Beech class is taught by Mr Empson and Mrs Monks




Class News

1st November 2019
I hope you have had a restful half-term and your children are excited to be back.
It's been a busy first week for Beech class. We have been reflecting on our PGL residential and as a result, we've decided to make brochures and posters to help persuade the current Year 5 class to go next year! During the planning stage, the children have displayed tremendous teamwork - watch this space to see how they get on with their final designs. 
As well as this, we had our first forest school. We made fire, designed and clothed a forest stick man, made some bizarre recipes in the mud kitchen and to round it all off, we finished with a hot chocolate! Happy children!
8th November 2019
This week, the children completed their PGL brochures - wow, they can certainly exaggerate! Final copies will be available to view on the website once they have been typed up. 
In maths, children have been exploring the many different ways fractions are used and how to calculate them. It has been great to see how enthusiastic the class have been about competing with Class 5 on Times Tables Rock Stars. Our class battle ends on Tuesday, so keep up the good work! 
We also began our six-week cricket course with Damian. The children experienced plenty of new, exciting games and they are looking forward to progressing their cricket skills further. 
The week ended with Forest School. Some amazing dens actually turned out to be more like theme parks - what a creative bunch!
15th November 2019
A very busy week in Year 6. The children participated in a recycling workshop where they learnt how to keep plastic out of our oceans - this has really got them thinking about the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle.) Additionally, it was anti-bullying week so children were involved in discussions, role-play scenarios and produces posters. 
Please also see the children's PGL brochures - they are attached as PDFs. Hopefully, the Year 5 children will now be inspired to attend next year!
It was also the Times Tables Rock Stars National Competition this past week. Beech Class finished 209th in the country - not bad considering there were over 14,000 classes competing. The star of the class was Emilia, who scored an incredible 48,387 points and therefore had the 36th highest individual score in England! WOW! Huge congratulations!
23rd November 2019
This week the children began planning and writing their adventure stories; they have such imaginative ideas from all the adventure stories they have read.
In science, the children started delving deeper into the 'hows' and 'whys' investigating how animals have adapted to suit their environments throughout history. This have involved some children comparing animals by making Top Trumps; others by producing and analysing data on bar charts; and some children created an animal that would have characteristics to be able to survive in contrasting environments. 
To complete the week, children learnt how to knead dough before cooking and eating it (with honey!) at forest school. YUM!
29th November 2019
WOW - Year 6 created some incredible adventure stories this week; the children are truly inspired by Michael Morpurgo (some of them met him last week) who is the author of our class book - Kensuke's Kingdom. We have many of our own authors in the making. During maths, the children put their problem solving and skills to the test as they worked in teams to solve an investigation. 
In Forest School, children learnt to use hand drills to design and make their own log-style Christmas decorations - these will be displayed in The Strand on St Joseph's Christmas tree next weekend. 
6th December 2019
Advent is in full swing! Beech Class began practising for their own service. On Monday, they helped their Reception buddies with present wrapping; Thursday was cake sale day - what a mighty fine effort to raise £258.99 - thank you all parents and children involved; and lastly, the children were treated to a day out in Exeter to watch The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - truly inspiring! 


Star of the week 

6th December: Lola

 Keep up the good work everyone!


This week's diary

9th December - Cricket
11th December - Non-school Uniform Day
13th December - Wear a Christmas jumper to school
13th December - Christmas Fayre
13th December - Forest School
This half-term's weekly events
Monday - PE - Cricket

Tuesday - PE - Tag Rugby

Friday - Forest School