Year 1

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 1
Summer Term 2022

Head Teacher 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

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 a sentences using ‘Fred fingers’ to spell words. We will be focussing on saying our sentence before we write it down, using finger gaps, capital letters and punctuating with a full stop.
We will enjoy reading a range of different stories this half term based around London: ’Paddington at the Tower’ by Michael Bond and ‘The Queens Hat’ by Steven Antony. We will be writing our own versions of these stories, adding in our own ideas and focussing on writing a sequence of sentences that link and make sense using a wide range of punctuation, including question marks and exclamation marks.
After half term, we will be reading the story ‘Two can Toucan’ by David McKee and will create our own story about a different tropical rainforest animal. We will also be writing our own rainforest poems towards the end of the year.

In maths this term we will be consolidating all of the number work we have done throughout the year.
We will be learning to count in twos, fives and tens and linking this to multiplication and division. We will also be taking on the times table challenge too. Look out for us bringing home our 10, 2 and 5 times tables to practise. We will also be learning about fractions; how to half and quarter shapes before moving onto fractions involving numbers and learning how to share and group numbers evenly.
After half term we will be learning to tell the time to o clock and half past. We will be revisiting addition and subtraction for numbers within 20 using bar modelling, part-whole models and beginning to use mental methods to solve. Then we will move onto looking at place value and ensuring we can all count from 0 to 100  in ones and back from 100 to 0 (please practise at home-especially crossing those tricky multiples of ten).
Please continue to support your children with their Rapid Recall tests.

Our topics this term will be ‘Bright Lights, Big City and ‘Rio de Vida. In the first half term we will be learning about our the four countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cites. We will be looking at London in greater detail and learning about historical events; such as ‘The Great Fire of London’.
After half term we will be learning about Brazilian culture, as well as designing and making our own carnival masks. We will also be comparing and identifying differences between Brazil and the United Kingdom; geographical features, weather and language.

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
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