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

RWI-We start the day with Read. Write inc every morning. The children are regularly tested and put into groups to work at their level. Children working below the expected level work with Miss Grimes on an afternoon for an intervention. We encourage the children to retain their knowledge of sounds by using flash cards and green word cards throughout the day. Please remember to return book bags every week so that your child can bring home a book at their level to read to you and share their amazing progress.

Guided Reading-The children have a Guided Reading session once per week to practise the reading skills and comprehension skills they are learning in RWI.

English- In Summer 1 our English will be linked to our Cornerstones minibeast topic. We will be reading minibeast stories and non-fiction books about insects to encourage our own writing. We will be creating our own minibeast information books and learning to use key writing skills such as using our Fred Fingers for spelling, finger gaps, capital letters and full stops. We will be using these skills to write short phrases, captions and sentences. In Summer 2 we will focus on stories and books that have a travel theme linked to our new Cornerstones topic. We will also be continuing to practise our Reception “tricky words”- these are words that the children can’t sound out they just need to learn to read them on sight.

We will continue to work on counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 10. Some children are confident with numbers to 20 and beyond, this is a target for all children for the end of the term. Please support your child by counting at home and talking about the numbers you see in your home. 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 and halving and learn the different ways to make 5 and 10. We will be learning how to share equally and begin counting in 2s, 5s and 10s in preparation for Year 1.

We talk about the days of the week each day. Please support your child at home with learning the days of the week. Ask if they know what day is it today? Which day was yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?

Our topic for Summer 1 is ‘Why Do Ladybirds have spots?’ – We will be learning about different minibeasts and their habitats. Once we know where they like to live we will make a bug hotel for them in our outdoor area. In our classrooms, we will observe worms in a wormery and the amazing life cycle of a butterfly. We will also explore why ladybirds have spots, why spiders spin webs and why minibeasts hide.

Our topic for Summer 2 is ‘Are We There Yet?’– In this topic, we will find out about various forms of transport including how transport has changed over time. We will talk about different places people visit and will use maps to show places we would like to go. What should we pack? We will go on imaginary journeys thinking about what we would need to pack and take with us for each journey. We will also explore how things move including and how we can make things move faster or slower.

Safeguarding (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
As part of our Summer 2 topic, we will learn about the importance of keeping safe on roads and pavements. We will discuss road safety including how to be a safe pedestrian and the use of high visibility clothing.

Jigsaw- We will continue our regular Jigsaw lessons with Jigsaw Jenie. These lessons will provide opportunities for your child to develop the life skills needed to reach their potential as an individual and to stay 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