Class Beech

Spring Term 2019

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year- it has been an exciting and busy first week in Beech Class! During this Spring Term, we will be learning to the theme ‘A Kingdom United’, which is focussing on the History of the Anglo Saxons and Scots. We will also be learning about many other exciting topics. 

Topics we will be learning about include:

  • English: Science Fiction Stories
  • Science: Electricity
  • RE: The Bible   
  • History: The Anglo Saxons and Scots
  • Geography: The UK and its countries
  • Art: Drawing
  • DT: Mechanical systems

Throughout the Spring Term, our timetabled sessions for Games and PE are Wednesday, where we will be doing Dance and Gymnastics with Miss Helen, a specialist dance and gymnastics coach. We will be swimming every Monday, starting on Monday 14th January and the last session will be on Monday 11th Februay. It is important that your child has the correct named sports/swimming kit in school at all times. Brightly coloured clothing with brand names or logos is not permitted.

Forest School: At Overton St Helen’s we are very fortunate to have an outdoor classroom. Beech will attend Forest School every other Friday. Your child will need to bring appropriate clothing into school on that day. Please be aware that we will go to Forest School in a variety of weather conditions, therefore the clothes your child wears may get a bit dirty. I will send a text message to remind parents the day before to avoid confusion, as other timetabled events in school and difficult weather conditions at this time of year may change our plans. 

Reading books: Please do hear your children read as often as you possibly can. It really makes a difference! We will endeavour to hear your child read in school at least once a week and children will be expected to change their reading book once a week.

Homework: Your child will be given homework, in addition to their daily reading, on a weekly basis. This will include, Maths and English or Topic (given on a Friday, handed in the following Wednesday). Spellings this year will be given out for the whole year and children will learn spelling strategies within their English lessons. Please help your child learn the list of given spellings as this will really support them with their writing. Times tables are also extremely important and can be practiced as often as you wish!

Water Bottles: Please can you ensure that your child has a filled water bottle in school each day. Giving children access to drinking water during the day and after PE lessons is an important part of staying healthy and helping them to concentrate. Not having a water bottle does often cause disruption to your child’s learning if we need to provide a drink in school.

We are looking forward to all the exciting learning that will be happening! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Yours sincerely,

Miss S Capstick, Mrs L Wilcock and Mrs J Boak