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Autumn Term 2020

It has been a very busy first half term of this challenging and very different new school year. The children have all adapted well to the new routines of the day and new strict Covid-19 guidelines we are all having to follow.

Much of the work we have been doing in class has been catch up and revision of work missed due to the partial school closure last academic year. This has included a focus in math of place value and number work, which is absolutely essential for successful understanding of all future mathematical work and concepts.

In English we have been doing daily phonics lessons. This has been to support all children in their reading, spelling and knowledge of all sounds between phases three and five, and prepare the Year Two children for the upcoming phonics screening tests which will take place in Autumn 2 term. We have also been revising basic punctuation and writing sentences. Handwriting has also been a focus in the first half term, including the formation of letters and digits cursive handwriting.

Our topic this half term has been space, and included research of famous astronauts, a DT home project to design and build your own space ship and reading our class book: a fictional space adventure called 'Space race' by Malorie Blackman.

We were also fortunate enough to have a fire home safety talk using a live video link from Dorset and Wilshire Fire and Rescue, and we took part in the charity run raising over £900!

A great start to the new school year!

Best wishes,
Mr Girling,
Beech Class Teacher