A Week in Willow
This week has been another busy week in Willow.
Here is a little peek into what we have been up to:
In English, we have been studying the book, ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan. It is a picture book with no words – a graphic novel. We thought carefully about the messages the author portrays through the images and how each image was significant to accurately tell the story. We then had a go at writing a section of the story, before then writing a backstory for one of the characters, describing why they were fleeing their home. We sketched pictures of the people aboard the boat and used the to create story portholes, which you can see on our display in the school office.
In maths, we have been working hard on measurement. We have been converting metric and imperial units. We measured different items, before converting them into different units.
In science, we have started our ‘electricity’ topic. We began this by looking at static electricity, using balloons. We conducted four different experiments, to show how protons and electrons were distributed, and how these can be use to lift, separate and change objects.
In PE, we have started an ‘electricity’ dance, which we will share at the end of term. We have also started to learn how to play Ultimate Frisbee. This has been a lot of fun! This week we worked on how to accurately throw the frisbee in a small space.
Next week is Science Week. The theme is ‘Growth’ – we can’t wait to share our learning with you!
Here is the learning we are doing in class this week, for those at you at home, if you are feeling up to it, it would be great if you could have a go and bring it in when you come back!
There is a video to watch, then a worksheet for every day.
Mon Maths Worksheet
(There are 2 videos today!)
Tues Maths Worksheet
Weds Maths Puzzles Worksheet (The answers are on there too!)
Have a go at this arithmetic paper, see if you can complete it in 30 minutes!
This week is book week. The whole school are reading the book ‘The Journey’ by Aaron Becker.
You can watch the story here:
We are writing poems about the adventure of our imagination, using a magic pencil.
Have a look at the WAGOLL: The Magic Pencil
You are going to write your own narrative poem, describing the journey of a pencil. Use the planning grid below to help you plan.
First, draw a storyboard of your story, you can colour, don’t make it too detailed as it is a poem so does not need to be very long!
Next, write a small description under each picture to remind you what is happening in each part.
Then, in the features box, write some key words that you want to use in your poem. These could be descriptive words, rhyming words, or verbs such as, ‘scribble, sketch, doodle, criss-cross, etch’, Using verbs like these will help you give clues to your reader that it is not a real journey, and that it is being drawn.
Once you are happy with your plan, then you can write your poem. Use the WAGOLL to help you structure your poem.
Remember, key features of a poem include:
- Capital letter at the beginning of every line
- rhyme (if wanted)
- Short phrases – don’t have to be full sentences
Have a look at the PowerPoint below, it explores why people might want to live near a volcano.
Once you have had a look through, it tells you you have a task to do.
Your task is to create a poster, explaining why people would want to live near a volcano, use all the information in the presentation to help you.
This week we are looking at fossils. Fossils can tell us a lot about evolution.
Can you research and create a poster about the question:
‘What can we learn from fossils?’.
Remember you still have all your logins for TTRS, Prodigy, ReadTheory and EdShed to use as well. If you need any of them please let me know!
If you have any questions let me know.
I hope you all feel better soon!
Miss P-H 🙂
Good Morning! Happy Monday!
Here is the work we will be doing in class this week, please have a go at some if you are feeling up to it!
This week we will be looking at decimals. I have attached a video to each of the lessons, as well as the worksheet for that day. Also, please practice your timestables on TT Rockstars!
Tues Maths Worksheet
Thurs Maths Worksheet
There is no video today, have a go at this arithmetic test:
(It’s not really a test, but its good to practice!)
This week, we will be looking at writing a balanced argument. Have a look at the attached powerpoint that shows a balanced argument all about whether homework should be allowed. Using all the things you learn from the powerpoint, complete the planning sheet to plan your own argument about:
‘Should children be allowed phones in school’.
Think carefully about which arguments are FOR and which are AGAINST.
Once you have planned, have a go at writing your balanced argument, using your planning sheet to help you.
Balanced Argument Structure Strip PLANNING SHEET
Here are two reading comprehensions you could have a go at this week, don’t forget you can also do ReadTheory for more!
Selfish-Giant Reading Comprehension
This weeks spelling rule is: Words with the common letter string ’acc’ at the beginning of words.
Here are your spellings to practice:
Last week, we began to look into the work of Charles Darwin, as part of our Evolution and Adaptation topic. Please research Charles Darwin.
Find out about:
- His early life
- His main acomplishments
- His legacy/importance today
Here are some places to help you research:
Once you have researched, I wonder if you can turn your research into a biography.
A biography is a piece of text that describes the life of somebody else. I have attached an example, as well as a planning sheet, to help you.
Charles Darwin Biography Planning Grid
Charles Darwin Biography Example
Here is the song we have been using for our dance in PE. Have a go at practicing the dance to see what you can remember (if you are feeling up to it!) If you like, see if you can make up some more of the dance.
If you have any questions (or would like some more to do!!) then please let me know!
I really hope to see you all soon!
We have had a great week here in Willow. Here is a little summary of what we have been up to:
Maths – We have been working really hard to compare and order fractions, as well as adding and subtracting fractions. Miss P-H is really impressed with how hard we have been working in maths and cannot believe how brilliant we are doing.
Science – This week we have been focusing a lot on our science topic, ‘light’. We conducted experiments to see how light travels in straight lines, which materials reflect light, and we also saw how you can show refraction using a glass of water.
We also made our nativity scene for the church this week. We painted old corks and used wires to add details.
We have been working really hard this week in Willow. Here is a little summary of what we have been up to:
We started our new topic this week – ‘Were the Mayans civilised?’. We started by reading Hero Twins, a graphic novel based on an ancient Mayan myth. We have been working on this book this week and are going to use it as inspiration to write our own myths over the next couple of weeks. We also looked at the ancient Mayan ritual of sacrifice. We recreated these sacrifices using some of our old teddies . This was heartbreaking and also very fun, but extremely messy!
We also have been working hard in maths this week. We finished off our multiplication and division unit by looking at prime numbers. We had fun creating our own prime number songs. We also started to look at equivalent fractions.
We also begun our Light topic in science. We looked at where light comes from and identified different light sources. We then used Crumble Kits and programmed our own night lights. This was challenging however everyone worked really hard to achieve a working night light. Some even faded, dimmed and changed colour!
We are looking forward to our trip to The British Museum on Monday, as well as our film making competition on Friday.
This week has been a busy week in Willow. Some of the children have been taking part in BikeAbility. They have really enjoyed this – they went both on the playground and out onto the roads to practice safe signals and manoeuvres.
Whilst BikeAbility has been happening, the children in the classroom have been incredibly busy! They have been working on an independent project to showcase their knowledge and skills. Each child chose a topic they felt passionate about and created a project about it. The children had to include the following:
Geography – a map showing where it is/happened and labelled.
History – a summary of main events / the lead up to the event / significant history.
Art/DT – a model or piece of artwork inspired by the place / event.
Science – something scientific to go with your project – this could be an experiment/information about something related.
English – a piece of writing (edited and published) to go with your project – this could be a double page information sheet, a diary entry as though you were there, a letter/postcards from someone travelling to the place.
Computing – something for your project must be made using the computer.
The children have worked so hard on these projects and we are all beyond impressed with how they have turned out! The children are looking forward to being able to share their projects with you at parents evening.
Here are a few pictures of them at work:
This week has been Parliament Week. As a school we have been looking at ‘Sustainability’. In our class, we have been looking at equality in our world, and seeing whether or not the inequalities in our world are sustainable.
We found out some shocking facts about our world and used this to inspire a persuasive formal letter to our local MP, Andrew Griffith.
We have also been learning about factors and multiples in maths, as well as having fun den building and playing conkers at forest school.
We are looking forward to BikeAbility next week.
Tuesday 29th September 1942
Willow Class have been learning about the tragic events of Tuesday 29th September 1942 for the Petworth community. As part of their learning they tried to place themselves in the children, who were attending Petworth Boys School at the time. Please listen to Ferne’s writing.