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Beckford Primary School

"Together, we achieve."


January 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                                         

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


Our topics this term are:

  • On the Move (different forms of transport)
  • I Love My Greens (eating healthy food)
  • 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.


Maths with Parents

The children are working with numbers to 20 over the Spring Term. We will be developing their skills in number recognition, counting and ordering, finding one more and one fewer and exploring basic addition and subtraction.

The best way to engage your child with Maths is to play games and have fun! To support this, we are introducing Maths with Parents which has lots of fun ideas to support your children with maths and links directly to what we learn at school. Thank you to all the families who have already signed up! If there is a choice of activities, you can choose the one you think most suits you and your child, or you could do them all! If you have any questions about Maths with Parents, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

To further support your child with their maths at home you could:

  • Look for numbers around the house and local area
  • 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



All children now have a weekly small group reading session with the class teacher, and may also read with a range of adults through the week to develop their early reading skills and love of reading.

We will also continue to send home two independent reading books a week. The reading and phonics books are collected on Thursdays and returned to you on Fridays, and it is very important to read with your child every day to help them develop confidence and fluency. Please sign in the yellow reading record book when you have heard your child read. Any comments you add are very useful.

Children have the opportunity to choose a new picture story book from school 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 confidence when reading aloud to others.



We teach phonics daily. We will be shortly be sending out a leaflet with an update of what we have been teaching in phonics in the Autumn Term and how this will progress across the rest of the year.

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.

Some children are also becoming more confident to write using their phonics and some tricky words which can’t be sounded out. If your child is at this stage, please encourage them to write at home using the sounds and tricky words they know so far. Perhaps they could help you write a shopping list or a card for a favourite relative. We know children all develop at their own pace, and any mark making or writing they do is valuable.



On Fridays, our P.E teacher Shaun Purcell works across the Reception classes developing children’s physical skills. This term, the focus will be gymnastics. Please make sure your child is wearing suitable clothing and footwear on a Friday so they can move easily and to use the equipment safely. Leggings and trousers are suitable, as are shoes that your child can easily take off for their lesson and put back on afterwards. It is really useful to practise putting on and taking off shoes and socks at home.



Our art teacher also visits on a Friday. This term, Michaela Schaefer will be working with the children to develop a range of skills including printing, drawing and collage. We also provide opportunities for the children to develop their artistic skills both indoors and outdoors every day as part of our topic and following their own interests.


Child in the Spotlight

During this term, the children will have the opportunity to bring in something special (a favourite 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 tops, buttons or 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 (Avon Class)          Jenny Armson, Maxine Lee and Gamze Aydemir (Lily Class)