Beech: Year 3 and Year 4

Beech: Year 3 and Year 4

Welcome to Beech Class - Years 3 and 4. We are the amazing Beech Class taught by Miss Ryder and supported by Mrs Harries and Mrs Taylor.

Welcome to Beech Class!

We are so excited to welcome everybody at the start of a new academic year and can’t wait to embark on our learning journey together! 

We are incredibly impressed with how well you have settled into school life and the way in which you have adjusted to new routines.  Everyone has started the term in a positive way, showing resilience and determination to learn, which is truly inspiring. 

During these first few days we have discussed the return to school and shared some of our worries throughout our daily learning.  Beech Class have their very own worry monster through which they can privately share their concerns and anxieties. Many activities have been introduced to help reduce anxiety and focus on every child’s wellbeing.  

The children have also been re-establishing their relationships with each other and welcoming new peers into our school community! 

Throughout the term, we will build on these initial experiences to ensure a cohesive and positive learning environment for us all. This is paramount to Shoscombe School’s teaching practice and philosophy.


As of Monday 13th September, spellings will be sent home every Monday in your child’s reading record. Spelling tests will be carried out every Friday. 

Please ensure your child is practising their spellings every day.

Reading books

Please make sure reading books come into school every Friday alongside your child’s reading book (if finished). Books will be changed and sent back home on the following Monday. Each time your child reads please date the relevant box and add your signature, we do not require a comment each time.

Please ensure your child is reading for 20 minutes at least four times per week.


Weekly homework will consist of times tables, reading, and spellings. Instructions for this can be found on your child’s homework grid. 

Please ensure your child is completing at least 10 minutes of times table practise every day.

Fortnightly, the children will be asked to complete a topic-based task. All children will be given a homework book; this is to be kept at home. This will be used to complete their topic-based task which we ask to be submitted electronically via Dojo.

Please note:

  • Children will take part in PE lessons every Friday. Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit.
  • We will continue to ventilate our classrooms, so children may like to bring in additional school appropriate layers.
  • Please bring to school a spare pair of shoes or wellies for our Adventure Play and Paddock area.
  • Please make sure children will always have a coat in school as we will be outside as much as possible in all weathers.

Let’s see what is in store for term 1!

  • In English we are going to be exploring the story of the Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde 
  • Understanding place value in maths 
  • In science we are going to explore forces and motion and how they affect our daily lives
  • We are going back in time to the Roman era for history 
  • We will be thinking about the importance of gardens in the Bible in RE
  • The zany Andy Stanton will be entertaining us in guided reading

Exciting News!

Beech Class had a very special visit from Stephen Clews who works at the Roman Baths. We were delighted that Stephen could join us to introduce our history learning this term, the Romans. We discussed our local links to the Romans and explored the Wellow Roman Villa.

Beech Class then recreated the Wellow Roman Villa as part of our Local history theme. We had so much fun!

Helping your child with reading

Reading isn’t really just one skill- it’s a whole collection of skills- that children must learn to become fluent and independent readers. When hearing your child read at home it is important that you share books together and talk about what they might be about, by looking at the front cover and illustrations. As well as asking their opinion of the story. These conversations help to give them a sense of what is inside the book before they start to read it and preparing them for some of the vocabulary they come across. This means you are setting your child up for success right from the start.

Identifying vocabulary your child does not know is essential to help them become fluent readers. If there are more than five words on a page, or in a passage, that your child is unable to identify they will not be able to comprehend the text. This means that the text is too difficult for them. Therefore, it is important to consider the vocabulary in a book and have discussions around this. Encourage your child to be independent by looking up the word in a dictionary, discuss what specific words mean, and relate them to real-life to build an understanding for your child. Thus, helping them to comprehend the text.

Model reading with your child or taking turns to read is great to build up confidence. For example, modelling a sentence that they may have misread is a good way to support this, and then ask your child to reread the passage ensuring they address what they have learnt.

Additionally, it is important that they read the punctuation, pausing where appropriate and adding expression. If your child has enjoyed a book, encourage them to recall what has happened so far, can they remember the key events. This helps showcase their understanding of what has been read.

Lastly, praise is crucial to foster a love of reading. Notice what your child has done well and tell them, often.

The video below shows how you can support your child at home when you listen to them read.

Supporting your child with reading

Cycle A- Year 3/4- 2021-2022

Please see the following link for the Year 3 and 4 long term overview. Cycle A- Year 3/4- 2021-2022

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