Sock it to 'em!
We brought in our own socks and investigated the best ways to get the washing dry. Then, we wrote a letter of explanation to Victorian maid Rosie advising her of our results. Now, she should have no trouble drying the washing in the big house!
123, 123, 123, 123...
Learning to waltz is trickier than you might think!
Strictly Willow Class
Our teacher is taking this Victorian topic just a little too far! We're sitting in rows in the classroom and are being called by our surnames on the register. Mrs Bennett has become mad on times tables and warms herself regularly by our Victorian fireplace. Our wall of Victorian fame is gradually growing so watch this space...
We have been finding out about the plight of Victorian child Jim Jarvis in our class book Street Child by Berlie Doherty. It's hard to imagine how difficult life was then so we acted it out to bring it to life. The threat of a Victorian workhouse is not something any of us fancied. We even had a real Victorian walking stick to help characterise the terrifying Mr Spink!
Measuring up outside in maths
We've been practising our measuring skills in the playground and converting units of measure from cm to mm and m. We're getting better at it!
Is a bubble a solid or a liquid?
We did some hands-on investigation into solids, liquids and gases to compare and identify their properties. This included doing a little more classification practice. We had lots of questions.
Inspired by Carol Ann Duffy
We enjoyed reciting our Christmas free verse poetry about the story of Bethlehem and the First World War Christmas Truce.
Walk like an Egyptian
We celebrated the end of our topic on the Ancient Egyptians with a special topic day. We showcased the artefacts we had created at home and showcased them in our museum for all to see.
An audience with an archaeologist
We were very lucky to have spent an afternoon with Sheila, an archaeologist. She told us all about digs and how muddy it can be. It was fascinating. We even explored some Roman artefacts and archive documents about Howard Carter, the famous Egyptologist.
High speed engineering challenge
A group of us was lucky to develop our scientific knowledge and engineering skills to build a strong and fast prototype rocket car that would run at speeds of up to 50mph. It was fascinating and surprising to see which models sped the fastest.
We have planned and prepared our investigation, ready to determine just how effective toothpaste is.
We enjoyed a fabulous harvest workshop at our church. It was so interesting.
We got messy imagining how the different types of human teeth work. Or incisors, canines and molars do an important job.
We've been estimating in maths
How wide is our school field? It's about 60m. We know because we guessed the approximate width, then measured the actual distance.
Practice makes perfect!
After some desk research, we worked out how the parts of the digestive system work together. We got it right in the end!
An amazing system
We had fun discovering how the human digestive system worked. Our first attempt needed a little refining.
Happy Birthday Roald Dahl
We celebrated what would have been Dahl's birthday and had a Dahl Delights day to launch our topic.
Together we can achieve more with God's love at the centre.
Welcome to Willow Class 2018-19
Always eager to share our journey.
Sounds like great fun!
Exploring sound has been brilliant. We've made string telephones, ear gongers, musical instruments and have used the iPads to record the decibels. We've even plucked violin strings and made pan pipes.
We're into our new topic on sound and electricity, but we've kept with the Victorian theme and have been exploring leading Victorian inventors.
Exploring our Christian values
We discussed the Christian value 'reverence' and what it might mean. We created our own reverence crowns to help us take ownership of behaving reverently.
Getting outside in Maths
Human number lines have helped us to match up decimal fractions to fractions.
We had a wonderful time on our residential trip to Burwell House.
Like Victorian children, we are practising and practising our times tables. Some things never change!
Queen Victoria close up
In art, we've looked at a picture of Queen Victoria with a magnifying glass and recreated a tiny piece of it each with sketching pencils and watercolours. We are thrilled with the resemblance.
Mass production in the Willow factory
We created our Willow pattern plates in our class factory, spurred on by the Industrial Revolution.
While we were learning about the water cycle in Science, we were lucky to be able to find out about the amazing Victorian sewer system in London. Our STEM ambassador is a sewage expert and told us all about the famous Victorian engineer, Thomas Bazalgette. We also learnt about the new super sewer currently under construction in London.
Pancake flips and frisbees
We had a great time at Wodson Park, orienteering, playing ultimate frisbee, trying our hand at cheer leading and honing our archery skills.
We loved our school Outdoors Day. We personified the wildlife area, worked on our negative numbers in maths and started to plan the creation of a Darwin's Thinking Path for our school.
We've been reciting poetry in our wildlife area. It helped us to appreciate the natural world we were writing about.
We researched endangered species and recreated their habitats in shoe boxes.
Visit by wildlife photographer Iain Green
We had a fantastic wildlife experience, observing creatures and plant life in ways that we have never done before. Under Iain Green's guidance, we took some wonderful photos. The detail is incredible and we were thrilled with the results. We thought we'd share a couple with you.
Getting persuasive in English!
We have been debating deforestation and writing persuasive letters to help protect the environment.
Creating our own classification keys
After classifying leaves, we started to look at flowers, grouping and classifying several we had photographed in the school grounds. We never realised how different they all were, until we took a much closer look!
Why are leaves different shapes?
Developing our grouping and classifying skills took us out of the classroom, so that we could take a closer look.
God's wonderful creation
We are proud of the crosses we created from our own photographs, bringing the outside into the classroom in our reflection corner.
Reporting from the Amazon Rainforest
We have been debating and discussing the destruction of natural habitats and what it means for the creatures who rely on them.
Launching our new topic, 'Land, Sea and Sky'
How different it looks from down here! We have been enhancing our observation skills in all sorts of different ways.
We have been learning about Pentecost in RE and used drama to help understand its meaning and significance.
'Allsorts' of working scientifically skills
We have been practising grouping and classifying - sweets were our starting point!
It's all play in science!
We created our own electrical toys. We really enjoyed sharing our inventions.
We investigated circuits and built several of our own.
We all ran a sponsored mile to raise money for Sport Relief. It felt good and we raised a healthy sum.
We opened our pen pal letters in our 'air raid' shelters and enjoyed all the news from our friends at Nether Edge School in Sheffield.
Our three-day trip to the National Trust centre at Brancaster in Norfolk was just brilliant. We did so much and experienced the most wonderful environment and wildlife.
Onsie Upon a Time
We loved our school Onsie Upon a Time Day. There's nothing better than a good book and a cup of hot chocolate! It gave us the opportunity to share our favourite stories and authors. Hope you like our class door of The Hobbit book cover!
When the unexpected strikes!
We managed to capture some wonderfully enormous hail stones. They took ages to melt in our hands.
Our investigations into sound continued. We were amazed to discover that sound travelled best through solids.
The Servant King
As part of the Easter story, we re-enacted Jesus washing the feet of the disciples.
Reading by torch light
We have been racing into school with our torches to read in our class Anderson bomb shelter reading corner. We have regularly experienced life in a World War 2 air raid with real sirens. Our desks have made great shelters (we couldn't all fit in the Anderson)!
We had great fun (and made so much noise) trying to work out if something needed to move to make a sound.
We used the beautifully illustrated book Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar and Jane Ray to inspire us in our work on sound.
What was that you said?
In Science our topic has been sound, and we made some cracking string telephones.
The Last Supper
In RE we have been learning about the Easter story and why the day Jesus died is called 'Good' Friday.
What am I?
In English we have enjoyed writing and reciting riddles.
We are Viking raiders!
Our Viking topic day celebration has been great fun!
Willow Class Vikings
Viking and Anglo-Saxon Art Masterclass
Artist Jef Winter visited Willow Class to teach us how to draw soldiers. We worked on improving our sketching skills. It was great fun and we learnt so much.
Our Viking homework
We did our own research on Viking longhouses and constructed our own at home. Our class settlement was rather large, when we brought them all in!
Thank you Nether Edge
We love receiving news from our pen pals in Yorkshire.
Opening our letters
Water, water everywhere...
In science, we have been learning about evaporation and how long it takes clothes to dry. We also filtered water to understand how our drinking water is cleaned and recycled.
Keeping fit and healthy
A visit to Wodson Park has kept us active and helped us to practise our athletic skills.
Our new Viking Longship reading area, has helped immerse us in our new topic, Helmets, Beards and Horns.
We have been playing the part of Beowulf, the legendary Viking hero made famous in the epic Anglo-Saxon poem of the same name. We have been creating our own heroes and mythical beasts, ready to write Norse myths.
We have started to make our own Viking longships... more to follow soon. It's taking a while...
Welcome to 2018 and our new topic!
It's goodbye to the Egyptians and hello to the Anglo Saxons and Vikings in our new topic, Helmets, Beards and Horns.
All Wrapped Up
Our special Egyptian day finished off our All Wrapped Up topic perfectly.
In true Egyptian style...
We feasted on our homemade bread and danced the afternoon away. It was great fun.
Our museum catalogue
We thought you might like a closer look at the artefacts we re-created.
Opening our Egyptian Museum
We were very proud of the authentic Egyptian artefacts we'd researched and re-created ourselves. Our museum visitors enjoyed the experience.
A baker's dozen on Egyptian Day
Making bread was great fun, but messy!
Here are some pictures of our recent class trip to Rye Meads. We took part in lots of exciting activities; lots of learning and fun was had by all!
Our Charcoal Drawings
I am completely blown away by the beautiful charcoal drawings done by Year 4. The children focused on one particular animal and looked at the texture and 'light and shade' of their skin/fur. We explored the different markings that could be created by charcoal and this is the outcome...WELL DONE Year 4! I am a very proud teacher.
Land, Sea, Sky
Our classroom has turned into 'Land, Sea, Sky' for our topic about animals and their habitats.
When Willow Class arrived at school last Monday morning, there was a letter awaiting them from none other than...Wallace and Gromit! The letter explained that all of the designs for their 'Cracking Contraptions' have been stolen and therefore need some new designs to showcase at the invention show that they are attending next week. They stated that they needed some well written and clear explanation texts to go with them so they can present it at the show. Therefore, Year 4 have been very busy designing their own 'Teacher Pleasers' and writing some fantastic explanation texts to go with them. To help with our task, Wallace and Gromit sent over some official 'inventor' badges...
Science Ambassador Visit
Year 4 had some visitors last week...Mrs Sizer and Neil, the STEM Ambassador! We had a great science workshop, looking at whether arched or straight bridges work better, where we developed our investigation and enquiry skills. We really enjoyed using our imagination and creating bridges just out of A4 paper and cellotape. Many of our bridges did not work first time, but we were able to persevere and learn from our mistakes. We realised that the structure of arched bridges holds more weight and is therefore stronger and more stable. Thank you for visiting Year 4!
The Life Bus
The school had the wonderful opportunity to go into the 'Life Bus' where we met Nancy and Gerald the Giraffe. They taught us lots of very interesting things about the body and what we can do to keep it healthy. Then, we took a ride to a planet where everybody was exactly the same; they all shared the same interests, they all looked the same. This reminded us all how special diversity is and how it's great to be different!
Year 4 have just returned from their fantastic trip to Burwell House. Here are some pictures showing some of the exciting things we got up to!
A little taster of the song, 'Amazing Egyptians' that Year 4 performed so well in our class assembly.
We LOVE using our new 'spelling spectacles' to help us check and correct our spellings, after we do a piece of writing...
We are really enjoying learning all about the Vikings and the Anglo Saxons in our topic, 'Helmets, Beards and Horns.' We recently learnt about the magnificent Viking longboats and made our very own! They look great hanging up in our classroom.
At the end of last term we really enjoyed having a camera crew from Snap Science film our science lesson. The children were fantastic and blew everyone away!
We are very happy and excited to welcome Mr Roughan and Miss Chaytor, who are student teachers from the University of Hertfordshire. They will be spending every Thursday and Friday with us until Christmas, and will then be back in March where they will be spending every day with us! Welcome to Willow Class!
Key Steps Gymnastics Competition
On Monday 23rd May, 6 of Willow class went to Sele School to take part in a gymnastics competition with local schools from Hertford and Ware. The children worked very hard leading up to the competition, practising during their lunch and at homes. Their hard work paid off as they came third place; receiving a bronze medal.
Well done guys!
Trip to Rye Meads!
We have just returned from our class trip to Rye Meads bird sanctuary; what a fun-filled and exciting day it was!. The day started with some pond dipping where we looked closely at some of the invertebrates that live within the habitat. The second half of the day consisted of being real bird watchers and looking at ways to identify particular birds and their preferred environment, whilst also exploring local food chains within the habitat.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our day. The rain did not dampen our spirits or our enthusiasm for learning!
Land, Sea, Sky
We have had a wonderful first week back, getting stuck into our new topic which is all about living things and their habitats. I wanted the children to create animal portraits using charcoal and texture. The children developed their contrasting skills and were able to use 'light' and 'shade' within their pieces.
I am absolutely blown away by the outstanding work that they produced.
Space to Earth Challenge!
This week we were lucky enough to join our school in the 'Space to Earth Challenge' where we aimed to run the distance from the international space centre to earth; we did just that! The children really got stuck in and all tried their very best. They worked together as a team and encouraged each other throughout the afternoon which was wonderful to see and an absolute privilege to be apart of. A massive 'thank you' from Willow Class to the Friends for organising such a fantastic event; much fun was had by all!
Year 4 Trip To Brancaster!
We have just got back from our wonderful residential trip to Brancaster in Norfolk. We had so much fun taking part in many activities and learning about the area and the habitats that live in them. We got very muddy (some more than others!) in the Coastal Safari where we explored the salt marshes; we recapped our knowledge on the Romans and partook in a battle; we went on a discovery trail where we walked along the beautiful Norfolk coast and battled our way through the reed beds which actually make up 5% of the reed beds in the UK and finally we went on a nature trail at the majestic National Trust property 'Holkham Hall'.
We are all really enjoying our new topic, 'Flash, Bang!' where we have been looking at how sound is produced and travels. In the next few weeks we will be going on to explore electricity!
Last week, we used our enquiry and research skills to see how sound travels through a medium. We used string and paper cups to make string telephones and then went outside to see if they would work!
We found out that the sound travelled through the medium if the string was pulled tight but that the sound did not work if their was a knot in the string; It stopped the vibrations!
Helmets, Beards and Horns!
From creating our own 'Missing' posters, researching and then writing reports on the Viking Longship to making our own fantastic Viking longboats, we have been very busy this half term learning through our topic 'Helmets. Horns and Beards'.
Here are some of the pictures from this half term, in Willow Class!
We have really been enjoying our topic 'Dahl Delights' and have been incredibly busy doing lots of learning, whilst also having lots of fun!
Here are some of the exciting things we have been doing: We have skilfully created BFG dream catchers; we have thought about our own dreams and written incredible autobiographical accounts for our beautiful 'dream bottles'; we have made a 'lonely hearts advert' for the BFG who is looking for a girlfriend and we have also created our own Roald Dahl illustrations, in the style of Quentin Blake!