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!