Here you will find links to pictures, videos and other content from the class pages from earlier on in the school year…
Take a look at pictures from the previous weeks:
Remember that this Thursday is our first Forest School session. All children must bring their forest school clothes and boots in a separate bag to change into before the session. On Friday we will be attending the Sybil Andrew’s science enrichment day. The children need to bring in the a pack lunch as we will be eating there.
This week we have been focusing on adding and subtracting decimals numbers greater than 1. I have been very impressed by how hard the class have worked and their ability to spot any common mistakes they have made. We have also gone through their past papers and they have noted down the questions that they did not understand how to answer. We are now focusing on these during magic 10 and on a Wednesday morning during morning task. Over the next week we are going to look at common misconceptions in maths and focus areas that they have struggled with.
In Literacy we have been looking at poetry and study two poets whom both use Free Verse (no rhythm or rhyme). Lots of these poems are rather funny and about their own lives. The children have had some brilliant ideas about how to adapt these into their own poems. Today they have typed up their own poems and will be practising and performing these to the class on Monday.
In Science we are learning how to properly plan a scientific experiment. The children were all given a number of items and asked to plan an investigation about a pendulum. They had to think carefully about the independent and dependent variables of the experiment and make a prediction about what the results may be.
I wish all Mummys a wonderful Mother’s Day this weekend. Have a wonderful weekend all and look forward to seeing all the children’s costumes on Monday.
Welcome back after Easter. What wonderful weather we have been having of the last couple of days (let’s hope it continues!). We have been making the most of it and on Thursday afternoon took our art lesson outside. We are finally now peeling off the flour and water from out Batik paints to unveil the final piece of art work. They are looking amazing!
In English this week we have been working on poetry and introduced the topic by creating our own class oral poems about our favourite things using alliteration. They also had to use metaphors to describe a piece of paper. Mrs Plummer and I were so impressed with some of the incredible poems they produced!
In maths we have been going over their exam papers from before Easter to highlight any particular areas that they need to work on. For many of them, they were able to quickly spot their own mistakes and have realised just how important it is to carefully read the questions and take their time. We have now moved on to looking at decimal numbers. They have all taken to this work very easily and we are streaming through at a rate of knots! During our Friday maths challenge they were given a number of problems within a larger problem and had to use trial and error to work out the answer. I was very happy to see how well they worked together or individually, with many of them being able to complete the challenge.
In science we are now focusing on energy and sound. Today was our first lesson, were we focused on the two key types of energy (kinetic and potential). We completed two demonstrations to show the different types of energy in the classroom first:
Galileo’s rolling ball
We then planned our own experiment to test whether or not the consistency inside two identical weighted cans would make a difference.
We found that the can with the solid inside rolled the furthest distance.
This afternoon we finished off with ‘good news, bad news’ circle time outside on the field.
What a wonderful first week back! The children have come back with such a great work ethic and motivation to do well. Let’s keep it up!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend in this glorious weather.
Next week in maths we will be learning to: Multiply fractions and mixed numbers
Next week in literacy we will be learning to: Write a non-fiction leaflet, advertising Shimpling Park Farm.
This week has ended on such a wonderful note with our brilliant French enrichment day.
This week in English, we have revisited persuasive writing. The children had to choose an unusual house (e.g. haunted house, igloo etc) and try and use there persuasive skills to sell it. First, we used role play to get ourselves into the mind set of an estate agent and then write a persuasive advert convincing someone to buy the property. Having read them, we have some very good sales people in Willow class!
In maths, we have been looking more in-depth at adding and subtracting fractions, specifically focusing on find the lowest common denominators in order to convert two fractions into fractions over the same denominator. They have all had to put their times tables knowledge to the test to help them with this endeavour. Over half term, as well as their english homework, I would like Willow class to really focus on learning those tricky times tables that they struggle with.
In science, we have been looking at the human respiratory system and the functions of our heart and lungs. For their homework they were asked to produce a model/poster about either organ. I was AMAZED by the effort and extraordinary creativity put into so many of these wonderful projects. Willow’s science board is now the envy of the school!
I think that you will all agree it has been a very busy half term, and I think we are all looking forward to a weeks break. I look forward to seeing you all back after half term, hopefully to some slightly better weather!
I would like to say thank you all for your support yesterday after the rather unexpected power cut in the middle of the day! I was very impressed with how sensible the children were both in class and walking around school during the ‘black-out’.
This week in English we have been practising to be journalists writing up the events from a short film called ‘The Lighthouse’. Throughout the week we have looked at the various elements of newspapers reports such as headings, eye witness reports and formal writing. The class have worked very hard to make sure that they have correctly structured their reports and included all the necessary content. On Monday we will be editing these and then writing these up into a word document.
In maths we have moved onto long division and using our times tables knowledge to help us. Today, as part of maths challenge Friday the children had to use a variety of methods within their groups to work out a problem. I was very impressed with the variety of methods they used, and glad to report that after some support they were all able to come up with the correct answers. Here they are hard at work:
In science we were looking at the effects of exercise on our breathing rate. The children had to make predictions as to what they thought would happened and why. They then had to think about how they would test their hypothesis. The three exercises we chose to test were: walking, running and star jumps. They had to carry out the activity for 2 minutes and then count their breaths per minute and various time intervals and compare these to their resting breath rate. Although a little chilly outside they all seemed to enjoy the extra exercise! Here they are during the various stages of the experiment:
Willow have also now had their second rugby session, which thankfully in rather better conditions than last week (although still very muddy!) It was brilliant to watch all the children joining in well and listening carefully to all the instructions from the coach.
Hopefully next week will see some slightly warmer weather! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Willow have been very busy this week in English looking at all of the different features of a newspaper. This will be based on a short film we have watched called the Lighthouse. The children have been role playing the different characters in the film and acting as news reporters. They had to think of questions they would ask the characters and discuss what the answers may be.
In computing we are starting to look at coding. On Monday we used the ‘code.org’ website to complete and design games using coding. The children had to build blocks of code to progress to the next level.
In maths we have been working on using long multiplication and breaking it down into different pictorial diagrams (this is linked to this weeks homework). It has really highlighted to the children the importance of knowing their times tables of by heart. Today they had to work together to solve an Nrich problem involving multiplication and division. It was really interesting listen to the different ways that the children were trying to work out the problems.
This week they have started their rugby training on a Wednesday. Although incredible muddy, they all really enjoyed this and couldn’t wait to tell me all about it.
I would also like to make a special mention to Chloe who independently made a weather poster which is now proudly displayed on ‘Our Wonderful Work’ board in the classroom.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Welcome back Willow and…
I hope you have all had a wonderful time over the festive period; I’ve heard lots of stories already from all the children.
Although this is a relatively short term compared to the Autumn term we have lots of exciting things to fit in, which I will keep you all up-to-date about.
During this term we have some brilliant new topics that we will be focusing on:
Science: Human health and fitness – we will be looking into how to keep your bodies fit and healthy, and how our bodies work focusing on the lungs and heart.
Geography: Map reading and rivers – last half term we started to look at reading OS maps, which we will continue this term, as well as looking at the features and formation of rivers.
Art: Textiles and print making – this will be linked to geography and our rivers topic. We will be research artists famous for creating pictures inspired by water and create our own batik style canvases.
Although we have only been back for two days, Willow class has already hit the ground running. Today in maths we were busy testing our understanding of the different mathematical methods to answers various calculations. The class had to first try and answers the questions by them selves and then compare these in small groups. It was interesting to listen to their mathematical discussions and I am pleased to say that each group managed to come to the correct answers in a variety of different way.
In English and PSHE we have been review last terms progress in school and analysis how the children feel they progressed in various subjects. I feel it is really important to look at the many positives before progressing into the new term. They have all decided on a New Years resolution for the coming term and written these up and hung them onto ‘The Wishing Tree’. These have proved an interesting read!
PE will start as on next week so please make sure your child has all the necessary sport clothing. PE on a Tuesday will be with Tom playing Tchoukball and on a Wednesday afternoon with a rugby coach; both these sessions will be outside weather permitting.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and will see you back bright and early on Monday morning.
Notices and Reminders
Reminder: The class trip to Golden Woods is on Friday the 24th of November. Your child will need to be in warm clothing and have appropriate footwear for the trip.
Dates for the KS2 Christmas play are as follow:
Tuesday 5th December – 2:15pm and 6:00pm
Thursday 7th December – 6:00pm
A letter has been sent home with all children today outlining their costumes for the play. Could all costumes please be in school by Monday 27th November in a named carrier bag. Thank you very much for your support with this, and please do come and speak to me if you have any issues or questions.
Next week in brief:
Next week in maths we will be learning to: recognise and used squared and cubed numbers.
Next week in literacy we will be learning to: use persuasive language for a cause in a letter and for a debate.
Take a look at what we have been up to:
Another busy week in Willow class. We started the week off by being treated to a performance by the year 6 of their play the Tempest. We were all amazed by the acting skills and the tricky lines that thy all knew by heart! I would like to say a very big well done to them all for their amazing performance at the Theatre Royal.
This week in maths we have been focusing on finding all the common factors of two numbers and then moving on to multiplying numbers by 10,100 and 1000. The children have really been able to put their times table knowledge to the test and I have been really impressed with how well they have all been getting on. This week we also all complete the Primary Maths Challenge exam paper. This is a national paper that many year 5 and year 6 classes take across the country. I would like to say a very big well done to Ryan, Joey and Lexi for achieving our top three results. Well done!
We’ve had the Story Tellers cape out again this week to practise our reading skills:
In literacy this week we have been tasked with a challenge from Ms Lamb! Ms Lamb came and had a chat with Willow class on Wednesday about the possibility of year 5 and 6 no longer having break time in the mornings, and instead continuing with their learning until lunch time. She had a long discussion with the children about her proposal and that she has seen it working very successfully in other schools. However, as Ms Lamb explained, she does not want to make the decision without first hearing what the children have to say. So this week we have been practising our persuasive skills. I challenged the children to persuade someone to get up off of their seat. This wasn’t any old seat, this was the last seat in the most beautiful park in the world! They surprised me with some of their persuasive tactics (I was nearly subjected to having a mustache draw on my face!). Here are some photos of Willow class in actions:
Next week we are going to be putting our persuasive skills to the test by writing letters to Ms Lamb and the governors, and then finally having a classroom debate. The responses and arguments so far have been very interesting, and their are lots of mixed feelings in the classroom as to whether or not we should no longer have break time.
We’ve got a busy week coming up, with lots of play practices as well as our trip to Golden Woods on Friday.
This week in English we have been reading a vast selection of observational poems to inspire our own work. We have been using lots of different techniques and language structures to write these. First they created their own poems about the seasons using personification based the ‘Sir Autumn’ by Grace Nichols. This week we have been looking at various pieces of art work to inspire our writing. We used the structure and features of a poem called ‘Don’t be Scared’ to write our own poems about the wonders of the sky. Here is the poem we wrote and edited as a class, highlighting the different features:
I would like to say a huge well done to everyone in Willow class for their incredible reading review projects that they have completed. I was astounded by the quality and the time and effort that had gone into these. I was also impressed by the variety of text types used to write about. Have a look for yourself and some of the exceptional examples:
Lots are now up on our #WeAreReading display.
This week I have also been passing over the ‘Story Tellers Cloak’ to the children in the class. I use this as a confidence booster for reading out loud in the classroom. The wearer of the cloak becomes the authors and the story teller and only they are allowed to speak. The children loved this idea when I bought it in for the first time on transfer day all the way back in July! I was amazed by how many wanted a go at wearing the cape to read our current class book ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’. Here are our first two ‘Story Tellers’:
In maths over the last two weeks we have been focusing on multiplication and division and lots of them have been able to use their brilliant times tables knowledge to help them in this. I have reminded them that they all need to be regularly practising at home as this will help them in a variety of different areas in maths.
The play rehearsals are well under way now and I’ve been impressed by how well some of Willow’s budding actors and actresses already know their lines! Please encourage them to practise as much as possible at home as well as learning the words to the songs.
Today the school as a whole attended a Remembrance Day service at the church and marked the two minute silence at 11:00am. I would like to say well done to Millie-Rose and Sonny who both assisted the Vicar in the service, lighting the candles to remember the fallen.
“Lest We Forget”
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and looking forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday.
Welcome back, and I hope you’ve all had a wonderful half term. From all the stories in class it sounds like everyone was very busy!
We are now underway with our play practice ready for our Christmas Production at the beginning of December. The children will be finding out their parts of Monday and bringing home scripts. I know that lots of the class have already been very busy practising the song lyrics at home.
In English this week we have been looking at a variety of observation poems and their specific features. The children have then been writing their own poems about the different seasons using personfication and similies to bring them to life. I have been amazed by the high quality and vivid imagery that has been created in some of the children’s work.
In Maths we have moved on from statistics, and we are now busy learning about multiplication and division. This week we have spent time digging a little deeper into multiplication and all the different ways of working it out and representing it so that they all have a concrete understanding. The class were all given a calculation and an A3 piece of paper and asked to represent the calculation in four different ways. This is a great activity to get them to really think carefully about the process of multiplication. Here are some of our mathematicians at work:
In science this week, we have been looking at irreversible chemical changes and the products made from different chemicals being heated up. I carried out an experiment that the children observed looking at what happens when a mixture of sodium hydrogen carbonate and icing sugar is heated. The carbon dioxide released when sodium hydrogen carbonate is heated causes an intense pressure and causes the icing sugar to caramalise and create ‘snakes’.
We then had a brilliant whole class discussion about what might happen if we altered different elements of the experiment. For example changing the size of the bowl and changing the quantity of alcohol added to the sand acting as a fuel for the fire. The class were able to use their understanding of chemical reactions to help them hypothesise.
I look forward to seeing and reading all the wonderful book reports on Monday.
Notices and Reminders
The date for the class trip to Golden Woods has now moved to the 24th of November. More details will be published nearer the time.
The book review project is due on the 6th of November.
Take a look at what we have been up to:
It has been a very busy last week of half term! I would like to say a huge congratulations to Willow class for their incredible performance at the school’s Harvest Festival with our song ‘Let It Grow’. I have since had lots of lovely comments from teachers and parents saying how wonderful it was. I would like to thank all those at home that helped their children learn the words! During the day on Thursday the children were all very lucky to be able to go and spend time cooking with some of the parents. The harvest festival feast after school was delicious (especially the carrot and courgette cakes – well done Willow Chefs!) I would also like to thank all those parents that were able to make parents evenings. It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to meet lots of you for the first time and discuss your child’s successes so far this year.
In maths this week, we have been focusing on reading and answering questions about line graphs and different styles of tables. The class has been able to use their strong place value knowledge to help them work out and solve difficult multi-step questions as well as being able to really understand the different components of both line graphs and tables. In English we have been learning about Charles Dickens. On Monday we watch a video biography during which the class had to write down their own notes about what they felt was the important information. During the week we have then used this information in a variety of ways. We create a chronological time line, a non-chronologcal report in the format of a leaflet and on Thursday they class used their understanding of Charles Dickens to write a script imagining that they were interviewing Charles Dickens. Here are some of the photo’s of our budding actors and actresses acting out their interviews:
In science this week, we have been investigating reversible and irreversible changes and understanding the difference. Today in our science lesson we were looking at what happens when you light the gases released after calcium carbide is added to water.
The flammable gas (acetylene) once lit, lets of a very bright yellow flame. The class then carried out an experiment investigating the surface tension of milk. First, they had to carefully add droplets of different coloured food dye to the milk. The dye sits on tip of the milk due to the surface tension. Here are some photographs to show you:
The next step is when the magic happens! Carefully, using either a cotton bud, cocktail stick or other thin tipped object, you have to carefully dip it into washing up liquid and place it into the plate of milk. The reactions from the children when they carried out this step were brilliant and you can see why:
The washing up liquid destroys the surface tension causing the dye to spread at a rapid speed.
I hope you all have a wonderful and most importantly restful half term break, and look forward to seeing you all back at school on Monday.
Home learning resources:
Reading Comprehension Questions – Attached is a copy of comprehension questions leading you through the different reading strategies that we will be focusing on in class.