Welcome to Beech Class
Welcome to Beech Class 2019/20
PE has now changed to a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Woodley and Friday morning with Mrs Rogers.
Beech Class Topic Overview Spring
The Snail and the Whale Drama
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?
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?
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!
Common Exception Words (tricky words)
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.
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
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 phonicsplay.com and play Picnic on Pluto
The Gunpowder Plot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 measuring each other in maths using lots of different items that we have found in the classroom.
Beech Class have been practising the glockenspiel
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.
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.