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Welcome to Willow Class!

 

Welcome to Willow Class! We are an awesome team of 20 children and 2 adults. Our teacher is Miss Raheem and wonderful teaching assistant is Mrs Johansen.

 

On this page you will find information about how things work in Willow Class and some useful resources that we can use to help us in our learning.

Our project this term is Global Gardens!

This term Willow class have been learning the story of The Bird in the Forest. We have been telling the story to each in pairs and as a class in a story circle. To help us to learn the main events in the story we used story stepping and came up with our own actions. In our quest to become storytellers we have been practising using expression in our voices and storytelling language to tell the story. In Literacy, we have been learning how to describe the characters and the setting using powerful vocabulary. Next, Willow will be rewriting their own version of the story! Here are some photographs of them in action.

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Our first trip to the forest!

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Willow class were very excited to spend Monday morning in the forest. As a class we discussed the steps to success and the importance of looking after the forest and each other. Willow class were excited to learn that they were allowed to climb trees! Not all trees but those with branches thicker than their wrists. They were given 2 rules when climbing trees to ensure their safety. The first rule, not to climb higher than the height of any adults. The second rule, only one at a time up the tree. Willow class can't wait until their next visit next term!

 

 

 

Learning about equivalent fractions

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To aid our learning we used fraction strips to helps us compare fractions. We also created our own fraction wall for our working wall. We used strips of A3 paper and cut it up into different fractions. We used different colours of paper for each fraction, this helped the children to compare them and show equivalence. The wall reinforces the concept that fractions are different parts of a whole. 

 

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In Geography, Willow class have been learning about the rainforest climate. They have learnt the difference between weather and climate. They can also tell you that between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, the weather is hot all year round and rainfall is consistent. To extend their learning further, Willow class were given climate information for different countries in the rainforest area. In pairs, they used the information provided and weather symbols to prepare and present a weather report. They had the world map as their background! They did a great job!

 

We have also learnt about the different layers of the rainforest and the types of plants and animals that live in the different layers. To help us learn the names of the layers we used actions!

 

 

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In PE,  we have been learning the fundamentals of hockey. We have learnt how to hold the hockey stick correctly and how to improve balance and control whilst dribbling the ball. Whilst working on our dribbling skills, we have also been improving other skills such as co-ordination and peripheral vision. Next, we will be learning how to dribble and strike!
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In Science, we have been learning all about plants. We first learnt the names of the different parts of plants. Then, we had an interesting discussion on whether plants are living things. We learnt the mnemonic, MRS GREN, to help us remember the seven characteristics of living organisms. Movement, Reproduction, Sensitivity, Growth, Respiration, Excretion and Nutrition.  This week, we have carried out an investigation into the murder of the marigolds. Here is a picture of when they were last seen!

 

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Our visit to the Pumpkin story telling tent

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We visited the Pumpkin Tent on Monday 20th May.  We didn't have to travel far as the tent was located on the field! We were entertained by Izzy who was our storyteller. She told us an amazing story from China about dragons and an king. The king was very evil, he had stolen all the water from the villagers. Willow class really enjoyed listening to the story and seeing props being used to bring the story to life. They also had the opportunity to retell their own stories at the end which was great fun! We hope they visit us again!

 

 

Our trip to the Living Rainforest!

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Willow and Ash class trip to the Living Rainforest! We had a wonderful day at the Living Rainforest. Our project this term is global gardens. As part of our project, we have been reading the ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry and learning about different rainforest animals. We have learnt all about the different layers of a rainforest too. It was amazing to see the rainforest birds, animals and insects up close. Willow class really enjoyed watching the Goeldi monkeys as they were very cute.  Also, it was great to experience what a rainforest feels like. We definitely want to go back again!

In Maths , Willow class have been using resources to help develop their understanding of place value

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Willow class have had a brilliant start to the first term in their new school as year 3 pupils. We have had our Take One Picture project and have looked at The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. We also had the opportunity to study a children’s book inspired by the picture called ‘The Great Wave’. Children discussed what they liked and disliked about the story. Then in pairs we used drama to understand the feelings of the characters. Willow Class were pleased to see so many parents at our open morning on Friday. The children really enjoyed sharing their ‘Take One Picture’ project work. Here is our recreation of the ‘The Great Wave’.

Willow class have had a brilliant start to the first term in their new school as year 3 pupils. We have had our Take One Picture project and have looked at The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. We also had the opportunity to study a children’s book inspired by the picture called ‘The Great Wave’. Children discussed what they liked and disliked about the story. Then in pairs we used drama to understand the feelings of the characters. Willow Class were pleased to see so many parents at our open morning on Friday. The children really enjoyed sharing their ‘Take One Picture’ project work. Here is our recreation of the ‘The Great Wave’.  1

This term, Willow have been studying rocks for our science project. Willow and Ash class have been lucky enough to have a visit from Holly Johansen, a geologist! We learnt all about the different types of rocks. We also learnt about her job as a geotechnical engineer. In her role she has to ensure the structures of buildings, roads and canals and other construction projects are safe and secure. Here, are some of the rocks Holly brought in to show the children.

This term, Willow have been studying rocks for our science project. Willow and Ash class have been lucky enough to have a visit from Holly Johansen, a geologist! We learnt all about the different types of rocks. We also learnt about her job as a geotechnical engineer. In her role she has to ensure the structures of buildings, roads and canals and other construction projects are safe and secure. Here, are some of the rocks Holly brought in to show the children. 1

Willow class performing the story of the Little Red Hen at Harvest Assembly. They did a wonderful job!

In honour of Remembrance Day, each child in Willow class was given their own rock to decorate with a poppy. Fantastic job Willow!

In honour of Remembrance Day, each child in Willow class was given their own rock to decorate with a poppy. Fantastic job Willow! 1

In Science, we have been learning about forces including push and pull. Willow class investigated friction and tested different surfaces.

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Science - Making shadows!

Supporting Children in Need

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This term, Willow have been studying, ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs. The children have consolidated all of their literacy work using the book. So far the children have learnt how to create captions and use speech within writing. Also, we have used drama to step into the characters shoes. We have closely looked at a single image in the story and had to decide what the characters were thinking and saying to each other. The children worked in groups acting out building a snowman. Following on from this they were able to write step by step instructions on how to build a Snowman. Willow class are looking forward to watching the film version at the term and making comparisons!

Merry Christmas!

Happy New Year from Willow class!

 

We started Term 3, by investigating a piece of music from the BBC's Take 10 Pieces. Willow class explored a piece by Edvard Grieg called ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’. As a class we discussed what we thought the title could be and what instruments we could hear. We also discussed what we thought the story behind the piece of music might be about. Then, we worked in groups recreating our own version of the story. To investigate the life of the composer, children were put in the hot seat and asked questions about the life of Edvard Grieg. Finally, Willow class had the opportunity to create their own version of this piece using percussion instruments. Here are some photos.

This term Willow class have been doing gymnastics. They have been learning about balance and control. Here are some photos of the class in action!

This term in RE, we have been learning about Islam. We have learnt about the origins of Islam and the main beliefs. We had the opportunity to work in groups and act out the Five Pillars of Islam. We are looking forward to learning about the special festivals celebrated next week. Here are some photos.

 

 

 

In Science, we have been learning about skeletons. We enjoyed singing and dancing along to the skeleton song, 'Dry Bones'.  Last week, we learnt all about the different types of skeletons. This week, we worked in groups to construct skeletons and label the bones. We will be moving on to learning the scientific names of the bones next lesson.

In English, we are learning how to write an explanation text. To get warmed up, we played the explanation game. In pairs, children took it in turns to explain the following questions. Some children even invented their own questions!

Why are bananas curly?

Why do dogs bark?

Why do rainbows stay still in the wind?

Why does the moon change shape?

Why does it get colder when you go up a mountain?  


The aim of the game was to be as inventive and creative as possible and not let lack of knowledge about the questions get in the way. There was only one rule, to use key phrases used in explanation texts. Willow class had lots of fun doing this, here are some photos.

 

 

A dance lesson with year 6. Fantastic moves Willow!

Willow class had their first grading in Judo. They have made so much progress! There are 3 levels in each belt, Willow class have achieved a white belt. Some children in Willow got first level, some second level and some third. Well done Willow class!

In English, we have been learning the story of Romulus and Remus in line with our Romans project. Here, Willow class are working pairs. One person in each pair is acting as one of the brothers. The other person is acting as their conscience with their hands on the actor's shoulder. Willow class were stepping into the shoes of the characters to understand their thoughts and feelings. Good job Willow!

Buddy Reading! Willow class had the pleasure of reading to children from year 5. They really enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next buddy reading session!

HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY FIR TREE!

School disco!

In History, Willow class have been learning about the events of Boudicca's rebellion from the perspectives of different characters. Willow class used drama to help their understanding. They used their speaking and listening skills to ask and answer questions in role and predict how different people may have reacted to the same situations.

To celebrate World Book Day, Willow class were invited to Blackwell's Bookshop in Oxford! The shop first opened in 1879. Willow class were given a behind the scenes tour of the shop. They had a fantastic morning.

In guided reading, we have been continuing with George's Marvelous Medicine. We held a debate on whether new medicines should be tested on animals. Willow class had to decide reasons for and against animal testing.

In guided reading, we have been continuing with George's Marvelous Medicine. We held a debate on whether new medicines should be tested on animals. Willow class had to decide reasons for and against animal testing. 1
In guided reading, we have been continuing with George's Marvelous Medicine. We held a debate on whether new medicines should be tested on animals. Willow class had to decide reasons for and against animal testing. 2

Willow class have been learning about British culture. They worked in groups to create a power-point presentation. Each group focused on different aspects of British culture from the food to the local area. They were very excited as the presentation will be sent to a school in Pakistan. The school in Pakistan has already shared their culture with Willow class through pictures. Willow class have worked really hard. Well done Willow!.

In Art, Willow class have been learning how to draw Roman coins. They then had the opportunity to make them out of clay. Here is a picture of their wonderful work.

In Art, Willow class have been learning how to draw Roman coins.  They then had the opportunity to make them out of clay. Here is a picture of their wonderful work. 1

Roman open museum! Willow class got to showcase their brilliant work. Well done Willow!

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