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This week!


This week has been another busy one! Year 1 children who requested  speaking parts have been given their lines and song practice has begun in earnest! The children are sounding wonderful and it is beginning to feel a tiny bit like christmas!

Thank you for your Children in Need donations and wonderful costumes today, the children have enjoyed some Pudsey Bear maths and listened to stories about the great work that the charity funds. Well done to Charlie for winning the class prize with his great Marty Mcfly costume!

In literacy , we have been recognising rhymes and continuing the pattern , then putting them into a poem . We have been learning the l blends -bl,cl,pl,fl,cl,gl,sl and revising 'air'. Well done to Erin-Brooke, Lewis, Lexie, Phoebe, Lottie, Charlie and Eden-Beau who gained 5 dojos for being our Readers of The Week and getting their second ticks on the Reading Challenge chart.

In maths , we have revisited number bonds to 10 in a variety of ways so that the children have mental recall and exteded this to using the pairs in subtraction - i.e 6+4=10   10-4=6  10-6=4. We have played 'Save the Whale' and played snap with playing cards when we have founds pairs that make 10. Some children have been taught the connection between number bonds to 10 and those to 100 (i.e 7+3= 10, 70+30= 100)

The week beginning 25th will be our Design and Technology week and we will be making  bedrooms so please start collecting shoe boxes, fabric scraps, small boxes for furniture and carpet if possible as this will be really useful. 


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This week!


I hope you had a restful half term  break!

The children have come back to school with renewed energy and enthusiasm and are ready to work hard. 

In our literacy , we have been writing firework poems and learning the  consonant blends - fr, pr, br, dr, tr and gr (easily mistaken for ch in some words). We continue to work on 5 key spellings per week. Many children have acheived reader of the week this week and all are keen to get their ticks on the chart towards Bronze certificates for reading ! Well done to : Ruby-Rose, Erin-Brooke, Poppy, Eden-Beau, Lottie, Lily C, Charlie, Ebony, Lewis, Isabella,Alice,Ashley, Phoebe, Amelia and Lexie. 


In maths we have been adding and taking away using the number line or number square. The game 'Blast Off' has really help us practise this skill.

Keep up the wonderful Buffet Homework as there are some lovely pieces coming in that the children have shown each other- this is really raising the bar!!

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This week


This week we have coping with our classroom in the hall , the children have been very sensible about all the new arrangements .

In Maths, we have been learning how to count on to find one more and count back to find one less.We have even tried to use our money skills. The children have had a short play on 'Chopper Squad' which is a game that practises this skill at a range of levels. 

The children have also completed their first "Big Write', their independent writing assessment. It was lovely to see them using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops and trying to spell their own words. 

In art, the children were tasked with designing their own Christmas card and once printed , will come home for your approval and you can then order various printed options of them. The designs are looking very effective and I'm sure you will be pleased with them.

We are so close to Half Term now and the children are getting tired as it has been a long one to start off the year! Today the children should be bringing home their Homework books which have in them the 'Homework Buffet' choices for this term. The children can choose 5 out of 8 tasks to complete and earn themselves 5 Dojos and a certificate. The homework is not compulsory but offers some  reinforcement and enrichment of skills learnt at school. 

Well done to Xander and Lottie , who are our Readers of the Week , gaining 5 Dojos for reading 5 times over the past week. Please try to hear your child read at least 3 times per week to show that you prioritise and value this skill and help your child progress. It takes 10 minutes a day/evening but helps develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime.

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This week 11/10


This week has been our busiest so far! 

Thank you to those wonderful mums who gave up their time to help on our Southchurch Hall trip ! It was an interesting and fun trip despite the odd challenge!! The children were a credit to you all, showing their great attitudes to learning and drawing on their knowledge of habitats and microhabitats as well as their ability to spot features of old houses and realise the way people used to live. 

We have written a recount of our trip and Mrs Warnes came to see how well the class were progressing with their writing skills. She was impressed with the details that the children remembered and their independence. We have also looked at the sounds nt and nk, as well as revising qu and ur. Well done to Lily C, Lewis, Isabella , Alice and Ashley who gained 5 Dojos for reading 5 times at home this week , please keep it up and inspire others!

We have continued to learn how to count 10ps and 1ps and introduced using 5ps this week in maths and playing the Topmarks game 'Coins Game' allows them to practice counting the coins and choosing the correct value.

We have now moved our whole classroom (virtually) into the hall so please remind the children to enter the school via the main corridor by the toilets (this is their main access to the playground at playtimes) on Monday. The children have been very tolerant of the constant noise and interruptions through the class so I am sure they will deal with the next change with equal maturity. 

In the next few weeks we aim to send you the children's 'Buffet Homework' that they may choose to work on over the half term break. In the mean time , I will continue to send home handwriting practice in return for 2 Dojos!


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This week 4/10


It was lovely to meet so many of you at the 'Meet the Teacher' evening! It is great to get some background information on the children and a chance to give some positive feedback on how well the children have settled into Beech Class.

This week we have been learning the sounds st, nd and mp and revising ai and ow. We have been learning the spellings the, in , at , to. We have been looking at Non- Fiction text and noticing features such as contents page, index and photographs. The children have written about and labelled features of their dream homes and what we find in rooms of the house. The children's writing is continuing to improve in size and formation!


In maths we have been learning to count in 2s,10s and 5s and are using this to help us to count money. Please support your child to do this by using small coins to buy things in your local shop. We have also played 'Toy Shop Money Game' on 'Topmarks' website which is a great resource for lots of maths games.


Next week is our trip to Southchurch Hall tudor house and park where we will look at the habitat and microhabitats in the park , draw houses and look inside to see how people used to live. If you would like to volunteer to help on the trip, please let us know.


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