Beech Grove Primary School
Autumn Term 2023
Head Teacher 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 2023/2024 is just as awesome as last year. It was brilliant to see our whole school community trying their very best for our children to try and reach their maximum potential. I am positive this year will be exactly the same.
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous efforts you went to during this period. We should, as a school community be really proud of the way we (as we always do) stuck together and supported one another.
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 attend regularly in order to continue to make the brilliant progress that they made last academic year. I’m positive with your continued support, our excellent teaching and well-planned curriculum and interventions, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.
I continue to be amazed and am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term. The children’s continued 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, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading is the key to EVERYTHING and unlocking the children’s true potential! Please, please, please x10000000 encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It is greatly appreciated.
Our work for this term
Our writing, this term will be inspired by the author’s Ted Hughes and Roald Dahl. We will be reading The Iron Man and The Enormous Crocodile. We will be writing a range of different genres from character descriptions, story writing, reports, and shape poetry.
In year 3, the children are encouraged to take control of their own reading choices. They will be choosing their own books from the book corner and will bring them home. Most children will bring home chapter books which they may keep at home for as long as they are reading them. In Y3, the children are expected to read at home 3 times each week.
Each child has access to our online spelling scheme of work. Your child has been set spelling tasks, individualised to their own needs. Please allow your child to access spelling shed at least once a week.
We encourage your child to visit Seesaw regularly. This is our learning platform where you and your child should be able to access all some of their learning and talk with their teachers regularly.
See your class teacher if you cannot access it online. They might be able to help.
Check Seesaw each week to access homework. It will be refreshed each Thursday.
This term, our focus will be place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
In Year 4, every child takes a times table test. We aim to support them to know all of the multiplication and related division facts to 12 x 12 by the end of Y4. In Y3 we begin to practice their times tables and regularly assess their progress in preparation for Y4.
Please allow your child to access TT Rockstars at least once a week.
Our Science this term is ‘Magnets and Forces’ and ‘Animals Including Humans’. The children will be investigating the effects of forces and comparing the strength of different magnets. They will look at the function of the skeleton and how different kinds of animals need different kinds of nutrition.
Focusing on Middlesbrough, we will be reading maps to investigate land use in our local area and taking a step back in time to look at history of Middlesbrough.
From tape worms to crocodiles and fly traps to fleas, we will be looking at the many different predators of our planet and how they are adapted to be the perfect predators.
Physical Education is an important part of the National Curriculum and just as with subjects such as Mathematics and English your child is required to take part. It is also important for reasons of safety and hygiene that your child has a change of clothing for PE.
Suggested P.E. Kit is as follows:
- Indoor – Plain T shirt and shorts. Plimsoles or trainers.
- Outdoor – during the colder months children may wish to wear jogging pants and a sweatshirt.
- School shoes should not be worn for PE.
- All items of clothing should be marked with the children’s names.
PE Kit may be brought to school in the first week of each half term and kept in school for the whole of the half term. The kit will be sent home each holiday for washing.
Although your child has designated PE Days, timetables can sometimes change and/or additional activities may be arranged so their PE Kit should be in school every day.
Keeping Safe and Healthy (What we are teaching children to help them keep safe)
In PSHE, we will be looking at what it is like being part of a class team, and being a citizen. In the second half of term, we will be looking at how we can celebrate people’s differences, and what makes us all so special.
Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term: Monday 4th September 2023 – Friday 22nd December 2023
Half Term: Monday 30th October 2023 – Friday 3rd November 2023