Oak 3

Welcome to Oak 3!
2021 - 2022
Mrs Atkins/Mr Bright - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
Home Learning Activities – Summer  

To view the home learning choice activities for the autumn term, please click the link below. Remember to upload your home learning to your eSchools page, or bring your learning in to school to share with your class on the stop-off dates, which are: 

9th May

23rd May

20th June

11th July

Summer 1 - Remote 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.       

Phonics / Spelling


Please log into the above with the following details

Username: jan21

Password: home

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 How to Train a Dragon


Additional Lessons to Support Year 3 Learning: 


Work through the light unit:


Geography (This link will need to be copied and pasted into your web browser)









Complete lessons on Islam


Summer 1
Ancient Greece
Visit this fascinating European country with us and find out about the weather, landscape, landmarks and culture. Travel back to Ancient Greece to discover how our lives today have been influenced by this exciting and important time in history. While you're there, take part in some exhilarating Olympic events and 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.
Spring 2
Rocks, Volcanoes and Earthquakes
Come and join us on a magnificent adventure where we discover what is beneath our feet. We follow the adventures of the famous fossil hunter - Mary Anning. Also venturing inside the workings of the world’s most explosive and dangerous volcanos and even having a go at making our own volcanic explosions. Engage in limitless fun and explosive excitement! 
Spring 1
Forces, Magnets and Metals

On Wednesday 16th February, Year 3 enjoyed a fun-filled day at Birmingham Thinktank. They took part in two workshops, ‘Forces & Friction’ and ‘LEGO We Do 2.0 Computer Coding’ to support their science and computing topics this half term.

In the ‘Forces & Friction’ workshop the children learnt about three important facts:

1. All forces are a push or a pull.

2. All forces are invisible.

3. Forces act in pairs and are either balanced or unbalanced forces.

Armed with these three facts, they took part in various science experiments involving magnetism and friction testing of various materials. They also had to consider the best materials that could be used for a new running shoe and sledge, depending on the materials they tested and their high or low friction coefficient.

In the ‘LEGO We Do 2.0 Computer Coding’ workshop, pupils had to combine the familiar LEGO bricks with an easy-to-use coding software to create a code to change lights on their LEGO robot. They also used a motion sensor to create a ‘traffic light’ style sequence of lights. Finally, they had to use their creativity to design a moving robot by incorporating a motor and other building elements. We had some amazing designs from cars, helicopters to windmills, this session certainly sparked our pupils’ creativity and curiosity!

In the afternoon, pupils were able to explore the other areas of the Thinktank, including the ‘Future’ gallery, ‘Our World’ gallery, ‘We Made It’ gallery and ‘The Past’ gallery. The children were certainly fascinated by all the areas and were amazed by the Spitfire and Hurricane World War Two planes hanging from the ceiling in the museum!

A fantastic day was had by all!
Hogarth and The Iron Man from our key text ‘The Iron Man’ are our guides through our Forces, Magnets and Metals theme. We learn all about different metals and what they are used for, explore magnetism and how this works, along with focusing our scientific investigations on forces.
Autumn 2
Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age
Throughout this half term, we go 2.6 million years back in time by reading ‘The Great Storm’ by Terry Deary. We learn about the exciting discoveries, particularly during the Neolithic period. We learn 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 nowadays.
Autumn 1
Road Trip USA!
Oak class had a fantastic day at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Luckily the weather was kind to us and we had a rain free day. We had fun searching the woodland and pond habitats doing a bit of minibeast hunting and pond dipping, we even found some newts in the pond.  Afterwards we had a session all about plants. We learnt about what plants need to grow well and about the life cycle of a plant, which involved one of us getting dressed up as a bee! 

Year 3 have had a letter from Larry the dog and his owner Pete to invite them to go on a road trip around the USA. So we packed our suitcases, got on a plane and looked forward to the adventure. The problem was Larry kept getting lost so Pete needed our help to find him in the different states. We have already explored San Francisco in California, Washington DC and New York, we will soon be moving to Texas and then finally Los Angeles to take a walk along the iconic Hollywood walk of fame, it will be quite a journey! Along the way, we will research iconic American people, make traditional American dishes and identifying physical and human features of North America. We even had a go at designing and building our own bridges after finding out about the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Welcome to Juniper 2!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Brelsford - Class Teacher
Mrs Whitlock - Teaching Assistant
Summer 2

Grab your bucket and spade and let’s head to the coast! On the beach we will learn about the physical and human features that can be found and explore how life in a coastal town compares to life here in the Midlands. As an island we are surrounded by the sea so we will take a closer look at which seas specifically surround the United Kingdom and the wildlife that inhabits them. We will also explore how to stay safe when we are near water.


Summer 1
Land Ahoy!
On Wednesday Year 2 spent a swashbuckling day in the life of a pirate. We were joined by Richard from 'The History Squad' who taught us lots of information about pirates.
To start with he taught us special pirate vocabulary such as 'stern', 'bow', 'port' and 'starboard'. When given orders by the Captain, we had to run to the correct place on the ship. Richard then showed us some artefacts. We were able to hold pieces of eight, canon balls, a cutlass and even had a go a firing real pistol (don't worry it wasn't loaded!) Can you believe we played games that pirates would have played on their ships? It was a very fun day and we learnt lots.
Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to 'The History Squad'.
Spring 2
Bright Lights, Big City
We celebrated the end of our theme by going to a Royal Tea   Party with Paddington Bear. Paddington was able to travel in style on a red bus made during our DT moving vehicles project. We wore our finest outfits and enjoyed cake along with Paddington’s marmalade on toast. We were also honoured to welcome a special visitor, Sergeant Harrison, who explained what life was life as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the crown jewels at the Tower of London!

Silly old Paddington Bear…he packed his bags for his tea party invitation and spilt marmalade all over his invite…we had to help him using our inference skills by working out where he was going and who he was visiting.


In Year 2 we have been busy ‘visiting’ landmarks in London. We used a green screen app and chose our favourite landmarks to add our photographs.

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
Movers and Shakers
Take One Author: Oliver Jeffers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
'Stuck has been my favourite book because it is so funny,'Theo.
'My brain gets filled with words and I get to write them down,' Poppy.
'You can be whoever you want to be when writing,' Vinny.
'Oliver Jeffers makes your imagination grow,' Thea.

Movers and Shakers

'Rosa Parks was so brave! She is amazing!' Jensen.

'Votes for Women! Women should be treated equally!' Karinna.

'I have been to Robert Peel Hospital. Now I know it is named after the man who invented the police,' Rosie.

'I can’t believe women weren’t allowed in the police!' Ava.

'I have loved using the Ipads to do our work on Emmeline Pankhurs,' Jacob.

Autumn 1
 Wiggle and Crawl
Year 2 arrived back at school to find a surprising letter from Paddington Bear asking them to help his rainforest friends. 
Year 2 are now on a learning journey with Paddington to find out all about the rainforest, what is going on and how we can help.

Alfie:  I felt sad when I heard that people are destroying the rainforest.  

Rosie: I want to help Paddington save the orangu-tans home.  

Karinna: I want to change what is happening and help spread the orangu-tan’s story far and wide.  

Jessie: I was so surprised when we found the letter from Paddington Bear.  

Theo: I want to help Paddington save his home in the rainforest because I feel sorry for him and all the other animals that live there.  

Ella: I loved doing the rainforest dance with Mrs Bright.  

Taylor: My favourite part of learning about the rainforest so far is the parrots were have drawn in Art.  

Georgia: I love learning about the rainforest.  


Welcome to Elm 1!
2019 - 2020
Miss Aston - Class Teacher
Miss Richardson - Teaching Assistant
Hello Elm Class!
We hope that you have all had another good week with your families. 
Its has been lovely to see you enjoying the activities that we set for you last week. Well done!
Underneath this post you will see the final timetable for this academic year with a new set of activities.

Remember to keep sending photographs of you completing your tasks to williams.y@welearn365.com which may then go on the 'Staying Connected' page on the website.  

Below are some web site links to help you stay active...

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: https://www.yourschoolgames.com/sgo/queen-elizabeth/ Twitter @schoolgames_nw

PE with Joe every morning at  9am


Remember to STAY SAFE online too.  Visit https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ 

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.

www.nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/  Password: nowpressplay

The DfE have set up a YouTube channel to provide daily Letters and Sounds lessons for children to continue to practise their phonics knowledge.(Year 1 lessons are at 10.30)


We have enjoyed having you all in our class this year, even though it was cut a little short,  and wish you the very best of luck for next year when you move to year 2. Have a lovely summer break. Stay safe and keep smiling!
 Miss Aston and Miss Richardson.
Spring 2
There’s no place like home
Elm 1 have had a brilliant time this afternoon with @WestEndinSchool where they explored the story ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ through dance in preparation for #WorldBookDay.
Year 1 were amazed by the crime scene that they found in their classroom on Tuesday morning. After looking at and measuring clues, viewing CCTV footage, creating Wanted posters and helping Sergeant F. Tale with his questioning they established that the suspect was Goldilocks!
Spring 1
Turrets and Tiaras
Elm 1 have been learning about the importance of staying safe while using the internet as part of #SaferinternetDay2020. Using Now Press Play, we had to escape from inside a computer by making the right choices whilst online.
What a wonderful afternoon we had at the Royal Banquet with feasting, dancing and games.
After reading the story ‘The Princess and the Pea’ we made our very own pea and mint soup. We used lots of skills such as weighing, chopping and blending.
Autumn 2
The Magic Toybox
Autumn 1
Here Come the Aliens!
We enjoyed cooking pear crumble using pears that had been picked from our very own Birchwood orchard. We also practised our weighing, cutting and mixing skills and the results were delicious.
Today we enjoyed exploring the legends of the festival of Diwali and other ancient Hindu stories. We then explored the traditions of each day of the festival.
We had a wonderful morning painting in the style of Vincent Van Gogh to create our own starry night paintings. 
'I’m a real artist!,  Ellie-Grace.
As part of Democracy Day we learned about what goes on in Parliament. We then held our own vote on which story should be read at the end of the day.
When returning to school after the summer holidays we made an interesting discovery in our outside area. Something had crash landed leaving a terrible mess. The following week we arrived at school to find that the crash scene had been cleared. A postcard and dropped passport revealed that it had actually been a spaceship that had crash landed. It belonged to an alien called Beegu who had managed to finally fix her space craft and had returned to Planet Zoop!