Gold 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Gold Class!
Gold Class is taught by Miss Wright and on a Wednesday afternoon the class is taught by Mrs Lister. Gold Class is also supported by Mrs Shilton (1:1), Mrs Lloyd (1:1), and Mrs Evans (1:1).
We are a wonderful mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class with a fantastic term ahead!
In Gold class we work hard to achieve the Secrets to Success.
To achieve this we . . .
Try new things - If you never try, you’ll never know.
Work hard – Its not luck or looks that make you successful, its all about the effort.
Concentrate – Learn to focus, tune out distractions and be mindful.
Push yourself – Fight your fears and learn to push past doubts.
Imagine – Have ideas and don’t be scared of being wrong.
Improve – Keep advancing, bit by bit. Success never comes in one giant step.
Understand others – Learn to listen, listen to learn about others.
Don’t give up – Sir Winston Churchill said ‘Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.’
All children will be following the Power Maths mastery scheme.
The children in Year 2 will be learning about numbers to 100, addition and subtraction, money and multiplication (part 1).
The children in Year 1 will be learning about numbers to 10 and then 20, using the part-whole model, addition and subtraction and 2D and 3D shapes.
NumBots is a self-paced educational platform combined with an interactive, robot-immersed game. The aim of NumBots is to ensure children develop a core understanding of maths from an early age, establishing a strong mathematical foundation which they can build upon as they progress through their education. Numbots will form part of the children’s maths homework, but it is intended that the children access the platform a little but often.
Our first English unit will focus on the book The Journey Home by Fran Preston-Gannon. The children will write a journey narrative, a fact file about an endangered animal, and then write a persuasive letter to the headteacher. Our second unit will have a focus on setting narrative and writing a diary extract.
In addition, we will be having a weekly spelling session and the children’s spellings will be on Spelling Shed for practice during the week. The children will also have a guided reading session either in a small group or as part of a whole class session. As well as their English lessons, everyone will have a 20-minute daily phonics lesson using the Read Write Inc scheme of work.
Spelling shed is a spelling platform and aims to make spelling fun for children. Each week their will be new spellings which will reflect those being taught in our spelling lesson. Engaging in spelling shed will form part of the children’s homework. https://www.edshed.com/en-gb/login
Identifying Animals – We will learn about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The children will think about the needs of different pets and become familiar with the term carnivore, herbivore and omnivore.
My Body – The children will explore and look at various parts of the body, our five senses, healthy eating and how our body moves.
Children will need to come to school in their full PE kit on PE days: navy shorts and light blue t-shirt as well as navy trousers and jumpers for colder weather. Long hair will need to be tied up and earrings taken out or covered with tape/plasters.
PE Indoor Friday: Bouncing & Catching - The children will be developing their skills in bouncing and catching following a set programme by Amaven.
PE Outdoor: Taught by Mrs Lister Wednesday: Attacking and Defending Skills & Striking and Fielding Techniques. The children will be developing the early skills needed for future team sports.
Geography: Autumn A
Our Local Area - Gold Class will be learning about the local area beyond the school gates. We will be building our knowledge of what our own school environment is like and then compare our homes. We end the unit by looking at local maps and using their drawing skills to create their own maps.
History: Autumn B
The Gunpower Plot – We will be increasing our awareness of the past by finding out about Guy Fawkes and other significant individuals involved in the plot, such as Robert Catesby and Thomas Percy. As well as sequencing events and designing posters, we will look at how bonfire night has been celebrated in Britain since the 1930s.
Ourselves and Number – The children will explore ways of using their voices expressively by singing and performing an expressive story. Then, the children will develop a sense of steady beat through using movement, body percussion and instruments.
Animals and Weather – The children will develop an understanding of pitch through using movement, voices, and instruments. They will then explore high and low pitches and create animal chant sounds and sequences. Then, the children will use their voices, movement, and instruments to explore different ways that music can be used to describe the weather.
Computing: Taught by Mrs Lister
Computer skills – We will be looking at the basic skills of using a laptop computer. We will explore how to use a trackpad and how to switch on and shut down a computer. We will also look at logging into some of the internet-based resources we use in school.
Digital Photography – The children will learn that different devices can be used to capture photographs and they will gain experience of capturing, editing, and improving photos.
Art: Autumn A
Nature Sculptures – The children will be exploring one of my favourite artists, Andy Goldsworthy. We will spend time outside creating natural pictures, create observational drawings, use multimedia to create pieces of artwork and create a group sculpture. Please note, that for Art we will be going out in all weathers, so I kindly ask that children have appropriate footwear (wellies or walking boots) and waterproofs.
Design and Technology: Autumn B
Mechanical Christmas Cards - Gold Class will get their imaginations soaring as they think up exciting and inventive ways to bring their pictures to life through a variety of moving mechanisms. They will explore sliders, levers, pivots and wheel mechanisms and how they can be used to make different parts of a picture move.
The Bible – The children in Gold Class will be exploring and answering the following questions. What is the most important teaching of Jesus? What is God like for Christians? (Father Son & Holy Spirit) What does the Bible say God is like? What do Christians believe God says about people?
Giving and Receiving and then Jesus’ birth – We will then explore and answer the following questions. How do Christians know how to care for others? How & why do Christians celebrate Christmas?
Be Yourself – The children will be inspired by the idea that having confidence to ‘be yourself’ can have a positive impact on mental health and emotional wellbeing. The children will be encouraged to recognise their positive qualities and appreciate their individuality. We will explore feelings and emotions and the importance of sharing them.
One World – In this second unit, the children will be inspired by the idea that we can benefit from learning about people living in different places to us and their ways of life. It aims to enable the children to explore their own family life, home and school and compare these to children’s family life, homes, and school from around the world which are different from their own.
Reading Books: Reading is fundamental to the wider academic and personal development of children and the need for children to read widely from a broad and challenging range of texts is even more crucial this term, due to the protracted absence from school. Please read books on Bug Club, in addition to the ones sent homes, as these provide a variety of texts but also questions to accompany what they are reading. Reading books will be changed on a Thursday but they will only be changed if notification has been made in their reading diary. Please send your child with their books daily as they may be heard read at any point of the week. https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login
Bug Club Certificates: Your child will be awarded certificates for reading ‘25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150’ books on Bug Club. This initiative has been a great success and last year a child read nearly 200 books on Bug Club alone!
Homework: You will be informed of homework via Class Dojo (Maths and Spelling Shed). Once completed, take a photograph of the work and upload to your child’s online portfolio. As this is a mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class, please look carefully at the headings and download the appropriate work. https://www.classdojo.com/
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