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​​​​​​​Welcome to Stiperstones Class!


Class Teacher - Mrs Kate Gregory

This term sees Stiperstones travelling all over the world again, but this time we need to take our hard hats as it could be a bumpy ride, as we find ourselves face to face with a number of natural disasters, from volcanoes to earthquakes to tsunamis and tornadoes!


This topic means that Geography is going to be the main focus of our topic work as we look at the areas where natural disasters tend to occur. We will look at the physical and human geography of these areas and the impact of disasters on the environment and people that live there. We will also be learning about what it is about our world that means these disasters happen, including learning about tectonic plates. 

 

Our English covers many genres this term. We have already carried out a poet study of Michael Rosen, and were highly amused by many of his poems! Today we have embarked on a unit based around the General Election, which is going to allow us to really develop our persuasion and debating skills. We are also going to exploring Phillip Pullman's story The Firework Maker's Daughter, before finishing the term by writing reports about the disasters we have been learning about. 

 

In Maths this term we are going to be really working hard to really consolidate the speed of our mental maths, including our times tables and the related division facts. In addition, we will be working on being able to explain what we have done when carrying out maths activities and giving reasons. This is a really important skill for the children to develop, and one that they can do at home as well as at school. We have a Speed Tables test on a Friday morning, along with our Maths Smash skills check. We are aiming to make our maths lessons as engaging and varied as possible, and we are looking forward to a week based around the Election after Half Term. 

 

This term our Science topic is Plants. We are going to explore parts of a plant, and carry out investigations to find out how plants grow best. We will find out about seed dispersal and discover how truly awesome plants are! 


P.E. will continue to be with Jonny Hughes Coaching on a Thursday afternoon, so please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school on that day. After half term, we will also be carrying out a programme with Shrewsbury Town Football Club, so children will need their P.E. kit on a Tuesday too. 

 

Our other subjects will include art, where we look at the art work of Georgia O'Keefe, linked to our Science and DT, again linked to Science  where we will be growing, preparing and eating seasonal food, and using this in a range of recipes. In addition to our classroom based art, we will be taking part in an Arts week, linked to the R.E. we learn in school. 


R.E. itself is all about the Christian creation story this half term, as we explore what it teaches Christians about how to live. After half term we will be moving on to explore Journeys and Pilgrimages and in this will explore the journeys made by people of a range of faiths. 

 

All homework details, including spellings, which can be practised in their homework books, will now be coming home in your child's green homework book each week. This will include information about any MyMaths activities and if necessary, any detail on how we carry out certain maths activities in school, so you are able to support your child. Sometimes homework may be a project which spreads over a number of weeks. Your child will bring their homework home each Friday, and it is due back in school the following Thursday.

 

If you have any questions, or areas of expertise you would like to share, please feel free to speak to me at the end of the day.

 

Thank you once again for your support in helping your child,

 

Mrs  Gregory.