Willow Class [Years 4 & 5]
Welcome to Willow
Term 1 2017-2018:
The Shang Dynasty
Term 2 2018-2019:
The Shang Dynasty
Term 3 2018-2019:
Term 4 2018-2019:
Term 5 2018-2019:
Term 6 2018-2019:
- Homework is
handed out on Fridays and is due in on
- 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
- 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
- PE will be every
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
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
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
Writing has also taken
off with a flying start and Mrs Reid has
enjoyed reading their autobiographies. This
week the children have written excellent
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
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.
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
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
In maths, the children
have flourished, using bar models to
visualise fractions. As always, they enjoyed
our greater depth problem solving and
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
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!
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
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
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
Forest - a firm
favourite in Willow - has brought
opportunities for cross-curricular learning,
campfire cooking and creating tree sprites.
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
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!
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!
always a firm favourite in Willow. This term
we have made trail sticks, whittled, cooked
and continued to make discoveries with
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.
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
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.
thoroughly enjoyed our first term together
in Willow and look forward to the next with
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
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.