Beech Class (Year 2)

Welcome to Beech Class
Beech Class is a Year 2 class.  Mrs Chapman is the class teacher and is supported by our teaching assistant Miss Gray. During afternoons when Mrs Chapman is out of the class, the class is taught by our  HLTA Mrs Cessford and Miss Gray. 
We are running things a little different this year to ensure all the children are kept safe during COVID. As a result we sit in forward facing rows, sitting in these same positions for our lunch in the hall and have our play time on a designated area of the yard. 
Our weekly routine is as follows:
- MONDAY AND THURSDAY They wear their PE kits for Rugby and Mrs Cessford. 
- THURSDAY Reading books are changed and reading logged for the reading ladder on 
- FRIDAY Spelling test completed and new spellings issued 
- FRIDAY They bring their wellies into school for our forest school session with Miss Gray
The children have settled into the new normal of Beech brilliant and I am immensely proud of them all. Here are some of things we have been doing this term: 
Friday 25th September:- European day of Languages 
We had a great time celebrating our annual European Languages Day, this year we watched videos provided through Lingotots and learnt all about the Netherlands. During the day, the children samples a range of foods, learnt some phrases, labelled animal names and even went Dutch by doing some halving in maths. It was a great day of fun finished with making our own Amsterdam windmills. 
Thursday 8th October - our talk for writing retelling of 'The Teddy Robber'
After several weeks, learning the story, creating a story map, using actions to retell the story and then innovating it to make it their own - the children are ready to retell their version of the story all next week. They have worked so hard learning 'The Teddy Robber' story. 
Wednesday 25th November - Hancock Museum virtual workshop 
What a great experience the had, taking part in a  virtual session run by the Hancock Musuem. During the morning the children looked at a range of pictures and physical fossils as well as exploring the difference i teeth for a herbivore and carnivore. The 3D printing of Dippy the diplodocus was absolutely fascinating too. 
During the majority of the Spring term school only opened to children of Key workers, whilst learning continued remotely for the majority of the class there were a lovely group in our Beech Bubble Pod. WE were busy replicating the remote learning taking place which included core tasks as well as topic work, Art, Dojo challenges and forest fun. 
Friday 26th March - Easter Performance 
It was wonderful to have all the children back into school for the last three weeks of term. We loved learning and performing our Easter poem for the virtual Easter service. 
Wednesday 21st April 
We have loved learning about the artist Paul Klee. It was a great opportunity to use our 2D shape knowledge to build the structure of a castle like he did and then use bold, bright oil pastels to colour it in. We were really proud of our work! 
Thursday 15th April 
What a wonderful experience we had this week. We were invited to represent the school at our neighbouring housing development Gleeson Homes. They had organised a time capsule burial using the stories, diaries, letters and pictures the school created during lockdown to represent 2021. We were even picked as a founders favourite by the International Time Capsule Society and appeared around the world. Wow!
Friday 21st May - Published Authors
We were so proud of our non fiction writing about imaginary witch characters that we type it up on google classroom. This was a very tricky KS2 skill having to access our documents on the google drive and submit the work, after typing it up and changing the font and colour. We then had it spiral bound into a book and Cathy at the local library has given it a library code that the community can take the book out to read. There are four copies available - very exciting! 
Tuesday 8th June - Mudlarks Beach School 
Hurrah - at last we got out on a proper class trip on a bus. It was great fun from arrival to the end doing lots of wonderful activities at Boulmer Beach which included rock pooling, sculpture making, bug hunting and  a scavenger hunt. It was lovely to enjoy the sunshine and have lots of smiley faces having fun with their friends at the beach.