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Rangolis to celebrate Diwali

Sorting animals into groups in Science

We made a giant Remembrance Day poppy in Art.

We've been recreating scenes from Alexis Deacon's book, "I am Henry Finch."

Beech Class started to create the world this morning.

Adding using the Part-Whole method.

Information Letter for Parents

Beech Class Autumn Term Plan

Making Mandalas in the sunshine.

We worked together to write a new verse for 'Wonderful World'.

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We found oak, hazel and beech trees in Forest School

Using different types of counters in Maths to make 10 and then 20.

Beech Class Timetable

Welcome to Beech Class 2020/21

Welcome to Beech Class

Mrs Rogers reads... Supertato

Meet Supertato! He's always there for you when the chips are down. He's the superhero with eyes everywhere - but now there's a pea on the loose. A very, very...



Good afternoon Beech!


I have had a few emails from you this week, struggling to access seesaw. I am really sorry you are having difficulties with it. You have all been sent a text code login via email on purple mash. If you log on to purple mash using your normal username and password (these are in your reading logs) then click on 2computing. Once there you will see 2email and your seesaw logins will be in your inbox! Mrs Burrell sent out a guide to accessing seesaw a couple of weeks ago, if you no longer have this please let me know and I can get another one sent out to you.


If you are still having difficulties please dont hesitate to contact me and I will do my very best to help.


Mrs Rogers :)



Morning Beech Class. I have now sent out your personal text codes over email on Purple Mash. Please check your accounts for the email. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to! 

Hey Beech Class!

I hope you are all well and had lots of chocolate over the Easter break. I've been missing you all lots but this week we'll have a new way of keeping in touch. By the end of the week you will be sent a code to a website called see-saw where you will be able to send me pictures and work. I can't wait to see what you've all been up to! Keep an eye on Purple Mash for messges on the blog and on our clas page here for suggested learning activities for you to do at home. Every week that we aren't at school I'll upload a new file on the weekend to keep you busy over the week ahead. These are only suggestions, do what you can, the main thing is that you are safe, happy and healthy. I've uploaded this weeks suggestions and resources below this message along with a list of helpful websites.

Take care and I look forward to seeing your pictures on see-saw.

Mrs Rogers

Computing - 1/4/20


Good afternoon Beech Class,


Please look at your Purple Mash account as I have set you a 2Do to create a story about an Arctic animal. This is continuing from our previous Computing lessons. Please explore and see if you can made your animals move,  add a background and a sound recording. I look forward to reading them.


Stay safe and take care,


Mrs Asker


Dear Beech Class,


I am writing this to you because some of you have already had to miss school and most of you will be staying at home now with your grown ups due to Covid- 19 virus.

When you come back to school a lot of things will have changed, it may not be Spring any more, you may even be in the next year group. BUT lots and lots of things wont have changed!


Your school grown ups will carry on thinking about you every single day. We will laugh at the funny things you have done, boast about how well you are doing and wonder how you are getting on at home and whether you are still reading and practising your spellings. We will hope that you have continued to be superheroes in the battle to stop the spread of Coronavirus by washing your hands regularly and thoroughly. Remember the glitter germs! We will carry on setting activities and pointing you in the direction of lots of resources. Please keep checking our class page.


I want to tell you some important things.


  • don't be frightened. You may hear some things that you are worried about, but these are not worries for you. Tell someone you trust about your worry and let them take care of your worry for you. You concentrate on being a superhero.
  • the children that are coming into school are no more important than you. We are just looking after them because their parents are doing very important jobs right now. We will miss and think about you every day.
  • there are lots of good things happening amongst the bad. The canals in Venice are running clear. You guys collected loads of items for the food bank. See if you can think of ways to do kind things for your family at home.


Please keep being your amazing, brave selves and keep singing, dancing, playing, creating, drawing, writing, problem solving and learning about our wonderful world. Rememeber, we are very proud of you and will see you soon.


Love from Mrs Rogers, Mrs Gooderham and Mrs Mitchell

Announcing "P.E with Joe" | Daily LIVE workouts for kids | The Body Coach

Starting Monday 23rd March I'm going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on my YouTube channel. With the schools closed and with us all spending ...

I appreciate that many of you will be learning at home and we have sent home booklets to help you with this. There is also set work on mathletics and you have access to purple mash. Remember to practice your common exception words (they are on this page)  

We are currently living history and will one day look back at this time and remember all the things that happened. Why not try keeping a diary of the things you do, think or experience? You only need to write a sentence or two a day. Feel free to email these in to me to read. 


Chase the rainbow

I will continue to post new ideas and resources for you but for now why not try creating a rainbow to put in your window. A rainbow symbolises hope and new starts and will bring joy to anyone that sees it in your window. You could paint, collage, draw or build.



Common Exception Words (tricky words)

Spring Term Notices

PE has now changed to a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Woodley and Friday morning with Mrs Rogers.

Remote Entertainment from Beech Class


Beech Class are thinking about all of their friends and classmates at home and would like to post some videos to keep them occupied until they come back to school. We hope you all feel better soon! 

Popalong Hopcorn- a poem by Judith Nicholls

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PSHE- hygiene

Today in Beech Class we talked about how germs spread and the best ways to wash our hands. Mrs Rogers sneezed and her hands were covered in sparkly green germs. She then shook hands with all of us. Yuk! We demonstrated how easy it was to pass them on by shaking hands with each other and finally made sure we washed our hands thoroughly with soap to get rid of all the "germs".



The Snail and the Whale Drama

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This week in Beech Class we have been reading the Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. Watch the videos in order to see the journey between these two friends unfold. The new animated version is also currently available on BBC Iplayer if you would like to watch that!


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Alaskan Sunsets

This week in art we have been exploring colour to create a stunning Alaskan sunset picture. Watch this space for the finished artwork! We learned that in Alaska at certain times of the year they can have 24 hours of darkness or 24 hours of light. Now that's a long day!

Today we began our new topic "Alaska". Here are some photos of our first topic lesson. We found Alaska on maps and globes and learned that it is part of North America and the Arctic. We also looked at some of the animals that can be found there. As a class we came up with some questions that we wanted to answer throughout this term, such as who lives there? Is it always snowy? How long does it take to get there? What are the mountains called?


Do you have any questions?

Spring Term

Bread Making

We really enjoyed making our own bread like the bakers of Pudding Lane. We followed a recipe, weighed our ingredients and kneaded the dough. After the bread was baked we iced and decorated. Then we ate our iced buns whilst watching a film. Delicious!

Ordinal Numbers

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In maths this week we have been learning about ordinal numbers. Beech Class were given the challenge of describing a tower using the correct vocabulary.


We were blown away with this term's homework! It is clear how hard Beech Class worked on it all and we are super proud of them. The writing and maths pieces were well presented and some were very creative. The artwork and models were just amazing, I'm sure you will agree.

World Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday 10th October was World Mental Health Awareness Day and Beech Class had a day of wellbeing and mindfulness!

We started the day with some mindfulness colouring and music. In assembly we read the book "How full is your bucket?" which explains that everyone has an invisible bucket and when good things happen to you, people are nice or you do kind things, your bucket fills up. We did some "bucket filling activities" and then made these headbands to remind us to be bucket fillers and not dippers! Well done year one!

I have had a few queries regarding homework in Beech Class so have sent home the above letter via email to all parents. I really hope it clears up any confusion and queries you might have. Children should not be spending an hour each night on homework. There are far more important things to be doing such as playing, riding bikes, talking and eating dinner together!


I can only apologise if you have felt the pressure to spend this amount of time on home learning. The homework sent home is designed to compliment and consolidate learning done in school. If you feel it is taking too long, stop! You know your child better than anyone. :) 


I am more than happy to meet with you to discuss this further if you have any other questions or concerns.

Have You Seen This Dragon?

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The story so far....
On Friday night Mrs Rogers and Mrs Hunt heard a strange noise coming from the golden egg in the library. They moved the egg to a quieter place in Beech Class and thought nothing more of it. On Monday morning, the egg was gone! Mrs Rogers checked her camera and found this footage.....

If you see anything or have any more information about the whereabouts of this dragon and the egg/hatchling, please let someone in Beech or Oak Class know!

Above are the common exception words for year one. These are the "tricky words" that we will be learning all year through lessons, spellings and homework.

Mrs Rogers

This Week In Phonics


Our tricky words this week were:





We have continued with our digraphs and have learned the following new sounds:

oo- moon, food, boot

ee- feet, sweet, bee

ai- rain, faint, pain

oa- toad, load, goat


Try asking us the actions to go with each sound or quizzing us on words containing these sound!

Autumn 1 Homework

Bulb Planting

Beech Class really enjoyed our morning planting bulbs to celebrate the school's 30th birthday. After our muddy morning, we returned to the classroom and produced some great recount writing. We cant wait to watch our bulbs grow and flower. Thank you to our lovely parent helpers too. We couldn't have done it without you!

This Week in Phonics

This week’s phonics focus:

ch- chip, chin, chop

sh- shop, shin, ship

th- thin, thick, this

ng- song, bang, ring



Finish the stem sentence “a digraph is ____ letters that make ____ sound”

Try finding the digraphs in your reading books

Try writing the above words and adding sound buttons

How many words containing ch/sh/th/ng can you think of in a minute?

Visit and play Picnic on Pluto


The Gunpowder Plot

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Beech Class have been learning about the gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. Today we learned how a letter had been sent to Lord Monteagle giving the plot away. What do you think the plotters had to say about it?

Here be dragons!

What an exciting morning! Mrs Hunt came into Beech Class during registration and told us something very strange was going on in the playground. Like a flash we jumped up to investigate! When we got outside we couldn't believe our eyes. The playground was strewn with jewels, shiny paper, gold material and stars. There was also the outline of a dragon and a beautiful golden egg nestled in the bushes! 


We think it might be a dragon egg. Luckily, Mrs Rogers has a book on dragons so when we got back to class we had a little look at the different types of dragons. We hope it isn't the one the size of a village! The dragon has been put a in a safe, cosy nest in the library and we can't wait to see what hatches out.

Beech Class 2018/19

Volume and Capacity

The children have come back after Easter refreshed and ready to continue their learning. In maths we have been using water and a variety of containers to explore volume and capacity. We have been using mathematical language (full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty and empty) to describe how much water there is in a container as well as talking about millilitres and litres. 

Banham Zoo

The children had a very exciting day at Banham Zoo. They were able to see lots of animals that we have been talking about in our topic of the rainforest plus many more. Everybody was very well behaved and represented our school well. 

We have been taking our learning outdoors this week, making the most of the beautiful weather. The children have been working together collecting sticks, building towers and creating the alphabet in capital letters. They have also been working with Mrs Brown planting their class flowerbed. It is looking very colourful already. 


Please see the link below for the second half of Spring Term homework due in week beginning 1st April.

Safer Internet Day 2019

As part of Safer Internet Day the children have been thinking about making good choices when they are online using the story of Zap and Zoom.


This term in ICT, the children have been introduced to algorithms as a set of step by step instructions given to a device, learnt how to debug simple algorithms and learnt how to use logical reasoning to predict how a program will behave. Today the class have put their learning to the test by programming our bee-bots to reach a certain object on our bee-bot mats. They had great fun!



This week in PSHE we have been thinking about ‘caring for pets’. We had some very special visitors - Darcie and her 10 week old daughter Isla the Golden Retrievers. Darcie and Isla were very friendly and the children were able to ask questions and find out about how the dogs are looked after. 

Spring Term 

Please see the link below to find out what you will be learning about this term as well as homework information for the first half of this term.


Operation Christmas

The children worked incredibly hard practising and performing our Christmas production - Operation Christmas. We hope everyone enjoyed the show!


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.

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.

Beech Class 2017/18

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.