Willows

Hi!! Welcome to Wonderful WILLOWS.  😊 – Autumn Term

We are a mixed class of Year 5 and Year 6 children who are keen to settle in and explore new learning.  We are already such proud learners, happy to share with our peers and staff around the school.

The amazing adults in Willows are Ms Poonia (Previously known as Ms Elmahdi) and the gorgeous Mrs Breckwoldt, as well as special guest Mrs Mullin, (who always helps out on a Friday).

TOPIC

Willows have started the Autumn term with a PSHE topic, Inside Out, where we explored children’s rights, our feelings, what keeps us safe and what makes us happy.  Class rules were established and are continuingly revisited to make the children’s voices heard.

Rainforest Topic

Children are naturally curious about the world around them so we hope to enthuse their inquisitive minds through Google Maps and Henri Rousseau’s Art.  We will be learning about South America’s Amazon and the indigenous tribe, Yanomami and comparing our lives to theirs. They will encounter a wide range of new words, people and places.

 Black History Topic

In line with UK’s Black History Month, we are looking at Nelson Mandela’s life and his achievements. 

 English

Willows have embraced poetry writing in the Autumn term and Willows have already amazed us with their rhyming and inventive skills. We have used instruments to perform poetry, we have used gestures and different tones to perform Julia Donaldson poems.

 We have written diaries as animals; initially we watched Creature Comforts to help us imagine what an animal might be saying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TBMd00P5pE

We all wrote diaries as rainforest animals.

 Maths

Within Maths we are concentrating on place value in the first term and then we will be moving on to addition and subtraction.

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 or absent.

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

Science

This term we are learning about Life Processes and Living things. We have already observed and drew conclusions about local plant life cycles. We will further learn to describe and compare the life cycles of plants and animals. We will continue to learn about life cycles by creating timelines to indicate growth in both humans and animals.

Art and Design

In Design and Technology, Willows evaluated and tried, tested cookie recipes. They tested their abilities to adapt a recipe by adding extra ingredients to it. You can carry on experimenting by adding a range of different ingredients to a basic cookie mixture.

See this website for the basic cookie recipe:

www.bbcgoodfood/recipes/basic-cookies

Then add some food colouring that appeals to you.  What does the presentation look like? Would you be able to sell it? Would the customer like the look of your cookie?

In Art we will sketch, print and make a Henri Rousseau Collage.

 Music

We are fortunate to have Music Workshops in the Autumn term where we are exploring pitch to build up simple chords and repeating sequences on an instrument.