Welcome to Stiperstones!
Class Teachers- Mrs Hopwood and Mrs Wray
Teaching Assistants- Miss Marshall, Miss Brown and Miss Horton.
What a fabulous Spring term we have had! We were so proud of all of the children and can't wait to see them progress throughout the summer.
Our overarching topic this term is 'Why is Britain great?'
This will lead us to explore a history/geography unit that looks at castles. We will focus our learning on why castles were built, and the physical features of their location. After half term, we will focus more specifically on Shrewsbury castle and look at how the castle has changed over time. We will investigate how the castle has informed us about the past; rounding off our learning with a trip to Shrewsbury Castle in the latter part of the summer term.
Our literacy will begin with a short narrative unit based around the story, 'George and the Dragon.' We will then look at writing an instruction text where the children will be able to identify what instructions are, and use 'bossy verbs' in their writing. We are very much looking forward to this unit as it involves a degree of practical work, which the children always enjoy.
The children bowled us over with their progress during the addition and subtraction unit, so we can not wait to get started on the multiplication and division unit. We will be learning to count in two's, tens and fives, grouping into equal and unequal amounts, as well as beginning work on simple fractions. After the half term, we will move on to time and money. Within each unit of learning, the children will be given a range of problem solving activities which are designed to deepen their knowledge and understanding, and broaden their thinking.
Our science topic will explore Seasons this half term, and we will be answering questions such as, "Is it Spring in every country?" and "Is it always dark at bedtime?" In the second part of the summer term this will change to, "Why don't flowers fall over?" where we will be looking closely at the different parts of a plant, and how they grow.
All children have a daily phonics session. This helps children to read and spell words. We use the scheme Essential Letters and Sounds. Your child will bring a reading book and diary home with them each night. Please help them by reading the book with them at least 4 times a week. To aid fluency and comprehension, they will keep the same book for a week and it will be changed on a Friday.
Year 1 Phonics Check.
Children in Stiperstones will take the phonics screening check after the Summer half term. The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents/carers information on how children are progressing in phonics.
It will help to identify whether a child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.
The check is made up of 40 words, and usually lasts 5-10 minutes. Some words are real words, and others are nonsense, or ‘alien’ words. This is to show if pupils can work out how to decode words they haven’t seen before.
More information on the phonics check can be found here.
As a school, we use VIPERS skills to help us understand what we are reading. More information can be found in their home school link book or here
P.E is on a Wednesday and Friday. Children will need a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps. If you child wears tights, please put a pair of socks in their bag.
If you child has pierced ears and can not remove the studs then please send your child with surgical tape or plasters so that the studs can be covered during PE.
Forest school will be on a Tuesday morning. The children are split into 2 groups and will attend a session every other week. The dates for your child's sessions can be found in their home-school link book.
Children need to bring with them their home-school link books, and reading book each day. Please check the home-school link book regularly to ensure that you do not miss any important information.