Willow Class Blog

Mental Health Week

It was mental health week this week and Willow Class discussed what was meant by the phrase 'mental health'. As part of the #beingourselves theme this year, we discussed the differences between us in class and also the similarities. The children understood that it's good to be different and we should celebrate our differences. The children moved around the classroom asking each other questions about themselves and even found out new information about each other! We also discussed how important it is to show each other respect and kindness and the class enjoyed picking out their friends and saying what makes them 'them'.


The children also made their Viking boats this week as part of their Viking Topic!

Longboats and Giants.

Last week, the children in Willow Class enjoyed their afternoon's thinking about Science questions. They investigated the effects of light and shadow and also attempted to build a tower as tall as they could with spaghetti and marshmallows!

This week, the children have designed their own Viking longboat and are looking forward to making it on Thursday. As part of our Viking topic the children have been learning more about everyday life of a Viking family in a longhouse and have been writing diary entries in Topic lessons.

Also, this week the children have begun their new non fiction unit. A non-chronological report on giants! Be sure to let your child have some time practising writing at home as well as reading their school reading books.

Looking at the past.

This week Willow Class enjoyed learning about Viking Artefacts. We looked at what it was like to live in a Viking Longhouse and I brought in a replica Viking drinking horn and Viking coin which the children enjoyed handling. They are excited to learn more in the coming weeks!



Spring Term begins!

What a great week Willow Class have had! Key Stage 2 were lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the Storehouse in Chester to watch Secret Seven. The children were engaged throughout the performance and there were lots of laughs!


We have also began our Viking topic and on Monday the children worked in groups to investigate Viking facts which were stuck up around the classroom.


In PSHE this week we learnt about personal space, and what to say if someone was in our personal space. 

Christmas Journey…

We have come to our last week of Autumn term and what a term it has been! Both Miss Burke and I are very proud of Willow and Sycamore in their performance of their Christmas play "A Magical Christmas Journey", all children did a wonderful job and worked incredibly hard to perform for families and guests.

We finished the term by creating Christmas poetry and many children had a try at adding rhyming couplets to their poems which can be tricky! We enjoyed thinking of interesting season related vocabulary and this came across in their writing.

In Maths we continued with our multiplication and will move on to word problems after Christmas.

Well done, Willow class for a successful term! I know they will be back after Christmas with lots of enthusiasm for out new Vikings topic!


The picture below if from when Tom James and Olympic gold medalist for Rowing came to Oak View Academy, all children were lucky enough to get to hold two Olympic gold medals!

Chester Zoo!


Willow class had a wonderful time at the zoo and were finally able to see the songbirds in person! The children impressed me with their knowledge of the birds and enthusiasm for learning about the problems that face these beautiful creatures.


In Maths Willow class have begun their unit on multiplication and we are beginning to show equal groups practically. They should continue counting in 3s, 4s and 8s at home to practise their times tables knowledge.

This week in English the children will begin innovating their set of instructions and it will be Christmas themed to get us in the Christmas Spirit.


Please ensure you practise the children's lines with them as much as possible as the play is in just over a weeks time!


Sing for Songbirds

Willow class are coming to the end of their Maths unit on addition and subtraction, it has been a long unit as the children got to grips with formal methods of addition and subtraction for the first time. In Year 3 we have been learning some things for the first time and many children are showing motivation and resilience for learning!

In English we are beginning our Non-fiction unit on instructions. It would be a fab idea if you could make something with your children, following a set of instructions on how to make something for example, to see the kind of language which is used. (First, Next, After that...)

Willow Class' workshops with The Sing for Songbirds Project for Chester Zoo has sadly come to an end. The children had a wonderful few weeks completing a variety of activities as they learnt about preventing the extinction of Indonesian songbirds. They created their own songbirds through paper folding and were surprisingly good at telling the difference between different bird songs! Our last session was spent outdoors as tallied up all the different birds we could see outside the school.


We will be visiting Chester Zoo this Friday as whole school so we can see the importance of conserving wildlife!


Outdoor learning!

What an exciting week Willow have had! On Tuesday Willow class had the wonderful opportunity to partake in adventure activities at the PettyPool centre. They completed three activities - archery, wall climbing and crate stacking. Two of these activities involved children rooting for each other as they were brave enough to get up high in their harnesses. I am extremely proud of them, especially as they all worked incredibly well in their teams. When some children were unsure whether they wanted to complete the activities they supported and encouraged each other. All the pupils in Willow had learnt some excellent team building skills and also demonstrated their motivation and determination to try new things and succeed in the tasks. Well done!! :)


Here are some photos of the day:


On Monday this week I had arranged for Willow class to visit the Lion Salt Works as part of our Geography Topic. As well as learning about the local history of the Salt Mines - including how salt was produced and the working conditions in the mines, they learnt some vital mapping skills as they went on a 'hunt' using clues and map coordinates. They identified different map symbols and looked at historical maps.


Here are some photos of the day:


Welcome Back!

Our first week has flown by in Willow Class and we it has been a productive week! We had an election for Class Council, learnt about our new award 'Learner of the Week', explored our new classroom and Junior playground and gained new responsibilities through classroom jobs.

In English we have begun learning our new suspense story and doing some short burst writing such as diary entries. We have also been learning new words from the text in order to expand our vocabulary knowledge. Next week we'll continue to explore the text until we are ready to innovate!

In Maths we have done lots of practical work on three digit numbers and drawing them using base ten imagery - squares for hundreds, lines for tens and dots for ones. They have grasped this very well, well done Willow!

In topic we have been doing lots of art this week as part of our work on William Morris and some of this work will be put on display. As this term is about land, air and sea we have explored the outdoors and used natural resources to inspire our work.


Next week we will begin to look at how we can be an effective learner as this is especially important now the children are in Year 3.

A fantastic first week back!

A brilliant first week back.
In maths, the children have been looking at money and even when they have found it hard, they have shown excellent determination and resilience. They looked at adding the money together using number lines, mental strategies and the column method and then had to solve how much change they would get back when they gave in a certain amount. By the end of the week, they had become confident in using these strategies.

In English, we have been studying a new text, which is a wishing story. The children have been learning the text and looking at what it is about and what the vocabulary means. Next week, they will focus on editing and improving the text to make it their own.

This week in topic, the children have been making their Stone Age houses and have supported one another in the process. Next week, they will evaluate their designs.

We are all looking forward to another good week.