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CofE Academy and Nursery

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Willow

** Welcome to Willow Class **

 

 

Our teachers are Miss Wagg (Monday and Tuesday) and Mrs Mitchell (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Our teaching assistant is Mrs Beale.

 

This page will be updated with all the fantastic things that the children have been learning about in Year 3/4.

 

P.E

P.E is held on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child's P.E kit is in school on these days. 

Swimming is also held on Wednesday, children who have received letters will need to ensure swimming kit is in school on this day. Please ensure that if your child has long hair it is tied back, they have a swimming cap available and earrings are taken out prior to the school day.

 

Spellings

Spellings for the half term are sent on home at the beginning of the half term. They will be tested weekly on a Thursday morning.

 

Home Reading Journals 

Home reading journals should be returned to school everyday, so that they can be checked on request throughout the week. We ask children to read widely at home and at least three times a week to build their love and enjoyment of reading, There are some suggested home reading activities that children could complete in their home reading journals relating to the texts that they are reading at home.

 

Homework

Homework is set every Thursday, alternating between Maths and English, and is due in the following Wednesday.

 

Times tables

It would be brilliant if you can encourage your child to practise their times tables at home.  

We have included some links to websites that they may like to use to help them practise.

Year 3 by the end of the year are expected to know their 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 times tables.

Year 4 by the end of the year are expected to know ALL of their times tables.

 

We have included some links to websites that they may like to use to help them practise. 

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

 

Times table songs on Youtube: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo-UkxdD7gkWCiqPCaJixsA/videos?sort=dd&view=0&shelf_id=1

 

Maths apps:

10 minutes a day times tables

Maths Rockx (there is a free version)

 

Children also have an individual log in for Times Table Rock Stars where they can compete to be the best rock star in their class and in the school! They can also compete against other children around the world!

 

Forest School

Tuesday afternoons during Spring 2

Around the World

 

In Spring 2 our topic was Around the World. For the topic day each children had their own passport and travelled to different countries around the world. They travelled to Greece, Germany, Russia and Italy. While in each country the children were able to fully immerse themselves in the culture. They listened to music and copied traditional dances. They tasted local delicacies and studying the architecture of famous buildings. They also located the country on the world map and identifying landmarks as well as becoming fluent in the countries language, they learnt how to say 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'how are you' in each of the languages!

Blue Planet

16th January - 19th January

Our topic this term is the blue planet. We have had 4 fun filled topic days, kicking off with enjoying an episode of the blue planet with Alder class . We have created our own model of a coast out of clay, labelling the features we have researched. The results were brilliant! We have discovered different locations of coasts and rivers using our atlas skills. We have also developed and applied our artistic skills, creating a piece of underwater artwork for display! Our final day was spent creating a water cycle model and researching the process ready for our BIG WRITE next week!

 

 

Gregolf the Viking

14th December

 

At the end of the Autumn term and to finish our Viking topic, a Viking man, called Gregolf, was invited into school!

He told us all about the life of a Viking including his clothes, weapons, armour, jobs and games! To start the day off Gregolf told us all about his life, before he settled down with his wife and children he used to pillage and plunder villages all across the world! He showed us a lot of the weapons he used such as axes, spears, catapults and swords, we even got to try them out! After this, Gregolf also let us have a go with all of his shields, they were really colourful and extremely tough! A few of us had a go at hitting the shield with a really long spear, but it only made crashing noises, no damage! 

The rest of the day was filled with more information and alot of fun!

We have learnt lots of information and it was a great way to finish off the topic!

 

The children are so excited to discover the topic for next term!

Viking Topic Days

30th October - 1st November
 

This half term our focus is Vikings. After coming back from half term break, we kick started the term with several exciting topic days! The children were involved in; navigational skills, which the Vikings were extremely good at; designing and creating their own Longboats, also known as Dragonships; making, baking and eating their own Viking bread, which definitely had an interesting flavour (better eaten with honey!); creating their own sheilds, swords or axes and helmets and finally taking part in the ultimate battle dance between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings!

It appears that children really enjoyed these days and we have had fantastic feedback from children and parents. We look forward to our next topic day coming up later this term!

Science Day

            10th October 2017

 

We all had a great time last Tuesday getting involved in our class Science Day! We spent the day involved in different investigations based on our Autumn science topic 'sound'.  

Children entered into a sound tube competition with Alder class as a starter for the day. Followed by making string cup telephones and pan pipes in the morning with Miss Wagg and Miss Dawson. In the afternoon, we used our knowledge of sound, exploring pitch and volume, to use instruments to create sound effects for group performances of the story 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. 

 

 

 

Local History Topic Day

15th September & 16th October 2017

Our topic this half term for Willow class was Local History, where we chose to focus on the Polesworth Abbey because of our great links with the Abbey as a school and as it's so local!

 

On our first topic day, we visited the Abbey and met with Father Philip who gave us a lot of information - a lot we were unaware of! He spoke to us about the history of Abbey, the Nethersole family, the font and even had a Q&A session with us! Whilst we were there, we all had a go at sketching the font in our Art sketchbooks, it wasn't as easy as it looked. We had a great day and now know lots of interesting facts about the Abbey and Father Philip.

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