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Welcome to Beech Class

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   Happy New Year to you all and a heartfelt thank you for all the lovely cards and gifts.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas  break. Welcome to the first half of the Spring term 2019 . As always we have  a busy and exciting time ahead.

PE days have changed slightly and are now Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 If you have any queries please see me before or after school  and I will be happy to help.

               Important Dates  

  Monday 7th January 2019 - Beginning of Spring term

  Friday 11th January - Adrian Bowden's Science Show

 14th - 18th January Science week

Monday 21st January Key stage One  Home Learning  Challenge Celebration  afternoon from 3.00pm

Wednesday 6th February - End of Year 2 assessment meeting for parents

 11th 15th  February  children and teachers from Datong in China to visit school

Thursday 14th February - School Disco

Friday 15th February School closes for half term break











Our Curriculum focus this half term



We shall be looking at non fiction texts and poetry all about dinosaurs

Reading Skills 

- Applying phonic knowledge and skills appropriately

- Reading accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words

- Reading common exception words and words with more than one syllable

- Reading aloud accurately

- Discussing the significance of the title and events

- Making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done

- Predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

- Developing pleasure in reading

- Reading a range of books to build up fluency and confidence.

 Writing skills

- Saying out loud what we are going to write about

- Sequencing sentences to form short narratives

- Using a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’

- Beginning to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark Learning and   applying grammar and spelling learnt in phase 5 /6phonics
- Re-reading and checking our writing to check it makes sense

- Looking at the features of poems and non fiction texts.
- Writing for a range of purposes including  reports, fact sheets and poems.




Using the Maths No problem approach we will be looking at:

 Year One

Positions and positional language. Numbers to 20, counting on from 10, writing number names to 20, Comparing and ordering  numbers. Using more than, less than, greater than. Adding and subtracting. Investigating shapes and patterns. 

Year Two

Pictograms , reading and interpreting . Identifying coins and calculating amounts of money. Properties of 2D and 3D shapes.



Why would a dinosaur not make a good pet?  Children will discover the Jurassic world and find out about it's inhabitants and the landscape. They will name dinosaurs and find out about how they lived. They will learn about how fossils were made and about the people who discovered them including Mary Anning. They will consider the theories on  as to why the dinosaurs died out and look at some dinosaurs that still exist.  They will produce art work using dinosaurs as their starting point through the medium of collage.


 Completing our "Identifying materials." Children will group and sort materials according to their properties and consider their uses.

Moving on to  "Types of Animals"  in which children will find out about  the different animal groups. They will look at animals that live in our local environment  and will classify animals and will collect data and produce pictograms.




Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school at all times.
PE will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  

Please check your child's book bag for letters and information daily.

Learning at Home .
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenge Details to follow
Bug Club will be set on Friday’s every  other week please let us know if you have any trouble accessing the website and we will do our best to solve any issues.

Reading Books
We will change the children's reading books every Friday. The purpose of the home reading book is to consolidate decoding skills and comprehension and develop fluency and expression. Please read with your child each week, asking them questions about the story, and sign the reading record so we know to give them a new book. Any additional comments in the reading records are welcomed. Bug Club will also be updated every other week.

In school the children will also have two guided reading sessions each week. These sessions will provide differentiated teaching of reading and will secure progress by providing opportunities for children to practice their learning. We currently use a breadth of reading schemes including Bug Club books, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins and Big Cat.

Bug Club will be set fortnightly  Logins and passwords can be found in your child's reading record and are the same as last year.

In the teaching of Phonics we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Children are taught within differentiated groups for 20 minutes daily.


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