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Beech (Y1)

Term 6 Week 6

This week has been another super busy but fun week! 

Our seaside day was full of fun, laughter, crafts, sandwiches, baking and ice cream. The children (and Mrs Russell and I) had a lovely day together.

We have really enjoyed our story of The Storm Whale this week, we created a role on the wall to explore the main character from the story, we have used lots of exciting adjectives to describe the whale and will be using these to help us to write our own whale shape poem next week.

In maths we have been exploring division by sharing amounts into equal groups and continuing to practice our counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. 

In science, we have been carrying out twice daily weather checks, recording the type of weather each morning and afternoons and have been comparing daily temperatures - it has been lovely to see it rise this week.

Enjoy a sunny weekend

Mrs Steele


Term 6 Week 5

We have been continuing to practice counting in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10 - ask your children to show you! We have also been using our knowledge of making groups to help us make doubles and we worked in pairs to make our own doubles posters.

We completed our recounts of our week, it was lovely to read about all the wonderful things you all manage to fit in over the week including karate, play dates, shopping, football and lots of other exciting activities. It was also lovely to read about the favourite things in your children's school week.  

We began to look at our next book, a wonderful story called The Storm Whale, we will continue using this next week and will begin to explore poetry.

It was lovely to see the children excitedly making flags this afternoon, ready to support England on Sunday - let's hope they bring us luck!!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Steele





















Term 6 Week 4

We have had another super busy week in Beech Class this week. 
In English we completed our work on The Zookeepers week and have begun writing about our own week. 
We have continued to use our skills of counting in multiples to help us to explore multiplication and have begun using resources to make our own arrays. 
In DT we have begun the process of designing our own sandwiches with favourite fillings. We will be using our designs to make our own sandwiches ready for an afternoon snack during our seaside day!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Steele

Term 6 Week 3

This week we have used the story of The Zookeepers Week to begin sequencing the daily tasks of the zookeeper. We took on the role of the zookeeper to discuss the sorts of jobs he might have to do and the types of animals he would looks after. We wrote our own sentences each day to document his daily activities. Next week, we will be using the skills we have learnt to write a recount of our own week.

In maths we have been beginning to explore equal groups, making equal groups and adding equal groups, using repeated addition - we have really shown how well we can count in 2s, 5s and 10s.

In Geography we have begun to explore the coast, sharing our own seaside experiences and will begin to look at physical and human features next week.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Steele


Term 6 Week 2

This week we have been working hard on our sentence structure and remembering all the key things we needs to include. We have also been reading our work back and then editing to make it even better.
We continued exploring seasonal changes in Science, with a particular focus on suitable clothing this week. The children worked together to sort items of clothing depending on what season we thought would be appropriate to wear them. We then had to guess which season some children had dressed for according to the clothing items they  chose. 
Have a lovely weekend, let’s hope the sun returns.


Term 6 Week 1

We have had a great first week back. The children have been working really hard and the sunshine has been an added bonus too - let’s hope it lasts! 
We have been reading the story of The Lighthouse keepers lunch, sequencing the key events of the story, building a bank of new vocabulary and creating a story mountain to explore the beginning, middle and end of the story. We identified the problem (some very cheeky seagulls) and the solution in the story and even came up with alternative solutions of our own. 
In Science we have been exploring the seasons, with a focus on Spring and Summer. We have been identifying signs of each season and talking about the weather changes that occur. Next week, we will be thinking about suitable clothing for each season and will become ‘weather watchers’ by observing, describing and recording our daily weather.

Have a lovely, sunny weekend.


Term 5 Week 6

This week we have continued with our story of Tyrannosaurus Drip, sequencing the story to help us to create our own story map and exploring the characters feelings at different points of the story.

We have been using addition to help us to solve problems in real life contexts and have used first, then and now stories to help us. 

We have also enjoyed completing some of our Commando Joe missions this week. Our missions were based around Traditional Tales. We worked together to build bridges to cross rivers as well as finding ways to transport porridge back to the three bears after Goldilocks ate it all.

What a busy term. I hope you all have a lovely half term, see you next term.

Mrs Steele

Term 5 Week 5 

This week we have been using our knowledge of number bonds to create fact families for numbers within 10. 
We began reading another great Julia Donaldson story, Tyrannosaurus Drip, I think it’s safe to say it has quickly become a class favourite. We began by making predictions about the story’s ending as well as acting out parts of the story. Next week we will be exploring the main characters feelings and thinking of some questions we could ask him. 
We managed to dodge the many rain showers to go on a lovely walk around the school grounds on a wild flower hunt. We spotted daisies, dandelions, buttercups and more. We also took the opportunity to visit the school pond and were lucky enough to spot 2 frogs. Can you spot them in the photos?


Term 5 Week 4 (10th - 14th May)

Over the course of this term, we are using books written by the wonderful author Julia Donaldson to create some great writing opportunities in English. This week we have shared the lovely story of Tiddler, the story telling fish. We have been using our phonics to write labels and captions for lots of things we could see in the illustrations of the story. We even noticed some other Julia Donaldson book characters were hiding in the story too!

In maths we have been practising our counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, using resources such as Numicon and bead strings to help us. We have songs and actions to go with each too, ask your children to show you.

Our sunflowers are thriving and will be coming home with your children next week as they will soon need some more space to grow.

Have a lovely weekend.

Term 5 Week 3

We have had a busy week of learning in Beech Class this week. Our week began with a surprise appearance and a letter from the ladybird from this weeks story, ‘What the ladybird heard’. We then became detectives to report back to the ladybird about some missing clothes and mischievous animals on the farm. In maths, we have been using various methods to explore number bonds within 10 and finding out how these will be a great foundation in helping us to solve larger number problems. We have planted some seeds in Science, I wonder if your children can remember the name of the seed? We will be observing changes to our seeds over the next few weeks before finally bringing them home so our families can enjoy watching them grow too. Have a lovely weekend.

Classroom pictures

Welcome to Beech Class.


Hello my name is Mrs Steele and I am the teacher in Beech class.

I have been working at CPS for 8 years and love the school because everyone is so friendly, caring and supportive. I even came to the school as a child too! I enjoy going for walks, cycling, spending  time with family and friends and reading - I can't wait to share some of my favourite children's stories with you this year. My favourite colours are purple and blue. 


I have 3 children, they are in year 5 and year 9. We also have a very fluffy and friendly dog called Holly, she is a Cavachon who likes walks but is not so keen on cats.


Other adults that work in our class are:

Mrs Woodham-Davies - Key Stage 1 Cover Supervisor

Mrs Russell – Teaching Assistant


Learning in Year 1 is hands on and exciting - with lots of new knowledge to develop but also new skills to learn. Joining in is vital and helping others is a great thing to do - we can all help and support one another. We will continue to build on the fantastic foundations that you will have developed in reception. We will have a combination of some whole class learning, some smaller group learning, as well as plenty of time for independent learning and exploration within our indoors and outdoors environment. We will be developing your wonderful knowledge of phonics to help us to become confident readers and independent writers.


You will need to bring the following into school each day: Book Bag, Water Bottle and Lunchbox, if you will be having home packed lunches. The following will be needed depending on the weather: Sun cream, coat, wellies, hats and gloves.


Please could your child’s belongings be clearly labelled with their name – Thank you.


Please be aware that we will not be expecting children to change into PE kits so they will be coming into school in their PE kits - Wednesday is our PE day.


See you soon


Mrs Steele

Home Learning Project Term 6