Welcome to Class Goldsworthy's Website!
We will be using this website to tell you all about the interesting things we have been learning and to let you know about our plans for the following week.
We are Class Goldsworthy. We are named after the British artist and sculptor, Andy Goldsworthy. We have 19 children in our class. The teachers in our class are: Miss Child, Mrs Nasir, Mrs Rafiq and Miss Kitcher.
Reading books will be changed on a weekly basis during guided reading sessions. Children will also select books from the school library take home and read. We aim to change library books at least once a week. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day, as we encourage reading whenever possible.
Our P.E. days for this half term are Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school on these days (this includes a T shirt, jogging bottoms/shorts and a pair of pumps). It is also important that children do not wear earrings or any other type of jewellery during PE, as it can be a safety risk.
Each half term a 'Homework Challenge' sheet will be sent home. This will contain 6 or more challenges that link into the current topic we are studying. You can then select one challenge to complete per weekend. The majority of this work should be completed by the child, with support and guidance given from adults at home. Don't forget to bring your homework challenges back with you on Monday morning, so your work can be shared with everyone in our class! A copy of the homework challenges can always be found on the class webpage.
Spellings will also be sent home on a weekly basis. Please practise reading and spelling these words at home as much as possible, in preparation for Spelling Quiz the following week.
Week commencing: 12th June 2017
English - This week we are continuing to learn about rainforests around the world. We will be learning about the different features and writing a report about them. We will be using different sentences types, making interesting word choices and thinking of other ways we can improve our writing.
Maths - This week we are revising vertical addition and subtraction, using these skills to help solve missing number problems.
Topic - We will be continuing on with the rainforest work we started last week. We will be learning about rainforest habitats and will be researching the animals, plants and physical landscape features that are there. We will be using our map skills to identify where different rainforests are located in the world. We will be using our creative skills to produce different rainforest animals to display in the classroom.
Week commencing: 5th June 2017
English - We are starting our new topic 'Rainforest Explorers'. We will be writing non-fiction texts linked to this new topic. We will be using different types of sentences and thinking about how to use adjectives and adverbs to improve our writing. We will be concentrating on our spelling and punctuation. We will be making sure we check and edit our writing carefully.
Maths - This week we will be revising doubling and halving and using these skills to solve different problems. We will also be using our knowledge of estimation to help is solve addition and subtraction problems.
Topic - The focus for this week is developing our knowledge and understanding of rainforests. We will be learning about rainforest habitats and will be researching the animals, plants and physical landscape features that are there. We will be using our map skills to identify where different rainforests are located in the world. We will be using our creative skills to produce different rainforest animals to display in the classroom.
Week commencing: 15th May 2017
English - In our English lessons this week we are writing about the text 'The Pirates Next Door'. We are aiming to use lots of different writing skills, to make our work interesting to read. Our key focuses will be on using: contractions, adverbs, adjectives and different types of sentences.
Maths - In maths we will spend the week revising fractions, multiplication and division. We will be reminding ourselves how to answer mental arithmetic questions and problem solving and reasoning questions. We will be rehearsing counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s.
Topic - In our topic work we will be continuing to explore maps, identifying the 5 oceans and 7 continents. We will also be learning about 'secrets' and 'surprises' and the difference between them.
Week commencing: 8th May 2017
English - In our English lessons this week we are reading the text 'The Pirates Next Door' bu Jonny Duddle. We will be rewriting the text thinking about how to include different types of punctuation (speech marks, question marks, commas, exclamation marks) to make our writing even more interesting. We will work through the text section by section, to really focus on the skills we are developing. We will also be answering questions about the text, using our inference skills.
Maths - In maths this week we are revising 2D and 3D shape. We start each lesson with mental maths challenges, to keep refreshing our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Topic - In our topic work this week we are reviewing the theme of 'respect'. We will be considering what it looks like, sounds like and feels like. We will also be exploring maps and learning to identify oceans and continents on a globe, map or atlas.
Week commencing: 24th April 2017
English - In our English lessons this week we are launching our new pirate topic. We will be reflecting on what we already know about pirates and will be considering what we would like to learn more about. This will be used to guide our future lessons. We will be learning interesting facts about pirates and recording these using different types of punctuation. We will be starting to create our own pirate characters.
Maths - In maths this week we are revisiting the different strategies we can use for addition and subtraction calculations. We will also be revisiting different maths topics, including time and shape.
Topic - We are reviewing the different chick adventures that your chicks went on during the holiday. In Design Technology (DT), we will be using our skills to create different pirate props. In Religious Education (RE) we will be learning about the environment around it and considering what is man made and what is naturally occuring. Over the next few weeks we will be learning about different creation stories and considering similarities and differences within them.
Week commencing: 27th March 2017
English - In our English lessons this week we will be writing about the life-cycle of a butterfly, considering what happens at each stage. We will be practising and developing our writing skills by using contracted words (can't, won't, don't, didn't, couldn't) and adverbs.
Maths - We are continuing to learn about time. We will be solving problems related to time and then will move onto compare and sequence intervals of time.
Topic - We are keeping a close eye on our class caterpillars, as we hope they will be changing into chrysalides soon! We will be updating our caterpillar diaries. In our other topic work, we are learning about microhabitats and will be exploring the different areas that minibeasts may choose to live.
Week commencing: 20th March 2017
English - Last week we worked very hard finding out lots of different facts about our chosen minibeasts. We had a huge range of different creepy crawlies being researched, including mosquitoes, black widow spiders and stick insects! We found out lots of incredibly facts about them all. This week we will be writing a non-chronological report. We will be learning about the different features of these reports, such as headings, subheadings, photographs etc.
Maths - This week we are starting to learn about time. We will be revising how to tell the time to o'clock, half past and quarter to/past. We will be starting to learn how to tell the time to five minute intervals on the clock (e.g. ten past two, twenty five past seven). Please continue to practise this skills as much as you can at home.
Topic - This week we will start to keep a caterpillar diary, to help us monitor how our caterpillars change. We will also be learning about the importance of Mother's Day and thinking about the special people in our lives.
Week commencing: 13th March 2017
English - Research and plan a non-chronological report about a minibeast of our choice. Reading non-fiction texts and using the internet safely to search for information. We will then be organising this and creating a plan for our writing.
Maths - We are revising place values, reviewing how many tens and ones are contained in each two-digit number. We will then use this to help us add and subtract two two-digit numbers. We will be learning about the column method of addition.
Topic - On Friday, we received some very exiting post... a cupful of caterpillars! We will be observing these caterpillars over the next few weeks and will be learning about their special life cycle.
Week commencing: 6th March 2017
English - This week we are playing lots of different games to help improve our spelling, punctuation and grammar. We will be sorting different word types (nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs) and thinking about how we use these in a sentence. We will practice writing sentences using different types of punctuation, including question marks and exclamation marks.
Maths - We are learning about fractions of shapes and numbers. We will be learning how to identify 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of a shape, quantity or object.
Topic - This week we will be launching our new topic 'Creepy Crawlies'. We will be thinking about what we already know about creepy crawlies and will start to research them. We will be going on a 'bug hunt' around school to see what we can find! We also have two exciting events happening this week. On Thursday we will be meeting our new 'Sing Out to Reach Out' partners for the first time. We will be getting to know each other and listening to different songs being performed. On Friday we have a visit from 'Meet a Creature'. They will be bringing a selection of small animals into school for us to see and hold!
Week commencing: 27th February 2017
English - This week we are looking at different sentence types and word types. We will be learning how to write contractions, such as didn't, I've and couldn't. We will also be revising how to write commands and how to use expanded noun phrases.
Maths - We will be revising our work on shape from last half term. We will also be learning about position and rotation. Toward the end of the week we will be starting to learn about fractions.
Topic - On Tuesday we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday by making our own pancakes. On Thursday we will be celebrating World Book Day. We will be sharing our favourite bedtime stories. Don't forget that we can wear our pyjamas to school on that day, too!
Week Commencing: 13th February 2017
English - This week we are writing a recount of our trip to the Manchester Airport Visitor Center. We will be learning the different features of a recount (e.g. time connectives, chronological order, points of view etc) and how to use these features within our writing.
Maths- In mathematics, we are learning about data collection and statistics. We will be finding out about different methods of collecting data, such as tally charts, block graphs and pictograms. We will be learning how to interpret these and how to create our own.
Topic- In art we will be continuing to make and decorate our hot air balloons. In history we will be learning about Amy Johnson and why she was such a significant individual. In PSHE we will continue to develop our teamwork and problem solving skills.
Week Commencing: 6th February 2017
English - This week we are writing biographies about Amelia Earhart. We will be research facts and then planning and writing biographies about this famous aviator. We will be learning about the different features of biographies, such as the index, contents page and headings.
Maths- In mathematics, we are learning about 3D shapes. We will be investigating the different properties of the shapes, focussing on the edges, vertices and faces. We will be exploring which 2D shapes we can find on the faces of the 3D shapes.
Topic- We will be taking part in Internet Safety Week at school. As part of this, we will be learning how to keep ourselves safe when on the internet. This includes reviewing which games and websites are appropriate for us to use. In our other subjects, we will be decorating and developing our hot air balloons. In PSHE and RE we are reviewing our class rules.
Don't forget: Our school trip is on Friday 10th February. Please be in school for 8.30am. You will need to wrap up warm and wear a sensible coat and shoes, as we will be outside during the day.
Week Commencing: 30th January 2017
English - This week we are taking part in 'National Storytelling Week'. We will be creating, writing and performing our own stories based on the theme of 'Journeys'. We will use the wordless book 'Journey' by Aaron Becker as a stimulus for our writing. We will be learning how to plan and structure a story.
Maths- In mathematics, we are moving on to learn about 2D and 3D shapes. We will be exploring the properties of these shapes.
Topic- We will be learning about the history of flight in preparation for our exciting school trip to Manchester Airport. We will look at how air travel has changed over time and will be creating our own timeline of different modes of transport. In Computing, we are continuing to develop our skills by saving and retrieving documents.
Please note: A Year Two trip to Manchester Airport has been arranged for Friday 10th February. Please return your consent forms as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of the Year Two Team.
Week Commencing: 23rd January 2017
English - This week we are continuing to look at the film 'Soar'. We will be learning how to consider events from the perspectives of different characters. We will be writing diaries and letters.
Maths- In mathematics, we continuing to learn about money. Our focus for this week will be on giving change.
Topic- In RE and PSHE we will be evaluating our class rules. We will also be learning about Chinese New Year and considering how and why it is celebrated. We will be taking part in our own Chinese New Year celebrations, as part of an exciting activity morning on Friday!
Week Commencing: 16th January 2017
English - This week we are looking at the story ‘Soar’ (available on the Literacy Shed website). We will be using adjectives and adverbs to write a description of the characters and the setting of the story. We will then move onto write our own interpretation of the story.
Maths- In mathematics, we are learning the value of coins, adding them to make different amounts and starting to learn about calculating change. We will use our knowledge of multiplication and division to help us.
Topic- In RE we are learning about the 5 pillars of Islam. In music we will be learning about beat, pulse and rhythm. In history, we will be considering how transport has changed over time.
Week Commencing: 9th January 2017
English - We are now moving on to read the text 'This is the Bear' by the author Sarah Hayes. We will be developing a number of writing skills this week, such as using question marks and speech marks. We will also continue to use ambitious words in our writing and will be using dictionaries to develop this skill.
Maths - We are starting to learn about money. We will start the week by ordering coins and notes by size. We will then move onto work out the values of different groups of coins, using our addition skills. We will also investigate different ways of making amounts e.g. how many different ways can we make 12p?
Topic - In science we will be investigating changes over time. We will be planning and carrying out an experiment and then recording our observations. In art we will start to create 3D paper sculptures. In geography, we will start to think about our local area and consider the physical and human features that are present.
Week Commencing: 2nd January 2017
Happy New Year! It is lovely to see everyone back in school after the Christmas holidays. I hope you all had a lovely break.
English - We are reading the story of 'Old Bear' by Jane Hissey. We will be imagining how Old Bear felt when he was in the attic. We will be developing our use of adjectives and adverbs to describe the characters in the story. We will also be thinking creatively, and planning our own way to help Old Bear escape from the attic.
Maths - We are revisiting division. Our focus this week is justifying and demonstrating our answers. We will also be recording our calculations using the division symbol. Later in the week we will be moving on to learn about how to divide using a number line (repeated subtraction).
Topic - This week we are starting our new topic work! We are carrying out scientific investigations to observe how different materials react when we bend, stretch, squash or twist them. We will be recording our observations and discussing our findings. We are also developing our team work skills by working in a group to design and make a way of rescuing Old Bear from the attic.
Please Note: Our PE days have now changed to Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that you bring your PE kits on these days.
Week Commencing: 12th December 2016
English - We are looking at poetry this week. We will be reading and performing different dragon poems.
Maths - We are revising a lot of the skills we have learnt this half term and applying these to different mathematical problems.
Topic - This week we will continue to learn more about how Christmas is celebrated. In our design and technology work, we will be continuing to build our dragons.
Week Commencing: 5th December 2016
English - We are continuing to learn about the Great Fire of London. This week we will focus on creating a description of a setting. We will imagine what it was like to be near the Great Fire of London and use descriptive language to explain what we can hear, see and smell. We will also be learning about Samuel Pepys and writing our own versions of his diary.
Maths - We are learning about multiplication and division. We will be thinking about the different ways that problems can be represented e.g. through grouping, repeated addition, using the multiplication symbol. We will also be using our multiplication and division skills to solve mathematical problems
Topic - We are continuing to create our dragon models. We will also be taking part in scientific experiments to investigate the properties of different materials. In RE we will start to learn about Christmas and will be learning about the different traditions associated with Christmas.
Week Commencing: 28th November 2016
English - We are starting to learn about the Great Fire of London. We will be researching the events that happened and learning how to create timelines.
Maths - We are continuing to learn about multiplication. We will be recording repeated addition calculations (e.g. 5 + 5 + 5 = 15) and learning how to make arrays. We will then start to learn how to use the multiplication symbol 'x' to record our work.
Topic - We are starting to create our dragons using papier mache. We will be using the iPads to record a presentation about our Dragon Egg.
Week Commencing: 21st November 2016
English - Our Dragon's egg has finally hatched! We now have a baby dragon living in our classroom. We voted on her name and decided that she will be called Victoria. Our job this week is to 'train' our dragon. We will be writing recounts to explain how we are training her. We will be learning how to use different sentences types (
e.g. exclamations, statements) and using different and interesting vocabulary in our writing.
Maths - We are moving on to learn about multiplication this week .We will be using objects and pictures to group items. Remember to keep practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as this will be really useful to help with your multiplication skills.
Topic - In our topic work we are examining the properties of materials. We are continuing to think about the designs of our dragons. In RE we are researching the meaning behind our names and learning how people welcome new life.
Week Commencing: 14th November 2016
English - *To be updated*
Maths - We are focusing on measuring weight using standard units (kg and g). We will be comparing, estimating and measuring weight.
Topic - We are taking part in anti-bullying week by considering what 'bullying' means and what we can do about it. We will be thinking about how to be good friends and how to work together. In our other topic work we are starting to design our own dragons, thinking carefully about the features and materials we could include.
Week Commencing: 7th November 2016
English - We are learning the stories of 'The Little Red Hen' and 'Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza'. We will be using these as a starting point for creating our own stories. We will be thinking about what else the hen could make in our new stories. We will also be continuing our work in instruction and writing different types of sentences. Our focus will be on making our writing more interesting by using a range of adjectives and adverbs.
Maths - We are focusing on measuring length using rulers and tape measures. We will also be comparing measures using the symbols < and >. As part of our home work we will be learning to read and write numbers as words.
Topic - We are starting our work on materials by studying and describing the materials we use to make bread. We will look at the changes that happen as a result of cooking and conduct and experiment to learn about the effects of warmth and moisture on dried yeast. We will also be taking part in events to commemorate Remembrance Day.
This is another exciting week in Year 2. First we will be enjoying BREAD DAY. On Monday we will all be learning how to make bread rolls which we will then sell to parents.
On Tuesday we will be meeting Trish Cooke, a famous children's author, to learn all about how she gets her ideas for stories and asking her how we can make our own stories even better.
Welcome back everybody!
It is fantastic to see you all again after the summer holidays. You are all looking very smart in your new school uniforms!
We have a new, exciting topic to start our year with. This half term we are learning all about Superheroes! We will be thinking what makes a 'hero' and a 'villain'. We will be using popular characters, such as the Incredibles, to study different superpowers and then using these to create our own superheroes. We will also be thinking about heroes in our own lives, such as the Police or Doctors and Nurses. Please have a look at our topic web to see an overview of the different curriculum areas.
We are collecting tinned and dried foods to help support our local community. All food collected will be donated to the Food Bank in Dewsbury and use to support families in need.
Suitable types of food include: dried pasta, rice, tins of beans, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, biscuits, flour, tea, coffee and sugar.
Food will be collected in a basket by the school office.
English - We will be reading to story 'Sam's Sandwich' and using this as a stimulus to plan our own disguisting sandwiches. We will be starting to look at alliteration and rhyme. We will be looking at different sentence types and considering which types of sentence we use to write instructions.
Maths - We are looking at subtraction. We will be using apparatus to support our calculations and looking at the patterns in addition and subtraction.
Topic - This week we are learning about healthy eating and living. We will be considering the importance of exercise and having a healthy diet. We are also reviewing internet safety as we will be practising logging onto our Purple Mash accounts.
English - This week we are continuing to learn about Supertato! We are reading text about this character, called 'Supertato: Veggies Assemble'. We will be using this story to plan our own Supertato adventure. We will be creating story maps and thinking about how to structure our stories.
Maths - We are continuing our work on calculation. We are learning how to add two 2-digit numbers together using a 100 square and a blank number line.
Topic - This week will be leading an assembly about the Harvest Festival. We will be telling Year One all about our activities. In our topic work we will be evaluating our Supertato models.
English - This week we have started the new story 'Supertato' which is all about a superhero potato who saves his friends from some evil frozen peas! We will be developing our drama skills by interviewing characters from the text and planning questions to ask them. We will also be creating wanted posters to help us find the 'Evil Pea' character.
Maths - We are continuing our work on calculation. We are learning how to add two 2-digit numbers, practically. We will be using maths equipment and diagrams to show our working out. Later in the week we will be learning how to use blank number lines to add two digit numbers together together.
Topic - This week we will be busy harvesting potatoes, as part of our cross-curricular work for English, RE and Science. We will also be using our creative design skills to make our own Supertato's using potatoes that we have harvested.
English - We are going to create our own superheroes and write character descriptions. We will be designing logos using the netbooks as well as making models of our characters.
Maths - We are continuing our work on calculation. We will be using our knowledge of number bonds and place value in lots of different situations. We will be going on treasure hunts outside, using the giant 100 square in the hall and playing games where we have to keep score.
Topic - In our topic work we will learn about the significance of Harvest Festival and contribute to a Harvest festival collection in support of a local charity. We will continue to explore the use of different media to create self- portraits, looking at the work of Andy Warhol for inspiration.
English - We are continuing to describe familiar characters from the film 'The Incredibles'. We will be thinking about what type of information needs to be included in a character description and learning how to organise this information.
Maths - In maths we are learning how to recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently. We are also developing our skills in using our knowledge of number bonds to recall related number facts to 100.
Topic - In our science work we are starting to explore the names of the bones in our bodies. In art we are continuing to create self portraits, but we are now moving on to explore different mediums. We will also be thinking about our school value of 'positivity' and what it means to us.
Monday 12th September 2016
English - We will be using adjectives to describe the different characters from 'The Incredibles'. We are aiming to develop and extend our vocabulary by using a range of adjectives to describe the different aspects of a character e.g. appearance, personality, their skills/powers. We will be learning how to use dictionaries to check the meaning of unfamiliar words.
Maths - In maths we are developing our mental maths skills by counting on from a number. We will be learning how to lock a number into our heads and then count on from that number. We are also continuing to learn about place value and explaining what each digit in a number represents. We will then be using this knowledge to solve problems.
Topic - In our science work we are starting to explore the human body. We will be learning about the skeleton and finding out about the importance and jobs of the different bones we have. We will also be thinking about our school value of 'responsibility' and what it means to us.
Special Events - On Tuesday 13th September we will be holding an 'Eid Extravaganza!' in school. We will be having a Fashion Show on Tuesday morning, so you can show your wonderful Eid outfits to everyone.