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Beech Class

Welcome to Beech Class 

We hope you have all had an enjoyable and relaxing Summer holiday and are looking forward to the year ahead.  We have lots of exciting things to come. 

 

For your information, we are pleased to be welcoming Miss Attrill to Beech Class.  Miss Attrill is beginning her school-based teacher training through The Buckingham Partnership and will be with us for the full academic year. 

Autumn Term

 

Topics

This term our topic will be 'Bright Lights, Big City’.  The topic will be Geography and History based, with English, Science, Computing, Art and DT being closely linked.

 

  • In English we will be using the texts 'A walk in London', 'Rosie Revere, Engineer' and 'The Great Fire of London'. As writers we will recount events, produce tourist guides, write explanations and create safety posters. 
  • As Geographers, we will begin by becoming 'Street Detectives' in our own local area, before being transported to the bright lights of our capital city.  We will explore maps and investigate land use, identifying differences between villages, towns and cities.  We will use aerial photographs to locate key London landmarks.
  • As Historians, we will look at Historical landmarks in Padbury, with a focus on the War Memorial.  As part of our study of London, we will identify how Tower Bridge has changed over time before travelling back to 1666 and The Great Fire of London.
  •  As Scientists we will studying 'Materials and their uses'.  We will use our understanding of the suitability of a variety of everyday materials to design our own structures in DT, making links to our knowledge of bridges gained from our work in Humanities.  We will compare and contrast building materials used today and 450 years ago and identify materials that burn as part of our enquiry into why The Great Fire of London spread so rapidly.  As part of ongoing scientific enquiry over the year, children will also begin the topic 'Seasonal Changes'.
  • RE will be based on the questions ‘Should we celebrate Harvest or Christmas?’ and ‘Should everyone follow Jesus?’  We will be looking forward to starting preparations for our Christmas Nativity after half term.
  • In PSHE we be exploring the Big Questions 'How do we decide how to behave?' and 'What makes us special?' as part of our personal development.

 

P.E.

PE will now take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays – please make sure that children have their PE kit in school, this can be left in school until half term as children may occasionally need it for other activities. Children should have a grey or black tracksuit to wear for outside games.

 

Home Learning

Home Learning will continue to be of a 'dip and do' nature, whereby children have a range of activities to complete linking to their topic for the term.  Completed work will then be shared and celebrated at a later date, giving children more choice and flexibility over their home learning; and a longer period of time to work on tasks.  More information to follow.

Children will be made aware of the maths skill that they are working on and will be expected to be practising that skill throughout the week in whatever way they find works best for them.  This may be focused on number bonds, addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.  There will be 'Daily 10' fluency sheets and a range of online games made available through links on our class page to support with practice.  These skills are incredibly important to support children's competency in many areas of Mathematics. 

Children will be given 5 spellings per week that they will need to ensure that they know in preparation for a spelling test the following week. The spellings will be the key words that they need to know for their year group. Other spelling rules and patterns will also be taught and practised in school.

 

Individual Reading Books

Please be aware, as part of their increased independence in KS1, the children are expected to change their reading books themselves. They are given a daily opportunity to do so with guidance from an adult. When you hear your child read at home, please do remember to sign your child’s reading diary and make a note of the next page number or a finished book.

 

Parent Consultations

Parent consultations will take place after half term. If you have any concerns before this date, then please don’t hesitate to make an appointment.

 

Upcoming Events

Please keep an eye out for further information relating to these upcoming events this term:

  • Local Area Walk
  • Forest Schools
  • Parent Consultation Evening
  • Christmas Nativity

Bright Lights, Big City

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