What a wonderful few weeks in Willow Class! It has been brilliant to be back together and the children have had a fantastic time with their friends. We have certainly made the most of returning to learning in class!
In Maths, Year 5s have really loved learning long-multiplication, whilst Year 4s have been consolidating their knowledge of addition. In Writing, the children have written fictional recounts and narrative poems and in Reading, the focus has been on our latest class novel The Midnight Fox.
Since their return, in Story Time, we have completed The Explorer, the fantastic short novel Cloud Busting and recently we have completed The Midnight Fox. The children can hardly wait to hear what our new novel will be, after the Easter holidays. As well as listening to stories, they also enjoy having an opportunity to share what they are reading, making recommendations to their peers.
In Science, the children have conducted experiments on reversible and irreversible changes and in Geography, they have delved into the Water Cycle, creating their own working models in a bottle. In computing, they have continued to learn about spreadsheets and in music, they are considering the composition of rap music.
The children have been excited to return to practical DT lessons where they have been investigating cams mechanisms, ready to design and produce their own moving toy next term. It has been lovely to return to the Forest, planting trees, making bird feeders and cooking s’mores on the fire. PHSE lessons have been held in the Snug which gives children a wonderful opportunity to relax and focus on well-being. A particular favourite has been PE, when we have been lucky enough to have the lovely coaches from Bath Rugby Academy taking touch rugby sessions.
I hope everyone has a relaxing Easter break and I look forward to what next term will bring!
With Christmas on the horizon we have had a fantastic few weeks of learning in Willow Class. We thoroughly enjoyed writing free-verse poems based on the poem Boasts and Lies written by Jackie Willis and a persuasive text, advertising the Isle of Berk as this year’s favourite holiday destination. In Maths, Year 5s have loved learning about line graphs, whilst Year 4s are brushing up their ruler skills to measure perimeters. In Guided Reading, we finished our book Cosmic, which everybody loved and have now started reading the hilarious How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell.
In History, we have continued to learn about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Recently, we discovered how England became a unified country and how the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era came to an end with the Battle of Hastings in 1066. During RE lessons, we have finished our unit on Islam, learning what a Khalifa is and the importance of Bilal.
In PHSE, as we continue to learn about how to stay happy and healthy we have considered basic first aid and having a positive body image. In Forest, the children built Anglo-Saxon style dens and learnt how to saw disks out of wood. During PE, we had a particularly lovely time at the Diwali Dance work shop, where we considered the Hindu festival as well as took part in a traditional dance. In the last week of term, along with a movie afternoon we have watched the Christmas Panto, Cinderella. We have also had lots of fun preparing a Christmas poem, The Grinch, for the website.
As you probably know, we are very lucky to have the lovely Miss Black with us from Bath Spa University. She has taught a few lessons in Willow Class and would like to let you know about their amazing experiences!
Dear Parents and carers,
I have really enjoyed my time so far teaching in Willow class. We have had fun during Science lessons, learning about the forces of friction, gravity and air resistance. We have also studied the influences of Isaac Newton and Galileo and their discoveries which have helped form astronomical research. Through experimenting using a Newton metre, we have discovered which surfaces have more friction than others. In the final week of term we conducted an experiment, using various sized parachutes to measure the impact of air resistance with different surface areas.
During PE lessons, we have enjoyed learning about netball. We have talked about how to use an overhead pass, shoulder pass and chest pass, and when and how these would be appropriate to use in a netball game. We have started to use this learning to start playing competitive games, in teams and the last lesson before the end of the term we will be using our skills to win points against other teams.
I look forward to continue working with Willow class!
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!
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!
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.