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Willow Class

2021- 2022

Autumn term

We enjoyed putting our football skills to the test in playing mini matches.

The weekly certificate was awarded to Lily for well organised and accurate work in Maths. Well done !

Humanities - Conserving resources

 

We learnt about the terms ‘efficiency’ and ‘conservation’ when referring to natural resources. We carried out an experiment using breadsticks. Each child was given 3 breadsticks to eat. The first one was eaten at their own pace, the second having smaller bites and the third only having a bite every 15 seconds. We recorded the number of children that had finished eating their whole breadstick at 15 seconds intervals. Once the experiment was completed, we analysed the results to find the best way to reduce use of natural resources like food, energy and water.

In Computing, we can now block program our Crumbles so the sparkles change colour.

Assembly
 

The first class certificate was awarded to Lottie for great explanations in maths and being kind and helpful in class. The next was presented to Antonio for persevering, and hard work all week. 
Lottie talked to the whole school about her amazing achievement of being regraded in karate. She is now a purple belt. Lottie explained what was involved in her assessment and demonstrated some of her moves. Well done Lottie 👏

Where our food comes from

 

We explored the distance our supermarket food travels from to where it is consumed. The children had a selection on items, where they had to look at the packaging and find the country of origin or produced. Using a website on the iPads, they calculated the miles, as the crow flies, from the country of origin to the school.
We discussed if fewer miles means better for the environment, if there are any benefits to importing food and if we should worry about food miles.

Computing
 

As part of our physical computing lessons, we began to explore Crumble controllers and some of its associated components. We took a closer look at each item and learnt how to connect some of the parts together.

Art - drawing shells using chalk

Virtual assembly

This week certificates were awarded to Josh for his contribution and questioning in class discussion and Seth for his fantastic fish pen drawing and perseverance in Art.
Isla was presented with a Guinness World Record title certificate for taking part in the largest postage stamp design competition. 

Geography - Designing our own passive home and researching the pros and cons to building one.

Science

 

The class carried out a friction investigation to see if different surfaces would slow down a toy car. The children chose to test bubble wrap, a table top, carpet, material and astro turf. To make it a fair investigation, Josh let go of the car from a 10cm ramp and each surfaces was tested 3 times. 
The children had to predict which surface would create the most and least friction. 

Olly was awarded the class certificate for sharing his ideas with the class and listening to others.

Simulating a physical system in Computing by writing an algorithm for a set of traffic lights and designing the coding program.

Art

Our topic this term is ‘The seaside’. This lesson we have started drawing fish using a black biro. We focused on the outline and practised applying different pressure on the pen to get the desired effect. Next we’ll look at the fine details in sections.

Assembly

This week, the certificate was awarded to Isla for her wonderful poetry and her hard work in every lesson. We also celebrated Tom’s birthday. 
 

Zia and Imogen talked to the whole school about their fundraising idea of holding a cake sale on Tuesday 28th September. The money raised will go to an Afghanistan refugees charity. 

Music

This year, we are learning to play the clarinet with Mr Whiteman. Today we learnt how to assemble and clean our instruments. We listened to different pieces of music to see if we could hear the pulse and work out the beat count.

PSHE
We have been focusing on how to help others at home and we discussed the chores that children carry out at home. Each child has been set a task to carry out at least 3 chores for their parents in the next 7 days. 

Science

 Today, we learnt about scientists of the past. We discussed how Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity and if Aristotle or Galileo were right when deciding if heavier or lighter objects fall faster. We wanted to test the theory by carrying out a fair experiment. We talked about what made a fair test. 

This week, Holly and Mimi led our class assembly. They chose to talk about interesting facts about Greek gods. Well done girls.

We have begun our class read of Kensuke’s Kingdom. Micheal and his dog, Stella Artois, have just  fallen overboard into the stormy sea. Today we have written our own stormy sea poems based on Michaels experience.

The first achievement certificate of the year was awarded to the whole class for a good start to year 5!

The children have been show each other how to work out the answers to their maths morning work.

Football in PE

Before we began the lesson, we discussed the importance of stretching and warming up prior to any physical activity. The class learnt different stretches for different muscles. They enjoyed playing a new warm up game called star tag. 
The focus this week was dribbling technique.  We practised using the four parts of our foot: sole, inside, outside, laces. The children worked hard to keep the ball as close to their feet as possible so it made it harder for defenders to get the ball.

Our first virtual assembly in year 5.

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed their first afternoon together, playing Danish rounders.

2020 - 2021

Summer term

Achievement assembly

The certificate was awarded to Beth for her wonderful report for ‘Mouse!’ and being a fantastic part of our school.

We celebrated Blake’s birthday and heard about the wonderful birthday weekend he has planned.

We had a great afternoon playing a rounders tournament with Larch class.

Emil & The Detectives 2021

Our Year 5 & 6 summer production, we hope you enjoy watching this.

Willow and Larch enjoyed watching the premiere of Emil and the detectives.

DT

We have finished making our prototype slippers. Look at our amazing designs.

Achievements

We were very pleased to celebrate some amazing achievements this week. Izzy was awarded her 5 year achievement certificate from Stage Coach. Lily and her family went on a Falcon VIP day trip. Lily was very lucky to be able to feed the birds and have a Falcon called Scarlet land on her arm.Martha and Daniel took part in the 5k Splashout race at Newton Park at the weekend. 

In Science, we carried out an experiment to see what materials are permeable.

Achievement assembly 

 

The certificate was awarded to the whole class for their enthusiasm and attitude to the play. We celebrated Lily’s birthday. Polly and Florence took part in a 1.9km race last weekend and showed us their medals. Well done girls.

 

The final year house points were announced. This years results were:

1st place - Red house with 1435

2nd place - Purple house with 1245 

3rd place - Blue house with 1243

4th place - Orange house with 1200

 

All classes have now completed their sports day and the points were counted and totalled. The results were:

1st  - Red house

2nd - Blue house

3rd - Orange house

4th - Purple house

 

 

Music- Today the class learnt to play a piece of music called DC. Ike volunteered to play the piece solo!

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Sports day

Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic afternoon taking part in their sports day. The events were long and short distance races, relay races and tug of war. They encouraged and supported each other aswell as cheered and celebrated with their house team mates. 

Preparation are well under way for our production of ‘Emil and the detectives’. The production will be posted on the class page once completed. You’re in for a real treat!

Children playing Fanfare with Mr Holt, our music teacher.

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Achievement assembly

 

The certificate was awarded to Ike for hard work in our play rehearsals and keeping us on track. It was also Izzy’s 10th birthday, who was given her birthday sticker.
During the last year, Jacob and his family have been taking part in Race at your pace. It involves running, walking, swimming or cycling. Last month, he cycled 50 miles. Fantastic achievement. 
Harry was awarded the highest award in Cubs, the silver award. To achieve this, he had to get 6 activities badges aswell as 7 challenge awards. Well done Harry 👏

Go Ape 2021

In Science, we investigated which materials best conduct electricity.

What a way to start the day. The staff cooked the children sausages, bacon and egg roll before they started rehearsing their end of year play.

Science

We carried out an experiment to see if thermal bags keep items of food colder or hotter than room temperature. We had 2 ice creams and 2 jacket potatoes. The children checked the temperature of the 4 items at regular intervals. The class verdict was that the bags did keep the ice cream colder and the jacket potato hotter than the ones at room temperature.

Boogie Bounce visited Willow class today. The children were put through their paces with 2 half hour sessions. All the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves using the mini trampolines and learning various routines. It was amazing. 

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Assembly

 

This week, Mrs Wilson awarded two achievement certificates. The first one was for Blake for fantastic mental maths and for working hard on all your morning work. The second was for Lily for super thinking and problem solving in Maths!

We celebrated Cleo achieving her black belt in kookstool. It has taken 6 years of hard work for Cleo to achieve this.

The children were very excited to find and use the new playground toys and equipment that had been purchased by our PTA.

Science

Willow class carried out an fair test to investigate different types of carrier bags and their uses. The only variable we changes was the material of the bags. 

Assembly

The certificate was awarded to the whole class for having a great attitude this week ! 😊 

The PTA organised Move it in May and would like to thank the children who took part and raised an amazing £330 so far. 

We also celebrated Felix and Jasmine birthdays.

Computing

 

Our new topic is called Game Creator where we will be designing and creating our own quest games. The games will include different levels, backgrounds, point scoring systems and sounds.Today the children explored the program to enable them to start designing their own game next week. 

In DT, we have now begun making our slipper prototypes, using different materials and sewing the materials together.

Science

Our new topic is exploring everyday materials. We carried out an experiment using different materials to find their properties (magnetic, hardness, transparent, flexibility and permeable).  After the experiment we had to describe the material and what it might be used for. Our star words were matter, material and property. 

This half term in Maths, we are working on properties of shapes along with position and direction. 
Today we focused on measuring angles using a protector and looking at degrees in quarter, half and a full turn.

Weekly assembly

Our certificate was awarded to Beth for her wonderful questioning and thinking in all our lessons.

RE

Today we learnt about Vesak, one of the most important Buddhist festivals. It is also known as Wesak or Buddha Day. It is a celebration of Buddha's birthday and, for some Buddhists, marks his enlightenment (when he discovered life's meaning). It is also a time to reflect on his teachings and what it means to be Buddhist. We made our own colourful Vesak lanterns.

Weekly assembly

 

This week, we awarded two certificates. The first went to Izzy for preserving with her writing and producing some lovely work. The second was for Alex, for fluent and expressive reading to the whole class. Well done to both of you. ⭐️

Travelling book fair

The children enjoyed having a look at all the books which are available to buy. The books can be purchased either online using the school reference or completing a form. All the information has been sent out in an email. 
If you have any queries, please contact the school office. 

The children have enjoyed learning to play Mamma Mia at full speed and Jingle Bells.

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Our achievement certificate went to Cleo for her positive attitude in learning. We also celebrated Mannix’s birthday. 

In DT, Willow class are designing and making a slipper. This week we were set a task to create a template using only paper, a pencil and a glue stick. Have a look at how we got on.

In Computing, the children have been planning an end of term party for the class on a budget of £100. The party needed to include food, drinks and decorations. They used the internet to research their ideas and find out the prices. The information was added to a spreadsheet and totals were added using formulas. Willow class came up with some amazing ideas and we can’t wait to share them with each other.

This week, Caylen was given the class achievement certificate for working hard in all subjects.

Our new class shared reading book is Boy in the tower by Polly Ho-Yen. We can’t wait to read the book and start adding work to our fantastic class display.

The children have been practising speaking French.

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For PE, we are learning the rules of cricket and the key skills involved. This week we have learnt to bowl and we continued to focus on our batting skills.

Weekly assembly

This week Mrs Wilson awarded two certificates. The first one was for Daniel for working hard to improve the presentation of his written work. The next went to Florence who achieved distinction in her first trombone exam. 😀

We also celebrated the birthdays of Ike, Polly and Florence. 

In RE, we looked at how Buddhist belief that the Buddha is a refuge and guide towards enlightenment. We read the story of Angulimala and the Buddha. We drew a picture of what we thought each character looked like and added a character description.

We are learning how to play Hi 5 netball along with the rules and positions. We are having great fun playing games.

Virtual assembly - Freya was awarded the class certificate for great work in maths and her general contribution in class.

English

We have now finished reading our class book 'War Horse'. This week, in pairs or independently, we have been writing a play script of one of the scenes.  We had to think about; cast, props, setting the scene, the dialogue and how a script is set out. 

The class have been busy continuing to learn how to play their brass instruments. This week, they learnt how to play G note and continued practising playing Mamma Mia. Please have a listen as I’m sure you’ll agree with me, it sounds amazing.

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Virtual Assembly 

This week, the class certificate was awarded to Blake for his fantastic work in Maths. We celebrated Martha’s and Cleo’s birthday which were during the Easter holidays. 

Science

Today, we learnt about the life cycle of a flowering plant and dissected daffodils to be able to explore each part using a magnifying glass. We looked at the different processes of pollination.

Willow class were surprised to see the playground had be redesigned over the Easter break and excited to play the new games.

Spring term

Last virtual assembly of the term

Mrs Burrell announced that we raised an amazing £800 for Red Nose Day last week. Thank you for all of your kind and generous donations. The winners of the Easter letter competitions was also announced with Lily and Elliot winning in Willow class. Well done.

The class achievement certificate was presented to Jasmine for being a kind friend and for working well with others. Jasmine was nominated by a class member. We also celebrated Jess and Youseff’s birthday.
Finally, the house points were announced for the end of term as follows:

1st place - Red house with 287

2nd place - Blue house with 278

Joint 3rd place - Purple and Orange house with 264

Science

This term, we have been looking at life cycles and what happens if a life cycle isn’t completed. Today we talked about what the biggest threats to animals are. We learnt about Jane Goodall and how she spent 40 years researching and studying chimpanzees in Tanzania, dealing with conservation and animal welfare issues. 
Each  child researched animals which are close to being extinct and created a poster to try and help save their animal. 

PSHE - Being responsible

This week, we having been talking about looking out for others. We discussed why we should take actions when someone is being unkind, the importance of looking out for others and how making some choices can impact others’ lives in a negative way.

Red Nose Day crazy outfits

Virtual Assembly

 

Today we enjoyed looking at the children’s crazy outfits, hair styles and face paints in all classes for Red Nose Day. So far we have raised an amazing £446 on the school’s Just Giving page. We are so close to our target of £500.
The winners of World Book Day was announced and we are pleased to say Annabelle won in Willow Class. Annabelle made a book about dogs using different material for each page. Her prize was a book of her choice.

House points are very close this term. So far Red and Blue are joint leaders with 190 points, followed closely by Purple and Orange. We have one week to go before the winner is announced. Last terms winners were Purple house, who will be having their award next Friday with a non uniform day and a special snack during the day.

This weeks achievement certificate was given to Alex for working hard and giving some good explanations in Maths. Well done Alex 👍🏼

Music

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Over the past two weeks, Willow class have been learning to read the music and play Mama Mia on their instruments. Have a listen, it’s fantastic 🎶🎵🎺

Computing

Our new topic is Spreadsheets, where we will be using Purple Mash and begin to explore Excel. This week, we learnt how to use the how many tool and explored different tools and controls. Below is examples of our work on how formulas can calculate how many times a certain number on a dice appears and the probability. 

Virtual Assembly

 

It was lovely to see everyone in our first virtual assembly after lockdown. 
We awarded two certificates this week. One went to the whole class for coming back with a positive attitude to learning. The other certificate was awarded to Blake for fantastic work and explanations in Maths. Well done Blake ⭐️

RE

To the run up to Easter, we will be looking at the Easter story and the importance of resurrection to Christians. Today, we created a story map using pictures and words to help us understand the Easter story.

Willow class enjoyed learning how to play Danish rounders in their PE lesson today.