Congratulations to Callum and Tilly Sue for their Friday mention certificates. Our good citizen award this week went to Maxwell for always helping others.
In Maths this week we have been working on our measuring skills. We began the week using clocks. We read digit times and then showed them on our clock faces. We then answered questions about time and days of the week. We then moved on to look at different activities we could do in different amount of times. We had a challenge to see how many times we could write our first name in one minute and how long it would take us to complete a repeated shape pattern. We used our estimating skills too. It was great fun! We finished off the week measuring different lengths. We used rulers, tape measures and meter sticks to measure different items and then recorded our results in a table using the correct unit of measurement.
We have been continuing our investigation into what plants need to grow. This week we looked at what had happened to our plants in their different locations. We were really surprised with the plant that has been in the cupboard. We discussed why we thought this had happened and have decided that so far we think light is the most important thing to help plants grow.
Our lessons this week have focused on visual literacy and using adjectives. We have used the film Toy Story to help us with our work. We decided that we wanted to find out more about how our senses help us with our work and what happens when we take one away. We watched clips from the film with blindfold on and ear defenders. We then discussed how it felt not being able to see and hear the clip. Our conclusions were that we preferred to not be able to see but hear what was going on.
This week we began making our planets. We have chosen to use paper mache to create our shape to decorate. Mrs Kennedy blew up lots of balloons and we then used strips of paper and gloop to cover the balloons. We had lots of fun covering our balloons and are looking forward to decorating them next week.
We were very lucky this week to have a visit from a local farmer and his tractor. We learnt all about the things he grew on his farm and how his tractor works. It was great fun having a look in the tractor and we even found out that space helps him to plough his fields!
World Book Day 2016
Thank you to everyone for making world book day this year a huge success. The children looked absolutely fabulous in their costumes and they really enjoyed doing lots of different activities. The children worked in mixed groups and took part in activities which were all based on Roald Dahl books. Below are some pictures from our class and the James and the Giant Peach activity of finding out more about New York and writing a postcard from there to someone special at home.
What a busy couple of weeks we have had after our half term break. Thank you to all children and parents for their fantastic holiday homework it was clear a lot of time and effort had gone into the Easter creations and they will really help the children gain further understanding of the Easter period.
Well done to Harrison and Maxwell who received Friday mentions today for super writing and fantastic singing.
This week in Maths we have been working with 2d and 3d shapes. We have been looking at their properties and describing them to others. We played a great game of guessing the hidden shape and really enjoyed describing the properties for our friends to guess.
During our English lessons we have been focusing on our spelling, punctuation and grammar. This week we have been looking at the different tenses and how words change when we use them in different ways. We sorted verbs into past and present tense and looked at the 'ed' rule.
This term our Science topic is all about Spring and plants. We decided we would like to go on a hunt for Spring so went for a walk to Tattershall woods. We saw a few signs that spring was on its way and really enjoyed looking at how the trees are changing.
This term we are continuing our work on travelling and journeys. This week we created a sequence of movements to get us from one place to another. We thought about how we could use different parts of our body to move in different ways and finished off our piece with a finial movement. Check out our videos below.
Well done to the whole of Willow class for earning your Friday mention certificate for great behaviour whilst we were on our trip. Our good citizen award this week was given to Taylor -Jade for always following the school rules, showing great kindness to others and for having wonderful manners.
Willow and Oak class trip to The National Space Centre in Leicester
Our amazing school trip to the space centre!
In maths this week we have been learning to tell the time. We have been using clocks to help us read different times and put the hands in the correct place to create times. We have learnt that there are 60 minutes in one hour and can now find o'clock and half past times. Please could you continue to help your child at home with time activities so they become more confident with quarter to and quarter past.
This week we became art critics. We looked at several pieces of art work by Vincent Van Gogh and discussed what we liked and disliked about them. It was really interesting to discuss the different paints and brush strokes that he used. We decided that our favourite piece was 'Starry Night' and we are going to create our own versions of this piece next week using pastels.
On Tuesday we took part in a very special online discussion with Tim Peake! Along with thousands of other schools who had joined the cosmic classroom we watched, listened and tweeted Tim Peake all the way in the International Space Station. It was amazing to see Tim spinning around and telling us what he could see from his window.
Willow class are continuing to work hard and achieve great things. Well done to Oscar and Taylor-Jade for their Friday mentions this week.
This week in English we have been looking at the difference between facts and fiction. We sorted statements that were facts and fiction. It was funny creating statements that we could sort.
In Maths this week we have been looking at measurement. We have been finding halves of lots of different things. We have looked at weight, capacity, length and objects. It was great fun using the bucket scales and sand!
Following on from our plans for a healthy meal this week we prepared all of our ingredients and made our tuna pasta bake. We discussed all of our ingredients and learnt where they had originally come from, how they reach us and where they belong on our healthy food plate. We had great fun washing, chopping and cooking our dish.
We have decided that we would like to find out more information on Neil Armstrong. We thought of some questions that we would like to find the answers to and then started to think of the best way we could find them. We decided that we would use space fact books and the internet.
We have had another great week in Willow class. Well done to Jonathan, Callum and Cameron who all received Friday mention certificates this week!
We continued thinking about typical winter weather this week and decided to carry out an investigation looking at how different weather has an impact on ice. We filled two rubber gloves with water and left them in the freezer over night. It was really interesting to see how they had changed. We then put one of our frozen hands in the classroom and put the other one next to the shed outside. We observed our hands 4 times during the day and measured the length of the ice and the temperature around it. We really enjoyed feeling how the ice changed during the day. We used some of our maths skills to calculate the differences between the temperatures and the lengths.
We have been using different apparatus this week during our PE lesson. We learnt how to safely carry the mats and benches and then used them to travel in different ways across the surface of the moon. We were very controlled with our jumps and thought carefully about using different parts of our bodies.
This week we have been dividing. We have worked really hard reading our number sentences carefully so we know exactly what to do. We have been using lots of different equipment to help us share into equal groups.
This week has seen the cold weather arrive but inside Willow class have been very busy doing lots of exciting learning!
In Science this week we have carried out an investigation. We wanted to find out more about the temperature inside and outside and so placed a thermometer inside our classroom and a thermometer outside on the shed. We decided that we would measure the temperature at the same time everyday so that our results would be fair. We have discovered that the temperature inside was always above 20 degrees but outside it has dropped everyday and today it was a chilly 3 degrees!
During our space topic we have seen some amazing space images. We decided that we would like to make our own galaxy pictures using chalk. We looked at how the galaxies are different patterns and have lots of different colours within them. We realised that is we use the chalk in different ways we can create lots of different effects. By smudging the chalk is looks just like the edges of the galaxies.
This week in maths we have been looking at doubles. We have been working out doubles and then using these facts to help us with our addition and subtraction sentences.
In Willow class we love using different equipment to help us with our Maths investigations. Take a look at some of the different things we use.
We have been working with the laptops this week to help present our space poems. After all our hard work creating our poems we wanted to present them in a different way. We decided to use Microsoft Word because then we would be able to change the font, colour and size of our work. It was a little tricky to find the right keys but we all worked together and soon produced some fantastic pieces of work.
Following on from our work last week we continued with our space acrostic poems. We thought about different adjectives we could use to describe space and then decided what we wanted our poem to be about. Some of us chose rockets, space, planets and stars. It was sometimes hard work to think of things that began with the right letter but we persevered and have produced some fantastic pieces of poetry. We decided that we would like to perform our poems so we paid Oak class a visit and they loved hearing our space poems.
What a busy first week we have had back in Willow Class. The children are very excited about our new topic space calling.
A big thank you to all the children that brought into school some fantastic pieces of home learning from over the Christmas break. It is great to see so many pieces of different space work.
This week we have been looking at pieces of space poetry. We began the week discussing different types of poems and whether we liked them and why. We then looked for repeating patterns and any rhyming words. We finished the week by creating an adjectives bank ready for writing our own space poems next week.
In maths this week we have been doing lots of work with numbers. We have been counting forwards and backwards across 100. We have been ordering number digits and words and we have been investigating which numbers are odd and even numbers. Tilly-Sue and Isla decided to use clapping to help them sort numbers into odd and even ones. Check out their video below!
In science this week we have begun looking at plants, flowers and bulbs. We discussed which flowers we had seen before and then labelled some tricky flowers. A great way to help your child would be to talk about plants and trees you have at home and discuss their names and features.
As part of our history work we have decided to look at the different events that have happened over the past 100 years in space. We were amazed to find out the fruit flies and monkeys travelled to space before 1950!
Happy New Year!
Welcome to our new topic "Space Calling" This term we will be learning lots of exciting things about space. There will be lots of things added to our webpage every week so please keep looking to see all the great things we have been doing.