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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.