Year 1

Beech Grove Primary School
Year 1
Spring Term 2022

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to Spring term 2022. The time has flown since children started their new classes in September with lots of Covid related bumps along the way!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Christmas break and hope that 2022 is a good one for our whole school community. Together we can get through anything!

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 from the Christmas break. Their resilience and adaptability remain outstanding.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Christmas 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 were amazing which continues to maintain a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact, I was chuffed to bits!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). Goodness knows we all need cheering up from the awful times that this new Omicron variant is giving us at the moment.

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 their two lockdown periods. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)

Here’s to a really positive Spring term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term.

English
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.

Maths
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.

Topic
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
Spring Term:  Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Friday 8th April 2022
Half Term:      Monday 21st February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022