As the Easter holiday fast approaches it is the perfect time to reflect on a fantastic term of learning. In writing, the children have turned their pen to persuading the local community to give up the use of single use plastic in a persuasive pitch that will be sent to local businesses, MPs and even Mrs Bazeley! In Mathematics, using the mastery approach, children have developed their understanding of fractions, particularly enjoying using bar models to support their understanding. In Guided Reading, as well as non-fiction texts and The House With Chicken Legs, they have also studied the poem A life in Dreams and the archaic poem The Listeners.
Book Week, at the beginning of the term, was a superb event, showcasing Longvernal’s love of reading. In Willow Class, the children’s favourite (as well as the obvious, Costume Parade) was visiting the library, which had prepared special Book Week activities, including a scavenger hunt!
In Science the children have been learning Chemistry, with a focus of properties and changes of matter. They have enjoyed working scientifically to understand what is needed for a substance to burn. Willow Class has thoroughly relished their learning in History and as the topic on the Mayans comes to an end they particularly enjoyed learning about the hierarchical power system of Mayan society.
In DT, the children have designed and created their own bread, later evaluating their product. In Computing, the children have learnt how to make their own game; creating an onscreen ‘baddy’ was clearly the highlight! In RE, the children have continued learning about Judaism, considering practices and worship. PE, as ever, has a prominent place in our day and the children continue to enjoy Move a Mile.
Forest has brought many opportunities for grounding and other wellbeing activities. The children have also made bread and butter around the fire, water filters and forest crafts such as macrame friendship bracelets.
I cannot believe another term has flown by so quickly! I hope you all have a well deserved rest of the Easter break!
I can hardly believe another term has flown by! In writing, the children have created a fantastic narrative based on the emotive picture book Rose Blanche. In Mathematics, they have thoroughly enjoyed learning written methods of multiplication and division. In recent weeks the children have been learning about fractions so far, learning about equivalent fractions and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers.This topic in Mathematics will continue after the half term break.
In Guided Reading, as well as nonfiction texts about the Mayans and Forces, we have studied the truly enchanting book The House With Chicken Legs. During DEAR (drop everything and read) time the children bubble with enthusiasm to talk about their book and reading. This has been enhanced with their library visits where they choose books (which they can take home and return to the library on our next visit) and are learning how to use the library’s database to place books on order.
Science is always a favourite in Willow Class. The children have finished their learning in physics about forces, particularly enjoying investigations into pulleys and levers. More recently, they have begun to study chemistry and are considering reversible and irreversible changes. This has bought them plenty of opportunities to practise the disciplinary knowledge of being a scientist! This term, they have studied History with a focus on ancient Mayan Society. So far they have learnt the chronology of the era and how it fits into our history as a whole, how society was structured and their beliefs. This topic will continue in History after half term.
In Art, the children have considered street art with a focus on Jean- Michelle Basquiat, creating excellent mixed media pieces. In Computing, the children have learnt about databases and how to use them to gather information. They then furthered their knowledge by learning to create their own database. In PSHE, building on their learning about how to stay healthy and safe, Willow Class were lucky enough to receive a visit from a Police Community Support Officer. During his visit he talked in depth about careers within the police force enthusing many of the children. In RE, the children have been learning about Judaism, considering practices and worship. PE permeates through the day with our Move a Mile and frequent movement breaks. In lessons, the children have been swimming. Forest, as well as being an excellent facilitator of physical and mental well-being has given us many opportunities for forest crafts such as a square lashed frame, whittling whisps, cooking quesadillas, and creating tree sprites out of clay.
What a fantastic term we have had in Willow. I hope you all have a lovely half term break and a well-deserved rest.
What a wonderful term we have had! In writing, after carefully considering the brilliant narrative poem by Alfred Noyes The Highwayman, the children thoroughly enjoyed writing their own, using the famous repeated refrain structure of the original. In Mathematics, they have learnt how to use and draw line graphs as well as read two-way time tables. More recently, we have covered prime and composite numbers, factors, multiples and multiplying and dividing by 10, 1000 and 1000. In the week running up to the holiday, we have started learning about area and perimeter. In Guided Reading, we have studied picture books (The Journey by Sanna was a particularly favourite), considered information texts and critiqued poems. We have also completed the brilliant Ahsa and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan, which is highly evocative of rural India and the traditions and beliefs of the region. Termly class visits to the library have been absolutely brilliant and have added to the children's love of books. We have a class library card and the children are able to borrow books to read at home. This has been an enthusing force with some children devouring three novels a week!
In Science, the children have relished building on their learning about space to consider gravity and forces. They have worked scientifically to complete many investigations as a vehicle for their learning! In Geography, they have finished learning about global food trade and the impact that consumerism has on the environment. In DT, the children drew on their knowledge of the Year 4 Science curriculum - electric circuits - to design, create and evaluate a working alarm system. This term in Computing, the children completed a unit considering online safety. More recently, they have continued to develop their knowledge of spreadsheets to convert between measurements and to create a tool to count the most frequently used vowels in the English language. In RE, the children have been learning about Chrisitaninty and the Bible and in PE they have been focusing on hockey. The children were also lucky enough to take part in an orienteering afternoon, where they learnt how to hold a map and take bearings. Forest, as always, is everyone's favourite. Amongst other things, the children have made fires, whittled wands, created God’s eyes, and made Christmas trees.
Have a great Christmas from all of the Willow team!
How on Earth has a term gone already? We have had a brilliant start to the year and the children have covered so much already. In writing, after working hard on a narrative based on the short film One Small Step, the children have carefully constructed their own narrative, using the sophisticated punctuation and grammatical structures that we learnt. The children were palpably proud of their achievements! In Mathematics, we have learnt rounding and representing numbers to one million as well as column addition and subtraction. In Guided Reading, we have closely studied TheInfinite Lives of Maisie Day, experiencing the complexity of plot. We have also completed the exciting Clockwork by Phillip Pullman, which had the children sitting at the edge of their chair! In Science, the children devoured our lessons, where they learnt about the Solar System and what it is to be a scientist. This was further benefitted by our brilliant trip to We The Curious.
In Geography, we considered global food trade and the impact that consumerism has on the environment. Art has been a favourite with the children. We have studied the work of Henri Rousseau, creating a sgraffito painting and a collage based on his famous painting Surprised. Another greatly anticipated lesson is Computing. This term, we have deepened our knowledge of coding: simulating a physical system; using decomposition and abstraction; simulating friction; and using text variables and concatenation. In RE, the children have been learning about Christianity and the Bible and in PE they first focused on tennis and more recently have enjoyed cricket with a professional coach.
All in all, a fantastic first term!
It has been great to welcome you back into school and finally get to see some of you face to face! We have had a wonderful start to the term, in Willow Class. It has been lovely to see the children reconnecting with friends and sharing holiday news. They have started their learning with enthusiasm, covering rounding in Mathematics, writing a narrative based on the short film One Small Step in Writing and they have been considering our class novel The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day in Whole Class Guided Reading. In Computing, we have started our block in which they learn how to code a game and in PE they are learning playing tennis. Art, has been a particular favourite, where the children used glue guns to create harvest wax relief watercolours and in Forest they played ice-breaker games, had a tower building competition and made flour patterns.
On Friday we participated in a School Clubs Fayre: a very exciting event in which the children had the opportunity to see what clubs are being offered and decide whether they fancy becoming a Community leader at Community Links Club, a Reading Leader at ChatterBooks or perhaps joining our Eco Club.
Some logistical points for the coming year:
♦ Homework will be set on Doodle Maths. Children should complete 20 mins per week. I will check their progress on Friday mornings. If anyone wishes to complete this at school they may join Homework Club on Wednesday lunchtime, where they can access Chromebooks.
♦ The children will bring home between 3-6 personal spellings on Fridays. These will be words that they collect themselves that they have spelt incorrectly in their work. They will then be tested on these the following Friday.
♦ The children must read and record their reading at least 3 times per week at home and should bring their books and journals to school daily. These will be collected in on Thursday, ready for Celebration Assembly on Friday. I am passionate about getting children reading as the amount children read has been shown to be a great signifier of future success. It has even been proven to enhance mental wellbeing!
♦ P.E. is on Wednesday afternoons . Children will wear the correct kit (Longvernal PE t-Shirt; school sweatshirt or fleece; black shorts or sports trousers; and daps or trainers) to and from school on these days.
♦ Forest School is on a Friday afternoon. They will come to school in their Forest kit and must wear a long sleeved top and long trousers—to protect their arms and legs from insect bites and branches of trees. Sessions will take place in any weather (other than high wind or thunder and lightning storms) so please can you ensure their kit has the appropriate items of clothing (waterproofs, spare socks, wellies, gloves and a hat for colder months).
♦ Please don’t forget to check out the school website and Twitter as we will be updating both regularly!
Finally, if there are any parents/carers/grown-ups with talents or passions, it would be great for you to come in to visit the class to share them. Or, maybe you would like to come and read a story or listen to readers across the school? It has been wonderful to have you back on site and I would like to make the most of it!
I will be available on the playground every morning and when I dismiss at the end of the day so please don’t hesitate to speak to me if you have any worries, concerns or queries.
I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic year!