Welcome to Willow: Spring Term 2018
Willow enjoyed investigating pop-up mechanisms during Design & Technology
Prepare to be invaded!
This term, Willow are learning about The Anglo Saxons. The children will find out where the invading troops came from and where in Britain they managed to settle and then they will go on to investigate how life in Britain changed as a result. The children will have the opportunity to learn how the Anglo-Saxons influenced the English language, with an emphasis on the origins of some English place names. In addition to this, they will also learn what life was like in a typical Anglo-Saxon village, what jobs people did and what the houses were like. They will also explore the Pagan beliefs of the early Anglo-Saxons and learn about the many gods they worshipped. Finally, they will investigate how and why the Anglo-Saxons were largely converted to Christianity by the early 7th century.
In Science, we will study ‘States of Matter’, learning about the differences between solids, liquids and gases, classifying objects and identifying their properties. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate the weight of a gas. Furthermore, they will have chance to find the ideal temperature to melt chocolate. They will explore in-depth how water changes state, exploring melting, freezing, condensing as well as a particular focus on evaporation. Finally, they will learn about the stages of the water cycle, creating mini water worlds and an interactive water wheel to represent the different stages.
This term the class will be studying the book ‘How to train your dragon’ ; all of our English learning will relate to it. The children will get the opportunity to write a set of instructions on how to catch their dragon, use descriptive language to describe dragons, settings and characters from the book as well as comparing the book to the film. Willow will also continue to write to our pen-pals in Liverpool and get the chance to email their pen pal too.
The children will be exploring pop-up mechanisms before creating their own combined art/design and technology book illustration based on dragons.
We are planning a trip this term to support our topic on Anglo-Saxons. More details will be sent nearer the time but watch out for letters soon.
Welcome to Willow: Autumn Term 2017
It is going to be a very exciting time this term as Willow class will be studying The United Kingdom. We will be learning all about the physical features of mountains, rivers and seas to the man-made administrative regions and counties. The children will find out how the UK has changed over time, looking at how London grew and how the population of the UK as a whole has changed throughout the course of history.
Excitingly, we hope to link with another school in the UK so that we can learn about a different area and compare to Blyton. The intention is that Willow class will have pen pals whom they can write letters to during our Literacy lessons, describing what life is like in Blyton.
In Science this term we will learn about different sources of light, and that we need light to see. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate reflective materials. It will be fun working in a hands on way to play a range of mirror games, finding out more about reflective surfaces.
The children will be focusing on invasion games in P.E. this term. Please could you make sure they have their P.E. kits on Thursday and Friday - thank you.
To help with your child’s learning this term, try listening to them read on a daily basis; fifteen minutes per day can make an enormous difference. Please sign and date when you hear your child read.
Spellings will continue to be sent out every Friday and children will need to return their spelling books every Wednesday. By the end of Year 3 children are expected to know their x3, x4 and x8 tables and by the end of Year 4 all their tables to x12. We do learn these in class but children need to know how to divide as well as multiply so please encourage them to learn these at home.
There are plenty of exciting websites to help with learning times tables and spelling.