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Beech Class

Welcome to Beech Class

Beech Class is for Year 6 children and is taught by Miss Masters and Mrs Ellis is the Teaching Assitant.

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 – 'Conflict: World War 2'

Our topic this term is ‘Conflict: World War Two’ and we will be exploring the background of this topic through History and Design Technology. In History, we will be focusing on why the war began, key figures in this period of time and the impact this had on society. We will begin the topic by looking at the timeline of events leading up to World War Two, before researching the role of the land army, rationing and evacuations. The children will gather information on characteristics and beliefs of the two powers (axis and allies) to widen their understanding of this period in time. In Design and Technology, our pupils will be observing the structures of air raid shelters linked to the topic, before using paper and wood to plan and create their own frame structures.

Our Writing units for the term are ‘Rose Blanche’ by Roberto Innocenti and ‘Letters from a lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll.  Rose Blanche looks at the story of Nazi Germany through the eyes of a young German girl who witnesses immense changes in her country, as she discovers a concentration camp on the outskirts of her town. The story looks at the impact the war has on children. The second text, Letters from a Lighthouse, is a historical mystery set in World War Two.

It focuses on the main character Olive, who is determined to find out what has happened to her sister after she goes missing during an air raid. In class, we will be using these texts to help us to write a fictional story and a recount.

In RE, we will be focusing on the religions; Judaism, Islam and Christianity. We will be looking at stories of faith through sacred books. The unit will develop pupils understanding of different beliefs, symbols within religion, as well as their understanding of how people use these books for guidance.

In PSHE we will be focusing on ‘Being me in my world’. Within this unit, we will be exploring children’s emotions, rights and responsibilities within the classroom but also in the wider world (locally and globally).

In Computing this term, pupils will be exploring online safety as well as blogging through Purple Mash. They will have a clearer understanding of how to keep themselves safe when online or when using technology at school.

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 personal 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 are included on the letter. Times Tables Rock Stars should be encouraged and 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 ‘Conflict: World War Two’, and can be found on the school website. Pupils should complete these projects themselves, with support from their parents and carers. 2 pieces are expected to be completed by 17th October 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 this 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.

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