Welcome back Puffins
Welcome back Puffins to the start of a very exciting and hopefully unbroken year. We have some very inspirational Geography and History based topics as well lots of interesting opportunities for learning across the curriculum.
We will start this half-term with the topic "The Northern Lights" which looks at the Geography of Europe and in particular Scandinavia. We will look at the human and physical geography of this intriguing area of the North. We will also pay particular attention to the famous phenomenon of the "Aurora Borealis". The second topic in the Autumn term is "The Rhythm of the Rain" which looks more deeply into the water cycle and how water affects the planet.
English and Reading
We will use the book "The Polar Bear Explorers' Club" as our class book which is an exciting adventure story set in the Frozen North. 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 Rhythm of the Rain" which tells the story of the water cycle.
Reading is at the heart of everything that we do and we hope to develop children's stamina 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 10 minutes and as the year goes on, hopefully this will increase to 15,20 and 25 minutes. 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. We will start by looking at place value and the number system which underpins all of what we do in maths. We then move into formal methods of addition and subtraction towards the end of the year.
The rest of the curriculum at Stowford is a well crafted mix of; Science, Geography, History, Art, Music, MFL, RE 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 Miss Kee for one of our PE sessions and Mrs Kandes for our Wild Tribe and MFL lessons. These lesson 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.