Beech Class – Summer Term!

We all hope you had a wonderful half term break, and we are thrilled that the sunshine has finally arrived! This half term, we are looking forward to Escot and Sports Day, as well as the Year 5 Beach Day.

What we are learning…

We are going to learn about survival – ready for Escot! We will then write about survival skills, so Bear Grylls – watch this space! In Science, we will learn about rocks and the incredible journeys they go on to become the rocks we see around us. 

In the first week back after Easter (last half term), we researched, designed and built a working fairground ride. Here are some video clips of a few of the models. The children had to be creative problem solvers, they had to take risks and be resilient when it all went wrong! Design Technology always looks a lot of fun but it often pushes the children outside their comfort zones. The products are amazing. How much they have come on as individuals is even more amazing. Well done Beech crew!

A Ferris Wheel
A Gravity Ride
Swing Chairs

Key Dates This Term

Parents Evenings – w/b 7th June

Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th June – Year 5 Escot Residential

Sports Day – Monday 21st June

Wednesday 23rd – Friday 25th June – Year 4 Escot Residential

Thursday 1st July – Year 5 Beach Day

Monday 5th July – INSET day – no school for pupils.

Weekly Information

Thursday – PE – Please send children in wearing PE kit.

Wednesday after half term – Swimming – Please send children in with swimming kit, including a hat.

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: Watch this space!

Information for pupils and parents about Reading Rivers, including guidance on how to complete a Reading River:

Information for pupils and parents about our School Library, including how to choose a book from Junior Librarian and how to order a book using Google Forms:

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 – This week’s spellings will be added soon. They need to be rehearsed daily. Some children learn them best by copying them out lots of times; some need to build them with magnetic letters; some need to say them out loud; some need to use colours to help them ‘see’ the spelling; for some children having actions or drawings can help them learn the trickier parts of the words.

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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