Welcome to Beech Class
Beech Class is taught by Miss Harris with Mrs Ellis in class supporting.
As each class is now having daily PE lessons, pupils should come into school with their kit every day. As we are hitting colder months, please ensure your child has appropriate PE kit and layers to wear outside.
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 – 'Darwin: Evolution'
Our topic this term is ‘Darwin: Evolution'
In Learning Journey, we will begin the term by looking at the life and work of Charles Darwin to have a better understanding of who he was. To do this, we will use our range of sources and ask questions to find out more information. We will learn about the voyage taken by Darwin to the Galapagos Islands to see what he found. Through this, we will use an atlas and our map skills to develop our location knowledge and understanding of the world. We will explore what it is like on the Galapagos Islands, through exploring maps and images, along with different sources. We will then share what we have learnt through a detailed report. As part of our art focus, we will be looking at the drawings completed by Darwin and compare this to the artist Olivia Tonge. We will work on our skills or proportion and scales, as well as drawing and sketching techniques to draw our own nature drawings based on animals and plants.
For our writing topic, we will be looking at the diary of Darwin, whilst on board HMS Beagle. Through this, we will explore different writing techniques and use our lenses to explore the text in detail. This will include writing in passive and active voice, using hyphens and semi colons to name a few! After this, we will look at a balanced argument before constructing our own balanced argument. We will look at the importance of using repetition and power of 3, along with facts, evidence and quotes to back our views.