Beech Class Newsletter – 22nd September 2017

Thank you to those who came to our welcome meeting on Monday. We hope that you now feel more informed about who we are and how we work in the upper part of the school but do contact us if there is ever anything that you are unsure of.

Thank you also for the notes that have already been received giving permission for your son/daughter to walk home alone and for email addresses. We will gradually switch over to an electronic class newsletter as we receive more email addresses.
On Wednesday, all the children in KS2 were informed and entertained by a team from Essex and Suffolk Water who explained how we can all be Super Splash Heroes and reduce our use of water.

Y5: Mr. Copley's group have continued working on the text 'Oranges in no Man's Land.' The task of writing a paragraph describing war-torn Beirut using different kinds of sentence openers proved to be a challenge; but one that with one or two revisions was finally overcome. This was also part of learning how to use the Chromebooks. We are slowly getting over the teething problems that using new technology always throws up. It is interesting to see how these machines differ from a PC and how the touch pad can respond to commands from either one or two fingers, taps and slides. This is a bit of a learning curve for us all. Maths has been continuing the place value work and thinking about appropriate methods to use to solve problems. Learning to choose column methods, number lines or a mental method can give us a variety of options and save time or ensure accuracy when confronted with awkward calculations. Homework is working out the meaning for more proverbs and some mental maths; especially looking for the part of the problem that saves thinking time.

Y6: Our writing this week has been about the ten-year-old girl who recounts events in our book ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’.  In maths we have continued working on multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100 and have also developed our understanding of the ‘equals’ symbol (=) to appreciate it means ‘the same as’ and thereby lay foundations for early algebra. As we have ordered new mental maths books and are awaiting delivery, Y6 maths homework this week is a sheet to practice multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100. English homework is on the use of apostrophes to show possession.

All Beech Class: Science work has been investigating shadows and in art we have started practising pebble-painting. We have also begun to study the history of the ancient Maya people. Children researched where and when the Mayans lived and also had a presentation in a 'dome' situated in the atrium this very morning. Who says that history has to be as dull and dry as ancient dust!

In addition to the homework given above, children are expected to read regularly (4-5 times a week), learn/practise multiplication facts, practise their brass instrument (Y5 and Y6 play-on pupils) and learn spellings as they are given. Homework is due the following Tuesday.

Important dates:

Friday 29th Sept: Macmillan coffee morning

Friday 29th Sept: School disco R/KS1 5-6pm;

KS2 6.30-7.45pm (tickets £1 on sale after school next week)

Mon Oct 9th and Tues 10th: Parent’s meetings

Thurs Oct 12th/Fri 13th: HMS Belfast trip (Y5)

Mon 16th Oct: Visit to Crucial Crew event (Y6)

23rd - 27th Oct: Half-term

Monday 30th Oct: PD day

Saturday 2nd Dec: School Christmas Bazaar

Tuesday 19th Dec: End of term

Regular information

P.E. takes place every Monday and Thursday. Appropriate kit must be worn for each lesson.

Brass lessons are on Thursdays with Mr Courtney. Please ensure instruments are in school. Instruments have been allocated and paperwork will be sent home for parents/carers to sign imminently, after which children will be allowed and encouraged to take their instruments home to practise.

You can contact Ms Denham by emailing or Mr Copley by emailing . Alternatively send in a note or phone the school office to ask us to call back or for an appointment.

Ms Denham, Mr Copley, Mrs Shimmon, Ms Davis, Ms Maller, Mrs Eves


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