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From Mrs Rai & Mrs Owona



14th November 2020


Welcome to Birch's class page!


We have had an incredibly busy first term and it's been a pleasure to see how well everyone has adjusted to our new classroom and routines. Although there have been some changes to the way we do things, many things are the same and our enthusiasm for learning is one of them! 


In English, we have explored change stories and persuasive writing techniques which were used to create highly effective adverts. Maths has focused on consolidating our understanding of place value before moving onto addition and subtraction involving 3 digit numbers. Number facts are crucial for calculation work so any support you can give your child to revise these would be much appreciated!


We were lucky to have some lovely weather earlier on in the term as this enabled us to use our beautiful school grounds to learn about seed dispersal in Science. We have now moved onto forces and magnets which will involve lots of experimentation! Our Geography focus was the Mediterranean, which led us to learn about Italy in more detail. We will be using some of our knowledge whilst we are studying Ancient Greece in our History lessons. We have also been lucky enough to use our artistic skills in our RE learning as we look at the use of light in celebrations. This week we learnt about Diwali celebrations and below are some Rangoli designs we have created. 

We look forward to updating you with more examples of our learning as the year goes on!


Mrs Rai and Mrs Owona


Birch class PE days: Wednesday and Friday
Spelling homework to be handed in on Monday
Spelling tests on Monday


Letter from Mrs Hull - 31st August 2020

Letter from Mrs Hull - new start times September 2020


Updated 20th July 2020

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Video message for the children from Mrs Manwaring

Updated 13th July 2020

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Social Distancing at Oakfield

Updated 18th June 2020

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Mrs Hull reads 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?'

Updated 25th May 2020

Updated 22nd May 2020

Updated 18th May 2020

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Video message from Mrs Manwaring (week 9)

Updated 29th April 2020

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Attention Birch class - a message from Mrs Manwaring!

Updated 6th April 2020

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Video from Oakfield Staff

Updated 3rd April 2020

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Video Message from Mrs Manwaring (Week 2)

Updated 26th March 2020

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Birch class - video message from Mrs Manwaring

Updated 20th March 2020


11th March 2020


We had a fantastic 'Volcano' themed day on Dad's Into School Day back in February. We started the day by writing shape poems about volcanoes, using all of our writing tricks for descriptive writing such as similes, powerful adjectives, alliteration, and even some rhyming words. 

We challenged ourselves in Maths to make number volcanoes, using our number facts and mental addition and subtraction to 'explode' numbers into parts. 


After lunch, we experienced a volcanic explosion! There were whoops of delight when Mrs Manwaring's volcano erupted in the classroom! We spent the afternoon making volcanoes out of bottles, carboard and modroc. It was great fun getting messy, and we were certainly grateful for the extra few pairs of hands that we had to help!


Birch did a great job painting their volcanoes, and I'm pleased to hear that a few children have had a go at creating their own volcanic eruptions at home. Thank you again to all of our visitors that came to join us on the day. Thank you for participating so enthusiastically and for helping other children as well as your own. 

We've had a busy start to this term with World Book Day being a highlight. We enjoyed sharing our characters and favourite books, and hope that it again reminded the children how wonderful the world of reading is.


Please continue to encourage your children to develop a love of reading! They are at such an exciting age where they can explore books with more independence, and start to develop their own preferences, likes and dislikes. Please also remember that even as they become more independent in their reading, it's just as important for your child to hear stories from you as it is for them to read to you. Do look online for recommended reads for Year 3. Here are some suggested links:





Well done to everyone who dressed up for World Book Day! Check out our costumes below. Congratulations to our dressing up winner - Oliver/Dogman! 

Some useful information:

  • Spelling Homework - due in on Mondays
  • Maths Homework - due in on Wednesday
Birch class Library & PE Days...

Library Day is: Wednesday

PE Days are: Tuesday & Friday

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