Welcome to Beech

Teacher - Beech/Staff Governor Samantha Webster

Date of Appointment: 14/11/2016, 4 year term of office
Appointed via Staff Ballot

Photo of Samantha Webster

Beech is a class of 8 students with diverse needs and abilities whom are supported by 4 members of staff, we largely use symbols and signalong in order to communicate our needs, choices and feelings.

Beech class take a holistic approach to learning by following a topic based curriculum, where each subject is tailored to the individuals learning needs, thriving on routine and consistency.

Students particularly enjoy activities that are ‘hands on’ which relate to everyday life skills and promoting independence.

Beech Spring Term 2 Timetable

Spring Term 2 Topic: Super Heroes and Emergency ServicesCurriculum Information for parents. Activities covered during this time will be working towards students individual learning in areas such as • Pencil control/writing. • Phonics/ Reading. • Communication. • EHCP outcomes. • Sensory integration.
SubjectProfiles and Ideas for home
Daily ActivitiesEncourage your son/daughter to take part in activities that they enjoy which will support independence and the exploration of life skills, Please feel free to explore individual plans that you have at home such as EHCPs, SALT reports, or enjoy reading/sharing a story/book with your son/daughter.
MathsWe will be exploring mathematics while investigating Heroes. We will be taking part in activities related to addition, shape 2D/3D and making sets. Beech class will explore be taking on Hero related maths challenges and using our mathematical skills to solve simple life skills problems. At home encourage your son/daughter to explore mathematical problems like setting the table, measuring ingredients or paying for item in a shop. We look forward to hearing all about it.
English In Beech class this half term we will be exploring books, stories, comics and poems related to Heroes. We will be exploring fictitious and non-fictitious Heroes such as batman, superman and emergency service providers. We will also be exploring story sequencing, word meaning and word/sound recognition. As with every topic we will be learning new signs related to our topic too .At home encourage your son/daughter to listen to/watch stories/films/programmes that are related to fictitious and non-fictitious Heroes, discuss these with you son/Daughter, what do they think about these, do they have a favourite hero? etc.
Art During our topic of Heroes, we will be creating exciting pieces of Art involving Heroes such as designing costumes and Hero accessories, exploring textiles and materials, colours and textures while exploring whether they are suitable for the particular use. At home continue to explore the above areas, join your son/daughter in painting or drawing activities too, we look forward to seeing some of your artwork.
P.E During PE we will be going swimming at Splash, working on a water skills and practicing skills that help us to swim. As well as learning to take part in these types of activities safely we will be focussing on the changes that happen to our bodies during and after exercise. At home encourage your son/daughter to take part in daily exercise activities that are suitable to their individual abilities, taking a walk, riding a bike, using a trampoline- most importantly- Have fun.
R.E, Music & MFLThese subjects will be covered as 1 full day of activities for each subject, dates and information on these will follow shortly.
HumanitiesDuring our topic of Heroes we will be exploring Local Heroes such as Henry Blogg and Horatio Nelson. We will be exploring what they did in order to be regarded as Heroes. At home discuss with your Son/Daughter events from their own past, where it took place and who was there, and if they felt anyone helped them at this time, or anybody they regard as a Hero.
PSHE & CitizenshipAs discussed above, in Beech class we will focus on Heroes this half term. All of our PSHE/Citizenship tasks and activities will revolve around this topic and cover areas such as; Taking care of each other, helping others, exploring right from wrong/appropriate behaviours in familiar situations. When at home the above areas can also be discussed with your son/daughter.
D.TThis lesson will be taught by Jason Tooke.
ScienceIn science, we are going to be conducting Hero themed science experiments such as exploring freezing/melting, friction, sinking/floating and magnets. We will be investigating the changes that happen, the movement and forces involved in the investigations as well as communicating what we have found or seen. As science happens all around us it is possible to capture moments of experiments at home through cooking and gardening, there also ideal children’s’ programmes in which they promote scientific discovery- such as ‘Nina and the Neurons’, you might like to share these experiences with your Son/Daughter.