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Welcome to Beech Class

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We regularly update it with pictures and tweets about different things happening in our class and as a whole school.

  Welcome to the second half of  the Summer  term  2018.  Thank you for your continuing support. The children were very excited to come second in the Small Change Challenge and our certificate is proudly on display in Beech  classroom.  

Please remember to check your child always has their reading book and reading record in school on a Friday in order for their book to be changed.

A list of spellings to be learned at home weekly have been sent home.

Don't forget we are taking part in  the WOW scheme again, so if you can walk to school or park and stride you will be doing your part to help the environment as well as keeping fit.  If you can't manage to walk on Wednesday don't worry, any day of the week will do and you will still be able to collect the super new badges.


Our Curriculum focus this half term



Our first text is "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak  

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.

- Discussing a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Answering questions about a range of texts and making inferences

 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 5/6 phonics.

 - Using a developing range of punctuation appropriately
- Composing and sequencing sentences into short narratives
- Re-reading and checking our writing to check it makes sense
- Writing for a range of purposes including letters; recounts; short stories; newspaper reports; poems



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

 Year One

- Solving one-step problems involving multiplication and division, by calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations and arrays with the support of the teacher.

- Recognise, find and name a half as 1 of 2 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity
- Recognise, find and name a quarter as 1 of 4 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.

- Compare, describe and solve practical problems for:

mass / weight

capacity and volume


Year Two

Recognising, naming, writing and comparing simple fractions
Telling time in 5 minute intervals; understanding quarter past, quarter to and half past; sequencing time; finding ending times when given a start time and duration; finding starting times when given an end time and duration.
Solving one step and two step word problems using bar models
Using money in practical ways and calculating change


 Our themes will be, 'Multi-cultural Christianity' and 'Christianity through Art'.



Changes. Children will be thinking about how changes can affect them and how to welcome change as a new challenge.



Food and Exercise. Linking into our topic  we will be looking at the basic needs of living things and how humans and and animals can remain healthy.


Who will you Support in the World Cup?

The children will be using the World Cup as  a theme to find out about other countries involved in the competition. In Beech we will look at  maps and atlases to find out where some of the countries are  in the  world. We will then focus upon Portugal as our  chosen  country and find out about it's people and customs.









                                                                                           Important Dates



                              Week beginning Monday 11th June- Phonics screening for Year 1                                                      

                              Thursday 14th June- Passport to the World Cup Activity Day                            

                               Wednesday 27th June- Move-up Morning

                               Wednesday 4th July- Sports Day

                               Friday 20th July- School finishes for the summer at 3.30pm 









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 To be returned by Friday 6th July 2018.
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.

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


Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites! smiley

We had fun on Children in Need Day and helped other children too!

We had fun on Children in Need Day and helped other children too! 1
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