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Orchard Primary Academy

2 Beech

Welcome to Beech Class

 We are a class of amazing individuals, who strive to do our best! We enjoy every opportunity to learn, whether that's through experimenting, exploring, investigating or describing. 

We are respectful, aspirational and resilient. We... DREAM BIG AND DARE TO FAIL!

Here you will find information about what we are currently learning, the staff, books we are interested in and any useful information and links to help support learning at home.

If you have any questions, please speak to Mrs Murphy or Miss Eyles at the end of the school day.


 This year, the staff in 2 Beech are; Mrs Murphy and Miss Eyles. 

We are also excited to have Miss Carter join our team, who is a trainee teacher!

                           Miss Carter coming soon!

               Mrs Murphy                          Miss Eyles


Important Information

PE Date

Our PE day will be on a Monday.

Please ensure you have the correct kit in school and that everything is labelled with your name.

Click on this link for information on PE kits.   PE Kit Information 



To access our timetable for Autumn A, please click on the link below.

2 Beech Timetable 


This half term we will be learning ...


In phonics this half term, we will be recapping previous phases before moving on to Phase 5. We will be identifying digraphs and trigraphs and segmenting and blending these to create words. We will be 'quick reading' tricky words such as 'said' and 'were'. We will be applying all these skills to reading and writing.

To find our more about phonics and videos to support saying and practicing sounds at home, click on the link below.

Click Here for Phonics Support 



In English, we will be reading and discussing the book 'Pirates Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman. This book is bright, colourful and enticing! We will be working on basic skills, such as punctuating sentences, using different types of sentences, describing characters/settings and developing our handwriting skills.

        Pirates Love Underpants - Books Alive! 



In Maths, we will be exploring 'Place Value'. We will be first of all, looking at numbers to 20, ensuring we can read, order and write these numbers. We will use concrete equipment and represent these numbers using pictorial methods. 


In Science, we will be looking at 'Our Local Environment'. We will be investigating habitats and the basic needs of humans and animals. We will be naming a range of animals and plants/trees. We will be looking at how animals and humans use plants for food and how they obtain it. As well as this, we will be using our scientific skills to observe plants, identifying and classifying as well as gathering and recording data.

Planning coming soon!


In Geography, we will be 'Looking After Our Environment' with a focus on 'People and Their Communities'. We will be looking at the United Kingdom and the different features it has to offer, both human and physical. We will also investigate other countries and their continents; looking at how people live, the jobs they have and landmarks built.

People and Their Communities Planning - Click Here! 


Art and Design

In Art and DT, we will be creating bird feeders to suit the animals in our local environment. We will investigate which food animals prefer and then use this as our basis. We will draw, paint and observe different birds in our environment. 

Planning coming soon!


We have a new PE scheme launching in September! Keep looking here for our unit of learning for Autumn term.


In PSCHE, we will be looking at 'Being Me in My World'. We will be learning about ourselves and our peers within the classroom. We will be discussing differences and similarities between ourselves and others, whilst also celebrating these! We will look at celebrating our rights, how to develop the school community and how to work well with others.


In computing, we will be looking at the basics of a computer; naming individual parts and figuring out their uses. 

Author Focus

 This half term, our author focus will be Claire Freedman. Claire Freedman has been writing for over 20 years, but this career wasn't her first choice! To find out more about Claire, click on the link.

    Claire Freedman Website 


Here are a couple of books that Claire Freedman has written that we will be reading in class;


Click on each image to have the books read to you!

Home Learning Menu

 A new home learning menu will be coming soon! Watch this space!

Links to try at home

Click on the images below to access support for learning at home. 

Topmarks will support Maths at home, Phonics will support identifying sounds and segmenting/blending and Oxford Owl offers free reading books online!





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