Monthly Archives: November 2020

Willow classes week.

In art we were sketching and drawing animals with Mrs Butler. We were trying really hard with our sketching techniques and are really pleased with all of our drawings. Here are some of our drawings.

In maths this week we have been learning to round decimals, and secure our knowledge of place value of decimals. Some of us went onto challenge questions too.


Written by Thomas.

It’s all about teamwork…

This week in Willow Class we have been really trying to develop our team work skills through a variety of activities and in different curriculum areas.

On Monday afternoon, we continued with our football lessons. We focused on passing this week and ensuring that we communicated with team mates so that we could pass effectively without a defender  intercepting.

Later in the week, we had to work on our partner talk skills in order to complete a computing task. We started by designing a new world on paper before replicating this in Kodu. Some of us worked so well with our partners that we even went on to start designing games too. We are really enjoying using Kodu this term!

We have almost finished designing and colouring our odd socks for Anti Bullying Week and will display them in class when they’re all done – we really took our time with colouring! As we did this, we discussed the importance of appreciating everyone’s differences and celebrating everyone’s uniqueness.

Another hard-working well Willow Class! Well done!

We will remember

The start of this week focused on Remembrance. We researched about the fallen from the local area and created silhouette soldiers which are proudly displayed in the hall windows. Everyone in Willow Class also had a role in the Remembrance Service on Wednesday – either speaking, taking charge of IT or laying poppies. Thank you to those parents who joined us via Teams – we know there were a few technical difficulties but we were so proud of the children who spoke so sincerely during the service.

In maths, this week, we have been really getting to grips with using bar models to solve the White Rose Barvember questions. Most of us are now confident to attempt these independently and some of us can answer both questions without any need for an example too! Do follow Mrs Wren’s twitter feed for daily updates.

In English, we have started a new writing unit about refugees. This links to our class novel The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. We have explored a model text and pieced it together, displaying brilliant partner work. After this, we have heard different stories about refugees: Azzi In Between – a comic book, The day war came – a picture book and also Hamam’s story – a real life recount. We have had some really mature discussions around this topic and researched lots of statistics from various charity websites to help us with our writing in the weeks to come.

In RE,  on Friday, we looked at the Bible and how it is made up of many stories. We explored the different concepts covered in the Bible and matched symbols to concept names, before ordering them. This has helped us understand where our new unit Incarnation will come in the Bible.

Finally, a huge congratulations to the first two children selected for Mrs Brewis’ Always Club – Molly and Luca. They enjoyed hot chocolate and cake on Friday afternoon for ALWAYS doing the right thing this week!

Magnificent Maps – Global Week 2020

This week has been Global Week in school and every class has focused on Magnificent Maps.

Willow Class started off the week by exploring this brilliant book:

After this, we took inspiration from these fictional maps and created our own:

Throughout the rest of the week, we used these maps in English lessons to write about our imaginary world – focusing on using a range of clauses and conjunctions and developing our use of conversation between characters.

We spent several afternoon sessions studying ordinance survey (OS) maps – we matched OS symbols to their names, directed our partner to places using 8 points on a compass and went on to use 6 point grid references too to crack a code!

We also looked closely at the continent of South America – working in pairs, we found out about a certain country within the continent. We were challenged to use this book:

as well as atlases and Google Earth to find out the capital city, land types, population, languages spoken, food, wildlife and past times.

Finally, we looked at maps in maths. We looked at the population of each country in South America and created a colour coded key with a scale system. The more densely populated areas we coloured in darker colours. Do have a look at the Global Week video on the school website to find out more about this….

Finally well done to our pumpkin carving competition winner!