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Beech Class 2017

 

Welcome to the curriculum pages for Beech class with Mrs Clayton supported by Mrs Robinson and Mrs Cranton.

 

Please find below our curriculum map for Autumn 1.

 

You will find updates, images and articles as we begin our learning.

 

 

Curriculum map A1:

Beech Class: Autumn term curriculum map.

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For the past few weeks I've had the pleasure of being treated to breakfast with the children! It's such a lovely time to spend with them, I had to share it with you.  They even set me a little tray with juice and toast! This morning we enjoyed breakfast in our pyjamas.

Thank you children.

Breakfast with the children...

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The children have been working hard in all areas of their learning to collect 'smiley points', when they have reached 10, they get a prize!

We have collected our first 10 'Smiley Points' Yippee!

Reading Raffle

To encourage your child to read at home every day, we now have a raffle system in Beech class! Each day they bring their reading record to school signed by an adult to say they have read, they get entered into our class raffle. At the end of the week a name is picked out and they receive a prize from our exciting Beech bucket. The children love this and I’ve seen a real improvement this term with lots of reading at home.

THANK YOU

The learning from the children this term has been fabulous, they have worked so hard. They have thoroughly enjoyed their Iron Man topic, our visit from the Iron Man created a real sense of excitement. The idea for this topic came from the children themselves!

Throughout the term the children have been working together to collect gems in their bunny basket for super learning, great manners, being kind & caring, WOW moments, fabulous listening and being a real pleasure to teach. When they achieved their last few the whole class cheered & hugged each other with excitement.

Thank you for all your support with your child this term and have a fabulous Easter!

Pyjama Day!

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We have been looking at the use of paragraphs to structure our writing and discussing what we need to include in our plan to write a newspaper report. 

It has been fabulous to watch daily 'First News' we have even created our own news display board in class! You must come and see it. 

Fascinating First News! This week we are 'News Reporters'...

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The children are thoroughly enjoying their Samba lessons...

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"One and two and one and two and"

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"Ice-cream, ice-cream"

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Look our concentrations skills!

"Yes, Yes, WE ARE THE BEST"

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Each week we are getting better and better and having so much fun!

Splat Square is one of our favourite maths starters!

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We use it to help us look at number patterns, times tables, addition, subtraction, its so much fun!

We have been learning to add/subtract using a blank number line and we are feeling confident with our learning.

Demi's demonstration of addition using a blank number line...

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We were all so impressed with her maths skills, the children all said how proud they were!
We enjoyed our apostrophe hunt today! we all had to choose a reading book and find examples of the use of apostrophes.  We then thought about other punctuation we know and wrote an explanation of how the people in the village captured the Iron Man in the pit. 

Apostrophe Hunt! What is the job of an apostrophe? Where may you find it?

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Barney Beech joins our class!

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The children decided to sing 'Happy Birthday' to Barney, he has settled in very well to Beech Class!

Barney Beech is our new 'STAR of the day' treat! We just adore him...

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Drama at the top of the cliff...

Arty English - Iron Man paintings & character descriptions!

Super Samba! We are loving our Samba lessons as you can see from our photos...

Today the children thought about terminology we use when discussing our writing.  We discussed the use of noun phrases, fronted adverbials, similes and adjectives.  What part do they play in making the writing more interesting to the reader?  We discussed the sizes of the children's bedrooms, agreed an average size and marked it out on the floor.  Using these dimensions to draw the Iron Man's head 'Shaped like a dustbin but as big as a bedroom' using masking tape.  The children sat inside the shape to visualise and experience how small they are in comparison with the Iron Man.  They then wrote character descriptions about the Iron Man and discussed with a partner how effective their writing was.

The children visualised and experienced how small they are in comparison with Iron Man!

The children shared their ideas and made predictions about the image of the Iron Man on the top of the cliff.  What can you see?  Who is this?  they wrote words and phrases around the image to describe the shadowy figure.  We then extended the meaning of these words and simple phrases with the addition of adjectives e.g. dark, shadowy figure; imposing figure silently watching and  wrote these to go with their own drawing of the Iron Man.  The children responded to the opening of the story by posing questions such as what do you know?  What kind of story do you think this might be?  Who is the Iron Man? What might happen next? 

Who is the Iron Man?

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The children were shocked, surprised and intrigued when they came into school! Who had been into our classroom? Why were all the tables and chairs upside down? Where had all the spanners and nails come from? What had happened?  An investigation began into who had been in our classroom! The children searched for clues and evidence using their investigative skills.  They came to the conclusion it was an 'Iron Monster' as teeth marks had been left on chair legs, scratches on chairs and bite marks too.

We had been visited by the Iron Man!!

A visit from Iron Man!

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Last week we had a very exciting assembly on the Wednesday. Super Sián came in to introduce us to the new science club that will be running after school on a Tuesday. Needless to say it was very exciting and we have a fantastic time!
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This week we have been continuing our work on newspapers in literacy. We began the topic by identifying the features of newspapers which involved a large amount of post it notes! We have then spent several lessons unpicking some of those features including captions, headlines and quotes. Now we are finally at the stage of beginning to write our very own newspaper articles based on The Lighthouse story which we have been watching in class.  Numeracy this week is focused on fractions and we are already getting stuck in. We can find halves and quarters of shapes and some of us are now pretty expert at finding fractions of amounts. On top of that, we've been really thinking about our times tables and even have a few rhymes and tricks to help us with a few.  We are also getting stuck into out D&T project for this half term. We are brushing up on our sewing skills and making some hand puppets. It’s a fairly tricky process working out which pattern pieces we need and how things will fit together. Further, we have had some truly terrific Mayan Temples build over the holidays.Some children choose to build their temples in 3D for their 'design a temple' challenge and the results have been wonderful! 
Before half term we have been learning about position and direction in numeracy. We have learnt all about turning clockwise and anti clockwise and have used hoops to practice our turns with a partner. We have also looked at 1/4 and 1/2 turns and how a 1/4 turn is the same as a right angle. We have also learnt to read co-ordinates on a map and have used all the skills we have learnt together to read and navigate pirate treasure maps! Some of the class have taken their learning further and even included compass points in their directions 
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This afternoon in Beech class our wonderful year 4s have been out climbing with the year 5s. They have had a super time and all managed to get much further up the walls this week than last and have all come back feeling very proud of themselves. They have been wonderful at encouraging each other when they have felt a little unsure and have worked well as a team. 

 

Meanwhile, the year 2s and 3s have been making some nature inspired animal sculptures. We gathered natural materials from the school grounds which reminded us of Autumn and used these in our creations. Demi and Tiffany created a fantastic snake with an underground home to live in. Their masterpiece was adorned with a snail, made from an old shell and a piece of bark. It also featured a family of conker case hedgehogs.

Alfie and Daisy made a beautiful squirrel holding some delicious acorns. Either side of their squirrel they creates two large trees laden with more acorns for their squirrel to enjoy.

Eshy and Jesse made a lovely underwater scene from their natural objects including seaweed and an underwater school of fish students. 

Sophia and Grace produced a fantastic fox in a burrow complete with a leaf to represent a rabbit for its dinner. This links into our work this week on food chains and the guided reading session the girls had been a part of earlier that day. 

Dylan and Danielle made a fabulous fox using large leaves. They even included a feathery tuft at the end of the foxes tail and some wooden whiskers on his nose.

Beech Class rehearsing their performance of their Harvest Poem

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One of our run throughs of our poem in preparation for the Harvest Festival. Unfortunately this run through is missing Riley.
In numeracy we have been learning to use addition to work out increasingly harder sums. We have to be careful to make sure our place value is kept straight and have been using base 10 and number lines to help us. 

The whole school singing The Lord's Prayer beautifully at the end of our special day dedicated to this special prayer.

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Last week we had a special day to think about the Lord's Prayer. 

Years 3 and 4 worked on a range of activities with Oak class that Mr Carr have prepared for us to help us understand and think about the meaning of each line of the Lord's Prayer. We especially enjoyed the word search and some of us even managed to learn the whole prayer off by heart! 
Year 2s joined maple class and learnt how to bake bread. They baked both white and brown breads and used a variety of flavours for their loaves. Later the whole school was able to sample some of their tasty work and were very impressed with the outcome. 
In the afternoon we all did some wonderful singing with Reverend Lydia and made our own artistic interpretations of the different lines of the prayer. We had a wonderful day and enjoyed the novelty of working in different classrooms to normal. 

 


 

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Picture 2 We even have our own nature themed reading nook.

This term we have lots of exciting learning planned for Beech class and have already had a wonderful first two weeks settling in and getting to know one another. Miss Rostron is new to the school and is already loving being a part of Beech class. We've had a wonderful few week and wanted to share with you some of the things we have already done and others we will be doing soon. 

 

Literacy

This term in literacy we will be looking at the life and works of Roald Dahl. We have already begun reading Matilda together and have been thinking about how the characters in the book compare to the way they have been depicted in films. We will also be looking at the features of different types of text, starting with biographies. Together we have begun looking at some different examples of biographies and unpicking what a biography actually is. Eventually we hope to conduct some research into the life of Roald Dahl himself and write our very own biographies about his life.

Maths

We have begun the term cementing our knowledge of place value as this is such a fundamental point of understanding underpinning much of the maths we will be learning this term. We will be securing our knowledge with adding and subtracting both mentally and with formal written methods this half term using increasingly larger numbers. We will be exploring a number of strategies we can use to help us with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division tasks and building confidence to tackle problem solving questions whilst knowing how best to approach these.

Science

In Science this term we will be looking into the different habitats of animals and how they are adapted to the places in which they live. This will include a mini beast hunt within the school grounds to find out what creepy crawlies we have living here and in what sorts of places they are living.

History

In history we are looking into the ancient Mayan civilisation of Mesoamerica. We will be looking into how they varies from us as a culture but also identifying any similarities.

R.E.

We are starting a series of lessons investigating the role of kindness and compassion in the Christian faith. We will be sharing bible stories in our lessons and unpicking the messages within each before discussing how these teaching can be applies to our daily lives.

 

Other Areas of learning

In beech class we are learning simple conversational French and practicing regularly in short bursts throughout the week as well as in designated lesson time.

Physical Education this term will be led by Steve on a Thursday afternoon and will focus on skills and techniques required for football. 

 

Homework and Spellings

Mathletics and Spellodrome are a pair of new programs which we will be using this term to make home learning fun and interactive. These websites are accessed online and we log in with our own personal login. We can access both sites through a computer, tablet or smart phone or work on our homework in school during lunch break if we can't access it at home. 

 

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