What We Are Learning – Reception
Beech Grove Primary School
Spring Term 2019
Head Teacher’s Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to spring term 2019. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September.
On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2019 is a good one for our whole school community.
This term we hope to pick up where we left before Christmas with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard working attitude of them and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which created such a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I was bursting with pride!!
This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!)
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.
We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development that we can’t stress that enough. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)
Here’s to a really positive spring term!
The Reception children are progressing well with the Read Write Inc. programme (RWI). We have a RWI lesson every day and we are now using sounds we learned in the Autumn term to practise reading and writing simple words and captions.
The children are grouped according to ability for RWI. We currently have
8 children working above their age related expectations (Red Group)
10 children working at age related expectations (Ditty Group)
16 children almost at age-related expectations (Set C words)
18 children working below age related expectations (Set A or B)
We also have a daily Big Book story time when children practise their early reading skills and every child has a guided reading session once a week where they work in small groups or 1:1 to read a simple book with support that challenges their developing reading skills. We have a daily literacy session where children practise their reading and writing. We also have regular circle times where children practise their speaking and listening skills.
We currently have 35% of reception children working at age-related expectations for reading and 25% for writing. We aim to increase these percentages significantly by the end of Spring term. Please help your child to reach or exceed their targets by supporting them at home with homework. Regular practice at home will boost their progress. The children are bringing home simple books that they can read independently along with a storybook for you to read and share with them. Please make sure your child brings their Book Bag every Friday to have their books changed. We will also start giving homework matched to their RWI skills during the Spring term.
The children will be practising their number skills – counting, recognising and ordering numbers to and beyond 20. They will be practising simple addition and subtraction sums and beginning to record them independently. We will also be practising finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number to 20.
We will also be engaging in a variety of SHAPE, SPACE AND MEASURE activities. We will be learning to measure weight, height, length, time, capacity and we will be talking about and using money.
Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Where does the snow go?’ – We will be talking about the weather and the changing seasons and particularly finding out about winter. We will be looking at some cold and snowy parts of the world – including the polar regions and we will find out about some of the animals that live there. We will engage in some art activities to make snowy scenes and cold pictures. And we will be doing some experiments to learn about water freezing and melting.
Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘How does that building stay up?’ – We will go for a short walk around the streets in our school area looking at our local environment. This will be linked to maths as we look for numbers and shapes in the environment. We will look at different types of buildings in the area and find out about the materials they are made of. We will use a variety of materials to make models of different buildings. We will also be exploring our school building – and making and using simple maps. Alongside our topic we will be visiting our wonderful Secret Garden to explore signs of the changing season as Spring arrives and we will look for growing plants and buds and the appearance of some early bugs and minibeasts.
Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
The children will continue to follow our FIVE GOLDEN RULES. We will talk about why we have rules to keep everybody safe and happy. Our Spring 1 topic will teach children about staying safe in winter – how to stay warm by wearing warm clothes and eating and drinking warm, healthy food. Our Spring 2 topic will cover Road Safety when we go for our walk around the local area. We will also discuss other ways to stay healthy – e.g. brushing our teeth every day – in school and at home.
Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term: Monday 7th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Half Term Holiday: Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019
PD Days: Friday 25th January 2019, Friday 22nd March 2019
School Disco: Thursday 14th February 2019
Consultations: Tuesday 12th February 2019/Wednesday 13th February 2019/
Thursday 14th February 2019
Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 5th February 2019
World Book Day: Thursday 7th March 2019