At the beginning of the week, we were able to make the most of the good weather by playing netball in the sunshine.We have been working hard on passing accuracy, correct footwork and starting to think about attacking tactics.
In maths we have been fine tuning our formal written methods of addition and subtraction, then applying them to word problems and puzzles. We also looked closely at nets of 3D shapes this week and know the difference between open and closed nets.
Grammar has been a big focus in English lessons – we have recapped our knowledge of apostrophes for contraction and possession, as well as learning about Standard English. We went on to rewrite scenes from our class novel Letters from the lighthouse whilst applying these skills. It proved quite tricky to use different dialect for certain characters!
After we developed our map work, looked at timelines and researched his life using the laptops, we wrote biographies for our first explorer Captain Cook. We hope to share these double page spreads next week.
Finally, this afternoon, we were lucking enough to take part in a virtual talk with Who Let the Gods out Author Maz Evans. She spoke very passionately about her book collection, how she became an author and what inspired her to write. The second part of the session was a question and answer session which we particularly enjoyed. All of the children spoke confidently and clearly – well done!
This week has been jam-packed: looking at inspirational women in whole class reading, solving puzzles involving negative numbers, finishing our work on the Here We Are text, exploring the life of Martin Luther King Jnr for Re day and of course the much anticipated school council speeches.
Here is the final ‘Here We Are’ display in our classroom. This week we have discussed the Black Lives Matter movement, thought about how we are all unique (see if you can spot our self-portraits), written setting descriptions and explored acts of kindness during the pandemic.
Thursday was Re day and this year we looked at people whose faith inspires them. We looked at the life of Martin Luther King Jnr. After watching videos and reading different texts we gathered information to write biographies. We wrote these into circular books which are now hung in the classroom. There is also a video on the school website of a couple of us sharing these – do take a look. https://woodboroughschool.org/our-school/christian-distinctiveness/
This afternoon, 9 very brave members of Willow Class put themselves forward to become members of the Executive Committee for School Council. All of the children spoke clearly and confidently and suggested such a variety of brilliant ideas (many of which are very different to previous years due to the current situation). They delivered their speeches via a Teams Meeting to the children in other classes which was very nerve racking in itself. A huge well done to all of them. Results will be announced on Monday afternoon, once Oak Class have had a chance to watch the speeches too.
Willow Class have been hard at work since returning from the summer break. We have fully embraced work linked to our class book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. On Monday we took part in a question and answer session with Devizes MP, Danny Kruger. We asked questions about how the government would continue the positive environmental impacts of lockdown. Everyone thought of brilliant questions and those who spoke in the live Teams meeting did so confidently and eloquently.
We have also created posters to go up around school to encourage the community to help maintain the positive impact of lockdown on the environment.
Later in the week, we went outside to look up at the sky. We made close observations and noted down what we could hear and feel. From these ideas, we painted the day skyline and went on to write poems entitled Day Walker inspired by Phillip Gross’ Night Walker poem.
All classes are currently focusing on work based around this text as a back to school community project. Do check out our school Twitter updates for more photos @w_woodborough
In maths, as well as concentrating on place value and rounding numbers, we have been reminding ourselves of all 2D shapes and their properties. We enjoyed working in pairs and labelling 2D shapes on our desks this week.
In addition to this, we’ve started finding out about Captain Cook for our Explorers topic, learnt about Giacometti in art, recapped netball passing skills in PE, discussed the life of a slave in Ancient Egypt to launch our RE topic and enjoyed the beginning of our Happy unit in music! It has certainly been a busy 8 days!