What We Are Learning

 Beech Grove Primary School

  Curriculum Update


Autumn Term 2017

Head Teacher’s Message
The start of another new school year! We extend a special welcome to our new starters in reception and to those who have joined us further up school. Our aim, as always is to build strong partnerships with parents so that by supporting each other we can ensure that the children receive the best education and care possible. We ask that you encourage your children to work within our school rules and procedures, and bring any concerns you have to our attention.

Sheila Hauxwell
John Dixon

The Reception children will be following the Read Write Inc. programme and will learn to read and write a new letter every day. We will also learn to read and spell simple words using the letters we know. Later in the term we will begin to read and write simple captions and sentences. At this point the children will start bringing home simple books that they can read independently. In the meantime the children will bring home a storybook for you to read and share with them. We have a daily Big Book story time where children can practise early reading skills looking for letters and sounds and words they recognise in the print. We also have daily circle time where children practise their speaking and listening skills.

The children are learning to count, recognise and order numbers to 20. They will be engaging in simple addition and subtraction activities using objects.

We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes and using shapes and colours to recognise, describe and create patterns, including symmetrical patterns. We will use 2D shapes to make some pictures of familiar objects.

Our topic for Autumn 1 is ‘Why do you love me so much?’ – We will be talking about our families and friends 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.

Our topic for Autumn 2 is ‘How many colours in a rainbow?’ – We will be exploring colours and patterns in the world around us. We will take the children on a colour walk around the local environment and look for patterns in buildings, clothes, nature etc. we will be using our art skills to recreate patterns and finding out how to mix a variety of colours and shades.

Keeping Safe and Healthy  (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)

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.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:                 Monday 4th September 2017 – Friday 22nd December 2017
Half Term:                       Monday 23rd October 2017 – Friday 27th October 2017

Professional Development Day Monday 9th October 2017