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

RWI- The children will begin working in their new Read, Write, Inc groups and will continue to learn a sound every day. Group b will continue to use sound cards to support their blending. Group c to Green group will be encouraged to ‘fred talk’ (say all the sounds and then read the word). Ditty-Red group will now extend to a one hour session where the children will read a ditty or a story and write about it too. We are really pleased with the progress the children are making. Please support your child by asking which sound they learned today and reading the texts they bring home.
Reading- We will continue working in our guided reading groups, where we learn to read new tricky words and have the opportunity to show off our reading skills. We will talk about the books we are reading and use the pictures to help us see what is happening in the story and how the characters might be feeling. We will even predict what might happen next. Your child will bring home some new tricky words each week. These can be cut out and used as flash cards or stuck on the fridge to practise reading.
WRITING – We are becoming amazing writers! This term we will be beginning to write a bit more independently, forming our letters correctly and thinking about the initial sound in a word. We will be using ‘Fred fingers’ (RWI) to help us spell any word we want to write. We will be writing captions and sentences using finger gaps and using a capital letter to start and a full stop at the end.

We will be counting, reading, writing and ordering our numbers to 20. We will be talking about the meaning of ‘one more’ and ‘one less.’ We will be continuing to work on our subitising skills- speedily recognising how many objects are in a group without counting them. We will also be looking at the composition of numbers and how we can make different numbers.

Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Do you want to be my friend?’ – In this topic we will talk to the children about people who help us, being a good friend and what makes a good friend. We will introduce a ‘friendship stop’ to the areas where children can wait if they feel lonely and would like a friend to play with. If any child sees another child in the friendship stop, they can be a ‘good friend’ and ask them to play. We will help the children to recognise that we all have similarities and differences and we can all be friends and work/play together. We will use some good quality texts to support this topic ‘Fox makes a Friend’ and ‘Lost and Found.’
Our topic for Spring 2 is ‘Are carrots orange?’ – In this topic we will talk about our favourite foods and where food comes from. We will discuss why it is important to eat a variety of food to stay healthy and encourage the children to try different foods. We will visit a local supermarket to buy ingredients so we can follow a recipe to make some tasty treats. We will also talk about the benefit of exercise.

Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
The children will continue learning about rules and routines in the classroom and the playground. We will 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 also show any new children the correct way to use our climbing equipment in the outdoor area.

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