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Beech Class worked together to pass the hoop around the circle whilst holding hands without letting go. 


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Puppy Visit

The children were very excited about their visit from the Golden Retriever puppies! As part of their PSHE topic the children are learning about the importance of looking after pets and animals. They are looking forward to their next visitor from Swaynes who will talk to the children about how they look after animals. 

Broad Bean Plants

Today the children will be coming home with their broad bean plants. Please could these be tended to over Easter and returned so that we can eventually plant them in our flowerbed. Year 1's need to complete a page for their Bean Diary. I have sent one home today, but if it gets lost I will attach one for you to print at home. Thank you and Happy Easter!

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Buried Treasure

Reception have been sorting real and nonsense words in the tuff spot. 

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Mini-beast Visit

Beech Class really enjoyed our mini-beast visit on Tuesday. They were all very keen to hold the animals that they saw and were very brave! The children asked some insightful questions to find out more about the animals. After our visit the children did some fantastic writing about the animals in their literacy books.


We enjoyed sharing this half terms homework today. The children have made some great rainforest animal masks which have been displayed on our rainforest board. They have also worked hard practising their tricky words and telling the time. 

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Smartie Maths!

Today the children have been using Smarties to help them in maths. Reception decorated biscuits with Smarties and strawberry laces to show number bonds to 10 and doubles. Year 1 used their Smarties to make arrays of the two times table by making 'groups of' two. 


This week in our maths sessions we are exploring doubles, counting in twos and sorting odd and even numbers. 


Beech Class had great fun in the snow this morning!

QR codes

Year 1 have been using QR codes on the iPads to find out more about rainforest animals. 


Year 1s have been practising their programming skills. We started off by using a fake Bee-bot (Fakebot) to test our algorithms, we then used our algorithm to program a real Bee-bot.


Today Beech Class have been busy making bread rolls ready for Friday's banquet.

Open morning

We were very lucky to be joined be some of our parents, grandparents and other relatives this morning to help us do lots of phonics activities. We look forward to seeing you again soon, thank you for coming.


This week the children have been learning all about the story of Thanksgiving. We made little paper turkey's and wrote about something that we are thankful for. On Thursday we enjoyed a yummy Thanksgiving lunch! Thank you Mrs Raven.

Remembrance Day

Beech Class have been busy making a poppy wreath for Remembrance Day. It was displayed in our Remembrance Day assembly and the vicar liked it so much he has borrowed it to be on display at the remembrance service in Horringer Church on Sunday.

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The children have been exploring both 2D and 3D shape. They have made 3D shapes using polydron and 2D shapes using geoboards with elastic bands and geoboard on the iPad. Reception then also made 2D and 3D shapes using playdough.



Year 1's have been testing out lots of different types of balls to see which one is the bounciest. They worked together to test and observe how bouncy their ball was.

Norwich Castle Trip


Years 1 in Beech Class had a great time at the castle last Wednesday. They were able to explore inside and outside of the castle as well as meeting some of the people who may have lived and worked there 800 years ago.


Children went down into the basement of the castle where they met Maud the servant who helped them make pennants for the jousting tournament that was due to take place the next day. Children tried on and held some medieval artefacts like the knights helmet and the chain mail armour.


Outside we walked around the castle looking for the many churches around Norwich, we spotted the market which still remains in the same place that it did hundreds of years ago. After we had walked around the castle we sat down and had a go a drawing it. The children were very careful to make sure that they included lots of detail including the arrow loops.




Beech Class had a fantastic day of Science, Art and Writing last week. Our theme was chocolate! The children were able to taste different kinds of chocolate and decide how much sugar they thought was in each sample. They looked at sugarbeet and have started to grow their own sugar cyrstals.


In the writing project each table group came up with their own 'Chocolate' acrostic poem. We also created a whole class poem dedicated to chocolate!


Our afternoon of art consisted of three art projects. The first project was based on the work of Jasper John's '0 through 9' but the children replaced the numbers with the letters from the word chocolate using pastels. The children then painted over their work with a chocolate wash which still smells lovely! We then created 3D models using cocktail sticks and mini mashmallows which was fiddly but good fun. Our last project involved a pattern of glue dipped in sugar, the children then used pipettes of food colouring and carefully put drops of colour onto their picture.


The Year 1 children in Beech Class had a fantastic day at Hardwick Middle School. We played lots of different sporting games and had lots of fun. The children were very well behaved and a credit to the school. 

Year 1 Multi-skills Festival


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