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Stowford School

Stowford School

Curlews

Welcome to Curlews Class

Hello everyone! It's Mr Poole here writing to you from your new classroom. It's an exciting time to be a Curlew! New teacher, new topics and the wonderful Mrs Dumbiotis to help us all settle in. I am looking forward to teaching you some great new topics that we can explore together and I can't wait to find out what you already know and what interests you have as we go through this year.

Topic

We will start the year by looking at a topic called "Once Upon a Time in the North" inspired by the rich and diverse countries in Scandinavia. We will look at the phenomenon which is the 'aurora borealis' and link this to our art and science. We will also start to use 'knowledge organisers' which highlight the key concepts, vocabulary and information that the children will need in each topic.

English and Reading

We will be using ‘The Polar Bear Explorers’ Club’ as our inspiration for writing starting off with a diary entry. Following that, we will look at news reports, letters and poetry. Reading and writing will be linked as much as possible and we will dedicate an hour and half each day to this. We do expect children in Year 4 to be reading independently for at least 20 minutes per day, practising their 10 given spellings and aiming for a high standard in their presentation and handwriting.

Maths

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. In the first term we will start with place value and recapping some of the missed learning from the last term. We will then follow that with: addition and subtraction, length and perimeter and then multiplication and division. Please feel free to talk to us at any point regarding any area of maths that your child is struggling with. We will continue to support the children with their speed and recall of the times tables and we will use 'Times Tables Rock Stars' as a way to excite and track their progress.

We will continue to have Miss Kee for one of our PE sessions and Mrs Kandes for our Wild Tribe and MFL lessons

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, preferably at the end of the day. If you need a longer appointment then we will accommodate you when we can.

Roll on Year 4!