different maths games, as well as English and Topic activities.

TT RockStars (each child has their own individual login. You should have these now and your child can log on and start working on their tables):  

Purple Mash (each child has their own individual login): 

Times Tables 

In year 3, we work on learning our times tables in our maths lessons. We like to use fun games and videos to help us do this. We also have a times tables test every Friday and again these are posted on google classroom on Friday and tested the following Friday. We will continue to work on the same set of times tables for a few weeks as it is so important for the children to be able to recognise them out of order and recall them at speed.




Our topic this half term is plants. We are going to use this topic to support our science, art and English lessons.

History – In History we are finding out about the Anglo-Saxons as a follow on from our Romans topic.

Science- In science we are exploring plants. looking at all the different parts and out about how they grow.

RE – Our RE topic is ‘Rules for Living’. We are thinking about why we have rules and why they are important and also looking at the story of the 10 commandments, as well as rules from other Religions.

ICT- In our ICT lessons we are looking at branching databases using purple mash.

PE – In PE we are working on our orienteering skills.

Art – In art we are using printing techniques and observational drawing skills to help us explore our plants topic.

French – In French we are learning new words so we can talk about our families.

Music – In music we are using the iPads to create our own music using Garage Band.

PSHE – In PSHE lessons we are continuing with our Kids Safe topic.



Fun things for a rainy weekend

Have you ever rolled down a hill or looked up at the clouds? Well the National Trust has a great list of fun things to do that you could try out over the Summer. Click here to find 50 things to do from the National Trust

Fancy taking a trip to the National Gallery? If you click on this link           you can take a tour around from your own home! I wonder which painting is your favourite? I wonder why you like that one the best? Maybe you could find some things out about the artist, recreate the paining or create your own painting in their style. We would love to see them if you do.

Have a look at      for some more fun art activities

Beamish is one of my favourite museums. Click this link to have a look at the museum from your own home.

Science experiments are so much fun. If you click this link it will take you to the Glasgow Science Centre where there are lots of great experiments you can have a go at at home. If you have a go at any, maybe you could take some pictures or write down what you found out so you can share it with us all in September.