Our class teachers are Miss Raheem/Mrs Fairbairn and our wonderful teaching assistants are Mrs Coverdale and Mrs Johansen.
Mrs Fairbairn will be teaching Willow class on Mondays.
On this page you will find information about how things work in Willow Class and some useful resources that you can use to help your child with their learning.
This page will be updated termly with information that may be of interest to you regarding projects, timetables, curriculum maps, videos, pictures and more. It will be useful to keep checking this page for any helpful documents that will keep you informed about this year. If you ever have any questions please do hesitate to get in touch. We have another exciting year ahead!
Term 4 - PE will be Tuesdays and Fridays. Please bring your children to school in their PE kit on those days.
Needed for term 4 please.
*** Please may you collect small cereal boxes, toothpaste tubes, kitchen roll tubes (no toilet roll tubes please!), stock cube boxes, snack- size raisin boxes, in fact, any small and interesting box shapes. Please ensure that the tabs are all present and in good order as we will need to turn all the boxes inside out for our junk modelling project and reassemble them using the tabs.
Please can you also collect clean milk bottle/carton lids, tin foil pie and cake cases as well as empty baked bean sized tins with lids safely removed and outer paper removed.
Lastly, if you have hinges, screws, hooks, nails, wires, keys, or other small metal redundant items gathering dust and taking up space, we would also gladly take these off your hands for our art projects this term too.
Many thanks in anticipation for your help with this.
Romans day! Willow class have worked incredibly hard and have produced amazing work! Huge thanks to everybody who attended the open afternoon. Willow class loved sharing their learning!
Here are some of our wonderful reflections of learning:
"I didn't know what Romans were at the start but now I do. I enjoyed making the mosaics! Jacob
"I loved writing the beginning of Romulus and Remus." Rosalyn
"I learned lots about mosaics. I also loved looking at the artefacts closely and holding them - I learned lots about them." Seth
"I didn't know what a Roman numeral was and now I know the Roman numerals for the 9 times table!" Xavi
"Writing a Kenning to describe a Roman soldier was my favourite part." Rosie
"My favourite part was making chariots and creating a map of the Roman Empire." Rafe
"It was fun cooking Roman bread and honey biscuits. We would like to do it again!" Mia & Fifi
"I enjoyed using the clay to create Roman coins." Lily
"I've enjoyed all the writing work on Romulus and Remus especially the drama!" Benji
"I've really enjoyed the class story this term." (Julius Zebra Rumble with the Romans) Zac
"I liked writing a job application to become a Roman soldier." Benny
"It was really interesting looking and holding the artefacts and trying to work out what they were." Elliot
"I loved everything about the project!" Joshi
Exploring Roman artefacts from the Oxfordshire museum!
Here are some of our observations about the artefacts:
"I think it is a Roman coin because it has Roman numerals and a face on it. It smells awful!" Ruby & Mia
"This is made out of wood. It is the same shape as a chocolate bar. We think it was used as something to write on with sharp tools. Maybe used by the gladiators." Malek & Sadie
"We think this could be a perfume holder belonging to an emperor. It smells like wood." Elliot & Matthew
"It's from a plate because it has a rim on it. We think a Roman centurion made it. It smells like fresh air." Seth & Rafe
"This could be a pot or bowl. It is used for plants or food. We think it was used by rich people, possibly outside." Benny & Joshi
"We think this is part of the colloseum or could be part of a temple. It is the same colour. " Rosalyn and Deniz
"I think it is a necklace made from bronze. I think an army leader would wear it." Jacob
"We think it is part of a cup that was used by a Roman soldier."
"I can't believe they used spoons to clean the toilet!." Benji
"I've learnt that Roman coins don't just have faces and numerals they have pictures and people as well. Romulus and Remus must be really famous for it to be on a coin!" Ruby
"It was really interesting seeing a real Roman mosaic piece." Erika
Making Roman chariots!
Here are some of our reflections on the day:
"I had to persevere to use put the washes on the chariot." Xavier
"We had to compromise to work together." Rosie & Robyn
"Sticking the front bit on the front was really hard but I did it." Elliot
"I had to adapt my idea." Zac
"I really enjoyed making it." Erika
"I got frustrated but I continued with it." Fifi
Design and Technology - challenge to create a vehicle that carries three paper clips. Willow class learnt so much through this task! New vocabulary - wheels, axles, chassis and washes
Exploring how it will work
Having the right equipment to complete the task
Working as part of a team
Testing things out
Overcoming obstacles - finding solutions
Identifying the different parts of the vehicle
Discussing as a team how it will work
Trying different solutions
Developing growth mindset - building resilience when things don't work out
Roman Coins - We explored pictures of Roman coins to help to inspire us to recreate our own version of a Roman coin using clay!
Coins had to include a large head with a side profile of the face.
A patterned border around the edge
Had to be careful not to roll the clay too thin or thick.
Had to spend time making the round shape of the coin
Being careful to smooth the clay over if you make a mistake
It was tricky using tools to etch the roman numerals on
PE - Developing our gymnastics skills!
Here are some of our reflections:
"I have enjoyed gymnastics. It is fun!" Fifi
"We've learnt different types of jumps." Sadie & Rosie
"I've learnt how to land properly." Deniz
"We've learnt how to put a routine together." Rosalyn, Ruby & Scarlett
"I've learnt how to do a teddy bear roll." Jesse
"I've learnt how to climb a rope." Alfie
"We've got better at listening to each other and working as a team." Malek & Polina
Visit to Fir Tree forest!
Science - Thinking like a scientist!
First, we discussed what types of skills scientists might need to carry out their jobs effectively. Willow class came up with lots of fantastic ideas! We then planned and carried out an experiment to investigate which solids dissolved in water. For our experiment we used, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and flour. We also used hot and cold water.
Here are some of our observations:
'It looks like it has settled and then changed colour - it has turned black." Malek
"It looks like it is dissolving slowly." Rosalyn
"It has just sank to the bottom."William
"I think it has dissolved and changed the colour of the water." Zac
"This will take a long time to dissolve!" John
"It went white for a second and then disappeared." Rodiat
"It went really cloudy." Deniz
Gardening with Mel
"We cut a plant called 'Dogwood'." – Deniz
"We got to use shears.” John
"When the roots take place we will plant them in the hedge."Rosie
"The frost hammered the rhubarb – it is an idiom." Elliot
"Dogwood has red bark." Benny
"Fruit is going to go in the kitchen in the summer!" William
"It was fun planting them." Ryleigh
PE - Hockey - learning the basics!
Mr Mulee's top things to remember when playing hockey
Below the knees - to stay safe hockey stick stays below the knees.
Hold the hockey stick correctly - weakest hand at the top, strongest in the middle.
Thumbs pointing down on the stick
Bend your knees for more control
Keep the ball close to the stick
Take One Piece - Night on Bare Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky
Willow class have been exploring a brilliant piece of music through our ‘Take One Piece’ project. We listened carefully to the piece of music and described it. We loved creating our own stories to go with the music, and coming up with our own titles.
We learned that Mussorgsky was describing a night of dancing and partying for a group of witches on a mountain top. Willow class enjoyed imagining they were witches standing around a bubbling cauldron. In groups, they invented witchy dances fitting to the shape of the music. Willow class had the opportunity to create an expressive piece of art inspired by the piece of music. They did a fantastic job!
Through this project, we have learned about the different sections of musical instruments in an orchestra, and extended our knowledge of key musical vocabulary - rhythm (regular pattern of beats or sounds), pitch (high and low sounds), dynamics (volume) and tempo (speed). Willow class had fun inventing their own music to the sound of the witches’ footsteps and the sound the witches’ make when casting spells.Towards the end of the project, we investigated the historical background of the composer, and presented our learning in a fact file. Willow class have worked really hard and done an amazing job!
Term 3 Our projects for this term are Take One Tune and The Great Invasion
Year 3 Football Tournament - Both classes had a great time! Well done Year 3!
Science - RAF Benson STEM challenge
Willow challenged themselves at various RAF challenges to see if they could get up to standard of the Air Force. They tested their proprioception skills – trying to touch various body parts with their eyes closed, finding the x on the spot and placing baubles correctly on the tree. They also tried their hand at binary coding making codes for different Christmas words and sayings. They all enjoyed learning more about STEM and are very interested in future work in this area.
Design and Technology - Bouncing Santas - Willow class loved creating their own Santas unique to them. They worked really hard and did a brilliant job. Well done Willow!
Art Competition - Christmas Table Decorations - Willow Class did an amazing job!
Fun in the snow!
Year 3 Nativity Performance! Thank you to everyone who attended. We were very proud! We hope you enjoyed it.
Willow Class Makes for the Christmas Craft Fayre
Our visit on the Polar Express! We had a fantastic time!
Willow class were lucky enough to go on a special adventure on board the Polar Express at Cholsey and Wallingford Railway. Before the steam train departed, each member of the class, including the adults went through a ‘Naughty or Nice’ scanner. If you were deemed nice the lights went green; they turned red if you had been naughty! Thankfully, we had many green lights and we all made it onboard the train! Whilst on the train, the children were treated to hot chocolate and chocolate cookies. They listened to the original story of the Polar Express and joined in with the singing and dancing chefs. Towards the end of their magical adventure they had the opportunity to meet Santa. Willow class thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Huge thanks to Cholsey and Wallingford Railway for making it happen.
Here are some of our thoughts on the day:
“It’s brilliant because I love trains!” Seth
The cookie is so good! It’s chocolate with chocolate buttons on it! John
“This is a lot of fun!” Rodiat
“This is better than break time!” Rosalyn
“This is the best day ever – no school!” Zac
“My favourite part was seeing Santa.” Robyn
“I loved it!” Fifi
“The hot chocolate was so good.” Alfie
“I loved everything about it!” Rafe
PE - A fantastic session with Year 6 Sports Leaders
"I liked everything about it. The Y6 sport leaders were helpful and guided us." Rafe
"The tiger cub game was my favourite. It was quite tricky, but I liked the challenge. It was fun and hard at the same time." Malek
"I enjoyed the unicorns and dragons' game. I liked trying not to get tagged." Rosalyn
"Year 6 sport leaders were nice and spoke clearly so we could understand." Alfie
"I loved the rugby game because there was lots of movement." Benny
"Year 6 were really supportive and explained the rules of the game well." Elliot
Willow class always have an amazing time in Fir Tree Forest!
"I really enjoyed making leaf necklaces as I have never made them before." Rodiat
"Looking at different leaves on the leaf hunt was fun." Scarlett
"My favourite part was seeing the fire and listening to it pop and crackle." Erika
"Cooking the marshmallows was fun. The black bit is so good!" Jesse
"I found it difficult putting the leaves on the string, but I did it. " Zac
"Best things about forest was building the den and eating marshmallows." Joshi & Matthew
Maths - Multiplication - learning about equal groups and arrays
"I never knew multiplication was repeated addition."
"Arrays help me to see the equal groups more clearly."
"For an array to work it has to have an equal number in every row and column."
"I've enjoyed using the counters to make different arrays."
Children in Need - Willow class loved learning 5 new dances and taking part in the Strictly Children in Need Dance Challenge
Science - Which materials are the most reflective?
"I think the darker the material the least reflective it will be."
"The shiny foil will be the most reflective even though it is not smooth."
"I was surprised that the darker material reflected some light."
"I predict the smooth materials will reflect the most light.
"The bubble wrap is not completely clear but it will still let light through."
Developing our art skills - exploring and making different shades
Practising cutting carefully using scissors
Working in teams
Exploring different shades of pencil - lightest to darkest
Exploring and ordering different shades of colour
Parent Open Afternoon - Huge thanks to all the parents who attended.
PE - This term we are developing our Tag Rugby skills. Our first lesson with our coach focussed on three key skills - running at speed, spacial awareness and change of direction
Discussion on how evading (dodging) and tagging plays a key role in Tag Rugby.
Hula Hula game - task to get as many tags as possible. Whoever has the most wins!
Seaweed game - developing spacial awareness - being aware of people around you.
Being quick on your feet always looking around
Science - our project this term is Light!
Recording what we already know
Using the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when and why) to pose research questions.
Identifying what a light source is and what it is not.
A light source is something that produces its own light. The moon is not a light source.
English - Bonfire/Firework Cinquains
Brainstorming words to describe the subject
A cinquain is a type of poem, classified by the number of syllables in each line.
We followed the typical pattern of 2,4,6,8,2
Its purpose is to tell a story or paint a picture in the readers mind.
Term 2 - Our projects for this term are Light and the Nativity
This term we shall be getting to know each other, establishing classroom agreements and good learning behaviours. Our overriding goal this term is to settle the children back into school routines and support their social, emotional and academic progress. Please drop us an email with any worries or concerns you or your child may have as ensuring a smooth transition is very important to us. We begin the academic year with a 'Take One Picture' project which will explore a painting in depth through many different curriculum areas. We shall also be looking at the artist, his life, location and inspirations. Our main project is ‘The Stone Age’, with an emphasis on history.
Our Take One Picture Project
Saint George and the Dragon Paolo Uccello
Using our imaginations to complete the rest of the picture
Our thoughts as to the title of the painting
Using the 5 Ws (who, what, why, when and where) to ask questions about the painting
Investigating the historical background of the artist
Creating similes to describe our dragon
Using alliteration to make our writing more exciting
Art and Design - Marking making
We explored different ways of mark making. We looked closely at different examples.
We completed each box in a different way to create different textures.
More pencil control was needed when adding finer details. It was quite a challenge!
Our amazing Dragon Eyes - Applying the mark making techniques we had been practising on paper on to clay
This term in PE we have been developing our netball skills!
Passing and receiving the ball using chest pass
Practising passing accurately
On the move around the world. Aim is to keep the ball moving and try not to drop it.
Passing and catching without travelling
Stone Age Art - Using our hands to create cave art
Drawing around our hand. Overlapping hands.
Using charcoal to create different effects.
Thinking about light and dark
Smudging to create the desired effect
Reflecting on our work
Prior to the session we considered the following questions:
How did people communicate in the Stone Age?
What did people use to communicate?
What was important to people living in the Stone Age?
In Science this term we have been learning all about Rocks!
We tested the permeability of different rock types - does water become absorbed or not?
We used sandpaper to test the durability of the rocks to see how strong and tough it is.
We tested the density of rocks. Will it sink or float? We made our predictions first.
We have observed different types of rocks and learned about their common properties. Rocks can be:
- Hard or soft
- Permeable or Impermeable
We can also consider the density and durability of the rock.
Here are some of Willow Class reflections during the session:
"This rock has got to be permeable because it has a lot of holes."
"The water falls of this rock, so it has to be impermeable. I think it could be a metamorphic rock."
"This is a sedimentary rock because you can see the layers."
"It has no buoyancy, so it has stuck to the bottom."
"If a rock has holes in it it will sink because if a boat has a hole it sinks."
"We think this is a human made rock because it holes."
"This rock is shiny, smooth and durable. Nothing is coming out."
"This is strong there is no evidence of peeling off when using sandpaper."
"This is like granite or marble like what you get on kitchen surface."
History - Comparing the similarities and differences between modern day life and the Stone Age
Hunting for food, using hands to eat and building campfires to keep warm.
English - Instruction writing
Problem solving, the text is all jumbled up. Where does each part go?
The complete text with all the bits in the right place.
Planning each part of our instruction text on How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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