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Welcome to Beech Class



 Welcome  back to the Spring term . I hope you had a restful and enjoyable Christmas break! Thank you all so much for the  lovely cards and presents I received!  Below are some key dates and information regarding the curriculum. Please also check your child's book bag nightly for letters as well as the Key Stage 1 notice board in the entrance hall.


We would like to remind and encourage parents to help their child settle in independently to Beech Class by, where possible, leaving your child at the door and allowing them to make their own way into class.


Check us out on twitter under the username 'ccwalshaw'.

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


Important Dates



  • Monday 6th January                 Return to school
  • Monday 20th- Friday                Readathon- Sponsored Reading Event- See separate letter
  • 31st January
  • Friday 24th January                  Friends Quiz Night- Details to follow
  • 25th-27th January                    Big Garden Bird Watch- details to follow
  • Week Beg. 3rd February          Chinese Friendship Visit
  • Friday 6th February                  Adrian Bowden's Science Show in school
  • Thursday 13th February           Valentine Disco
  • Friday 14th February                School closes for half-term
  • Thursday 5th March                  World Book Day
  • Friday 13th March                     Sport Relief
  • Monday 23rd March                  Parents' Evening
  • Wednesday 25th March            Parents' Evening
  • Friday 27th March                     Friends Easter Bingo
  • Friday 3rd April                          Term ends at 3.30pm




Key Information

Monday after school- Library

Tuesday- P.E

Thursday- P.E

Friday- Reading books changed


Curriculum Information



This half term we will begin with a short unit on performing and reciting poems from memory. We will use Please Mrs Butler and The Adventures of Isabel. We will then move on to our core text 'The Secret of Black Rock' by Joe Todd Stanton. This is a graphic novel with lots of local legends about Black Rock within the local fishing community. Some of the writing opportunities found within this book are:


  • Role on the Wall
  • Information Writing in a range of forms
  • Personal Narrative
  • Thought Bubbles
  • Questions and suggestions
  • Diary entry in role
  • Stream of Consciousness
  • Poetry
  • Persuasive argument
  • Letters and notes
  • Recipes and Instructions
  • Book Review
  • Book Trailer

We will also being completing some non-fiction writing linked to the Big Garden Bird Watch, which takes place between the 25th-27th of January.


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.



Year 1- Follow the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail and developing our maths skills in: 

shapes and patterns, length and height, reading, recognising and writing numbers to 40 and multiplication.


Year 2- Follow the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at: 

 temperature, pictograms, identifying coins and calculating amounts of money and properties of 2D and 3D shapes.


Will be exploring parts of animals and habitats this half term.


In Year 1 children will learn about their senses and how they use them to describe the world. Children will identify and name the basic external parts of the human body and recognise the functions of some body parts, including the sense organs. Children will describe and compare common animals, and will recognise and name a variety of animals and their body parts. They will construct and label a map of the human body and will draw comparisons between human and animal body parts. They will consider how to treat other people and living things with care and respect. At the end of the unit, children will create a song which compares the functions of various animals’ body parts.


In Year 2 Children will work scientifically by observing plants and animals closely in their local environment using simple equipment and by gathering and recording data to help answer questions they may have raised. Children will have had the opportunity to investigate and compare local habitats in detail, and also to compare animals in familiar habitats with animals found in less familiar habitats, for example, on the seashore, in woodland, in the ocean, in the rainforest. They will have the opportunity to conduct an investigation into worms and their habitat in their local environment.



This half term our topic title is 'Would you like to go on an Arctic adventure?’ This topic will develop and extend children's understanding of world geography, consolidating work done in previous topics on continents before moving on to focus mainly on the polar regions. Children will learn: what and where the polar regions are, which animals live there and why, famous adventurers who have braved the Arctic climate,  to compare the polar regions with hot deserts, use and develop their collage skills to create a piece of art representing the polar regions and carrying out a short presentation to summarise their learning.



This half term we will be doing net and wall games with coach Rick on Thursdays and dance on Tuesdays.                              

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



This half term we are exploring: Jesus; Friend to Everyone and  The Bible

Christian Concepts- God – Creation – Fall – People of God – Incarnation – Gospel – Salvation – Kingdom of God


SEAL- This half term we are exploring Good To Be Me and Going for Goals.


Learning At Home
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenge- See document below.
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.


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Children in Need

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Maths Pictures

Maths Pictures 1 We have been comparing numbers.

Home Learning Challenges

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