Beech Grove Primary School
Summer Term 2022

Head Teacher’s Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2022. The time has raced by since the children started the new calendar year in January with lots of Covid related absences along the way for both staff and children! The spring term was certainly a challenging period indeed for the school in that respect. However, in true Beech Grove fashion we all stuck together as one big family and got through these trying months. As we’ve always said. Together we can get through anything!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2022 is a good one for our whole school community.

As Head teacher of your school, I continue to be so proud of all of the children and the way they have started back since returning in September 2021. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

Children’s classroom and corridor manners continue to be amazing which maintains a lovely atmosphere around school. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour’ qualities of respect, tolerance and kindness on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day. What kind and caring children we have in school. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely summer sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful summer flowers for us all to enjoy. Especially when it comes to our summer attendance reward ice-cream and ice lolly parties!!

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/phone conversations, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to everything!

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. We can’t stress this enough.
Especially as the children lost so much formal education time during covid. (96% and above is GOOD attendance).
Don’t forget those children who have a 95% and above attendance in school for the term get an invite to their key stage’s attendance parties. This term its ice cream treats and ice lollies in the secret garden. Please help your child achieve this reward.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term

(The EYFS Curriculum is made up of 7 areas of development)

1. English
In Nursery we focus on developing good Speaking and Listening Skills and Early Reading and Writing Skills. In Summer Term we also start teaching daily RWI (Read, Write, Inc.) lessons to the N2 children to prepare them for the Reception Class in September.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING – The children will continue engaging in a variety of play-based activities – supported by adults to extend the children’s vocabulary. We work in small groups using small world toys to encourage conversation skills. We will continue to develop good listening skills during carpet time with a range of stories, rhymes. songs and listening games like ‘I spy’. This term we will be focusing on listening for initial sounds in words as we begin to teach RWI to the N2 children.
READING – In Nursery we share a BIG BOOK / STORY every day. We also read books in small groups and to individual children in the story corner throughout the day. We have quiet reading time when we encourage the children to look at books independently so that they become familiar with handling books – holding them the right way up and turning the pages one at a time going left to right – these are all early reading skills that the children need to practise. We have been practising Nursery Rhymes throughout the year and many children can recite several Nursery Rhymes. We will continue practising Nursery Rhymes with all children. The Older N2 children will also start learning to recognise some letter sounds using RWI and we will be practising oral blending and segmenting to prepare them for learning to read words in the Reception Class.
WRITING – We provide a wide range of opportunities for MARK MAKING in Nursery. We have several writing areas – where children can make marks independently using a wide range of materials – pens, pencils, crayons, blank paper, coloured paper, note books, greeting cards, post-its etc. We practise writing our names/initials every week. We also have regular writing practice sessions using whiteboards where the children learn how to hold a pencil properly and make a variety of pre-writing marks – lines and circles, zig-zags and curves. We do lots of finger rhymes and daily Dough Disco where our fingers dance in little balls of playdough. This really helps to build up strength in little hand and finger muscles.

2. Maths
We practise counting every day. We sing Number Rhymes and use our fingers to help us with our counting.  We have a NUMBER WALL Display where we assess the children every few weeks to see how well they can count. We display the children’s photo to show how many they can count to and the children love to see their own progress when they can count a little further than last time.
This year we have introduced TEN TOWN which is a maths programme to help the children learn the numbers 1-10. The children love learning about the different characters like King One and Tommy Two.
This term we will also be learning about CAPACITY and WEIGHT. We will be learning to use MATHS vocabulary FULL / EMPTY / HALF-FULL / HEAVY / HEAVIER / LIGHT / LIGHTER.

3. Topic
Our Topics for Summer Term are ‘Can I have a dog?’ and ‘Why is Water Wet?’
We will be talking about pets and how we care for animals. We will be finding out about lots of different animals – including farm animals, wild animals and dinosaurs. We will also talk about sea creatures. We will explore the properties of water and do lots of measuring, pouring, filling and emptying different sized containers. We will experiment with ‘floating and sinking’. We will talk about the importance of water in everyday life – for drinking, washing, cooking, gardening etc.

Our N2 children will also be getting ready to move into the Reception Class in September so the Summer Term will be used to help them prepare for this exciting adventure. We will be visiting the Reception Classrooms often and the children will be having stories with the Reception staff to get to know them a little better. We will use a COUNTDOWN calendar during the last half term to show how many days we have left in Nursery – and we will be chatting in small groups about the Reception Class. This will allow the children to express how they are feeling about moving classes and hopefully we can address any worries they might have.

4. Safeguarding
The children will continue following rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We focus on our FIVE GOLDEN RULES and talk about 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 will also be learning how to stay safe in the sun by using sun cream and wearing a sun hat and drinking plenty of water.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:              Monday 25th April 2022 – Monday 25th July 2022
Half Term:                     Monday 30th May 2022 – Friday 3rd June 2022
May Day Bank Holiday: Monday 2nd May 2022