Willow Class News
Willow have worked exceptionally hard this week. We have written fantastic playscripts in English and have been able to reflect on the progress they have made throughout this unit of writing. In Maths, children have revised their knowledge of angles to calculate unknown angles and have practiced their summarising skills in guided reading. Children have explored the 5 pillars of Islam in RE to consider how Muslims feel part of their community; have explored Spreadsheets in computing; and have taken an incredibly mature approach to their learning in Jigsaw.
We have managed to squeeze in SO much learning this week! In Maths, we have worked hard to solve problems involving ratio and proportion and enjoyed getting to know the characters of Bill and Nancy in English. This has helped children in their playscript writing, where they have worked hard to try and convey character through dialogue and stage directions. Wednesday was particularly exciting as children experienced what school was like for Victorian children at the time. We did our arithmetic practice on slates and used an abacus to support our understanding of ratio in Maths as well as investigated the invertebrates that occupy the churchyard in Science. Children were unsure of Mrs Webber and Mr Johnston, as they were especially strict, but thankfully all children managed to avoid the cane!! Since then, children have worked hard to explore the concept of 'Community' from an Islamic context and have practiced their production. Please encourage your child to be learning their lines - this makes a huge different to rehearsals.
Willow have had a brilliant first week back together after last week's residential. Year 6 enjoyed sharing photos of Calshot with Year 5, especially the video of Mrs Webber on the team swing! Children have revised fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence this week in Maths and have applied this skill to contextual problems. I have been very impressed with how children have approached this - some of it has been rather tricky! In English, we have begun a unit on playscript writing and considered the importance of stage directions in particular. This has supported with our first rehearsals of our production, 'Olivia'! You are in for a treat! A reminder that this coming Wednesday is our Victorian day, where children are encouraged to come in dressed as Victorians!
Willow have had a super week this week. Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their residential at Calshot, where they have enjoyed lots of activities including climbing, sailing, kayaking, archery and shooting! Well done to Year 5, who’ve worked hard with Mr Johnston and Mrs Owens this week. They have written biographies of Victorian inventors and honed their fraction skills!
The morning begun with glorious sun, and a birthday breakfast, for a special one.
Quite at home on the range,
our bulls-eyes in sight.
shooting stars we became,
With our rifles held tight.
A mid morning break,
Sitting on the sea wall
Then off to the hangar
To stack crates so tall
So crate stacking next
Building the tallest of towers
Fantastic team work
And victory was ours!
Back onto the water
With kayaking galore
The wind was so strong
it blew us to shore.
No need to fear
we didn’t want to turn back!
Us being us
We gave it crack after crack!
Our last evening of fun
Called for ringos downhill
All joined up together
With plenty of thrills!
Calshot, day three!
How fantastic it will be!
First, adventure in the woods at Spratsdown,
We used maps to find our way around.
Next, we needed to stop,
So we made a beeline for the on-site shop!
Time for the team swing -
What fun it will bring!
Second session on the slopes,
Made it to the top, just like we'd hoped.
Looking forward to this evening-
Prepared for another good night's sleep-
These memories, we will keep.
Hip, hop hooray, it’s sailing day
The the sea is flat, the wind’s okay!
Yellow Fun Boat’s the name, fun is it’s nature,
‘Hop aboard me Hearties’, we’ll see you lot later!
To the water we flew, like a bird in the air.
We were heard to exclaim as we sailed off in pairs…
“What a great morning task, we’re so glad we all came,
Regular school work now seems boring and tame!
Despite this great task we were soon climbing walls,
Not in annoyance but, with rope and other tools.
Some were like spiders scuttling up quick,
Others more considered, not missing a trick.
Whilst climbing in groups others skied or shot arrows
As yesterday’s time was just far too narrow.
To the castle tonight for Tudor Twilight tasks,
A step back through time- a blast from the past!
Initiative and skiing to start the day.
We’re ready, eager-we’re here to play!
Initiative by name, initiative we used
There’s no place on the course to be confused.
Swinging to safety, scaling walls,
Traversing ‘The Tunnel’, balancing seesaws.
Onto the archery, arrows at the ready!
A strong arm required to hold them steady.
After all this, it went down hill quickly!
With boots, skis and helmets, so fast we felt sickly!
For a first lesson session, the slopes remained low.
Next time we wear this gear, we’ll all be ski pros!
Rushing rockets this evening we launch from the beach.
As far as our dreams the vessels may reach?
Goodbye to day one, so quick it has passed.
On to day two-long may it last!
Willow have had a lovely end to this half term. They have produced some fantastic writing from the perspective of Dodger in English and have worked hard to solve multi-step problems in Maths. In Project, children presented their posters and winners were announced: special well done to Jude, Hannah, Amelia, Esther, Eva and Millie for their hard work. Children have also used coding in the programme, 'Scratch' to create a Victorian music box and have especially enjoyed the added excitement of holding chicks, making scones for the Jubilee and receiving their parts for the end of year production! Have a happy half term everybody!
Another wonderful week in Willow. We have been brushing up on our mental arithmetic methods for the four operations, particularly scaling and compensation. In English, we have had great fun writing persuasively from the perspective of Oliver Twist's, Fagin! We have enjoyed reading them aloud with the slang and colloquial language modelled in the book and look forward to applying the same skills when writing as Dodger! In RE, we have begun to explore the concept of stewardship and children have considered their own experiences of being entrusted with something special. Finally, children enjoyed a Drama workshop and even golf in PE!
A HUGE WELL DONE AND CONGRATULATIONS to our lovely Year 6's, who completed their SATs assessments this week. I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are of you. Thank you too to the Year 5's for working flexibly and considerately in support of their peers this week. In addition to the assessments, we have completed some fantastic discursive writing about the Victorian workhouse and whether or not it was a place of hope or despair. Children have also collaborated and undertaken research to produce powerpoint presentations about volcanoes and earthquakes in Geography this week and worked well together in handball during their PE lesson.
Willow have had another busy week. We have worked really hard in Maths to identify the prime factors of numbers and have also investigated squared and cubed numbers. I have been tremendously impressed by children's independent writing this week, where they've been busy innovating a balanced argument - some of the best writing the children have produced! I really look forward to seeing how they apply these skills to writing about the Victorian workhouses. Children are also well under way with their poster competition about the Victorians (see photo) and really enjoyed their additional football lesson this week! A special mention must go to the Year 6's this week, who have worked their socks off in the lead up to SATs! Best of luck next week, Year 6's! You CAN do it!
It has been absolutely wonderful to see Willow this week after what I hope has been a brilliant Easter break for you all. We have had great fun launching our new project: 'How have the lives of British school children changed since the Victorian era?' - children entered the classroom on Monday to find some rather strange (and rather disgusting!) items dotted around! The attached QR codes provided information about what life was like for Victorian children, including school and work. Children have started the term curious to find out more. We have begun our new unit on discursive writing in English and have had lots of fun playing with and investigating multiples and factors in Maths. We've begun to look at the work of Victorian scientist, Carl Linnaeus in Science and have enjoyed getting to know 'Oliver Twist'. Particular well done to Willow children for their excellent application of the new Golden Rules this week. Keep it up!
I am so proud of Willow this week - this week has looked slightly different and has involved several different adults teaching them but the children have demonstrated just what a lovely class they are to teach! All adults have said just how impressed they were by children's behaviour and attitudes towards their learning: this has resulted in some fantastic investigating involving algebra, some wonderful story writing in English and poetry in RE, as well as some investigations thinking about the factors that impact the pitch of a sound in Science. Children have evaluated their delicious African dishes from last week's exhibitions and really enjoyed practicing some of the skills required in cricket. I hope you all have a happy Easter and I very much look forward to seeing you all in the summer term.
Willow have had a really fantastic week. I have been impressed by the resilience children have shown in Maths particularly, where we have been doing algebra and finding the 'number behind the letter mask'! In English, children have produced some beautiful dream poetry and some children even made dream catchers at home to accompany their wonderful writing! We had fun in Science making 'String Cup Phones' and used our knowledge of sound to explain how our partners were able to hear at the other end! The highlight however, has been cooking with Mrs Owens - children researched and cooked some delicious African delicacies, which we shared at exhibition this afternoon. Well done for your hard work, Willow!
Another lovely week in Willow Class! We have enjoyed learning to read scales accurately with a whole class investigation and solving measurement problems involving the multiplication of fractions! In English, we have begun a unit of writing based on Pie Corbett’s ‘Dream Poem’. We conducted another investigation in Science considering whether the medium around a sound source impacts its volume. We found that paper reduced the volume by the most decibels! We ended the week with an RE day where we considered the Christian and Muslim interpretations of God. Keep up the hard work, Willow!
Willow have worked tremendously hard this week. They have persevered with converting units of metric and imperial measure and yesterday, moved on to estimating and calculating volume. In English, children have completed a 'drop-in' write, where they have written informative reports about the creatures designed on Science Day - I have been thrilled with what children have remembered of non-chronological report writing. Some of their best writing yet! In Science, we conducted a class experiment investigating what happens to volume as you move away from the sound source - most children were able to have a go at using a decimetre! Children have also worked hard in art to produce their own Nuer and Dinka tribe inspired piece. We look forward to sharing these with you soon.
Willow began the week by reflecting on their African workshop- what a day it was! Some children have written reviews of their experience. In Maths, we have been learning how to convert units of measure and, in English, have practiced writing to inform and to persuade. Children have explored the themes and techniques of Nuer and Dinka tribe art work and have begun planning their own piece. In Science, children have learned how vibrations travel through mediums to create sound and have explored what sound waves look like. We also had an exciting end to this week with our Science Day where we worked in groups to produce a stop motion video! A special well done to Year 6, who have completed their second round of mocks.
I have been amazed by Willow's approach to their learning this week after a sudden end to last half term! They have continued some fantastic story writing in English and we look forward to sharing them with you later in the term. In Maths, children have been interpreting line and bar graphs and enjoyed finding the mean number of books on library shelves on World Book Day! In Science, we started a new unit on sound and children conducted some practical activities to prove that sound is caused by vibrations. We had an exciting end to the week by reading to our buddies in Oak as part of our World Book Day celebrations and have LOVED our African workshop today!
Willow have had a great end to this half term. The class have produced some really fantastic journey narratives in English and I have been amazed at the quality of the writing. We look forward to sharing them with you next half term. In Maths, children have been exploring statistics, particularly the use of line graphs. Children have thought about the ‘stories’ they tell and some have even had a go at constructing their own! In Science, children completed our unit of learning by creating life cycles for their own Switchzoo characters, applying lots of the vocabulary explored in recent weeks. Children have also taken the role of geologists, climatologists, public health officers and village elders in discussing solutions to Africa’s ‘Water Crisis’. Thank you for your support this half term. Have a restful break.
Willow have had another very busy week of learning! The children have shown real resilience with adding and subtracting mixed numbers this week - a tricky skill to grasp! The class have also been working really hard in English, where they have been using prepositions and sensory details to create setting descriptions. On Tuesday, we celebrated Internet Safety Day and enjoyed creating Digital Footprints, which showed the apps, games and sites that children access regularly. We then had some brilliant conversations which encouraged children to think about their responses in different situations. Particular well done to the E-cadets for leading a fantastic whole school assembly! In Science, we learned all about the life cycle and adaptations of an ostrich and have considered some of the reasons behind water shortages and their impacts in Geography.
Willow have had a really lovely week. We have especially enjoyed our novel, 'A Long Walk to Water' and mapping out the story in pairs. We have boxed up the story and developed a character profile of the main protagonist, Salva. In Maths, I have been astounded by the children's approach to describing and generating linear sequences - this has lent itself well to some investigative work. In Science, we have learned about the life cycle and adaptations of a mosquito and have considered the importance of water in our lives in Project. However, our highlight has got to be the 'Safari Adventure' we hosted for Birch, who came and learned about our Switchzoo creatures!
Willow have enjoyed another week of learning! They have produced some wonderful non-chronological reports of fictional creatures and we are really looking forward to sharing them with other classes next week on our 'Safari Adventure'! In Science, we loved learning about the African Bullfrog, its adaptations and how its life cycle differs from that of a mammal. In Project, we learned how we drink the same water as the dinosaurs did thanks to the water cycle (!) and have set up our own water cycle investigation in class - we look forward to seeing the results.
Another busy week of learning in Willow! On Monday, children had fun using the 'Switchzoo' app to create their own creature as a subject for writing. Children have given such thought to their creatures' appearance, habitat and diet and have produced some really fantastic writing that informs the reader. We are looking forward to sharing our reports with other children next week. In Maths, we've worked hard to read and interpret pie charts using our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. I was particularly impressed by the resilience children showed to start with - their persistence has proved they CAN do it! In Science, we have enjoyed learning about the life cycle and adaptations of a giraffe and have loved keeping scores of the AFCON tournament. Between us, we can now name the 54 countries of Africa in three minutes!
Willow have worked tremendously hard this week and have really impressed me in all areas of their learning. Children tackled some complex problems requiring decimal, percentage and fraction equivalence in Maths at the beginning of the week and have moved on to solving problems involving ratio - we even scaled up a recipe for a berry smoothie, which we hope to test out for snack soon! In English, we have started innovating and writing about some fictional creatures - created by the 'Switchzoo' app- in practice for hot writes next week. In Science, we have been looking at the lifecycle of mammals and look forward to learning about giraffes in next week's lesson. In addition to all of this, we have managed to work together to name ALL 54 countries of Africa and are excited to see how events unfold in the AFCON tournament over the next few weeks.
What a fantastic start to the new term Willow have had! It has been lovely to see the children again and commence a new unit of learning based on the enquiry question: 'Africa: What is needed to succeed?' We have had lots of fun trying to name all the countries in the continent, which has included creating a 'bedsheet map' of Africa using lines of longitude and latitude to locate them. We have really liked becoming naturalists, inspired by David Attenborough, and researching different African animals in preparation for non-chronological report writing in English and life cycle work in Science.
Willow have had a really brilliant end to the term and have thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the panto, the Christmas lunch, stories with Santa and, of course, the school disco! In amongst the festivities, we have enjoyed some learning about the phases of the moon and the different interpretation of the Christmas stories in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Children should be really proud of how hard they have worked this term and have certainly earned a rest over the break. With best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year. Mrs Webber
Huge congratulations to our Year 6's, who completed their Mock SATs this week - they should be so proud of how hard they have worked. Well done to the Year 5's too, who have coped superbly well with the change to their usual routine. In addition to Mock SATs, Willow have been learning about units of metric measure in Maths and have produced some beautiful free-verse poetry about the planets in English. We look forward to sharing it on the school website soon. In Science, children have been learning about what causes day and night, as well as the phases of the moon.
I have been really impressed with Willow Class this week, who have shown a real eagerness and commitment to their Maths learning, in particular. Children have worked hard to identify missing angles and translate shapes on a co-ordinate grid - a difficult skill to master! In English, children have published their portal stories ready to send to Jennifer Bell, the author of Wonderscape, and have had fun putting actions to the poem; "Six Ways to Look at the Moon." In Science, children had fun learning about the movement of the planets around the sun and we even found out what our ages would be on each planet! Children also enjoyed the Trashmouth puppets who came to visit on Thursday.
We had an exciting delivery in Willow Class this week - the manager at Trailfinders, Winchester, wrote to us to congratulate us on our fantastic persuasive flyers from earlier in the term. He seems confident that we would make very successful travel agents! Children have done some more brilliant writing this week and have completed their own portal stories - these have been a real labour of love so we hope you enjoyed reading them this afternoon! In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of time and applying this to solving problems and have learned about the planets, their size and distance from the sun in Science.
Another lovely week in Willow. Children have worked tremendously hard in Maths to calculate percentages of amounts - I have been really impressed with children's determination to grasp this. In English, we have finished our portal story innovations, which are really wonderful to read. Children have also planned their own, which we hope to be able to finish in time to show you at exhibition this week. In Science, we discussed how the curiosity of Nicolaus Copernicus has changed the world and we have been celebrating our differences as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
Willow have worked hard again this week! Children have commenced a new unit in Maths, where they have applied their knowledge of multiples to find equivalent fractions. In English, we are using class-writes to write a practice version of a portal story. Willow worked as a team to create a story, which transports the main character to space! Do ask your child to re-tell it at home! As part of our Remembrance commemorations, children have also spent time creating black-out poetry and the Y6’s represented our school at the war memorial on Thursday. It was lovely to see you all at parent’s evenings this week – please do get in touch if you weren’t able to attend.
I am SO proud of Willow this week: they have made a fantastic start to this half term and have worked extremely hard. We have had lots of fun in English learning a portal story to help us write our own over the coming weeks and in Maths, we have been learning efficient methods for dividing numbers and applying this to problems - the progress children have made in this area this week has really blown me away! Willow have also enjoyed investigating the effects of friction in Science this week.
What a great end to half term! Children have had a busy week finishing their persuasive flyers, advertising holidays to US cities. A lot of effort has gone in to them and I'm sure you'll agree they are fantastic! I am really proud of the commitment children have shown during this unit of work. In Maths, children have revised the methods of short and long multiplication to solve calculations and in Science, we have been learning about the force of friction and considering its uses in our lives. We ended the half term with a day of D.T., where we applied our knowledge of forces from Science to design, make and evaluate parachutes to keep an egg safe! A lot of fun was had!
Willow have had a fantastic week! Children have made a brilliant start to their hot write; persuasive flyers about US cities that the children have researched. I have been astounded by the children's writing so far and I cannot wait to share the finished products with you! In Maths, children have made a great start to their new unit of learning - they have had fun finding factor pairs and creating factor and multiple chains. Children have enjoyed exploring one-point linear perspective in art and have considered how it revolutionised art during the Renaissance Period. In Science, children had great fun investigating water resistance and using blue tack to determine the most appropriate shape for a submarine!
Willow have had another great week. They have persevered at calculating perimeter in Maths and have enjoyed innovating a persuasive flyer advertising Micheldever as a holiday destination: we all enjoyed a walk around the village in the sunshine identifying key sites that would be attractive to a visitor. Children have worked hard to apply what they saw and discussed on their visit in their writing. Children have also continued to enjoy learning about the USA, this week, its human geography!
Willow have had a great week and have really enjoyed getting stuck into their new units of learning! In English, children have been learning about what makes a good persuasive flyer. Children have put actions to three paragraphs and can say it off by heart! We have found balancing equations in Maths a little tricky but I've been impressed with their resilience and persistence! In Project, children have loved learning about the USA; they have particularly enjoyed the challenge of seeing how many states they can recall! I'm sure they'd love to show off their knowledge at home!
Willow have had another great week. Children have produced some fantastic biographies of Renaissance Figures and I was particularly impressed by the reciprocity they showed when supporting one another in editing their writing. Children have made a start on their new addition and subtraction unit in Maths and have loved having some extra PE with Mr Menning. A real highlight has been designing and planning games to play with buddies down in Oak, who children met on Thursday! Very exciting! We look forward to spending more time with our buddies throughout the year.
Willow have had another busy week! Children have applied their knowledge of place value to representing and estimating numbers on a number line and rounding numbers. In English, children have learned how to extend their sentences by using relative clauses and have drafted paragraphs for biographical writing next week. In Project, we explored how maps have changed thanks to the curiosity of explorers and advancements in technology and in Science, children enjoyed learning about air resistance.
Willow have made a great start to the new term and I am very excited for the year ahead with them. We have enjoyed considering our project enquiry question, 'Can Curiosity Change Our World?' and have researched significant figures from the Renaissance Period to support our answers. Our research has also inspired some biographical writing, which we will complete next week. In Maths, children have revised place value and have been working to read, write, order and compare some rather large numbers on a Graffiti River
And just like that this academic year is over! We have had a lovely last week of term. Children performed superbly well at their end of term production, ‘Heroes of Troy’ and we so loved having you come and look at the learning we’ve been doing this term. Children have enjoyed spending time with each other in the sunshine at the field and in the churchyard this week and have taken time to reflect on the things they are grateful for this year and thought ahead to things they are excited for in September. It has been a pleasure teaching Willow class this year. Y6’s- all the best in your next adventure and Y5’s, I look forward to seeing you in September. Have a lovely summer!
Willow have had such a fun penultimate week of term involving lots of sport! Children displayed lots of the Olympic values at our Sports afternoon on Monday and enjoyed their Tokyo 360 Day on Tuesday – Boxercise and Shooting were firm favourites! In addition to this, children have worked hard to find similar rectangles using England flags, which required their knowledge of ratios to support them, and have completed their chapters of ‘Who Let the God’s Out?’ Some absolutely fantastic writing! Children have also worked hard to get things ready for their production of ‘Heroes of Troy’ next week! You’re in for a treat!
I have been so impressed by the wonderful writing Willow have completed this week. They have worked hard to re-write a chapter from our school novel, who Let The Gods Out, by Maz Evans. Children have made use of the resources around them and the feedback from adults to create some fantastic, entertaining and descriptive writing. Well done everyone! In addition to writing, children have worked hard to calculate ratios and enlarge shapes using scale factors in Maths and have taken a very mature and sensible approach to their learning in RSE. Well done Willow!
In Willow this week, children have started a mini-maths unit exploring ratio. Children have displayed real resilience with this: despite it being new and intimidating for many, children have worked hard to develop their understanding. Children have done some lovely writing reflecting on the last year and, of course, Marwell has been a highlight for us all - the sloth, tiger and giraffes being firm favourites! Willow have also had a visit from the fire service this week and have made excellent headway in their production!
School Trip to Marwell
Willow had a great break away from the classroom as they embarked on a school trip to Marwell Zoo! Children enjoyed observing all the animals, particularly the tiger, giraffes and rhinos! Children also got a lucky glimpse of the resident sloth on the move in the Tropical House. As we made our way around, children thought about the ways in which species had adapted to suit their habitats.
Willow Class had a well-earned Project Day to mark the end of their SATs week. I'm so proud of how hard the children have worked and the resilience they have shown this week. As part of our day today, children created leitmotifs associated with Greek gods and goddesses using graphic scores and percussion instruments. They tasted a selection of Greek foods and I was so impressed with how many children 'gave it a go'! Greek yoghurt with honey was a firm favourite! This afternoon, we practiced our end of term production, which is coming along nicely!
A HUGE ‘Well Done!’ to Willow children for all their hard work this week. Year 6’s approached their SATS papers with maturity and really gave their all- I am very proud of them. The Year 5’s have also worked hard to create posters about countries drawn in our class Euro 2020 sweepstake! When children weren’t completing SATS papers or poster-making, they practiced using figurative language in their writing, found percentages of amounts, had a go at ‘Zentangle’ patterns and even made a start on the end of term production! To end the week, and as a celebration of all their hard work, children participated in a Project Day and tasted some Greek foods! What a busy week, indeed!
This week in Willow, we have enjoyed sharing our experiences of last week with one another. Children have written recounts of their favourite day from residential or, in the case of Year 5s, a day they particularly enjoyed over half term. Children have also begun their new unit of writing, where they will be re-writing a chapter of our class novel, 'Who Let the Gods Out?' We have revised how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions in Maths and have conducted an experiment in Science investigating the impact of exercise on our heart rates. Y6 children have also learned how to use a bicycle safely on the road in their 'Bikeability' sessions AND have started to learn some songs for the end of term production. A super busy week!
Willow have had a rather different, but fantastic week this week. Y6 have been away at Calshot on their residential, where they have had fun kayaking, climbing, skiing, orienteering and much more. I have been blown away by children’s resilience and teamwork and am very proud of them. Meanwhile, the Y5’s have been busy making a book about what life was like during Ancient Greek times, as part of their Project work. They will share what they’ve learned with the Year 6’s upon their return next week!
Calshot Residential Update 10.06.21
We have thoroughly enjoyed today! There was a change to our schedule, which meant we began the day with kayaking, instead of sailing. It was a real hit and has been a highlight of the week for many of us. This afternoon, we completed 'Initiative Tasks' and climbing before spending the evening doing the 'Ringo' (sliding down the ski slope in a big ring!) It was FANTASTIC and a lovely way to spend our last evening together. We have also spent time today reflecting on the past week and sharing our experiences and highlights. Children have each gained an award, which we are looking forward to telling you about when we see you tomorrow!
Calshot Residential Update 09.06.21
We have had another fun-filled day at Calshot and are sad to think that tomorrow is our last full day together here! We began the day with a second go on the ski-slopes - it was wonderful to see how much children's confidence had grown since their first session. We then had great fun crate stacking and were reminded of the importance of communication and teamwork! This afternoon, we took part in 'Epic Engineering' and the team swing, which were both great, and ended the evening with a tour of Calshot Castle and some bridge making! We are SO excited for sailing tomorrow.
Calshot Residential Update 08.06.21
Wow! What a day we've had! Air rifle shooting (a hidden talent of Mrs Webber's!), climbing, orienteering, several games of 'Camouflage' (a new favourite we're keen to teach the Year 5's) and an evening of scavenger hunting and art making on the beach! Children have thrown themselves into everything and have had such fun together. We are so proud of them!
Calshot Residential Update 07.06.21
The children have had a fantastic start to their time here at Calshot. We have all enjoyed archery, skiing and rocket building today! We are looking forward to more fun tomorrow!
Willow have worked exceptionally hard this week. In English, children have applied all they've learned over the past fortnight to write balanced arguments discussing whether or not democracy was the most important legacy left by the Ancient Greeks. They have made for really interesting reading! In Maths, children have been writing algebraic expressions and solving equations! I've been particularly impressed by children's determination with this. Willow have also been exploring Muslim rites of passage in RE and enjoyed an extra PE lesson with Mr Donaldson from Henry Beaufort.
Willow have carried out some brilliant writing this week in preparation for their hot write next week, where children will be writing balanced arguments considering the most significant contribution the Ancient Greeks made to society today. In Maths, we have moved on to looking at coordinates on all four quadrants; translating and reflecting shapes. In Science, children moved around the classroom to understand how the circulatory system carries blood and nutrients around the body and got messy in Project by making Papier Mache Greek vases! We hope to paint them next week! In PSHE, Y6's created a 'Conscience Alley' when considering 'Power and 'Control'.
Willow Class have had another brilliant week! Children have enjoyed finding missing angles in triangles and quadrilaterals and have revised the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. In English, we have started a unit on balanced arguments, which has inspired some debates around some contentious topics such as school uniforms: I have been particularly impressed with children's ability to see both sides of an argument. In Project, children have carried out some research about how the Ancient Greeks changed the world and have created posters to showcase what they have learned. In Science, we used tights, bananas and crackers to model how the small intestine absorbs nutrients into our blood and we had a delivery from Saints Football Club in response to the letters we sent last term! Exciting!
Thank you, Saints!
Today, we opened a very special parcel from Southampton Football Club containing a letter and some signed goodies in recognition for our hard work in letter writing to them last term! Mrs Webber even got a signed shirt! Well done Willow Class for all your hard work.
We have been busy in Willow again this week! Children have worked hard to complete their non-chronological reports on Ancient Greek gods and goddesses and have used the illustrations by Victoria Topping in the book 'Mythologica' as inspiration for some photo editing work in computing. In Maths, children have been drawing angles accurately using a ruler and protractor and have started applying their knowledge to finding missing angles on a straight line and round a point. In Science, we have been learning about the structure of the heart and its important function in our bodies and have been thinking about mental wellbeing and online safety in our PSHE sessions.
Willow have had another brilliant week full of fantastic learning. Children have been revising types of angle as well as learning new ones including reflex and straight. They have also learned how to use a protractor in Maths! In English, children have practiced using cohesive devices to help their writing flow and in Project, children have continued their learning about Greek gods and goddesses with a 'Knowledge Harvest-Heptathlon'! Children have also been exploring the myth 'Theseus & the Minotaur'; Ancient Greek beliefs about the after-life; AND have looked at the function and composition of the blood in Science! We HAVE been busy!
We enjoyed sharing and collecting information about 7 of the Ancient Greek gods and goddesses this week, in preparation for our non-chronological report writing.
Clay Bust Making
Look at our amazing sculptures! Willow Class have worked incredibly hard to create clay busts of themselves as Greek gods and goddesses as part of their Project launch this week. They began by looking at examples of real life busts of Greek gods and goddesses and then explored the dimensions of the face through sketch. They then applied what they'd learned and produced these models which, I think you'll agree, are fantastic!
Volume and Capacity
Willow children have had fun investigating volume and capacity this week. They launched the unit by exploring different ways of making shapes with a volume of 12 cubic centimetres.
Welcome Back, Everybody!
Really well done to Willow children, who have made a fantastic start to their time back in the classroom. The class have been really busy this week revising the skills required to find the perimeter of 2D shapes. They have also sent off their letters to Southampton Football Club, encouraging the Kit & Equipment Team to think about further ways they could reduce their impact on the environment. Children even took a trip to the post box to check they had been sent !
w/c 16th November
Willow have moved on to multiplication in Maths this week and have shown great resilience in learning a formal written method to show their workings. Children are prepped and ready to start writing their diary entries in English and have really enjoyed exploring the concept of power in RE and what some Christians believe about God's power. Take a look at our class Word Cloud! 'P' for Power:
As a school, we've been exploring the four Learning Powers. Each power is associated with an animal and Willow have worked hard to create stories about how each animal gained their learning power to share with the rest of the school. This week, we are looking at 'Resilient Ruby'. Who will win our 'School Values' star of the week for showing resilience this week?
We hope you have had chance to take a look at the Remembrance Video put together by KS2, which you can find on our homepage. In addition, Willow have undertaken a 'Butterfly Project', which provides a poignant reminder of those who have died in war, including Jewish children, which has been the focus of our WW2 learning this term. Children have worked exceptionally hard to create a beautiful final product and it can be seen at the main gate. Here's a sneak preview:
w/c 2nd November
Willow have made an excellent start to the new half term. In Maths, children have been applying their knowledge of rounding to make estimations of answers to addition and subtraction problems. They have also started looking at diary entries in English and have expressed great enthusiasm about the life of Anne Frank, who they'll be studying this term. In the afternoons, children have been learning about 'Learning Powers' and have been writing stories to help the launch of these across the school. In addition, children have enjoyed making use of the library, which is now stocked full of new books - thankyou to those of you involved in our 'Sponsored Read'.
w/c 19th October
Willow have really enjoyed their last week of the half term. Children have worked really hard to write stories from the perspective of objects. They have also applied their knowledge of electrical circuits to create Morse Code machines and have visited the school allotment to prepare it for growing winter vegetables, as people would have done during WW2. Well done to Esther and Jonathan, our Stars of the Week.
w/c 12th October
Willow have had another fantastic week of learning. In Maths, we've applied our knowledge of rounding and multiplying my 10, 100 and 1000 to decimal numbers and we've made excellent progress in English, where we've worked really hard to vary our sentence structures in preparation for story writing next week. In RE, we've contextualised the concept of 'Belonging' by looking at the duties of Muslims, Christians and Jews.
w/c 21st September
Willow have had another great week and have made excellent progress with their newspaper reports in English and place value in Maths, where they've been applying their knowledge to more complex problems. We have conducted investigations in Science and have taken the role of reporters and eye-witnesses in Project. We have also started learning about the Kindertranport and making leaflets for children arriving in Britain pre-WW2.
w/c 14th September
We started our week with a book tasting session (see below). We really enjoyed it and came away with some great new books we look forward to reading! We have also started some fantastic work in Maths looking at place value and have started looking at Newspaper Reports in English, where we will be reporting on the event of 'Kristallnacht' (The Night of Broken Glass). In Project, we have looked at the countries involved in WW2 and have placed them on a map. In Science, we revised symbols of a circuit by using chalk on the playground!
Welcome to the Book Café!
Today, Willow Class experienced a book tasting! You may remember the 'Sponsored Read' children undertook in the Spring Term. Today, children were able to "taste" some of the fantastic books that have arrived.
"It was fun and exciting!" - Daisy
"I liked the fact I came away with some great books!" - Florence
"I am excited to read something new!" - Arthur
w/c 7th September 2020
This week, Willow Class have begun their topic on World War 2. We have studied the origins of the war as well as created memory boxes; gas masks and learned how to darn a sock! We have also experienced an air raid in our very own air raid shelters! We have been thinking about our identities and how we are special and unique. This has led some fantastic art work! We have also started our topic on electricity in Science, where we practiced making circuits!
Welcome to Willow Class with Mrs Webber
We welcomed some visitors to Micheldever today to celebrate British Science Week. We had some visitors from Winchester cathedral, who taught us all about Medieval medicine and visitors from Lionel Hitchin, who taught us all about food flavourings. We had lots of fun learning through some hands on activities.
Thank you to all those who supported our World Book Day celebrations by enabling their child to come to school dressed as a Roald Dahl character. In Willow, we had a range of characters including: Matilda, Esio Trot, Bean, Bunce, Fantastic Mr Fox, Mr Willy Wonka, Miss Honey, Danny the Champion of the World, Mr Twit and the Wormwoods. Mrs Webber couldn't pass an opportunity to spend the day in her slippers, so came as Sophie from the BFG!
To continue the celebrations, we looked at Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beast' poems and created some of our own. We've put them together in a class book to share with you at our class exhibition.
This week, we launched 'Spelling Shed' - a web based spelling game, through which Mrs Webber can set spelling homework and other activities. The children are all very excited about it and have enjoyed familiarising themselves with how it works.
We took inspiration from the Ndebele tribe in Africa, and created some of our own patterns using masking tape and acrylic paint. We transferred these onto t-shirts, which we hope to wear when we serve you food at our Meal 4 Change on the 23rd March! Please keep that evening free as it promises to be a wonderful fun-filled, uplifting event.
SATs Information Meeting
Thank you to all the Y6 parents who attended the SATs Information Meeting on Monday evening. I hope you found it useful. If you were unable to attend, some highly recommended CGP revision resources are available to purchase at a reduced cost of £4. Please send the money in with your child as soon as possible. All the information and resources shared at the meeting can be found here.
In the 'Hot Seat'
This afternoon, we played the roles of Malawian children. Members of our group then asked us questions about our lives to help with our diary writing later this week. Mrs Webber was impressed with our imaginations and looks forward to reading them!
African Activity Morning
We have had SUCH an exciting morning! We welcomed Kwame, from Ghana, to Micheldever, who taught us some African dances, songs and drumming! We then performed everything we'd learned to the rest of the school. It was just wonderful!
A 'Well' Exciting Afternoon!
In order to get a glimpse into the lives of Malawian children, we discussed what it might be like having to go and collect water for your family each day. We worked out that an average UK 10 year old requires approximately 200 litres of water each day (including one load of washing and one cycle of the dishwasher). We had a go at using a pulley system (created by the wonderful Mrs Hann) to retrieve 30L of water from a 'well' in our apparatus area. We talked about the importance of reducing spillage and also had a go at carrying 15L buckets of water across the playground. By the end of the activity, we were all in agreement that we are extremely lucky to be able to have such easy access to clean water.
Vloggers for Justice!
In RE, we have been looking at the concept of Justice. Today, we looked at it in a religious context by looking at the parable of the Lost Son. Children then went away and recorded vlogs from the perspective of each of the characters to develop their understanding.
Maths on the Move
Today, we had our introduction to Maths on the Move - a sequence of lessons, which teaches Maths through movement. The children also enjoyed their first Tri-golf session. We will look forward to this on a Friday afternoon!
Happy New Year and welcome back! We had a great day in Willow today, kick-starting our new topic; "Can success come from adversity?" We will be using the study of Africa to help us in answering this question. We started by discussing our perceptions of the continent, before moving on to look at a 'Bedsheet' map of Africa. Children practiced using coordinates to accurately place all of the countries! It's hanging at the back of our room - you're welcome to pop in and have a look!
Thank you so much to all those of you who came along to our exhibition this week. We really loved celebrating our learning with you. We hope you enjoyed your morning with us and perhaps learned something new, too!
Huge well done to our Green Ambassadors for putting on such an informative assembly today, on how we can all play our part in helping our environment. As a school, we've all vowed to make more of an effort to put waste in the correct bin and to be more proactive in switching lights off when they're not in use.
Over the past few weeks, we've been looking at how we can keep ourselves safe online. Today, the lesson was focused on how we should conduct ourselves online, and the consequences of poor choices. We spent some time checking out the BBC app, Own It, which prompts children to think before sending! Check it out here.
Today, Willow Class had the challenge of designing and creating a parachute, which could safely transport an egg to the ground. I was really impressed by the children's application of Science knowledge and the collaboration they showed, both within and across teams. Congratulations to our winning team, pictured below with their final product. All of the children's finished designs are hanging proudly in our classroom - we look forward to showing them to you on Exhibition Day!
Congratulations Willow, on your FANTASTIC performance of Macbeth at the Haymarket Theatre. Not only was the final product something you should all be incredibly proud of, but the way you worked as a team both on and off stage was just wonderful. Well done!
Willow had great fun playing Quidditch this morning and did a great job applying some of their attacking and defending skills learned in Tag Rugby last half term. Congratulations to Ravenclaw who won today's tournament! The trophy can be found in our cabinet at the School Reception.
Double, double, toil and trouble!
Today, Willow Class showed their production of Macbeth to Birch Class. If you are coming along to the real thing at Haymarket Theatre next month - you are in for a real treat! The children have all worked so hard and they should be really proud of themselves. Here's a glimpse of the three weird sisters in costume!
We had great fun in Science today, where we began looking at the movement of the moon relative to Earth. In groups of three, children replicated the Earth's orbit around the sun AND the moon's orbit around the Earth. We then moved on to look at different phases of the moon using polystyrene balls as a visual aid! Children have been encouraged to keep a moon diary over the next month to see how the moon changes. We'll be extending our knowledge of the moon phases next week, when we'll introduce some more sophisticated vocabulary. I wonder if your child could tell you the phases they've learned in class today?
Shakespeare Festival Company Workshop
We had a fantastic time at the Haymarket Theatre last week, where we met with 'experts' who gave us five top tips for our production next month. Children have shown a great amount of enthusiasm and commitment to our performance of 'Macbeth' and the final product is something they should feel very proud of. If you haven't done so already, you can purchase tickets from the Box Office website. More tickets are expected to be released at the end of the month.