Happy New Year Beech Class!
We hope that you have managed to have a good Christmas despite things not being quite as normal. Did Father Christmas come to visit? We hope so!
Happy 2021, it has been a strange start to the year. We are so sorry that you have not been able to come back to school and we will miss seeing your faces every day. Please know that we are going to be setting learning online and once everything is up and running we will hopefully run some class video calls too.
By now, you should have received your login details for Google Classroom. If you haven't or if you are having any technical problems, then please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow the link to access your home learning: classroom.google.com
Good luck with your home learning!
We have had a very festive week in Beech class. The start of the week saw us creating our Christmas lanterns and decorating them, a huge thank you to Mrs Dunnage for all her help making the lanterns look fabulous! We then learnt about the Nativity story and thought about why we celebrate Christmas. We did lots of practicing of Little Donkey and made our donkey ears for yesterday's parade.
We had a lot of fun performing in the parade and it was lovely to see so many parents and other familiar faces in the crowd too. Thank you so much for braving the rain to come a help celebrate with us, it felt like a very special evening.
Today, the festive fun has continued, with our Christmas jumper day and Santa visiting too. Thank you so much to all the children and families who donated to help support Save the Children, the children looked brilliant in their Christmas jumpers (see photos below).
Just before lunch, Miss Penny asked us to go out for an assembly and in rode Santa on his bike with gifts for all the classes. Beech class were very lucky and received some lovely wet play games including 'Dobble'- which went down very well with the children. Thank you so much to Santa for coming and for the wonderful elves who helped arrange it all, it made the children's day!
Hope that you all have a good weekend, look forward to seeing you on Monday for our last week of term!
Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you for all your kind words and messages over the last few days. It has been lovely being able to come back and see all the children again. They have come such a long way since I was last in the classroom! I am incredibly proud of every single member of Beech class, they have handled all the changes exceptionally well.
Today, some of the children started putting the tissue paper on their lanterns, the rest of the children will be able to do this next week. Our lantern parade is next week, Thursday 10th December. It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible there.
Hope that you have a restful weekend!
Beech class have been exceptionally busy this week! Christmas is quickly creeping up on us and so, in preparation, Beech class had a lantern making lesson on Monday. They have created the frames for their lanterns, which we will be covering with tissue paper and decorating in the coming days.
In Maths, the year 1 children have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and have been learning how to sort them into groups (Please see images below). Year 2 have been working very hard on their learning about money and even had a hunt to find money hidden around the classroom!
In Literacy, the children have written their own riddles and created Kenning poems. Please do ask your children if they can challenge you to solve their riddle. Below is the riddle they wrote as a class, can you guess what the fruit?
This week across the school we learnt about anti-bullying. In Beech class, we discussed this and who you can go to for help if you need it. This is such an important message and one we would be very grateful for you to reinforce at home too.
In English, we have been studying poetry, we read a funny poem called ‘My Newt’. It turns out the animal they thought was a newt wasn’t one at all! The poem is below if you want to read it. We have also been learning about rhyming words, can you challenge your children to think of any at home?
There have been lots of changes at school and the children have been coping exceptionally well with these. Miss Fitzgerald has been very impressed by the class. When I have video called them, it has been lovely to see their smiling faces.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
We have had a very exciting week in Beech class. We have been reading Handa’s Surprise. A story about animals stealing fruit from Handa’s basket. We made a story map with actions and so can now retell the story. We have also woven our own baskets to help us practice our fine motor skills. In maths, we have been doing addition using fruits. Finally, in English, we tasted some of the fruits from the story and thought of some adjectives to describe them. It has been a busy week, and I think we are now all ready for half term! We hope you all have a very fun and restful half term break and come back to school refreshed. There will be no spellings or train your brain over the holidays. This will recommence after half term.
Happy half term!
What a week we have had in Beech Class! We have been trialling having the room next door open for the Year 1 children. It has been a great success, there has been lots of different learning going on. We have been developing our fine motor skills by threading beads, developing our gross motor skills by building a house for the three little pigs with wooden blocks as well as our Maths and English tasks. Both Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story, we have been retelling the story, sequencing key events and we have also been designing a house, thinking about how to keep the big, bad wolf out!
Finally, just a quick reminder:
Good afternoon, it has been another busy week in Beech Class. We have been doing some history learning all about Chagford; we had a look at old pictures of Chagford and compared them to modern photos. We noticed lots of differences and some similarities too.
Today, we have sent home the first lot of spellings and a train your brain activity, please read the inside cover of the book for further information.
Starting on Monday, we will be trialling a new way of learning. We are going to be opening up the spare classroom next door to provide more learning opportunities for the children. It will be set up in zones with different learning activities in each. I will still be overseeing both year groups and teaching all the children as I have been doing, it will just be in a different style. I am very excited for this to start and think it will greatly benefit all the children. Please do come and see me if you have any questions about this or how it is going to work.
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
Good afternoon and happy Friday,
We have had a very busy week in Beech class. We enjoyed doing outdoor 'nature' maths this week, where we practised our counting, one more and one less through the collection of natural objects. They thoroughly enjoyed the active maths lesson. They also had a lovely time with Mr Dray working on a mosaic art project, it was lovely to see the children persevering even when it was hard. Today, we had some calmer time with practising our handwriting whilst listening to some soothing music. All in all, it has been a great week. I hope you and the children have a lovely weekend.
Look forward to seeing you all back and ready to learn on Monday!
We’ve had another great week in Beech Class! In Literacy, we have been reading 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea' which we thoroughly enjoyed. We have been thinking about how we would feel if a tiger came to our houses. We also thought about what we would need to go and buy if a tiger ate all the food in our house (cookies were a top priority for quite a few children!).
We had our first Saints PE lesson with coach Mr Ansell – we enjoyed playing a few games, practising balancing bean bags on our heads and relay races! Please remember that we have PE on Mondays and Fridays and we need to have our PE kits in school.