Welcome back Curlews
Welcome back Curlews, to the start of the last term of 2022. We have two fascinating and exciting topics for the final term as well as a selection of enrichment opportunities.
We will start the first half term with a local history topic: "The Railway Children", which explores the local area of Ivybridge, the train line and the viaduct. Linked into this, we will be looking at the life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his influence on design and technology. The second half of this term is all about Egypt. "The Scarab's Secret" is a fascinating look into the life of Ancient Egypt, how they lived and their rituals.
English and Reading
We will use the book "The Railway Children" by E. Nesbit as our class book which is an exciting adventure story which follows the journey of three young children who move to the countryside from London and become local heroes. This will then become the source of inspiration for writing. We will continue with two weekly genres for writing with a "Big Write" every other week. This will also be complimented by an extended topic piece of writing at the end of each half term. The second book we will use is "The Dream Master" by Theresa Breslin which tells the story of a young boy trapped in an Egyptian dream.
Reading is at the heart of everything that we do, and we hope to develop children's stamina, fluency and prosody for reading and encourage children to be able to read for longer periods of time. We would hope that children can read, without distractions, for at least 20 minutes by now. We will always be reading a book in the classroom and there will be ample opportunity for children to read independently.
We will continue to use "White Rose" as our learning scheme and much of the resources for this can be found online if you want to follow what we are doing and support your child at home. I've added the yearly overview to the bottom of this page. Now that we are in the summer term we will be focussing on decimals, money, time, graphs and shape. There is a statutory Times Tables test in June, so please keep working on the speed and recall all the times tables facts.
The rest of the curriculum at Stowford is a well crafted mix of: Science, Geography, History, Art, Music, MFL, RE, DT, Computing and PHSE. With all of our topics we try and make links and connections wherever possible. A class book is at the heart of the topic and we actively promote and encourage "joined up thinking", where ideas from one area of the curriculum can support and inspire other areas.
We will continue to have Ms Kee for one of our PE sessions and Mrs Kandes for our Wild Tribe and MFL lessons. These lessons will happen on a Thursday afternoon and the children will need to come to school in PE kits with their legs covered and some wellies or outdoor shoes. Our other PE lesson will be on a Wednesday and again children should come into school dressed in their PE kits.
We encourage clear and open communication with parents regarding any aspect of the time that your child is with us. So if you do have any questions then please feel free to ask; however, we would prefer it if you spoke to us at the end of the day rather than the beginning and if you need a longer appointment then we will accommodate you when we can.