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Junior Department Notices and Reminders

Easter Hat Competition Monday 27 March

This weekend might be the perfect opportunity to get creative and make your Easter Hat ready for our Junior Department competition that is fast approaching! Hats can be any size or shape but must be based around the theme of Easter or Spring.

Please do not send these in before the week beginning 20 March as we won’t have space to store them all.

Have fun creating!





Message from Mrs McIntosh

Monday morning assemblies are a very special time in the Junior Department. It gets our week off to the best start when we all meet together in this way. The focus of my assemblies usually centres around one of the Beechwood Values or a special event happening that week. I thought you might like the chance to see what we have covered so far this year.  






Colour your world with kindness  How small acts of kindness make a real difference.  
European Day of Languages 


Saying “hello” in as many languages as we can.

Learning from others in our community. 

Understanding that people across our continent speak many different languages 
British Values  The British Values Hand  What are the British Values and how can we remember them? 
Kindness  Have a you filled a bucket today?  Looking for ways to uplift others. 
Diversity  ‘All are welcome’ story  Understanding about the different people we might meet in our lives and how to treat them equally 
Courage  Rosa Parks  The importance of having courage and standing up for what we believe in 
Anti-Bullying  ‘For the birds’ short film  The difference between rude, mean and bullying. 
Forgiveness  Short story about a bossy Queen  Saying sorry and meaning it 
Hope  ‘Rain before Rainbows’ story  The importance of impermanence. After darkness, comes light 
Advent  Getting ready for a celebration  What is advent and why do we celebrate it? 
Aspiration  What do you want to do/be when you grow up?   Dream big, set goals, take action! 
Hope  ‘The Hope-o-potamus’ poem  Don’t let others talk you out of things. Keep going! 
Respect  Bridge’ – short film  How we treat others is important and will tell people about us.  
Tolerance  Finding out about different faiths  When we understand and know about other people’s beliefs, we can show them respect. 
Children’s Mental Health  Breathing is my superpower!  The importance of mindful breathing and how to do this. 
Honesty  ‘The Empty Pot’ traditional Chinese fable  When we are honest and do the right thing people will notice and we will be rewarded.  
International Women’s Day  Fantastic women who changed the world!  All people should be treated equally and fairly no matter their gender, race or religion.  

 I have also been introducing the department to a range of new songs that link to these assemblies. So far, we have learnt: 

? Give it all you’ve got! 

 ? It’s good to be me 

? Keep on smiling 

? One little voice 

? Make this world a better place 

? You can never be too grateful 

? A little bit of kindness 

? We can work together for a better world 

As you can see, we are really working hard to raise wonderful citizens of the future! 

I hope you enjoy your weekend with them! 

Mrs McIntosh 

Mrs McIntosh
Head of Junior Department

Focus on Science

Children are naturally inquisitive about the world around them and they learn through questioning and exploring. The teaching of science allows this to happen in (and out of) the classroom. 

Whether it be gaining knowledge about plants or animals, including ourselves, the seasons and weather, or how materials are used and behave, the lightbulb moment watching children recalling and linking their learning is magical. It could happen on a walk armed with clipboards to identify materials, during an investigation to test the best materials to create a waterproof umbrella for a gingerbread man or simply through diving into books to search out knowledge (when a visit to the African plains is simply not possible).

Forest School supports much of our learning about the natural world and as a Year 2 teacher I feel especially privileged to experience the cumulative knowledge the sessions provide.  With wellies on and hats pulled down low, my last session started with the usual awe and wonder at the first signs of spring, as the children spotted a sea of snowdrops and early daffodils, and the first leaves on an elder tree. 

A red kite majestically flew over us just as we were classifying pictures of birds collected during a hunt and Mrs Le Bas explained about their local reintroduction.  The children in turn impressed Mrs Le Bas with their knowledge of snowy owls, who out of necessity are diurnal not nocturnal, and construct their nest on the ground.  During our session groups used their knowledge to build bird nests, scavenging natural materials and in many cases adding in defence mechanisms to offset their height limitations! I’m not sure the children realised how much learning had taken place. 

As we also thought about International Women’s Day this week, I thought I’d share this quote from the inspirational scientist Marie Curie…Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

Never stop answering those ‘Why?’ questions that your children are so good at asking. Perhaps this is my favourite part of teaching science. I’m never afraid to say that I don’t know all of the answers but I encourage the children to use their existing knowledge to predict possibilities (and always have Google at hand to answer the really tricky ones together!)

Mrs Bloomfield


In ‘Understanding the World’ this week Reception have been looking at the changes in seasons, Winter to Spring.

Reception learning all about Spring

Year 1

Year 1 are carrying out different investigations to help us learn that Sound is created when something vibrates and sends waves of energy (vibrations) into our ears.

Year 1 Learning about sound

Year 2

In Year 2 we sorted animals into habitats linked to climate and created food chains, introducing the scientific language of producer, consumer and apex predator.We looked more closely at why a camel is so well adapted to living in the desert. Do ask us what a camel stores in its hump.

Year 2 Science investigation

In other Year 2 news…

Mrs Lynch brought in her Mexican tortoises, Tortilla and Tank. We handled or stroked them and learned that they are well adapted to live in Mexico as they eat cacti and succulent plants. We opened up some leaves to investigate the liquid inside. Take a look at their photos below.

Meeting Mrs Lynch's Tortoises

Well done Sasha!

Congratulations to Sasha who had a successful weekend at a gymnastics competition, coming 3rd out 35 children and winning the special artistry award.  She has now qualified for the national pre-level six grade which will take place in sometime in September in Essex!  You can view Sasha in action here

From the Science Department

The Science Department used last week’s World Book Day as a warm up for Science Week, which starts today and runs through until next Friday (17 March).

Members of the department dressed up as detectives ready for our theme of Forensic Science which will also support Arts Week and the play Emil and the Detectives.

Keep following the Science Department Twitter account next week, and you will see plenty of photos of all the exciting  activities taking place in lessons.

We will also have our annual egg hatching event taking place.

From the Maths Department

Pi day is coming back to Beechwood and we are so excited – watch this video to get in the mood for Pi

Nurture Engage Inspire
Year 1 Eloise FC Sephy D, Haoyu G -
Year 2 - Robert VT, Gracie F, Evie M Akio N

From the Junior Librarians

AdventureMice – Otter Chaos by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

AdventureMice is the brand new series from one of our favourite author/illustrator combinations; Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (Pugs of the Frozen North, Cakes in Space).  The series is packed with colour illustration and a larger font making it perfect for newly independent readers. With both a slightly smaller book size and also slightly less pages, readers can soon gain a sense of achievement as they chip through the pages. 

In this first instalment, the formidable Pedro is introduced. He attempts to locate Mouse Islands, where the AdventureMice carry out daring rescues and brave feats, using their fleet of boats, submarines, seaplanes and helicopters. Enough to tempt any new reader, with the only disappointment likely to be the wait until the second instalment is released.