Beech Always working hard. Here is a poem written by one of our Y6s as the work that was set on the snow day earlier in the month. ‘I’m the white blanket’ I fall so quietly to the ground, I settle there without a sound. Like a blanket I cover your grass so lush, Make a man out of me, there’s no rush! Hidden within me is an angel so pure, You bring her out of me, that’s for sure. When you step on me, I grind my teeth, The sound comes from way beneath. I’ve had such a fantastic day, Now it’s time for me to melt away! Spring 2 overview. After a busy first half of the term, we have another busy half coming up. Spring 2 Hard at work in English. Beech Class are busy researching and writing biographies on a wide range of people including Alexander the Great, Charles Darwin, Emmeline Pankhurst, Elizabeth Blackwell, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill and Amelia Earhart amongst others. The children have been inspired by a wide variety of people and we hope to display these biographies so you can learn about them too. Creating works of Art. This afternoon we had our Willow Buddies visit us. We looked at a famous painting of sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh and worked together to create our own in two halves. 500 words. 500_words_2019_entrants Beech Class will be entering the Radio 2 ‘500 words’ competition for story writers. As many of you may know this is a national annual competition run for children up to the age of 13 and this year the final will be taking place at Windsor Castle. Today we started planning and over the next coming weeks will be working on our stories to make sure they are finished and submitted by March 8th. Internet safety. This week, we have been discussing internet safety. We have looked at different scenarios and what we would do in that situation. We have learnt ‘zip it, block and flag it’ to remember about anything that concerns us. Stop and think is it True Helpful Inspiring Necessary Kind. Snow Day. How would you describe the snow? Think about the way it falls, it looks, feels and how it makes you feel. Write a poem or a piece of descriptive writing about the snow. Remember to use similes, metaphors and see if you can use personification. Maths work – y5 y6 Who was Alfred Wallace? Why is he important and how does he link to our learning? Lastly, if it is safe for you to do so and you have supervision enjoy the snow. Stay warm and safe. Mrs Bulpitt. A find in the grounds, what could it mean? Beech Class went exploring in the grounds to see if they could find something , but weren’t sure exactly what they were looking for, after some clues we did find an object hidden….. The fossil links to our Science but also in English we have started to learn about biographies and are learning all about the amazing scientist Mary Anning and her contribution to the science – what an inspiration she was. A Difficult choice. In English we are looking at the book ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin , we have been discussing her move from Trinidad and used drama to help explore her feelings. Inspired artists. Beech Class are learning about The River Nile and have produced beautiful images using pencils , we hope to produce another version using water colours: What could it mean? We were given sand , but what could it mean? How does it relate to our learning? 2019 – Let the challenge begin! Beech Class are already hard at work this term, we have already had a visit from Mr Peebles from Harrow Way School who has been looking at computers with us and we are learning about what makes a computer. 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.