What We Are Learning – Reception

 Beech Grove Primary School

  Curriculum Update


Spring Term 2020

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 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
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.

John Dixon

The Reception children are making super progress with the Read Write Inc. programme (RWI). Lots of children are now reading and writing simple words, captions and sentences.

The children are grouped according to ability for RWI. We currently have        

21 children working above their age related expectations (Green Group/Purple Group/Pink Group)

8 children working at age related expectations (Red Group)

10 children almost at age-related expectations (Ditty)

14 children working below age related expectations (Set C)

We also have a daily Big Book story time when children practise their early reading skills and every child has a guided reading session once a week where they work in small groups or 1:1 to read a simple book with support that challenges their developing reading skills. We have a daily literacy session where children practise their reading and writing. We also have regular circle times where children practise their speaking and listening skills.

We currently have 55% of reception children working at age-related expectations for reading and 41% for writing. We will increase these percentages by the end of Summer Term. Please help your child to reach or exceed their targets by supporting them at home with homework. Regular practice at home will boost their progress. The children are bringing home simple books that they can read independently along with a storybook for you to read and share with them. Please make sure your child brings their Book Bag every Friday to have their books changed. We also give homework matched to their RWI skills every week.

Most children are now counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 10 – and many children are confident with numbers to 20 and beyond. We will continue practising finding 1 more and 1 less than a given number to 20 for any children not secure yet. All children will be practising simple addition and subtraction sums and recording them independently. We will also practise doubling, halving and sharing with numbers to 20.

For our Shape, Space and Measure activities we will be learning to use money with lots of shopping games. We will also be measuring distances and looking at some simple clock times.

Our topic for Summer 1 is ‘Why Do Spiders Eat Flies?’ – We will be learning about different types of minibeasts, how they move, the food they eat and their habitats. We have planned a visit from Animal Story –  a super company who take animals and ninibeasts into school for children to handle

Our topic for Summer 2 is ‘Do Dragons Really Exist?’ – this is a chance to explore fairy stories about kings, queens, princes and princesses, castles and dragons – and maybe to explore and compare mythical creatures with real creatures like dinosaurs. 

Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
The children will continue to follow our FIVE GOLDEN RULES. We will talk about why we have rules to keep everybody safe and happy. We will discuss staying safe in Summer – how to keep cool, the importance of wearing sun cream and a sun hat to stay protected from the sun and the need to drink plenty of water to stay cool and hydrated. We will also discuss other ways to stay healthy – e.g. brushing our teeth every day – in school and at home, getting plenty of sleep and eating healthy food.

Dates for your Diary
Spring Term:  Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020