Willow Class Blog

What Time is it Mr Wolf?

This week Willow class finished their Scratch projects on the laptops. Next term we will be focussing on word processing on the laptops to publish our writing.

In Maths we spent our lessons telling the time with our clocks and the weather was nice enough to go outside and draw clocks with chalk. Telling the time is very difficult for most children so we needed lots of reminding about what we already knew about O'clock,half past and quarter to and past. It would be very helpful if you could tell the time with your child as much as possible in the coming weeks so children can make progress in this tricky topic.

Act it out!

This week Willow Class have been learning their new text, a diary entry from a day in the life of a stone age boy. I challenged them to act out the story without using words and so they needed to think carefully about their facial expressions and body language to express the feelings of the character in each paragraph.

 

In maths Willow class practised subtracting fractions by 'eating' different slices of cake, pizza and chocolate and finding out how many subtraction they could make.

Also, Willow class have began UK military school! They very much enjoyed the experience and will continue to learn important skills and values such as, 'integrity'.

 

A piece of cake!

Willow class have enjoyed learning about fractions this week! We have worked with counters to understand how the fractions are about how many parts make the whole. We have also created our own fraction walls, in pairs, to help us with our equivalent fractions!

 

The children in Willow class have also started using scratch to programme their own characters. They have created some interesting animation already and we will continue this next week. If you would like to have a go on scratch at home heres the link: https://scratch.mit.edu

Team work!

This week Willow Class were sad to see the end of our Viking topic. We finished the topic by looking at the Anglo Saxon King Alfred the Great. We put his life events in a time line and thought about what kind of person he was based on his actions. The children have also worked in small groups looking at fractions and sorting recount features. It has been a wonderful Spring term and Willow class have worked well in teams this term, sharing their knowledge and ideas. Well done, Willow! 

Vicious Vikings!

On Tuesday this week, the children were surprised to find a Viking in their classroom!

They had a wonderful day learning about Viking life. They watched Njal make a fire and re-enacted a Viking burial and a Viking fight with shields and (foam) swords. They had the amazing opportunity to handle Viking artefacts such as real axes and silver.  It was a wonderful round off to our Viking topic and they will have the chance to use their experiences of their day in the English recount writing.

 

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Debating in Willow Class.

 

This week Willow class were drawn into a class debate on Viking Raids. Half the class played the part of the Monks of Lindisfarne, raided and killed by the Vikings and the other half the class played the part of the Viking raiders. Surprisingly the class agreed the arguments of the Vikings won who were determined for the Monks to see their point that they were desperate for land and money to start a new life in England. The Monks desperately wanted the Vikings to be less selfish and come to an agreement on sharing the land!

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.