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Welcome to Beech Class



 Welcome  back to the second part of the Autumn Term!  I hope you all had a brilliant half-term holiday. 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.


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 28th October- First day back of the Autumn term .
  • Friday 29th November- Annual School Trip to Oldham Coliseum to see the Pantomime. More details to follow.
  • Tuesday 3rd December- Tree Decoration Service, children are welcome to bring a decoration in to school to decorate the tree with. Please make sure the decoration is labelled with your child's full name and class.
  • Wednesday 11th December- KS1 Nativity Production. More details to follow.
  • Friday 13th December – Christmas dinner in school. More details to follow.
  • Monday 16th December -  Carol Concert starting at 6:30 pm.
  • Tuesday 17th December - Christmas party afternoon! There will be  a food sign-up sheet displayed the week before the party.
  •  Wednesday 18th December - last day in school before the Christmas holiday. School closes at 2:00.


Key Information

Monday after school- Fortnightly library visits.

Tuesday- P.E

Thursday- P.E

Friday- Reading books changed


Curriculum Information



We are now ready to move on to our next class text 'If all the world were' by Joseph Coelho. The central theme of this book is protecting those we love and preserving their memory. It tells the tale of a young child's relationship with their Indian grandfather. During this unit we will be able to practise and consolidate lots of our writing skills which we have developed during our last English unit. There are lots of exciting writing opportunities linked to this book including: list poems, story predictions, writing in role, personal narratives, free verse poems, oral stories, story maps and finally inventing their own, short, fictional narrative.




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: 


Subtraction within 10

Position and direction

Numbers up to 20

Additional and subtraction up to 20



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

Multiplying and dividing by 2, 5 and 10

Measuring in centimetres and metres 

Weighing objects in grams and kilograms.






Will be exploring animals including humans this half term.


In Year 1 we will be learning to observe and recognise some simple characteristics of animals. We will learn that animals are similar to each other in some ways and different in other ways. They will begin to start grouping animals by the key features of their appearance.


In Year 2 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 this half-term is 'Festivals of Light'. During this topic children will learn about the seven continents of the world, exploring some famous British festivals such as bonfire night and Christmas as well as learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. They will compare Manchester and Mumbai in India and look at similarities and differences between to two cities.


This half term we will be continuing to develop our throwing and catching skills working on our aim as well as gymnastics.                              

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 a friend to everyone and Christmas.

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.


Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites! smiley

Children in Need

Children in Need 1
Children in Need 2
Children in Need 3
Children in Need 4
Children in Need 5
Children in Need 6

Maths Pictures

Maths Pictures 1 We have been comparing numbers.

Home Learning Challenges