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Welcome To Beech Class

Beech Class Team:

Mrs Pearson, Mrs Hammond

Miss Hogan, Mrs Benham 

Perfect Portraits

     We are incredibly proud of all our hard work on our clay portraits.  We were delighted to show them off in KS1 assembly and to share some with Y6 in order that they could admire our work.  We have enjoyed looking at some of the artwork that they have done recently. We think you will agree that taking our time and real care to paint and complete these portraits has really paid off and we have created a very special gallery. We wonder if you can identify each of us in the portraits. 

Discovering the Globe

   We had great fun using compass directions and world maps to explore the globe in our Geography. We climbed aboard our classroom rafts (oops - our tables) and paddled (with our ruler paddles) our imaginary adventure across the classroom carpet oceans.  As we travelled we noted the changes in temperature, the different landscapes, landmarks and the wonderful and varied animals that we could see through our telescopes. We took time thinking about our directions and noting the different oceans that we crossed and the continents around us. 

Making Music

   Recently we have enjoyed working on rhythm and pulse in our Music lessons. Today we swapped our clapping and stamping rhythms for some percussion instruments. We enjoyed composing our own simple rhythmical sequences in groups of three.  Each of us wrote a line of notation for our rhythm and then we played in unison on our different percussion instruments.  We found it took some concentration to make sure that our regular pace and beat was equal in order that we played our sequence together. 

Working on Self-Portraits 

   This week we have enjoyed working on self-portraits.  We have worked on pencil sketches and coloured pencil drawings.  We then used clay to produce a portrait face. These will need to dry before we can paint them and complete our self-portrait plaques. 

Tasty Maths

      Being dressed as a variety of book characters didn't stop us using our expertise in data-handling today.  We had worked hard during lockdown, learning about tally charts and pictograms and this week we continued this theme by mastering block graphs.

     We put our knowledge to the test by analysing packs of Maoam Stripes.  We grouped and sorted the sweets, working out which of the colours appeared in each pack the most.  We made charts to record our information and completed a block diagram.

     Finally, we made the most of the sunshine, making a giant Maoam block graph on the playground.  It seems that if you like the strawberry flavour best then you're in for a treat! 

Classroom Characters

     World Book Day found our classroom full of a wide variety of characters.  We had great fun hearing about each costume, character and the book that had inspired it.  We had knights, fairies, wizards, footballers, princesses and many more. Miss Critcher was the 'Tiger who Came to Tea' and Mrs Benham had become the 'Demon Dentist'.  We all had to behave ourselves and keep our crisps out of the way as Mrs Pearson had turned in 'The Monster Crisp Guzzler'. 

     We finished our day with some fun games and activities.  What a great end to our first week back in the classroom.  How fabulous it is to all be back together! 

Inspired by Mondrian

    Over the past two weeks we have been learning about Piet Mondrian and the art that he produced using primary colours.  Having studied some of his pictures the children have produced collages and paintings inspired by Mondrian. The children have worked hard to use straight lines, grids and primary colours. 

   First they produced collages by sticking shapes onto black paper.  Then they planned a Mondrian style picture by colouring in one of his grids.  The tricky part was to then follow their plan and colour a larger grid with paint.  To do this the children had to work hard to control small amounts of paint on their brushes and use skilled small bushstrokes to produce the clean lines and colours of a Mondrian painting. 

   Then, having completed these two tasks, the children designed and created their own Mondrian grid paintings. This time they had to work carefully with a ruler to create their grid and paint with care and precision. They did really well and are very proud of their work. 

Welcome to 2020-21

     It has been a fabulous start to the school year and so wonderful to have the children back in school and to see them settling and smiling in Beech Class.  We are looking forward to a good year.  Despite the current restrictions and necessary precautions we are pleased that our classroom and timetable is full of plans for fun, challenge and learning.  

     Do keep an eye on this page as we look forward to sharing news and photos of our time together, in particular as you are not able to visit us in the classroom. 

   This year Mrs Pearson will be working as Class Teacher supported by Miss Critcher and Mrs Benham. 

    It has been lovely for us to see you at the gate in the past few days but we realise that this is more restrictive than usual. If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to speak to any member of the Beech staff team at the gate or alternatively to e-mail the office, who efficiently pass all messages on to us. We will be happy to help or share information appropriately.  Mrs Pearson looks forward to meeting you all at Parents' Evening in the coming weeks. 

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Keep safe! Keep smiling! Keep Learning!

Celebration and Time Together

    In Beech we had a fun day on Friday spending time together, preparing learning packs, doing Art, playing games and singing together.  We enjoyed sharing some healthy and 'naughty' snacks as a treat. 


Maths Learning - Symmetry

   The children enjoyed working on symmetry challenges in Maths this week. Watch out for some more challenges with shape and symmetry in our home learning projects. 

Getting Creative with Clay

     On Wednesday Beech Class had a great time working with clay.  Having had some time to get used to handling (or in one case karate chopping) the clay, we then worked on our technique to produce a pinch pot.  Once we had produced one pinch pot we made a second and then added these together to produce a larger single pot. 

     As the clay is so forgiving and could be reworked a number of times, the children showed real determination and fabulous growth mindset attitudes to remaking and improving each pinch pot until they were happy with their best example. The pots need to air dry (which sadly they will have plenty of time to do) before we can decorate them.  

     We all really enjoyed working with the clay and each pot is beautifully unique.  

Working from Home


As the need for people to self-isolate increases and some children are unable to be in school, we are aware that you may find that children need to work at home.   Please click on the  'Working from Home' link above to find activities and work to support your children's continued learning. We will post work, links, websites and activity ideas that you can be getting on with over the coming weeks.


Keep smiling! Keep safe! Keep healthy! Keep Learning! 

Indoor Athletics at Langtree

Beech had a fabulous afternoon at Langtree, running, jumping and working as an awesome team.  Each child participated in at least one event from relay to obstacle races, standing jump to speed bounce. The children cheered for each other and were great ambassadors for teamwork.  They listened carefully to instructions and showed determination and resilience. Four children were awarded medals for the olympic value of courage. Well done to everyone! 

Waste Worries

In Beech Class we are lucky, along with our friends in Hornbeam and Oak, to enjoy school fruit every day.  However, we have recently become concerned about how much of the fruit goes to waste.  Although we have snacks at break time and can have fruit at lunch if we would like it, we often seem to have apples, bananas, pears or carrots spare at the end of the week. In particular, pears do not seem to be very popular.  We decided to try to find a tasty way to use up some of the surplus fruit.  So we baked pear muffins - peeling and chopping the pears carefully, weighing and mixing the other ingredients. They were delicious.  Despite pears being the least popular fruit in our class, 21 out of the 25 children in our class thought that the pear muffins were delicious. 

Sparkling Science 

Beech Class have been working hard in Science learning all about Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Eating, Exercise and Hygiene. As part of their learning they undertook an experiment all about hand washing.  Using glitter as fake germs the children tested to see what was the most effective method for hand washing.  They were not surprised to find that using hot water and soap and rubbing their hands together vigorously removed the most glitter and would, therefore, be the best way to get rid of dirt and germs. 

An Important Thank You 

After such a fabulous treat and visit to the pantomime, Beech Class wanted to write and thank the actors and the staff of the theatre for their special visit. Each child worked hard to compose a letter and then to produce their best handwritten copy.  All the letters were delivered to the theatre and Beech Class received a personal response from the Artistic Director who was thrilled to hear how much they had all enjoyed the panto and was impressed by the quality of their hard work. 

Brilliant Beastly New Year!

Beech Class and some other children from across school started the new year and new term with a fabulous treat! We were invited by the Beast himself to go and see the pantomime at Oxford Playhouse.  The story was based on Beauty and the Beast but had some fun surprises along the way - did you know Beauty had a pet orangutan called Brian?  Mrs Pearson was a bit over-excited about going to see the show because her son, Matt, was playing the Beast.  It did mean that we had some extra-special moments during our visit. Some of our friends from KS2 were asked to go up on stage and join in with a game with the Wicked Witch Kardashia, and even Mrs Pearson herself had to go up and join in with the actions for a song with Brian the orangutan. Then when the show was over and all the other children had left the theatre, we went up the stairs to a special room and met some of the actors who had been in the show - it was very exciting.  The wicked witch brought her crown and Matt brought one of the Beast's feet - it was huge! Two of the dancers from the show taught some Beech children how to do the teapot dance and Beauty came to have a chat too. 

All of KS1 should be very proud of their outstanding performances in Angel Express.  The children all worked hard to learn their lines and roles over the term.  The songs and singing were lively and full of enthusiasm. As well as making sure that we learnt about the Christmas story the play gave us lots of opportunities for laughs with chocolate-faced angels and a very exasperated choir master trying to train his unruly and out of tune choir. 
What a fabulous day we enjoyed at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon.  We were very excited to see a replica of Karl Benz's first car and then to learn about the development of the car through the early 20th century. We also enjoyed our visit to the old London Bus and made sure that we paid the clippy for our tickets and thanked our brave driver. We also had time to explore lots of other areas of the museum: seeing one of the fastest cars, lots of minis, some famous cars from movies.  As a special treat we had a ride in a 1940s Riley. Without any seatbelts, wooden window frames and rather bumpy suspension, we felt that we could make a few improvements to the car.  

Model Homework

Beech Class all rose to the challenge of producing a model vehicle over the half term holiday. They used all sorts of materials and produced a wide variety of vehicles from rockets to police cars, hot air balloons to camper vans. They have proudly shown them off in assembly.  What a day to decide to take photos of our fabulous models - we seem to have gone Children in Need mad!  It's good to see that we can apply enthusiasm to all sorts of things! 

Pudsey Visits for Children in Need

Working with Primary Colours

In Beech we started our artistic year by learning about the primary colours and working with control when painting. The children enjoyed learning the artist Piet Mondrian producing art inspired by his use of primary colours and black lines by using paint and collage.  Working neatly required control, patience and lots of concentration. 

Phonics Event 

     We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 1st October, 3.30-4.30, for our Phonics event.  KS1 staff will be discussing how we teach phonics and why it is so useful to your children. Please come along to learn the pure sounds and how to support your child with their reading and writing. Phonics is used throughout your child’s life and is not just limited to KS1 - so bring along a KS2 parent-pal! A crèche will be provided for those that would like to/need to bring a sibling in order to attend the event. 

Welcome to 2019-20

     What a great start to the year!  We have been delighted to see all the children enthusiastic and excited on their return to school.  We are looking forward to a great year of fun, challenge and learning.  All of the children are settling well and finding their way around their new classroom. 

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

   As a reminder - Mrs Pearson works Mon, Tues, Wed and Mrs Hammond works on Thurs, Fri. Both teachers look forward to meeting you again at our "Meet the Teacher" event on Monday 9th September.  This year Mrs Kew and Mrs Chadwick will be supporting us in Beech Class.

    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. 

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     Despite some dubious weather and a substantial delay to the start of proceedings the children have all enjoyed their experience of Swan Upping. The team were delayed when rowing from Sonning to Mapledurham and so our time with them was somewhat short.  However, all the children were thrilled to hear that the delay was caused because of the large number of swans that were lifted from the water during the morning's Swan Upping. As the event's main purpose these days is conservation and protection, it is good to hear that numbers, that had been diminished in the past couple of years, are on the increase!  

     The children were bursting with enthusiasm to share their knowledge with Mr Barber. They had learnt so much in the past few days about pens, cobs, cygnets, nesting, Swan Upping and the vulnerability of the mute swans to predators and pollution. 

     We are very grateful Mr Barber and his team who have allowed us to be part of this special and unique event yet again. As a token of our thanks we presented the team with gifts and a book of our swan artwork, containing a stunning picture by each child in the class. 

Warwick Castle

We all had a fabulous time at Warwick Castle in the glorious sunshine. The children enjoyed walking up the motte which was built by William the Conqueror's men in 1068, lunch in the sunshine, climbing the ramparts, viewing the arrow slits and murder holes at the top of Guy's Tower, a tour about castle life and the Kingmaker, exploring around the bailey area and some well-needed rest in the shade. 

Falconer's Quest at Warwick Castle

One of the highlights of our trip to Warwick Castle was the falconry display. We were all awed and amazed as the birds of prey dived and soared across a blue sky. At times they skimmed our heads as the swooped over us. The birds we saw included: a stunning barn owl, elegant and ghostly white against the blue sky; a majestic sea eagle, with white tipped wings and yellow beak; a peregrine falcon, with stunning agility and speed; and an enormous condor, monstrous in size. 

Raising the Dragon

Beech children have worked together to produce a stunning dragon and today it took to the sky, well the ceiling of the classroom anyway. Following their successful dragon information text, the children have also been inspired to write dragon stories. They have worked hard to incorporate effective description. 

Africa Inspired Art and DT

We have learnt lots about Africa and used our knowledge to inspire our Art and DT projects.  

Candle Holders

We learnt about African patterns and used these to create designs for our tea-light holders. We had to use special pens to put colour onto the glass – normal pens just wiped off. We had to work carefully to produce the details on the glass.


African Sunsets

African sunsets on the savannah grasslands are very beautiful.  We made sunset and silhouette pictures using tissue paper and black paper.  We had to work carefully with the scissors to make sure that the animals were cut out accurately so that their silhouettes were successful.  Our pictures were then sealed in the laminator to protect them.  The laminator puts plastic around our pictures.  Look at our classroom window to see a real gallery of our sunset pictures.


We have made percussion shakers in DT this term.  We will be able to use these to play a rhythm to go with our Swahili song.  We had to measure and cut the wood.  Then we painted it.  We painted it red.  Red is an important colour for the Masai people.  It stands for bravery and strength.  We used recycled metal bottle tops for our shakers.   We had to punch a hole in them with a nail by using a hammer.  It was hard to hammer the nails into the wood and we needed some help. 

KS1 Cross Country

Beech had a wonderful afternoon at the KS1 Cross Country event.  All of the children participated and ran with energy and enthusiasm. We were very proud of all of them and were pleased to return back with three medal winners. In addition Woodcote School won the Olympic Values Trophy for the event. Well run Woodcote! 

Africa Topic: Computer Research

The children have enjoyed working together, researching African environments and habitats using the computers.  They had a number of documents to choose from and had to complete their topic research for desert, rainforest and savannah environments independently. 

Wonderful World Book Day

What a fabulous array of characters filled Beech Class on World Book Day.  The children all looked wonderful and had lots to say about their chosen book characters. Hopefully they also met some new characters that they might like to read about in the future. 

Pancake Production Line

     With a week full of birthdays and Shrove Tuesday Beech class decided to put their literacy work on instruction writing to practical use.  The children all made and, of course, ate pancakes.  Having enjoyed the story of Mama Panya's Pancakes, a Kenyan story, the children decided to follow in Adika's footsteps and, just as he did, they stretched out the ingredients to make pancakes for friends and, like him, enjoyed a pancake party.  With so many pancakes to make the cooking chalet became like a very tasty production line.  

     After the cooking and eating was over the children worked to write pancake-making instructions using imperative verbs. 

Signs of Spring

     With the early Spring sun on our backs we set off from Beech Class this week to take a walk in the woods and look for signs of Spring.  The children enjoyed spotting the early daffodils in a few gardens on our way and to noting the beginnings of many other shoots and buds. On arrival at the woods we were greeted by a stunning carpet of snowdrops. All the children took great care to walk around the beautiful display. Then all the children had fun exploring and climbing. We had so much fun that we almost forgot to come back to school and were a little late for the end of day pick-up. Thank you for your patience - sometimes sun and fun seems a justified priority! 

Shape Challenge

Mrs Bodeker challenged the children to produce models of 3D shapes.  They had to work carefully to ensure that the sides and vertices were correct, as well as working together to make sure that the model was strong enough to stand on its own.  They demonstrated determination and patience. Well done everyone! 

Transport Gallery

RE Week Activities

     During RE Week the children have been learning about Sikhism.  They enjoyed hearing the story of Guru Nanak and the miracle of the corn field.  They also learnt about the gurdwara, the Sikh temple, and how Sikhs pray and share food there. They put the idea of sharing together into practice producing a vegetable curry - sharing the preparation and then enjoying eating together. While learning about Sikhism the children enjoyed learning a little about the culture of India, the country of origin or this world faith.  They enjoyed bhangra dancing in PE. 

Primary Colours and Mondrian

The children in Beech have been learning about the primary and secondary colours and produced colour wheels with paint.  The colour wheels were small and required accurate control of the paint and paintbrush to complete them neatly. The children then looked at the artist Piet Mondrian and enjoyed producing collage art inspired by his use of primary colours and black lines.  The display of their art in the hall has resulted in a spectacular giant Mondrian inspired wall. It certainly brightens the hall up and has been enjoyed by the whole school. 

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. 

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Sports Day Fun

     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. 

Forthcoming Trips

     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

     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. 

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? 

Woodcote Ted at the Van Gogh Museum.mp4

Still image for this video

Father's Day Keeps on Growing

    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! 

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. 


     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. 

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. 

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. 

Easter Egg Hunt

     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! 

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. 

Beech with a Spring in Their Step

     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. 

Invasion of The Jumblies

     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