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Summer Term Curriculum

Willow Class Explored Science Week at King Edward VI School

Willow Class World Book Day 2019

Willow Class Brass Concert for parents

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On Friday 8th February Willow Class, led by Mr McDowell, gave a music performance to parents. During the performance the children played some of the pieces they have learnt so far this year.

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

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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

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Young Voices 2019

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Practising hard for Young Voices

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Spring term Curriculum Map

This term Willow Class have focused on WW1 for their Humanities topic. On a recent visit to Duxford IWM they had a more hands on study of the planes, trenches, uniforms and countries that played a part in the war. They were also able to have a closer look at what life was like during this time.


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.

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On a gorgeous Monday Larch and Willow classes set off for a historical walk around Bury St Edmunds following The World War 1 trail. As they walked around the town they came across pieces of art which told the story of WW1. The children were asked to look at the information on each plaque that accompanied each piece such as why the artist chose the materials they used, why or how the subject was important to the war or any other information they could find. Along with this information the children looked for a letter to work out a well known phrase.

Welcome to Willow Class Year 5



Curriculum Map Autumn 2018

Year 5 and 6 Residential July 20108

ICT - Radio Station - Making our own jingle

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Making our own phone cases in DT

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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.

Summer term - first half

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

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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.

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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.

This week in Maths, we have been looking at the properties of polygons including parallel and perpendicular sides, describing and sorting 2D and 3D shapes using Carroll and Venn diagrams. We have also been drawing circles with different radii using a compass to find the circumferences. 

Maths Roadshow


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.


Spring term



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!

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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!


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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!


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Design Technology


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!


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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.

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