Our project for this term is The Great Outdoors. Our key concepts this term are beauty, happiness and spirituality.
Despite the school closure, we have been inundated with lots of learning happening at home. We are so proud of the resilience you have all shown and the wonderful work you have produced.
Focusing on the concepts of happiness and beauty, we have written poems about what makes us happy and read the story of Tidy by Emily Gravett which tells of a badger tidying up a wood. Only when he has concreted over the beautiful forest, does he realise his mistake.
Spring Term in Willow Class
We have been learning about capacity, revising our understanding of place value and practising life skills such as learning to tell the time, recognising amounts of money and practising our quick recall of timetables.
Our topic is plants. Lots of us have been planting seeds at home and are looking after them carefully. Some of us have started to see our seeds grow.
Design and Technology
We have started our own project at home to design a sensory garden. Many or us are thinking about our five senses and how we can make our garden attractive for humans and other animals and insects.
In Willow class this term our project is 'Protecting Our Planet for the Future'.
Our key concepts this term are choice, responsibility and sustainability. Already, we have begun to learn about the continents of the world and about their wildlife and climates. To tie in with our project, we have also been learning about some of our native wildlife and have been bird-spotting in the school grounds.
We have kept our wildlife theme going in french lessons whilst we have been learning how to count. Recently, we learnt a well-known rhyme... but in french - 'Deux petits Oiseaux'.
In maths lessons this term we have been concentrating on improving our understanding of the place value of numbers and have been doing lots of practice adding and subtracting. We have used many different practical resources to support us as we learn new skills.
Being a good Willow community
Whilst we are learning about our new concepts, we are not forgetting the ones we have studied already! This week, Willow children learnt some new playground games to enjoy playing with each other at break and lunch times. We also buddied up with partners in the class so if ever we felt lonely or sad on the playground we would have a friend to see. Some of the children in Willow class are incredibly kind and caring playground buddies.
As part of our concepts community, consequences and value, we discussed people in our own community who are less fortunate than ourselves. We learnt about the Colchester food bank and collected food items. As our school council representatives, Mia and Archie then delivered the food packages to the food bank, where they learnt about why people might need to use the food bank and how the food is distributed.
This term, Willow have had a wonderful time using our outdoor space to enhance our learning. As part of our science topic on materials, we explored materials which are flammable. Children had great fun predicting which material was the most flammable and then testing their hypotheses on an open fire in our forest school area. We used this exciting experiment to link to our work on the Great Fire of London to explain why the houses were able to catch fire so easily and to explain which material was used to re-build London after the fire.
We have had great fun following recipes to make our own traditional flatbreads and to then cook them on an open fire, just as it would have been in the Stuart period. It was a great learning experience to show the children how long food would have taken to cook. We all thought they were delicious afterwards and used the experience to write some fabulous instructions.
We have used our forest school area to learn about the changes we see in nature in autumn and worked collaboratively to make a den for a pebble animal that we had painted. We cooperated to choose autumn objects that animals might need at this time of the year, either to protect them from the weather or to help feed them through the long, cold months of winter.
RE Week - Incarnation
During the last week of November, Willow class, along with the rest of the school, spent a week learning about incarnation.
Willow class's key question was 'Why is Christmas important to Christians?' We spent time learning looking at the first Christmas and searched for clues which showed that Jesus was a special baby.
We then found out about how Christians might prepare for Christmas and made our own advent wreaths which we used for reflection, a class advent calendar with kindness challenges and daily readings of the Christmas story and thankfulness paper chains.
At the end of the project we spent time thinking about what Christmas means for us.
All of Key Stage One have worked hard to learn songs, remember lines and perform a spectacular Nativity this year. Linked to our concept of ‘community’, the children invited local residents from a care home to watch their performance. The children enjoyed meeting the residents afterwards and of course, sharing a well earned treat!