Welcome to Beech Class
Beech Class is taught by Mrs Fenn with Mrs Ellis in class supporting.
Children will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit on their PE day. Our PE days are on a Monday and a Thursday. A gentle reminder that as the weather is ever changing, layers will be needed to keep your child warm. All items of clothing need to be named.
Maths homework will be set termly, with different fluency facts being sent home each term for the children to practise at home. Times Tables Rock Star maths logins have now been sent home and we ask that our pupils engage online as often as possible. We are also providing time in school for pupils to log on to TTRS, but practice at home is just as important, as our pupils need to be fluent at recalling all of their multiplication facts for 12 x 12. Each term each pupil is expected to complete a homework project relating to our wider curriculum focus. Termly spelling lists will also be sent home, listing the spellings being taught in class weekly. Any support at home in practicing these spellings, alongside the support in school, will be really beneficial to their learning of spellings.
Reading books and records were assigned last term for each pupil. We do track and log daily reading and we do have reading raffles for our classes for our pupils who are reading at home. When a book has been finished, they should return this to school and select a new book from the reading corner. All books that are returned are isolated before being returned to the reading corner.
This Term's Theme – 'The Amazing Amazon'
Our topic this term is ‘The Amazing Amazon’ and we will be exploring the Amazon rainforest through Art. We will be focusing on two artists; Henri Rousseau, a French Artist who had never actually seen a forest, and Mariane North, a Victorian botanical artist. Both artists were painters and throughout the term we will explore how to adapt and mix colours suitable for our work, learn a variety of painting techniques and use our artistic eye to compare key characteristics of their work.
Our writing units for the term are 'Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne and a balanced argument discussing deforestation in the rainforest. The Gorilla tells a tale of a lonely girl called Hannah who would like to spend more time with her father. Upon her birthday, her father buys her a toy gorilla that amazingly comes to life to take Hannah on an exciting journey of the night to the local zoo.
In RE, we will be focussing on Christianity and Islam. This unit enables pupils to learn about the work of two major faith -based charities, Islamic Relief and Christian Aid. They will develop their understanding of the impact of religion in the world and consider important questions of justice and fairness, thinking for themselves. They will have opportunities to develop attitudes and opinions of their own and to consider key beliefs and teachings in Islamic and Christian traditions. Through their study, they compare the two charities and their work, looking at sources of inspiration to act justly for Muslims and for Christians. Learners will consider the personal challenge to make the world a better place. The unit has the potential for exciting cross curricular work with Geography, ICT, Citizenship and Art. The unit focuses on concepts of values and commitment.
In PSHE we will be focussing on relationships. Within this unit we will be exploring communities that we are part of and belong to and consider wider relationships, such as those that we have with people online.
PE days: The children are expected to come to school in PE kit on their PE days. This terms lessons will be focusing on the physical element of PE.
Maths homework: Fluency sheets are sent home termly with a specific focus for the term, ideas on how to support your child at home with this is included on the letter. Times Tables Rock Stars should be encouraged to be used online as often as possible. We are also providing time in school for pupils to log on to TTRS, but practice at home is just as important, as our pupils need to be fluent at recalling all of their multiplication facts for 12 x 12.
Homework Projects: Each term, every pupil is expected to complete a homework project relating to our wider curriculum focus. This term is all about ‘The Amazing Amazon’. Pupils should complete these projects themselves, with support from their parents and carers. 3 pieces are expected to be completed by 23rd May 2022.
Reading: We want our pupils to have a love of reading and to explore as may texts as possible. Please encourage and support daily reading at home and record on Go Read. Your child’s teacher checks in daily and rewards reading with bonus gems. Your child is supported with their reading in school too, so please ensure they are bringing in their reading books regularly, so their class teacher can listen to them read. Books are changed weekly on the set day, which has been previously shared.