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Gorefield Primary Academy

Gorefield Primary Academy

Caring, sharing, thinking, learning


Welcome to Goodall class!

Hello! We are Goodall class, Miss Boor is our teacher and Miss Tanner and Mrs Stott are our learning assistants.


Autumn 2021


This term our topic is Explorers, we will be learning about what it takes to be an explorer and follow the journeys of four significant explorers.


Our PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays, please send your child to school in appropriate clothing on these days.


In English, we will begin with ‘Grandad’s Island’, using the story to explore the different features that make up sentences to enable the children to write a letter describing the Island from the story using all their senses.


In Maths, Year 1 will begin by learning about the place value of numbers within 10. We will be learning about the different ways that numbers can be represented and how these numbers compare to each other. Following this we will draw upon our understanding of place value to add and subtract numbers within 10. The children will be encouraged to independently choose the resources that they would like to use to enable them to solve their equations. Towards the end of term we will be learning about 2D and 3D shape so that we are able to recognise, name and make patterns with shapes.


Year 2 will also be looking at place value, addition and subtraction, extending their understanding from 50 up to 100. We will also be drawing upon our reading skills to help us to understand and solve worded problems, as well as encouraging the children to choose a written method to find the answer. Closer to Christmas Year 2 will be applying their addition and subtraction knowledge to money to enable them to find the total cost of products and the change that they should receive.


In science this term, we will be exploring the impact that exercise has on our bodies by investigating what happens when we do different exercises for varying lengths of time. Following this we will be learning about the basic needs of humans and animals as well as both humans and animals change as they grow. Towards the end of term we will be investigating the properties of materials to design and test our own small boats, using our understanding of materials to predict and make observations.


In topic, we will be learning about Christopher Columbus, Ibn Battuta, Neil Armstrong and Robert Falcon Scott. Throughout the term we will be learning facts about these explorers and developing our understanding of the world to track their journeys. During our art lessons we will be inspired by David Hockney to create landscapes using different media and techniques. Within DT we will be drawing upon our science work to design a balanced meal, with the extra challenge of selecting foods which would be suitable for an explorer to take with them on their journey.

Home Learning


At the beginning of the term the children will be sent home with a homework book that contains a list of activities linked to our topic to 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.


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.