Welcome to Beech Class!

We are so excited to be starting this year with everyone back in school.  Things certainly look a little different but everyone is adapting to the new routines brilliantly! 



Now everyone is settled back into their routines, we have started setting homework properly this week. The homework expectations in Beech this year will be as follows:

Daily Reading – 25 minutes for Year 4 and 30 minutes for Year 5

Spellings – these will come home on a Monday and will be tested on Friday.

Times tables – This work will be set on Google Classrooms on a Monday.

Please read through the Spelling and Times Table sections below as these have been updated to contain more information on the way homework will be set.

We have kept what we are setting to a minimum as we recognise that, for our children and families, mental health and rest are vitally important at the moment. If you need to speak to us regarding homework, please contact the office to make an appointment with us.

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:

Key Things You Need to Know

Swimming is on a Tuesday afternoon Please ensure your child comes with their kit, including a swimming hat.

PE is on Wednesday Children should come to school wearing PE kit.  If it is cold, they can wear tracksuits. 

People in Beech 
Mrs. Walshaw has class responsibility on a Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Morrish will be teaching for some of Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Dye has class responsibility on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Mrs. Lester teaches Music on a Wednesday afternoon.
Miss. Forbes and Ms. Beckett are our fabulous Teaching Assistants and are in every morning and some afternoons. 


We are really excited to be looking at The Book of Hopes this half term. Click on the link to read it for free.  It has been compiled by Katherine Rundell in response to the impact COVID-19 has had on our young people.  We will be focussing on 3 of the stories and poems but sharing others in our reading time.

Please read through Mr. Lee’s letter below regarding ordering books from the library here.  Children in Year 4 should be reading for 25 minutes per day and Year 5 for 30 minutes a day.  In school, we will support and develop your child’s reading in accordance with their needs.  At home, they need to be practising their reading so they fine tune these skills.  Children can read anything; comics, stories, non-fiction, recipe books, biographies, kids newspapers – whatever excites them!

Children will be set weekly spellings. They will be taught and practised in class. Please could you encourage your child to practise their spellings at home too, so that they can master them and use them effectively in their writing.  Books will come home on a Monday but need to return to school each day for our ‘in-school’ practise lessons.

This half term we will be working on understanding place value of numbers.  This will involve creating images of numbers and exploring the value of numbers.

Times Tables   Secure knowledge of all times tables up to 12 x 12 is vital to underpin many aspects of Maths learning from Year 4 onwards.  To ensure everyone has the best opportunity to securely learn and apply them in a variety of situations, we will have a weekly lesson on Times Tables and there will be homework to go with it.  This homework will be fun and involve visual aids, games and physical activities to help children learn it in fun and memorable ways. Homework is being set on Google Classrooms on a Monday, so please log in to see it. If you are unable to log in or require a paper copy, please let us know. For much of what we are setting, we will not be collecting homework in as it will be game based, but we should see their improvements in our regular assessments.

This Half Term’s Topic
After we have finished our Engineering Week, we will be starting our topic on India. Our focus will be on the location of India, key geographical features such as rivers and looking at how people live.  

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.  
As many of you will not be on site to collect at the end of the day, 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.

We are really looking forward to this year teaching our lovely Beech Class! 

The Beech Team

St Peter's C of E Primary School

Moor Lane, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 6QF

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