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Book Week

We’ve had a very busy book week!

Our new book area looks fab! Many thanks to all those parents who’ve helped and donated cushions and beanbags and especially Mrs Tilbury for pulling it all together. 😁

Our book this week was The Arrival by Shaun Tan. It tells the story of a refugee who tries to make a new life in a bewildering and confusing land. The pictures are brilliant and very atmospheric. We’ve loved reading the pictures and discussing the issues involved in the story. We’ve written poems and described what it might be like arriving in a new land. We also composed some music to go with one of the pictures.

We also enjoyed reading with Oak Class earlier on in the week.

The whole school story was an epic! Willow Class had to conclude the story and draw all the different threads together. Not an easy task after every class has added their bit!  We were then joined by some Lavington students who helped us turn our section of the story into a comic strip.

The Book Week school meeting was confidently compered by Bethan and Thomas followed by School Council organising a second hand book sale.

Not connected with Book Week, but Monday afternoon was judging day for our Youth Speaks competition. Well done to Thomas, Harry, Oliver and William who were the winning group with their talk about the trenches. They go through to the final in Devizes next week.


Global Week

A very busy Global Week which began with us chalking our long division on the front playground.

In our English work, we are looking at creating stories that build tension and excitement (and are also a little bit scary). To help us with this we went out onto the field for descriptive writing. However, we had to turn this familiar setting into something  much scarier and darker. Here are a selection of some of the sentences we came up with:

As I walk past the play equipment, it seemed lost – abandoned even. Rusty chains hang from above. A children’s prison. Isabel

Above me, a murder of crows fly across the pewter-coloured sky. Trees stood lonely, their branches clawed out towards me. Their rickety roots entrenched in the crumbly mud, entwining and locking them into place.  India

The leaves up ahead blocked out the sun, casting long, dark shadows.  Brown crusts emerged on the light, green summery leaves. William

Below me a frost settled, a single spider, a single autumn leaf. Amelie

Swings sway in the breeze, creating long pitch-black shadows stretching out before me. Harry

In front of me, writhing twisting branches stood still like a troupe of flamenco dancers; each one reaching out to touch the mysterious shadows. Bethan

We also discussed how we’d like to improve the area outside the classroom. The children are keen to make it a pleasant outside space for us to use in drier weather. Here is what they read out in school meeting.

We’d like to create an outside area where we can work in a small group with an adult or without! (We are the oldest class!) We already have a bench table but we need to make it a bit nicer to work there. Mrs Ashby has asked our handyman to make 3 planters. We’re going to put herbs in one including Rosemary which Mrs Ashby tells us is really good for our memories. We want to put tomatoes and strawberries in another and have a go at growing vegetables in another one.

Willow Class also took ownership of one of the raised beds. We’re hoping that the garden centre will help us to plan what to plant but we have our own ideas! They are very keen to have a bee hotel for solitary bees and lots of bee friendly plants that will flower in different seasons.

We also found a dry spell to get outside and write some Anglo-Saxon runes!




Leavers’ BBQ

Last night everyone enjoyed team games, dancing, delicious food, an incredible cake and so much more.

Willow Class would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who worked so hard to put together such a memorable evening 😀

Here are a few highlights from the evening…..

What a knight!

What a knight was fantastic! We’ve never heard so many people complimenting us on our incredible acting, singing, dancing and comic timing!

The story was set on King Arthur’s birthday. The evil black knight uses Camelot’s merrymaking for a chance to attack. She kidnaps Arthur’s daughters in an attempt to get Excalibur. The knights ( thinking they have got Merlins strength potions) try to rescue the prisoners. However, it turns out they had animal potions and turned into animals!

So, instead of the knights, Princess Alice, Watt Cobblers and Dusty the dragon save the prisoners and return to Camelot triumphant. The black knight crashes the party thinking she’s got Excalibur but actually it’s a feather duster! Alice and Watt the defat the black knight, Merlin finds Excalibur and Watt becomes a knight!

What a hero….What an inspiration….What a knight!

By Daniel, Matthew and Luka.

House sports competitions

The last couple of weeks have been jam packed and full of sport. At the KS2 Swimming Gala, everyone swam brilliantly and contributed towards points for their houses in both individual and relay races. The overall champions were Mercury house who will be a watched the Woodborough School Swimming Cup.

Last week, it was our annual Sports Day. In the morning, each child in KS2 took part in individual sprints, vortex throws, relay races, standing long jump and the long distance run. Y6 house captains were given the task of explaining the values for the day and looking for examples of this in both morning and afternoons competitions. They also did a brilliant job helping run the KS1 events in the afternoon. This year, the house who won the Sports Day cup were Venus.

Today was the final house competition of the year – House Rounders. The Y5/6 competition was very close and there was superb fielding and batting by house teams. Overall winners for Y5/6 were Jupiter! These scores will be added to the Y3/4 and KS1 results and the winners of the rounders house shield will be revealed in School Meeting on Friday.

Leavers’ Service at Salisbury Cathedral

On Monday, all of Year 6 (with lots of support from parents) went to Salisbury Cathedral to take part in the special Leavers’ Service. During the morning, the children learnt about the parable of the mustard seed and how this links with growing, moving on and a time of transition in their lives as they prepare to move to secondary school. With lots of the others schools from across Wiltshire, they learnt songs, created pieces of art and acted out elements of the story. In the afternoon, they all took part in the special service alongside the Bishop of Salisbury and Christian theatre group – Rise Theatre. A brilliant day!

Mrs Wren

An inspiring end to Art Week

On Friday morning, we finished our self-portraits in the style of Picasso by paining them with water colours. In addition to this, we completed our class animals – Phanto-Tigler – with the help of Mrs Burley and Mrs Sutherland.

We are all proud of our self-portraits that demonstrate ‘This Is Me’.

Thank you to those of you who joined us in the afternoon for our Art Week parade and display. Plus an extra special thank you to all of the parents who helped out in Willow Class this week – especially Mrs Burley who I think spent more time in school than she did at home! We really do appreciate the support.

Mrs Wren

Creativity continues…

Yesterday, saw our Willow Class creature really come to life. Thank you to Mrs Burley and Mrs Allen Wright for supporting the children with this. There are even more elements to add today and tomorrow – we can’t wait to show you the finished creature on Friday in Art Week School Meeting!

As well as this, we used our mask designs, which we completed for homework, to make our unique and colourful masks.

Picasso inspired self portraits!

Today we have been learning about the artist Pablo Picasso. We discovered that he created many self portraits which evolved over time.

We had a go at looking closely at different facial features and planning our self portraits. After this, we tried to create self portraits in the style of Picasso. We are really pleased with our line drawings and plan to paint them later in the week.

We have also started to decorate our Willow Class creature using acrylic paints. Thank you to Mrs Awoodun for her help this afternoon. We will be continuing painting tomorrow if any others parents are free to help.