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Beech Class

This half-term, our learning enquiry is:

Who Sailed the Seven Seas?

So batten down the hatches and prepare to embrace the pirate life as we set off on our next adventure! 

For our science focus, we will be exploring the contents of our treasure chest and sorting our ‘booty’ based on the material it is made from and its properties. We may be getting a little soggy when we investigate if it sinks or floats!

No pirate is complete without a super-trendy and highly desirable pirate bandana, so we will be producing our own personalised versions this half term. Using our Design and Technology skills (not to mention a great deal of sweat, tears and possibly blood), we will be creating designs based on some key criteria, deciding on the best design and sewing our bandanas.

In Geography we will be using our directional language such as left, right, clockwise and anticlockwise to direct our fellow pirates to the treasure. We will also be finding out about compasses and compass directions to help us read treasure maps and find our way around the school grounds.                                                  

The focus for PE this half term is dance and gymnastics – essential life-skills for every good pirate! We have been lucky enough to secure a specialist dance teacher who will be delivering a range of dance styles from various genres. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit with them every week - our PE sessions are every Tuesday and Friday morning.

Our Literacy focus for this half term is pirate stories and poetry. We will be exploring different types of poems and considering the language used to create images and moods. Then, after we have produced a class poem, we will be writing our own, independent versions. We will be learning how to ask and answer questions about the poems and stories, and how to become reading-detectives when we search for clues in the text.

Our Maths focus for this half term will be on addition and subtraction, building on our knowledge of number and place value. We will be revisiting geometry by investigating 3D shapes and their properties and relating this to what we already know about 2D shapes. We will also begin to look at simple fractions (1/4, 1/3, ½ and ¾) and working out how to share out our pirate treasure.                                                        

And finally, a huge thank you to all of you who regularly read at home with your child and support them with their learning. The impact is noticeable in their learning progress.

Mrs Gomes-Wilson & Mrs Moore