Ysgol Glan Gele Infant School

Happy and secure as we all learn together

Welcome to the Lions Class!

Class Teacher: Mrs Laura Martin

 

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Angie Marr

 

Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Claire Twemlow

 

 Our Classroom

 

The Lions Class is a Year 2 class of 23 pupils. We work very, very hard in the Lions all year round!

 

Our classroom is divided into different Foundation Phase areas of learning, these areas are changed each half term to suit our topics. We work with Mrs Martin during our Immersion days to plan the activities in the areas to make sure they are challenging, fun and help us to learn more about our topic. We also have a lovely outdoor area and we have different learning areas outdoors too, these are also linked to our topics and ensure that we have access to different resources to further develop our skills.

 

Important information:

The class door is opened at 8.45 and the register is taken at 9am, please be in school before this time.

Fruit and milk are given for snack, this can be paid for weekly or half termly.

The Lions PE Day is a Wednesday, please ensure all kits are in school on this day.

During Term 1 we visit Abergele Leisure Centre on a Friday for Swimming lessons, please ensure we have our kits on this day and that any earrings are removed or are taped over if ears are newly pierced.

We post pictures of what we are up to on Twitter, download the app and follow us if you haven't already!

We use the SeeSaw app to liaise with our parents, this is free to download and is a great way of communicating so please get it if you don't have it already!

Lars the Eco Bear goes home with one child each week, please help your child to fill in his diary and include pictures/ drawings/ leaflets from his weekend.

Our 'Share Session' is on a Friday from 3.15, if you have any questions or concerns then the Lions staff will be available on this day.

 

As we are in Year 2 we have many responsibilities around the school. We have two School Council Members, two ECO Committee members, two pupils on the Fairtrade Committee and two school buddies who ensure that playtimes at Ysgol Glan Gele are safe and happy. We also have two pupils on the Entrepreneurial Committee and four pupils who are play rangers, their job is to help make play times fun! 

 

A school day in the Lions Class is always very busy and we are always working very hard. We have lots of opportunities to go on trips and visits and by the end of the year we aim to visit Bodelwyddan Castle, the RNLI, Talacre lighthouse, the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl, Tesco and the beach.

 

Our Class Rules are ‘to use our manners' and 'to look after each other’, we do these on a daily basis and make our grown ups very proud and pleased.

 

 

 Please find below an overview of the topics we are covering:

 

Term 1a - TUNNELS, TURRETS & TORTURE

Over the next 8 weeks we will be:

  • Over the next 7 weeks we will be:

    • Making catapults and carrying out an investigation
    • Building bridges
    • Exploring our hearing in an investigation
    • Making biscuit bridges and investigating them
    • Learning about Reversible and Irreversible changes
    • Learning about the artist Paul Klee and looking at his work ‘Castle and Sun’
    • Creating self Portraits
    • Designing and making shields
    • Creating castle paintings
    • Visiting Gwrych Castle
    • Finding out about people and jobs in Castles
    • Listening to, and writing, ‘The Great Escape’
    • Learning more about the features of castles
    • Finding out about castles in North Wales
    • Researching weapons used in the past
    • Planning and carrying out a Banquet
    • Going on our annual trip
    • Taking part in Glan Gele’s Got talent
    • Involved in lots of Transition activities
    • Taking part in Sports Day
    • Spending our Attendance Money on a lovely treat!

     

     

    as well as many other exciting activities!

 

 

TERM 1B - LAND AHOY!

 

Over the next 7 weeks we will be:

  • Visiting a lighthouse
  • Discovering lighthouses in Wales
  • Reading ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’
  • Designing disgusting sandwich fillers to scare the seagulls away!
  • Learning about circuits and their components
  • Lighting a bulb in a circuit
  • Learning about Grace Darling
  • Learning about the work of the RNLI
  • Identifying RNLI stations on a map of Britain
  • Hearing from a member of the RNLI
  • Identifying some of the seas and oceans around the world
  • Carrying out an investigation to find the best material to make a boat
  • Learning about water safety and making posters
  • Learning about pirates
  • Making pirate treasure maps
  • Programming a toy to move around a treasure map
  • Making our own lighthouses
  • Designing and making our own boats
  • Learning some pirate sea shanties and making our own
  • Learning the importance of e-safety
  • Re-writing the Christmas story
  • Visiting the cenotaph for Remembrance Day
  • Doing lots of Christmas craft!

as well as many other exciting activities!

TERM 2 - MOON ZOOM!

 

Over the next 10 weeks we will be:

 

  • Reading ‘The Man on the Moon’ story and linking lots of our work to it
  • Researching the planets and making a planet book
  • Writing postcards from the moon
  • Finding out about space history
  • Acting as investigators when investigating a crash landing
  • Writing newspaper reports
  • Gathering and recording data about space and the planets
  • Finding out about aliens
  • Designing aliens
  • Making Space Hubble pictures
  • Working in the style of the artist Peter Thorpe
  • Thinking of questions we would like to ask the man on the moon
  • Preparing questions for the astronaut Tim Peake
  • Carrying out a moon buggy investigation
  • Writing application forms to become astronauts
  • Carrying out a balloon powered rocket investigation
  • Making a solar system model
  • Creating space sounds and movements
  • Designing an alien spaceship
  • Making moon buggies
  • Using the green screen to make adverts for the moon
  • Planning and carrying out a space themed party
  • Finding out more about our capital city Cardiff
  • Learning Dawnsio Gwerin and taking part in the school Eisteddfod
  • Making Welsh cakes
  • Eating pancakes!
  • Finding out about a day in the life of a Fairtrade farmer
  • Learning about Fairtrade around the world
  • Finding out about India
  • Tasting different Indian food
  • Learning more about the Indian way of life

 

as well as many other exciting activities!

The Scented Garden - Term 3a

 

During this half term, we will be...

  • Creating observational drawings of plants and flowers
  • Learning about the artist Vincent Van Gogh and re-creating some of his work in our own styles
  • Creating lyrics to a song to teach people how to plant a bulb/ seeds
  • Creating large scale versions of leaves and flower heads from the rainforest
  • Taking part in a creative project where we will be planning, designing, making, modifying and evaluating our work
  • Creating floral collages inspired by the work of famous artists
  • Learning about flowers and flower arranging from Mrs Roberts
  • Following the Physical Literacy scheme in our PE sessions
  • Learning how to stay safe on the internet
  • Understanding what ‘disappointment’ means and how we can deal with it
  • Learning about ‘honesty’ and how important it is to be honest
  • Visiting Pentre Mawr to find out what plants and flowers grow there
  • Making maps, lists and powerpoint presentations about our findings in Pentre Mawr park
  • Creating a map of our Forest School area
  • Studying our school grounds and offering ideas on how to improve them further
  • Carrying out a Flora and Fauna survey
  • Learning about the rainforest and comparing the features to our country
  • Finding out where different rainforests are located on a map of the world
  • Visiting Bodnant Garden to find out about its history and the plants and flowers that they have there
  • Listening to the stories of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and ‘The creation’
  • Learning about newspapers and writing our own reports during Literacy Week
  • Representing data in various ways and analysing it during Numeracy Week
  • Learning about our 5 senses and taking part in different senses activities
  • Finding out if plants really do grow towards the light
  • Planning and creating a fantasy garden
  • Making lemon and lavender biscuits
  • Finding out if seeds can be transported during our ‘what’s on your wellies’ investigation
  • Finding out how plants and flowers transport water

as well as many other exciting activities!