Welcome back, we hope you have all had a fantastic Easter holiday! Starting the week off, the children have begun researching all about the Victorians, learning particularly what a Foundling Hospital was and why they were built.
As part of PHSE this week, Willow class took part in a team-building activity. Having been given only one picture each from a story book, which they could not show to anyone else in their group, the children had to describe what was in their picture and then arrange themselves based on what order they think the story should be in.
After they had done this and the correct order of the story had been revealed, they discussed among their group questions such as how well they thought they did, who they felt was a natural leader and any lessons they may have learned from this.
Today starts the first day of our weekly cricket lessons for this term. This week, we have been practising our throwing, catching and batting skills through a variety of different cricket-themed games.
For ICT this week, Willow class got the opportunity to work with data loggers which they used to measure light levels within the classroom and also outside onto the playground. The children then analysed their results and discussed the differences between the light levels.
Following on from our growing week, Willow class all got the opportunity to dig a channel and plant their own potato.
For literacy today, Willow class had the opportunity to make create some unique Diamante poems based around the characters and locations of Hetty Feather.
More cricket this week as the children began practising their batting skills and learning new throwing techniques. As well as this, they also got to take part in a cricket game.
The children had great fun today, playing a game of perimeter snakes and ladders!
Toni from Young Journalists made a return today and taught Willow class all about framing and the different types of camera shots, such as long shots, wide shots, Dutch shots and extreme close ups. They then got the opportunity to practice some of these shots themselves.
More cricket this week as the children continued working on their throwing skills. As well as this, Willow class enjoyed another game of cricket. The staff even got involved too!
Our focus for science this week has been on learning all about the sexual and asexual reproduction of plants. Investigating just how asexual reproduction can occur, the children conducted an experiment in which parts of a plant were cut off and placed in to a pot of water. These plant parts are then going to be observed over time to see if they grow their own roots and form an entirely new plant.
As part of literacy, Willow class have been working on their use of plural apostrophes today.
For maths this week, Willow class have been learning all about fractions. They then got to apply this knowledge into different word problems.
This week for sports, Willow class have been playing expanding on what they learned last week and have moved on to playing 'diamond' cricket.
More fractions practice this week using number cards to solve problems.
Toni from Young Journalist Academy made a final return today as the children began to finalize and film their completed news reports and radio broadcasts. Willow class have really enjoyed such an opportunity this year, so many thanks to Toni.
These past two weeks, Willow class have been looking after some caterpillars. We got to the opportunity to see them forming cocoons, all the way up to where they began emerging as wonderful butterflies. The children (and staff!) have been so amazed by the transformation these caterpillars went through and it was wonderful to watch them fly away as we released them.