Welcome to Beech Class
Beech Class is taught by Miss Harris 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 Wednesday and a Thursday. A gentle reminder that as we are now approaching winter, 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 Titanic'
Our topic this term is ‘The Titanic’ and we will be exploring the significance of this event in history. We will begin by exploring the timeline of events leading to the sinking of the Titanic and use key dates and terms through this. Later, we will look at how we know about the Titanic and use a range of primary and secondary sources to learn about the Titanic, whilst evaluating the sources used. We will explore the reasons for passengers travelling on the Titanic, along with their social classes to see how they were treated on board the Titanic. We will finally bring together evidence from various sources, as well as to compare accounts, to see what faults were led to the sinking of the Titanic. To enhance our learning of this, we will have an experience day, where pupils will be invited into school dressed as passengers on board the Titanic. This will help them to identify the significance of classes back in 1912. Our science topic on forces will further support our knowledge and understanding of forces and why the Titanic sunk. As part of our topic, we will also be exploring the life and work of William Morris and using inspiration from his designs to create detailed textile pieces. Pupils will select and choose appropriate threads and materials and use this to create a repeated design using embroidery. They will learn how to use different sewing techniques, as well as how to adapt and refine their work as they complete their textile design.
Our writing units for the term are ‘Everest’, which will be a non-chronological report and ‘Kick’ which will be a persuasive letter. Through our writing lessons, we will explore key ideas relating to the Titanic, including social classes. In our lessons, we will develop our knowledge of different writing genres, whilst applying our writing skills to independent pieces of writing.
PE days: As we are hitting colder months, please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit and layers to wear outside. For some children they will be completing swimming lessons this term, please ensure the correct swimwear and uniform is brought in on Thursdays for your child if they are swimming.
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 Titanic’. Pupils should complete these projects themselves, with support from their parents and carers.