Christmas Lunch.

This morning we made Christmas hats in the style of The Highwayman for the Governors Christmas lunch. The lunch was delicious and we all had a lovely time together as a school.

Writing for a purpose.

After writing to Michael Gove we were pleased to receive a reply from his office telling the children how important deforestation is and explaining the money the Government is spending to try and help tackle this issue. The letter also says how important it is for young people to show such care and concern.

Beech Class are continuing their learning journey of The Highwayman and are now being buddy journalists reporting on the case and this week through drama have interviewed each other in character including Mrs Bulpitt!

Three girls in our class have heard back from Michael Morpurgo , they wrote to him in October, he sent them each a signed sticker to put in the front of one of their reading books and  a letter telling them his reasons for writing and future plans; we’ll just have to wait to see if we hear back from Michael Gove!

Order in Court!

In English we are looking at the  poem ‘The Highwayman’ and this week we have been considering if he was a hero or villain ! We wrote speeches to deliver in court in front of a jury and Judge before a decision was made. We ran two court hearings, the first round was ‘guilty’ and the second was ‘not guilty’ so we had some very convincing barristers in the Court!

Beech Class have been producing some beautiful images inspired by the Rainforest this week using coloured pencils and felt tips to add impact:


All ready as Superheroes  for JDRF World diabetes day!

Poems to be published!

I received a letter from ‘Young Writers’  telling me the exciting news that all of the children in Beech Class have had their poems chosen  to be published in “Poetry Wonderland – Hampshire” at the end of January. The letter makes it very clear that not all children have their poems chosen and some children will receive feedback and ideas for next time. The children worked hard to produce these brilliant poems that are still in the library, I am very proud of them and they should be very proud of themselves.

Last week Beech took part in a workshop with the NSPCC and discussed the importance of keeping safe and feeling safe.

Beech Class, have finished their clay poppies and are really pleased with the results. These will be displayed in the village hall along with poppies from the other classes.

We have had a great start to half term, the children have started to look at persuasive text and have already had some interesting debates! In maths we are learning about the connection between division and fractions.

Next week we will be thinking about the importance of Poppy Day and the significance of this year. We would like to create a class display, so was hoping the children might be able to bring in a copy of a photograph of a family member who served, please make sure this is a copy as I appreciate how valuable and precious these family photos are.


Beech Class had a fantastic week away, there were fears conquered, challenges met and team work being shown. Thank to Mrs Chamberlain and Mr Nicoll for giving up their time to accompany us to Osmington Bay.

12/10/18- 8.40am- Abseiling cancelled. On to the next adventure!

 12/10/18- 8.07am- We are all up, had breakfast and just finishing packing. Should be abseiling this morning. Fingers crossed for the weather!

11/10/18- 4.50pm- This evening after dinner we will be showing our best dance moves at the disco. Then we will start packing ready to see you all tomorrow!


We have been fencing this afternoon


 11/10/18- 12.17pm After a bit of a disappointing start We have shown our team spirit spending the morning problem solving and buggy building (like raft building but in a field) Just off to lunch now and then this afternoon we are fencing and going on the trapeze (if it’s not too windy)

11/10/18- Sadly raft building was cancelled due to the windy conditions in Weymouth. We wonder what adventures we will get up to instead?………………………………….

11/10/18- 7.30am-All up and dressed. Off to the Olympic village in Weymouth today for raft building. Back at lunchtime.

10/10/18- 7.13pm- We have had a great afternoon, we are all fed and having a camp fire this evening.

Look at us dare devils!!!!!!!!- We are using our resilient, risk-taking skills here! (and having the greatest fun!)


10.10.18- 11.28 am- We have had a lovely sunny morning and all taken part in Archery and had a go on the zip wire. After lunch we will be going on a beach walk exploring the local coast and a survivor expedition- Learning all about what it is like to live in the wild.

10.10.18- We are up, dressed and just off to breakfast. Archery and the zip wire this morning.


12.14pm- Finished morning sessions and just off to lunch. Tunnel trail and giant swing here we come this afternoon.

Sensory walk- team work needed here!

 9/10/18- First full day at Osmington Bay. All children are up, dressed and fed.  Off this morning for Sensory trail and climbing- Photos to follow!

The children have just arrived at Osmington Bay and are unpacking 2.40pm 8/10/18

We have arrived safe and sound to Lulworth Cove.

Next stop Osmington Bay!

The poems that were inspired by Kensuke’s Kingdom are now displayed in the library for you all to see.

Storm poem

Residential meeting.

This is a reminder that there will be a meeting on Tuesday 2nd October at 3:30pm in Beech Class. This is an opportunity for you to ask any questions as well as see where we are going and find out what an exciting week we have lined up!

Macmillan coffee afternoon.

The children are organising a coffee afternoon supported by the PTA in aid of Macmillan Cancer support, a cause very close to many people’s hearts.  Cake, tea and coffee will be available in return for donations in Beech Classroom at 2:30pm until 3pm  and then again at 3.30pm after Celebration worship, on Friday 28th September. Please can children bring cakes in on Friday morning.

We look forward to seeing you all then!

Start to the term

Beech Class have already had a busy start to the term and are working together as a team and supporting each other both in and outside the classroom. This week the children have produced some truly amazing poetry inspired by our Learning Journey in English, we have been studying the book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo and looking at the different techniques he uses to bring the story to life; the children have used some of these techniques in their poems that will be displayed in the library shortly. Year 5 have already been out and about and this week and visited Harrow Way School for a programming session and have another two lined up, the children really enjoyed it, behaved impeccably and were a real credit to you all. Beech Class have been investigating Fairtrade, this links to our Creative Curriculum ‘Investigating our World’ and of course Harvest.

This Term’s Overview

An overview of this term’s learning:
Beech Summer 2018 Overview

Army Flying Museum 

As part of our Battle of Britain topic, we visited the Army Flying Museum

Y6 Aerobility Trip

Y6 got to visit the charity Aerobility and had a jam packed day of excitement! We got to see Miss Thompson, who ran the day. We flew flight simulators, went up to the top of the control tower and even got to help build an aeroplane!

Science Day

For our Science day, we experimented with Coke and the effects it has on different things. We learnt that you can even use it to clean old pennies! We evaporated diet coke and regular and found that the regular one becomes a gloopy sugary substance. We then experimented with bicarbonate of soda to make our own healthy drinks.

Plastic Pollution

When we arrived at school our classroom was full of plastic rubbish! We started a new English topic all about marine pollution and what happens when people litter or don’t recycle plastic waste. We then worked as a class to sort the plastics into what could be recycled and what had to be thrown away. We were shocked to find how much couldn’t even be recycled!

Rainforest Art

As a lot of the children were at the Rugby tournament, the rest of the class did an art project! They have created these amazing pictures using a range of techniques

Video game dancing

We had the exciting opportunity to learn and choreograph the a dance with the head of dance from Harroway school! It had a video game theme and we loved making up moves.

Mayan headdresses’

This week we have been researching, designing and making our own Mayan Headdresses. Just look at what we produced!!!

How to stay safe with Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Year 5/6 spent the morning with Hampshire Fire and Rescue to learn about fire safety within the home.

PCSOs talk to Year 5/6 about staying safe

Our community PCSOs came to talk to Year 5/6 about staying safe online when using social media, and about using mobile phones responsibly to stay safe.

River Run!

Before leaving for their residential, Beech class designed, sculpted and labelled the important parts of a river. We then (bravely) ran some water down them to se how well they worked. What a great success!! All three worked really well.


Super Science Day

An amazing day had by all. Know what store cupboard item can relieve the pain of a wasps or bee sting?  Following our investigations the children can tell you!








Year 6 Pond Dipping

This morning Mrs Taylor returned to take Year 6 for a morning in the wildlife garden to carry out a whole host of activities.

Counting louse                                                          How many snail did you say you counted?

Composing Music

Year 5/6 choose a wide variety of musical instruments to use when composing their own music.  There were some interesting compositions.

The Colour of Words

Beech class have combined colour and words to look at ideas for poetry and personification.


It’s up for debate!

Today we worked in two groups to formulate an opinion about the following topic; has the time come to ban cars from the centre of towns and cities? Using persuasive language we then held a debate, discussed and clarified our thinking in support or opposition about this topic.

Year 6’s Day Out

A fun filled day with a difference!  Year 6 had an Aeronautics day which included flying a flight simulator and sitting in a business jet all courtesy of the charity Aerobility and the Aeronautical Society.

Examining the Heart

This afternoon, Beech class looked at the function of the heart.  During the lesson, children had the option to examine a sheep’s hearts and study the valves.

Looking At The Landscape

This week we have begun our art project.  We have looked at the artist David Hockney and some of the work he has created.  The class took a stroll to the top of the hill and took some landscape photography.  From these photos we are going to use acrylic paint to create landscapes on canvases in the style of David Hockney.  Here are some of the art skills we have been trying out.

Which Way Are We Facing?

This week, Beech class took a walk up Church path to look at some of the landscape that covers Vernham Dean.  During our visit, we looked at eight compass points and made decisions about where key landmarks were in relation to our position.

Parliament Comes to Beech Class!

Parliament loan out a box to schools to introduce children to the work Parliament do.  The box creates memorable experiences by inspiring debate and deepening understanding of The House of Commons and The House of Lords.  Currently our Year 5/6 are using this box in their Health and Citizenship unit of work on ‘Who’s in Charge?’


The Speaker and Clerk.                                                        The Speaker in the House of Lords
One of the children thought it was Teresa May’s wig!

Example Timetable
Spring Learning Overview

We have been learning about Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s famous poem – ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. This amazing poem highlights a tragic battle that took place during the Crimean War (1854-1886).


Welcome to 2017

This week we have been looking at non-chronological report writing. We have watched the amazing Planet Earth 2 – The Island episode ‘Racer snakes -v- Iguana’ for inspiration.

We had fun in art too!

Fred T


‘The charge of the light Brigade is a well known poem, written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1854. This poem is about the British army in the Crimean War. It was considered a brutal tragedy, as many men lost their lives fighting in a ‘suicidal battle’. ‘ By Fred Teague year 6

‘We learned about Imagery – where we form pictures about the poem in our minds. We also looked at different features like: personification, repetition of words and phrases, onomatopoeia and rhyming words.’ Harry Craig year 5.

We have been learning about a ‘Trio of Superhero Scientists!’

We completed a quiz on Mary Anning, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. Later we researched more about these incredible scientists and wrote some amazing biographies on them. Please click on biog2 below to see one. Happy reading!