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 the children will be following the Power Maths mastery scheme. The children in Year 1 will be taught by Mrs Mckenzie and they will be learning about numbers to 20 and then 50, using the part-whole model, addition and subtraction and introducing length, height, weight and volume. The children in Year 2 will be taught by myself and they will be learning multiplication and division, statistics, measurement, and fractions.
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 There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart. The children will write a search and return narrative, and a newspaper report. Our second unit will focus on the book Jack and the Baked Beanstalk by Colin Stimpson. The children will write persuasive letters and a twisted narrative!
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. 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
Spring A: Seasonal Changes - Through fun activities and investigations, Gold Class will explore seasonal changes. We will look at how animals and humans adapt in different seasons.
Spring B: Everyday Materials – We will be exploring different materials and their properties. Then, we will complete an investigate involving spoons!
Your child 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 Tuesday: Dance – The children will be taught by Miss Walker and supported by Miss Wright as part of her CPD.
PE Outdoor Wednesday: Health related exercise. The children will explore how their heart rate changes as they exercise, to repeat and perform sequences and develop the fundamentals of movement. Please note that due to management time, PE sessions might change from term to term. I will send notification of any changes via Class Dojo.
Geography: Spring B
Magical Mapping – Gold Class will learn and develop their key map skills through a range of engaging geographical skill-based activities. They will explore a range of maps, atlas as well as looking at continents, oceans and seas and we will be finishing by designing their own maps.
History: Spring A
Travel and Transport – We will be looking at travel and transport throughout history. Gold Class will be using timelines to make comparisons between new and old forms of transport, and look at Viking longboats through to the invention of cars, trains and aeroplanes. We will look at the inventors George Stephenson and the Wright brothers, before designing out own car of the future.
Machines (beat) & Seasons (pitch) – during these two units, the children will play tuned and untuned instruments musically, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Our School (exploring sounds) & Pattern (beat) – during these two units, the children will use their voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. They will play tuned and untuned instruments musically, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
Digital writing – Gold Class will be developing their computer skills to create and change text by familiarising themselves with typing on a keyboard and how to change the look of their writing.
Programming Animations – In our second unit, we will look at how to programme using ScratchJr. The children will look at the way a project looks by investigating sprites and background and then through the use of algorithms the children will design their own animations.
Art: Spring A
L.S. Lowry – Gold Class will learn about the 19th century painter LS Lowry. We will be exploring his life and work of the industrial landscape that many of his paintings are based on. By the end of our unit we will create a multimedia collage in the style of Lowry.
Design and Technology: Spring B
Teddy Bears Picnic – In this unit, Gold Class will join Mr Bear in making a range of delicious picnic foods. We will learn about different foods which will then help us to design, create and evaluate rainbow omelette cakes and nutritious kebabs!
Spring A: Christianity - Gold Class will be exploring various places of worship with Mrs Lister.
Spring B: Christianity – We will be looking at the Easter Story and why it is an important celebration to Christians.
Safety First: In this unit of work, children will learn about everyday dangers, in the home and outside, and how they can keep themselves safe. Children will also learn rules to keep themselves safe around strangers, both in real life and online.
VIPs: This unit explores the Very Important Persons (VIPs) in children’s lives and the ways in which they can develop positive relationships with them. It enables children to identify who the special people in their life are and what makes someone a special person.
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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