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 2017-2018:
- 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
Wednesdays. 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
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.