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Willow Class Home Learning

Week 2 - w/b 27-04-20

Willow Class Information

  • Homework is handed out on Fridays and is due in on Tuesdays.
  • Reading Journals are to be brought into school every day and will be checked on Fridays. The expectation in Willow is that children are reading most nights but must write a journal entry at least three times every week.
  • Forest is on Tuesdays. Please ensure your children have full length sleeves and trousers for safety as well as suitable wellies or walking boots and a set of water proofs.
  • PE will be every Wednesday

Term 3

Time flies when you are having fun and that is certainly true of this term in Willow Class!

In Maths, we have thoroughly enjoyed using the Concrete Pictorial and Abstract approach to consolidate our understanding of multiplication and division, before moving on to our new unit of fractions.

In writing, over the term, we have covered a range of genres, including diary entries, narratives and persuasive arguments. Willow class are really developing their ability to use a range of literary devices and have enjoyed cross-curricular writing.

In Science, we have had a great time learning about states of matter (it even involved chocolate buttons)! We are now learning all about sound and what happens to sound waves inside our ears! Well done to all those children who carried out their own research at home.

In History, we are learning about the Roman Empire’s effect on Great Britain. Starting with cause and consequences of Claudius’ invasion in 43 CE and moving on to Boudica’s rebellion, we have considered how power changed over time. We look forward to continuing our learning to understand the rise of Christianity and the legacy of the Roman Empire.

Having spent a term learning about Christian beliefs in RE, we are currently studying Judaism and we were fortunate enough to have a parent who follows the Jewish faith come in to share about his daily life.

In Art, as well as developing our sketchbooks we have been learning printing techniques. This has leant itself exceptionally well to our work on Roman mosaics and the children have produced some excellent pieces.

This term in Computing, we have been learning about how to stay safe online. We have considered using apps safety, plagiarism, phishing scams, how to create a positive digital footprint and cyber bullying. Willow Class will be leading an assembly during E-safety Week to deliver their message on how to stay safe online to the whole school.

Last term, in Music we had a ‘rocking’ time learning “Living on a Prayer”. Now we have switched genres and are learning about the key features of a ballad.

During Term 3, we were given the amazing opportunity to visit Mendip Activity Centre to carry out orienteering, building on our map skills and learning from Geography last term. After a hard-working morning, we were able to hit the slopes and have a fun-packed afternoon of tobogganing.

Willow Class: Term Two

As we look forward to the Christmas break, we can reflect on our amazing year so far. In Geography, we have enjoyed learning about the Antarctic, particularly considering the environmental importance of Antarctica.

In reading, the children were each assigned a member of Shackleton’s crew to follow as we read the award-winning book Shackleton’s Journey. In writing, as well as poems and letters this topic has also allowed us to be immersed in adventure narratives.

In Mathematics lessons, we have recently covered measurement, allowing children to explore area and perimeter as well as converting between units.

In science, we have learnt about electricity and circuits. This learning informed our fantastic alarms in Design and Technology.
In PE, as well as hockey, we have also participated in gymnastics with the children creating imaginative sequences.

Well done Tom!

Tom (Y4) from Willow Class proudly showing a certificate evidencing that by the October holiday he had read 100 books since starting the Summer Reading Challenge run by the library service. Well done, Tom- tremendous achievement!

Term 1 - Autumn 2019

What a fantastic start to the school year! In Willow Class, we have thoroughly enjoyed our first term together, forging bonds and challenging ourselves with exciting learning.
During maths lessons so far this year, using our CPA approach, children have mastered place value and addition and subtraction.

Geography has been a particular favourite this term. We are continuing our studies of Antarctica, focusing on Shackleton’s journey in Reading. This has given us an opportunity for much cross curricular writing.

As always Forest has given us many opportunities for cross-curricular learning in writing, mathematics and science but our Forest Focus has been safely lighting fires, using a flint and steel.

During our PE lessons this term, we have been learning hockey. Willow class found Indian dribbling tricky but had lots of fun practising.

In Willow Class, we have had a super start to the new year. Our new classroom is fantastic and we cannot wait for another exciting year of learning!

Maths is a firm favourite in Willow and using CPA (our concrete, pictorial abstract approach), children are making great progress with place value. This approach allows children to delve into concepts, giving a deep understanding.

Writing has also taken off with a flying start and Mrs Reid has enjoyed reading their autobiographies. This week the children have written excellent Haikus.

In geography this term, we are studying the Antarctic. To lay the foundations, we have learnt about continents, Latitude and longitude and where to find the Tropic of Cancer of Capricorn. We look forward to learning about Antarctica in our next lessons.

In reading, our Geography topic of Antarctica has meant that we can study an award winning book. Each member of our class will be assigned a crew member (and dog) to track their progress as we read all about the amazing expedition.

We have enjoyed our first few weeks together very much and look forward to what awaits us in the upcoming year!

Term 6

At the beginning of the term, we were delighted by the Year 3 and 4 concert. It was a chance to showcase the talents of the children and to celebrate individuality. More recently, the Year 5s, along with the children from Sycamore Class, wowed us all with their fantastic performance of Oliver!
This term, we also visited We the Curious for a ‘System Earth’ theme day. Through workshops and laboratory work, the children considered: What does green actually mean? What is the science behind it all? Then, Why should we care? First, the children were challenged to test their own psychic abilities in order to understand probability and the importance of large sample sizes in data collection. Next, they conducted a lab-based experiment that used data loggers to measure the warming effect of CO2. The children then contemplated how we might reduce pressures on the Earth and they each constructed a solar cooker that they took home. We were also lucky enough to view a 3D planetarium show, that delved deeper into the impact climate change may have on planet Earth. All of this, with just enough time to explore the science venue itself.

Term 5

Another packed term draws to a close with the Year 3 and 4 camp. The children had an excellent time. They played in the woods, went canoeing, barbequed and swam - all in the perfect weather. Now, the anticipation mounts amongst the Year 5s as they wait, with excitement, for their camp to the Isle of Wight.

In Forest, we have learnt how to erect shelters, lengthen our line with a European death knot and how to tie them off with a round turn and two half hitches. As well as drama and other cross curricular activities, we have also enjoyed campfire cooking!

In maths, the children have flourished, using bar models to visualise fractions. As always, they enjoyed our greater depth problem solving and outdoor maths.

In History, we have been learning about ancient Greece. As well as considering the ancient Greek democratic system and the battle of Marathon, we have made news reports about the events that lead to the end of the Trojan war. We have also been thoroughly grossed out by Percy Jackson’s account of the Greek Gods and have used his gruesome explanations to create Top Trump cards.

In science, while leaning about living things and their habitats, the children investigated asexual reproduction and have taken clippings to produce clones. We are still waiting patiently for the results!

Term 4

As we await the Easter holidays, we reflect on the exciting time we have had this term.

As always, we have had an excellent time in Forest. We have built dens, created poems about trees as well as designed a science investigation to help Michael from Kensuke’s Kingdom separate salt and sand from water.

My Learning Journey
Continuing our learning about water, the children completed a study of the Japanese artist Hokusai and created their own version of The Great Wave.

Science Week, allowed us to continue of investigations of water as well as have an exciting visit from a story teller.

Term 3

As Term 3 draws to a close, Willow class spent time reflecting on their learning journey. Everybody has really enjoyed our focus on vocabulary and has eagerly embedded it in our cross curricular writing.

In maths, we have continued to use concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to deepen our understanding of mathematical concepts. NRICH (a fantastic website to look at with your children) provides us with greater depth problem solving and reasoning.

In geography we have been considering the Water Cycle: the children have written excellent narratives, personifying a water droplet. As part of our studies, we learnt how clouds were measured, which made an excellent Forest School activity.

Forest - a firm favourite in Willow - has brought opportunities for cross-curricular learning, campfire cooking and creating tree sprites.

Term 2

In Willow, we have had a fantastic time in the run up to Christmas. In maths we have continued to enjoy learning using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations as well as outdoor maths.

As we draw to an end of our history topic the Shang dynasty, the children have wowed us with their knowledge in cross-curricular writing. We have also had great fun carrying out investigations in science to deepen our understanding of forces.

In computing as well as programming and debugging space animations and learning about keeping ourselves safe online, we have also created season’s greetings cards for our families.

As always, we have had a great time in Forest. Whether making mini beast shelters, creating clay tree sprites or role playing, emotional literacy is always the focus!

Term 1

Year 3/4 Camp

At the start of the year, we had a fantastic time on camp. As well as a barbeque and bedtime stories around the campfire we also had a movie night and spent the next day in Forest School, joined by our Year 5 classmates. A fantastic time was had by all!

Forest School

Forest is always a firm favourite in Willow. This term we have made trail sticks, whittled, cooked and continued to make discoveries with outdoor maths.


In history, we have been learning about the Shang Dynasty. As well as discovering what life was like in their social hierarchal system and learning about their beliefs, we have also made fantastic replica oracle bones out of clay.


During our exciting science lessons this term, we have been learning about Earth and space. This has given us an opportunity, in art, to practise oil pastel techniques and the children have produced superb space-themed art.

Den Building Day

As the first term drew to a close we were very lucky to have a den building day, where the whole school and many family members were able to create breath-taking dens that have captured our imaginations in play all week.

We have thoroughly enjoyed our first term together in Willow and look forward to the next with anticipation.

In Willow Class, we have had an amazing start to the new year.

Settling into our new classroom has been very exciting and we cannot wait for the adventures and discoveries this year will bring.

On Shuffle-up Day, as well as creating Passports to Willow Class and learning about how bacteria is spread, we also democratically decided upon our class contract.

On our first day back, we signed our contract to show our commitment to each other to forge the best learning environment we can!

We have already had a fantastic time in Forest. We have made Willow bracelets and learnt how to create a ‘Memory House’ – an important life skill to aid remembering a long lists of facts.


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