The Beech Team - Mrs Lewis, Miss Hillier, Mrs Sharp, Leonard the Lion...
...and a bunch of happy Year 1 children keen to grow their brains.
Term 4, 2020-21
Who invented Lego; how did it become so easy to make lots of books; why are we able to travel beyond where we live to explore new towns, countries and continents? Why are we able to be home-schooled when our teachers are not with us; and who invented the fabulous sandwich that was the star of our 'Sandwich' parties last term? Quite simply, our lives are what they are because of the many extraordinary ideas and hard work of some truly inspiring people (although many creatures beside humans are rather good at inventing!).
This term, we will focus on three particular inventors and their inventions: the Wright brothers and the first powered aeroplane; Thomas Alva Edison and the lightbulb; and Edward Jenner and the vaccine. Jenner's work is very relevant to us as we seek to protect ourselves from Covid-19.
We shall begin Term 4 with a focus on scientific thinking, before we celebrate books and the joy and wonder that they bring - for which we can thank inventor Johannes Gutenberg. Get ready for ...
Term 3, 2020-21
Have you ever wondered why we need to eat, what foods do for our bodies, which foods are healthy and which are unhealthy, where food comes from? We shall answer all of these questions in our quest to become healthy and responsible consumers. We shall relate back to what we have learned about animals and planet Earth to make important connections that will elevate our understanding of living things.
Look who will join our finger puppet friends, made especially for us by a Beech Class Lion ...
Do they remind you of anyone?
Term 2, 2020-21
Exploring the great habitats of planet Earth: diving into seas, looking high into the canopies of the rainforest, digging deep beneath the leaves of the woodland, braving the heat of the desert and the extreme cold of the poles.
The energy and commitment of everyone has continued throughout the second part of the autumn term. It is remarkable to think that while lives in the wider world have been impacted significantly, life within the safe and familiar grounds of school has progressed apace. Beech Class Lions have busily accessed all areas of the curriculum, rising to challenges, developing in confidence and growing as individuals as their understanding and appreciation of life has developed. We have read many books across a range of genres; we have written descriptive stories, recounts, factfiles and poems; we have begun to learn about the geography of planet Earth and that of the United Kingdom; we have enjoyed Forest School, outdoor art and begun to develop techniques associated with particular artists; our understanding of mathematical concepts and our ability to apply this to solve problems has developed significantly ... and all with a focus on the correct and precise vocabulary that will serve us in our future learning.
Our new friends supported us in our learning ...
From the woodland: Ringo Fox, Wise Owl, Pippin Squirrel, Rosemary Rabbit, Mr Badger and Alfie Fieldmouse; all namesakes of the characters from 'The Tales of Mrs Hedgehog'
From habitats further afield: Mikey Monkey, Zoe Zebra, Tony Tiger, Ellie Elephant, Petula Parrot and Gerald Giraffe
Term 1, 2020-21
Stepping back in time to a windy night in London in 1666, to find out what happened.
It has been lovely to have everyone back to school. There has been a buzz of activity, a sense of energy and enthusiasm in regard to learning; and the children have just got on with life - no fuss, smiles aplenty and the regrowth of friendships.
We have been on an exciting journey to learn about the Great Fire of London: we have written leaflets about Life in 1666, newspaper reports and diary accounts of the Great Fire; we have drawn storymaps and created posters of present-day London landmarks; we have used Venn diagrams to compare the extinguishing of fires in 1666 to 2020 and tables to record the changes made to London as a result of the Great Fire; we have used Powerpoint to create a 'Great Fire of London' presentation. We have become scientists, bakers, architects and artists along the way. Much of our learning has involved the performing arts - drama, singing and percussion, to help embed our newly-acquired knowledge. Our journey concluded with the Great Burning ...
We are delighted to share that there have been many acts of kindness during Term 1 as the children have sought to bring happiness to others. Through these acts, we have bonded as a team and filled our class bucket with happiness...
Well done, Beech Class!