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.

Spring Term 2 Timetable

Curriculum Information for Parents. Spring Term 2 2020Topic: Mythical Beasts
SubjectProfileIdeas for home
EnglishWe’ll be basing our work on the theme of mythical beasts whilst continuing to practise and improve reading, writing and communication. We’ll be looking at the ways writing can be used in different formats such as books, comics, emails, letters, postcards etcHave fun reading with your child – stories you enjoyed, stories they might not read on their own (Harry Potter would fit this beautifully), comics, newspaper articles about local things. Point out text in the environment. If they draw or paint at home, encourage them to label things, maybe even draw their own cartoon strips.
MathsWe’ll continue basic number work with more addition and subtraction and, with some pupils, continue to develop multiplication (lots of, sets of) and division (sharing) skills. We’ll also be looking at a range of practical measures – time, weights and measures linked to keeping healthy. Make counting and recognising numbers a part of daily routines. Encourage your child to explore different measures – use words like full and empty. Cook together and let your child look at any recipes and help with weighing out ingredients. Look at pack sizes etc. in the supermarket.
PSHEContinuing to work on growing up and puberty alongside the more general theme of keeping safe and keeping healthy. We’ll also be doing some practical work on road safety.Encourage your child to talk about their lesson. Help them to take responsibility for their own personal hygiene routine – showering, bathing, hair care, teeth and nails.
ScienceWe’ll be learning about a range of animals, their features, their habitats and their needs. We’ll talk about some of the similarities and differences between humans and various creatures. If you have pets, encourage your child to help with their care. Talk about different animals you might see when out and about. Remind your child about animal safety – never approach in a hurry and always ask the owner before stroking their animal. Wash hands afterwards.
ComputingWe’ll be using computers, iPads and other electronic devices to explore and produce a range of different sounds, effects and musical compositions. Do you listen to music at home? Share your favourites with your child – what kind of music is it? Electronic? Instrumental? If you have access to instruments, encourage your child to experiment.
ArtIn the lead up to the 75th anniversary of VE Day we will be creating a whole class Art project to be displayed. Pupils will discuss their ideas in order to reach an agreed project.Be sure to ask your child what has been discussed in lessons and encourage them to tell the classroom staff any ideas that they have. This project is entirely pupil led, so every idea counts!
GeographyWe’ll be using computers, iPads and other electronic devices to explore and produce a range of different sounds, effects and musical compositions.Do you listen to music at home? Share your favourites with your child – what kind of music is it? Electronic? Instrumental? If you have access to instruments, encourage your child to experiment.
MusicPulse and Rhythm. Listening to and playing music with a steady beat (pulse) and trying to keep time. Exploring different rhythms – playing, singing and dancing.Enjoy a wide range of music with your child. If you like to sing, sing together. Listen to the radio together – are some songs better to sing or dance to than others? Can you dance together to the rhythm?
MFLThis term (up until Easter break) we’ll be looking at aspects of the language and culture of Greece.Have you ever holidayed in Greece? Share your experiences, photographs and stories. Do you like Greek food? Make something together.
REChristianity – we’ll look at the lead up to Easter and the Easter story, but also the way in which Christians look to one God as the ultimate authority. We’ll look at the way many of our laws developed from Christian beliefs and morality.Talk to your child about things they see on TV or out in the community. Talk about rules and authority – why do we have rules, who should we listen to? If you have a faith or hold particular beliefs share these and talk about with your child.
PEWe’ll be dancing this half term! Pupils will take part in a series of games and activities involving different ways of moving to music.Encourage your child to be active; go for walks, play outside, skip, ride a bike, do physical chores in the home, maybe in short breaks from PC’s, tablet and TV.