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.
What a great first half term back we have had in Willow!
We have been up to soo many great things, including:
We had a fab time on the Isle of Wight. We faced our fears, did lots of laughing, and of course, ate lots of yummy food!
Film, Farm, Fork
This term we have continued with our outdoor projects, ensuring the animals and allotments are prepared for winter. We have been making films about classification, learning how we can classify different things, and we have been cooking up some seasonal delights in the kitchen.
We have been working extremely hard on our maths this half term. We started off looking at place value, before moving onto the four operations. This week we have been conquering long division – we have been awesome!
Of course, this is just a small snippet of what we have been up to, we have also been learning all about North America, been reading the book Holes, as well as some important RE and PSHE work (not to mention our landscape art, computing skills and PE!).
Next half term is already shaping up to be an exciting one, we will be kicking off the half term with Parliament Week, before moving onto our new topic of The Mayans. We shall be visiting The British Museum, completing BikeAbility and of course we will be taking part in all of the Christmas festivities! We can’t wait to share our next learning with you.