Gold 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Gold Class!
A very warm welcome to Gold Class. We are a Year 1/2 class and we are taught by Miss Wright and Mrs Lister on a Wednesday afternoon. Gold Class is supported by Miss Grindley(1:1), Mr Richards(1:1), Mrs Inskip(1:1) and Mrs Bedford(1:1). In class we are hard workers, enthusiasic learners and amazing pupils! Come and see what we are learning this autumn term.
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.’
At Weston, we follow a mastery approach to learning mathematics. 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. The children in year 2 will be learning about numbers to 100, addition and subtraction, money and multiplication. We will be continuing our mini-maths work in a morning which strengthens our arithmetic skills.
Our English in the autumn term will focus on the following books. The Naughty Bus (F), Stanley’s Stick (F), The Missing Elf (F), Sidney, Stella and the Moon (NF) and Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes (P).
In addition, we will be having a weekly ‘Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar’ session and guided reading. On Fridays, we complete handwriting tasks following the Twinkl continuous cursive scheme. In addition to their English lessons, everyone will have a 20-minute phonics lesson using the Read Write Inc scheme of work.
Science - Animals (Autumn A) and Seasonal Changes (Autumn B)
Gold Class will learn about mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. They will think about the needs of different pets and become familiar with the terms carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. They will then explore seasonal changes through fun activities and investigations. We will look at how animals and humans adapt in different seasons.
History - War and Remembrance (Autumn B)
War and Remembrance – Gold Class will learn about this significant event in British and global history: The First World War and Remembrance Day. The children will also find out about Walter Tull, a significant individual in British history who was the first black British Army officer. They will deepen their historical awareness and understanding by studying photographs. As well as finding out why and how Remembrance Day is marked, we will explore the experiences of soldiers in the trenches, the animals who helped them and the importance of women's roles on the Home Front.
Geography - Wonderful Weather (Autumn A)
We will be exploring different types of weather in their immediate environment along with the four seasons. The children will then build on this knowledge by exploring hot and cold areas of the world and the impact of weather types. Children will have opportunities to observe and record the weather and present their own weather forecasts.
Art and Design - Miro
We will learn about the Spanish Catalan artist, Joan Mirό, inspiring them with colour, fun, dreams, and nonsense as they create their own pieces of art. They will learn all about his Magical Realist paintings, drawing on their own experiences to create dream-like pictures about their own lives. The children will love using their imaginations as they delve into Mirό’s Surrealist paintings and sculptures, learning new techniques and making their own unique, colourful, and exciting artworks.
Design and Technology - Moving Pictures (Autumn B)
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.
Computing - Computer Skills and Word Processing
First we will look 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 such as ‘Bug Club’. Gold Class will then apply their trackpad skills by launching applications and opening and saving files and folders. Then Gold Class will learn basic typing and word processing skills. They will begin to learn how to type with two hands, use the shift, space and enter key properly, and edit work by using the backspace, delete and arrow keys. Finally, they will go on to learn how to use undo and redo and to select and format text.
Computing is taught by Mrs Lister.
PE (Outdoor) - Early team sports
We will be looking at attacking, fielding, defending and striking during outdoor P.E where we will be focusing on the skills used for team sports.
PE (Indoor) - Bouncing and catching
The children will be developing their skills in bouncing and catching following a set programme by Amaven
RE - Christianity
Gold Class will be exploring beliefs about Jesus, his teachings and miracles. We will look to answer the following questions. Who do Christians follow? Why is Jesus important to Christians? How did people change when they met Jesus? Why did Jesus tell the ‘lost’ parable? We will then explore celebrations and important events, including weddings, infant baptism & Christmas. We will look to answer the following questions. How & why do Christians have special ways of welcoming babies? How do they show they belong? How do Christians celebrate marriage?
Gold Class will be encouraged to read as many books using our interactive reading scheme. As an incentive the children will be awarded certificates for 25 Bronze, 50 Silver, 75 Gold and 100 Platinum books read. I wonder who will get there first this year? Click on the Bug to access the Bug Club website.
Supermovers. Is a BBC website that helps children learn their times tables in a fun and exciting way. Our focus this year is the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. There are also videos for English too.
Click on the images to direct you to each website.
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