What We Are Learning
Beech Grove Primary School
Spring Term 2018
Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new spring term. On behalf of the staff we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope that 2018 is a good one for our whole school community.
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.
The Reception children are progressing well with the Read Write Inc. programme and practise reading and writing simple words every day using the sounds they learned in the Autumn term. Many children are now able to read and write simple captions and sentences. We have a daily Big Book story time where children can practise early reading skills and every child has a guided reading session once a week where they work in a small group to read a simple book with support that challenges their developing reading skills. We now have a daily literacy session where children practise their reading and writing. We also have a daily circle time where children practise their speaking and listening skills.
We currently have 30% of reception children working at or above their age-related expectations for reading and 12% for writing. Please help your child to reach or exceed their targets by supporting them at home with homework. The children are bringing home simple books that they can read independently along with a storybook for you to read and share with them. They also bring homework matched to their skills at least once a week.
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 learning about measuring. We will be engaging in activities to learn about weight, height, length, time and money.
Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Can I have chocolate for breakfast? – We will be talking about food and the delicious things we like to eat. The children will be learning about lots of different food and having some tasting sessions. We will be discussing the importance of making healthy choices and the need to limit unhealthy snacks. We will have a visit from the Dental Health team to talk to the children about the importance of looking after their teeth and avoiding too much sugar.
Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘Can we explore it?’ – We will have have fun looking at maps and directions and planning imaginary journeys. 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 also be exploring our school grounds – both the playing fields and our wonderful Secret Garden as we explore signs of the changing seasons and 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 2 topic will teach children about the importance of healthy eating. We will also discuss other ways to stay healthy – e.g. exercise, health and hygiene.
Dates for your Diary
Spring Term: Monday 8th January 2018 – Thursday 29th March 2018
Half Term: Monday 12th February 2018 – Friday 16th February 2018
Professional Development Day: Friday 9th March 2018