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Beech

2022 - 2023 

Autumn 2 2022

Another very busy half term has come to an end.  The children have worked really hard once again over the last few weeks and produced excellent work in all areas of the curriculum.

Mathematics

In this half term we have focused on addition and subtraction.  The children have explored various strategies to solve number problems, and in all lessons had the opportunity to use manipulatives to support their learning.  They have also solved mathematical word problems, so have learnt to understand the language of mathematics and what the word problems are asking them to find out. 

Reading

We have read a selection of class books this half term, all linking into our Spectacular Space Topic, including Curiosity: The story of the Mars Rover.  The children have all really enjoyed engaging in these fun and exciting books, and learnt many interesting facts about space and exploration in the process.  The children have been focusing on their retrieval and inference skills through verbal discussions of the text and written questions which they have answered. 

Writing/Phonics

Phonics and writing lessons have once again been combined this half term.  In the phonics part of the lesson the children have been learning the alternative spellings for a selection of sounds.  We have then practiced those spellings in the writing part of our lessons, with the focus being on the correct use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences both independently and from memory.  The children have also been practicing other punctuation such as question marks and exclamation marks in conjunction with exploring different types of sentences such as statements, questions and commands.

Science

In science we have been investigating everyday materials.  The children have had the opportunity to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials and their uses, thinking about why certain materials are appropriate for different purposes.  Why are windows made of glass?  Why is a toddler’s cup made of plastic?  Why aren’t rabbit hunted made of cardboard?  The children have also taken part in practical activities exploring how everyday materials can be changed by squashing, twisting or bending them for example.  

In P.S.H.E. this half term, our puzzle piece has been about celebrating difference.  The children have discussed questions such as why bullying might happen, how we can stand up for ourselves and others and how to make and keep friends.  Lessons have been practical with lots of discussion and also many art activities.     

In our RE lessons this half term, the children have been learning about the Christmas Story, and the meaning of advent.  The children have had the opportunity to talk about the meaning of Christmas and advent, and also produce art work linked to their discussions.

Our history lessons have been focused on our topic of Spectacular Space, with the children learning about the history of space travel and then creating time lines, including timelines about their own lives.

In Computer Science, we have been learning all about animation.  This work has included finding out how animation is made and the process of planning including story boards.  The children also learnt about the simple animation technique of flip books, and they had the chance to produce their own.

In art and DT, the children had the opportunity to make their own space helmets which they completed at home for a homework project.  The results were fantastic!  All the children had the chance to show off their amazing work during a worship where they were able to do a parade for the rest of the school so they could admire their hard work.  

The focus of PE lessons this half term has been dance.  The children have learnt about control and coordination of their movement, linking actions to each other and copying and remembering moves and positions. 

 

Autumn 1 2022

What a fantastic start to the new academic year. All the children have settled in really well to their new classroom, routines and expectations for Year Two. We have completed a huge amount of work over the last few weeks and all children should be proud of the achievements.

Mathematics

In this half term we have focused on place value in our math lessons. In all lessons the children have been encouraged to use manipulatives to support their learning, including the use of Numicon, Diennes and counters. The children have been able to consolidate their previous learning from Year One as well as new learning. Aspects of Place Value which the children have covered this half term have included place value to 100, the representation and comparison of objects and numbers to 100 and partitioning of numbers.

Reading

We have read a selection of class books this half term, all linking into our Spectacular Space Topic, including A Place for Pluto, Toys in Space, Space Poems and Curiosity: The story of the Mars Rover. The children have all really enjoyed engaging in these fun and exciting books. We have also focused on their retrieval and inference skills through verbal discussions of the text and written questions.

Writing/Phonics

Phonics and writing lessons have been combined this half term. In the phonics part of the lesson the children have been learning the alternative spellings for a selection of sounds. We have then practiced those spellings in the writing part of our lessons, with the focus being on the correct use of capital letters and full stops when writing sentences both independently and from memory.

Science

In science we have been investigating everyday materials. The children have had the opportunity to identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials and their uses, thinking about why certain materials are appropriate for different purposes. Why are windows made of glass? Why is a toddler’s cup made of plastic? Why aren’t rabbit hunted made of cardboard? The children have also taken part in practical activities exploring how everyday materials can be changed by squashing, twisting or bending them for example. 

 

In P.S.H.E. this half term, our puzzle piece has been ‘Being me in the World’, where the children have been thinking about how they should be treating each other and how they would like to be treated. They have also discussed how they should behave in our school and community, and thought about rewards and consequences for their behavior and actions.

In our RE lessons this half term the children have been learning about the Creation Story and what Christians believe. These lessons have included both written and drawing activities and also a great deal of discussion as a class.

Our history lessons have been focused on our topic of Spectacular Space, with the children learning about the history of space travel and then creating time lines.

In ICT we have been learning all about algorithms and the importance of clear and ordered instructions, especially if you are a robot! The children have had opportunities to create their own set of pictorial and written instructions on how to create a Lego tower.

In art the children have been developing their painting skills by producing wonderful space pictures, and in music we have been learning all about the melody, rhythm and pulse of music through both listening to and learning to sing a selection of new songs, plus playing musical instruments and learning to improvise.

The focus of PE lessons this half term has been throwing and catching skills, and developing their tactics when playing games, including attacking and defending skills.

 

Beech Class Autumn term 1 2022

 

2021 - 2022

Summer 1 2022

What a busy half term!

In History, the children travelled back over 150 years to learn about healthcare and the important people that made a significant impact to nursing and medicine, in particular Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. The children had to step into their shoes, to imagine what it was like in hospitals in 1840s looking after soldiers in the Crimean War. They then wrote a diary pretending to be Florence Nightingale, recording their experiences and how they transformed nursing and hygiene to make it better for everyone!

Our puzzle piece in PSHE this half term has been on the theme of ‘Relationships’. We have enjoyed discussions and activities about relationships with friends and family, including how to solve problems and issues that may arise from keeping secrets and also learning more about trust and the importance of speaking up if something is not right. The children enjoyed working with Acorns class on some trust activities and thinking about the important people in their trust circle.

In RE we used the Parable of the Lost Son as a stimulus to look at what this tells Christians God is like. We created a ‘hidden meaning box’, as we learnt that a parable is a story with a hidden meaning. Our pictures on the outside show our favourite part of the story and the messages we placed inside the box explain the meaning of the story. Following discussions about what Christians believe about God and what we believe about God, we began a piece of artwork to express our ideas. Some of this work will be entered into the ‘Spirited Arts’ competition, which encourages children to think deeper about key questions in R.E.

 

 

The children have enjoyed exploring different media in Art this half term. They have been looking at beach scenes and used the IPads to create digital beach scenes, and then created another using collage and compared the two.

 

In Science we were very lucky to have a visit from Ali at Monkey World, and learnt all about the needs of the Monkeys. The children designed their own enclosures thinking about what they had learnt and what the monkeys needed in their habitat.

        

Also, we had a fluffy visit from some chicks! The children asked lots of interesting questions about how to care for chicks and what they needed to grow and stay healthy.

Well done to year 2 for excellent effort with their SATS this half term, and Good Luck to year 1 for their Phonics Screening after half term. Lots of hard work has gone into both from the children.

Enjoy the Jubilee celebrations and we will see you for the last leg in June!

  

Spring 2 2022

What a busy half term Beech class have had! They have enjoyed their learning across all subjects. With particular highlights being our visit from Conservationist Will Fox, who gave up his time to come and WOW the children with his stories from working abroad with big cats in the wild. This was particularly special for Beech class as they are all very passionate about supporting and helping endangered animals and protecting our environment, and Will was able to offer advice and answer all their very varied questions!

 

Another highlight was Science Week when all the class got to design their own gym workout, and everyone got the opportunity to demonstrate their moves and try each other’s. They also got to flex their hand muscles with some fantastic virus and anti-body origami. Finishing off the day learning about Gentoo penguins and collaborating with year 6 to create their own nests and have their strength and stability tested in windy and rainy conditions. Brilliant to see the children working outside together, sharing ideas and problem solving as a team.

Other areas they have been working hard in this half term include completing their topic learning 'Into the Wild', where the children have taken inspiration from their geography learning about Africa in Geography in order to create their own beautiful bunting triangle, in design technology lessons. They worked hard to build up their design in many stages; first they coloured the fabric using fabric glue and paint in a batik style, they then glued sequins on and finally practiced their sewing skills by adding some stitching detail. They have also enjoyed researching, gaining knowledge and writing non-chronological reports on their favourite African or Arctic animal. They had to find out about how they live, eat and survive and organise their facts into paragraphs in their fact file.

In our P.S.H.E. lessons, we have been learning about how to keep ourselves healthy. We have talked about the importance of a healthy diet, exercise, sleep and recognising when different feelings, so we can learn to cope with different emotions. We always enjoy some fun 'brain breaks' too! Whilst in RE, our key question has been 'Why does Easter matter to Christians?' We have reflected on different parts of the Easter story and what how they all connect. The children decorated some Easter crosses, which showed the different emotions felt on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

 The half term was finished with a fantastic Easter Service that displayed imaginative artwork and highlighted how far they have come this year so far with confident performances of their Spring song and Easter poems. It was very apt that to celebrate new life this Spring they were able to release their class butterflies in the last week during a sunny spell, after tending and monitoring them. All children were very excited for the big release! Well done Beech class, great term.

Spring 1 2022

It's been a busy start to the year in Beech class! The children have engrossed in their new topic 'Into the Wild', which has really captured their love for animals. They have located continents and oceans around the world as well as discovering the animals that live in different locations depending on the climate, including an African safari. We have celebrated Australia day and learnt facts comparing the North Pole in the Arctic and the South Pole in Antarctica. We couldn't quite believe that penguins and polar bears have never met other than in Zoos!

The children enjoyed our Materials Science Day this half term. They spent the day experimenting with different types of materials, they looked at the properties and investigated what objects would sink and which would float. Year 2 developed their own hypothesis’s around balls and year 1 also explored around the school identifying materials and their uses.

 

    

The children especially liked making their own houses from different materials, inspired by the classic Three Little Pigs. They took great pleasure in seeing which house would stand up against the big bad hairdryer!

In PSHE, our learning objectives have been on the theme of 'Dreams and Goals'.  We have enjoyed talking about our own dreams and goals, why they are important and what we might need to achieve them.  Our final activity involved creating a 'dream bird', which allowed us to work in small groups and learn more about the importance of effective teamwork.  The children have worked so well together and we enjoyed listening to each group present their work to the rest of the class.  We have talked about our 'internal treasure chests', where we can store our feelings of success.

Our work in English had been influenced by the book 'Lila and the Secret of the Rain' set in a Kenyan village, in Africa. The children investigated what it was like to live there, before writing their own versions of the story. This has also motivated our design technology learning; where the children have begun designing and creating their African bunting, which they will continue to develop as the topic continues after half term.


Miss Bower and Mrs Tennant,
Beech Class.