It has been lovely to be able to welcome all the children back to school after the Easter holidays. It sounds like you all kept busy and had lots of fun over the break.
We came back to school to a new classroom set up which the children seem to be really enjoying:
"This is such fun, I love learning like this"
"I do lots more learning now"
In Science, we are starting a new topic of plants. To get excited about this, we started by reading Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack left us a letter to say that he was running through the playground and some magic beans fell out his pocket. The children loved searching for the beans and managed to find 7 of them. We decided it was only right to return the beans to Jack and so we left them out for him and left a letter too.
Jack kindly wrote back and has left us 3 golden beans to plant and see what happens. We will be planting these on Monday.
Here are some photos of us learning in the new classroom layout:
Beech Class have been so busy this week and done lots of lovely learning in a variety of areas.
In English, we have been reading 'The Dot' by Peter H. Reynolds. It is all about a girl called Vashti who doesn't believe she can create art, her teacher challenges her to make a mark on her blank paper. Vashti draws a dot, with encouragement from the people around her, she finds her niche drawing dots of all kinds - she evens opens an art gallery. We took inspiration from this story and the artwork of Kandinsky, and create our own 'dot' artwork.
In Science, we have been learning about animal diets, Ms Fitzgerald created some fake poo for us to investigate. We had to dig around and find evidence of what the animal had been eating- this told us if they were carnivores, herbivores or omnivores. It was disgusting but great fun!
We have also been making the most of the sunny weather. Most days, we manage to get outside and do our daily dash- this is 10 minutes every day which we play running games and get active. It is really good for clearing our minds and helping us refocus when we get back in to the classroom. We have also managed to have a PE lesson outside, which was great. Here are some photos:
Wow Beech Class, what a first week back you have had! Ms Fitzgerald, Mrs Stoner, Miss Glanville and I are so impressed by how well you have settled back into school life and the classroom. You have done incredibly well and we are all very proud of you. This week we have spent time focusing on our emotions and wellbeing, taking time to make sure that everyone is settled and happy with the new routines. As well as that we have been doing some very fun learning!
In Maths, we have been practicing our counting in 2s. We made number snakes which we decorated and then had to cut out very carefully. Here are some photos of our work (and concentrating faces!):
You also had a fantastic Science lesson from Pete at Wonderstruck, he taught you how to make rocket powered cars. The children did really well watching and listening to Pete's live lesson on the screen, they then worked very hard with the staff in the classroom to transform their fizzy drink bottles into cars. Then came the most exciting part, with the help of Ms Fitzgerald and a foot pump, the children launched their cars across the classroom. It was great fun! The children did really well explaining why they thought some cars went further than others!
Here are some photos of their wonderful work:
Beech Class have come back from the half term holiday feeling refreshed and ready for some more online learning. We started our new geography topic for this half term: 'The UK'. We have been looking at the flags of the countries that make up the UK and at the Union Jack and how it is a mix of the different flags. Some children even took the challenge to create their own family flags! Here is some of our learning:
We also started our new Science topic of 'Animals'. During the good weather, we went out into our local area and observed the animals we could see. We noted down the animals we saw, which group they fit in to and where we spotted them. Here is some of our work:
Well done for all your hard work, I have really enjoyed looking at all your learning. Hope that you have a fabulous weekend!
This half term, along with all the other brilliant learning we have been doing, we have been learning about Brunel and his engineering feats. We have had an ongoing DT project to research, design, build and evaluate our own bridges. Here are some of them:
In Art, we worked on some bridge art with beautiful backgrounds. Here are a few to share with you:
Finally, I want to say a HUGE thank you to the children, parents and carers. This has been such a hard term with so many unknowns, you have learnt how to use the new online learning platform and have given 100% with completing your work to such high standards. I am so proud of every single one of you.
I hope you all have a fabulous half term holiday and enjoy a break from online learning.
Stay safe and well!
Last week, it was Children's Mental Health week, to help celebrate this and raise awareness about mental health, we did lots of learning around our feelings and how to express ourselves.
We read a lovely book called 'Ruby's Worry' by Tom Percival. It is all about a girl whose worry follows her around until she shares it with someone.
First we thought about what our worries might look like. The children drew their worries and thought about what shape and what colour they might be. Here are some of their drawings:
The children then reflected on what to do if we are feeling worried. Our top tip is to talk to someone and share your worry, the children did really well at identifying the people they could talk to; Mummies, Daddies, Brothers, Sisters, Friends, Teachers, Grannies, Grampas etc. We also thought that doing an activity which makes you happy. We thought about the activities which made each of us happy, because we are so unique there were lots of different ideas. Here are some of them:
Not only did we think about activities that made us feel happy, but we also thought about our happy places. We challenged ourselves to draw a picture of our happy place and write about why we liked it. Some of us thought about places in our homes, some of us thought about imaginary places with unicorns and some people thought about places abroad or where they have been on holiday. Here are some of our ideas. We wonder where your happy place is?
In R.E we learnt about parables and how they are special stories in the Bible which teach us lessons, we focused on the parable of 'The Lost Son'. To keep on the theme of mental health and reflecting on feelings, we thought about the characters in the story and how they felt. We drew each of the main characters and describes their feelings around the edge of our drawings. Lots of children did really well at empathising with the characters.
There is still so much learning the children did which we would love to share, but this is getting very long, so we will finish with some science! In science, we have been learning about everyday materials and their properties. The children were challenged to go on a material hunt around their houses and find as many different materials as they could. Once they have gathered them together, they had to see if they could match the material to it's property, it was hard word, but the children did a great job!
We have had a couple of pirate weeks in Beech class, we read the story of 'Sayeeda, the Pirate Princess'. In the story, Sayeeda had a treasure chest filled with lots of important treasure. In Literacy, we thought about what important things we would keep in our treasure chests. We drew pictures of our treasure chests and wrote about why we picked these items.
Later in the week, we became real pirates and drew our own treasure maps. Once we had drawn our maps, we wrote a pirate story which included the map. Some children were very creative with their story writing. Please have a look at our work below:
In Science, we have been learning about different materials and their properties. We thought about materials with waterproof properties. We then used these materials to make our own Pirate ships, we then tested our ships in the bath or sink at home! Using a straw, we created waves in the water to test the suitability of the ship's material.
Have a look at our pictures below:
Finally, in Art, we used recycled toilet rolls and paper plates to create our own Pirate models. The children searched their homes and school for other materials they could recycle and use for their models. They found wool, straw, paper, cotton wool, felt and many other materials, can you spot them all?
Beech Class have made a wonderful start to online learning. It has been a real pleasure to see so many children getting involved and uploading work that they have completed at home. Well done to you all, I am so proud of you.
The week beginning Monday 11th January 2021, we started reading a new book in English, it was called 'The Runaway Iceberg'. We enjoyed it so much that we did lots of learning linked to the book.
First, we has to use our remembering skills to retell the story. Here are some of our storyboards:
Next, we thought about how we could recruit new explorers. We also thought about what adjectives we could use to describe a suitable candidate.
To finish off English for the week, we moved on to non-fiction writing and wrote our own penguin fact files. There were lots of different penguin species to choose from (one child even chose a penguin which is now extinct!). Here are some for you to read:
As we were enjoying our English topic so much, we also linked our Science and Art learning to it. In Art, we created our own icescapes. We had to be quite patient creating all the icebergs! Some children even drew Gaspar and Rossi from the story and added them to their icescapes. Then, in Science, we completed an ice melting challenge. We had to try using different methods to melt ice, including using salt and sugar, and decide which method melted the ice the fastest. It was great fun. Please look at some of the pictures of our Art and Science below:
I am so impressed by all your hard work, keep it up Beech Class!
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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.
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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!