Beech Grove Primary School
Autumn Term 2021
Head Teacher Message
On behalf of the staff we would like to thankyou for your fantastic efforts during the Spring Term lockdown due to the global pandemic of Covid19. The way, with your tremendous support that our children accessed their remote learning package via See-Saw was absolutely wonderful to see. You all deserve an even bigger medal than last time!
As you know the school staff worked tirelessly around the clock to provide the children with the high-quality work that they needed.
However, nothing can beat face to face teaching with children learning in a real classroom environment.
So, it gives me ENORMOUS pleasure to welcome you all back to the Summer Term. Lets all hope that we can finally get back to some sort of normality.
I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the Easter holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’ since January. I’m positive with your continued support and our excellent teaching, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.
I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Summer term. Their resilience and hard-working attitude astounds me.
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 (via the telephone), and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading remains the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.
Our work for this term.
We will be working hard in our new Read, Write, Inc. groups every morning and bringing home a book that we have read in our lessons. We think you will be very impressed as our reading skills improve. Please listen to your child read their book and write down any comments about their reading and return the book each week. Thank you.
In our classes we will be writing labels and captions using our ‘Fred fingers’ to spell words. We will be focussing on saying our sentence before we write it down, using finger gaps and punctuating with a capital letter and a full stop.
We will enjoy reading a range of different stories this half term based around the theme of Superheroes: ’Nat Fantastic’ by Giles Andreae and Supertato’ by Sue Hendra. We will be writing our own versions of these stories, adding in our own ideas and focussing on writing a sequence of short sentences that flow and make sense using our non-negotiables of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
After half term, we will be writing our own instructions focussing around our topic about the weather; how to make a windsock. We will also be reading and writing about the story ‘The Cloudspotter’ by Tom McLaughlin.
In maths this term we will be revisiting and consolidating all of the number work we have done throughout reception and beginning to move onto year 1 number work. This will include addition and subtraction within 20, counting to 50 and also counting in multiples of 10. Your child will start ‘Rapid Recall’ three times a week, to help them become fluent with these key number skills. Please encourage your child to finish these off at home, to help them reach the next stage.
Our topics this term will be ‘Superheroes’ and ‘Splendid Skies’. In the first half term we will be learning about our five senses; touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste. We will also be learning about a famous significant individual called ‘Florence Nightingale’ and the impact she had the changing of hospitals.
After half term we will be learning about the seasonal and daily weather changes within the United Kingdom, making links to plants and trees. We will also be designing and making our own wind socks. We will also be identifying and recognising the four countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cities.
Safeguarding (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
During this term we will be highlighting the importance of feeling safe and happy in a school environment and also why being unique is special. We will also be reminding children of the importance of being safe in our local area and people who help us. We will be talking about dressing appropriately for the weather (please provide warm coats, gloves, hats as the weather begins to cool, as we will be going outdoors to look at seasonal change). We have begun to use hand sanitiser every day and are learning about the importance of good hand hygiene and its impact on our health.
Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term: Friday 3rd September 2021 – Friday 17th December 2021
Half Term: Monday 25th October 2021 – Friday 29th October 2021