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Welcome to Beech Class


Hello and welcome back to the new school year.

I am very excited to see everyone on Monday 6th September.  hope you all had a restful and enjoyable Summer break. 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 6th September- New school year begins. 
  • Tuesday 14th September - Meeting for KS1 parents 6-6:30pm via Zoom (meeting log in details will be shared nearer the time).
  • Tuesday 21st September- Individual Photo day
  • Monday 11th October and Wednesday 13th October - Parents' Evenings 4-7pm
  • Friday 22nd October - School closes for half term
  • Monday 1st November - School reopens
  • Tuesday 9th November - Road safety in school for Y2
  • Monday 29th November - HLC due in
  • Tuesday 21st December - School closes for Christmas


Curriculum Information



For the first two-three weeks we will be exploring the wonderful book 'The Secret Sky Garden' by Linda Sarah. This will be part of a whole school unit focusing on 'Growing our Future'. We are very excited as the book will tie in brilliantly will all of the work done on our school garden during the Summer holidays as part of the SUDs project. The children will have the opportunity to write persuasive posters, captions, simple sentences, invitations and complete lots of other exciting work. After this we will explore Jon Klassen's 'I Want My Hat Back'. Children will explore the language, illustrations and use lots of prediction skills to work out where the hat has gone. Some of the writing opportunities will be: simple newspaper reports, informal letters and story writing. 



Year 1- We will be looking at Phase 2 revision of short vowels, upper case letter formation and rhymes and Phase 4. 

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 : 

  • Numbers to 10
  • Comparing numbers
  • Addition within ten


Year 2- In Year 2 we will be learning: 

  • counting in ones and tens up to 100 (forwards and backwards)
  • to know the place value of each digit in a two digit number
  • to use < > = to compare numbers up to 100
  • to count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10 from any number up to 100 (forwards and backwards)
  • to add and subtract one and two digit numbers (including renaming)



Year 1- Parts of Animals In this unit 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.


Year 2- Living Things. In this unit children will make comparisons between things that are alive, things that are not alive, and things that were once alive. They will sort and compare animals, plants and non-living things and will create a list of features of living things. Children will notice that living things have offspring which resemble their parents and that they themselves grow into adults which reproduce. Children will order the stages of growth of humans from birth to old age. They will complete their Quest by imagining they are curators of a museum where they will curate an exhibition on living things, and design an information board for an exhibit comparing living, not living and never living things.



Our topic for the autumn term is all about exploring and comparing the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. We will begin by looking at what powers a monarch has before focusing in on the life of Queen Elizabeth I. The children will order events on a simple timeline and develop an understanding of chronology. We will look at portraits of Queen Elizabeth I before having a go at creating our own! The children will end the half term by looking at traditional banquets before designing and making their very own fruit salad as part of a healthy meal.


This half term the children will be studying The Bible.  They will investigate the value of Kindess an how it is represented in The Bible as well as reflecting on their own kindess. The will also listen and reflect on Old and New Testiment stories including: Noah's Ark, Jonah and The Whale and The Lost Sheep.



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 Gymnastics 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 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.