Welcome to Class Willow
The year is 2050 and the children have been commissioned by the Government ministers to investigate and explore the problems and solutions that could be encountered in sending 30 people into space for five years.
For the next 7 weeks, the children will become ‘Space explorers’ and will seek information about a mysterious Planet called Earth and its Solar System. During the duration of their commission, they will be given a number of ‘Space Missions’ to complete.
At the end of their mission, they will present their findings to Government Ministers!
Work will also include an exciting visit to the National Space Centre to find out more about the Space Race and the Earth, Moon and Sun, the stars and our Solar System.
Our English work will link into our space topic with 'Cosmic' by Frank Cottrell Boyce and 'Cosmic Disco' a collection of poetry.
Our Topic this half term is ‘Tomorrows World.’ During the term, we will explore the rapidly changing new technologies that shape our world. We will investigate how technology affects the lives of people across the planet and their impact on natural resources. We will meet four families living in China and think about how one country is trying to overcome the pollution problems created by its rapid expansion of industry.
We will become software designers. The children will start by playing and analysing educational computer games, identifying those features that make a game successful. They will then plan and design a game, with a clear target audience in mind. They will create a working prototype, and then develop it further to add functionality and improve the user interface. Finally, they will test their game and make any necessary changes.
We will explore the work of the artist Eric Joyner and the robot sculptor, Clayton Bailey. Using modroc, we will design and make our own robots.
Our English lessons this half term will focus on the text ‘Floodland’ by Marcus Sedgwick. We will be writing in role, writing formal persuasive letters to a character, composing instructional writing for rules to live on Eel Island, as well as narrative and report writing.
Floodland is a fascinating text - it had us on the edge of our seats!
Read our book reviews to find out more...
We carried out research about global warming linked to our text work on 'Floodland'
Spring Term 2 2017
Under Our Feet!
This term we will review our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages, looking at equivalence, mixed and improper fractions and converting amounts. We will be working on algebraic formulae and geometry, focussing on angles, properties of shapes and direction & position. In addition, we will be converting between different units of metric measures and solving problems.
Our English lessons this half term will focus on the short story ‘The Giant’s Necklace’ by Michael Morpurgo. Writing will include using descriptive language, writing setting descriptions for contrasting coastal images, newspaper reports and diary entries. We will also be writing explanation and instruction texts.
History and Geography
This half term we will research our local area to find out about the impact on the mining community and the effects of pit closures. We will begin our topic with a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum, learning about the life of a miner. We will investigate the conditions of working in a Coal mine over time, for both adults and children.
Art and Design
We will be sketching buildings and artefacts linked to our visit to the National Coal Mining Museum. We will use powder paints to build up paintings of imaginary landscapes and industrial buildings. In addition, we will research and design our own Miner’s lunchbox.
We will become interface designers sketching, planning and developing ideas for our App interface. We will source and develop backgrounds, images, sound effects and a video for the App.
This half term, we will become geologists, looking at what is under our feet! We will research fossil fuels and investigate the formation of coal and fossils. We will learn about the different rock types and how they are formed. We will also become ‘Plant Detectives’, learning about how plants reproduce and whether all flowering plants are the same.
This term the children will continue to explore different religions in our local area. They will develop positive attitudes and thoughtfulness through the investigation of non-violence and recognise the consequences of actions. They will explore freedom of beliefs, harmony and respect.
This half term we will be thinking about ‘Financial Capability’. The children will explore what money means in a broader context, as well as learning how jobs are paid depending on skill set. We will introduce children to pensions, insurance and tax, as well as thinking about how the future can be planned for. We will discuss the difference between essential resources and desirable resources.
We were investigating different parts of a flower and dissected daffodils to have a closer look.
This term we will become Historical Detectives and travel back in time to research a time when Victoria was Queen and Albert was Prince Consort. A time when some people lived in slums while others prospered. We will examine first hand evidence including photographs, paintings, diaries, artefacts and census material.
We will take on the role of an important reformer and present our good causes to the Queen. Will we be able to cause a revolution of change?
During our English lessons, we will be studying the book 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty. We will discover what happens to Jim when he finds himself all alone in the workhouse and desperate to escape. Life in Victorian times was very different to today.
Our Science learning will focus on our investigative skills linked into the topic of light. We will learn about the eye and how we see, investigate shadows, coloured light and refraction, as well as making our own light bulb.
We will be looking closely at the work of the Victorian artists L.S. Lowry and William Morris. We will sketch Victorian artefacts, developing our skills using pencil, pastel and pen and ink. We will draw close up views of bicycles and enlarge them into detailed pen/ink sketches.
Follow Erik the Viking to discover:
In English we will be writing our own sagas, using 'The Saga of Erik the Viking' by Terry Jones to help us, as well as writing a recipe for Viking bread.
We will map out where the Vikings came from and where they travelled to raid and trade, as well as looking at the place names they left behind.
Our Science topic is based on 'Light'. We will study how light travels, shadows and how they change.
RE learning will centre on Christian and Muslim charities that help people throughout the world.
Our Music learning this half term will be based on the nativity story and we will be studying the poem 'Bethlehem' by Carol Ann Duffy in the build up to Christmas.
Have a look at our class newsletter below for additional information.
This is a project aimed to last throughout the half term. Each child will present their project to the rest of the class in the last full week of school. A timetable will be organised nearer the time.
There will be weekly 'Mathletics' challenges set for each child which are linked to the learning in class. Each child has been given their own username and password to access this.
Please also continue to embed all times tables.
Each child also has a username and password for 'Education City'. Class learning zones have been set up to help with multiplication facts.
This term our learning will be centred around our topic 'The Blue Abyss'. During our residential trip to Boggle Hole, we will be visiting Whitby and the Captain Cook Museum. Children remaining at school will also be researching his life and voyages, so that we can write a biography.
We will also be finding out about Whitby and the surrounding area and writing persuasive texts in the form of holiday brochures.
We will also be learning about 'Oceanography' and the HMS Challenger, as well as learning about threats to our coastline and sea creatures and what can be done to help. Our writing focus will be on information texts and reports.
Our artwork will follow on with our sea theme, where we will be researching famous artists and their seascapes.
During DT sessions, we will design, plan, make and evaluate fish cakes and submarines, keeping to our ocean theme.
Science sessions will focus on classification of living things, life cycles and reproduction of plants and animals. We will ask and investigate questions such as:
Crimson, scarlet, burgundy, cherry.... blood flows through our body in all its vibrant shades of red. But how does the blood move around our bodies? Let's explore our circulation system and find out more. Now surgeons, don't be squeamish as we examine the veins, arteries and chambers up close. William Harvey was fascinated with anatomy and made ground breaking discoveries about valves. I wonder what we might discover?
In Maths, let's check out the most common blood groups in our class and present the information in charts and graphs.
Writing non-chronological reports and explanation texts about how the heart works will be our main focus in Literacy. In addition to this, we will write some 'Heart raps' and use the heart's pulse as a rhythm to guide our class performances.
We will read 'Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman. The novel tells the story of thirteen-year-old Cameron Kelsey, who needs a heart transplant to survive a viral infection and is offered a ground-breaking xenotransplant opportunity. What should he do?
In Science we will be working scientifically to: measure the heart rate, understand the circulatory system and identify how lifestyle choices effect our health.
Caring for others and answering the question,'Why do people give blood?' will be our main theme in PHSE, along with a discussion on harmful substances.
Our P.E will focus on cardiovascular exercise to keep our hearts happy and healthy.
Hearts pound, flutter and maybe skip a beat... What makes your heart race? Is it a secret? Cross my heart, I won't tell.
This half term we're going to travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. As we cruise along the Nile, we'll enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
In Geography we'll find out about the human and physical features along the river's fertile banks and how these impact on tourism in the country.
In History we'll use historical sources and age-old artefacts to unravel the secrets of ancients tombs, to find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods.
Our Art lessons will be based around the hieroglyphic alphabet and designing our own cartouche.
Now, let's open the doorway to ancient Egypt and see what other treasures are waiting to be discovered...
Welcome back. This half term we will meet ‘Pestilence’ (a hooded and shady character spoiled with foul-smelling boils and revolting sores) and hear his tragic tale of death and destruction during the ‘Black Death’.
We will travel to Eyam to see how the local population sacrificed their lives, long ago, to stop the spread of the plague.
In science we will look closely at micro-organisms. We will investigate 'How Clean are our Hands' and research the bacteria Yersinia pestis and then write a non chronological report about the life cycle of rats and fleas.
In English we will read poems and the stories 'Children of Winter' by Berlie Doherty and 'A Cross on the Door' by Ann Turnball. We will write newspaper reports, diaries and letters to recall the events of the Great Plague.
Welcome back to a new term.
Buckle up, sunglasses on - we're going on a road trip across the good old US of A!
Flying from London Gatwick and landing at the JF Kennedy airport New York, let's waste no time in exploring the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. Using our mapping skills, we will: navigate our way around some of the most famous landmarks; send postcards home and write travel reports. On our travels across America we will meet the Iroquois Tribe (Native Americans with amazing customs and traditions) and learn how to weave, make dream-catchers and design our own totem poles. In addition, we will share Native American tales and legends handed down through time and listen to the modern classic ' The Indian in my cupboard,' by Lynne Reid Banks.
It's going to be an exciting ride, so put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair - we're off!
What were Native American meals like?
Native American cooking tended to be simple. Most Native Americans preferred to eat their food very fresh, without many spices. This was different in Mexico and Central America, where Indians tended to use less fresh meat and more spices in their dishes, including hot peppers, cumin, and chocolate seasonings. Meat was usually roasted over the fire or grilled on hot stones. Fish was often baked or smoked. Soups and stews were popular in some tribes. Corn was eaten in many different ways, including corn-on-the-cob, popcorn, hominy, and tortillas and corn bread baked in clay ovens. Indians in some tribes enjoyed fruit puddings or maple candy for dessert. Most Native Americans always drank water with their meals, but hot chocolate was a popular beverage in Mexico, and some Indians in Central and South America developed an alcoholic corn drink called chicha.
How did Native American eating habits change after Europeans arrived?
The Europeans introduced some new plants and animals that didn't exist in the Americas originally, such as bananas, wheat, sheep, and cows. Some Native American farming tribes, such as the Navajos or the Mexican Indian tribes, began to raise these new crops and farm animals in addition to corn and other traditional crops. Many people in those tribes are still farmers today, and they have been raising some of these "new" foods for centuries now!
Other tribes were forced to change their traditional lifestyles a lot after Europeans took over. Since Europeans killed most of the buffalo, tribes that used to follow the buffalo herds had to find new ways of living. Today, some tribes raise buffalo on ranches. Many forests and jungles have been cleared, which makes it harder to earn a living by hunting. In rural areas of Canada, Alaska, and South America, some Native Americans and Inuit (Eskimos) still make their living by hunting and trapping, but this is becoming rarer. And of course, one of the biggest changes was Indian tribes being forced to move to reservations far from their original homelands. In many cases, these tribes had to give up their old ways of life in their new location because the environment was different and the land was not suitable for their traditional agriculture.
Some traditional American Indian foods and recipes are still enjoyed by Native American people today. However, except for a few remote rainforest tribes, Native American people also eat modern food, just like their non-native neighbours do.
I wonder what they would think about our attempts to replicate some of their dishes?
Constructing simple series electrical circuits; identifying changes that occur when components are added, removed or changed; making a switch to control a simple circuit; identifying and using circuit diagram symbols to build circuits; planning and carrying out fair tests; predicting and recording results; writing conclusions; describing the difference between series and parallel circuits and building series and parallel circuits to solve problems.