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Welcome to Beech Class


Welcome to the Beech Class Page! I am looking forward to welcoming all the children back to school for an action packed Summer term. Below you will find details about the curriculum and some key dates linked to Summer 1.  As always, please don't hesitate to contact me via email, phone or Seesaw if you have any questions or concerns. 

Mrs Hudson and Mrs Evanssmiley



Key Dates

  • Tuesday 19th April – School reopens after Easter
  • Wednesday 20th April – KS1 trip to Skipton Castle. 
  • Monday 2nd May – Bank Holiday – School closed.
  • Thursday 5th May – School Closed for Polling Day
  • Friday 27th May - School Breaks for half term.

Useful Information


  • Please inform us if someone different is collecting your child (they need to be over the age of 16).
  • Water bottles should be brought into school and taken home each day to be cleaned.
  • All uniform (including coats and PE kits) needs to be labelled with your child's name.
  • Please send your child to school with a coat each day - even when it appears to be a sunny morning.


Curriculum Information




To begin this half term we will be looking at writing recounts linked to our trip to Skipton Castle during the first week. 




After that, we will be continuing to use Chris Judge's book 'The Lonely Beast' to inspire all of our writing. Have you heard of the Beasts? No, not many people have. That's because they are very rare. This is the tale of one such Beast, whose determination to overcome his loneliness leads him to undertake a daring and dangerous quest to find others like him. Trekking over mountains and swimming under seas, he comes at last to a great city. There he finds many delights but sadly no Beasts, so he returns home, where a surprise
awaits him. We will use the book to support of writing of persuasive letters and recounts. 



Finally we will look at Mini Grey's book 'The Last Wolf'. This reimagining of  the Little Red Riding Hood character and story provides an excellent model of creative storytelling through its language, structure and illustration. The book supports consideration of the value of helping others, of community and of nature and of conservation. Children will get the opportunity to develop their creative writing skills, descriptive writing techniques, taking part in debates and discussion, role play work, reader's theatre and non-fiction writing.  


Year 1- We will be consolidating Phase 5. 5 Vowel Families. 

Year 2- The children will be continuing with their learning of Phase 6. 



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

  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Positions


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

  • the four number operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
  • Word Problems
  • Revision of the core Maths curriculum ready for our SATs examinations 



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

This unit will introduce children to the idea of plants as living things which grow and change over time. Children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can we make a plant identification kit?’ The unit will encourage children to recognise the common features, similarities and differences between plants. Children will learn about the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. They will identify, name and describe the main parts of plants, including trees. 


Year 2- The children in Year 2 will be studying the Science topic Growing Plants. 

In this unit children will explore how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will investigate what plants need to grow and will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. Children will discover where seeds come from by investigating fruits and seeds in their local environment. They will carefully observe and sort seeds and will also recognise how some plants are able to grow from bulbs. They will plant a variety of seeds, describing how they grow. Children will have the opportunity to plant seeds and to observe growth. Working Scientifically, children will observe seeds and plants using simple equipment. They will ask simple questions about what plants need to grow and they will perform simple tests recognising that their questions can be answered in different ways. They will observe and measure the growth of the plants over time.



 Where in the World is India? In our new topic we will continue with a Geography focus and learn all the continents. We will look at what continent India is on and how India is a contrasting country from the UK; comparing Manchester as a city with Mumbai. We will look at Indian culture and different festivals celebrated in India.


R.E. Our topics this half term are:

  • Why is the church a special place for Christians? 
  • Hinduism.


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 sports and ball skills. 

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.  


Thank you for your help and support,


Mrs Hudson, Mrs Evans and Mrs Bates 


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