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Summer 1


This term our learning will be centred around fairy tales, kings and queens.


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In literacy we will explore a range of fairy tales and their features. Brilliant Beeches will learn about different characters, settings and magical elements used in fairy tales. We will use drama to act out our favourite fairy tales and compose our own versions.

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In maths we will develop our place value skills with numbers up to 100, explore the value of money and learn about measures; such as space, volume and capacity.


In topic this half-term our big question is 'Would you like to be a king or a queen?' We are going to learn about how royalty live nowadays and how they might have lived in the past to help us answer the big question. We will use junk to create model castles in small groups. We will design and make royal hats to wear to the royal ball that will take place at the end of the half-term. Brilliant Beeches will continue to learn all about seasonal changes as we move forward in to the warmer months.


P.E will remain on a Monday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a correct P.E. kit in school (white t-shirt, black shorts and sport shoes).


The end of the academic year is rapidly approaching so please could you ensure that you are reading with your child at least three times a week.


Miss Kibble-White and Mrs Fowler


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Spring 2


This half-term in Brilliant Beeches our learning will be centred around the traditional tale Robin Hood.

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In literacy, our focus will be non-fiction books and information writing such as captions, instructions and recounts. We will develop our skills to produce a class information book about woodland animals. This will be followed by a KS1 trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, where we will be able to identify lots of different animals! In our literacy lessons we will still continue to work on our grammar targets which are capital letters, full stops and question marks.



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In maths we will continue to follow the Singapore Maths No Problem scheme and will focus on multiplication, division and length including word problems. It would be a great help if you could continue to support your children with their number bonds to ten.


In topic this term we will design and make a hat for Robin Hood, learn about Sherwood Forest, explore and identify plants, discuss why people celebrate Easter and recognise the seasonal changes as we head into Spring!


P.E. will still be on a Monday and a Friday!


Can you please make sure you read with your child at least three times a week please.


Thank-you, Miss Kibble-White and Mrs Fowler 


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Brilliant Beeches are Golden and we SPARKLE!


Welcome back and Happy New Year!


It has already been a busy and exciting half-term in Brilliant Beeches, our theme this half-term is fantasy worlds.


A monster called Blarb even visited our classroom to see what we have been learning about!


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We created wanted posters to put up around the school to track down the naughty monster.


In Literacy we will be learning about features of fantasy stories and how to compose a fantasy story. Our learning will be centred around the book 'Here come the Aliens', we will create our own monster characters focusing on capital letters for the names, and continue to explore different adjectives to describe our monsters. Brilliant Beeches will also consider what setting our monsters might live in and how we would introduce this into our story.  Red Ted stickers will still be awarded to those children that read AT LEAST three times a week as reading is vital to ensure good progress.


In maths Brilliant Beeches will continue to follow the maths no problem style of teaching that allows the children to become independent learners and explore different mathematical methods opposed to one. Class one will be covering place value numbers 1-20, addition and subtraction within numbers 1-20 with a practical approach that the children really enjoy. It would be brilliant if you could support your children with number bonds to ten and I will be sending home resources to support with this.


In topic this half-term we will be learn about famous artists and the techniques they used and apply these to create our monster characters. In design and technology we will first design a sock monster and then have a go at making them so any spare socks you have lying around at home would be much appreciated! :) We will learn about Chinese new year and why people celebrate lent, continue to find out about seasonal changes and why it snows. By the end of the half-term we will be able to identify basic body parts and make a moveable skeleton.


Mondays and Fridays will remain our P.E. days.


Mrs Stapleton will now cover my PPA (planning preparation and assessment time) on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.


If you have any questions you can arrange an appointment with me at any time.


Miss Kibble-White

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