Birkbeck Primary School

Fir Class

24th November 2023

Welcome to our monthly class blog update.


Yesterday we visited Stonehenge on our school trip. We explored the museum which had a 360 video of Stonehenge that showed how it had changed over time and then looked at the Stone Age tools, bones, fossils and models of Stonehenge. We also saw a skeleton of a human found near Stonehenge. Then, we walked around Stonehenge. It was huge! We thought about how it was built all the way back in the Stone Age and why it was built. Was it built as a burial ground or as a clock or as a place of worship for Druids? Ask your child what they think. Finally, we explored the Stone Age houses from the Neolithic period. Inside were wooden beds, fire pits and clay pots. The walls were made from chalk, wattle and daub with thatched roofs. We had a great time. Ask your child what their favourite part of the trip was. 
A huge thank you to all our parents who accompanied us on the trip.


We have had a very successful (and mathematical) month this November as we moved away from addition and subtraction. In this new block, pupils have been exploring multiplication and division in greater depth. We have been using arrays, number tracks and number lines to improve our understanding of multiplication and utilising many resources to experiment with division through sharing and grouping. Helpful supporting materials can be found on your child’s MyMaths account as we regularly update tasks based around the activities we encounter throughout the week.

D&T  We've been learning all about castles in our D&T classes. We've learnt about what made the structures stable and how they were built to withstand attacks . Our year group is putting all this knowledge to the test and building castles using recycled materials.




Our castles are still a work in progress so stay tuned.


Fir Class

Welcome to our monthly class blog update.


In Maths we have moved from Place Value to Addition and Subtraction. The children have been adding and subtracting 1 and 2 digit numbers from 3 digit numbers. We have explored crossing into the 10s and the 100s columns using both place value counters and column method. 




In Science we have been learning all about igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. To show our understanding of how these rocks are formed, we used chocolate to create chocolate rocks.


On October 11th to bring together some of our cross curricular learning on Evolution, the Stone age, and Rock formation. Fir class took a trip to the Natural History Museum with the other Year 3 Classes.



Exploring rocks at the Natural History Museum .

We would like to say a big thank you to our parent volunteers who helped ensure a successful trip. There were smiles all round .

 It was lovely to also meet some of you during Parents evening. Hoping everyone had  a great half term.


Kind Regards

Ms. Emden  




19th September 2023

Welcome to our monthly class blog update.

The children in 3 FIR have had a wonderful first few weeks in Key Stage 2 and we would like to share with you some of their highlights.


The children have writing a narrative about The Boy's adventure in 'Stone Age Boy'. The class have excellently described the actions and feelings of the main character as he goes on his journey, writing in past tense and using personification. Ask your child to explain The Boy's journey to you using our plot point map below!

Next week, the class will begin to write their own narrative, inspired by this story!


In Science, the class have learnt that there are three types of rock - Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic. Within their lessons, the children have been holding rocks, identifying what type of rock they are and grouping them into categories. 


Exploring cave paintings has been our focus so far in art. Looking at the texture, content and colour within them. This week, the class created their very own paints, following the techniques that stone age people would have used. With a range of natural resources, the class squeezed and crushed pigment out of berries, leaves and vegetables, mixing with water and flour to create a paste. These paints were then tested in art books and you can see an example of this below.


Thank you for reading 3 FIR's class blog for this month. Next months update will include pictures from our upcoming school trip to the natural history museum - more information will be revealed next week.

Kind Regards,

Miss Finlay



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