Carrying on looking at the topic 'Forces', each group made 3 different sugar paper parachutes, each one slightly different (size of parachute, shape of parachute or length of string) with 3 of the same objects as weights. After they observed which of their parachutes fell the slowest showing the most air resistance, timing the fall from the same height using a stopwatch. We had a class discussion to explain our findings saying which design had the most air resistance and if it was the safest.
Following on from our KS2 NSPCC assembly, Willow class attended a workshop which they explored the topics in more details looking at different situations and deciding on what's ok and what's not ok.
The Seaside Art Work
Look at the amazing Art work Willow Class have been working on over the past few lessons. The lessons involved creating a textured background by ripping different coloured tissue paper and arranging the overlapping of colours , designing and drawing a detailed fish on a printing tile using a sharp pencil. Once they were ready to print, each child printed 3 designs on their background and explored using different colours and parts of their fish to build different effects and textures.
Look out for our display in Activity 3 'The Seaside' which is coming soon.
Willow class have been learning about where our food comes from and calculating the food miles of foods in our supermarkets using a digital map, after looking at food packages to find out which country it originated in. We had a class discussion about why it is important to import and export food, identifying the benefits and risks.
The children enjoyed planting lots of different types of bulbs around the front and side of the school. We can't wait to see the array of colourful flowers in the Spring ready for our 30th anniversary celebrations.
Today we have been using the 'if' and 'if/else' command codes to ask our partner yes/no questions. When we had completed our program, we swapped iPads and answered their questions along with debugging the program and peer marking the work against our success criteria.
Great work Willow Class!
Willow Class have be researching information about different types of power stations including wind, gas turbines and biomass together with looking at the advantages and disadvantages of each power station.
In Science, we have been investigating how many Newtons (N) is needed to move a box containing 200g over different surfaces. When the investigation was complete, the children drew a bar graph to represent their findings.
Willow class have been studying how to draw fish using black biro, paying close attention to details such as eyes, tail and scales. They produced a drawing that shows they have looked many times at the fish pictures.
Project 5 Dance has begun with Miss Frost from King Edwards School
Summer Term Curriculum
Willow Class Brass Concert for parents
Project 5 - Dance
As part of our Project 5 work Willow Class are busy working on a dance routine for the King Edward's School dance show. They are creating a routine to the music of Bon Jovi which has been choreographed by Helen Frost, dance teacher from the upper school.
Project 5 Dance
29th January 2019 what a day and night to remember!
Years 5 and 6 left school at 11:30 full of excitement and anticipation, London bound. The excitement rose the closer we got to the O2.
Once there, we found our seats quickly and settled down ready for an afternoon of rehearsing with all the professional acts and the rest of the 8,149 children.
After the lights went out at 7:00pm a deathly hush suddenly burst into a deafening noise of cheering, clapping and even excited screaming as the start of the show was announced. All of the children sang beautifully and waved their torches enthusiastically.
Time flew past and until sadly the show was over, ending with the Greatest Showman Finale: all of the Young Voices' choir, Urban Strides, Tony Hadley, Sharlene Hector, and Beau Dermott took part coming together to perform a spine tingling last song, there was even a message from Hugh Jackman!
It really was a truly amazing and memorable experience.
A few clips of the amazing Young Voices that year 5 and 6 took part in
Young Voices 2019
Practising hard for Young Voices
Spring term Curriculum Map
This term, the children are learning how to create their own animated stories. Today the class began by animating a scene and creating 3 different sprite characters using various commands and blocks.
Welcome to Willow Class Year 5
Curriculum Map Autumn 2018
ICT - Radio Station - Making our own jingle
Making our own phone cases in DT
Child Safety Week - Monday 4th to Friday 8th June 2018
As part of child safety week we had a visit from Abbeycroft Leisure to talk about the importance of water safety and how to always following the SAFE code -
Spot - spot the dangers whenever you're near water
Advice - take advice, read the signs, ask a lifeguard or adult for help
Friend - always go with a friend or family, its more fun, and they can help in an emergency
Emergency - know what to do in an emergency
The children perform some rescues using jumpers, balls, ropes, paddles and woggles.
Measure, time and data
This week, we have been looking at converting between imperial and metric units, reading bus and train timetables to answer word problems using the 24 hour clock and retrieving data using various graphs.
Literacy in our new outdoor classroom
In this lesson the children learnt that water resistance is a form of friction that opposes movement in water. They explores how the shape of an object affects its movement through a liquid. By the end of the lesson the class were able to describe how to reduce the effects of water resistance.
We have been drawing, measuring using a protractor and comparing angles including recognising the difference between acute and obtuse. Following on from this, the class have been drawing various shapes and finding any lines of symmetry.
Willow class investigated 'What material would make the best parachute and why?'. In groups, they designed a parachute using different materials. The material had to be 13cm x13cm and the string 35cm. This was to make the tests fair. Each group tested their parachute 4 times, from the same height of 1 metre above the table. The results were recorded in a table and each group had to compare their findings.
Willow class have been working out the perimeter and area of rectangles, calculating the area from scale drawings and investigating 'Do shapes with the same area have the same perimeter?'
This term in ICT, we are using a program called 'SketchUp' which is computer aided drawing. The children are designing their own house and bedroom including making the furniture. This involves using dimensions, measurements and making 2D shapes into 3D shapes.
Our year 4 children enjoyed the Maths Roadshow run by children in year 7 and 8 from King Edward School. The children were given tasks to find the degrees and angles in shapes.
We currently have a two week free trial of Spellodrome - similar to Mathletics but with a focus on spelling. Children need to use their Mathletics login information to gain access to the site using the link below.
Spring Term Overview
Christmas Jumper and Christmas Dinnner
In the festive mood and ready for Christmas.
We have been raising money for Save The Children!
Alex the Musical
Rehearsals are over and our performances are 'running like clockwork'. I have been working as the Knave of Hearts and have performed my very first solo. I felt quite nervous, but also excited. I think it went well - the audience seemed to like it!
Year 4 Cathedral Carols
In the cathedral was a tree decorated with bright lights. We sang many carols, my favourite was 'Come and join the celebration', and we all tried really hard to use our best voices.
It was very loud with everyone singing!
This term we have been busy working on a project to design Spectacular Marble Runs!
We have worked together in groups to build some amazing structures. Our designs need to look good and give the marbles a smooth run. We have learnt about free-standing structures.
One bit of advice - don't make your design too complicated!
By Maisie and Jasmine
We have recently signed up to the Mathletics program. This program is linked to the curriculum standards and is designed to motivate and engage children in their maths' learning both in school and at home. The children will be using the site at school, within maths lessons, for homework activities and also to take part in games and challenges where they can earn points and rewards.
Children can access the website here:
Or alternatively by downloading the app on an iPad or tablet. Each child has their own login. Please keep your login details safe, if you do happen to misplace them, please let me know and I can provide the details.
Willow class have been learning to design, write and program a Scratch game during ICT.