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Beckford Primary School

"Together, we achieve."


                                                                                                                                                                             January 2019     


Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                        

Welcome back to the Spring Term, we hope you had an enjoyable holiday.

Our topics this term are:

  • On the Move
  • I Love My Greens
  • Festivals (ongoing throughout the year).

Through these topics, we will continue to develop the following areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Children will have the opportunity during the week to choose a new picture story book for your child to share with you. During the ‘Stay and Play’ session, please encourage your child to choose a book to take home from the reading corner. Sometimes children have a favourite book that they like to take home again and again - repetition is very important at this stage and gives the children more self-confidence when reading aloud to others.

We will be sending home two independent reading books a week. The reading and phonics books will be collected in on Thursdays and returned to you on Fridays. Please sign in the yellow reading record book when you have heard your child read. You can add a comment if you would like to. There might be times when you would prefer to keep the same book for longer in order to reinforce your child’s confidence with reading. Please let a member of staff know if you would like to do this.

Phonics and Writing

We teach phonics daily. The children also have a weekly small group reading session and phonics catch up groups during the week.

It is important that you practise the new sounds taught in phonics with your child to encourage them to use phonics in reading and writing. The sounds we have taught during the week are sent home in the phonics book. Please spend a short time every day reviewing these sounds in a fun way, for example by playing I-spy with the initial sounds.

It is vital that children in Reception are able to write their name. Name writing is the gateway into purposeful child led writing.  Please practise name writing with your child as often as you can and help them to form their letters correctly and hold the pen with a tripod grip.


The children will be working with numbers to 20 over the Spring Term.  The best way to engage your child with Maths is to play games and have fun!  We will be developing their skills in number recognition, counting and ordering, as well as finding one more and one fewer.  To further support your child with their maths at home you could:

  • Play board games e.g. snakes and ladders, dominoes
  • Shape hunt around the house
  • Counting everyday objects such as spoons, shoes and cups
  • Looking at coins and notes whilst out shopping

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Once a week our P.E teacher Shaun Purcell, will work across the Reception classes developing  physical skills. It will be on Tuesday morning for Lily Class and Friday morning for Avon Class. Please make sure your child is wearing suitable clothing and footwear so they are able to use the equipment safely.  Leggings and trousers are suitable.

Child in the Spotlight

During this term, the children will have the opportunity to bring in something special (a toy, photograph, book, special object etc.) and a favourite book to share with their friends. We will send a letter to let you know when it is your child’s turn.

As always, we are grateful for any recycling materials that we can use for creative activities, such as: empty boxes, foil trays, yoghurt pots, scrap paper, fabrics, wool, bottle lids, buttons, newspapers.

It is important that you send your child’s book bag in every day and check in the evening to see if any letters have been sent home.

We are looking forward to an exciting Spring term.


Best wishes,

Pandora Donegan, Berni Quirke, Michelle Headley (Avon Class)

Sue Canning, Maxine Lee (Lily Class)