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This week in Year 3

Year 3 have had a busy week, and, due to the Bank Holiday, spent their first Monday in School of this term. We are busy preparing for our first Wellyboot Camp in three years, which we are all extremely excited about. We have had lots of discussions in class about how it will work and what to do if we are worried about spending the night away from our families – particularly considering the unusually insular last few years. We definitely see this as an opportunity for growth for the Year 3s, a time for them to be with their friends and make new ones and a time to be away from their families and grow in resilience. We are all looking forward to spending time outside and can guarantee that we will all smell of wood smoke on our return!

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week was the perfect time to deepen our Wellyboot discussions and has given us an excellent opportunity to discuss the idea of loneliness. We talked about the difference between being alone and feeling lonely; we agreed that, sometimes, it is great to be alone: “It is sometimes nice to be alone when you are in the playground because you can have a break from running around.” Other times though, you do feel lonely: “Being lonely is when no one is there to comfort you when you feel sad or miss someone.” We talked about what you could do if you were feeling lonely and the children came up with some excellent strategies: “If I am lonely, I will distract myself and do something like drawing a picture, watch TV, play boardgames or play outside. Sometimes, I have a hug from my mum.” Or another suggestion: “I could do something to distract me and take my mind off it. If that doesn’t work, then I would speak to the person who made me feel lonely and see if that works.”

Romani Veniunt! 

Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Romans in Britain, this term. We will even be incorporating this learning into Wellyboot Camp, with a Roman Escape Room Challenge! Later in the term we will be learning about the Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda. If you would like to brush up on your Roman numerals (which might come in handy when escaping from a ‘room’) then use the link to the Vindolanda website for some excellent games and challenges:

From the Pottery Cellar

Year 3 had so much fun in pottery making their own bowls this week….

Yr 3 Pottery
Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 3 Team

This week in Year 4

The sun is shining which means it must be the cricket season! Well done to all those who took part in yesterday’s first cricket fixtures of the term. Great performances all round with super bowling, outstanding catches and some top batting. It was really encouraging to see the children putting into practice the advice and tips they have been given in their Games lessons. Superb start to the cricket season! 

Elsewhere in the curriculum, in Geography, we are now underway with our new topic, ‘Rainforests’, and have been using our global location knowledge from the Michaelmas Term, to help locate rainforests around the world.

In Art, Year 4 are putting to good use all of those unused CD and DVD discs by designing circular images and patterns with the aim of creating an art installation which will be hung up in the Year 4 stairways.  

In DT, great excitement hit the DT room as the children were introduced to the pillar drill as the begin the construction of their 2-axle pneumatic drawing machine! Photos can be  found here

Thorulf is Coming!

Friday 10th June is Viking Day in Year 4 when we will be enjoying the company of Thorulf Hammrsson.

If you have misplaced your copy of the letter that was emailed earlier this week along with information regarding costumes, you can find copies in your child’s Google Classroom. 



Al Fresco Dining Comes to Year 4

Thank you to Emily and the Catering Team for providing outdoor seating which will allow one Yr4 class at a time to have their lunch in the glorious sunshine. You can see here that they enjoyed every second of it.

Forest School

It was 4B’s turn to enjoy Forest School this week – see some photos of what we got up to below:

Yr 4 - Forest School (wk comm 9th May)
Have a lovely weekend!

The Year 4 Team

This Week in Year 5

This week, Humanities lessons in Year 5 have involved plenty of discussion around food! In TPR the children explored the festival of Passover and the different symbolic foods and their significance. One element of the seder meal is the 3 pieces of matzah, the unleavened bread and the pupils enjoyed tasting it in class for themselves and were most impressed that you can buy in it the local supermarket!

Year 5 Passover Meal May 2022

In  Geography, the children studied the concept of food miles. It triggered some very good class discussions about the benefits of a truly global food market and the environmental disadvantages. The pupils worked in groups to decide which pizza ingredient had travelled furthest to reach our plates and they also enjoyed peering at food packaging and plotting its point of origin on a world map. The huge variety of foods we enjoy today has also been highlighted as we looked at food rationing and shortages during the Second World War in British History. Well done to all pupils on their excellent collaborative work and discussions.

Year 5 Food Miles May 2022

From the Art Room

This week our creative Year 5 students put their observational drawing skills to the test, spending time drawing colourful fruit bowls in a Magritte-inspired room around them!

Photos of their masterpieces can be found here






The Year 5 Tutor Team

Cricket This Term

A very warm welcome to the new cricket season!

It has been wonderful to see pupils enjoying the start of the season and the buzz it creates around the school. Fingers crossed for more sunshine on match days in the coming weeks!

This term, all pupils will experience the wonderful cricket facilities we have here at Beechwood and will enjoy fixtures against competing schools.

We base hardball participation from Year 5 upwards on health and safety principles alongside the children’s confidence and enjoyment of the sport. It is our aim for all Colts teams to experience hardball cricket in the Summer Term to give them the experience to play in a safe environment and prepare for cricket in Year 7.

On match days, we may have different pupil numbers to our competitors which may impact whether your child plays hardball or softball. Even if a pupil isn’t in a Wednesday hardball team, pupils have the opportunity to practice in training sessions and in the Beechwood Cricket After School Activity, should they wish to join.

Pupils do not need to have their own hardball kit; they can borrow the equipment from school. If your child does bring a cricket bag to school, please remind them to take their bag to the cricket pavilion each morning before registration.

In terms of teams, there will be movement over the term based on progress and performance and we carefully monitor team selection. Team numbers may also change depending on pupil numbers in other schools.  During training sessions, our coaches may spend time across different teams to increase learning opportunities available to pupils. Team selection can be an emotive issue providing feelings of elation as well as disappointment and we endeavour to communicate and explain to each child the reasons for movement from one team to another.

If your child is yet to join the after school cricket club on Mondays or Tuesdays and would like to join, there is availability; please contact Front Desk.

Here’s looking forward to a fantastic cricket season for all pupils!

Mr Cooper

Head of Cricket

From the Middle Department Library

Zeina Starborn and the Sky Whale, by Hannah Durkan

Zeina Starborn spends her days dreaming of adventure in the sky and escaping the smog-filled city of Ravenport. So, when she wins the chance to visit the famous Willoughby Whale Hotel – a ginormous structure built on the back of a flying whale – Zeina grabs it. Even clashing with Jackson, spoiled heir to the Willoughby fortune, can’t dampen her excitement. But a series of clues makes her question what she’s been told about this dazzling world of inventors, explorers and mighty sky whales. Winner of the Northern Writers’ Award 2020, this freshly released debut is perfect for fans of Malander and Brightstorm.

Ms Messent and Mrs Lott

Head’s Commendations

Congratulations to this week’s recipients of Mr Balfour’s Commendations:

Nurture Engage Inspire
Year 3 Benji, Amelia Emily, Haetong, Lucas, Elodie, Tom Miles
Year 4 - - -
Year 5 - - Jack