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 Lloyd (1:1), and Mrs Evans (1:1).
We are a wonderful mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class with a fantastic Summer 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 and supplemented by White Rose Maths resources. The children in year 2 will be taught by me and we will be learning about time, position and direction measure (capacity, volume and temperature) as well as recapping previous learning.
The children in year 1 will be taught by Mrs McKenzie and they will be learning about multiplication and division, money, learning about numbers to 100, using the part-whole model and ten frames. They will also explore measure and fractions towards the end of the term.
Homework is set weekly and this term the Year 2 children will be working towards earning secret agent stars by completing a range of questions based on a particular theme. Year 1 homework will be set by Mrs McKenzie. Please upload to class dojo when completed for marking.
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. https://play.numbots.com/#/account/search-school
Our English for Summer A will continue with Jack and the Baked Beanstalk. Our unit for Summer B is to be confirmed. Everyone will continue to have a 20-minute phonics lesson using the Read Write Inc scheme of work. In addition, we will be having a weekly whole class guided reading as well as small group work. In these sessions, we will focus on applying phonic skills as well as deepening the children’s comprehension skills. Please ensure your child’s books are in school each day.
Reading: At Weston, we encourage children to develop a life long love for reading. We ask for children to read at least 4 times a week at home to adults and to themselves. 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. Children will be provided with quality texts appropriate for their age and ability. Furthermore, Bug Club will regularly be updated with ebooks and accompanying comprehension tasks to help extend learning and reading skills. Please record any reading completed at home in the school reading diaries. Any reading done in school will contribute to this. Some children eagerly started this last term and earnt 5 dojos instantly (4 for each time they read and a bonus one!) Please note, this doesn’t need to be a whole book. For example, reading a few pages of a chapter book will go towards 1 of their 4 times of reading. Your child’s reading books will be changed on a Thursday, providing an adult has notified us in the child's reading diary to confirm that the books have been read.
Spelling Shed: , We will be having a weekly spelling session and the children’s spellings will be on Spelling Shed for practice during the week. A list of spellings can be found on Class Dojo.
Summer A: Plants - Through fun activities and investigations, Gold Class will explore the science behind plants and grow their own plant from either a seed or bulb. In addition, we will look at the structure of a plant, germination of seeds, and the dispersal of seeds.
Summer B: Super Scientists – Gold Class will have the opportunity to learn about scientists and their discoveries while developing their own 'working scientifically' skills. Super Scientists will extend their knowledge through a variety of fun, practical and informative activities, including investigating gravity, light, sound, medical science including reflexes and germs, as well as how to make a simple circuit.
Summer A: 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: Gymnastics/ sports day practice. PE Outdoor Wednesday : Sports day practice.
Summer B: TBC
Geography: Summer B
Beside the Seaside – We will be exploring the geographical features of the seaside, both human and physical. Gold Class will learn about seaside environments; finding out where they are in the United Kingdom and seaside resorts nearest their own locality using maps, aerial photographs, as well as developing their key vocabulary. Then, Gold Class will develop their geographical skills through fieldwork, inquiry and map-based activities (hopefully) by a trip to Llandudno to finish off our learning!
History: Summer A
The Great Fire of London/ Nantwich – We will be investigating the key events of the Great Fire of London. The children will have the opportunity to increase their awareness of the past by learning about what London was like in the 17th century and compare life in the 17th century to the present day and consider how some problems, such as the lack of an organised fire brigade and the type of buildings, caused the fire to spread. The children will also look at the Great Fire of Nantwich.
We will be exploring a music via Music Express this term. Our topics will focus on Story Time, Our Bodies, Travel and Water. Within these four units the children will explore the following: Use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes and play tuned and untuned instruments musically. They will listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music as well as experiment, create, select and combine sounds using various dimensions of music.
Summer A: Programming A – The children will develop an understanding of instructions in sequences and the use of logical reasoning to predict outcomes. They will use given commands in different orders to investigate how the order affects the outcome and learn about design in programming.
Summer B: Programming B – The children will continue their learning of programming to modify designs to create their own quiz questions in ScratchJr and realise these designs in ScratchJr using blocks of code. Finally, the children will learn how to evaluate their work and make improvements to their programming projects.
Art: Summer A
Fabricate – Gold Class will learn about two different textile techniques in this unit. First, we will be learning to weave paper and create our own sea placemats based on the work by Gunta Stolzl. Then we will learn to create artwork using wax resistant sticks and paint.
Design and Technology: Summer B
Fabric Faces – We will be exploring and become familiar with the names of different fabrics and learn how to choose and manipulate fabrics to create different effects. They will also learn how to join fabrics in a variety of ways. The running stitch will be introduced and then the children get the chance to apply all these skills to help them create their own fabric face.
Summer A: Gold Class will be exploring the theme of 'The Covenant' and the key question: How special is the relationship Jews have with God?
Summer B: The children will be exploring the key question: What is the best way for a Jew to show commitment to God? linked in with the theme of 'Rites of Passage and good works'.
Aiming High: The children will learn about having high aspirations. They will start by discussing positive views of themselves and will then identify how having a positive learning attitude can help them tackle and achieve new learning challenges and improve learning outcomes. Opportunities will also be provided for children to share aspirations for the future, about employment and personal goals.
Growing Up: This topic is an introduction to how we grow and change, both physically and emotionally. Children will learn about their own and others' bodies, gender stereotypes and different types of families. They will also learn about respecting their own and others' bodies, keeping their bodies safe and sharing their feelings in response to life experiences
Bug Club Certificates: Your child will be awarded certificates for reading 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 books on Bug Club.
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