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Beckford Primary School

"Together, we achieve."


                                                                                                                                                  April 2019     

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                    

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

Our topics this term are:

· In My Garden

· Once Upon A Time

· 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



Thank you for all your support over the year with home reading.  As you are aware, it is of vital importance that children to read with you daily in calm and enjoyable way.  Remember that this does not have to be for a long time! Ten minutes is adequate and can also include hearing a parent read a story or reading a story together.

Children will have the opportunity during the week to choose a new picture story during stay and play. Please encourage your child to choose a book to read 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 it will give your child more self-confidence reading aloud to others. 



We teach phonics on a daily basis. The children will also have a weekly small group reading session with the class teacher.  It is important to practise the new sounds with your child and encourage them to find the sounds in their reading books. The sounds we have taught during the week will be sent home in phonics books, please spend a short time on a daily basis reviewing these sounds in a fun way for example by playing I-spy with the initial sounds.



This term, there is a strong focus on handwriting, letter formation and sentence writing to help your child get ready for Year One.  Please encourage your child to form their letters correctly when writing, use finger spaces, and talk about using  capital letters where  appropriate. 



The children will be working with numbers to 20 in a range of ways including adding and subtracting. We are beginning to solve problems with numbers including how to find double or half of a number. The best way to engage your child with Maths is to play games and have fun! 



PE is taught on Tuesdays (Lily class) and Fridays (Avon class). Mr Purcell, our P.E. specialist, will work across the Reception classes developing a range of physical skills.  The children will be having P.E outdoors in the summer months.


Forest School

As you are aware, this term the Reception classes will be attending Forest school every week for 8 sessions.  It is a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about

 the natural world in a safe environment. If you are able to attend a Forest School session, please do sign up. It is great fun and we rely on parent support to meet our adult to child ratio for these events. 

Please remember to send your child to school in old clothing (not school uniform) when they go to Forest School. The children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather and may need a sun hat, welly boots or waterproof coat.  Please ensure they always have closed toe shoes and a long sleeve t-shirt.


Design and Technology materials

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


We are looking forward to an exciting and productive Summer term!

Best wishes,

Pandora Donegan (Avon Class)                    Sue Canning (Lily Class)

Berni Quirke                                                           Maxine Lee

Michelle Headley