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:
We are really focused on developing our reading and comprehension skills in English to develop a love for reading for enjoyment. Writing is a big focus in Y6, and we have lots of exciting writing opportunities coming our way! We will be writing a diary based on Scott of the Antarctic, a factual report about the sinking of the Titanic and a persuasive letter about the effects of plastic pollution. In Autumn 2 we will look at Queen Victoria and write her biography. We shall also write a narrative and some winter poems of our own. Along the way, will further develop our grammar skills in using high level punctuation incorporating a variety of sentence types throughout our writing. Practising spelling high frequency words is a must and new wider topic vocabulary with be learned too.
This term we will work on our arithmetic skills, for quick recall of facts as well as focusing on the times tables. We will be looking at place value, the four number operations (add, subtraction, multiplication and division), ordering and rounding numbers as well as incorporating negative numbers. We will look in depth at fractions (adding, subtracting multiplying and dividing them), finding equivalence and exploring percentages. In this term will be honing our reasoning skills when applying maths knowledge which will continue throughout the year.
Science teaching this term will look at ways of classifying animals and the effects of climate change on our Polar regions and what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint.
Our Topics this half term are Frozen Kingdom and Revolutions. Our focus will be on the Polar regions of the Frozen Kingdom, looking at climate change, animals and food chains. Art-wise, we shall be looking at the art works of Steven Brown and learning to stitch to make a collage. During Revolutions, our focus will be looking at Victorian England – Queen Victoria, inventions that changed our lives, crime and punishments along with comparing rich and poor homes in that era. We will also make fruit scones in DT for our own Victorian afternoon tea. Across both topics we will be looking at world maps and understanding the geography of the world and our local area more thoroughly.
Keeping Safe and Healthy (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
This term we will look at building positive relationships and be thinking about out mental well-being. We will carefully address any questions the children may have about hygiene and changes to their body also with regard personal hygiene and exercise.
Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term: Friday 3rd September 2021 – Friday 17th December 2021
Half Term: Monday 25th October 2021 – Friday 29th October 2021