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During the Spring Term, Beech class has been enjoying many exciting activities.

In February, the children learnt about Shrove Tuesday, understanding why it is celebrated with pancakes. The children were lucky enough to end the lesson with some yummy pancake treats.

In celebration of the start of the Winter Olympics, the year 5/6 Sports Ambassadors ran a competition to design a new mascot. All entries from Beech were superb with one child in the class winning an official Winter Olympic pin badge!

The class took a ‘Season Spotting’ walk, which tied in with the RSPB's birdwatch week. They were able to spot some signs of spring, with some early daffodils beginning to open. Unfortunately,  we may have scared the birds away in all our excitement! We ended the walk by exploring the local nature trail and had play time in the fields.

Mrs Legg organised for a local cricket coach to come in and run a workshop, introducing them to the game and skills used/needed in cricket. The children really enjoyed this session and learnt a lot from it.

Miss Bower organised a Science Day in line with British Science Week. The children in Beech class made some very sticky slime and a bath bomb, which they got to take home with them. This was led by Dr Juliette Jackson, who is running the Polar Explorer Programme in school. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and learnt lots during their experiments and ‘mini-projects’.

Ten children in Beech also had the opportunity to take part in a multi-skills festival at The Purbeck School. This allowed the children to play and enjoy sport and take away some new skills to use in school.

The whole school took part in National Book Week by dressing up as their favourite character from a book. They looked superb, with The Stick Man winning first place in Beech, and James and the Giant Peach coming a close second.

Mrs Legg organised two more Family Walk events, alongside the local ‘Keep Purbeck Tidy’ group. Lots of children from Beech class turned up on Swanage beach, early one Sunday morning, to pick litter and keep our beaches tidy. The second event was a local Langton litter pick, which involved making our local village tidy and safe for the wildlife.

Beech has also been taking part in The Daily Mile scheme. This has involved them running or walking a mile, after lunch time, allowing them to be settled and ready for learning in the afternoon. This training also helped them when they took part in the Sports Relief Mile, and they all did a super job raising money for the event.