Beech Grove Primary School
Autumn Term 2021

Head Teacher’s Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2021/2022 is a good one for our whole school community and we can finally get back to normality, whilst still being extremely aware of how to keep ‘Covid safe’.
Once again, I cannot thankyou enough for the tremendous home-schooling efforts you went to during the nation’s second Covid19 lockdown last academic year. The school cannot thankyou enough for this! Without you, our children would’ve fallen even further behind with their progress and attainment.
I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the summer holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly in order to catch up the months of formal education that they have missed. I’m positive with your continued support, our excellent teaching and well-planned catch-up curriculum, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.
I still firmly believe that we will one day look back on this period in time with immense pride of how well the children of Beech Grove did. I continue to be so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term. Their resilience and adaptability is absolutely outstanding.
As always, 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 calls, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading is the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term

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

1. English
Our main focus in Nursery is developing good Speaking and Listening Skills and fostering Early Reading and Writing Skills.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING – The children will engage in a wide range of play-based activities – supported by adults to encourage conversation skills and extend the children’s vocabulary. We will develop good listening skills during carpet time with a range of stories, rhymes, songs and listening games.
READING – The very first step for learning to read is to develop a love of books. So we will share super stories every day. We share a BIG BOOK during whole class carpet time. We also read books in small groups and to individual children in the story corner throughout the day. We often read the same books over and over so that the children become familiar with them. The children will start having favourite stories and ask for them. They may begin to recite the stories by themselves. We also have quiet reading times when we encourage the children to look at books by themselves 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 learn.
WRITING – Early writing begins with MARK MAKING. The children will eventually learn how to hold a pencil properly and to make a variety of pre-writing marks – lines and circles, zig-zags and curves. Before this happens, the children need to build up strength in little hand and finger muscles. Our continuous provision includes lots of activities designed to develop fine motor skills. For example, digging in sand, pouring water from jugs, putting pegs in peg boards, threading beads, scribbling with a variety of writing materials (chalks, crayons, felt pens, paint brushes), pegging paper to the painting easel, peeling satsumas and bananas, etc. As children become ready, we will help them to start writing their initial and then their name. This will be their first introduction to writing letter shapes.

2. Maths
In the Nursery we practise counting skills as part of our everyday routines. For example – we count how many children are in nursery each day at circle time so that we know how many milk cartons we need. We count the fruit at snack time. We count how many children have turned 4 every time we have a birthday. We count how many aprons are in the water area, so we know that 4 children can play there. We have number labels on the shelves when we tidy the bricks away – so that we know how many bricks to put on each shelf. We have a MATHS area with daily activities to encourage counting and number recognition. 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 term we will also be learning about SIZE. We will be learning to use size vocabulary BIB BIGGER BIGGEST SMALL SMALLER SMALLEST. We will play matching and sorting games as well as listening to stories that refer to sizes e.g. Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

3. Topic
We have two topics for Autumn 1. The first topic is ‘Why do you love me so much?’ – We will be talking about our families and our homes. We will talk about our friends and find out about similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will help the children to accept how special and unique they are and how much they are loved at home and at school. We will look at how much the children have changed since they were a baby. And we will invite parents / carers to share photographs of themselves as babies to help the children to develop an awareness of the past. We will also help them to learn about respecting and valuing other people. Our second topic is ‘Why do leaves go crispy?’ – We will look at the signs of Autumn. The children will be encouraged to observe their environment and notice the changes happening around them. They will handle and explore natural objects such as leaves, conkers, fir cones, We will use these natural treasures for counting, making patterns and for arts and crafts.
Our topics for Autumn 2 is ‘Is it shiny?’ We will handle and explore a variety of shiny objects – sorting and matching / describing and extending vocabulary. This topic will lead us into Christmas and the shiny decorations that can be seen everywhere. We will learn about how and why people celebrate Christmas. We learn that Christmas is one of many CELEBRATIONS. We also learn about other CELEBRATIONS across the school year including DIWALI and CHINESE NEW YEAR.

4. Safeguarding
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. We will learn about the importance of washing our hands to keep germs away and talk about different ways to stay healthy and safe.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:   Friday 3rd September 2021 – Friday 17th December 2021
Half Term:         Monday 25th October 2021 – Friday 29th October 2021