Welcome to Goodall Class!
Hello! We are Goodall Class, Miss Boor is our teacher and Miss Tanner and Mrs Bullard are our learning assistants.
This term our topic is 'Enchanted Woodland'. Within this topic we will be find out about a range of different habitats including woodlands and explore a range of opportunities to develop our fieldwork skills.
Our PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays, please send your child to school in appropriate clothing on these days.
In English, we are beginning the Summer term with 'Little Red Riding Hood' by Lari Don. We will be considering how we can adapt this story to make it our own by changing two of the characters and the setting. Along the way to completing our final narrative we will be creating character descriptions and diary entries.
In Maths, Year 1 will be starting a new unit where they will be introduced to multiplication and division for the first time. We will be drawing upon knowledge from the Spring term when we learnt how to count in twos, fives and tens, using this to help us to count up total amounts easier and solve problems. Following this we will be beginning our work with fractions to identify and find halves and quarters of shapes, numbers and quantities.
Year 2 will be starting the Summer term by continuing our work on fractions beginning with identifying and finding a third, two quarters and three quarters of shapes, numbers or quantities. Before moving on to our new maths unit we will be working on solving word problems involving fractions. Following this we will be working with length and height to extend our understanding of how to measure these and considering the difference between centimetres and metres.
In science this term, we will be finding out about living things and their habitats. We will be focusing on three main themes: exploring the different types of habitat and the living things that inhabit these, classifying living things and objects as living, dead or non-living and finding out what food chains are. The Year 2's will be supporting within our science lessons to become our 'experts' demonstrating what they can recall from their science lessons last year to support the Year 1's and extend their own understanding.
In art, we will be studying a piece of art work by Matisse to consider how he used colour, shape and pattern. We will be exploring the different types of printing and using sketching as deliberate practice to help us to plan what our final piece of art work will look like.
In geography, we will be linking with our habitat work in science to deepen our understanding of the features of a woodland habitat. We will also be developing our fieldwork skills through deliberate practice to use compasses, read OS maps and create sketch maps. Towards the end of the Summer term we will be completing a fieldwork enquiry.
In RE, we will be starting the Summer term by learning about a ceremony from Judaism and Sikhism. We will be considering what we already know about Sikhism to support our new learning.
Friday 11th March has been a very exciting day! The children all dressed up as villains from different stories and films. This week we have been reading and doing lots of activites based around the book 'Inside the Villains' by Clotilde Perrin. We focused on the giant and created our own giant to base a letter on giving the reasons we should be the giant to star in the next new story.
World Book Day
This year our World Book Day had a Roald Dahl theme.
Each of the children were given a wooden spoon to decorate at home, they were all bursting with excitement present their spoon to the class. They were all able to explain which character their spoon represented and the book that their character came from.
Across the day we read several chapters from Fantastic Mr Fox and tried to infer how the characters might be feeling at different points in the story.
This term our topic is 'My life in Gorefield', we will be learning about our village to consider the geographical features and how aspects of the village has changed over time.
Our PE days are Mondays and Fridays, please send your child to school in appropriate clothing on these days.
In English, we will begin with ‘Stardust’ by Jeanne Willis, using the story to explore the different features that make up sentences to enable the children to write our own version of the story with a focus on how and why the main character is jealous.
In Maths, Year 1 will begin by learning about addition and subtraction within 20. We will be learning different strategies that we can solve addition and subtraction equations and simple worded problems, as well as beginning to explore reasoning problems as a class. Following this we will expand our understanding of place value all the way to 50. We will be developing our understanding of tens and ones to help us to understand different representations and solve problems linked to place value. Towards the end of term we will be starting our work on measurement, beginning with length and height before moving onto weight and mass.
Year 2 will be starting the Spring term by learning the different strategies to multiply and divide to consider how we can take our practical strategies taught in Year 1 and move to written methods. We will again be having a daily focus on understanding and solving worded problems to develop confidence towards these. Following this we will be introducing statistics to help us to interpret and use tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams so that we are able answer questions based on these. During the second half of the Spring term we will begin with work on 2D and 3D shapes to consider the different properties that shapes have before moving on to fractions in the weeks before the Easter holidays.
In science this term, we will be investigating the different properties that materials have. We will be using our findings to help us to create model houses which are strong enough to withstand different weather conditions, including rain and wind. Following the half term, we will be beginning a unit on plants to consider the conditions needed for plants to grow, we will also be planting seeds and bulbs to observe and describe what we notice as they grow into mature plants.
In topic, we will be learning about our local area to consider the different physical and human features that we can spot during a walk around our village. We will also be considering how these geographical features compare to those within Wisbech, using Venn diagrams to compare the village and town. Within this topic we will also have a history focus to consider how farming has changed over time. During our art lessons we will be investigating how we can use water colour paints to create tints and tones of different colours. Within DT we will be exploring how we can shape and carve patterns into clay to initially create a patterned flat tile before moving on to create a patterned thumb pot that could be used for planting a seed.
At the beginning of the topic a homework list was added to our Class Dojo page which contained a list of activities linked to our topic which can be completed weekly, please can photos of completed work be added to Class Dojo.
We expect children to be reading at home daily to enable them to apply their phonics and develop fluency. Please use: ‘What is … doing?’, ‘Who (action relating to a character)?’, ‘Why do you think…?’, ‘How do you know…?’ and ‘What do you think…?’ as sentence starters to help develop their understanding and comprehension. To extend their reading you could ask your child to write a sentence to answer a question that you have asked them.
Each week an overview will be posted to Class Dojo detailing the learning for the coming week, as well as suggestions of activities to do at home to consolidate and extend this learning.
Times tables are an important part of Maths. Throughout Year 2 and towards the end of Year 1 children will be learning about and solving problems involving their times tables. To support their rapid recall of these please encourage your child to use TTRockstars regularly.