Welcome to Willow

Teacher - Willow Jacob Millin
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In Willow Class we support all of our children and young people to achieve the best that they can through an exciting and challenging approach to learning, both in the classroom and within the local community.

We make learning fun and rewarding through a series of projects based around a different theme each half term. Though this, our learners can experience and practice skills that demonstrate how each curriculum area can be applied in the real world.

We have the highest expectations and aspirations for all of our learners and continually adapt our approach in response to their changing needs and interests.

Autumn Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for Parents. Autumn Term 2 2020Topic: "Conflict"
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English‘Conflict’ is our theme for this half term. Our English work will combine with our History lessons based on World War 2. We will be exploring war poetry to learn about how people felt during the war as well as reading stories set during the time. Read as many different sources of writing as possible -books, magazines, labels, advertisements, leaflets, cereal boxes! Encourage your child to try sounding out any tricky new words. Take time to focus on how arguments and conflicts are sorted out (listening to each other, making a plan, agreeing to disagree)
MathsOur next topic in Maths is measurement. This will mainly be taught through cooking. We will spend time working on how to measure quantities of foods and liquids before planning our own recipes to make in the lead up to Christmas.Spend time looking at the ingredients for your favourite food. How many different items are in there? How much of each are in there? Explore recipe books and, if possible, make something together!
PSHE‘What makes you the person you are?’ will be a key question this half term as we explore our emotions and identify what we feel are important human qualities. We will practise using our voice and body language to help identify how to recognise emotional reactions.Take opportunities to discuss how people in your family are feeling. What makes each other happy or sad? Discuss what makes a good friend and what good things they do to help others.
ScienceMicro-organisms and their ability to feed, grow and reproduce will be our main theme this half term. By making bread we will be able to see how beneficial micro-organisms can be in making bread rise. We will also visit a kitchen to observe how hygiene when handling food is important to stop the spread of bad micro-organisms. Go for walks and look for different types of rocks. Make a game of it and see who can spot the most types. Can you find a rough and a smooth stone? How about a dark and a light one? Why are some buildings made of rocks and stone?
HistoryLinked with our English theme of ‘conflict’, we will be gaining an understanding of how World War 2 affected the lives of children during this period of history and comparing their experiences with our own lives today.Use the ‘Primary History- World War 2’ website to gain an insight into the era. There are some games to play on there too! Ask family members what they know about the era, do they know someone with a good story to tell?
ComputingWe will be investigating how we can use photos this half term. Pupils will have the opportunity to take photos around school and use them to present information and support writing. Look at photos, adverts and images that display information – “what are they trying to tell us?” Think about the sills needed to take a photo. Think about ‘what makes a good photo?’ (Is it clear? is it interesting to look at?)
D.TThis half term we will be developing our own food product range. This will involve learning how to produce large quantities of the same food types by using moulds and templates. As we gain more confidence we will then add in personalised designs.What food in your housed could you described as ‘batched’? Bread is a good example. How do you think that the people who make it manage to make each piece look the same?
ArtWe will be continuing to explore the changing colours of nature through the seasons. We will take inspiration from the artist Joseph Cornell to produce our own original artwork. Spend time looking at how the environment is changing as Autumn takes hold. What is changing? What new colours can we see?
MusicImprovisation is our next theme in Music. This half term we will be spending time listening to music and then customising it to make it our own. We will record our voices as well as rhythms made through percussion instruments. Listen to music together. Discuss what you each like about the song/music. How does it make you feel? Try to find the beat in a piece of music and clap along with it.
MFLThis term we will be exploring the traditions, language and culture of Spain.Have you ever been to Spain or know any Spanish words? Share your experiences, photographs and stories. We would love to hear and see them!
PEOn Tuesday mornings PE will focus on movement activities to express our emotions. Pupils will think about how to change their speed to suit the music and which parts of their body to use for expression.Encourage your child to be active and aim for one physical activity each day (climb the stairs 3 times in a row, hop instead of walking for 2 minutes, stretching exercises whilst sat down)
REWe will spend time exploring Hinduism. This will be taught as a whole day event after the Hindu festival of Diwali. What information can you find out about the festival? There is a good website that you can explore together at : ‘Primary Homework help- Diwali’