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Welcome to Beech Class


Hello and welcome back to to the second half of the Spring term. We are very excited to welcome all  children back to school on Monday 8th of March. Later this week you will receive a newsletter with information about the curriculum learning which will take place this half term. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me via email, phone or Seesaw if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for all your support over the last eight weeks. 



Key Dates

  • Monday 8th March- All children return to school
  • Friday 19th March- Red Nose Day
  • Thursday 1st April- School Closes for Easter. 
  • Monday 19th April- School reopens for the Summer term. 

Curriculum Information



This half term we will begin by looking at the Fairy Tale The Ugly Duckling. Children will be given the opportunity to act out, sequence and re-write sections of this familiar tale. We will then move on to our fifth Power of Reading whole class text called 'The Lonely Beast' by Chris Judge.  The book follows a Beast whose determination to overcome his loneliness leads him to undertake a daring and dangerous quest to find others like him. During this unit children will have the opportunity to write :

  • Diaries 
  • Newspapers
  • Letters


Year 1- We will be revising the learning from the Phase 5 sounds with lots of revision of Phase 3 as well as opportunities to read and spell words with Phase 4 consonant blends.

Year 2- The children will be continuing to learn the alternative sounds from Phase 5. 



Year 1- In Year 1, children will be recapping learning around: numbers to 50, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and time. These were all topics covered during the last 8 weeks so we will be assessing what has been retained. We will end this half term working though our Maths No Problem chapter on Word Problems. 


Year 2- In Year 2, we will begin by consolidating learning from the last eight weeks. This will include: money, pictographs, 2-d and 3-d shapes and time. 



Year 1- 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. They will learn that trees are plants and will learn the meaning of ‘evergreen’ and ‘deciduous’ when describing and comparing trees. Children will describe and compare common plants and trees in their local environment and will learn specific vocabulary relating to trees, e.g. trunk, bark etc. They will have the opportunity to plant, grow and observe their own plants throughout the unit.


Year 2In 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.



Last half term the children really enjoyed our topic and produced some excellent work. This half term we will be continuing our learning linked to our topic 'London's Burning'. This topic will support children's geographical understanding of the four countries which make up the UK and their capitals, as well as their historical learning studying a key historical event beyond living memory. 


During the first two weeks in March, we will be having a multifaith focus across the whole school. Key Stage One will be focusing on Christian, Islamic and Jewish creation stories and exploring the similarities and differences. After that, we will be looking at the events leading up to Easter and why they are important to Christians.



This term, P.E. will take place on Thursdays  and Fridays with our fantastic sports coaches. Children will be focusing on invasion Games.  Once again, children are asked to come into school on Thursdays and Fridays wearing their P.E kits. Please make sure your child dresses appropriately for the weather as ,unless it is raining, children will usually do P.E outside.


Thank you for your help and support,


Mrs Hudson, Mrs Shivnan-Taylor, Mrs Bates and Mrs Nuttall


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