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Orchard Primary Academy

2 Beech

Welcome to 2 Beech Class!

 Hi everyone! Welcome to the class page for 2 Beech. 

Here you will find all the important information you need about our school day and you can also take a look at some of the amazing things we are learning about!

In our class we are always respectful, aspirational and resilient! 



  In 2 Beech we have Mrs Welsh and Mrs Bartholomew. Miss Habib will be teaching us on a Tuesday morning and Miss Reaney will be teaching us on a Friday afternoon. 

Important Information

  Have a look at our weekly timetable.


 P.E. will be on a Wednesday.

On P.E. day we need to come to school in our P.E. kits. 

Please make sure all items are clearly labelled with the children's names on.




Mrs Welsh loves to read and this is her favourite book. 

We need to bring our reading books into school every day and take it home with us every night. We will read to an adult at least twice a week in school and should try to read to ourselves; to our grown ups or to our siblings at least three times a week at home. You should log your reading on Boom Reader so your teacher can see your reading and reward you for it. 

Key Dates

3.6.24 School reopens after half-term

11.6.24 Foundation Stay and Learn at 2pm

24.6.24 INSET Day - School closed to pupils

26.6.24 KS1 Sports Day at 1:30pm

10.7.24 Year 2 showcase assembly at 2:40pm

19.7.24 Children break up for Summer

This half term we will be learning ....



In English, we will be reading 'The Proudest Blue' by Ibtihaj Muhammad and we will be writing a retell of the story and we will be rewriting the story from the viewpoint of a different character.

'It’s Faizah’s first day of school, and her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab – made of a beautiful blue fabric. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful. In the face of hurtful, confusing words, will Faizah find new ways to be strong?'

 Later on in the half-term, we will be writing recounts of our experiences of Sports Day and writing fact files about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale.


Guided Reading

As part of English, we have Guided Reading or Phonics daily. This half term, in Guided Reading, we will be reading the book The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton.



'Joe, Beth and Frannie find the Enchanted Wood on the doorstep of their new home, and when they discover the Faraway Tree they fall into all sorts of adventures!

Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats, or the Land of Do-As-You-Please? Come on an amazing adventure!'



We use a teaching programme called Read Write Inc. (RWI) to teach our children to read and spell.  Our friend Fred will be helping us to learn lots of new sounds. He is a frog who can only speak in sounds, and we call this Fred Talk.  Fred helps the children blend sounds to read each word. Children also learn to read red words on sight. Red words are words that cannot be segmented or blended.



In Maths, this half term, we will be beginning the half-term by continuing our learning of time. We will be recapping o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past and learning to count in 5 minute intervals around the clock and learning times past and to on a clock in 5 minute intervals.

We will then be learning about mass, capacity and temperature and position and direction. 




Our Science topic this half term is 'Plants'.

Children will learn and observe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants. They will be learning the requirements of healthy growth for plants including light, water, air and a suitable temperature.



 This half-term we will be studying History and we will be learning about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We will be learning about who they were and what they did and how they were both famous nurses, who helped injured soldiers in wars. We will be learning in ways that they are different but how they are both celebrated heroes. 




This half term our PE lesson will continue to be on a Wednesday. Our unit this half-term will be tennis. In this unit we will be learning key skills in tennis such as under and overarm throwing, catching and hand-eye coordination. 


This half-term we will be exploring what Jesus taught. We will be learning some key stories from the Bible to help us learn about Jesus' teachings.



 The topic we will be learning about this half term with Jigsaw Jo is 'Changing Me'. We will be using Jigsaw Jo to help us learn about changes our bodies make.



This half term our theme will be - Myths and Legends

We will be learning how to apply music to traditional myths and legends.

Author Focus

 Every half term, we will have an author focus. We will learn about lots of different authors and their writing style.

Our author focus for this half-term is Enid Blyton

Enid Mary Blyton was an English children's writer, whose books have been worldwide bestsellers since the 1930s, selling more than 600 million copies. Her books are still enormously popular and have been translated into ninety languages. As of June 2019, Blyton held 4th place for the most translated author.

Links to try at home


Topmarks is full of Maths games to support further learning at home.

Read, Write, Inc is our phonics scheme and here is guidance for parents.

read, write, inc guide for parents

Phonics Play will support identifying sounds and segmenting/blending them to support the children with their reading. 

Oxford owl has lots of free reading books so that your children can read you a story.
Oxford Owl Books

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