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Welcome to Beech Class

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   Welcome  back to the new school year! I hope you all had a brilliant, restful summer. On this page you will find information regarding the curriculum and other important school information. 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.


Key Dates:

  • Wednesday 4th September - start of Autumn 1 term at CCW. 
  • Tuesday 17th September- individual photos. 
  • Friday 18th October – Last day in school and also Wear Red to Show Racism The Red Card (see separate letter)
  • Monday 28th October - Start of Autumn 2 half term.
  •  Wednesday 18th December - last day in school before the Christmas holiday.


Our Curriculum focus this half term:



To begin with during this half-term we will be reading 'How to Find Gold' by Viviane Schwarz. Throughout this unit children will have the opportunity to write for lots of different purposes as well as develop their reading and comprehension skills. Some of the writing opportunities are:

Writing Outcomes

 ‘Tell Me’ responses

 Character description

 A plan to find gold

 Detailed description and directions in map work

 Writing in role (thought bubbles and diary entries)

 Play script

 Setting description

 Free verse poetry

 Persuasive note

 Advisory pamphlet

 Note in role

 Letter to the author illustrator

 Writing a narrative sequence, retelling the story



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

Numbers to 10 and beyond

Number bonds

Addition within 10

Subtraction within 10


Year 2- Following the Maths No Problem approach we will be looking in detail at: understanding numbers to 100, addition and subtraction methods and learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.


Our topic this half-term is 'Megastructures'. During this topic children will learn about lots of different megastructures within the U.K and then world wide. They will explore what a megastructure is and why they have been built. They will learn how to locate and label the different countries which make up the U.K before moving on to identifying the seven continents of the world.


Will be exploring materials and their properties this half term. Children will be describing, naming, classifying and sorting a range of materials including: rock, paper, cardboard, fabric, glass, plastic, sponge, wool, rubber and metal.



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


Learning at Home .
Home Reading Books are changed every Friday.
Home Learning Challenge Details to follow
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.

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.


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