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Welcome to Beech Class


I hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful half-term holiday. I am looking forward to welcoming all the children back to school for an action packed half term. Below you will find details about the curriculum and some key dates.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact me via email, phone or Seesaw if you have any questions or concerns.  



Key Dates

  • Monday 1st November - School reopens
  • Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd November – Ian Bland poetry visit to school. Zoom details: 

    Rebecca Hudson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

    Topic: Reception, Years 1 and 2 Poetry Performances 
    Time: Nov 3, 2021 02:30 PM London

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 782 3165 2841
    Passcode: Y5Tz2b 

  • Monday 8th – 12th November – Maths Week England
  • Monday 8th November - NumBots/TTRockstars meeting for Y1-Y6 parents via Zoom 6-6:30pm:

​​​​​​Meeting ID: 784 6412 4905

  Passcode: maths

  • Tuesday 9th November – Road safety in school for Year 2.
  • Monday 29th November – Home Learning Challenges due in.
  • Tuesday 30th November - Pantomime at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
  • Tuesday 21st December – School closes for Christmas.


Curriculum Information



During the first week back we will be focusing on poetry which we look forward to sharing with you after our visit from Ian Bland. After that we will be using the book 'Out and About' by Shirley Hughes. Throughout the unit, we will learn how to use similes and alliteration as well as expanded noun phrases to aid description when writing poems.


After this we will move on to the brilliant book 'Look Up!' by Nathan Byron. The book focuses on Rocket a stargazing and space enthusiast as she tries to make the people in her town as interested as she is in an upcoming meteor shower. The children will have opportunities to write persuasive flyers, explanation texts and diaries. 


Year 1- We will be looking at Phase 4 to begin with before starting Phase 5 will revision of Phase 3 diagraphs included. Please see the spelling letter about for the weekly 5 words. 

Year 2- The children will be continuing with their learning of  Phase 5 alternative sounds. 



Year 1- In Year 1 we will be learning about : 

  • subtraction within 10- using number lines, number bond knowledge subtraction by crossing out or taking away with concrete resources. 
  • positions- using ordinal numbers to describe positions, name positions within a queue or line and using left and right correctly when describing positions. 
  • numbers to 20- counting ,writing, ordering in ascending and descending order and finding one more and one less. 
  • addition and subtraction within 20. 
  • making patterns. 


Year 2- In Year 2 we will be learning about: 

  • multiplication and division of 2, 5 and 10
  • length- measuring in cm, comparing lengths and heights, drawing accurate lengths in cm and solving word problems involving length and height. 
  • mass- measuring in grams and kilograms, accurately using and reading weight scales, comparing weights, solving + and - word problems involving mass and solve division and x problems involving mass.



Year 1- Children in Year 1 will be looking at the Science topic Changing Seasons. 

In this unit children will learn that there are four seasons, the names for these seasons and that there are differences between them. They will identify and design weather symbols for the different types of weather they are likely to experience across the seasons. Working scientifically, children will make observations and measurements over time throughout the seasons including day length, temperature, rain/snow fall, wind strength, cloud conditions and the accompanying changes to plants and animals in their local environment. They will describe and record their findings and compare them across the seasons.


Year 2- The children in Year 2 will be studying the Science topic Feeding and Exercise. 

In this unit children will have described the importance of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food and hygiene. Children will have identified different foods and have classified some of the foods that humans eat by plant or animal origins. Children will have described how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food. Children will have been able to use ideas about feeding and exercise to learn about ways we need to look after ourselves to stay healthy. Children will work scientifically by using observable features and research to identify and classify foods into those of plant or animal origin. They will ask questions and use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to their questions. Children will have the opportunity to carry out an investigation into what garden birds prefer to eat where they can carry out simple comparative tests, gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.



We are continuing with our Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria topic from last half term. Over the coming weeks, we will be focusing more on Queen Victoria before making comparisons between the two. We will learn about Queen Victoria and look at some of the key events during her reign, looking at her family tree and how a family tree is made before finally learning about the Victorian textile industry and how the Victorians celebrate Christmas and comparing it to our own traditions. 



This half term, children will be looking at how the ‘Good News’ of the Christmas story was shared in the Bible and how we continue to celebrate and spread the word of Jesus’ birth today.


Our P.E days are Thursdays and Fridays. Children need to bring in a P.E kit into school which will stay in school for the half term.  PE kit should consist of:  a plain T-shirt and shorts or joggers (not a football team strip) and pumps or trainers.  Children will work with a coach from Go4 It Sports on Thursdays developing the fundamentals of movement and then Dance on Fridays. 

Home Reading

Home reading books  will continue to be sent home weekly on Fridays. Please enjoy reading these with your children and ensure they are returned each Friday. In addition Bug Club books are set regularly and we encourage you to use this excellent resource.  The first reading books will be sent home on Friday 10th September. 


Thank you for your help and support,


Mrs Hudson, Mrs Evans and Mrs Bates 


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Miss Bell would like to thank you for all your kind wishes and gifts after the birth of her beautiful daughter Ivy. They are all doing well and are absolutely besotted.