We are an awesome team of 22 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 you can use to help us in our learning. We have another exciting year ahead!
In English, Willow Class have been reading ‘Beowulf’, retold by Rob Lloyd Jones. Willow Class had the opportunity to step into the shoes of King Hrothgar. King Hrothgar’s warriors have just been killed by Grendel (a foul monster). We used the drama technique of hot seating to explore the thoughts and feelings of King Hrothgar. The children worked in pairs, one child had to pretend to be the king. The other child asked questions. They used the 5W questions to help them (who, what, why, when and where). Steps to success included good facial expression and the most appropriate voice and tone to suit the character. They did a brilliant job!
Willow class have been investigating a piece of music from the BBC’s Take 10 Pieces. The piece is called, ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ by Richard Wagner. The class have learnt the story behind the piece of music. The story involves eight sisters riding winged horses into battle. Willow Class worked in groups to retell the rest of the story. They were split into three groups and worked on different sections of the story:
Before the ride – what were the sisters doing?
The reason for the ride – Why do the sisters set off?
After the ride – what happens next?
Each group were encouraged to write their section in just three short sentences. Willow Class had some imaginative responses. They were then introduced to the term – leitmotif. Leitmotif means a short, musical idea that describes things within a story. In groups they choose one word in their sentences and turned it into a leitmotif. They then had the opportunity to invent their own leitmotif using different instruments.
It has been an exciting start to the term, Willow Class have been reading ‘I’ll take you to Mrs Cole!’ by Nigel Gray. We have been using drama techniques to help us understand the characters thoughts, feelings and motives. To get us warmed up the children had a go at walking like a solider and a queen. Willow class were then invited to take a stroll in the characters shoes. They also tried to find a voice for the character and think of a sentence that the character might say. We spent some time working on our listening and concentration skills too. Willow Class were asked to speak about themselves as quickly as possible without gabbling, pausing or repeating things. They found this incredibly challenging but gave it their best shot! Finally, we learnt about hot seating and as a class developed a list of questions linked to the 5ws (who, what, why, when, where) and how. Some children had a go at sitting in the hot seat and answering questions in the voice of their chosen character. They did a fantastic job!
In Science, Willow Class have spent time investigating circuits. We began by reading the ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Rhonda and David Armitage. In the middle of the night, Mr Grinling’s light in the lighthouse suddenly stopped shining. Feeling around in the darkness, Mr Grinling found a battery, a bulb and one wire. Willow class worked in small groups and were given a battery, bulb and crocodile clip. They investigated how they could light the bulb. They constructed simple circuits and identified that the bulb would only light if the circuit was complete. Then they were asked to predict whether different ‘circuit’ layouts would have the same results. They tested their predictions and discussed their reasoning in groups using key scientific vocabulary.
We have started the term with Take One Picture project. We have chosen Vincent Van Gogh’s, The Starry Night. To start each child was given a section of the painting which was stuck in their sketch books in any direction of their choice. They had to draw what the rest of the painting could be. We had some wonderful interpretations. Willow Class then discussed the title of picture. Suggestions included, the dark kingdom, the monster’s village, the town of light, the sky of doom and the terror town, just to name a few! Then, we explored the picture further using our five senses and learnt how to describe the picture using powerful vocabulary. We are reading ‘Katie and the Starry Night’, by James Mayhew. Willow Class have been learning how to gain meaning from the story through the use of prediction. In Maths, Willow Class have been busy learning how to round to the nearest 10 and the nearest 100. It has been a busy but enjoyable week! Well done Willow Class for your hard work.
Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s, The Starry Night, Willow Class have created haikus and cinquains. They have learnt about both forms of poetry and the unique structure they have.
‘I enjoyed learning about the pattern of syllables in a haiku and finding words that fit the pattern.’
‘I hadn’t realised that there are so many different types of poems.’
‘I liked learning new adjectives to describe the starry night picture.’
‘I would like to do it again because it is fun and calm.’
‘I had seen the painting before but had never heard of the artist. It was interesting and weird learning about the artist. Weird because he chopped off his ear!’
We also learnt about the artist and his other paintings:
‘I loved learning about Vincent Van Gogh’s chair painting.’
I liked how he used so many different colours in his other paintings.’
Willow class also had the opportunity to recreate their own version of the painting using oil pastels:
‘I enjoyed recreating the Starry Night.’
‘I learnt how to blend oil pastels and create beautiful colours.’
‘I have learnt how to look at a picture closely.’
‘It has made me realise the amount of work done by the Vincent Van Gogh.’
In guided reading, we have started ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. Willow’s first task was to answer questions linked to the 5ws (who, what, why, when, where). They have been using their prediction skills to work out where the Iron Man has come from and how he has come to be on top of the cliff. We have used drama to help us explore this further. Willow Class did an amazing job and came up with some incredibly creative and amusing responses.