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Beech Grove Primary School
Year 6
Summer Term 2024

Head Teacher Message
Happy sun shine days everyone and welcome to summer term 2024. Let’s hope this terrible wet weather from over the Easter holidays disappears soon and Mr sun comes out to play!

On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break and hope that summer term 2024 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 2023. Their resilience, adaptability and hardworking attitudes to learning remain outstanding. It is such a pleasure to see the children care so much and take pride in all of their work and the school environment.
They are certainly living up to the schools “NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR QUALITIES” that we have of:

  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Kindness

Along with our 5 Golden Rules. The “Next Door Neighbour Qualities” is something that is really important to our school and encourages everyone to be a good citizen within our school and wider community. To see the children demonstrating all of those essential ‘Next door neighbour qualities’ on a daily basis is a heart-warming thing to see and brightens up my day.

The children’s corridor manners and the way they conduct themselves around school is wonderful.
I also love it that so many children are eager and keen to show me their work in their books. This sense of family and belonging warms my heart also. I couldn’t be any prouder of our Beech Grove Family.

This term we hope to pick up where we left off before Easter with our children achieving good progress within their core subject areas of Reading, Writing and Maths, due to the tremendous hard-working attitude of themselves and the dedicated staff team here at school.

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 and trips 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.

AS ALWAYS Please, please, please x10000 keep encouraging your child to read at home. Reading is the key to unlocking the world!

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. Thank you for your huge efforts last term in trying to really improve our punctuality. Keep up the great work. WELL DONE!

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. Not forgetting also, the BIG attendance prize where we have bikes and scooters (all with helmets to go with them) to give away in our attendance prize draw. As well as the seasonal family hamper.

Here’s to a really positive Summer term!

John Dixon

Our work for this term:

English
We are focused on developing our reading and comprehension skills ready for our SATs and transition into secondary school. Writing will also continue to be a big focus in Y6 and we have lots of exciting writing opportunities coming our way to allow us to showcase our writing and grammar skills, including a letter from an evacuee based on our class novel ‘Letters from the Lighthouse.’ 

Maths
This term we will be continuing to work on our arithmetic skills daily as well as covering statistics.  We will look, in detail, at reading line graphs and pie charts as well as calculating the mean in statistics. In each lesson, we will also continue to strengthen our reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Topic
Our Topics this half term are Child’s War and ID. During the first half term, Child’s war will teach us what it was like to live in Britain, particularly from a child’s point of view, during the war in 1939. In ID we will explore human identity, genetic characteristics, family traits and their own values and beliefs.

Art and Design will also feature, where we will be looking at the artworks of McKenzie Thorpe, Banksy and Picasso. We will be focussing on our painting and drawing skills throughout these sessions.

Science will look at the effects of diet and exercise on our bodies, particularly the heart, and the features that we have inherited from our families. 

Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
All girls and boys will be having a Puberty talk this term where we will carefully address any questions the children may have about hygiene and changes to their body.

We will also be continuing to support the children during our weekly Jigsaw (PSHE) sessions and preparing them for secondary school and their upcoming SATs.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:     Monday 8th April 2024 – Monday 22nd July 2024
Half Term:            Monday 27th May 2024 – Friday 31st May 2024
May Day:              Monday 6th May 2024
SATs week:            Monday 13th May – Thursday 16th May 2024
Secondary School Transition Week: Various dates – Pupils will be informed of the dates concerning them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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