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Welcome to Beech Class


This terms topic is Computer skills and so far the children have learnt to use a mouse and track pad, log on to the computers using their own username and password, open applications and windows and save work in a folder. The skill learnt today was to click on an object to select and drag. They had to dress the bear and the wolf. 

Part, part, whole

In maths we have been using the part, part, whole method to help us with addition. We even used ourselves to be part of the number sentences. 


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In music the children have started learning how to play the glockenspiel. We now know how to play in time to a piece of music keeping the pulse throughout using both hands.
During ICT the children have been learning to switch the computers on, log on using their own username and password, how to use a mouse and trackpad correctly and shutdown safely.
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So far in Year 1...

In Maths we have been practising counting to 10, forwards and backwards. We have used a 10s frame to make our numbers to 10. In English we have read the story of Dogger by Shirley Hughes. We have been on a noun hunt around the class room as well as thinking of adjectives to describe Dogger. In science we have started looking at how leaves change through the year. We have been observing different leaves, describing and sorting them.

Autumn Term Overview

Please click on the link below to see what Beech Class will be learning about this term.

Phonics Celebrations 

On Friday we made our own alien biscuits to celebrate completing our phonics assessment. We helped bake the biscuits then decorated them like aliens. 

Child Safety Week - Monday 4th to Friday 8th June 2018


Fire Safety


As part of child safety week we had a very special visit from the local fireman. We got to have a closer look at the fire engine and also the uniform they wear. 

Water Safety


Today, we had a visit from Abbeycroft Leisure to talk about the importance of water safety and how to always following the SAFE code -

Spot - spot the dangers whenever you're near water

Advice - take advice, read the signs, ask a lifeguard or adult for help

Friend - always go with a friend or family, its more fun, and they can help in an emergency

Emergency - know what to do in an emergency


The children perform some rescues using jumpers, balls, ropes, paddles and woggles.

We have been using the cuisenaire rods to help us explore fractions in maths. In preparation for the phonics test we have been using a variety of activities using different digraphs to make real and nonsense words. 
Please click on the link below to find out a bit more about what we will be doing in the first half of the summer term.


We have been measuring each other in maths using lots of different items that we have found in the classroom. 

Great costumes for World Book Day!

Please click on the link below to view an overview of what we will be learning this half term.

Beech Class have been practising the glockenspiel

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We currently have a two week free trial of Spellodrome - similar to Mathletics but with a focus on spelling. Children need to use their Mathletics login information to gain access to the site using the link below.


Please let me know what you think of it.

Numbers to 20

We have been playing games to help us recognise numbers to 20 in numerals and words. 

We're going on a Polar Bear hunt...

The children recreated the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by making up their own story of a polar bear hunt. Together they made up their story, acted it out and then made the obstacles that the polar bear met along the way to go in a big book. 

Christmas Acrostic Poems

Today we have created our own Christmas acrostic poem using the word 'Christmas'. We used words and phrases about Christmas to write our poem. Some of us performed our poem to the rest of the class.


Children are coming home today with their own individual usernames and passwords for Mathletics. Children can access the website here:

Or alternatively by downloading the app on an iPad or tablet. Please keep your login details safe, if you do happen to misplace them, please let me know and I can provide the details. Children can play maths games against other Mathletics users across the world and in our school. I will also assign children tasks to complete.

West Stow Trip


On Friday the 17th November we went to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. Beech Class had a great time exploring the museum in the morning and then looking around the village in the afternoon. The children returned to school very enthusiastic about their day. 

End of Half Term


The children have made a great start to Year 1 although I think we are all very tired and looking forward to our week off. They have been busy working hard in all areas of the curriculum. In maths we have continued with practising addition using the part, part whole model. After half term we will spend two weeks focusing on subtraction before moving onto shape.


In literacy we have continued the theme of Dragons and we have written our own story based on Kassim and the Greedy Dragon. The children practised using adjectives in their writing, as well as using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.


There was some fantastic homework brought in during the last week, I can see that the children have been very busy working on this. 


You should have received your parent consultation time in your child's book-bag. Please let the office know if you don't have one. 

The Alphabet

I promised the children today that I would put this link on the school website so that they could access it at home. It is really important that as well as knowing the sounds, they also know the names of each letter.


Beech Class have settled in really well to Year 1. We have been doing lots of work already this term.


In maths we have been focusing on numbers to 10 to make sure we know them really well. We have just moved on to exploring addition and subtraction using the Part, Part, Whole model which you will be able to see in the photos below.


Our literacy lessons have taken us on a magical dragon hunt around the play ground. We have thought of our own dragon using the story Tell me a Dragon by Jackie Morris to give us some inspiration. 


Yoga in PE with Miss Isaac helps us relax and calm.