Willow News October 2020

We have had such a lovely couple of weeks in Willow Class, we can hardly believe the first term is coming to an end! We have really enjoyed writing space narratives and lucky Maple Class will receive them as a gift. During Maths, Year 5 have been learning about negative numbers and Roman numerals whilst Year 4 have been ordering large numbers. Reading is always exciting as we study our class novel, Cosmic, which has us laughing every day!

In History, we have continued to learn about the Viking invasions and settlement during the Anglo-Saxon era in Britain. Science is always a favourite time and we have been learning about different historical theories of our solar system and the work of Aristotle, Ptolemy and Copernicus. During RE lessons, we are learning about the Five Pillars of Islam, focusing on Sawm (ask your child all about it). PHSE is another highlight of the week. During these lessons, we learn how to stay happy and healthy including considering why smoking and alcohol are unhealthy. We have also consolidated our learning about how to stay safe online. In Forest, as well as drilling our own conkers, we have also made friendship bracelets and begun to learn how to use a compass for map work. In football, we continue to play mini matches with Mr Phillips, our football coach. 

Although equality in our school is at the forefront of ethos and learning, Black History Month has been a particularly poignant time. From sharing books and poems to learning about the Empire, Windrush and how to tackle racism , we have had a truly engaging month!

As well as our in-class learning, there is much to be celebrated out of school. We would like to say a special congratulations to Owain, who wowed us all by gaining his black belt in Tae Kwando and Mia-Rose for winning a medal for her part in a gymnastics team competition. As well as these brilliant sporting achievements, Jacob received a certificate and badge for completing the Summer Doodlemaths Challenge. Well done to those children. We are very proud of your achievements!

 

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I can’t believe we are in our third week already. They say time flies when you are having fun! We certainly are having a super time across the curriculum. In DT, we are learning about bread. After milling our own flour in Forest School, we were able to make fire pit bread. We were also able to test our compass skills with some Geography field work. PE has been so much fun and we look forward to the football coach’s return on Friday.

In Maths, we have loved learning to round numbers and in Writing we have created a setting and character description ahead of our space narrative next week. In Science, we have considered how the tilt of the Earth causes seasons. We were particularly interested in theories of how the Earth may have acquired its tilt in the first place! Studying Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic in Guided Reading is still a class favourite as we wait with excitement to discover how Liam Digby ends up stranded in outer space! 

Moving on from our learning last year about the Celts, in History, we are looking at what life was like for the Anglo-Saxons before the Viking invasions. We were particularly surprised to find that they had to drink ale, beer or mead instead of water. Ask your child why! Thursday is always a favourite afternoon as the children have: Music, where they are considering rhythm using dance, sign language and body percussion; Computing, where they are learning to code and French with the lovely Veronique. We look forward to what week four will bring!

 

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Willow News September 2020

We have had a fantastic start to the year in Willow Class! In Maths, we have enjoyed using our Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach to learning when considering place value and we are really enjoying Times Table Club!

In Guided Reading, we have started to study our new class novel, Cosmic. We can’t wait until the end of the day, for Story Time, so we can share the next instalment of Liam Digby’s adventures. In writing, we started by writing our autobiographies and have continued by creating haikus.

We  loved Science, where we have begun to learn about Earth and our solar system and look forward to making sundials. In Art, we have been learning watercolour techniques and have stared to use our skills to paint Indian corn.  History has been an absolute favourite. After recapping on our learning from last year about the Romans, we have moved on to look at what life would have been like for Anglo-Saxons.

Finally in Forest, as well as out door Maths, we have learnt how to mill our own flour, ready for next session when we will be making our yummy bread.