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Welcome to Beech Class

Classteacher: Miss A. Lee

Welcome to Beech Class!

Friday 16th February 2024 

 

It has been lovely to talk to so many of you this week at Parents Evening. I have really enjoyed sharing all the progress the children are making with you and I hope you have enjoyed looking at their work.

 

The children have worked incredibly hard this term and have earned a rest! 

 

Have a wonderful half-term,

Miss Lee and Mrs Reed 

Friday 9th February 2024 

Beech Class took part in a variety of activities as part of Children's Mental Health Week. The children had a Makaton session with Mrs Richardson and really enjoyed showing off their signing skills. The children also completed a 'Proud Cloud', where they spent the week focusing on things they were proud of. 

 

Sycamore and Beech Class paired up to take part in a 'Walk and Talk' activity as part of the Daily Mile. The children all enjoyed making new friends and getting to know each other better. 

 

On Friday, the children took part in 'Dressed to Express' and really enjoyed letting their personalities shine! I have included some photographs for you to enjoy. 

 

Next week we will be continuing with the 3x and 6x tables and the related division facts. 

 

Have a good weekend,

Miss Lee 

Dressed to Express!

Friday 2nd February 2024

This week, Beech Class have been dividing a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number using their knowledge of partitioning. Next week we will revisiting the 3x and 6x table as well as the related division facts. 

 

In History, the children have been learning about the impact that the Romans had on our roads. The children have been exploring maps of Colchester in Roman times and comparing them with present day maps. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lee and Mrs Reed. 

Friday 26th January 2024 

We have continued to work on multiplying a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number using the expanded method. Some children still need support to recall multiplication facts for a given times table calculation and were given a multiplication grid to use. Please continue to support your child at home with learning their times tables. They need to know all of their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of year 4. We will be continuing to focus on the 6x table next week as well as the related division facts. 

 

In English, the children used their knowledge of creating suspense to describe a scary setting. We will be continuing to work on this next week. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lee 

 

Friday 19th January 2024 

This week Beech Class have been multiplying a 2 digit number by a 1 digit number using the expanded and compact method. We will continue to work on this next week. 

I have included photos of our DT display based on the class text 'The Iron Man.' The children used their knowledge of levers and linkages to make moving Iron Men. 

Please continue to support your child with learning their times tables. We will be focusing on the 6x table and the related division facts next week. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lee 

Iron Man display

Friday 12th January 2024

Beech Class have had a busy week this week. In English, the children have been using adjectives and verbs to create a feeling of suspense. They have also been learning the new model text. 

 

In Maths, the children have been multiplying numbers by 1 and 0 as well as dividing numbers by 1. Next week we will be continuing to focus on the 3x table and the related division facts. Please support your child by encouraging them to practise all of the times tables that we have covered so far.

 

Please note that Beech Class now have PE on a Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a PE kit in class. 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Lee

Thursday 14th December 2023

Thank you to everyone who came to see our Christmas carol concert. All of the children were amazing and did an excellent job remembering all the song words and dance moves.

This week Beech Class have been busy developing their sewing skills in D.T as the children have been designing and creating their own Christmas tree decorations. We can't wait to show you our final product!

During the holidays please support your child by reading with them little and often as well as encouraging them to practise their times tables and the related division facts. We have been reviewing the 2x, 4x and 8x tables.

I hope that you all have a well-deserved rest!

See you in the New Year, 

Miss Lee and Mrs Reed. 

Thursday 7th December 2023 

Beech Class have been very busy this week. In maths, the children have been identifying horizontal and vertical lines as well as parallel and perpendicular lines. They have also been describing properties of 2D and 3D shapes as well as identifying angles less than and greater than a right angle. 

The children have been rehearsing their Christmas songs and are very excited to share them with you in our performances next week. Just a reminder that our performances are on Monday 11th December at 2:15pm as well as Tuesday 12th December at 7pm. Please remember to bring your ticket with you for the performance that you are watching. 

Next week we are revisiting the 2x, 4x and 8x tables as well as the related division facts. Please help your child to rehearse their times tables. 

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Lee 

Friday 1st December 2023 

In English, the children have been exploring the features of a recount in the form of a diary. They also enjoyed learning the new model text. 

In Maths, the children have been using their knowledge of rounding to help them to estimate answers to calculations. Next week, we will be recapping the 4x and 8x tables as well as the related division facts.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our shared learning session  yesterday. The children did an amazing job sharing their knowledge of times tables and the different strategies that they use to learn them. 

 

Have a good weekend,

Miss Lee 

Friday 24th November 2023 

This week Beech Class have been subtracting 3 digit numbers involving an exchange. Next week we will be exploring the 4x and 8x table and the related division facts.

In English, the children wrote their character descriptions based on the class text. The children tried really hard to include adjectives and adverbs to describe the character, as well as including extra information about them.

In Science, the children have begun planning an experiment exploring the effect of sugar on our teeth. 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Lee  

 

Friday 17th November 2023 

In maths, the children have been adding 3 and 4 digit numbers with an exchange. We will continue to explore the 2x and 4x table next week as well as the related division facts. 

In English, the children have been writing up their stories with a focus on character description. They have tried really hard to include adjectives and adverbs to describe the main character. 

On Friday, the children raised money for Children in Need by wearing their pyjamas to school. I have included some photographs so that you can see how amazing the children looked.

The children have been given letters informing you about our Shared Learning session which will take place on Thursday 30th November. The focus will be on how the children are taught their times tables. Please ensure that your child brings their slip back into class so that we know who will be attending.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lee 

PJ's for Children in Need

Thursday 9th November 2023 

 

In English, the children have been using verbs and adverbs to show (not tell) how a character is feeling. In maths, the children have been adding and subtracting 1, 10, 100 and 1000 and have begun to solve missing number calculations. 

Next week, we will be working on the 2x and 4x table as well as the related division facts.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lee 

Friday 3rd November 2023 

Beech Class have been very busy this week. In English, the children have been working on developing a character description and using interesting verbs and adjectives to describe a character's appearance and how they move. They also learned the new model text and the accompanying actions. 

In Maths, the children have been adding and subtracting 1s and multiples of 10 from 3 digit numbers. This has included solving calculations with an exchange (e.g. 234- 8 = or 357 + 60 =). The children have been encouraged to draw place value grids using counters to help them solve the calculations instead of using formal written methods. 

Next week we will continue to work on the 8x table and the related division facts. Please can you ensure that your child brings their PE kit into school and that they are wearing a coat. 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Lee 

Friday 20th October 2023 

Beech Class have been working hard this week. In Maths, the children have been rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of 100 and 1000. 

In English, the children planned and wrote their own persuasive letters based on our class text. The children tried really hard to include features of persuasive writing in their letters such as rhetorical questions and emotive language. 

Please encourage your child to rehearse their times tables during the holidays. When we come back to school, we will be exploring the 8x table and the related division facts. 

Now that the weather is getting colder and wetter, please ensure that your child brings a coat to school everyday. For PE lessons outside, please can you check that your child's PE kit includes a warm jumper and a pair of jogging bottoms. 

Have a lovely week off!

Miss Lee and Mrs Reed 

 

Friday 13th October 2023 

Beech Class have been busy rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of 10 and 100. We are continuing to work on the 7x table and the related division facts.

In English, the children planned their own persuasive letters complaining about a naughty child and have begun to write up their ideas. 

In Geography, the children learned about how earthquakes occur. Thank you for the many donations of boxes. Please ask your child how we used them to recreate an earthquake. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lee 

Thursday 5th October 2023

This week Beech Class have begun to explore the features of persuasive writing. The children enjoyed learning the actions to accompany the model text as well as generating their own rhetorical questions. 

In Maths, we have been placing 3 and 4 digit numbers between multiples of 100 and 1000. We have begun to explore rounding numbers to the nearest multiple of 10. Next week, we will begin to explore the 7x table. Please could you support your child with this at home. 

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss Lee 

 

Thursday 28th September 2023 

Beech Class have been working really hard this week. In English, the children planned and wrote up their own stories with a focus on settings. The children did an amazing job and tried hard to include features of the text type such as describing the weather and using the senses to describe the setting. In Maths, the children have been exploring counting forwards and backwards through zero as well as negative numbers. We will continue to work on the 4x table and the related division facts next week. 

In Art, the children have been exploring how to overwork tie-dyed fabric. The children were inspired by the work of William Morris and the stencils of Banksy. Their finished pieces incorporate both stencils as well as floral designs. I have included some photos of our displays so that you can view their amazing work. 

 

It was lovely to see so many visitors at our 'At Home' evening last night. 

Have a good weekend, 

Miss Lee 

 

The Girl of Ink and Stars Display

Friday 22nd September 2023

It has been a busy week in Beech Class. In English, the children explored using a pattern of three (3 adjectives) to add detail in their writing. They are also continuing with their work on developing a setting. In Maths, the children have been finding 1, 10 100 or 1,000 more or less than a given 3 or 4 digit number. This includes exchanging e.g. 7045 - 100. 

Next week we will be focusing on our 4x table. It would be helpful if you could practise this with your child at home. 

Have a good weekend,

Miss Lee 

Friday 15th September 2023 

Beech class have had a brilliant week this week. In Geography, the children have been learning all about tectonic plates and how volcanoes are formed. In English, the children have been using the five senses to help  them describe a setting. In Maths, the children have begun to compare and order numbers. Our focus for times tables next week is the 2 x table. 

 

Just a reminder that Beech Class have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remind your child to bring their 'Food Diary' to school on Tuesday 19th September. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lee 

Friday 8th September 2023 

 

Welcome to Beech Class.

The children have settled in really well and they have enjoyed starting their new topics for the term. I have already been impressed by the art work that they have produced this week. In Maths, the children have been exploring the place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers. They have also begun to explore partitioning numbers in a variety of different ways. 

 

Please be aware that Beech Class have P.E on a Wednesday. Our times table focus is the 2x table.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lee 

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