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Stowford School

Stowford School

Puffins

Welcome back Puffins

Welcome back Puffins to the start of a very exciting 2022. We have some very inspirational Geography and History based topics as well lots of interesting opportunities for learning across the curriculum.

Topic

We will start this half-term with the Geography topic "The Island" which looks at how settlers decide on where to settle, mapping and survival. We will look at how towns and villages develop over time and the reasons for this.  The second topic in the Spring term is history based and is called "How to Train your Dragon" which looks at the invasion and settlement of the Saxons and then the Vikings in Britain.

English and Reading

We will use the book  "Kensuke's Kingdom" by Michael Morpurgo as our class book which is an exciting adventure story which follows the journey of a young boy who has to survive on a remote island. 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 "How to Train your Dragon" which tells the story of a Viking tribe in a comical way.

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 15 minutes and as the year goes on, hopefully this will increase to 20 minutes. We will always be reading a book in the classroom and there will be ample opportunity for children to read independently.

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. I've added the yearly overview to the bottom of this page. Now that we are in the spring term we will be focussing on multiplication, division and fractions. There is a statutory Times Tables test in April so please keep working on the speed and recall of the times tables facts.


The Curriculum

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.