Beech 2021-2022

Welcome to Beech's class page. Mrs Aston teaches Year 3 on  a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning. She also teaches Beech class on these afternoons. Miss Comley teaches year 3 on a Friday morning and Beech class on a Friday afternoon. This page will give you information about the exciting things we have been up to in class.  We have had a great start to this academic year and hope you enjoy looking at the photos of some of these activities!
Pyjamarama day!
Beech  class thoroughly enjoyed their dance session today. They moved in unison (individually) and also performed canon dance moves (the same movements at the same time). Well done Beech class! We look forward to our next session.
This term the children are taking part in a Viking music unit. They are learning a song called 'Dragon Ship' and actions to go with it.
Visit from Mr Toomer
We were lucky to have Mr Toomer join us in school to help with our local history topic. He told us all about his fantastic Grancher who was a miner in the Forest of Dean. The children really enjoyed hearing about what a great man he was and the jobs he did in the mine as well as the medal he was awarded. We also had great fun with the model of the Forest of Dean mining basin Mr Toomer created with the children, it gave a brilliant explanation of why there are different types of mine to collect coal from different levels, even though it made a little hungry.
Thanks Drew for bringing in some of your Poppa's mining artefacts. 
The artist Ian Brealey came in to school  to lead workshops based on resilience and Growth Mindset through art and maths. We had a fantastic time drawing and discussed some key issues.
Mineshaft Pulley
 
During our local history topic in design and technology we looked at Mineshaft pulleys. We evaluated exhisting model ones, how they work and the job they did, we then designed our own and created them. Lots of the class needed to alter the design throughout the process so that their pulley would work. They did a great job and were very proud of their work.
Christmas party day!
 
The children enjoyed their Christmas party on the last Friday of term. We played musical statues, pass the parcel, watched a film, as well as taking part in a whole class quiz. Merry Christmas everyone!
Year 3 Kindness Tree
 
As part of anti bullying week the children in year 3 created a kindness tree, every child wrote something that was special about five different children in the class. We then created a kindness flower for each child to add to our class tree.
Children in Need

We had a lovely day for Children in Need! Here are photos of us in our pyjamas and doing activities to support those in need.
Harvest 
 
We would like to share our Harvest celebrations with you. 
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Cotswold Wildlife Park
To quote one of the children,  'we had the greatest day ever' at Cotswold Wildlife Park. Whilst looking around, we asked each child to choose their favourite animal to have their photo taken with; as you can see some changed their minds a lot!
The children have been busy finding out facts about London. Year 2 Beech children were great at matching the facts on the cards to make London double deckers.
Science 
 
During science this term we are learning about Light and Shadow. Here are year 3 having great fun investigating how shadows are made and how they change throughout the day.
National Archives Museum
 
We had a great start to our 'Great Fire of London' topic with the help of Jen from the National Archive Museum. She ran a virtual workshop for us so that Beech class could be come historians. As part of the session, we investigated how and where the fire started, looking at evidence kept in the museum. The children also found the story of the rat and it's involvement in the start of the museum really interesting, I'm sure they will tell you all about it.
Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre
 
Year 2 and 3 had a fantastic day at Viney Hill Christian adventure centre. The day focused around team building, problem solving and mental health. It was so fantastic to see the children grow in confidence and overcome problems to achieve their goals as a team. All of the staff were so proud of you!!
Visit to Coalway Methodist Chapel
 
Chestnut and Beech had a lovely time visiting Rev Michelle at Coalway Methodist Chapel. It was great to be able to look at the features of the building. We learnt about the key characters in the nativity. We were very lucky as Rev Michelle also gave each child a nativity Christmas tree decoration. Thank you Rev Michelle.

Music

 

We would like to share with you some fantastic work that Beech Class have been working hard on.

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been looking at ballads. We listened and discussed different ballads and then we were challenged to write our own ballad as a class based on a short video.

We created the lyrics and then learnt to sing them to the tune of a popular song.

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Today we learnt about the timeline of events during the 'Great Fire of London'. Here are the children putting them in the correct order and discussing what we have already found out.
The children created sculptures of the 'Great Fire of London' using natural materials found in the school grounds.
In geography we are learning about London. Here are the children sorting through images of London now and London from the time of the 'Great Fire of London'.
Coding
 
This term Beech class are busy learning about coding. 
RE
 
As part of our Religiuos Education unit this term we have been learning about significant events in Christians' lives. Rev Michelle kindly joined us to talk about Christenings and Weddings; she brought some really interesting items with her which the children enjoyed finding out about.