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Y2 – Beech

Welcome To Beech Class

Beech Class Team:

Mrs Helen Pearson, Mrs Pippa Bodeker,

Mrs Nicky Benham, Mrs Susan Kew

Welcome to 2018-19

     It has been delightful to see all the children on their return to school.  We are looking forward to a great year of fun and learning.  All of the children are settling well and finding their way around their new classroom.  They have arrived full of energy and enthusiasm. 

     Do keep an eye on this page as we look forward to sharing news and photos of our time together. 

    Mrs Pearson and Mrs Bodeker enjoyed welcoming them on the first morning, along with the fantastic TA team: Mrs Benham and Mrs Kew.  As a reminder - Mrs Pearson works Mon, Tues, Wed and Mrs Bodeker works on Thurs, Fri. Both teachers look forward to working with you and your children throughout the coming year and to meeting you again at our forthcoming "Meet the Teacher" event.  In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns please do speak to any member of the Beech staff team and they will be happy to help or share information appropriately. 

2017-18 Archive

Sports Day Fun

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     Key Stage 1 had a great time at their Sports Day.  They demonstrated their skills, speed, determination and resilience across a number of races and field events.  Thank you to all the parents who came along to support us and brave the soaring temperatures. The children earned points for their house teams.  These are added to the Oak and Key Stage 2 points and we look forward to hearing which house team has won the cup this year. 
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Forthcoming Trips

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     As our school year is coming to an end what better way to enjoy learning together than two exciting class trips. We are all looking forward to a visit to Oxford Castle on Tuesday 10th July (my apologies for the date error on the original letter).  Then to round off our year we are privileged to again be participating in the annual Swan Upping ceremony at Mapledurham.  We are very grateful to Mr Barber, the Queen's Swan Marker, for once again extending an invitation to Beech Class. 

 

     Details of these two trips are in the documents below (also on our Trips page).  Please look out for the Parentpay requests for payment and permission. 

     Thursday has never been quite so special!  What a privilege for Woodcote Primary School to be invited to greet HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, when he arrived at the Oratory School for a game of real tennis. After a walk through the village, the whole school arrived amid great anticipation.  As the cars drew to a halt and the prince stepped out we all waved our flags and cheered.  Beech were delighted to be the first in the line-up to speak to HRH Prince Edward, who asked what lessons they were missing but declined to test them on their times tables when he heard that they were missing Maths, despite some of the children's obvious enthusiasm for the subject. It was a honour to meet him that we will remember for a long time to come.   

Loving the Library

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     Beech Class have enjoyed lots of visits to the library throughout the year.  We have enjoyed exploring the book shelves and finding new books to read and enjoy.  As our year together is drawing to a close, we only have two scheduled Wednesday library visits left: 27th June and 11th July. Please take a good look around at home to ensure that we have returned all library books before the summer holidays. Thank you to Beech for their enthusiasm and good manners during each of our visits. 
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Five Magic Beans

      Beech Class have put their learning about healthy eating into practice this week with tasty results! Jack may not have been able to grow a giant beanstalk from the beans in our recipe but we still managed to conjure up some culinary magic with a mix of five beans. The children enjoyed chopping, grating, measuring, mixing and stirring. We also hope that you enjoyed tasting the delicious Five Bean Salad that they produced.  We are thinking of renaming the recipe: Beech and the Bean Salad or possibly Five Magic Bean Salad as it even seems to have made the bowl Mrs Pearson served it in smile! 

Inspired by van Gogh

    Beech have produced some beautiful artwork inspired by van Gogh's sunflowers.  They worked carefully making pencil sketches.  They also produced a modern twist on the paintings using watercolour wash and oil pastels to make lively collage flower vase pictures. Woodcote Ted went on an expedition to visit some of the original paintings on Mrs Pearson's recent trip to Amsterdam. He brought photos back to Beech along with a traditional treat of stroopwafels. Ted also found a 3D modern art version of van Gogh's bedroom by Lichtenstein. He had good fun taking a look around.  Can you spot him? 

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Father's Day Keeps on Growing

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    Beech produced cards with a twist this year.  Their cards looked great and with a little care and attention dads were treated to watching the grass grow.  Each card had cress planted on the front, putting to the test the children's knowledge of growing plants. Inside each card the children wrote some lovely acrostic poems full of love and good wishes including messages to

                         Delightful dads

                         Always awesome dads

                         Delicious cook dads

                         Daring dads

and lots of      You are the best dads! 

 

Happy Father's Day to all the Beech dads! 

Judo Experience

    Beech enjoyed a judo demonstration from some experts on Thursday, 24th May.  They were then given the opportunity to join in and you can clearly see that it was lots of fun! 

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Easter Project Habitat Boxes

As we are drawing our animal project to a close and turning our focus to plants, we wanted to share the fabulous array of habitat boxes that the children produced as their half term projects. Well done to everyone involved!  They have contributed to an imaginative and fabulous display in our classroom. 

Beech Class "Imaginarium"

     Beech Class had a fantastic afternoon on Thursday 3rd May, as they celebrated and showed off their "Imaginarium" classroom. Thank you to all the parents who came along to share in our enthusiasm and to enjoy the results of the children's hard work.

     All of the children have worked hard over the past months across a number of areas of the curriculum to bring together their "Imaginarium" project. In Science the children have developed their knowledge of the animal kingdom, including basic needs and life processes, animal groups and classification, animal habitats across the world, adaptation and food chains. Exploring the world map, continents and oceans, climates and pinpointing areas of Africa in their Geography lessons was exciting and gave some context for some of their Science studies.  In English, the children worked with non-fiction texts, exploring the features and uses and then developing their own information text writing. Putting all of these skills together resulted in our fabulous "Imaginarium" full of exciting, imaginatively and skillfully created, creatures. 

Sta-taste-ics!

     Beech Class proved this week that Maths is not only fun but can also be tasty! The children used Maoam Stripes to work on their skills in statistics. Working to interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts and block diagrams by grouping and counting the different flavours. Then we created simple questions to ask and answer by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity.  We could check out our predictions about which flavour would be the most frequent in our tubs and then when we combined all the tubs together we created a giant pictogram and made some interesting comparisons. The promise of a tasty treat at the end kept us all on track. 

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Animal Classification 

     As we worked to develop our Science skills we have been looking at animal classification.  The children enjoyed working to analyse the characteristics of each animal group using some informative presentations on the laptops. 

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Gum Boot Glory

     On Thursday 29th March, the whole school celebrated their achievements in dance this term in a special Sharing Assembly.  It was fabulous entertainment with a varied selection of dance styles. Well done to Beech Class who demonstrated their South African gum boot dance. 

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Easter Egg Hunt

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     As a class reward for all their hard work, Beech Class requested an Easter egg hunt.  However, they did not bargain on just how tricky Mrs Pearson could be when she fulfilled their wish.  On Tuesday the children were delighted when they arrived in class to spot coloured eggs hidden in various locations around the room.  When they eagerly got started on their hunt they were a little surprised to find that each egg contained a Maths problem. This did not squash their enthusiasm for long as they got stuck in solving the problems and re-hiding the eggs as they set off to retrieve a different egg.

     On Wednesday, it looked like their continued hard work had paid off and again they discovered coloured eggs hidden around the classroom.  However, this time working in teams they had to open each egg to collect phonics sounds to build words.  It was a tricky task with so many eggs to gather together but all of the puzzles were solved.

     The children certainly deserved their Thursday Easter egg hunt as they popped out into the playground between showers to find hidden bags of mini-eggs.  They won't have any problem solving what to do with those over the holiday! 

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John and Humphrey

      Each week Mr John Gant visits Beech Class to hear the children read.  They are always excited to see him and there is never a shortage of enthusiastic readers ready to be heard. However, this week John was accompanied by a very special visitor; Humphrey, John's African parrot came along too.  The children were able to admire how Humphrey's beak and claws help him to grasp and enjoy his food, reinforcing their recent Science lessons on adaptation.  They heard what great company Humphrey is and about some of his adventures, including his great escape a few years ago. Humphrey was not allowed to spread his wings in the classroom and remained safe and sound in his travel-cage.  Humphrey appeared to enjoy settling down to hear the children read. John says he can be very talkative but he clearly respected the classroom rules and the children by staying quiet as he enjoyed a variety of stories. 

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Beech with a Spring in Their Step

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     What a wonderful Spring day for Beech Class' visit to Earth Trust at Little Wittenham. The children and staff enjoyed a superb day in the glorious outdoors. Beech Class visited the lambing sheds where they were able to observe the young lambs.  Lambs were in the mothering pens getting acquainted with their new world and their ewe mums. Some of them were only 1 or 2 days old and one wobbly, hungry youngster was only a few hours old. Children learnt that ewes give birth to one, two or three lambs.  When three lambs are born sometimes one of them needs to be removed from mum in order that all of the lambs can get the nutrition that they need.  These lambs are then hand-fed by bottle and being more familiar with human contact were quite happy to be stroked and admired. 

     After lunch we then explored Wittenham Clumps and used our senses to observe the changing seasons, noting the signs of Spring from buds and new flowers to the sound of birds in the woodland. We had time to explore the Beech Wood area of woodland between Round Hill and Castle Hill - how perfect for us.  While there we worked together to build dens and bird nests, explore the trees using our sense of touch and listened carefully to the Spring creeping into the woodland. 

     Jennifer, who was our guide for the day, was informative and great fun.  In turn she was impressed by the good manners and enthusiasm of the children.  Well done Beech Class. 

Crazy Canoeing

     Mrs Hunt was a little shocked at what she found when entering Beech Class on Monday afternoon. However, she was just as excited as the children when she realised that they were paddling around the globe, exploring the continents and oceans in their crazy, table-top canoes.  Armed with ruler-paddles and a map of the world, the children navigated their way from North to South and then East to West, conquering the mighty Pacific Ocean and ensuring that their feet were safely tucked away from any 'classroom' ocean sharks!  Using their maps and telescopes they were able to identify the different continents as they passed, spotting a variety of native animals and varying landscapes. Despite moving from freezing temperatures at the poles to scorching heat as they crossed the equator, they were ready for the drizzle as they arrived back in time for hometime. 

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Invasion of The Jumblies

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     Beech Class was taken over by strange creatures on Friday. These creatures with their green heads and blue hands were really quite friendly.  After giving the rest of the school and Mrs Hunt quite a surprise in assembly, they performed Edward Lear's poem about their adventures excellently. Everyone enjoyed hearing about their voyage in a sieve to the hills of the Chankly Bore. 

     Beech Class continue to investigate the jumblies.  As they have done so they have discovered some equally magnificent and amazing creatures like the Quangle Wangle Quee and the Dong with the Luminous Nose. It seems their research will have to continue. 

Happy New Year

     Welcome back!  We hope that everybody has enjoyed a relaxing and happy Christmas break and that Father Christmas made some exciting deliveries to Woodcote. All the Beech Class team would like to thank you for their lovely gifts - they have enjoyed relaxing in bubbly baths, eating and drinking delicious treats and lots more. 

     We have lots to do and lots to look forward to this term.  Do use this page to keep up to date with our activities and achievements and the calendar pages for information about sports, clubs and forthcoming whole school events. 

     A first reminder and a bit of a treat for the start of the new term - we will have Show and Tell AND a library visit this Wednesday (10th January).  If you have library books from last term this will be your chance to return them. In future we will return to our alternate weeks with our next library visit on the Wednesday, 24th January.  Dates and themes are detailed and updated on our Class Information page (link above). 

Christmas Poets

Beech have composed a class poem based on 

Ten Things Found in a Wizard's Pocket by Ian McMillan

 

Ten Things Found in Santa's Bag

A dark snowy night on Christmas Eve

A jar of candy canes that never empties

A snow globe to play with

One helpful elf

A table napkin the size of an ice rink

A receipt for the repair of the sleigh

Magic dust to help the reindeer fly

Children's letters

A large fire extinguisher

A Christmas card from Mrs Claus in case he gets lonely.

     The only trouble with KS1's production of Angel Trouble was that they were all far too cute! Everyone enjoyed their fabulous singing, some stand-out acting performances and each and every child sparkled as bright as our Star of Bethlehem. Both performances were really great and were enjoyed by wonderful full audiences. Well done children! 

     The experience of participating in the show has been a real confidence boost for all the children, allowed them an opportunity to showcase their wonderful talents, to work together as a team, to develop their speaking and listening skills and to have great fun along the way. Drama is so supportive to many areas of our curriculum in school including reading, writing and comprehension.

     A huge thank you also to our audiences for their generosity in our collections which raised a fabulous £170. This money will go towards future performance expenses including scripts, stage, sets and backdrops, costumes and performance licences. 

Nativity Play

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     As you will be aware the children have started rehearsals and preparation for the forthcoming Christmas play. They are very excited but for many this is accompanied with the nerves and responsibility of learning words and remembering cues and actions. We very much appreciate your support in helping your child to learn their words so that they can enjoy the experience and the pride of participating in what is bound to be a wonderful performance. 

     In addition we are beginning to collect costumes and props together.  Although we have many costumes in school, please take note of the additional items required to complete your child's costume and ensure that these are sent into school by Monday 27th November. If you have any queries regarding casting, costumes or the play please do speak to the class teacher at the end of the day. 

     We are looking forward to seeing you at our performances on 5th and 6th December.  Letters for ticket requests will be sent home in the week beginning 20th November. 

VIP Visitors

Beech Class enjoyed four VIP visitors on Wednesday 8th November as Joey and Ollie and their mums came in to help them learn about how babies grow and change in their first years.  The children learnt lots and had a chance to ask questions and compare the different stages of development between the two boys.  It was a super opportunity to put classroom learning into real life context and the children wanted to send a big thank you to Mrs Jones and Mrs Westall and the boys for making their learning fun. 

British Motor Museum

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Beech Class have enjoyed a wonderful trip to the British Motor Museum. We impressed the staff with our enthusiasm and good manners. The trip brought our study of the history of transport to life.  Check out our TRIPS link to see pictures and information, and keep your eyes open for our vlog film of our day. 

Exploring the Library

Beech Class enjoyed their first trip to the library on 4th October. We spent time looking at how the books were organised and where we can find fiction and non-fiction books so that we can enjoy browsing and choosing books that we enjoy. The children shared their knowledge and enthusiasm and came up with some lovely questions for Mrs Green, our expert librarian.  We wonder .... do you you know where you would find joke books in a library?  Fiction or non-fiction? We found out and now know where to look for a good laugh! 

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We will continue to visit the library fortnightly throughout the year. Our next visit is on Wednesday 18th October - don't forget your books so that we can change them in good time for half term. 

Accurate Algorithms

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To start their computer coding Beech Class have been working on simple, clear, step-by-step instructions to command their 'partner robots'.  This will prepare them well to understand how accurate and clear they need to be to write simple algorithms for computer coding. Some of their 'partner robots' seemed to turn rogue before the end of the lesson and tried being the instructors themselves. Still sunshine and smiles were maintained all lesson! 

Terrific Tag

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Beech Class have launched the year's PE lessons by enjoying some tag rugby.  All the children have been learning new skills and enjoying the last of the summer sunshine.  Some of the future sessions may well be a little muddier according to Mrs Bodeker. Order that washing powder now! 

Playing with Numbers

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Ready, steady, go!  Beech were off to an enthusiastic start in their Maths lessons.  They have been working with 2-digit numbers, learning place value and using a 100-square.  The children all enjoyed creating a 100-square game and playing it together. 

Cooking up a Tasty Meeting

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Beech Class cooked up a tasty Harvest apple cake to share with parents at the Meet the Teacher event.  They worked hard at measuring, cutting, peeling and mixing.  The results were super tasty! 

The Start of a New Year

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Class of 2017-18 are ready to start their Year 2 adventures in learning. They have all settled into their new class and are showing enthusiasm and energy to develop their skills and knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.  What a fabulous year we have ahead! 

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Please do check back as we continue to add more images from our year. 

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