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This Week in Year 3

As always, a week full of fun learning in Year 3. This week we will be reporting on Pi Day from last week, our whole year group Forest School (delayed from last term), our much-delayed Christmas market (now Easter!) with Year 1 pupils, the final of the chess tournament and of course the newest arrivals in the school – the chicks! 

Pi Day

Pi day was a success with lots of children having the digits of Pi whirling around their head. Our pupils were given the opportunity to recite as many digits of Pi as they could. The stand out performance was by James (3D), who could recite an impressive 166 digits! A fantastic effort from everyone all round. We even created some Pi Day cityscapes using the digits of Pi. 

Year 3 Forest School

We had a fantastic time out in the woods having Forest School with all three classes together. This provided an excellent opportunity for everyone to interact together, playing with children they may not normally play with and therefore making new friendships. I think the most enjoyable part for all of us was making S’mores and playing in the den. 

Year 3 Forest School

Science Week

Science Week 2023 has certainly been a fun one in Year 3. Aside from the fantastic focuses implemented by the Science Department school wide, we have been up to some interesting things too. 

Year 3 had visits from some special creatures, the new Beechwood chicks! We were all very lucky to interact with the chicks, discuss their development and handle them in the Science Department – what a lovely experience for us all. 

3D also explored a colour experiment and witnessed changes that happened when different materials were mixed together. We spoke about reversible and irreversible changes and why different materials create different reactions. A very enjoyable end to our Science Week.

Year 3 Science

Chess Tournament

The last two weeks has seen Middle School pupils take part in a Chess Tournament organised by Mr Darcy and what a fantastic experience it has been. So many of our Year 3 children made it through second and even third rounds. A big well done to all of our Year 3 Chess players: George G, Tommy J, Charlie M, Owain McP, Adam E, Miles D, Alessio G, Charlie H, Joey M, Teddy W, Blake H, Louis L, James R, Ethan G, Joshua G, Alexander F, Samuel R, Louis S, Jack B and Anaye K. 

Here is what some of our pupils said about their Chess Tournament experience:

  • Teddy W ‘I like playing chess because you get to play an individual sport with people from different years and test your skills.’
  • James R ‘It was quite fun because you got to play against lots of people that you’d not played against before and it was a good way to collaborate with people.’

Christmas Market with Year 1

The much anticipated Christmas Maths Market took place this week, having postponed it back at Christmas time. All the children generously donated their unwanted books, toys and games to sell to the eager Year 1 children. Not only did this give the unwanted items a second chance to be loved, but we were able to raise money for the Keech Hospice charity.

During Thursday morning,  Year 1 pupils handed in their entry tickets and wandered the classrooms in search for something to buy. The Year 3 “personal shoppers” were on standby to help pick out items of interest and most importantly help with giving change. What a great practical way to practise our money in a time were paying by phone or card is the norm! 

Year 3 Market Stall

Summer Term Class Music Lessons

Next term, all of Y3 will be playing the recorder within their class music lesson. We have sufficient recorders for all the pupils to play however many of the pupils have indicated that they would like to bring in their own. We will be using standard descant recorders. Pupils are welcome to bring in a recorder and leave it in their tray in their classroom. Please ensure that any instruments are clearly labelled. 3P and 3O have music on Friday whilst 3D is on Wednesdays.
Mrs Jarvis

And finally…

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of the Lent term and will be moving into our last term with the children. They have come so far and are well on the way to becoming independent and resilient learners. Look out for information regarding the upcoming Welly Boot Camp, which we can start getting excited about as we come into the Summer Term. Thank you for your support and collaboration with this – we know that we work as a team and couldn’t do this without you! 

Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 3 Team 

This Week in Year 4

We hope that you have not missed your children too much whilst they have been having fun at Aylmerton!  We will of course share more information with you once we have all recovered, but here are just a few photos of what we got up to this week!  The children were all wonderful ambassadors for the School, and from the smiles, we are pretty sure they all had a wonderful time!  We hope you all enjoyed some peace and quiet and we are sure the children will tell you all about their adventure once they are home today!

Year 4 Trip to Aylmerton - March 2023

Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 4 Team

This week in Year 5

The excitement has been building all week in Year 5: Emil and The Detectives AND Forest School! What could be better than that? It has been wonderful to see the corridors buzzing with children dressed in costumes from 1920s Germany (and a goat?!), getting ready to perform to fellow pupils, to staff and of course, to family and friends in the evening performances. They have all worked so hard attending weekly rehearsals and the extra Saturday run-throughs as well. The pupils get so much out of a large collaborative project like this and we are so proud of them. Well done to every member of the cast on their confident and assured performances and a big thank you to Mrs Hegarty and to our colleagues who made the magic happen!

Here are some behind the scenes photos of the dressing room before the first performance. You can most definitely sense the buzz!

Year 5 Emil and the Detectives rehearsals (year 5)

Year 5 also had the pleasure of meeting and holding our wonderful little chicks this week. They took great care when handling them, ensuring they were cocooned and safe. Everybody stayed really calm and happily stroked them, so calm in fact, the chickens fell asleep in their hands.

Year 5 meeting our chicks

To continue the theme of all things dramatic, as an added extra treat for Mrs Balfour, 5B gave her a sneak preview of their mini play, complete with rap songs that they are preparing for next term’s summer performance. Mrs B was blown away by the energy, fun and confidence of the production even now – you are all in for a treat when all 4 classes perform their plays next term. Wow! She managed to snap some (rather fuzzy) pictures of the children in action:

Year 5 Drama

To finish off our week, we were lucky enough to enjoy some Forest School activities today. We wanted to come together as a year group to enjoy some s’mores, to say goodbye to Mrs B as well as developing observation and forest craft skills. A huge thank you to Mrs Le Bas and to all of the Year 5 form teachers and to Mrs Lynch for organising such a fun end to our week!

Year 5 Forest School 24 March 2023


And finally…. a message from Mrs Balfour to you all:

Dear Year 5 Parents,

I think that many of you know what a wrench it is for me to leave the children and my colleagues at the end of this term. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with this most wonderful of year groups, and with you all. Thank you for your trust, support and for your partnership in making Year 5 a year of great energy, ambition and purpose. I have absolutely loved my 7 years at Beechwood and will carry special memories with me as I leave. I wish you all the happiest of holidays and will make sure that Mr Dixon, Miss Burton, Mr Kneller, Mrs Greenwood and Mrs Lynch let me know of all of the pupils’ successes and adventures next term and beyond.

Emma Balfour

The Year 5 Pastoral Team

Head’s Commendations

Congratulations to this week’s recipients of Mrs Cussans’ Commendations:

Nurture Engage Inspire
Year 3 - - -
Year 4 Amelia K - -
Year 5 - Harry L Daisy P, Frank H, Joe P, Sam C, Louis C, Ismail W

From the Middle Department Library

As we approach the end of term please note charges will be added to your School account for all lost or overdue library books.

Easter Reading Suggestions

To help you with your Easter reading we have compiled a list of books we think you will enjoy.

Click Easter Holiday Reading List 2023 – Main to see our suggestions.