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
In English this term, Year 5 will be writing an informal letter based on our class story ‘Secrets of a Sun King’. The letter will be from the main character Lil to her grandad who are both interested in our topic for Autumn 1 – Pharaohs. Following this we will write a suspense story. The story will be based on Lil visiting Egypt where she has to return a mysterious jar. Then we will move onto writing a non-chronological report all about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. We will be focusing largely on using conjunctions correctly in our writing, description and using lots of different sentence types.
After half term, our English work will be largely based around the film Avatar. First, we will be writing a diary entry from the perspective of an astronaut who is visiting an unknown planet for the first time. After this, Year 5 will become reporters for two weeks and publish and newspaper report all about the astronauts visit to the newly discovered planet. Finally, in the lead up to Christmas we will be writing out own poems and reimagining ‘King of Seasons’. We will continue our focus of using different sentence types including dialogue.
This term we will begin with the importance of place value. Children will be taught how to identify the value of each digit in six-figure numbers and to be able to round to the nearest 10 and beyond up to 100,000. We will then move into number: where we will teach children to be confident in adding and subtracting numbers as well as multiplying and dividing. Lastly, we will be having a large focus on times tables and making sure our children are fluent up to their 12x tables.
During the first half term our topic is ‘Pharaohs’. We will be learning about Ancient Egyptian life and what it was like to live under a pharaoh. We will focus on the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by archaeologist Howard Carter and also learn about other famous Egyptian pharaohs as well as some of the Gods and Goddesses. In science, we will be learning all about the properties of materials and how they change through experimenting. Our focus in art is sculpture and we will be creating our own Egyptian cartouches.
Our topic for the second half term is Stargazers. We will discover the wonders of space and look at some of the famous people through history such as Galileo and Isaac Newton. Y5 will investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Y5 will open their minds and discuss the questions are we alone? And are there other life forms out there? We will learn about the ‘Space Race’ and how Katherine Johnson helped America during this race.
Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
This term we will look at how to face new challenges positively and how to set personal goals. We will discuss how we can empathise with people in this country whose lives are different to our own and understand our rights and responsibilities as a citizen and as a member of our school. In Autumn 2, we will be celebrating our differences and discussing how to keep safe online.
Dates for your Diary
Summer Term: Friday 3rd September 2021 – Friday 17th December 2021
Half Term: Monday 25th October 2021 – Friday 29th October 2021
Swimming: Monday 1st November 2021 – Friday 12th November 2021