What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

  Curriculum Update


Summer Term 2018

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new summer term. 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.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts. We are very close to our target of £4,000 and you should soon be hearing about the free summer trips your children will be enjoying!

Sheila Hauxwell
John Dixon

The Reception children are making very good progress following the Read Write Inc. programme. We have 30 children working at age related expectations or above. These children are beginning to read and write simple sentences independently. We have 12 children working just below age related expectations. These children are beginning to read and write simple captions. The rest of the children are working in small groups learning to read and write simple words. We have daily interventions to help the children reach their targets. This term we will be practising story telling skills using Traditional Tales. The children will re-tell familiar stories using pictures, puppets and small props. They will learn how to make a story map which they can use to help them write a story.  We still have our Daily Big Book story time where children can practise their reading skills looking for words they recognise in the print and we will continue our ‘5 a day’ stories throughout the day to build up the children’s knowledge and love for stories, books and authors.

Many of the reception children can now count, recognise and order numbers to 20 and beyond. This term we will be providing some fun activities to help those children who are still not secure with numbers to 20. The children are also learning to record addition and subtraction sums in different ways. We are also learning to count in fives, tens and twos. We will be practising halving, doubling and sharing and we will be learning about money, time, and distance.

Our topic for Summer 1 is ‘Traditional Tales’ – We will be listening to, retelling and writing our favourite Traditional Tales. We will use them to inspire role play by acting out the stories and encourage art work and music and songs. We will also have a mini topic about GROWING and will be planting sunflowers and beans and watching them grow.

Our topic for Summer 2 is ‘Am I the Fastest?’ – We will have fun looking at animals and vehicles and comparing how they move. We will also look at our bodies and how we move in different ways. We will use this topic to have fun practising for Sports Day with lots of races and sport games. This will also fit in with our Maths topics where we will be measuring TIME and DISTANCE.

Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
The children are encouraged to follow rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We continue to 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 be talking about sun safety and the need to wear sunscreen and sunhats in the very hot weather. We will also discuss healthy eating and the importance of drinking lots of water in the summer months.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:      Monday 16th April 2018 – Friday 20th July 2018
Half Term:              Monday 28th May 2018 – Friday 1st June 2018
Autumn Term:       Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Friday 21st December 2018