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Lights, Camel, Action!

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Weren’t we fabulous!

Beech class thoroughly enjoyed their two wonderful performances of Lights, Camel, Action for the Key Stage 1 nativity 2017!  There were BIG smiles all round, what a wonderful celebration!

The children thoroughly immersed themselves into the spirit of the performance.  They sang their hearts out and showed us some very funky moves!

What was your favourite song?  Mine was definitely The Funky Camel but a close second was the amazing Disco Star!

Beech class had the important roles of main choir, instrumentalists, line dancers and ballerina angels.  They were all fantastic and have been practicing so hard to make these performances special.

Thank you to you, the wonderful parents who sorted costumes and for coming to support the performances.  You must be so proud of your children, as I am overwhelmingly proud as their teacher!

Big thanks to Mrs Fisher for making props and sorting costumes and to Miss Walton for revising the script and songs!  It all worked perfectly!

We’re almost their…the children are all getting tired. Let’s get through the next few days together before we all enjoy a well deserved rest (?!) over Christmas.  Well done everybody!

Christmas Lunch!

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What an exciting lunch time…crackers, crowns and a delicious meal!

Children, Staff and Governors enjoyed a Christmas meal together.  So much fun!

The countdown to Christmas has begun!

Where’s My Hug?

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Beech Class with author Tim Milner and Illustrator Tania Sneesby

We were lucky enough to have author Tim Milner and Illustrator Tania Sneesby in school to launch their wonderful book ‘Where’s My Hug?’  Tim spoke to the children about his inspiration for the story coming from something his daughter said to him when he got home from work.

Tania showed the children how she created the illustrations for the book using her talents as a textile artist combined with a photographer to add the magical touches to bring the story to life.

The children had the chance to ask questions about skills for writing, how the illustrations were created and also shared their own ideas for writing with Tim and Tania.

Thank you to our very talented visitors for sharing the story and giving us your time, we all feel very inspired now!



Haverthwaite Railway with a very special guest…

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Beech and Holly Class enjoyed a wonderful day at Haverthwaite Railway in the Lake District.

As part of our topic ‘Around the world in 80 Days’ we went to Haverthwaite to enjoy a ride to The Lakeside aboard a traditional Steam train.  We enjoyed singing Christmas songs along the way and we were surprised by a very special guest…can you guess who?

We were shown the way to our carriage and got ourselves comfy.

“Eye spy with my little eye, something beginning with S…!”  Ho Ho Ho!

Santa arrived! He took the time to talk to all the children and told them not to forget a mince pie or two on christmas eve with a glass of milk and a carrot for the reindeer.

All the children told Santa that they had been very good girls and boys, Mrs O’Donnell confirmed this to be absolutely true!

What lucky girls and boys!  Everyone received a gift from Father Christmas and remembered to say a big thank you!

After getting our presents, we all enjoyed a merry sing along with Santa!  We sang lots of different songs… When Santa got stuck up the chimney, Rockin’ around the Christmas tree, Jingle bells, Incy Wincy Spider – The Christmas version! The Reindeer Pokey (a version of The Hokey Pokey!) but to name a few!

Mrs O’Donnell’s favourite song was definitely The reindeer pokey!

What was your favourite song girls and boys of Beech Class?

We enjoyed lunch with a beautiful view at the southern tip of Lake Windermere.  We were blessed with perfect weather for our day out.

Mrs Graham and Mrs O’Donnell got into the festive spirit and enjoyed singing the Christmas songs and playing the instruments too!

We got off the train at The Lakeside to stretch our legs, have a look at the boats and go to the toilet!

Time for Beech Class to say ‘Cheeeese!’

Our journey ended after lunch but we all enjoyed our special Christmas journey on the steam train.

The children…and some staff enjoyed exerting some energy in the play area before the coach came to pick us up.

Mrs Graham…!


Smiles all round from Beech Class after a wonderful day at Haverthwaite!  Mrs O’Donnell was very proud of all the children, they were all brilliantly behaved!

We even spotted a diesel train just before we left!  Mrs Fisher went to investigate and confirm our sightings!

Thank you Haverthwaite for a wonderful day!

Thank you to all our Beech class staff too – Mrs Graham, Mrs Fisher, Ms Winstanley, Mrs Yeh and Mrs Martin.  Your help was so greatly appreciated.  I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as the children!  A big thank you also to Miss Walton for helping to arrange the trip for both classes!

Children In Need 2017

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We were all so excited to come to school ready to raise money for Children In Need.  Some of us were dressed in spots, some wearing our Pudsey ears and some of us even got our face painted with spots!

After lunch, Beech class joined the whole school in the hall where Mrs Thomas announced that we were lucky enough to have a very important visitor!

We could not believe it when who should walk into the hall…?

PUDSEY BEAR!  We were all so surprised and cheered so loudly it hurt the Teacher’s ears!

Mrs Thomas presented Pudsey with a big cheque for all the money that we had raised at school for Children In Need and she even gave Pudsey a big hug!

Afterwards, we all practiced ‘The Dab’.  Don’t we all look great!


Mrs Thomas even showed us how to ‘Dab’ with Pudsey Bear!  This made everyone cheer the loudest!

At the end, Pudsey had his photograph taken with the whole school!  We had so much fun with Pudsey and think he promotes such a wonderful charity helping to raise money for Children In Need!


Beech Garage

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Today we had the grand opening of our new role play area, Beech Garage!

Mrs Fisher has been working so hard to get it ready and set it all up, we are even going to have a car to paint with wheels to fix on with nuts and bolts!  Thank you Mrs Fisher xx


Mrs Thomas was invited to cut the ribbon at our grand opening!

The children have loved playing in it today!


Remembrance Day

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In readiness for our Remembrance commemorations at The Cenotaph, the children were busy making their own poppies out of red fabric, netting and black pom poms!  They showed great fine motor skills and perseverance to each create their own poppy to go on a class wreath.

Mrs Fisher and Mrs Graham worked really hard to assemble the wreath…doesn’t it look fantastic!  It’s hard to believe that it started out as 3 yellow sponges!

On Friday 11th November we walked with the whole school up to The Cenotaph at St. John’s Church.

Unfortunately we were greeted with really heavy rain and so our Commemoration service took place inside the Church.  Harley and Adelaide were chosen to represent Beech Class and lay down our class wreath at the front of the church.  They did a super job and were very respectful.

Each class created their own poppy wreath to place down at the memorial.  They all looked beautiful.

The service was beautiful and very moving.

In the afternoon our school hall was filled with parents, Grandparents and visitors from our local community.

Beech class had worked hard with Mrs O’Donnell to practice singing the song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary!’

We performed this on the stage to everyone in the hall and sounded AMAZING! We all had smiles on our faces and even had some actions to go with our song.  We all thoroughly enjoyed it and Mrs O’Donnell was extremely proud!

Well done Beech Class!

Harvest Festival

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Last week as you know we held our annual Harvest Festival in church.  Those of you who were lucky enough to come to the service were treated to a fantastic display from all the classes.  Our theme this year was ‘Trees’ and one of the chosen charities was ‘Tree Aid’ who unlock the potential of trees to reduce poverty and protect the environment in Africa.

In Beech class we worked with Holly Class to show all the things that come from ‘Trees’.

Here are a selection of items that we displayed in church.


They all did a super job.

Autumn Walk

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Last week Beech Class went on an autumn walk around the grounds of school.



They found lots of signs that we were in the season of autumn.

When they were back in the classroom the children made autumn pictures in the style of the artist ‘Andy Goldsworthy’.

Andy Goldsworthy creates artwork based on nature.  I think you’ll agree that these are just as good as his!





The children also wrote adjectives for autumn onto coloured leaves.  These have been displayed in the classroom.

The children have also been writing shape poems for autumn, they have created lots of words as a group, then they wrote their own sentences and finally they wrote a shape poem on their chosen shape of either, Tractor, Jar of Jam, Leaves.

What a great time we’ve all had in Beech class looking at ‘Autumn’.




Maths fun

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Maths, maths, maths.

Here in Beech class we have been learning lots in maths.  So far this year we have been counting, sorting, measuring, learning number patterns and singing songs to help us learn our numbers.

Below is a selection of photographs of some of our learning so far!  We hope you like them.