Beech Grove

 WELCOME TO OTTERS

We are a Year 3/4 class and our teacher is Miss Rachel Oliver. 

Summer 1 Class News

What a busy 5 weeks we have had!

We started off the half term with science week where, as scientists, we explored the sustainability of our world. We enjoyed visits from Somerset Waste Partnership, Nissan, Fibreboard and the RSPCA. We have thought about mental health and the benefits exercise can have on our overall health. We enjoyed a yoga lesson, cricket on the cricket ground and a visit from the Archie Project where we danced the afternoon away.

As historians, we have looked at the history of Wellington. We found out about Sir John Popham and his influence on our town. A visit to St John's Church enabled us to interview an expert and visit Sir John Popham's memorial. We then focused on the company the Fox Brothers, and had a visitor to school who explained the history of the company and the impact it had on the town. We learnt that Fox Brothers built our school and gave the park to the people of Wellington. 

As scientists, we have been developing our knowledge about plants. We visited Wellington Park to identify different plants and revisit the key knowledge we had learnt. We found out the function of each part of a plant and observed insects carrying pollen from one plant to another. 

Finally, we finished off the half term with a fun filled two days which involved a sleepover at school. The two days were about having fun, team building, developing independence and creating memories. Walking all the way to Wellington Monument and back was a great achievement for all and Flip Out was so much fun.

Spring 2 Class News

Otters class have had a fun and busy second half of the spring term. 

As scientists, we have continued to explore light. The planetarium visit really supported our science learning by allowing us to investigate why we have night and day. The children were able to explain what happens when the UK faces the sun and what happens when the UK faces away from the sun.

In RE, we have looked at the question ‘What is good about Good Friday?’ We have learnt the Easter story, found out about Maundy Thursday and discovered how Christians feel about Jesus' death. On our visit to Wellington Methodist Church, the children took part in four different workshops focused on the Easter story; this helped to reinforce the key knowledge the children had been taught.  

As geographers, we have been learning about 'Modern Egypt'. During this unit, we looked at the climate of this country, the location of towns and cities, the importance of the River Nile and the advantages of tourism. We made links with our history learning last term on 'Ancient Egypt'.

Spring 1 Class News

Our Year 3/4 Egyptian day was a great success! Somerset Heritage learning spent the day with us allowing us to do an archaeological dig and make a scarab amulet as well as holding an Egyptian bake off where we made date bread. 

As designers, we also spent time working on our Egyptian toy project, learning to write using hieroglyphs and making papyrus. This inspiring day helped to reinforce the key knowledge the children have been learning as part of this topic. Well done everyone! 

 

 

Autumn 2 Class News

We have had such a busy half term in Otters Class with so many amazing learning opportunities. We started the half term with a virtual geography experience where we wore a pair of wireless headphones to take part in an exciting story telling experience. The story took us on a journey to explore the four countries of the United Kingdom. Our geography learning followed this with learning about South Wales.

In science, we have looked at forces and magnets and ended the term by making our very own Christmas tree magnet. In DT, we have learnt to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to create a Christmas gift box. We also enjoyed our visit to Wellington Methodist church to support our RE learning, where we worked closely with Shane from the Archie Project. We all thoroughly enjoyed the ice-cream van visit to school too - thank you to our FOBG for this lovely treat! 

 

 

Autumn 1 Class News

What a busy start to the year!

As scientists, we have started investigating rocks and now know the difference between sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks. We loved finding out which rocks are permeable and which are not and have enjoyed doing a different investigation each week.

Our history topic is 'The Stone Age to Iron Age’. As historians, we have used the internet and non-fiction books to find out about life during these periods of time.

Every Thursday afternoon, Somerset Music have been in to teach us the ukulele. We can now play some notes and are looking forward to performing in front of the school during our harvest assembly in October.  

 

 

Remote Learning

If your child is self-isolating because they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or they have tested positive for COVID-19, they can still access their learning from home, if they are well enough to do so. All remote learning will be emailed directly to you (it will no longer be uploaded on to the school website). 
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We appreciate that some children may be feeling unwell, and will therefore not be able to continue with their learning at home.        
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We hope you find your child's remote learning enjoyable and easy to follow. If you have any problems at all in accessing this learning, please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher; we are here to support and guide you. Please photograph and email your child's work to the class email address which is: otters@educ.somerset.gov.uk.