We’ve been having a truly ‘electrifying’ time in Hawthorns this week! We’ve finished out unit of science work on electricity and spent time this week applying our understandings of conductors and insulators to make homemade switches. This learning was further enhanced by this week’s brilliant homework in which the children investigated the different types of switch found in their home.
We’ve linked this topic to our new unit of English work on discussion texts, as our model text presents the argument for and against electric cars. Next week we’ll use our class book ‘The Last Bear’ to discuss whether tourism in the Artic should be banned.
Next week we’ll also start a new DT project that will make great use of our electricity knowledge as we research, plan and construct a sign that lights up. In Celebration Assembly this week Finley was acknowledged for the excellent effort he has been putting into his class work recently. Well done Finley, a wonderful example of Reach and Resilience.
It’s been a busy week in Hawthorn class! We’ve started a new unit of science work: Electricity and have been finding out more about how electrical circuits work and what is needed to make a circuit complete. We investigated what types of materials conduct and insulate electricity which helped us to understand why electrical wires are covered in plastic. We also found that instead of wires we could use tin foil to transfer the electrical current around the circuit as metals conduct electricity. Next week we will find out about the role of switches in electrical circuits and have a go at making some homemade switches of our own.
In English we finished our work on our finding stories, and have lots of different independent stories where a wide range of animals and objects are found. Next week, to tie in with our work on electricity, we’ll start a non-fiction discussion text about the advantages and disadvantages of electric cars.
In maths, year 3 continue to learn more about time, and next week will be learning how to tell the time more accurately. Year 4 continue their unit of work on money and next week will apply their understandings to some problem solving situations.
In Celebration Assembly, Ava received bookworm certificate for her compelling review of the new J.K. Rowling book, Ickabog and Lola and Henry were rewarded for their excellent scientific understandings and teamwork in this week’s electricity lessons.
This week we have continued our sustainability work. In geography, we’ve found out more about what types of energy we use in the UK and have represented this information in graphs, so it can easily compared between years. We found out that even within the last five years our reliance on coal has decreased and we’ve increased our use of renewable energy sources. We also looked at sustainable development and found out about what is being done to conserve the lapwing, a bird that lives and nests in open flat land, that has experienced a large amount of habitat loss due to urban development.
In English, we continue to use our class book, ‘The Last Bear’ to write finding stories that see our protagonist find and try to save an animal in danger due to global warming or habitat loss.
In maths, year 3 have concluded their work on fractions and year 4, having finished their work on decimals are now finding out more about money, which links well with the previous unit as they’re learning how to recognise and represent amounts of money using decimal notation.
In Celebration Assembly this week Ben was recognised for his hard work and excellent progress across the curriculum, but especially in maths. A wonderful example of our school value ‘Reach’. In Bookworm Assembly, Ethan was awarded this week’s certificate for a concise and interesting review of David Walliams’ ‘Billionaire Boy.’
Next week we’ll be finding out more about electricity as we begin our new science topic. This links nicely with the unit of geography work we’ve just finished and should deepen the children’s understanding of where electricity comes from and how it works.
After a welcome Easter break, it is back to business as usual in Hawthorns! This half term we’ll be learning a lot about sustainability and the different types of energy that we use. We’ve linked this learning with our English work and have started reading ‘The Last Bear’ by Hannah Gold. We’ve learnt about the Arctic Circle and how scientists studying it are able to find out about the effects of global warming.
In geography, we’ve started to learn about ways to increase sustainability globally, locally and personally. We’ve also considered things we can do to make our school site more sustainable.
In maths, year 3 are continuing their work on fractions and are now able to find equivalent fractions and can compare and order a range of different fractions. Year 4 have spent this week representing, comparing and ordering decimals. Next week we’ll conclude our work in these areas.
In Celebration Assembly both Ella and Ellie were recognised for listening carefully when reading our class text and generating some great ideas during guided reading sessions.
This half term our P.E. days are Wednesday and Friday. Spellings continue to be given out on Monday and homework will be given out and expected back in every Thursday.
It’s been a busy final week of term in Hawthorn class. We have been discussing the importance of worship and church for Christians. We found out about different Christian services that take place in church including Baptism and The Eucharist. We also learnt about Christian symbols that you’ll find in a church including the tabernacle, crucifix, paschal candle and chalice.
In English we have finished writing our own Beowulf stories. Many children decided to take inspiration from the final story in the trilogy and write about his epic victory over the Earth Dragon. In guided reading we used our understanding of the text to write a play script of the scene when Beowulf meets King Hrothgar. We also had a go at recording news bulletins to inform people of the heroic deeds that took place in the Great Hall.
In maths, we have finished the first part of fractions and decimals, which we will continue with after the Easter holidays. We’ve also had some time to revisit some elements of measurement, and have learnt more about perimeter and how it is measured.
In Celebration Assembly this week we spoke about how we know when we’ve made progress. Three certificates were given out. Joe and Ethan received recognition for their hard work in English as they’ve worked hard to make their writing interesting to read. Ellie was also recognised for her hard work in maths as she very accurately measured and calculated perimeter of a range of different 2D shapes.
Finally, I hope you all have a safe and peaceful Easter and have a well deserved rest. Enjoy your holiday.
This week in Hawthorn class we have completed our DT work and have created books that use a range of different pop up techniques to tell the story of Beowulf. There are examples of slides showing Grendel emerging from the swamp to attack the people in the Great Hall, levers to bring the fight scene between Beowulf and Grendel to life and v folds to show the Great Hall, back to its former glory once the monster is defeated.
In English, we’ve continued our work on the story of Beowulf and this week have innovated the model text, writing the sequel in which Grendel’s mother avenges her son’s death and Beowulf has to save the day. Next week the children will finish this unit of work by writing their own story that includes Beowulf as the main character. I wonder what hideous beasts he’ll come up against next week?
In maths, year 3 are finishing their work on fractions whilst year 4 have been getting stuck in to decimals. Over the next week we’ll have time for some problem solving activities and revision of some tricky topics covered during Home Learning.
In Celebration Assembly this morning we discussed an important aspect of learning that we’ve demonstrated this week: collaboration. Everyone in Hawthorn class received a certificate as they showed respect for each other when discussing ideas and distributing tasks, resourcefulness as they made the most of each other’s skills and talents, reach for having high standards and ambitious ideas and resilience for working as a team, motivating each other and problem solving when things became tricky. Well done Hawthorns on a brilliantly fun project that allowed you to develop so many different skills! Finally, in Bookworm Assembly, this week’s certificate went to Ava and Henry who did an excellent review of ‘Shoe Wars’ by Liz Pichon. I was hooked and I’m sure there are a few others in our class who’ll be wanting to read this book soon too.
What a welcome return to school! We’ve had a wonderful week getting reacquainted and settling back in to our usual routines. We’ve been continuing our work on Anglo-Saxons that was started during Home Learning and are now learning the story of Beowulf. We’ve also linked this to our new DT project, which is to make a pop-up book. We spent time this week finding out more about pop-up techniques including different types of fold and lever and made prototypes of each to help us learn how they are constructed. Next week we’ll plan and construct our Beowulf pop-up books with a partner. In Celebration assembly this week, two people returning to school were recognised for their neat handwriting; Ben and Tyler. Josh was awarded a certificate for communicating well with the adults that work with him. Maisie, Ben and Henry in year 4 were also awarded their silver Dojo badges for reaching the 50 point landmark. I’m sure there are more people who’ll reach 50 points very soon!
We’ve begun some new work on a DT project this week. As the festive season is upon us, for this textile project, we’ve decided to make a Christmas tree decoration. So far we’ve spent some time creating a design brief, analysing existing products and finding out how they are constructed. We’ve also spent quite a bit of time learning and practising 4 basic sewing stitches. The children have now decided what Christmas decoration they would like to make and how they would like to change it to make it different from the original. Fabric, decoration and stitch type have been finalised so next week the making can commence! In Celebration Assembly this week, two people were recognised for their exceptional effort in writing. We’re coming to the end of our work on a warning story and both Maisie and Tyler have shown great focus and improvement when writing both their innovated and independent pieces. Well done to both of you, such excellent demonstrations of reach and resilience.
We’ve continued this week with our explorations into the workings of the human body. We found out more about the digestive organs and recreated the functions of the stomach and intestines. The children acted as the teeth to tear (chew) some bread and put it into the freezer bag, which represented the stomach. We then poured tonic water into the bag to represent the bile that helps to break down the food. The children then had great fun squishing the food and water together in the bag to recreate what the stomach and muscles in the stomach do to break down the food further. Next we put the mashed up food into a pair of tights and the children took turns squeezing the liquid out, representing what the large intestines do as the food continues to pass through our bodies. In the end we were left with what our body expels as solid waste when we go to the toilet! On a different note, Flynn was recognised in celebration assembly this week for using feedback and marking to help improve his work further. This shows resilience and reach Flynn so very well done.
Finding out more about the human body has been the focus for a lot of our afternoon sessions this week. Our science topic for this half term involves finding out more about digestion and we’ve started this week by looking at our teeth. We spent time learning about the different types of teeth and their function. We then ate an apple and as we did so, described the teeth that we were using and how they were helping us to eat the fruit. After this we investigated why brushing our teeth is important and experimented with eggshell to represent tooth enamel. We put the eggshell into different liquids and found that those that contain sugar can damage tooth enamel because of the acid that they contain. The eggshells became soft, stained and in some cases almost dissolved completely. With our new understandings about teeth, we are also able to identify from a skull, whether an animal was carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. Maisie was recognised in Celebration Assembly this week for her consistently high standard of presentation across all curriculum areas. An excellent example of ‘reach’, Maisie, well done.
This week we’ve moved on from learning about the Celts to finding out about the Roman invasion in Britain and what life was like in the country following this. We’ve tied this in with English and have written the persuasive text ‘Invade Britain!’ in which we convinced the reader that there were many reasons to conquer including plentiful resources, a high population of people that could be used as slaves and the desire to be seen as powerful and successful. In other news, the Scholastic Book Fair has landed in our class! Over the next few days children will spend time exploring the wide range of texts on offer and put together a wish list which may then be purchased online. In celebration assembly this week Oliver was acknowledged for being able to remain focused on learning, especially since our classroom is also used as an access route for other areas of the school. An excellent learning behaviour, Oliver.
A big welcome back to everyone in Hawthorn class. We’ve started this half term with history and are finding out about life in the Iron Age. This topic is also linked to our English work and this week we have been learning to persuade. On Monday the children got into character and persuaded their partner to come and live in a hillfort. They were very successful and mentioned features such as the steep ramparts which protect the hillfort from attackers, the cosy beds in the roundhouses and the sense of community that comes with living in large groups. Later on in the week the children had a go at trying to sell a Celtic Roundhouse using the persuasive techniques they had learnt. Next week, when we start finding out about the Romans the children will try to persuade others to come with them to invade Britain. Ethan, who joined our class this week, was recognised for settling in so well and working really hard. An excellent example of resilience and reach, Ethan.
This week, amongst lots of other things, we have been taking the time to think about harvest. Whilst we can’t come together as a community and observe this festival in the church, the children did assemble on the playground in their bubbles and at the appropriate distance to perform their harvest class piece. Hawthorns have been learning about sound and were interested to find out more about how people who cannot hear sound communicate. In our video, as well as singing, the children use Makaton to sign the words to ‘Let’s Harvest’. In Celebration Assembly this week Joshua was recognised for the hard work he has put in to making sure his handwriting is neat and legible. Well done Josh.
This week we concluded our work on sound. We found out how sound is measured and used a decibel meter to record sounds. We investigated how to block sounds by covering a sound source in different fabrics. We also learnt about how sound travels through air and why we can’t hear sounds as well when we move further away from the source. We have started learning about explanation texts in English and are using the model text ‘How do volcanoes erupt?’ to help us. As a fun way to start this topic we made our own exploding volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar. In this week’s celebration assembly we focused on things we’ve found challenging. Well done to both Ava and Henry who received certificates for being great learning partners and always working cooperatively.
This week Hawthorns started a new science topic: sound. We spent time exploring how sounds are created and how they travel in group activity stations. The first showed how vibrations are produced when sound is made by putting birdseed on a drum, then hitting it. We found out that sound travels through liquid by striking a tuning fork and putting it in water. This also demonstrated that sound travels in waves. We discovered that sound travels through solid objects by attaching string to a wire coat hanger, wrapping the string around our fingers, placing our fingers in our ears and knocking the coat hanger against the table. We could hear the sound we made really clearly! We also investigated how changing the size and shape of objects changes the pitch of the sound they produce through exploration with a range of different musical instruments. Finally, we experimented with pitch by making our own straw oboe instruments and observed how changing the length of the straw altered the pitch of the sound it produced. We’ve got lots more to find out about sound next week. In this week’s celebration assembly we focused on making progress and how our work shows we’ve improved. Congratulations to Finley who demonstrated reach and resilience across the curriculum by giving all learning opportunities his very best effort.
We’ve had a busy week finishing our earthquakes topic in geography. We compared the damage inflicted on Haiti and Chile when earthquakes hit both countries in 2010 and found out that earthquakes affect poorer countries much more than richer ones. Buildings being built too close together, lack of high quality construction materials and limited healthcare provision all have an enormous impact on the damage that earthquakes cause. We also found out this week that earthquakes and volcanoes are often found in the same locations and tracked the journey of a volcano from start to finish. Our storyboards for this can be seen below. Elsewhere we’ve been carrying on with place value in maths and are currently innovating our conquering the monster stories, adding in effective dialogue for both our monster and hero. In celebration assembly this week we discussed successes we’ve had in our work and reflected on what that looks like and how it feels. Congratulations to Ellie who demonstrated resourcefulness across the curriculum by becoming increasingly independent.
This week in Hawthorns class we have been spending time looking at how speech is used in stories and have had a go at writing and punctuating dialogue that we had written ourselves. In maths we’ve been revisiting place value and have worked confidently with 3 and 4 digit numbers. We’ve also been finding out a lot about earthquakes and have used New Zealand as the focus for this topic. We’ve observed the impact on people that earthquakes can have, how many earthquakes New Zealand has had over the years and why so many earthquakes happen there by looking in depth at the plates and fault lines that make up the Earth’s crust. Next week we’ll find out why it’s not always the biggest earthquakes that cause the most damage. In celebration assembly this week we reflected on the last two weeks of learning and discussed how we approach challenging tasks. A huge well done to Flynn who displayed two of our school values: reach and resilience this week in his maths work.
The long awaited return to school is finally underway and what a lovely week it has been! Well done to all of the children in Hawthorns class for coming back to school with such enthusiasm and positivity. We’ve spent a lot of time this week getting reacquainted and have had fun playing some ‘get to know you’ games. We’ve also enjoyed learning about the modern artist Paul Klee. We’ve found out more about colour theory, spent time mixing and making colours and created tints by adding white paint. We’ve made a large scale class painting, and have explored Klee’s love of animals and nature by recreating his famous ‘Cat and Bird’ painting. All in all, a productive and enjoyable start to the year.
Mondays: Spelling test & Homework due (Khan Academy and TT Rockstars)
Thursdays: PE & Bookworm Assembly
Fridays: Outdoor Learning
Reading – Daily. Reading records should be completed Monday to Friday, detailing a book of your choosing. This is in addition to our class book, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’.
W/C 25th April
‘Project Week’ in Willow class saw Design and Technology being combined with science and maths as the children completed their model bird hides. After drawing their designs, the children applied their maths knowledge: measuring and using addition to calculate the lengths of wood; using their knowledge of properties of shape to count the edges in their design; and dividing the wood to measure out studs of the correct length and amounts. The children made cubes, rectangular cuboids and rectangular based prisms, so every structure had to be calculated differently.
Then the DT fun began as the children marked out their measurements onto pieces of wood and got to work sawing them as carefully and accurately as they could. Once all the studs had been cut, the children constructed their frames, using triangulation to strengthen and reinforce the joins. Finally, (back to maths!) we looked at nets of 3d shapes, to calculate, measure and cut fabric to cover our hides. Fabrics and materials were carefully selected using scientific knowledge of properties of materials to ensure a waterproof product.
Throughout this project, the expectations placed upon the children were exceptionally high. The maths was challenging and the construction process fiddly and exacting. But, goodness me, the results are fantastic! Every child completed their own unique design whilst also meeting the design brief: to build a waterproof bird hide that would be strong enough for frequent use in the school grounds. Mrs Lloyd and I are incredibly proud of the whole class – and, more importantly, the children are proud of themselves and their hard work.
In celebration assembly, Elspie was acknowledged for her Work in French, Erin was awarded the bookworm certificate for her enthusiastic review of ‘A Girl Called Owl’ and Lola was recognised for reach and resourcefulness for her thoughtful, evaluative work on the bird hide project. Super job, Willows!
W/C 19th April
Work has continued this week on our DT project: frame structures. The children have been tasked with designing and making a bird hide for the school garden. We began by evaluating photos of existing bird hides and researching which materials, shapes and features they tend to share. Then, we spent time learning how to use a bench hook and saw to cut wood safely and accurately. Next week, we will use our newfound wood working skills to make models of our own bird hide designs.
In maths, the Y6s began work on ‘ratio and proportion’, using concrete resources and their knowledge of fractions to solve a range of mathematical problems. The Y5s continued work on ‘adding and subtracting decimals’ – using formal column methods and explaining the place value exchanges between the digits. In English, the children completed their first ‘hot task’ of the summer term: a discussion text about the pros and cons of ‘dropping out’ of school to take an around the world sailing trip. The children used formal register, generalizers and a range of connectives to make their texts objective and cohesive.
In celebration assembly this week, William was awarded linguist of the week for recalling his numbers to thirty (trente!); Bella and Lola were awarded the bookworm certificate for their review of ‘Maps’; Erin, Bella and Owen received TT Rockstar certificates for their times tables work; James received his gold dojo award; and Alfie was awarded the 4 Rs certificate for Resilience and Reach, having shown outstanding work ethic and progress in English and Maths. Phew! Amazing! Well done, Willows!
W/C 12th April
Following a restful Easter break, Willows have returned to a full learning schedule; things are finally beginning to feel like ‘normal’. In English we started reading Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ which sparked a formal debate about whether Michael’s family should leave their lives in England behind for an around the world sailing trip. Next week, we will echo this debate in the form of a balanced argument text.
In DT, we began researching frame structures. To begin with, we explored the work of architect Zaha Hadid, creating posters that explained a little about her background and evaluating some of her impressive designs. Then, the children were given pieces of paper, books, paper clips, headless matchsticks and blu-tack and were asked to create 2 different frame structures that could support the weight of a school dictionary. We learned that wider bases tend to result in sturdier structures; that rolled paper is stronger than unrolled or folded paper, and that triangle frames are stronger than square frames for standing upright and holding weight.
In celebration assembly this week, Erin was acknowledged for showing resourcefulness and reach during the class formal debate and William was awarded the bookworm certificate for his review of ‘Alex Rider’. Great start to the term, Willows!
W/C 22nd March
This week the children were given a huge range of historical sources and worked in groups to evaluate how Britain achieved victory in the Battle of Britain. They examined photos from the time, including those of aeroplanes, RADAR operators and transmitters, statistical data about the British and German military and they read contemporary newspaper reports. They then wrote double page spreads answering the enquiry question, ‘Why was winning the Battle of Britain in 1940 so significant?’ Their pages were filled with facts, drawings and evaluations of all we have learnt this term.
In guided reading, we completed ‘Friend or Foe’ and compared our experiences of the last year with those who experienced 6 years of upheaval during WWII. We discussed how the most adverse conditions can help us recognise how strong, resilient and adaptable we are: ‘It’s helped me be more flexible and we just keep on adjusting to all the different routines. I have developed so much independence!’
In the spirit of Easter, the children ended the week with an Easter egg hunt on the field, collecting tokens that were exchanged for chocolate treats! Yum! They then completed their music lessons on Martha and the Vandellas’ Dancing in the Street – by singing, harmonising and playing the song together. Finally, Barney was recognised during celebration assembly for his positive attitude and exemplary behaviour in school – as well as receiving the bookworm certificate for his review of ‘Alex Rider, Stormbreaker’. Well done, Barney. You are an inspiration to us all!
Have a lovely Easter break, Willows! Thank you for a great Spring term!
W/C 15th March
This week, Willows have been conducting their own scientific research into the effects of physical exercise on the heart rate. We investigated which types of exercise increase the heart rate most, and whether exercising for longer periods correlates with an increase in beats per minute. The children worked in teams to plan, conduct and evaluate their investigations, working hard to ensure their tests were fair. They then made improvements to their plans before repeating their studies. “Science was difficult, but I found working as part of a team really helpful. We all chipped in and worked together.”
In English, the children have been exploring the contrasting arguments of David and Tucky, from, ‘Friend or Foe’: would you help a German bomber that saved your life? The children wrote diary entries for each child – exploring both sides of this complex argument. They used emotive language and an informal writing style to portray the feelings and frustrations of the characters. Finally, the children peer and self-assessed their writing to edit and improve their work. “I found peer editing really helpful as we worked together, systematically, to find areas to improve.”
In our reflection assembly this week, we discussed any challenges we faced and what steps we took to overcome them. “We made a few errors in science which we overcame by working as a team, not giving up and working hard to smooth out the mistakes.” Lastly, George was awarded the 4Rs certificate for outstanding contributions to maths and English (Reach and Resourcefulness): His reasoning and explanations in maths have been exemplary and his emotive diary entry in English was the talk of the class! Super work, George. Well done!
W/C 8th March
It is such a joy to have a classroom full of children again, and we have wasted no time getting stuck into a range of topics. In our Battle of Britain enquiry, the children used their evaluation skills to review a range of historical sources. They discussed the seriousness of the risk of Nazi invasion in 1940, “The risk of invasion by Nazi Germany was high – they had already invaded and occupied six countries in Western Europe”. They also discussed what Hitler would have needed to do if ‘Operation Sea Lion’ was to succeed. “Because the Luftwaffe was better equipped than the RAF, Hitler’s best chance of success was in the sky.”
As a complement to our history topic, we have been reading ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo – which has sparked discussions about what makes a ‘normal person’ do bad things, and whether we should dislike an entire group of people, based on the actions of a few. The children also engaged in drama sessions, becoming characters from the book, to explore how it might have felt to be evacuated during WW2.
In RE, we have continued our enquiry into Christianity by looking at the easter story; discussing whether the celebration is still about Jesus, or whether the focus has shifted to something else (more commercial?). The children then decorated stones with pictures from the easter story which the vicar will use to create a trail through the village.
Finally – just before our music lesson rehearsing ‘Dancing in the street’ on the glockenspiels – we squeezed in a celebration assembly in which Alfie received his silver Dojo badge and William, Noah and Elspie became the first Y5s to receive gold Dojo badges! The 4 Rs certificate was awarded to the whole of Willow Class for their enthusiasm and positivity during their first week back in class. They have shown resilience in the face of many changes, resourcefulness throughout their home learning, respect for the new and ever-changing safety rules in school and reach across all school subjects. Well done Willows! It’s so great to have you back! 😊
W/C 30th November
This week marked the start of our final Talk for Writing unit for the year: a conquering the monster tale featuring characters from ‘The Hobbit’. We began with a drama session and some ‘hot seating’ in which the children explored various characters’ movements and speech patterns. Turns out we have some wonderful actors in class and some terrifying Gollums! ‘I am proud of my drama and English because everyone loved my Gollum impressions.’ Noah
In PE, Willow class put together the moves they have learnt so far in an impressive breakdancing ‘battle’. As requested, ALL dance videos have been uploaded for the children to view!! ‘I am proud of my breakdancing because at first I didn’t want to take part in a battle but by the end I wanted to go again and again!’ Erin ‘I am proud of my breakdancing because I have improved my dancing and I have performed in a battle.’ George
In celebration/reflection assembly, Bella, Zachary and Owen were celebrated for their hard work on TT Rockstars; George was acknowledged for consistently reaching high standards in maths and for showing resilience during a particularly tricky perimeter challenge; and Barney and Bella received their gold star badges for reaching 100 Class Dojos! Fantastic work, Willows!
Finally, to acknowledge the start of the Christmas season the children had fun decorating their classroom whilst listening to Christmas songs. Tis the season to be jolly!!
W/C 23rd November 2020
We have continued developing our understanding of evolution and inheritance by publishing our explanation texts on Natural Selection and the peppered moth. The texts were incredibly challenging as the pupils were expected to show off their scientific knowledge as well as their English skills: using a range of conjunctions, relative clauses, parenthesis and the passive voice. The children did an absolutely amazing job, and a selection of their work can be found below.
’My favourite learning activity this week was English because making an explanation text was fun and challenging.’ Zachary
In art, Willows completed their Graffiti projects by creating their own stencil art. The children learnt how to use craft knives safely and accurately, carefully cutting out their stencils before painting in layers to create some very colourful patterns.
‘I am proud of my art this week because we were doing stencils which I found hard, but I managed it in the end.’ Owen
In reflection/celebration assembly the children discussed the week’s learning: ‘I know I am doing well in my timestables because yesterday I almost finished and only had 3 left. I felt very proud of myself.’ Evy; ‘In breakdancing I am working hard to improve my backspins to see if I can go faster.’ Alfie; ‘In maths I am working hard to improve my knowledge of how to compare fractions by finding the lowest common multiples of the denominators.’ James; Excellent reflections! Congratulations were offered to Bella, Noah and Erin for their timestables work, to Elspie for her virtual book review, and to Evy for showing reach, resourcefulness and resilience in her approach to learning this week! Well done to all!
W/C 16th November 2020
This week, in maths, the Y5s have been learning about multiples, factors and prime numbers and have been creating arrays to support their understanding of these concepts. The Y6s have worked hard to understand the order of operations, including the use of brackets and indices, before moving on to mental calculations and reasoning from known facts. ‘I am working hard to improve my mental maths skills, so I can calculate more quickly,’ James. ‘I am improving the way I work, to be more systematic, when finding factors,’ Erin.
In music, Willows are revising their knowledge of rhythm and pulse and have started rehearsing Bon Jovi’s Living on a Prayer. As well as singing, the children will work together in small groups to write their own compositions to accompany the song – on glockenspiels – very rock and roll! They will also learn to read and write music using standard notation.
In our reflection/celebration assembly this week the children were asked to consider the areas in which they would like to improve. As always, the children were focused and thoughtful with their answers: ‘In guided reading I am working hard to improve my summaries by sticking to key information’; In art I am working hard to improve my stencil designs’; In PE I am working hard to improve my breakdancing routine to make it more entertaining’; In English I am working hard to improve my relative clauses’. What an insight into the hard work and determination of the pupils in Willow class.
Finally this week, congratulations were offered to Bella, William and Erin for their achievements on TT Rockstars; to William for his bookworm review of Amelia Fang; and to Lola, for her resourcefulness in becoming an ever increasingly independent learner and for reaching exceptionally high standards across all subjects, and in French, Music and Guided Reading in particular this week. Well done Willows!
11th November 2020
This week, we combined science with English by beginning explanation texts about Natural Selection. First, we conducted an experiment in which the children pretended to be the finches of the Galapagos Islands. They were given a range of ‘beaks’ and a limited amount of ‘food’: competition for resources was fierce and only a limited number of birds would survive! The ‘finches’ scrambled to eat the wriggly worms (rubber bands), seeds (lentils), nuts (marbles), insects (tooth-picks) and bugs (pasta) and found that certain beaks were more suited to certain foods. By the end of the experiment, the children realised that each island, each with its own different food source, eventually became dominated by one variation of finch: the one with the beak best suited to its environment. What a discovery! And, as one of the children said, ‘Natural selection is easy to understand! And we’re much younger than Charles Darwin was when he found this out!’
In Computing, the children have been learning about the internet and the world wide web. This week, they were tasked with creating a model to show their understanding. Many resources were gathered and arranged on the playground, showing the network of computers that make up the internet – and how the world wide web works within that network. ‘I have learnt that nearly everything online can be accessed via hyperlinks’ Barney
In celebration assembly, congratulations were given to Bella, Alfie and Barney for their work on TT Rockstars; and James was celebrated for consistently showing all 4 Rs in his behaviour and approach to learning. Great job, children!
W/c 2nd November 2020
Work has begun on two new topics: Evolution and inheritance and ancient Maya.
In science we had a visitor from the Water Mills and Marshes project helping us kick start our evolution topic by investigating the adaptations of animals and plants of the Norfolk Broads. As part of the investigations, the children were tasked with adapting things that float, to make them sink; and things that sink, to make them float! ‘My favourite activity this week was learning about adaptation and how the animals are adapted to survive on water.’ Elspie
In history, we spent an afternoon immersed in ancient Mayan culture. We played Pok-a-Tok: a ball game in which only thighs and hips were used to pass the ball. We practised the necessary skills before diving into a game, but we refrained from executing the losing team!! ‘I really enjoyed Pok-a-tok. It was great to see how the ancient Maya played and how they used this as an alternative to war!’ Evy
After Pok-a-Tok, we enjoyed a warm cup of Mayan hot chocolate, complete with cinnamon and chilli powder! ‘My favourite activity this week was drinking the Mayan hot chocolate!’ Myah
We also enjoyed touching and handling a range of Mayan artefacts, discussing what the objects may have been used for, and what they reveal about Mayan culture.
Finally, in celebration assembly, congratulations were given to Evy, William and Bella for their work on TT Rockstars; Myah took home the certificate for bookworm assembly; and Elspie worked super hard, showing great reach in her science work and respect to her classmates by giving a helping hand to a friend in need! A great start to the half term, Willows! Well done!
w/c 12th October 2020
As part of our seasonal celebrations, Willows researched the different ways that harvest is acknowledged around the world. We then took time to give thanks for the food we eat and the people who take it from farm to fork. The children presented their work to the rest of the school in our harvest assembly which they recreated here, on video, to share with you.
Congratulations this week to Bella, Owen and Erin for their hard work on Times Tables Rockstars; to Lola for attaining the gold star for reaching 100 dojos; and to Erin for showing respect and reach in everything she does! Great job Willows!
w/c 5th October 2020
Please be introduced to this year’s chair and vice chair of the school council: Bella and James. Several Y6 children stood for election, giving rousing speeches. Congratulations to them all for their confidence of delivery and for their inspiring words!
This week in Talk for Writing, Willows started learning about discussion texts. To ‘warm up’ the text type, we split into two groups to participate in a formal debate about the pros and cons of eating chocolate for breakfast. Whilst competitiveness was evident between the teams, the children listened well to each other and gave well-researched, informed responses in their counter arguments.
Finally, congratulations to Erin and Owen for attaining a silver star for their Dojos; to Myah, Noah and Bella for their achievements on Times Tables Rockstars; and to Zachary for his enthusiastic and well-reasoned contributions to class discussions across all subjects! Phew! What a fabulous bunch!
w/c 28th September 2020
Having previously planned their science experiments, Willow class were finally let loose to conduct them! The children worked together in small groups to test their predictions about shadows and learnt that a shadow becomes larger when the distance between a light source and an object is increased.
In Talk for Writing, the children completed their first ‘hot task’ writing their own ‘spin off’ inspired by the character of Hatty from ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden‘. Their work is proudly displayed in class for all to enjoy.
In celebration assembly, we focused on the challenges we faced in our work this week and how we might overcome these next time:
‘Something I found challenging this week was completing the science experiment on time. Next time, I will choose equipment that is quicker to set up so I can finish earlier’ – William.
‘I found it difficult to finish my story on time. Next time, I will stop and edit my work after each paragraph, rather than leaving it all to the end, so I can manage my time better.’ – Evy
Finally, congratulations to Bella, Elspie and Alfie for their work on TT Rockstars; to Elspie and Erin for the inspiring book review; and to Myah for reaching so high with her English work! Great job Willows!
w/c 21st September 2020
This week, Willows worked in small groups and planned their own scientific studies to find out how a light source’s distance from an object will affect its shadow. The children considered the principles of fair testing to ensure their research would be reliable, and they discussed the most effective ways to record scientific data. Next week they will conduct their research and find out if their predictions are correct. In Talk for Writing we explored the budding friendship of Tom and Hatty from ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by writing our own version of ‘a day in the life’ of the pair. In PE the children honed their cricket skills in a ‘Striking and Fielding’ session with Pro-Coach, and we continued our journey along the timeline of heavy rock music by watching and evaluating Queen’s performance at Live Aid. In celebration assembly we reflected on our learning in maths and identified what went well and areas that need a little more work. Bella, Evy and Noah set the bench marks and earnt themselves a place in the TT Rockstars Hall of Fame; William was awarded the bookworm certificate for his review of ‘The House With Chicken Legs’ and Bella and William (again!) were awarded certificates for displaying Resourcefulness, Reach, Resilience and Respect this week! Keep up the great work, Willows!
w/c 14th September 2020
It has been a busy week in Willow class and the children have done an exceptional job of keeping up with the fast pace! We worked on expanded noun phrases to make our writing more interesting; tackled the place value of numbers up to 10,000,000; created line graphs on Excel to communicate geographical data; learnt and performed Roald Dahl poems in acknowledgment of Roald Dahl day and listened to Led Zeppelin to kick start our learning about the history of Rock/Metal music! In science, the children used spools of wool to create human light models demonstrating their learning about the way light enables us to see. The children remembered to show the ray of light as one continuous straight line coming from the light source, reflecting off an object and straight into a person’s eyes. Finally, congratulations to Noah and Barney who were celebrated for displaying all 4 of the 4 ‘R’s in class this week! Great job Willows!
w/c 7th September 2020
What a pleasure it is to have a classroom filled with children again! It has been a jammed packed week and I am so impressed with the children’s behaviour and attitudes: they have given EVERYTHING their absolute best shot and have taken to their new routines swimmingly. Well done Willows! This week, in addition to having a good old ‘catch up’ with one another – we immersed ourselves in ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ and enjoyed some friendly online battles on TT Rockstars. In science, we conducted experiments testing the theory that light travels in straight lines: the children switched off the lights and used torches, hose pipes and mirrors to investigate.
30th April 2021
Chestnuts have had a busy week writing their own stories about the Gingerbread Man. We have learnt about using speech in writing, using alternatives for said, incorporating powerful verbs and adjectives. The class enjoyed listening to each other reading out their stories.
We have started learning about time in maths. Year 1 have mastered O’clock times, while year 2 have been looking at telling the time to quarter past and quarter to.
Reception have enjoyed getting involved in the Hungry Caterpillar activities, they have painted their own symmetrical butterflies and made chrysalises. We have also pieced together caterpillar number lines, wrote the days of the week the caterpillars ate what food and cut up pieces of fruit to make kebabs. Next week they will be role playing with trains, following instructions to make duplo creations, doubling numbers using numicon, experimenting with tissue paper and water and creating a feelings wheel.
Our special certificates go to Oscar for fantastic work in phonics, always putting in his all and Toby for super work on telling the time. Well done.
23rd April 2021
This week Chestnuts have continued to learn about plants and how they grow from seeds. They acted out being seeds and slowly shooting and then growing roots before becoming tall and strong. We have also planted sunflowers to find out what plants need to grow. Some are in the cupboard with no light, others with no water and some with water and sunlight. We are looking forward to seeing the results in the coming weeks.
In PE, we have really enjoyed having Owen teach us all about circus skills. We have mastered spinning plates and had a go a juggling with varied results.
Our special certificate goes to Daisy for her fantastic attitude to learning. Well done.
16th April 2021
This week we have welcomed two new members to Chestnuts. They have both settled in really well and have enjoyed making new friends.
We have started our new model text – the Gingerbread man and have had lots of fun making our own gingerbread men. We mixed the ingredients and added spices, then rolled out and cut out the biscuits before putting them in the oven.
This week was also the first week of ukulele club. It was a huge success and we learnt to hold our Ukulele properly, strum in time and play C. We finished by having a go at playing along to fun – some nights. We can’t wait to continue this next week!
Our certificates this week go to our new members who have coped with change so well and made friends brilliantly. Well done Sadie and Lauren.
26th March 2021
Happy Easter! We have enjoyed making Easter cards this week and making our eggs crack open. We have also gone on a Spring treasure hunt, looking for pictures which illustrate the signs of spring. We worked well as a class and helped our friends find the missing parts to their pictures so that we could all win a prize!
Early Years have enjoyed finding out about how sunflowers grow and seeds germinate, they have painted flowers, sewn seeds and went on a Spring walk thinking about their senses.
Our special certificates go to Daisy and Oran for fantastic story writing. Well done!
Have a lovely holiday and we look forward to seeing you after Easter.
12th March 2021
We are so excited and pleased to have everyone in Chestnuts back. We have also gained a new member, Hugo who has fitted in extremely well into our class. So welcome.
We have had a fantastic first week back. Everyone was keen to share their book day costumes and enjoyed taking part in the different activities planned. Chestnuts spent time being able to creatively write their own stories. We also had a go at creating our own African rain dances as part of our hook for our new model text, Lila and the secret of the rain. We had good fun dancing and trying to make the rain come!
As part of our RE, we have been learning about the Easter story and what Christians believe and why. We have decorated rocks with images of the Easter story on them, that will be used as part of an Easter trail around the village.
The special certificate this week goes to Hugo for settling in so well and being such a super star.
4th December 2020
This week has been very busy. We have been practicing for our Christmas surprise and are looking forward to sharing it with you.
We have also started a new model text in Talk for Writing. We have learnt about how to look after our pets and made posters, then linked this to discussing whether animals should be used in war.
On Friday afternoon we started our textiles project where we planned and designed a felt Christmas decoration before starting to making it. Those who weren’t sewing enjoyed making some Christmas bunting and paper chains to add some festive cheer to the classroom.
27th November 2020
In science this week, we have had lots of fun looking at the properties of different materials. We discussed what we thought would be the best materials to build a house from. We watched the story of the 3 little pigs and made our own houses. We talked about what was needed in order for it to be a fair test. Then the wolf (a hair drier) blew on each house to test how strong they were. We recorded how long each house stayed up for and what damage was made. Then we collated the results into a bar graph.
Our special certificates this week go to Daisy for fantastic work in phonics and writing and Mannix for demonstrating an excellent attitude to learning in all areas of the curriculum. Well done.
20th November 2020
This week has been anti bullying week and we have spent time thinking about what makes us different and why that should be celebrated. We discussed why we were wearing odd socks and showed them off! After that we designed our own unique socks to show it’s cool to be different. We then went on to talk about what we should do if we feel sad or we are worried that someone may be bullying us. We discussed what bullying means and looked at different scenarios about what may or may not be bullying. We all agreed that the best thing to do is to tell an adult or a friend if we are feeling upset about anything.
Chestnuts have also been learning their numbers to 20 in French and had lots of fun playing BINGO to practice!
This week Senan has showed great resilience, he has put on a brave face when things haven’t quite gone his way and has earnt himself the special certificate. Well done Senan!
13th November 2020
Chestnuts have started learning about warning tales and have been looking at the story of ‘Stubby’ about a soldier who took a dog he befriended to war even though he was warned against it. As part of our learning we have made war shelters and listened to sounds from a war zone so we could think about what it might have felt like for the soldiers.
We have been making the most of the great weather this week and in outdoor learning we created some natural art, using leaves and twigs to make animals and people.
Our special certificates this week go to Ella and Penny for fantastic work in maths. Year 1 and 2 have been looking at addition and subtraction. Year 1 have used resources to help them work out subtraction calculations and year 2 have begun to learn how to use column method for addition and subtraction of two digit numbers.
6th November 2020
This first week back has been a busy one, the children started their new history topic learning about the war and the importance of animals is in the war. We made wreaths from Autumn leaves and wrote poems about why animals should be remembered too!
Reception have enjoyed Halloween themed learning, making skeletons with shells, rocks and pumpkin seeds as well as painting pumpkins and completing spooky maths.
Our special certificates this week, go to Edward for super phonics and reading and to Alex for persevering with his writing. Well done.
16th October 2020
This week we have celebrated Harvest Festival, although we were unable to be together in church we all still had fun celebrating and are keen to show you what we have done. We talked about what harvest means and linked this to our RE topic of looking at kindness as well as how important our friends are to us. It was lovely to watch a video that the vicar prepared for us all about Harvest afterwards. Thank you for all your donations for Norwich foodbank, we know they will be greatly received.
9th October 2020
We have started a new Talk for Write text. We are looking at instruction writing and started the week by following instructions and making our own sandwiches. We learnt to spread the butter in a sideways motion and measure a spoonful of jam to put onto our sandwich. Finally we cut our sandwiches into halves then quarters before we enjoyed eating them.
We also looked at where our fruit comes from in geography and got to taste 10 different fruits. We then ranked them from our favourite to our least favourite and were able to see which was the most popular. The class studied the world maps and looked carefully for the different countries that our fruit comes from. We then learnt all about how bananas are grown, harvested, packaged and exported for us to enjoy.
Finally, our special certificate this week goes to Oliver S, he has put in an incredible amount of effort with his handwriting and presentation in all areas and we are seeing the results. Well done Oliver.
2nd October 2020
This week Chestnuts have had lots of fun learning about dairy farming and how cheese is made. We then used cheese to make cheese puffs and tasted them and they were delicious.
We have also written our own wishing tale based on Avocado Baby. The children made changes to their story and came up with some wonderful ideas. All the children’s handwriting has improved and we are very proud of them.
The Reception children have been learning all about the rainforest and the animals that live there, they have painted wildlife and made tall trees with different materials.
Our special certificate goes to Oran this week for fantastic work in all subjects and a great attitude to learning! Keep it up, well done Oran.
25th September 2020
This week Chestnuts have continued the Avocado Baby story, they have learnt it and are retelling it with actions. They have changed parts of the build up, problem and resolution to have Avocado baby use his strength in other ways. In science they have been learning about forces and have been making and testing ramps to see who can make a car travel the furthest.
In Reception they have had fun completing challenges linked to the Avocado baby story and particularly enjoyed making an obstacle course to keep the baby fit.
This week our certificate goes to Lee for fantastic work in phonics and writing. Well done!
18th September 2020
This week Chestnut class have had fun starting their new learning about Avocado baby. They kicked off the start of the week by having strong boy/girl competitions, including tug of war, arm wrestling and weight lifting. They then mapped out and leant the story of Avocado baby. Reception have explored how to construct with different materials and have created some fantastic vehicles for travelling in. They thought carefully about what materials would be best for the job, how to make them strong and could they get them to roll.
This week our celebration certificate goes to Toby for fantastic work in maths, when learning about tens and ones.
11th September 2020
Chestnut class have had a lovely relaxed start back to school life, with children exploring their environments and getting to know one another again. We have carried out informal assessments to find out where the children are with their learning, along side some fun creative activities. Much fun was had using the parachute to get to know others likes. We would just like to say thank you to everyone for making it such a successful transition back into school, the children have all been super stars!
During our celebration assembly, reception received certificates for settling into school life so well. We look forward to seeing you all next week. Mrs Barnes, Mrs Spurgeon and Mrs Inwards.