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Autumn 2 2015

It's time to suspend your disbelief and open up your mind as we travel on a magical journey to Alchemy Island in search of the gold hidden deep in its mysterious landscape! 

On our quest we will study maps, solve riddles and master the ancient art of alchemy. We will write stories about our magical adventures, compose stunning soundtracks and write poetry to bring this mysterious landscape to life. Along our journey we will investigate: Do all solids dissolve? Are all liquids runny? Can we clean dirty water?

In reading, we will explore the magical land of Narnia in the story ' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.'

Have you got your suitcase ready? Then pack your imagination and let the journey begin ...

Newsletter - Autumn 2

Home Learning Tasks

Year 6 Spellings

Year 5 Spellings

Autumn 1

                 Welcome everyone to an exciting new school year.

We begin this half term by joining Charles Darwin and his crew on an expedition aboard the HMS Beagle. We will stop at the magical Galapagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.  We will see how animals and plants adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world's greatest explorers and naturalists. Do you know what's so special about a lava lizard? Or why the blue footed booby has blue feet? Join us on our adventure to find out. Ship ahoy!

Being new to the school, I have to say how astonished I am by the creativity and amount of effort you have all put into your projects. Thank you, parents and carers, for your help and support with this. I can't wait to see the next ones!  Mrs L.

Today we looked at many types of birds, compared their beaks and discussed the advantages and disadvantages of each. We then put out bowls of different foods and chose various utensils to try and eat them with. Was it impossible? Not quite. Some of us had a feast whilst others decided they needed to adapt in order to survive.

Today we followed in the footsteps of Darwin and observed and classified different species of animal.


Home learning tasks

Creative tasks

Mathletics task - Each week your child will be set a personal task on Mathletics

Mathletics is an inspiring and engaging online platform for improving and reinforcing maths skills. Mathletics is designed to inspire children with the desire to learn and the confidence to succeed!

Your child can: 

  • take part in exciting, global Live Mathletics competitions
  • complete set tasks to encourage independent learning
  • use thousands of adaptive curriculum activities with an animated support centre
  • enjoy Concept Search tools containing visual clues and interactive animations
  • learn Times Tables through 'Toons' and 'Rainforest Maths'
  • increase their average marks in maths
  • receive immediate feedback
  • be rewarded to encourage confidence and improvement
  • access Mathletics 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • use a wide variety of curricula and courses 
  • learn at their own pace as the program is based upon adaptive learning

Your child will be encouraged to use Mathletics during lessons, playtimes and at home.  The more they use it - the quicker they will progress.

Welcome to an exciting Summer Term 2

Welcome to Class Willow. My name is Mrs. Marshall and I am looking forward to meeting you all on Tuesday.

This half term, we will travel back to Roman Britain and explore why Britain was invaded & settled by the Romans and, what effects this had on the future of Britain. We will look at the rise of the Roman Empire in Britain, Boudicca's rebellion, life in the Roman army and the legacy that was left behind when they went home. We will learn to recognise and use Roman numerals and research the Roman origins of many words we use in our language today.

In Art, we will research, design and make Roman mosaic tiles.

Our Science Topic this half term is ‘Good vibrations'. We will be carrying out a series of investigations, making predictions, accurate measurements, recording our data and looking for patterns. We will be exploring how sounds are made, how sounds travel, and how we can make a sound louder or quieter.


Useful Websites for this Term

Summer Term 1 2015

Our Topic this term is 'Thrills and Spills'. In Geography we will be researching Theme Parks in Britain and studying their locations. We will be deciding which is the most thrilling ride in the U.K. After designing our own Theme Park we will be deciding on the perfect location for them and writing planning proposals.

In Science we will be studying forces including gravity. We will be looking at why things fall and how the shape of the object affects the way it falls. We will also be looking at pulleys and levers.

In Design Technology, we will be designing, building and evaluating our own rides.

Spring Term 2 2015

Our topic this term will be Crime and Punishment where we will be focusing on the 18th Century and what happen to convicts who were transported to Australia. This will link in with our visit to The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham on Monday 2nd March. Our work in English will also be linked to this where we will be reading children's crime stories, solving 'Whodunit' stories and writing our own versions.

In science we will be learning about light. This will link into our joint computing and art project on photography. The children will be learning how to take graet photographs and then using digital software to enhance and change the photographs. We will be looking at the work of Andy Warhol and using our photographs to produce final pieces of artwork in that style.

Useful websites for this term

Spring Term 1 2015


Welcome back! Happy New Year! Our topic this half term is Rainforests. We will be exploring the physical features of a rainforest and looking at the inhabitants of the Amazon Rainforest, as well as looking at the environmental issues of rainforest destruction.


We will also be doing a mini-project on the Holocaust as part of our English work for the first two weeks of term. We will be using the book Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti. It is a picture book that tries to give a glimpse of the Holocaust terror through a child's eyes. We will also be visiting the Holocaust Centre at Laxton.


Later on, in English we will be linking our work to our Rainforest topic using the book Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Set at the turn of the 20th century, this is an adventure story full of magic and discovery--without a witch or a wizard in sight! It's about real people, good and bad, and a journey to another world. Maia, accompanied by the straight-backed Miss Minton, leaves the familiar comforts of her boarding school to start a new life with distant relatives who live 1000 miles from the mouth of the Amazon. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences beyond their imagination. More importantly, they learn one of life's hardest lessons--to conquer their fears and embrace the unknown. And along the way they learn about tolerance, acceptance and trust.


Useful Websites

Autumn Term 2 2014



Our topic this half term is The Aztecs. We will be finding out when the Aztecs lived and where in the world their civilisation was. We will be comparing aspects of Aztec life with our own. Be prepared to find out all the gory details of their rituals, including human sacrifice! Our art and music work will also be based around the Aztecs.

To celebrate the centenary of World War I, we are dedicating the first week back to learning about the Great War. In English, we will be doing a film based project using 'War Game' by Michael Foreman. Our artwork will be focused on poppies; the symbol of the fallen soldier.

Later on in the term, we will be basing our English work on the book 'There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom' by Louis Sacher. It is a story set in America about a boy called Bradley Chalkers. He tells lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has "serious behaviour problems". No one likes him. Except Carla. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous and even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley can change, if only he weren't afraid to try.



Our homework project title this half term is The Aztecs. Children should be as creative as possible to create their project about Chocolate. I would also like the children to include a piece of writing with or as part of their homework project.


Homework for either maths or literacy is also given out on a weekly basis. The children might also be asked to carry out extra research or additional work when necessary.


Reading at home continues to be a key focus. The children in Class Willow are excellent readers and should be encouraged to read a variety of texts at home. Don't forget to record what they have been reading in their diaries.

Useful websites


Check out these websites. They are useful for our topic work.


Autumn Term 1 2014

Scrumdiddlyumptious! This term our topic is Chocolate. We will be using our geography skills to find out where and how chocolate is grown and produced. We will be finding out about the history of chocolate from is discovery to its introduction to Europe. The children will learn how to make chocolate from scratch and use this knowledge to design and create their own choclate bar. They will be then designing packaging and an advertising campaign to go with their newly created choclate.


Our whole school literacy focus for the next three weeks is Roald Dahl. The Roald Dahl book that the children in Class Willow are using is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will be exploring how Roald Dahl creates the fantastic characters in his stories and how we can use these ideas in our own writing.



P.E is on a Monday and Thursday, but please remember to have your P.E kit in school all week just in case we do extra P.E or sport activities.


Please bring in a large, old t-shirt or shirt for painting and messy art actvities.


If you child wishes to bring in a water bottle, please make sure it is labelled and is taken home on a regular basis to be washed.