What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

  Curriculum Update


Autumn Term 2018

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new school year. On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return and hope that 2018/19 academic year is a good one for our whole school community. As last year we hope that with your help we will achieve our fundraising target of £4,000. This will once again enable us to send all of our children on a free summer trip which they will thoroughly enjoy! Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

John Dixon

The Reception children are practising early reading and writing skills every day as part of our first half term routines. We practise reading and writing our name every day. We have a daily circle time where children practise their speaking and listening skills. We have one session of guided writing every week and one session of guided reading every week where the children work with the teacher in small groups to demonstrate and develop their reading and writing skills.
We have a daily Big Book time where children practise looking for letters and sounds and words they can recognise in the print. We have as many short stories as we can throughout the day. The children are bringing home one storybook of their choice each week for you to read and share with them.

The children have made a super start with the Read Write Inc. programme and are learning to read and write a new letter every day. Progress is very rapid and we are already beginning to read and spell simple words using the letters we know so far. Later in the term as the children’s skills develop we will begin to read and write simple captions and sentences. At this point the children will start bringing home simple books (or word and sentence sheets) that they can read independently at home. We hope you will be amazed by their rapid progress and give them lots of praise and encouragement.

The children are learning to count, recognise and order numbers to 20 (and beyond where appropriate). They will be practising maths skills including finding 1 more or 1 less than a given number up to 10 (then 20), engaging in simple addition and subtraction activities and learning how to record them.
We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes and using shapes and colours to recognise, describe and create patterns, including symmetrical patterns.

Our topic for Autumn 1 is ‘Why do you love me so much?’ – We will be talking about our families and friends and our homes – and finding out about similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will help the children to accept how special and unique they are and help them to respect and value others. We will be holding our Family Drop In for parents and carers to stay for a short activity in the classroom with their child. This is a chance to chat with your child’s teacher and share any information about your child.
Our topic for Autumn 2 is ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ – We will have fun looking for signs of Autumn and collecting leaves and conkers for our Autumn Display. We will be looking at seasons and weather and how things change throughout the year.

Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
The children will be learning about rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We will focus on our FIVE GOLDEN RULES and ensure children understand what each rule means. We will talk about why we have rules to keep everybody safe and happy. We will also show children the correct way to use our climbing equipment in the outdoor area. We have begun to use hand sanitiser every day and are learning about the importance of good hand hygiene and its impact on our health.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:       Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Friday 21st December 2018
Half Term:              Monday 29th October 2018 – Friday 2nd November 2018
Week beginning 24th September – Reception Family Drop In
Wednesday 3rd October – Read Write Inc Drop In (Info for Parents – about how to help at home)
Thursday 6th December – Christmas Fayre
Wednesday 12th December – Our Reception Class Art Show (come and buy copies of your child’s art work – makes a great Christmas present for Grandparents)