We hope you have all had a fantastic break! This week in Literacy, we have been reading a non-chronological report about vikings and recapping the key features. The children loved talking in partners and learning more about the vikings.
This week, we have been learning social skills through real PE. The children worked on creating their own shapes and then thought about how they could conrast them with others in their group. They then taught their own shapes with their group! After that, the children worked on developing a sequence whilst thinking of a short story.
Working on our maths this week, the children played a game of maths detectives. Two children were blindfolded and had to guess a number based on the clues the other children gave them. They did really well!
This week in science, we have been identifying and describing sound sources around the school. Firstly, the children created a sound mind map and decided where they thought the noisiest places and the quietest places were. We then went to different parts of the school and listened very carefully to all the sounds we could hear, making sure to stay as quiet as we could. The children wrote down so many different sounds!
On Friday, as part of bonfire night, the children all got involved in making gingerbread men. Following a recipe, they took turns weighing the ingredients, adding them and then mixing it all in - they then got to cut out their gingerbread men shapes. After they had all been baked and cooled, the children then got to decorate their gingerbread men with icing. We had some great looking gingerbread men and everyone thought they were delicious!
On Monday, we all had the pleasure of Jonathan Edward Broom visiting us again - a famous paralympian high jumper. He told us all about wellbeing and how to be mindful throughout the day.
This week in French, the children have been practicing the names of different countries. They then played some head to head challenges.
This week, the children have been recapping their homophones. To start with, they were shown different clues on the board which related to different homophones, the children then had to try and work out what the missing words were. Some of them were quite tricky!
Today, the children have been working with a computer programming software called Scratch where they were able to animate different characters to make them dance.
Today, we had Toni from the Young Journalist Academy who taught the children all about what it means to be a journalist. The children got to work in groups to create ideas for their own news report and also got watch a video of other schools doing a news report. They also got to play a game in which they had to spot the fake news.
This week for science, we had a science teacher come in to teach us all about levers. Everyone got to dress up in lab coats and do an experiment where they had to balance a wooden bar using weights, they then got to put their results into a graph.
This week, we are happy to say that the children got to go on the trim trail for the first time! Everyone was so excited.
Today, we had Elite Sports visit our school today who taught the cihldren all about what boxercising is. They took part in lots of different exercises, such as practising jabs, performing sequences, improving their endurance and practising footwork. They even took part in a jumping jack competition. The children thoroughly enjoyed it!
It was a busy Thursday here in Willow class! Toni from the Young Journalist Academy returned to work with the children further and helped them to form their news reports. Meanwhile, we had groups making delicious Pudsy Bear biscuits ready for Friday's Children in Need sale, children practising their news reports and other children playing a game of mathopoloy which really tested them!
This week, our topic has been roleplay. Children looked at the Anglo Saxon kings, King Athelston and King Alfred the Great. They compared the signifiance of how they ruled during the Viking period and how this influenced Britain. Using this information, they discussed who they thought was the best king. In partners, the children prepared a role play scenario, each being the characters of their chosen king and presented their argument as to why they were the best king.
This week, some of the children of Weston Hills took part in their first football competition. They had a fantastic time and all tried their best!
For Literacy, the children were studying Michael Morpurgos Beowulf. For this, the children listened to the extract of when Grendel, the monster of the night, attacked Heorot and began to prepare a news report in pairs - interviewing the only survivor from the attack. After they had practised their interview, they filmed eachother and showed them to the class.
As part of science this week, the children were learning all about sound. We looked at what a sound wave was and how they changed based on their amplitude or pitch. Looking into sound further, the children then got to create their own panpipe using straws which they cut at different lengths. After this, the children then wrote down instructions for the panpipe challenge and summarized what amplitude and pitch were.
More Scratch this week, the children have looked at all the different things that can be done with Scratch and have also begun making more complex programmes!
This week in Literacy, the children have been writing a job application for a monster hunter as part of the Beowulf book we have been reading. They made sure to apply all of the different things we have spoken about this term, for example: relative clauses, two-adjective sentences and alliteration. Furthermore, the children have also been recapping word classes such as articles, prepositions and conjunctions. They even got to play a game based all around these different word classes.
This week in maths, the children have been looking at both short and long multiplication methods. They then further applied their knowledge to answer a variety of word problems.
As part of literacy this week, the class have continued reading Beowulf. Using the information they have learned within the book, the children organized themselves into groups of three (with one child pretending to be Beowulf) and planned a job interview for him, thinking of all the different types of questions and answers they could use. To make sure they got the job, the Beowulf's had to apply all of their persuasive language they have been learning recently.
As part of their Vikings topic, the children designed a follow me game; applying their knowledge of Vikings to create their own questions. After that, they then used Ipads to research the answers to their questions whilst also thinking about any new questions they could add to their game.
Continuing on our topic of sound within science, the children learned how sound energy traveled through air and objects and how that sound could be magnified. To further investigate how sound traveled, they used spoke in to two plastic cups which were attached by string. From this, the class found out that sound traveled more effectively along the string when it was pulled tight, rather than when the string was slack. They then summarized these findings in to their book.
The children have been very busy this week with all of their tests! As well as this, they also got very creative making Japanese-style calendars.
Over the past 12 weeks, Willow class have been working hard to research all about their favourite explorers as part of their homework project. After they had finished their research, they then wrote all about whichever explorer they had picked - with the option of making a model or a presentation as well. After everyone had bought in their homework projects, we held an 'explorer's afternoon' in which all of the parents came to see the great work everyone had done and to learn all about the different explorers. There some very impressive models and the children had done such a fantastic job!