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Y1 Beech (JC)

Welcome to Beech Class!

Hello and welcome to Year 1 - Beech Class’ page! Here you will find information regarding your child's learning and all relevant updates! The staff working with your child this year are:


Class Teachers: Miss Clegg & Mrs Dowd

Support Staff: Mrs Hurst 


Lunch Staff: Miss Nagia


Every day remember to bring...

Your book bag (with reading book)

Your water bottle


Swimming & PE

Our swimming day is Tuesday so please remember your kit!  Children may come to school in their PE kit on a Tuesday to make changing easier and quicker. 

Our PE day is Thursday.  Children should come to school wearing their PE kit on Thursdays.  Information about swimming  and PE kit requirements are on the main school page. 


Children in KS1 have fruit and milk or water available.  Children are encouraged to bring fresh water each day in their labelled water bottles.  These should be taken home each day to be washed and re-filled.  


Children's learning begins immediately at 8.54 with a basic skills session.   It is important that your child does not miss this opportunity to settle, speak to their teachers and friends and have time to practice their reading, handwriting & spelling.  




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To enable a happy and easy transition into Year 1 we work as a Year 1 base in a similar way to EYFS.  This means the children in Beech and Chestnut classes will be working together sharing spaces and resources and with all of the adults.  This enables us to offer a wider variety of experiences and is familiar to the children. 

You can see our learning here and by following our class page on Twitter @BeechclassY1.

Design and Technology

We have been learning how to make our own paper planes just like the characters in our class book 'Paper Planes' which we have be using in literacy.   We took them outside for test flights and watched then soar and swoop!


We then made our own paper plane moving picture using a lever mechanism!  We used 'split pins' or paper fasteners to attach our lever. Now our characters can fly!

Religious Education & Social Responsibility

We learned how the climate is so important for the entire world and how we can be responsible citizens in helping care for our world. 


We learned about Eleanor Rathbone another local hero who became a member of parliament.  She recognised that many poor families were living in awful conditions and had very difficult lives.  She campaigned for families to receive money to help them feed, clothe and provide for their children.  She also helped them find better and healthier homes.  The payment of money called 'Family Allowance' is still paid by the Government to families with children today.  We now call it 'Child Benefit'.  There is a road named 'Rathbone Road' after Eleanor not far from our school. 

We learned about James Clarke's background, what happened when he came to Liverpool and why he is remembered fondly in our city as a hero.  We recalled our learning by playing sticky fingers.  This helps us remember what we have learned, answer questions and talk in sentences adding detail.  You can hear us talk about our learning below.  


We have been comparing our experiences at school with what our grandparents' school experiences were like.  We decided that we prefer our school now than schools in the 60s!


We also explored traditional type toys which we loved!!  We found that most were made from wood and few were made from plastic.  Today most of our toys are made from different types of plastic and lots are electronic.



We are learning the names of the 4 seasons and the differences between them.  We looked for signs and clues which show us which season we are in now.  We explored outside and concluded we are now in AUTUMN! 

We are also learning the names of the months of the year, the order they follow and which season they correspond with.