Beech Class

                                                                Welcome to Beech Class!

                                                  Mrs Jones is the Class Teacher for Beech Class.

Happy New Year!  We are really looking forward to starting 2019 with a bang!  Curriculum update to follow soon......................

Autumn Term

We have had a very busy and exciting half term so far.  Some highlights include Gamelan at Sevenoaks School, our catapult project culminating in parents judging our catapults against our DT design criteria, fantastic writing linked to our Power of Reading book, Odysseus and, most recently, reciting poems to celebrate National Poetry Day! Ooh, and don't forget investigating the properties of custard with our custard swimming pool.  We discovered that custard is a Non-Newtonian Fluid!  Have a look here to find out more about custard swimming pools!

Our custard swimming pool!

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Our class topic this term is Ancient Greece!  Our Power of Reading book is 'The Adventures of Odysseus'.  Parents, if you have any resources or books that you think may be useful for our topic, please do let us know or send them in.   We are becoming talented authors, whilst also developing our passion for writing.  So far we have been authors of descriptive writing, an explanation text, instructions, letter writing and a playscript.  See some examples of our fantastic writing below:  

                                                                              

 IMPORTANT REQUEST - to support your child's writing passion, it would be really helpful if they have a small basic literacy toolkit in school which includes a blue pen to write with (fountain pen preferable, not a biro or ballpoint pen), some highlighters and a rubber of their own.  Many thanks!

Maths

Speak to your child about CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract)! Or click here for a full explanation.

We have been using different approaches to make sure we have a full understanding of our maths concepts this term.  See below our photos representing negative number lines, using concrete resources.

                       

 

Home Learning

CLICK HERE FOR OUR NEW AND EXCITING PICK AND MIX HOME LEARNING MENU FOR AUTUMN TERM!

Home learning journals will be collected in on Tuesdays and given out on Thursdays or Fridays.

Reading, spelling practice and times tables practice should be happening throughout the week, preferably every day. This is included on the pick and mix menu as well so that more stars can be earned!  Look out for your child's Touch Type Read and Spell and Times Tables Rock Stars (both TTRS, just to confuse you!) login details in their home learning book.  They can login to both of these at home.  We are very lucky to have these tools to support your child's skills development.

Times Tables Rock Stars: https://ttrockstars.com/login

Touch, Type, Read and Spell: https://www.ttrsonline.com/Account/LogOn

Spelling

We practice our personalised spelling words in class three times a week using a cued spelling approach. More information here:  http://www.ladylumleys.n-yorks.sch.uk/uploads/files/spld/resources/Cued%20Spelling.pdf

Alongside this, the children have a list of words to learn each week and they will have an opportunity to demonstrate the words they have learned on a Monday. These words will go home in their red spelling book each week. Please ensure these spelling books come back into school every Monday so that the children can note down their new words.

Please click here to see all the year 5 and 6 statutory words the children need to be able to read and spell by the end of Year 6.  Children should also be able to read and spell all the year 3 and 4 statutory words.

PE and sport

We are very excited to be offering netball, football and tag rugby for Beech Class on Friday afternoons. Beech Class will also be swimming after half term.  look out for more details regarding this. Please ensure that PE kit and suitable outdoor trainers (different to field shoes) are in school. We are very excited about our whole school PE Friday and children can come into school in their PE kit on this day.

We are also very committed to achieving the recommended 30 minutes physical activity for children each day and every class, including Beech Class, are learning maths through Maths of the Day Active Maths each week.  Find out more here.