Willows

Hi!! Welcome to WILLOWS.  😊

We are a mixed class of Year 5 and Year 6 children who are curious and keen to learn.  We are enthusiastic and proud learners, happy to share with our peers and staff around the school.

The amazing adults in Willows are Ms Elmahdi and Mrs Qureshi, as well as special guest Mrs Mullin, (who is always ready to step in and help out).

TOPIC

Willows have started the Spring term with a new topic, Castles, focusing on the Tudors.

Castles Topic

History is a difficult theme because it is something that we have little personal knowledge of since it occurred in the past. However, Willows ask valid questions about people, places, and events. Their innate curiosity will help them find out about what happened in the Tudor times. They will encounter a wide range of new words, people, places and dates. The first step is to grasp chronology and the order that the events occurred.

 The world and culture of the Tudors is unique as everyone was fighting for the crown; fighting and murdering within families was very common.  We will look into the Battle of Bosworth, the adventures of Sir Francis Drake and Crime and Punishment during Tudor times. We will also look at the role of the monarch today and how it differs from the past.

 English

Willows are creating stories in historical settings; they will be thinking of ways to embed a Tudor setting and different poor or rich Tudor characters. We are using the books the Queen’s Token by Pamela Oldfield and Terry Deary’s Tudor Tales books.

 Maths

Within Maths we are concentrating on multiplication and division; embedding that multiplication is the opposite/inverse of division. Making sure that Willows can recall and use all the multiplication tables up to 12.

As teachers we use the White Rose Maths scheme to teach our classes, you as parents can access free resources at home.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ You can use this for extra practice or if your child is self-isolating.

Further websites for Maths are as follows:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z36tyrd https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/24482.html

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology, Willows will be looking at structures. We will be looking at different types of bridges and the forces that keep them up; we will be discussing the phrases: compression and tension. We will be making our own bridges with firstly spaghetti to help us understand balance.