Our Learning 2020-2021
Welcome to the Beech Class
The teacher in Beech class is Miss Williamson on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Green on a Thursday and Friday.
We are supported each day by Miss Dudley and Miss Beal
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5th March 2020 WORLD BOOK DAY
Today we celebrated national WBD by coming into school dressed as our favourite book characters. We had a prize fashion show and talked about our favourite books. We learnt about the story 'The Day the Crayons Quit 'by Oliver Jeffers and we had lots of fun experimenting with colours in our classroom.
Spring 2 - People Who Help Us
For the first 4 weeks of this term we will be learning about the people who help us! To begin with we will be thinking about people around school who help us, including those who we may not have met much such as the office staff, cleaning staff and the lovely ladies who cook our dinners! We will then progress to look at people in different professions such as the roles of police officers, fire fighters, vets, doctors, dentists etc. We are very excited for our school trip to Tiny Town in March where we will get to dress up and act out some of the roles we have been learning about.
Towards the end of the term we will be shifting our focus to look out for signs of spring and the changing seasons.
After a lovely long Christmas break we're now ready to get back to our learning in Spring 1, and we have a very busy term planned! This term our learning will be centred around Traditional Tales and we will be linking these to our school Rainbow Rules. We will be looking at a different Rainbow Rule each week and thinking about how we can follow the rules around school and at home and why they are so important. We will then be looking at how the characters in the stories we read are (or aren't!) following the rules!
Week 1 - We look after our school
Week 2 - We are kind and helpful
Week 3 - We try our best
Week 4 - We are honest
Week 5 -We listen
Week 6 - We are gentle and look after each other
Each week we will also be learning a new Nursery rhyme. These will be sent home in book bags for you to practise with your child! Thank you for your support.
Week 1: wc 6th January 2020
This week our Rainbow Rule is 'we look after our school'. We are linking it to the books The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Golidlocks didn't look after the Bears property very well and the Big Bag Wolf didn't look after the Three Little Pig's houses! We will be writing speech bubbles for the characters and making new homes for the pigs to live in as well as making our own music to a little pig song on Thursday when we have our whole school music day!
Today we took part in our own general election! we dressed in red, white and blue and had our own votes. We voted for our favourite story to be read by different teachers. We had lots of fun!
Today we had lots of fun raising money for BBC Children In Need 2019. We came to school dressed in our PJ's and enjoyed doing lots of Pudsey Bear activities. We made Pudsey masks, coloured Pudsey pictures, cut and stick Pudsey fairy cakes on cake stands and talked about why we raise money for children that need it.
Trip to Brackenhurst - 8.11.19
We had brilliant day at Brackenhurst Education Centre learning all about Diwali! When we arrived we walked into the woods and retold the Diwali story together. We then went on a hunt around the amazing grounds of Brackenhurst to find different objects and pictures relating to Diwali before decorating our own Diwali tree with the items we had found. By lunch we were all starving from our busy morning so enjoyed out picnics in the warm classroom. After lunch we did lots of Diwali crafts - making Diva lamps our of clay, creating out own Rangoli patterns out of chalk, designing Mendhi patterns and making lucky red boxes. After this it was time to get back on the bus to go back to school. What a super day we all had!
Our Learning 2018-2019
Spring 2 - Turrets and Tiaras!
Wow, we can't believe that we are now half way through the year in Foundation 2. All the children have achieved so much so far and we are really looking forward to seeing them progress further over the next half of the year. This term our learning is based on Fairytales and make believe! Think dragons, castles, witches & wizards, fairies and mermaids! We will focusing our storytelling around the two stories 'Room on the Broom' and 'There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight.' We will be looking at these two stories through Talk for Writing where we will be doing lots of storytelling with actions and story maps before innovating our own versions of the story! In other areas we will be getting creative by making our own junk model dragons, creating our own potions and becoming princesses and knights for the day!
Please remember to read with your child at least 3 times per week and record it in their reading record. We are really pleased with the progress the children are making in phonics and your support with reading at home has a huge impact on their progress and enjoyment.
Last week we designed our own dragons and wrote a list of what equipment we would need to make them! This afternoon we had great fun creating our dragons with all sorts of boxes and tubes. Next week we will be painting and decorating our dragons, have a look next week for more photos of our finished creations
World Book Day 2019
We have had a great day celebrating World Book Day. As a whole school we were focusing on the author Julia Donaldson and our chosen story was 'The Scarecrows Wedding'. We thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and making our own shape scarecrows which are now on display!
A huge well done to all the children who completed their holiday homework of creating a castle to kick off our new Fairytale topic. We have been completely overwhelmed by all the amazing creations that the children have made.
This term in Maths we have been looking at lots of different numbers and their relationships to each other, we've looked at one more than and one less than and we've looked at teen numbers and how they can be made by adding two numbers together.
Have a look at some of us doing our maths busy jobs and what we can do with numbers.
When we came back to school after Christmas we discovered that Dinosaurs had visited us in our class. We have read some lovely stories and explored dinosaurs.
Take a look at some of our Playdough Dinosaur creations.
Today we all came to school in our Christmas and enjoyed our first School Christmas Dinner. We all sat together and enjoyed eating our lovely dinner. Mmmm Mmmmm
Sponsored Autumn Hunt - 10th December
After having great fun at the Pantomime this morning, we came back and put on our wellies to go on our Autumn Hunt. Thank you to all of our grown ups for sponsoring us to find lots of Autumn treasures, we found leaves, sticks, twigs, stones, cones, worms and spiders.
White Post Farm Wednesday 5th December
We were so excited to go out on our school trip to White Post farm. We climbed onboard the coach and away we went.
When we arrived we met our guide for the day Wendy, she was lovely and told us all about the animals, she knew all of their names and taught us how to feed them.
We went inside and met the babies first we saw chicks, and goat kids.
we met santa and told him what we would all like for Christmas and had a little play in the indoor areas.
Then we went outside and met some alpacas, more goats, sheep, pigs, deer, and cows. It was hard work and we were all very hungry, so we gave our hands a good scrub and went into the dinner hall for our lunch boxes.
After lunch, we watched a Nativity performance which some of us joined in with. It was great fun!
Last of all we went back to the indoor area and held some animals, we cuddled a chick, a guinea pig and a mouse that Mr Marriot named Marvin. Before we left Wendy said goodbye, she said thank you for a lovely day she had really enjoyed meeting us all and said we were very well behaved which made us feel really proud!
What a Busy Day we had.
26th November 2018 - We found a frog!!
This afternoon the children in F2 were very excited to find a frog in the outdoor area. They named him 'Freddy the Frog; and were all very careful not to go too close or touch the frog. We were fascinated to watch how the frog moved and looked at the colours and markings on its skin.
Autumn Stay & Play Thursday 15th November
Thank you to everyone that came along to our stay and play session today. We really enjoyed singing our Autumn songs to you and playing in our classroom with you all.
We cant wait to do it again soon!
As part of our theme this half term, cracking celebrations, we have learnt about Guy Fawkes and his Gunpowder plot. We all put on our coats and went out to our outdoor learning area and made our very own bonfire. We collected sticks, and logs to make the fire and then put leaves on for the flames. Rain stopped our play, so we went inside and watched some firework displays on the whiteboard whilst eating hotdogs and mushy peas. Mmmmmm
26.10.18 - Numeracy Work
This week in Numeracy we have been learning about Positional Language. We know the different words we can use to describe the position of something in comparison to another object. We used an elephant and a box to talk about where the elephant was, underneath or below, on top of or above, next to or at the side of, in-front of, behind and inside of. We then did a busy job in our Numeracy books to test what we had learnt.
Friday 26th November - Fire Engine Visit
Today we were visited by Sutton Fire Service who came to talk to us about Firework Safety ahead of Bonfire Night. They taught us all about how to stay safe on Bonfire Night and then showed us around their fire station. It was great fun learning about the different parts of a fire engine and we all got the chance to go inside the fire engine too!
Today we were joined in class by some of Grandparents. We sang them a song and then they helped us all with a craft activity where we made hanging hearts. Then we had time to play with them in our classroom environment and in our outdoor learning area. We had great fun, and so did our Grandparents.
Parents Session - Friday 28th September
A big thank you to all parents who were able to attend the phonics meeting last week. As promised, below are links to some of our favourite phonics songs!
Alien Pizza Party
This week in Literacy we have been reading the book, Alien Tea On Planet Zum Zee. We have read the story and talked about a time when we have been to a Tea Party. All of the children talked to their talking partners about their experiences and then shared with the rest of the class what they like to eat at a tea party.
We received an invitation on Monday morning to an Alien Pizza Tea Party, we were all very excited, and on Tuesday morning we made Alien Pizzas to eat at the party later that day. YUM YUM YUM!
Alien Spaceship Crash Landed in Healdswood Infants Forest!
This week in Literacy we are reading the book 'Aliens Love Underpants', we arrived at school on Monday morning to find CCTV footage of an alien spaceship crash landing in our outdoor area.
We put on our wellies and headed outside to investigate!
15.9.18 - New delivery!
Last week we took delivery of two new easels to use in Foundation 2 - one inside and one outside. These were bought with some of the fundraising money from the pirate picnic we had in the summer term. The children were very excited about our new easels as they can paint either on perspex or attach paper to do their paintings! We are looking forward to seeing what amazing paintings the children come up with! A huge thank you to everyone who donated and sponsored our children to complete the pirate obstacle course.