Beech Grove Primary School
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!
Our work for this term
In the first half term, we are using our knowledge of the Black Death to write a diary entry. We are also going to use our creative writing skills to write a fantasy story. After that, we will be learning all about knights in the 14th Century and creating a non-chronological report about them.
After half term, we will be looking at a variety of poetry, including limericks and kennings. We will also be researching wild beasts and creating a report about them. Finally, we will be writing a story based on Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach”.
This term we will have a large focus on fractions. We will start with what is a fraction and how we can then find equivalent fractions? We will look at what a mixed number is and an improper fraction and how we can convert between them. We will encourage children to be able to compare and order fractions, again mastering the skill of equivalent fractions. Children will become confident in adding and subtracting fractions, both when the denominators are the same but also when they aren’t equal. We will also multiply fractions by a whole and finally we will be finding fractions of an amount.
Towards the end of Spring 2, we will move onto decimals and percentages where our fraction knowledge will continue to be used. Also, we will maintain the skills we have already learnt in Y5 through weekly arithmetic quizzes.
In our first half term we will be learning about ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ where we will look at key events from 14th century England like the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt. In science, we will largely be looking at life cycles, particularly of humans and how we change over time but we will also be investigating bacteria and the conditions it grows quickly in. Also, we will be completing a DT project in the first half term. We will be designing and making a bird house shelter to be placed in our secret garden.
After half term, our topic is Beast Creator. We will develop the children’s knowledge of living things and their habitats. We will learn about identification keys, food chains and some of the deadliest beasts on the planet. We will also conduct a Science investigation to investigate which habitat woodlice prefer. This half term, we will be completing an art project inspired by Andy Warhol’s ‘Flowers’ using a printing technique.
Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
During the term, we will continue to do Jigsaw as part of our PSHE teaching. In the first half term, we will be looking into dreams and goals for the future and setting high aspirations for ourselves. After half term, we will move onto a ‘Healthy Me’ topic where we will learn how to be healthy physically, emotionally and socially.
Dates for your Diary
Spring Term: Tuesday 4th January 2022 – Friday 8th April 2022
Half Term: Monday 21st February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022