Beech Class – Summer Term 2022

The Summer Term is always a very busy and exciting one and there is lots to look forward to this term!

We said a fond farewell to the wonderful Mrs. Dye last week and wish her every joy in her new role. She will be missed but will also be back to visit form time to time.

In class this term we have the following adults:

Mrs. Walshaw – Teacher for Monday and Tuesday (in school Wednesday working in a Leadership capcity) Mrs. Mitchell- Teacher for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Miss. Sullivan – Teaching Assistant Tuesday – Friday mornings

What we are learning…

During this term we will be learning about the following areas:

Literacy 1: Poetry – If Only… by Pie Corbett

Literacy 2: Formal Letter Writing – Persuasive Letters

Literacy 3: Fiction – Myth Atlas by Thiago de Moraes – Focusing on Anglo Saxon Myths

Literacy 4: Fiction – Journey by Aaron Becker

Maths: Fractions and Decimals with Mrs. Walshaw; Time, Statistics, Shape and Space

RE: Pentecost – When Jesus left what was the impact of Pentecost?

RE: The Journey of Life – A multi-faith look at life as a journey. (After half term)

Geography: Sense of Place – Where do we live? Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England, Europe.

History: The Anglo Saxons and Vikings! (After half term)

PSHE: The Best of Me!

PSHE: Relationships (after half term)

Music: TBC

PE: Athletics and Swimming

Computing: Programming Raspberry Crumbles!

Design Technology: Lighting up Textiles!

Design Technology: Levers and Linkages – Making a presentation board for our Kingfisher Award Project.

Art: Colour – looking at the artist Agatha Wijdeveld, a felting artist.

Science: Properties and Changes – States of Matter (after half term)

Project: Kingfisher Award Scheme Project –

Key Dates This Term

Monday 23rd May – Kingfisher Award Scheme visit to Stantyway Farm

Friday 10th June – TT Rockstars Day!

Wednesday 22nd June – Friday 24th June – Escot for the Yr 4 children (Mrs. Walshaw attending)

Monday 4th July – Additional Bank Holiday

Monday 4th July – Kingfisher Project Award Evening – children to attend if they can.

Tuesday 5th July – INSET

Wednesday 13th July – No swimming

Friday 21st July – School Ends at 1.30pm

Weekly Information

Wednesday – Swimming – Please send children in with a swimming costume, swimming hat and towel.

Friday – PE – Please send children in wearing PE kit and trainers.

Monday – Times tables Test– Please support your child in learning their times tables at home. They need to do this daily but in the way that suits them best. See below for ideas.

Wednesday – Reading Record Checks – Please ensure that Reading Records are in school everyday but especially Wednesday when they will be checked.

Daily – Spelling books and reading books need to be in school every day.

Daily – Practise Doodle Maths. Will your child be a top doodler this week? 


Daily Reading: Please ensure your child is reading for 25 – 30 minutes every day. It is helpful for all children to read aloud to an adult during the week. Your role now may be more about asking questions about what they have read or explaining new vocabulary, but you are still a key part of your child’s reading journey.

  • Please ensure your child is reading for sense and meaning – of they are missing words out or adding them in, slow them down and get them to read less but really focus on it making sense. We remind them that they wouldn’t just accept it if they heard something that didn’t make sense so they should expect reading to make sense too.
  • If they do not understand a lot of what they are reading, encourage them to change books. Children love to read what their peers are reading but these texts (such as the higher level Harry Potters) can be too taxing for some readers. Instead, you could read these books to your child so that they are still able to ‘keep up’ with social discussions, or alternatively borrow the audio books from Budleigh Library and let them listen to them.
  • We highly recommend reading to your child even if they are now 10! Reading to someone creates a comforting atmosphere around reading and leads to an association between reading and security. Building this emotional link with books helps encourage life-long reading. It also offers opportunities to chat about new words, hidden meaning and shared experiences.

Reading Recommendations:

Do you have a reading recommendation? We would love to hear about it! We will be recommending books but we also welcome recommendations from the children and from our parents – the more the merrier!

Practise Doodle Maths. Will your child be a top doodler this week? 

Times tables – By the end of Year 4, all pupils should know all multiplication facts to 12 x 12 at speed. They are expected to answer within 6 seconds. We are going to be focussing on learning all times tables at speed this term. Children must be learning these at home and practising daily. Here are some simple suggestions for getting it into the daily routine:

Posters in the loo! This really does work!

Saying timetables every time they go up the stairs – and backwards down too!

Asking timetables questions on the way to school or when out on a walk.

Spotting house numbers and asking your child to say what times tables make that fact – e.g. 20 (4 x 5), (10 x 2) etc.

Doodle Maths has a timetables section on it

Stick and Split is available here.

Spellings – We have a new approach to spellings this year. Your child will be expected to practise their spellings on a daily basis to help learn the rules but they may not be tested at the same point every week or in quite the same way. The new approach involves testing each other throughout the week through dictations, individual word testing and games.

What do I do if I have a question or need to speak to a teacher? 
Please email the school office in the first instance.  They will either be able to answer your question directly or they will forward your email to us.  

We may contact you directly from time to time.  In those situations, please feel free to reply to us directly.  
We may call you if we need to speak to you about your child.  Please can you ensure the school office has an up to date phone number.

The Beech Team

St Peter's C of E Primary School

Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6QF

01395 44316701395 443929

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