Welcome to Willow Class!
We had a busy and exciting first half term. Our theme was "Ancient Egypt" and we explored the tombs and treasures of the great Pharaoh "Tutankhamun". The children enjoyed the Egyptian theme day and tried out a variety of jobs, including mummy making, creating amulets, carving sculptures and trying Egyptian cuisine. The children created shape poems, wrote diary entries and addressed letters to the Ancient Egyptian explorers and their stories based on historical texts were really imaginative and creative.
The next half term our theme was "Out of Africa" and we wrote letters, recounts and discussion texts based on "The Butterfly Lion" by Michael Morpurgo in our English lessons. The science theme for this half term was "Animals, including Humans" and we were excited to learn about the animals native to Africa.
We had lots of fun with our grandparents when they came to play games with us. We played games such as Snakes and Ladders and Snap. Everybody had fun and there were lots of smiles and laughter in the class.
Thank you to all the grandparents who joined us!
We had so much fun dancing the night away in our fantastic costumes!
Spring term 2019
We have found "The Iron Man"!
Our new topic for this first half term was "Robots" and we made an exciting discovery on the School field...
Our very own Iron Man was scattered all around the field and we collected him so that we can rebuild him in our classroom! Where did he come from? Nobody knows. We have just started to read "The Iron Man" by Ted Hughes and the children were really excited to learn about the events that happen throughout the book. We were also excited about our brilliant Science topic "Electricity" as we are planning to design and create circuits that will light bulbs to illuminate the Iron Man's eyes!
We have looked at Outdoor and Adventurous activities in PE and completed an Orienteering exercises. Our Mathematics knowledge of Times Tables is coming along nicely but you can never have too much practise so keep going with the Times Tables Rockstars Willow Class.
Our reading challenges are getting exciting and some of Willow class had a PJ day as a reward for all their hard work and for completing 10 books last term! Please remember to read at home as many times each week as you can so that you get to come to the golden time play-time; you need to read 3 times each week to join us.
Brilliant start to the term Willow Class, keep it up!
We had such an exciting morning building robots with our parents. As a class we had collected lots of recyclable rubbish, it was a rush to get the pieces we needed! With our parents, we worked in groups to create and build our robots which needed a moving and electrical part. We had so much fun and worked so well together. After using lots of tinfoil, we were finished and Mrs Dennis came in and judged our robots (some of us won some sweets). A massive thank you to all our parents who came in to help us, our robots looked amazing!
Our New Topic...Stone Age
For the second half of Spring Term we learned all about the fascinating Stone Age. We learnt about how and where they lived, the animals they will have faced and lots of other gruesome facts about them. We also looked at fiction books related to the Stone Age to inspire our English writing. For our 'hook' afternoon we went into our woods and created a cave painting. We had to use our fingers and sticks to paint pictures that showed animals, hunting, huts and hand prints. Some of us got absolutely covered in paint and some of us did not enjoy having paint in between our fingers. We then stuck these pictures on our tables and turned our classroom into a cluster of caves.
In English we looked at fiction books related to the Stone Age to inspire our writing. We also wrote some explanation texts on how to skin an animals.
Our Mathematic skills are really improving, with us cracking decimals and fractions. It was tricky but we were determined to understand them.
In music this term we learned to sing and play along to 'Lean On Me' by Bill Withers. We had lots of fun learning it and we sounded amazing. Mrs Slough loved coming to dance along to our singing!
Stone Age Day
We had a fantastic day learning all about the Stone Age and all the way through to the Iron Age. We were all dressed up and looked brilliant. First, we looked at how people (and their skulls) evolved. Then we looked at how they made fire and Nadia got to help start a fire. It really stank! We got to play lots of different games, including chasing the mammoth down a hole. Next we looked at the weapons they used and we got to try some of them out. Ellie-Mai beheaded Harvey! After break, we made our own mini versions of Stonehenge. It was really tricky, we don't know how they could have made the real one! Madison and Richie joined in playing the music and the rest of us danced around the hall. We heard lots of disgusting facts which made us glad that we were born in this day and age.
After a fantastic Spring Term where we learned lots of new skills and some pretty gross facts, we are looking to have an even better last Summer Term.
Well done Willow Class! We can do this!
Our new topic...China
We would like to thank you for your support with your child’s learning, especially with reading at home. The requests for the Year 4 children remain the same; they should read to an adult three times a week, practise spellings and times tables for the Friday tests each week, have their PE kit in school on Tuesday and Thursday and complete their homework by Wednesday every week.
Thank you for your continued help with these expectations.