Maple 3

Welcome to Maple 3!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Smith - Class Teacher
Mrs Calloway - Teaching Assistant
Summer 1
Rocks, Relics and Rumbles
Come back soon to see our outstanding learning in Summer 1.
Spring 2
Gods and Mortals
Discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets. Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.

Home Learning – Year 3

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additional Lessons to Support Year 3 Learning 

Phonics / Spelling

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Year 3 to work on phase 5 activities and all high frequency words.


Complete unit on derived multiplication and division facts

Complete times tables speed test

Complete unit on length and perimeter



Complete unit on The Firework Maker's Daughter


Work through the Rocks unit:



Complete NowPressPlay lesson on French greetings. Follow the link below, password is: nowpressplay




Complete NowPressPlay lesson on online safety. Follow the link below, password is: nowpressplay



Complete lessons on Sikhism

Spring 1
Mighty Metals

Hogarth and The Iron Man from our key text ‘The Iron Man’ are our guides through our Mighty Metals topic, as we learn all about different metals and how they are used. We look at magnetism and how this works, along with focusing our scientific investigations on different forces on Earth.

Below we have a range of photos from our theme and our lock down learning.



Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure

At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.

We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.

At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.

Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List. 

Autumn 2
Through the Ages
We go back, way back, 2.5 million years back in time, reading what life was like for people of the Stone Age with the help of author Terry Deary and his range of books “Stone Age Tales”. We learn about exciting discoveries, particularly during the Neolithic period, about changes in diet, tools, art and housing as we venture through to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, making comparisons to how we live today.
Autumn 1
Road Trip to the USA

We join Larry on his adventures as he gets lost within the USA. We locate North America on the Atlas and identify where the places are that Larry visits throughout the topic. We get to explore San Francisco and its sights. With help off Snow White in New York, we even create our own Snow White story based in Texas. We learn about the Native America tribes, iconic buildings, places to visit, food, Presidents and culture of the USA. Even a walk along the iconic Hollywood walk of fame, it is quite a journey!

PE is dance on a Monday and Outside Adventures on a Tuesday. Please ensure all kits are in school on these days as we are unable to lend any kits at this time.


Welcome to Larch 2!
2019 - 2020
Mrs Clarke - Class Teacher
Mrs Short - Teaching Assistant
We can't believe this is the last week of Year 2!
Although our year was cut short we have loved teaching you and seeing all the home learning you have completed. 
Well done for all your hard work during this strange and unfamiliar time. 
Have a wonderful Summer Holiday.
We look forward to seeing you next year! 
 Mrs Clarke and Mrs Short

Remember it is important to stay active while you are at home! Join Emma from Embody Dance every weekday morning (9:00am) for 10 minutes, where she will be doing FREE morning 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes to keep you all moving!


In lieu of any opportunities for competition, or skill development, School Games have teamed up with Topya! to provide a platform for schools parents and teachers to recommend and even track activity levels. 

Children practise the challenges, then submit their best video using a mobile device to receive personal coaching feedback from the TopYa! team of experienced virtual coaches. Points are earned for each video submitted, leading to climbing leaderboards and winning prizes!

To access the app follow the following instructions.

  • Download the TopYa! Active app from the App Store or Google Play
  • Create your Parent account
  • When prompted to enter an Invite Code enter 23880 and then choose Primary or Secondary School League based on which type of school your child attends
  • Then create your kid(s) account(s)
  • Let them work on the activities on their own device or film and upload videos from your device on their behalf!
  • Local area page: Twitter @schoolgames_nw


Your children might be in lockdown, but their imaginations don’t have to be. With now>press>play At Home, your children can access 21 Audio Adventures, complete with follow on resources. Whether it’s the Arctic, Ancient Egypt or a Mission to Mars, our Audio Adventures will transport your children to another world.  Password: nowpressplay


Remember STAY SAFE online too.  Visit 


If you have any queries regarding Learning by Questions please contact Mrs V Smith -


 Spring 2
Fiery Flames
Spring 1
Ahoy, Me Hearties!
Ahoy There! It’s time to set sail with Captain Redblood himself and join his pirate crew. Do you have what it takes to become one of his shipmates? Join Sam Silver to travel back in time to explore what life as a pirate on the open sea was really like and discover more about these famous pirate’s and their Caribbean home.
'We have to help Captain Redblood,' Jenson.
'Captain Coleman is the captain of the Birchwood's ship. That is why we found the Captain's hat outside his office,' Ryan.
'Are pirates still alive today?' Isabelle.
'I would hate to eat Hard Tack!' Chloe.
'There was a note in Juniper class from Captain Redblood,' Elsie.
'Captain Redblood asked us to find his treasure.  We knew it was covered in ice because one of the clues told us,' Arianne.
'Some of us made suggestions about where to find the treasure.  It took us about half an hour to find it.  It was in the cooking room in the freezer,' Abbey.
'My group tried to melt the ice with salt.  Other group's tried smashing it, pouring hot water on it, covering it with sand and holding a candle next to the ice,' name withheld.
'Smashing the ice worked best!' Teddy.
Autumn 2
A Twist in the Tale
Year 2 have loved the theme ‘A Twist in the Tale’ during Autumn 2.
They arrived after half term to a recorded message and a copy of ‘The Wolf’s Story’. The Wolf desperately needed Year 2’s help. Little Red had been telling lies about him so he had been banished to Fairy Tale Jail. It was our job to investigate and help find out whether the Wolf was guilty or innocent.
Along the way we have read other ‘twists’ to familiar fairy tales and ‘Inside the Villains’ to see whether the Wolf was misunderstood and to see if the Fairy Tales reveal the whole truth.  

'I think the wolf is innocent because Little Red Riding Hood was telling lies. I hope we can convince the judge to set him free,' Max.


'I enjoyed making the Wolf’s vegetarian cuisine because I got to try new vegetables and it tasted really nice. We also learned about cutting them safely with a knife,' Ayla.


'I was curious to find out more about the character of Jub,' Gracie.


'I enjoyed helping Jub to make the wish catchers because we got to decorate them with beads and feathers,' Frankie.


The Year 2 Infant Agility Team took part in North Warwickshire Finals alongside Warton, Shustoke and St Edwards. Birchwood were fantastic! They won the Final and all received a gold medal. Birchwood have now progressed through to the next stage of the competition competing against schools from Nuneaton and Bedworth. Year 2 cannot wait for the next competition.


We were able to take 30 Year 2 children to the NWPSSA Infant Agility Competition. All the children were brilliant and a credit to Birchwood. They used their agility, balance and co-ordination skills as well as showing they can work well as a team, encouraging and supporting each other. Birchwood won the Heat and have secured a place in the Finals towards the end of the month! We cannot wait to compete in the Finals and look forward to letting you know how we get on!
So you think you know the story of the Big Bad Wolf but what if you have got it wrong? Have you ever heard the wolf’s version of events or taken the time to hear how he feels about what happened? Perhaps Little Red Riding Hood wasn’t so innocent after all. What about the other Fairytale villains, has anyone asked them for their side of the story? Is there a twist to be found in the traditional tales?
Autumn 1
Under the Canopy
Larch 2 have loved learning about tropical rainforests in their theme 'Under the Canopy'. We finished the theme by making our own rainforest animal masks to raise awareness of the endangered animals that live there. We can't wait to find out what our theme is next half term!
Year 2 had a brilliant time yesterday at Twycross Zoo. We learnt lots about food chains and habitats and enjoyed meeting the creatures and animals from the rainforest.
As part of our science Year 2 have been investigating micro habitats around school. We found all kinds of mini beasts in the woodland area, playground & orchard. We were also surprised to find a small frog had made a home in one of the sinks in the kitchen garden!
An orangutan and her babies have travelled all the way from a rainforest because they need our help as their home is being destroyed! In order to help them we need to investigate tropical rainforests. We will discover where they are found, what the climate is like there and learn all about the animals and plants that live there.
Welcome to Elm 1!
2018 - 2019
Miss Lowe - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2
Wild Things!
Summer 1
A Passage to India
Take One Author - Julia Donaldson
Spring 2
There's No Place Like Home
Spring 1
Turrets and Tiaras
In PE we have been learning a Tudor Dance. We watched a video of Tudors dancing in the great hall and have worked hard to create our own version by using some of their dance moves and creating some of our own. It was very tricky to make sure we were all going in the same direction and at the same speed. 
The children were amazed at how big Tamworth Castle is. They got to help the servant set the table ready for the Lady, dress a knight in his armour, complete some bill hook drill and explore the castle grounds. One child said they were scared in the dungeon because it was dark and cold. Another child said there favourite part was when they got to go to the top of the tower. 
Year 1 were very excited to receive a very official looking letter as we arrived back to school after the Christmas holidays.

After reading the letter, we decided to get our thinking caps on and start researching castles in preparation for our visit to Tamworth Castle.


To prepare for our new topic ‘Turrets and Tiaras’, we were set some homework all to do with castles.

We had to research what a castle looks like and then create a poster or build a castle, showing the different parts.

The results were amazing!


One of the texts we have used this half term was 'The Queens Knickers'. We thoroughly enjoyed reading this funny story about the missing trunk containing the queens knickers. After exploring and re-writing the story, we used it as a stimulus to write our very own rhyming poems. 
Autumn 2
The Magic Toybox
Autumn 1
Here Come the Aliens
Maths learning in Year 1 has been really fun. We have been concentrating on numbers to to 10. To help us with recognising Numicon, we had a go at completing the Numicon City by filling the towers with the right piece of Numicon. As an extra challenge we then had to try counting how many of each piece we used. Ayla said that maths is fun because we can use lots of different things to show our numbers to 10. 
When we started year 1, we made an interesting discovery in our outside area. An alien had crash landed. We worked hard to investigate what we could see and make predictions about who it might be and what they are doing here. This was a fantastic hook into our Here Come the Aliens topic. Alex said that it was amazing and couldn't believe an alien had crashed in our school. Jack thought that the alien might have turned invisible and be hiding in the school. 
To help our learning about space, year 1 have been busy making lots of Space arts and crafts, we enjoyed making space wreaths displaying planets and stars and we also had a go at making a rocket like they one that crashed. 
Welcome to Acorn and Chestnut!
Class Teachers - Mrs Willis and Miss Aston
Summer 2
Wonderful World
Summer 1
Eggciting news!
When we returned to school after our Easter break we discovered that some eggs had been delivered by our old friend Dino the dinosaur. He asked us to find out which animals lay eggs. He also wanted us to think about what might be inside the eggs in our classroom. We came up with lots of ideas such as spiders, snakes, chicks, turtles and ducks. After only two days the eggs had started to hatch open and we were very excited to discover that there were little chicks inside. They are now in the brooder box in our classroom.
"Everyone was excited.  Nobody knew what was in the eggs," Hanna.
"I thought they were all different eggs.  One was a chick and one was a crocodile," Oscar.
Spring 2 
This half term we will be covering our Dinosaur theme and our Take One Author, Ian Why.
In foundation stage we found a huge egg in our new outdoor classroom. We bought it inside to keep it warm. We noticed each morning when we came to school that it was cracking open a little more each day and there appeared to be a small dinosaur inside. Last Wednesday, we found the egg in two parts and empty! Mr Oak sent us some photos taken from CCTV footage of our missing dinosaur travelling around our school. We used the photos, like a map, to follow the dinosaurs trail but have yet to find him. We have made lots of posters to let everyone know about our missing dinosaur in the hope that someone finds him soon.
We have had lots of fun during our first few weeks at school learning all the routines, exploring all the areas within our classrooms and making lots of new friends.